Monday, February 29, 2016

Link roundup

1. "At least 100 workers at the construction site for Tesla Motors Inc.’s battery factory near Reno, Nevada, walked off the job Monday to protest use of workers from other states, a union official said."

“It’s a slap in the face to Nevada workers to walk through the parking lot at the job site and see all these license plates from Arizona and New Mexico,” Koch said in an interview. Those who walked out were among the hundreds on the site, he said.
2. "The Pentagon has a new secret weapon to neutralize sites containing chemical or biological weapons: rocket balls."
These are hollow spheres, made of rubberized rocket fuel; when ignited, they propel themselves around at random at high speed, bouncing off the walls and breaking through doors, turning the entire building into an inferno.
3.  Tiny camera drone wraps around your wrist like a watch when not in use.

The Alien's Mortal Kombat X finishing moves

When the local employer leaves town

When a Heinz factory closed:

Councilors were brought to the schools to help the kids cope, and it was just a mess. We are - and hopefully will forever be - the tomato capital of Canada. Heinz defined us, in a way. Our mascot is a personified tomato family, we have the tomato festival every year, our tourist booth is a giant fiberglass tomato... everything.

Link roundup

1. New union contract at Gawker:

the contract sets a minimum salary of $50,000 for any full-time Gawker employee, a minimum of $70,000 for senior writers and editors, and a minimum of $90,000 for deputy editors and the editors-in-chief of some of Gawker’s smaller websites

...

After a year of working at Gawker, the contract says, full-time freelancers must either be hired as regular staff employees or let go. “That way they won’t be kept in permanent limbo,” Peterson said. As for part-time freelancers, after a year with Gawker, their daily pay levels are to be raised to that of regular employees.
2. "Japanese prosecutors indicted three former executives of the Tokyo Electric Power Company, owner of the ruined Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, on Monday, charging them with criminal negligence for their role in reactor meltdowns after an earthquake and tsunami five years ago."
Prosecutors initially declined to bring charges in the case. They said there was not enough evidence that failings by Tepco or its leaders had amounted to criminal wrongdoing. But their decision angered Fukushima residents and antinuclear campaigners, who formed the organization led by Ms. Muto, the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Plaintiffs Group, to demand a review.

A rarely used feature of Japanese law allows committees made up of private citizens to examine prosecutors’ decisions regarding whether to indict suspects. In certain circumstances, they can order those decisions reversed.
3. Covert garage door.

Augmented reality survival guide



New York Collapse: A Survival Guide to Urban Catastrophe is a new tie-in book for the upcoming first person shooter Tom Clancy’s The Division.

On one level, the book is simply a guide to surviving in an urban city if a catastrophe knocks out vital services (how to pack a survival bag, how to trap game in Central Park, which floors are the safest in a high-rise). But the conceit of this book is that a character from the video game has found it, is utilizing it to survive in New York City after it has been ravaged by weaponized small pox, and is documenting her experiences in the margins:



The book is by the same people who put out JJ Abrams' augmented reality novel S. New York collapse is $15 at Amazon. And they're giving away an Xbox One and other prizes at the companion page.

Link roundup

1. "Imagine buying an internet-enabled surveillance camera, network attached storage device, or home automation gizmo, only to find that it secretly and constantly phones home to a vast peer-to-peer (P2P) network run by the Chinese manufacturer of the hardware."

Now imagine that the geek gear you bought doesn’t actually let you block this P2P communication without some serious networking expertise or hardware surgery that few users would attempt.
2. "Oprah just lost $27 million on Weight Watchers"

3. "A closer look at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter"
In Florida, the station structure next to the Hogwarts Express houses lockers for the Dragon Challenge rollercoaster attraction. Since that attraction is not present here in Hollywood, the space has been re-imagined as a great Hogwarts Express-themed photo-op. Unfortunately, the only way you can go in and take photos in or of the photo-op is to pay $25 for Universal’s photographers to take the picture and give you a print.
4. Marvel Legends two-packs, including Jane Foster Thor, are available for preorder.

