Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blogging for traffic is hard. Blogging about politics is hard.







Funny Dracula comic



Abhay Khosla's Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Log pillows



$14 to $26 at Amazon. Via.

New Die Hard tee at Last Exit to Nowhere



Nakatomi design in gold. There's a matching mug, too.

Careful if you get your news from a Gawker Media site...

Jezebel:

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's proposed budget—which would cut $300 million dollars out of the state's beloved public university system—has a non-fiscal bombshell tucked in between its insane pages.

Under Walker's budget, universities would no longer have to report the number of sexual assaults that take place on a campus to the Department of Justice. Under Walker's plan, university employees who witness a sexual assault would no longer have to report it.

There are no policy recommendations in Walker's budget how or what would replace these reporting mechanisms. The Governor simply instructs that they should be deleted.
USA Today:
The University of Wisconsin requested that Gov. Scott Walker remove a requirement that all 26 campuses report allegations of sexual assaults to the state every year because it already submits similar information to the federal government, a UW spokesman said Friday.

The proposal to delete the annual reports to the state Department of Justice is among dozens of requirements that would be removed as part of Walker’s plan to decouple the university from most state laws and state oversight. Though the budget proposal came out earlier this month, the sex assault request was explained in a summary released Thursday by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

UW System spokesman Alex Hummel said Friday that the university requested the change because information given to the state is duplicative of data required to be reported to the U.S. Department of Education under federal law. The university also posts the information on its website.
Not sure which story is more true, but...

"I should have used the sword. I should have used the magic sword."

New Game of Thrones teases indicate (1) the show may radically deviate from the mostly lousy and tedious Daenerys storyline in A Dance With Dragons (and largely delete Tyrion's weird adventures?):



and (2) this season might include my favorite moment from the books:

Aqua Mermaid



AquaMermaid offers mermaid-themed parties and fitness classes:

We cater to all age groups and genders.
Mermaids or mermen of all ages, sizes and genders are welcome! Our classes are multi level and geared towards helping students improve their swimming skills and gain confidence in the water

Robot nurse designed to look like a cute polar bear.

Poster for It Follows



By Harriet Lee-Merrion, on sale here.

Warren Ellis/Declan Shalvey-style Moon Knight custom vinyl toy



Munny customized by B. Curtis.

Tiny swing



By Slinkachu.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Before making Disney Infinity, the plan was a new Toy Story-themed game set in space



Check out the spaceship concept art.

How Adam Savage built a model of "the" maze from Kubrick's The Shining



Problem one: the maze is different every time it appears in the movie.




Labyrinthon



Available at ebay. Via.

Before you get too excited about a new Aliens movie

Aside from the fact that we've seen 20 years of failure in the franchise,

Teen Titans Go toys at Wendy's



Everybody in my family loves this show.

"Here's What Really Happened To The Cars From 'Pimp My Ride'"

HuffPo:

The Huffington Post spoke with three of the kids who got their cars pimped
It was obvious watching the show that the workers were not doing the vital work of giving the cars new engines and other crucial parts. I did not realize some additions were "taken out of the vehicle immediately after filming."

Rainbow dome power plant concept



A design proposal by BIG.

Giancarlo Stanton's personalized "G" face mask



Hopefully it'll make baseball safety seem a little cooler.

$25.4 million loss for Sea World

Sea World:

Net loss of $25.4 million, or a loss of $0.29 per diluted share in 2014 versus a net loss of $13.0 million, or a loss of $0.14 per diluted share in 2013
...
Attendance of 22.4 million in 2014 versus 23.4 million in 2013

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"The Best Restaurant in New York Is: Ralph Lauren's Polo Bar"

The latest article in my favorite ongoing series.

"The owner of one of the country’s largest maraschino cherry companies fatally shot himself Tuesday"

NY Post:

. . . as authorities raided his Brooklyn factory — a suspected massive drug front.
Via.

Hunger looks incredible, frightening





Limbo meets Arrietty meets Journey + a yellow slicker in the scariest video game teaser since the Silent Hills demo. Hunger already looks great.

Poster for an upcoming NYU Game Center Lecture



By Felicia Choo.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

From my wishlist

These two books have been marked down to $2.99:

Shades of Milk and Honey

The Seven Sins: The Tyrant Ascending

And also at Amazon, Titanfall is a $5.99 download.

Finally, iTunes cards are 20% off at ebay.

"I have no excuse, I was not in special forces."

Politico:

The secretary of Veterans Affairs apologized Tuesday after reports surfaced that he falsely claimed earlier this year that he was part of U.S. special operations forces during his time in the military.

