Thursday, April 30, 2015

Should the Houston Astros activate the Death Star they've been building?

Grantland:

Every action movie involving a huge, sinister piece of machinery has an activation scene. It usually takes several minutes and includes orders being repeated in triplicate and about a dozen levers and switches being pulled by different men in different rooms, all while stirring music — courtesy of Hans Zimmer or John Williams — thunders in the background. Huge, mechanical arms click into place, gears turn, and computer screens blink ominously....

Since Jeff Luhnow took over the Astros in December 2011, he’s been building the kind of machine I just described. After surveying the terrain in Houston, Luhnow & Co. decided there was nothing of value to build upon and started from scratch. The construction process has been much discussed and debated, and it hasn’t been without the kind of setbacks that play into Luhnow’s supervillain reputation. Most notably, there was an embarrassing theft of Death Star plans and the equally embarrassing Brady Aiken affair. A young hero losing the use of his arm after refusing to join a supervillain’s cause does, after all, fit a certain theme.

But the building stage is almost over....

Hulkbuster paper toy



Available for download.

Spring cleaning sale at the Big Bad Toy Store

Including NECA, ThreeA, Marvel Legends, Star Wars Black.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Infinity Gauntlet #1 Variant Cover



By Adi Granov.

Does Not Commute is a fun iOS game



Does Not Commute by Mediocre:

A strategic driving game from the award-winning maker’s of Smash Hit. Does not Commute is a temporal paradox in which you have no one to blame but yourself. What starts out as a relaxing commute in a small town of the 1970's quickly devolves into traffic chaos with hot dog trucks, sports cars, school buses and dozens of other vehicles. You drive them all. Plan ahead. Don't be late.

In this small town, discover the characters and their secrets – what world-changing experiment is inventive dentist Dr Charles Schneider hiding? Will Mr Baker quit his job in advertising? What is that strange mask on Mrs Griffin's face? Will Mr Mayfield’s peculiar obsession with Yorkshire Terriers take over his life?

Does Not Commute is playable at no cost and free from ads. An optional premium upgrade is available through a one-time in-app purchase that will enable the ability to continue from checkpoints.

Play Infinite Crisis as Lex Luthor in a deep sea exploration suit



Trench Diver Lex Luthor.

*Buy Infinite Crisis toys at Amazon.

Gatchaman/G-Force figure available for preorder

The figure I posted a few days ago--preorder for $80.

Chappie concept art

"The first designs of Chappie himself unfortunately aren't covered in the book. The world's best Greg Broadmore did a bunch of rad concepts right at the start and got it to a pretty well resolved state, after some more notes came through I did a bunch of head designs, Leri did his thang with the graphics and he was kinda done. For a while! This was back in 2010."

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Ikea furniture item known as "The Divorcemaker"



LAI:

As part of the therapy process, Durvasula sometimes asks that her couples assemble a big piece of furniture at their home, then come back and tell her how it went. She notes that while some items are relatively easy, something like the Liatorp—with its many drawers and glass panels—she calls "The Divorcemaker."

"[Jeb] Bush is raising money prodigiously, telling donors at a private gathering in Miami last weekend that his political organization was set to break political fund-raising records"

NYT.

Anheuser-Busch regrets Bud Light label that said it was the “perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”

"this message missed the mark."

Relatedly, Houston Rockets regret tweet that said, "Shhhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon."

Monday, April 27, 2015

Killer whale catches a bird

Frightening.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: Launch Trailer



Via. (The 866-page book is $6.52 at Amazon.)

Engraved on the Eye by Saladin Ahmed is free at Amazon

The first two stories are very good:

A medieval physician asked to do the impossible. A gun slinging Muslim wizard in the old West. A disgruntled super villain pining for prison reform. A cybernetic soldier who might or might not be receiving messages from God. Prepare yourself to be transported to new and fantastical worlds.

The short stories in this collection have been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell awards. They’ve been reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy and other anthologies, recorded for numerous podcasts, and translated into several foreign languages. Now they are collected in one place for the first time. Experience for yourself the original voice of one of fantasy’s rising stars!

ThreeA's half-size Metal Gear Rex available for preorder

"The half-size edition features improved articulation including the ability to turn its head."

"Doritos is bringing its limited-edition 'Roulette' bags to the U.S."

AA:

The packages include what appear to be regular nacho cheese flavored chips. But roughly one out of every six chips is super spicy, even though it looks like every other chip.

...

On social media, the brand will drive fans to a microsite where they can win prizes, roulette-style. The catch is that users must tag three friends on social media and enter as a team. At the end of the week, Doritos will pick the winning teams and announce it in a Vine video. For the winning team, three of the members will get good prizes -- like an X-Box One -- but one person will be stuck with a "mystery burn" prize: a dud prize like a piece of cardboard with an "X" on it.

