The movie is called Ninja Thunderbolt and came out in 1986. Here's the synopsis at IMDB: "The Ninja Empire has been run by an evil master and one member decides to leave the empire. The ex-Ninja wants a Hong Kong detective to track down the new leader and end his reign of terror."
Here's the intro, which features some deadly serious ninja talk, but no roller skates:
Yes, it's on sale at at Amazon.
*Previously: Modern day ninjas arrested before carrying out their plan of harassing drug dealers.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
1. Using free software, Hansup Yoon, age 15, created a forum called ZuneBoards, devoted to Microsoft's Zune. In two years it grew to 60,000 members and pulled in about $1,000 a month thanks to AdSense and Tribal Fusion. He just sold it for $62,000, which is presumably far more than Microsoft has made by selling the Zune. Details here.
2. Buffalo Bills rookie offensive tackle Demetrius Bell is the lowest rated player in Madden 2008. Link.
3. See the differences between an article that appeared in the New York Times, and the heavily altered version that appeared in a Beijing newspaper.
4. NASA space shuttle mission had a secret emblem which signified that the shuttle mission had the secret task of deploying a satellite inspection spacecraft.
*Previously: Awesome U.S. military patches part 6.
*Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World is 32% off at Amazon.
Beautiful photo of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Desktop wallpaper sized image here.
*Previously: Video of lightning striking the Christ the Redeemer statue.
*Find religious action figures at eBay.
The concept is "viral sovereignty" and the theory is that Indonesia (and other countries) want to claim ownership of viruses appearing within their country - - so if a valuable vaccine is created, their country will benefit monetarily. (If they're not all dead from an epidemic.) Over the last three years, Indonesia has shared with the World Health Organization "samples from only two of the more than 135 people known to have been infected with H5N1 (110 of whom have died)." You can read a bit more here and here.
*Previously: Rape is the best option for me.
*Buy Stephen King's The Stand at Amazon.
Recent updates at my action figure, miniature, and vinyl toy customizing site include:
1. Rorschach Munny.
2. Half Life Lego minifigs.
3. Young Frankenstein Munny.
4. Master Chief My Little Pony.
*Buy designer vinyl toys at Fugitive Toys.
Martial arts master, actor, and political activist--there is no job Chuck Norris can't do. Now the original tough guy is at it again, stepping back into the role of bestselling author with his new book, Black Belt Patriotism. In Black Belt Patriotism Norris gives a no-holds-barred assessment of American culture, tackling everything from family values to national security. More than a cultural critique of what's wrong with our nation, Black Belt Patriotism provides real solutions for solving our problems, moving our country forward, and changing our nation's course for the better. Chuck Norris--the hero, icon, and legend--is back, packing a political and cultural punch, as only he can deliver.
From the Inside Flap
Wake Up, America!
It seems like wherever you turn these days, the news is bad. Illegal immigrants are swarming over our borders. Our nation and American families are crippled by debt. We remain vulnerable to Islamist terrorist attacks. Judges ignore the Constitution and instead legislate from the bench. Faith and traditional values are under incessant assault from the media, leftist lawyers, and the liberal establishment. The core message of the Declaration of Independence--that everyone has a God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness--is under threat from liberals who deny the right to life (or even the very idea of God-given rights), and who think the answer to every problem is a government program. They think that God, if He exists, might not know best, but liberal-run government certainly does. If you're worried about the direction our country is going, you're in good company. Chuck Norris remembers a better America--an America of faith, freedom, and respect for tradition, history, and human life--and in Black Belt Patriotism he shows what we need to do to reawaken the American dream, reignite the American spirit, and give our children and grandchildren the America they deserve: an America of freedom, opportunity, and faith. In ten practical, down-to-earth chapters, Norris gets back to basics, mining the insights of our founding fathers and applying their wisdom to the problems of today: immigration, the culture wars, the war against global terrorism, national (and personal) debt, even the epidemic of obesity that is killing more Americans than terrorists do. With the optimistic, get your-hands-dirty, can-do spirit that typifies what's best about America, Chuck Norris grapples with the toughest problems facing our country and proves that they're no match for Black Belt Patriotism.
Black Belt Patriotism by Chuck Norris is 34% at Amazon.
Here's Chuck Norris spreading some black belt patriotism overseas:
*Previously: Chuck Norris debate club.
Gallery of North Korean anti-America propaganda posters. Soon to be featured in a Worth 1000 contest, I hope. Via.