Link roundup

1. "It must have seemed like a win-win at the time. Clothing retailer Lands' End, desperate to refurbish its image into something relevant and chic, featured an interview with legendary feminist Gloria Steinem in its spring catalog,"

The company has issued an abject public apology. "Some customers were troubled and concerned that we featured an interview with Gloria Steinem in a recent catalog," reads the statement. "It was never our intention to raise a divisive political or religious issue, so when some of our customers saw the recent promotion that way, we heard them. We sincerely apologize for any offense."

That has provoked a counter-backlash
2. "Bill Murray Involved in Cell Phone Throwing Incident, Actor Is ‘Taking Responsibility’"

3. "So here in the form of an open letter are some of the questions I’d ask Tim Cook if I had him under oath.
What I’d like to know is just how much work you’ve already done for repressive regimes surveilling their own people:

One repressive regime in particular, actually. China’s.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Link roundup

1. "Scalia Took Dozens of Trips Funded by Private Sponsors"

Mr. Gillers and other legal experts said they saw nothing wrong with Mr. Scalia’s accepting a free room at Mr. Poindexter’s lodge. While the Ethics in Government Act, adopted after Watergate, requires high-level federal employees, including judges, to fill out disclosure reports for reimbursements worth more than $335, the visit to the ranch might not have required a formal disclosure, because accommodations provided by a private individual are exempt under current rules.
2. Cruise ship video game jam:
One young man takes the microphone and describes an 'endless birther' wherein the player must guide a baby through a birth canal. Next a girl outlines a game in which you play as God's hand, smiting Adam and Eve every time they move to touch a forbidden apple. A bearded Norwegian man (they are mostly bearded, and often luxuriously so) describes a VR game in which multiple players assume the role of chicks racing to peck their way out of their respective egg-shell, bobbing their heads back and forth
3. "So they used the word 'pretty,' they centered the activity on the 'home bedroom,' and then, because they'd gone too far and got criticized, they let the boys in, and a boy won, and, of course, they got criticized for that."

Link roundup

1. Don't sail over an underwater volcano.

2. "A new generation of wine drinkers came of age with screw caps and plastic bottle stoppers, but cork producers are mounting a campaign to win their loyalty"

They also began promoting cork’s environmental benefits, noting that the production of cork wine stoppers is a “carbon-negative” process
Via.

3. "Italian city to limit 'ethnic eateries' after explosion in kebab shops"
A ruling came into effect in the city of Verona this week prohibiting the openings of any new restaurants offering mostly "ethnic" or deep-fried food.

Soma fanart



By Maren Marmulla.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Navy SEAL Edward C. Byers Jr. to receive Medal of Honor



"As Byers protected Joseph, he spotted an AK-47-wielding Taliban guard just inches away. He continued to shield Joseph with his body as he grabbed the gunman by the throat, pinning him to a wall long enough for another SEAL to shoot him dead." Via.

Jane Foster Thor action figure available for order

at Amazon.

Jaws poster



By FAP.

Drawings by Cory Loftis



For a show at Gallery Nucleus.

The Baroness



Available at Amazon. Via.

Link roundup

1. "Scalia's Death Prompts Dow to Settle Suits for $835 Million"

“Growing political uncertainties due to recent events with the Supreme Court and increased likelihood for unfavorable outcomes for business involved in class-action suits have changed Dow’s risk assessment of the situation,” the company said in an e-mailed statement.
2. High-res printable maps for Firewatch.

3. "I'd put a communications team together with one goal: Get Trump to respond and award daily prizes for the most successful response."
Trump has a pattern of late-night tweeting responses and that's a great time to taunt him. He has zero discipline and no one to stop him from not doing whatever he wants to do in a given moment. Use that and start to take control of the race.

Link roundup

1. "Why 49ers' 1991 helmet redesign was a historic failure"

Wright died in 2013, but his daughter, Beverly Wright Woo, spoke with Uni Watch shortly after his death and said he didn't mind the fans' response to his design. "He was disappointed, sure, but he had a good sense of humor about it all," she said. "He didn't take it personally, because he just gave the 49ers what they had asked for."
2. "The Rutherford County-made .50-caliber Barrett sniper rifle" is now the official rifle of Tennessee.