Doritos will also host two live game show-style giveaways using Twitter's new Periscope streaming live-video app.

New Gatchaman/G-Force/Battle of the Planets figures



Via.

"I think even the puzzle nuts will be annoyed"

Polygon on the second act of Doublefine's Broken Age, which backers can download now.

RPS:

what’s most sad here is the absolute flop of the plot.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

"Koalas are the worst animal"

A strong case.

"Two or three years ago, I thought I would do my site professionally for the rest of my life"

Kottke:

The way things are going, in another year or two, I'm not sure that's even going to be an option. The short window of time in which individuals could support themselves by blogging is closing rapidly.

"NBC News finds Brian Williams embellished at least 11 times"

WaPo.

"Wealthier people have a higher value of time, and it is probably efficient to allow them to speed more."

MR on a Finnish businessman getting fined $58,000 for traveling 64 miles per hour in a 50 m.p.h. zone.

"More than dozen of [India's rural farmers] have committed suicide"

TAI on India:

Modi’s got a problem. The next big phase in his economic reform agenda requires passing a bill that would make it easier for industry to buy land on a large scale. But India’s rural farmers, normally part of Modi’s Hindu nationalist political base, are broadly opposing it. More than dozen of them have committed suicide, including one who hanged himself in the center of New Delhi, in a dramatic act of protest that has turned the farm bill into a red hot political issue.

Friday, April 24, 2015

"Varys Is a Sea Creature"

"6 Insane (but Convincing) 'Game of Thrones' Fan Theories"

Trailer for The Visit

Proposed Los Angeles Stadium Would Feature An Al Davis Eternal Flame

DS:

During Raiders games, the tower would be topped by a cauldron with a flame burning to the memory of late owner Al Davis.

Ah, but what happens when the co-tenant Chargers are playing? They’ll just turn off Davis’s flame and convert the tower into some sort of giant Van de Graaff generator that shoots lightning bolts when the Chargers score.

Wetsuit Suits






Introducing the TRUE WETSUITS.

High spec waterproof, the True Wetsuits can be worn from home to the beach,
and from beach to the office with no need to change at all.
TRUE WETSUITS comes in three handsome styles; Office Smart, Casual Friday and Party Tuxedo to suit for every occasion.
Via.

Entertainment Earth Exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy Comic Edition Marvel Legends Action Figure Set available for preorder

With free shipping.

$22 commissions

Five slots.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rich donors want immigration reform

Buzzfeed:

His dilemma is emblematic of just how deeply the immigration issue has divided the Republican Party’s conservative base from its elite donor class. Among the wealthy establishment figures who write six- and seven-figure checks to political action committees, there is overwhelming support for softer immigration laws.

...

Even if Tea Partiers aren’t willing to get on board, Zwick said the GOP money men have learned their lesson: “I really believe that the donor community… now finally recognizes, and I see them only wanting to get behind a candidate that is willing to take leadership on his issue.”

"Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal"

NY Times:

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

Mr. Baseball's Twitter feed

Red Son Superman and Flashpoint Batman Real Action Hero figures



Via.

"China Says Please Stop Hiring Funeral Strippers"

WSJ:

The point of inviting strippers...was to attract large crowds to the deceased’s funeral – seen as a harbinger of good fortune in the afterlife.

Telltale is going to make a Marvel game, too

2017.

ThreeA's Ultron



Coming soon.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Paul Robertson Super Dino Boys


Ultron Mark I by Hot Toys available for preorder



Available next month.

Zombies vs Robots #7 covers



Both covers by Mark Torres.

The X-Files Annual 2015 variant cover



Via.

Chris Rock wonders what ever happened to African Americans in baseball?

Suggestions on how to handle Iceman coming out of the closet in X-Men

James Tynion:

You know what I would love? I want adult Bobby not to have ANY idea how to deal with this.

Like, maybe he notices that he's never all that happy in relationships with women

“[T]hree photojournalists I’d worked with for years … told me about a pact they’d made not to release any photographs of my injury — out of respect for me.”

Politico on Dana Perino's new book about her White House years:

5. Photographers’ pact on facial injury she suffered during Baghdad shoe-throwing incident

“[T]hree photojournalists I’d worked with for years … told me about a pact they’d made not to release any photographs of my injury — out of respect for me.”

"The NYPD's Version of Thabo Sefolosha's Arrest Makes No Sense"

Vice:

But with the exposure of more video documenting the NYPD's actions that night—including the apparent breaking of Sefolosha's leg on-camera by a baton-wielding police officer—it appears that this story is far from over

"Somebody gets their arm cut off in every Phase Two [Marvel] movie"

It's an Empire Strikes Back tribute.

