Thursday, April 27, 2017

From Val Kilmer's AMA


Q: I hear you own and love buffalo? I have loved them ever since Dances with Wolves. How many do you own and do you name them?

A: Alas i had to sell them in 2008 as I suffered in the crash like so many other honest Americans because of the perverse greed of Wall street.

"Fiona Staples Reveals the Secrets Behind 10 of Saga‘s Weirdest, Most Wonderful Characters"

"Ghüs is unique because he’s just an idea out of my sketchbook that I sent to Brian one day, hoping he’d get a cameo appearance or something."

"There's a shortage of women in the Faroe Islands . . . So local men are increasingly seeking wives from further afield"


There are now more than 300 women from Thailand and Philippines living in the Faroes. It doesn't sound like a lot, but in a population of just 50,000 people they now make up the largest ethnic minority in these 18 islands, located between Norway and Iceland.


Officially part of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Faroes have their own language (derived from Old Norse) and a very distinctive culture - especially when it comes to food. Fermented mutton, dried cod and occasional whale meat and blubber are typical of the strong flavours here, with none of the traditional herbs and spices of Asian cooking.

And, although it never gets as cold as neighbouring Iceland, the wet, cool climate is a challenge for many people. A good summer's day would see the temperature reach 16°C.

"The four towering structures of the Washington Bridge Apartments actually 'included the first building examined as an ‘environment’ by the Environmental Protection Agency'"


Indeed, this interior corporate bioregion even inspired new types of botanical research: “landscape architects and horticulturalists sought to identify those species of plants that would thrive in the unusually consistent indoor climate,” he writes. “In the 1980s and early 1990s, literature from the field of indoor landscaping mentions informal expeditions to discover new cultivars in the tropical world that were suitable to the inside of office buildings and other commercial applications.”

This vision of botanists traipsing through rain forests on the other side of the world to find plants that might thrive in Manhattan’s rarefied indoor air is incredible, an absurdist set-up worthy of Don Delillo.

"Meme warfare is uniquely suited to the far right"

"Within hours of her getting punched . . . Some on 4chan went to work building a case justifying Damigo's decision to punch Marshall"

"A Russian naval intelligence ship sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding..."

"with a vessel carrying livestock"

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

When US soldiers fought the wild boars

A Redditor:

Seriously, I'll never forget the moment. We had about a squad of grunts, all standing on line. Watching IR lasers dancing over small herd of pigs about 50m away. Everyone is just waiting....The order comes;


And for about 1 minute it was Armageddon. I went through a mag and a half. One SAW gunner chewed through an entire 100rd belt. In about 10 seconds the entire downrange area was obscured. Dust and grit kicked into the air. Of course, that didn't stop the grunts from reliving that scene from Predator where they just unload into the jungle.

True to form, that's exactly what happened. After the ceasefire order came, our ears stopped ringing and the giggling demented laughter stopped, we realized;

Alternate scene from Prometheus in which Fifield mutated into a human-xenomorph hybrid

"The man who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates has pledged $30 million to house Seattle's homeless"

"Allen's foundation will provide $30 million toward the development of the facility, while the city of Seattle has pledged $5 million for its maintenance and operation. It will be owned and operated by Mercy Housing Northwest, a nonprofit housing organization."

Alien: River of Pain full cast audiobook

Free with Audible trial or $18 (five hours long):

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 - where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs - has been renamed Acheron.

Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope. Anne and Russell Jorden - two colonists who are seeking a fortune that eluded them on Earth - are expecting their firstborn child.

The birth of Rebecca Jorden, known to her family as Newt, is a cause for celebration. But as the colony grows and expands, so, too, do the political struggles between a small detachment of Colonial Marines and the Weyland-Yutani scientists posted on Acheron. Willing to overlook their orders in order to serve the Company's interests, these scientists have another far more sinister agenda - to covertly capture a living Alien.

The wildcatters discover a vast, decaying spaceship. The horseshoe-shaped vessel is of particular interest to Weyland-Yutani and may be the answer to their dreams. But what Anne and Russell find onboard proves to be the stuff not of dreams but of nightmares.

This terrifying, cinematic, multicast dramatization - directed by the multiaward-winning Dirk Maggs, best known for his adaptations of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere for the BBC - is the sequel to Audible Original's Alien: Out of the Shadows (nominated for Best Audio Drama at the 2017 Audies).

Starring Golden Globe-nominated Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies, Limitless), Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Game of Thrones), Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, Doctor Who), Colin Salmon (Alien vs Predator, Arrow, James Bond), Marc Warren (Mad Dogs, Saving Private Ryan, Hustle) and Philip Glenister (Outcast, Life on Mars), with special guest star William Hope returning as Lt. Gorman from James Cameron's Aliens.

Aliens comics illustrated by Mike Mignola and Guy Davis are 99 cents each at Amazon

Mignola's story (50 pages). Guy Davis's story (68 pages).

Big Trouble in Little China Board Game available for preorder