3. "Juliette, a white pony adorned with a fake horn, was posing with kids during a children's photo shoot in Madera Ranchos, California, near Fresno. She escaped"

4. 20% off everything at Last Exit to Nowhere ("Feb2016").

Link roundup

1. "What if not just one random building or street, however, but an entire map is deliberately wrong?"

This is the strange fate of digital mapping products in China: there, every street, building, and freeway is just slightly off its mark, skewed for reasons of national and economic security.
2. $10 sketches by Julia Gfrörer. (Palm Ash is really good.)

3. "According to a census, Japan’s population shrank by nearly 1 million people in the past five years." Via.

4. Deluxe Will Smith/Independence Day figure.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Link roundup

1. "Windows 10 Users Start Seeing Full-Screen Ads As Screen Savers"

2. "Man Used Instagram To Follow Students And Steal Their Underwear, Police Say"

Galvan would allegedly hang out in public places until he spotted a woman he was interested in targeting. Then, he would check social media to see if she had checked in on Instagram, or posted a photo that had geotagged that particular location. If Galvan could find her there, he would allegedly go back through her photos and see if she had ever posted a photo from her home that also had its location data embedded. If successful, prosecutors say he would go to the woman's home and break in, then steal her electronics, jewelry, underwear and other personal belonging.
3. Twitter's missing manual.

Link roundup

1. "The Deactivation of the American Worker"

A worker laid off by losing her access to #sadmarketing will be replaced by someone who not only occupies her actual desk but has access to every document she’s uploaded, every meeting she attended and even the pithy asides about that very meeting; all the gifs and in-jokes and Hamilton sdlfkjsd, sure, but also the contacts relevant to the job, the advantage of being able to instantly catch-up because the information has been elegantly archived and arranged for future workers. Employees whose self-worth depends on their unique knowledge of the organization no longer have that benefit. Instead of a disorganized series of private inboxes, there is now a valuable public record. The job is a body of work; the person doing it is more interchangeable than ever.
2. "In Westlake Village, where the median home price is $930,400...there have been 11 head baseball coaches" since 1985.
"I remember saying, 'This is going to be great, I'm a former athlete, I'm going to be cheering for the kids,'" she said. "I didn't realize most of my time was going to be [spent] dealing with upset parents and coaches. 'Why is my child not playing? Why is he not on varsity? Why is the coach doing that?' It was putting out fires."
3. "Tesco, Britain’s largest supermarket chain and a bellwether of sorts for popular tastes, is dispensing with the traditional curved [croissant] as of Friday and instead will sell only straight ones."
It is easier to spread jam on the straight variety.

Link roundup

1. Scouts are concerned that Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen's hands are too small.  (Previously: "Johnny Manziel's hands are enormous, and it's helping his draft stock".)

2. "Marine biologist violates probation when she gets too close to otter"

3. Nightmare fuel.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Link roundup

1. "Justice Scalia spent his last hours with members of this secretive society of elite hunters"

Members of the worldwide, male-only society wear dark-green robes emblazoned with a large cross and the motto “Deum Diligite Animalia Diligentes,” which means “Honoring God by honoring His creatures,” according to the group’s website. Some hold titles, such as Grand Master, Prior and Knight Grand Officer.
2. "King of the village."

3. "Sporting goods retailer Sports Authority Inc intends to file for bankruptcy as early as next month, an action that would expedite the closing of some of its 450 stores across the United States"

Nike's sporty golf clothes



Nike.

Yakult Swallows Mascot deluxe action figure



Via.

There's a rated R version of The Hobbit with fountains of blood?



Bonus:

Link roundup

1. This post tells me it's a good time to say that The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 is one phenomenal story after another. Including Theodora Goss's Cimmeria.