*Previously: U.S. Dept. of PsyOps propaganda poster.
*Buy propaganda poster collections at Amazon.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Nite-Owl's Owlship made out of Lego by Christopher Doyle. Many more photos here. Via.
*Previously: Something Awful photoshops panels from The Watchmen.
*Find rare Watchmen collectibles at eBay.
These "pixelated palz" by Jude Buffum are on sale for $15 each here. Also, here's a pixelized version of Obama's logo that Buffum created for Shepard Fairey’s Manifest Hope show:
*Previously: Space Invaders tank desktop wallpaper.
*Buy historical memorabilia at eBay.
Here's a few standout artworks from the iam8bit show that I hadn't seen before.
"1987 Was a GREAT Year" by Mike Mitchell.
"On the Seventh Day, R.O.B. Rested" by Jude Buffum.
"Atop Octorok" by Wade Schin.
Many more images from the show can be seen here.
*Previously: Manipulated Super Punch-Out Animated Gifs.
*Buy Legend of Zelda toys at eBay.
Series 5 of Kidrobots Dunny vinyl toys go on sale this Thursday, September 4. The Dunny in this series were designed by Amanda Visell, Aya Kakeda, Clutter, Devilrobots, Dirty Donny, Frank Kozik, Huck Gee, JMGS//Jellymoon, Jesse LeDoux, JK5, Junko Mizuno, Kathie Olivas, MAD, Mad Barbarians, MISHKA, Reach, Sneaky Raccoon, Steven Harrington, TOOFLY. Here's a high-res checklist of the designs:
Kidrobot is also holding a t-shirt design contest. The winner will receive a $500 Kidrobot gift certificate, 5 of the winning shirts, and a complete set of Dunny Series 5. Rules:
1. No more than 6 colors can be used on your design
2. All artwork must remain within the bold border of the dunny and logo on template
3. Read the Terms and Conditions on the upload page carefully.
4. Upload your completed design at kidrobot.com/2008/DS5/upload/ by September 12th, 2008.
Here's the official site for Dunny Series 5. Although the official release isn't until Thursday, some Series 5 figures are already on sale at eBay.
*You can find dozens of custom vinyl toys at Toycutter.
I created a desktop wallpaper out of the 20,000 Kittens Under The Sea t-shirt design by "Seans" that's currently being voted on at Design By Humans.
*Find more desktop wallpapers here.
*Buy books about great t-shirts at Amazon.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Here's a creepy decorating idea - - fill your room with framed pictures of eyes. Go here to see more photos of the striking interior of Hable Construction in New York.
*Previously: Install a miniature parallel world on your ceiling.
*Find books about great interior design at Amazon.
Here's a billboard promoting the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in Great Britain. I don't think the advertisers intended to emphasize the role of sodomy in British naval dominance, but as Winston Churchill said, "Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash." Via.
Go here for The Register's idea for the next ad in the campaign.
*Previously: Group promoting women's issues has acronym TNA.
*Find great deals on Patrick O'Brien's tales of the British navy at Amazon.
Jodie and David Peskimo cheerfully illustrate the danger of the bends.
*At my custom toy site: Peskimo meets Visell in this BambooZoo custom figure.
*Buy toys by Peskimo at eBay.
Here's the front and back covers to John "Robot Johnny" Martz's new sketch book "Warm-Up Drawings: The First 100." On sale here for $5.
*Previously: Robot Richard Nixon action figure.
*Buy tin robots and books about tin robots at Amazon.
Video of UFC fighter Jon Koppenhaver explaining why he legally changed his name to "War Machine" amd other news of the day
You can read more about "War Machine" at Wikipedia.
Other weird news of the day:
1. Video of a moth with the face of Jesus.
2. Video of driver driving wrong way on freeway. The reporter mocks the driver at length, repeatedly calling him a "rocket surgeon." First time I've heard that phrase, but it's surprisingly common.
3. Roger Ebert tells Jay Mariotti to suck it.
4. West Point instructor describes fascinating visit with Sikhs at the Golden Temple.
*Find more weird news here.
*Buy War Machine action figures at eBay.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Here are a few great book covers from the Flux imprint. Teenage angst never looked so good:
The Shape of Water.
The Second Virginity of Suzy Green.
Band Geek Love.
Busted: Confessions of an Accidental Player.
Via these fine sites.
*See previously posted book covers here.
*Buy a collection of Chip Kidd's book covers at Amazon.