White and neon uniforms by Nike for the USA women's national soccer team



Nike:

Also new for this tournament, the replica of the women’s specific uniform will be available in men’s sizes, allowing all Americans to proudly display their support for the women’s team.

Avengers-themed Adidas sneakers



Adidas:

May's kids collection will be complemented by adult running shoes in four matching designs. The adult line includes a silver-green adidas adizero Prime BOOST™ that will be featured in the film with an exciting new Avengers character. For the biggest fans and a united look this colour-way will be a key feature within the kids' collections!

Culinary-themed murder mysteries coming to the Hallmark channel

Eater:

the Hallmark Channel will soon premiere a film called Gourmet Detective starring actor Dylan Neal as a "famed culinary consultant" named Henry Ross who is a "charming food industry insider in San Francisco."

When there is a "shocking murder" as his pal's five-star restaurant, Ross must work with a strong-willed police detective named Maggie Price (played by Brooke Burns) to investigate the city's top chefs and solve the crime. It's apparently the first installment of the channel's "Gourmet Detective Mystery Movie Series,"

Crimson Lord Nightmare Batman



Infinite Crisis:

The dark vampire is back and has swapped out his feral outfits for something with an aristocratic flare. Be prepared to catch your enemies off guard when you step into the Lost Sectors wearing this attire fit for a lord, the ‘Crimson Lord’ to be exact!

Featuring deep colors and rich accents, this costume is the perfect choice for Protectors that want to command more than just a swarm of bats on the battlefield. The crimson hue of his skin and bat wings is evidence of this Bruiser’s never ending thirst for blood. It’s time to rule in the arena! Vanquish your enemies, or make them quiver with fright, when they come across this sinister vampire of the night.

Best Marvel comics covers for July 2015


S.H.I.E.L.D. #8 Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO





WEIRDWORLD #3 cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO





SECRET WARS #5 cover by ALEX ROSS




STAR-LORD AND KITTY PRYDE #2 Cover by YASMINE PUTRI





SECRET WARS JOURNAL #3 Cover by JAKE WYATT






HAIL HYDRA #1 covers by ROLAND BOSCHI and ANDREW C. ROBINSON






1602 WITCH HUNTER ANGELA #2 Cover by STEPHANIE HANS

Via.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"Google Inc. is set to unveil its new U.S. wireless service as early as Wednesday"

WSJ.

Wolf #1 cover



By Matt Taylor. Via.

Best DC Comics covers for July 2015


DR. FATE #2 cover by Sonny Liew.




ACTION COMICS #42 TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by DAN HIPP




CATWOMAN #42 TEEN TITANS GO! Variant cover by BEN CALDWELL




WE ARE...ROBIN #2 cover by LEE BERMEJO




ASTRO CITY #25 cover by ALEX ROSS




SUICIDERS #6 cover by LEE BERMEJO




BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE HARLEY QUINN BY PAUL DINI STATUE

DESIGNED BY PAUL DINI
SCULPTED BY STEVE KIWUS
The best-selling BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE line of statues continues with this finely detailed statue of Arkham's most adorably insane inmate, Harley Quinn—based on the original design for the character by co-creator Paul Dini!
(Available for preorder)

Via.

Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit PVC Morale Patch



ITS:

we couldn't think of a artist more fitting to partner up with than our friend Mitch Gerads, artist of Marvel’s The Punisher Comic Book, to design the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit patch!

All net proceeds from the sale of these patches will be donated directly to the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit, which will in turn benefit Guardian for Heroes Foundation, the recipient organization of the benefit and auction this year.

"Jay-Z’s Tidal music service is already a spectacular flop"

BGR:

Two weeks after Tidal briefly cracked the U.S. iPhone top 20 download chart, the app has crashed out of the top 700.

"the average cost of counting each household [the census] has risen, in constant 2010 dollars, from $16 in 1970 to $94 in 2010"

Reason:

The 2010 census was "the most costly in history, totaling approximately $13 billion," and the 2020 edition "could cost approximately $25 billion (in constant 2010 dollars)" says the GAO.

"This Devious Fish Basically Reenacts The Thing To Catch Its Prey"

io9:

This is an adorable fish and a horror movie, all rolled into one. When it sees a school of other fish, it checks ‘em out, works for weeks to blend in with them, and then it systematically murders their young. When caught, it starts all over again.

"We generally don’t explain obsessions when we start them, and we certainly don’t explain when we end them."

Blogging advice from the founder of Eater.com

Marvel Select Thor with spinning hammer available for preorder



Love that accessory.