2. "This Isn’t Even John Kasich’s Worst Presidential Bid"

The Ohio governor finished fifth in Nevada, behind even Ben Carson. Still, this is far from his saddest run for president—in college, he lost and took the board of elections to court.
3. Good to see I wasn't the only mind-shattered parent who did this.

Link roundup

1. "Knife-wielding crabs? Here’s the troubling truth behind these viral videos."

It appears the knife's handle is jammed into the claw, and the crab either can't let got of it or is instinctively clamping down on the weapon.

...

The crab is "absolutely distressed,"
2. From Matt Taibbi's lengthy article about Trump:
He talks, for instance, about the anti-trust exemption enjoyed by insurance companies, an atrocity dating back more than half a century, to the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945. This law, sponsored by one of the most notorious legislators in our history (Nevada Sen. Pat McCarran was thought to be the inspiration for the corrupt Sen. Pat Geary in The Godfather II), allows insurance companies to share information and collude to divvy up markets.

Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats made a serious effort to overturn this indefensible loophole during the debate over the Affordable Care Act.

Trump pounds home this theme in his speeches, explaining things from his perspective as an employer. "The insurance companies," he says, "they'd rather have monopolies in each state than hundreds of companies going all over the place bidding ...  It's so hard for me to make deals  ... because I can't get bids."

He goes on to explain that prices would go down if the state-by-state insurance fiefdoms were eliminated, but that's impossible because of the influence of the industry. "I'm the only one that's self-funding ...  Everyone else is taking money from, I call them the bloodsuckers."

Trump isn't lying about any of this.
3. Pink fairy armadillo.

Trailer for JCVD's Double Impact



(Popped in my head earlier today.)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Link roundup

1. "Jean-Claude Van Damme to Star in Amazon Action-Comedy 'Jean-Claude Van Johnson'"

'Jean-Claude Van Johnson' would see him playing a version of himself — a famous actor/martial-arts pro who also happens to be a secret black ops private contractor.
2. "Super-Discount Grocery Store Aldi To Open 45 Stores In SoCal This Year"
Aldi will request customers deposit a quarter to use a shopping cart. The philosophy follows that if people want their quarter back, they'll be inclined to return the cart to its proper location next to the grocery store's entrance. No employee needed to retrieve all the carts lazy customers leave lying all over the parking area.
3. "this is the same Valencia team whose player, David Ruiz, appeared to pull off one of the most egregious dives in the history of the game, take a bunch of shit for it the world over, only to later have it come out that he’d actually torn his ACL on the play."

4. New DC Bombshells available for preorder.

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Talks to Young Voters



Bonus:

Pop-up hot dog toaster



$20 at Amazon.

Link roundup

1. "Now you can recreate this magical meal by making your own version of Rey’s Portion Bread in under a minute."

2. "Let’s talk about that photo of Mark Zuckerberg and the sad VR men"

This is a beautiful photo that captures many of our anxieties about Virtual Reality and Screen Time and Wealth Inequality and Interpersonal Interaction. That Mark Zuckerberg saw this photo and enjoyed what it said about The Future so much that he posted it to his Facebook page adds another, even richer layer of Art.
3. New tee at Last Exit to Nowhere based on Big Trouble in Little China.

Link roundup

1. Modern day Morganna.  (NSFW?)

2. "By terrorizing island raccoons, scientists finally confirm that large predators can affect their prey through fear alone."

The result is a landscape of fear—a psychological topography that exists in the minds of prey, complete with mountains of danger and valleys of safety.

...

This concept came to attention in the 1990s, when gray wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park after having been exterminated seven decades prior. Ecologists showed that the park’s elk would spend so much time watching out for the re-emergent wolves that they spent less time eating and sired fewer young. They died in numbers way beyond what the wolves were actually killing, and their losses rippled throughout Yellowstone. The trees they ate grew taller, providing more wood for beavers and nesting sites for songbirds. The entire park changed, and all thanks to fear of the big, bad wolf.
Via.