...

McDonald, a former corporate executive who took over the agency last June amid scandal, said he reacted “spontaneously” and “wrongly” during the exchange, and the administration has accepted his apology.

The ongoing disaster that is David Beckham's MLS franchise

Vice:

Over a year later, the questions remain. Instead of using his charisma to charm local officials into accepting a favorable stadium deal, Beckham has become mired in the cynical, cutthroat world of South Florida politics. Both the the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County have shot down his stadium proposals. Why? The same PR machine that polishes Beckham's airbrushed image would rather the rest of us not know. So I tracked down corporate records and sent public information requests to the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County. What emerges is the story of Team Beckham walking into a quid-pro-quo environment it was too naive and unprepared to handle.

Subterrestrial Research Association tee

Last Exit to Nowhere's newest tee is based on Gareth Edwards's movie Monsters.

"The weirdest profiles from the now-defunct Tinder in Dubai"

Fusion:

My sister is currently living in Dubai, and before the app stopped working, she — and her friends — sent me screenshots of weird profiles they had seen on Tinder in Dubai. Of course, there were plenty of regular, humdrum profiles on Tinder in Dubai. But the odd ones are way more fun. We have no idea if these are real — all dating sites have pranksters — but we do know that they’re really weird.

New music: Big Data - Clean (feat. Jamie Lidell)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Yet another hoax...




Buzzfeed with the summary.

And speaking of endless fraud:

Penny Arcade imagines Metroid as a "free" game.

"A collection of bongs worth half a million dollars"


A photo posted by Ryno Glass (@sdryno) on


Buzzfeed says marijuana sellers can't deposit their earnings in banks, so instead, they buy and sell bongs "worth tens of thousands of dollars each."

Fhloston Paradise tee



Last Exit to Nowhere's newest t-shirt is based on The Fifth Element.

"A Plumber's Regret"



Super Mario print available in this kickstarter.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

From my wishlist: The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

Recently seen on a list of recommendations, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All by Laird Barron is $1.99 right now at Amazon:

Over the course of two award-winning collections and a critically acclaimed novel, The Croning, Laird Barron has arisen as one of the strongest and most original literary voices in modern horror and the dark fantastic. Melding supernatural horror with hardboiled noir, espionage, and a scientific backbone, Barron’s stories have garnered critical acclaim and have been reprinted in numerous year’s best anthologies and nominated for multiple awards, including the Crawford, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards.

Barron returns with his third collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. Collecting interlinking tales of sublime cosmic horror, including “Blackwood’s Baby,” “The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven,” and “The Men from Porlock,” The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All delivers enough spine-chilling horror to satisfy even the most jaded reader.

I backed the Ghostbusters board game kickstarter



17 days to go, they're at $700k. ($96 gets you the game and a heck of lot of miniatures.)

Disneyland raised prices again

LAist:

Disneyland ticked up their single day, single park admission prices up $3, making the adult (ages 10 and up) tickets $99 now. Children's tickets are now at $93, and the add-on that would allow admission to both Disneyland and California Adventure raised from $54 to $56, meaning an adult ticket good for both parks in the same day is now $155. Oh, and the annual pass? Up a whopping $80 from $699 to $779

You should play First Draft of the Revolution

Free interactive fiction, it starts like this, and is full of sex and intrigue:

Poster for The Swimmer



By Mute.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lego monster



By Mihai Marius Mihu.

On cutting out the boring, unnecessary parts from movies

This is a good article about editing, using examples from Citizen Kane, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more:

The ending of "North by Northwest" contains a famous edit that collapses a lot of time and what could have been a lot of unnecessary exposition and creates a very quick, short and satisfying happy ending (SPOILERS). In the climax of the movie, Cary Grant struggles to hold onto Eva Marie Saint's hand as she dangles over the side of a cliff. Then the film cuts to a shot of Grant lifting Saint up into a train berth as they enjoy a ride off into the sunset. So the film completely skips over the resolution of whether he will be able to hold onto her as she struggles to hang on, and the wrap-up of the mystery/spy story, both of which are unnecessary at that point. We all know she won't fall to her death, because that would be unsatisfying and dramatically it would have no point, and we already know the villains have been caught or killed and we know what they were doing and why. Any more recap would be redundant and boring.

Friday, February 20, 2015

New poster by Nicolas Delort



Going on sale Wednesday, it's his illustration for the story collection End of the Road, which is available at Amazon.

Krypto and Streaky Super Pets plush are available for preorder.

$18 each.