3. "NFLPA’s latest win over NFL was a blowout"
Because the CBA contains no provision that would penalize the league for getting caught pulling a fast one (whether it was nefarious or not), there’s no clear incentive for the league to not use fuzzy accounting. If the union catches it, the league pays what it already would have paid. If the union doesn’t catch it, the league gets free money.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Link roundup

1. "U.S. health regulators acknowledged they miscalculated the amount of formaldehyde emitted from some of Lumber Liquidators' laminated floor products."

The error occurred because the CDC neglected to convert feet to meters
Via.

2. "Marvel: Contest of Champions...has surpassed 60 million players and has generated over $200 million in revenue since its launch in December 2014"

3. Disgraced astronomer "says he is a casualty of a hypersensitive atmosphere that turned his efforts to be caring toward women into sexual harassment." Previously:
according to a university investigation letter...[he] engaged in sexual activity with a student who was “incapacitated due to alcohol and therefore could not consent.”

Link roundup

1. Good interview/podcast with Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam of Mondo. (Their goal is for posters to sell out in 5-10 minutes.)

2. I choose to believe this:

Apparently the Star Wars Ep VIII crew have drones that they're using to take out drones operated by snoopers trying to get on-set footage.
3. "Oil is now so cheap even pirates aren’t stealing it any more"

Harry Potter prints



$65 and up.

Link roundup

1. "Fun and games aboard Rob Gronkowski’s cruise"

There were also plenty of cruisers who had no idea that good-time Gronkowski was among them. The Norwegian Pearl holds more than 2,300 passengers, but only 700 of them were part of Gronk’s cruise. The rest thought they were on the boat for an ordinary vacation to the Bahamas.
2. "the 'John Wayne’ of Cajun country."

3. How to win at Clash Royale.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Link roundup

1. "A Louisiana Tribe Is Now Officially A Community Of Climate Refugees"

Since the 1950s, the tribe has lost 98 percent of its land to rising sea levels, coastal erosion and flooding. Experts suspect the island will be completely submerged within 50 years
2. "What was the most interesting war tactic ever performed in history?"

3. "A federal judge has rejected former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper's plea deal for the drugging and rape of multiple women in four states."
Milazzo said a 9-year prison sentence, when considering the seriousness of the offenses for which Sharper admitted, was "inappropriate."

Left brain/right brain test



Fun to take. (I was placed in Gryffindor, btw.)

"Mall Goth Bucky"



Yuko Ota suggests a character design for Avengers Academy.

New MLB approved protective headgear for pitchers





Link roundup

1. "10 years ago, in 2006, there was only FF.net, and it was there that a fan fiction legend was born: Tara Gilesbie (aka XXXbloodyrists666XXX) published the first chapter of My Immortal"

a multi-chaptered Harry Potter story about a young American Hogwarts student called Ebony, a leather-clad, eyelinered “goffik” who has a relationship with Draco Malfoy and later is sent back in time to curb Voldemort’s murderous urges with the love of a goff woman.

...

“Hi my name is Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way and I have long ebony black hair (that’s how I got my name) with purple streaks and red tips that reaches my mid-back and icy blue eyes like limpid tears and a lot of people tell me I look like Amy Lee (AN: if u don’t know who she is get da hell out of here!). I’m not related to Gerard Way but I wish I was because he’s a major fucking hottie.”
2. "Amar'e Stoudemire's Picks"
"I find it unique and interesting that the artist repurposed a plate and turned it into a work of art."
3. "We wrongly think things that are different are impossible."
Something that is off-the-charts entertaining is hard to stop.

Snowglobe inspired by the classic movie poster for The Thing






Snow globe based on John Carpenter's The Thing by CSE.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Link roundup

1. Junk mail in the 1800s.

2. "One of Iraq’s anti-corruption leaders sat in his office, waving his hands in exasperation."

“There is no solution,” he said. “Everybody is corrupt, from the top of society to the bottom. Everyone. Including me.”

...

“At least I am honest about it,” he shrugged. “I was offered $5m by someone to stop investigating him. I took it, and continued prosecuting him anyway.”

...

If, as projected, global oil prices remain at historic lows, Iraq will be unable to pay some of its civil servants, or honour pledges to build roads and power stations in the next financial year. The gravity of the crisis has created uncomfortable reckonings for Iraq’s political class, military leaders and some senior religious figures, who have led a staggering 13-year pillage that has left Iraq consistently rated as one of the top five least transparent and most corrupt countries in the world.
3. "Grant County sheriff viewed as 'security leak' as state seeks investigation"

Link roundup

1. Amazon raised its free shipping threshold to $49.

2. "Ronda Rousey Apologizes For Posting Photoshopped Image That Made Her...Skinnier"

3. "A 20-meter-high slide descends inside a five-story shopping mall in Shanghai, China, on February 16, 2016."

4. Peyton Manning.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Link roundup

1. "Concerned Citizens Turn Out to Be Political Theater"

Some of those scripted lines, he says were provided by recent UCLA graduate Adam Swart, CEO of a company called Crowds on Demand, which will stage rallies and demonstrations for any almost candidate or cause.

Swart says he has employed actors to sway city officials in meetings across the country.
2. "A Moscow advert declaring that “smoking kills more people than Obama” has gone viral, becoming the latest in a string of actions condemning the US president as a mass killer."

3. The time Lance Stephenson smashed his car trying to sneak past the security gate at the Clippers' practice facility.

"Abbey Lee In Talks To Play Tirana In ‘The Dark Tower’"

The real news is the update added to the report:

Readers are questioning the name of the character that Lee plays. That’s what I heard they were calling this major character, and for die hard fans, I can tell you a few character qualities: she’s sexy and dangerous, she has fake human skin and cold snake-like eyes. She doesn’t come in until the seventh volume, apparently, but she’s going to be starring in the first film.

Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning story collection is $1.99 today

at Amazon.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Link roundup

1. "The Ghost Rapes of Bolivia"

2. "The Mayor of Crystal City, Texas, Just Can't Stop Getting Arrested." (Great town seal, too.)

3. The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens

Each social media network creates a particular kind of teenage star: Those blessed with early-onset hotness are drawn to YouTube, the fashionable and seemingly wealthy post to Instagram, the most charismatic actors, dancers, and comedians thrive on Vine. On Facebook, every link you share and photo you post is a statement of your identity. Tumblr is the social network that, based on my reporting, is seen by teens as the most uncool....The culture of Tumblr began to be dominated by teens—weird teens.

...

teens perform joy on Instagram but confess sadness on Tumblr.

The world's most dangerous monkey

At the Atlantic. Also:

A tiger tries to grab a live chicken offered by tourists inside a sightseeing vehicle at the wildlife world in the Locajoy Holiday Theme Park in Chongqing, China, on January 8, 2016. Tourists and predators have switched places at the zoo, where visitors are paying to be locked in a cage and stalked by big cats and bears. Chunks of fresh meat and live chicken are tied to the outside of a vehicle, which drives through the enclosure, in a bid to attract the predators and give tourists the closest possible dining experience with them

Masters of the Universe tees at Threadless



Anthony Petrie has a new shop.

From an interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda

Link:

Hip-hop isn’t the standard Broadway music. And you’ve incorporated this nearly all-minority cast rapping, hip-hopping. This is about guys who wore powdered wigs. They wrote the federalist papers. How does it work, why does it work?

“The casting is not ‘minority.’ Your piece is going to be dated in about five years when we’re the majority. So you might want to say ‘people of color.’

...

Are there lessons from the election of 1800 for voters of 2016?

“Every election is a remix of the one before. It only feels contemporary because we’ve been fighting about the same thing for some 200 years. The election of 1800 was the first contemporary election. It was even more ugly, even more bitter than what we’re seeing today. I know that sounds crazy, but ‘twas ever thus. And that gives me hope as an American. It means we haven’t fallen from grace. You had Adams and Jefferson calling each other hermaphrodite and one accusing the other of being dead and hoping news would travel quickly to win the election. It got dirty right away. It’s always been a really elbow-throwing time every four years or so. So that gives me hope as an American because ‘twas ever thus.”

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Creating the title sequence for Spectre

From an interview at Art of the Title:

Well, we do a casting session that’s like anything else. I mean, it’s slightly embarrassing, you get these two people who don’t really know each other, get them to smooch a bit and to pretend that there’s an octopus in between them.

...

Let’s talk about the music a little bit more. Radiohead recorded a version of the SPECTRE opening and released it online recently. Was that ever part of the conversations you were involved with?

Daniel: I haven’t heard it! I think I did know that they’d done one, but I hadn’t heard it. Is it any good?

...

Actually, this one bit that the producers and Sam just wouldn’t let me do — at the end of that little sequence with all the lovers kissing and the octopus, there’s this close-up of two mouths coming together. Originally I was going to have the girl’s tongue coming out of the girl’s mouth going into the male mouth, but it wasn’t a tongue, it was an octopus tentacle. And they all just went, “Yeccchhhh, that’s too much!” So that hit the cutting room floor! [laughs] I’d gone too far!

Marvel covers



Marvel Guidebook by Mike Del Mundo and and A-FORCE #5 by Kris Anka. Via.

Link roundup

1. "Ben Simmons might be shooting with the wrong hand"

2. "the wizard nazis are only all in one house because JKR doesn't understand people that well, anyway"

3. "China is to relocate more than 9,000 people before the unveiling of the world’s largest radio telescope later this year – a move that Beijing hopes will boost the global hunt for extraterrestrial life."

Monday, February 15, 2016

Link roundup

1. "Opening Shot In Rubio’s 'Morning Again In America' Ad Appears To Be Canada"

2. Summary of the story in Prophet.

3. Video of tonight's Hamilton performance.

BAFTLA film awards 2016 brochures



Illustrated by Levente Szabó.

The Dark Tower poster concept



By Carlos Lerma.

Link roundup

1. "Eliot Spitzer investigated over alleged choking incident"

2. Matt Taibbi about his days in the the Mongolian Basketball Association:

One is how the league came into being, which is amazing. The President of the Mongolian Stock Exchange had gone to U.S. on an exchange program in 1994, the year the Knicks and the Rockets played in the Finals. He fell immediately in love with NBA basketball, and he’d record every single game in his dorm room — on videotapes. So when he went back to Mongolia, he brought all these tapes with him, and he illegally broadcast the entire playoff series in Mongolia, and they were the highest-rated television programs in the history of the country. Everybody was completely addicted to basketball.
3. "'Josie and the Pussycats' Meet Satan, 1973"

4. Many of the just-revealed NECA figures are available for preorder.

Revan and Sabine figures



New pics.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Link roundup

1. "The Ugly, Sexist Aftermath of Appearing on 'Jeopardy!'"

2. "Chipotle needs to rethink its business practices, which include working alongside food alarmists, anti-GMO activists, the organic food industry, and other modern food system critics to frighten, distract and misinform the American public."

3. Peyton Manning.

Link roundup

1. "The Dodgers will provide fans with free programs this year. Not just a scorecard and rosters, mind you, but a glossy 80-page magazine with stories, photographs and advertisements."

2. The sequel to Republic Commando that never was:

There were two competing stories that were being pitched, one being developed by Tim Longo and one by lead level designer Kevin Schmitt. In one, you would have played the side story of Revenge of the Sith and carried out Order 66, hunting down Jedi as a team. In the other, Sev would have been the first man in the Rebellion army -- the tagline was something like, "Every Rebellion begins with a single soldier."

Tim's plan would have had Sev start the Rebellion army, training a new generation of soldiers to fight the Empire: In my own imagining, I like to believe he'd go after his pod-brothers and counter-program them so they could fight the Empire together.
3. "Why Do New Starbucks Drinks Have ‘Chocolatey’ Chips, Not Chocolate?"

New toy reveals


Star Wars Black Sabine and Revan.




Marvel Legends including Silk and Nico Minoru, and Cable.




Alien 3 Ripley and Weland Yutani commando by Neca.