Saturday, July 21, 2018

Marvel Legends Archangel available for preorder

Four different heads.

Thanos inspirational print

*Available at ebay.

Figuarts Ant-Man with ant

Bea Arthur Star Wars figure

"How to beat LinkedIn: The Game"


For those unfamiliar, LinkedIn is a 2D, turn-based MMORPG that sets itself apart from its competitors by placing players not in a fantasy world of orcs and goblins, but in the treacherous world of business. Players can choose from dozens of character classes (i.e., Entrepreneurs, Social Media Mavens, Finance Wizards) each with their own skill sets and special moves (Power Lunch; Signal Boost; Invoice Dodge). They gain “experience” by networking, obtaining endorsements from other users, and posting inspirational quotes from Elon Musk.


To novices, the game appears to be open-ended, and impossible to “beat” in any clearly defined sense. But it is, in fact, possible to win at LinkedIn. I have done so, and you can too, by following this short strategy guide.

The plaque in New York that became known as "The Triangle of Spite"

Thread on New Amsterdam becoming New York.

"Purge City" for your Purge-related party needs

*Buy SDCC Purge goods at ebay.

The official podcast for The Good Place is great

Ted Danson and D'Arcy Carden were guests on the latest episodes.

"St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online. Most have no idea"


The women are among hundreds of St. Louis area Uber passengers who have been streamed online without their knowledge by their driver, Jason Gargac, 32, of Florissant.

Gargac has given about 700 rides in the area since March through Uber, plus more with Lyft. Nearly all have been streamed to his channel on Twitch, a live video website popular with video gamers where Gargac goes by the username “JustSmurf.”


First names, and occasionally full names, are revealed. Homes are shown.


He had gone over 30 minutes without passengers and his stream was losing viewers.

“This better be (expletive) content, I swear to God. This better be (expletive) content, that’s all I’m saying,” Gargac said as the two women approached.


Several told the Post-Dispatch that after learning about Gargac’s stream, they complained to Uber. The company gave them a $5 credit, and a promise that they would not be paired with Gargac as a driver.

Berlin Typography

Friday, July 20, 2018

Wargaming Miniatures Roundup

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More toys revealed at SDCC are available for preorder

Ace Ventura with multiple heads and animals friends.

King Kong Vs. Godzilla S.H.MonsterArts Godzilla.

"Two men charged with stealing more than $8 million in rare books [and portions of books] from Carnegie Library"

"A former Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh archivist and a respected Oakland antiquarian bookseller 'cannibalized' rare books from the institution by cutting out pages and stole more than $8 million worth of precious items over a 20-year period, according to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office."

"scientists recently discovered a rare, solitary type of bee that makes tiny nests by plastering together flower petals"

From 2010:

She then shapes the multi-colored petals into a cocoon-like structure, laying one petal on top of the other and occasionally using some nectar as glue. When the outer petal casing is complete, she reinforces the inside with a paper-thin layer of mud, and then another layer of petals, so both the outside and inside are wallpapered -- a potpourri of purple, pink and yellow.

These meticulous shells are just over a half-inch long and usually will house just one tiny egg.

Ten funny tweets

Micro horror anthology

Minor league baseball team will adopt a Seinfeld-themed mascot

Merchandise is available for preorder.

"One of the world’s most chilling ruins is the Ploutonion at Hierapolis, 'the Gates to Hell'"


Star Trek Discovery trailer

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Far Cry 5 - Lost On Mars review: "For goodness sakes don’t buy this"


I can imagine a meeting in which a group of Ubisoft suits got together and meticulously went through all the reviews of all the previous Far Cry games, and created a chart that featured the aspects of said games that were most frequently complained about. Then the boss suit said, “We must make a game that uniquely focuses on these features! But much, much less funny than ever before!” That’s how I see things having gone down.

Many of the newly-revealed NECA toys are available for preorder

Golden Girls, Karate Kid, etc.  My post about the SDCC toy reveals has also been substantially updated.

"A paid influencer who surged to the top of Marvel Strike Force’s leaderboards with a roster of maxed-out characters will have his account erased"

"This follows a week in which the influencer’s unrealistic progress and previously undisclosed relationship with developer FoxNext angered the playing and paying community."

Art roundup

"America's most popular doll is being counterfeited. L.A. toymaker MGA wants to know who's doing it"


The counterfeiters leverage the fact that customs officers don’t have the capacity to stop every shipment entering a U.S. port of entry.

“If we stop every single container, the economy would collapse tomorrow,” said customs spokesman Jaime Ruiz.

To get customs officers to check a specific container suspected of containing counterfeits, companies typically must hire private investigators to ferret out the tracking number.

“It’s very difficult for the company to successfully get that information unless they can really infiltrate into the counterfeiting chain, which is really hard to do,” said Daniel Chow, an Ohio State University professor who has testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission about Chinese intellectual-property infringements.


In March, a private investigator hired by MGA went to TomTop’s Industry office, and while there, took photographs of a TomTop employee seated next to an L.O.L. Surprise! box. MGA hoped this would be enough to prove that TomTop had counterfeit L.O.L. Surprise! dolls at its Industry warehouse.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Collector Edition includes a zombie mystery box with "an eerie skeleton exterior and frightening sounds and lighting"

Available for preorder:

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Mystery Box Edition comes loaded with a plethora of collectible items - including a collectible Mystery Box, 4 Exclusive Zombies Figpins, an Exclusive Zombies Puzzle, Darkhorse Zombies Comic with Exclusive cover, 3 Zombies lithographs, a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Pop Socket, collectible Steelbook, 10 physical Specialist Icon patches, and additional digital content for the ultimate Black Ops fan. Pre-Order now while supplies last.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Mystery Box Edition Includes:

CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4 GAME - Black Ops is back! Featuring gritty, grounded Multiplayer combat, the biggest Zombies offering ever with three full undead adventures at Launch, and Blackout, where the universe of Black Ops comes to life in a massive battle royale experience.

COLLECTIBLE ZOMBIES MYSTERY BOX – Inspired by the in-game Zombies Mystery Box, this collectible box features an eerie skeleton exterior and frightening sounds and lighting.

ZOMBIES HEROES FIGPINS - Get the exclusive set of our new Zombies Heroes featuring Scarlett Rhodes, Bruno Delacroix, Diego Necalli, and Stanton Shaw from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies.

10th ANNIVERSARY ZOMBIES PUZZLE – This 1,000 piece puzzle features unique art celebrating 10 years of Treyarch Zombies history.

DARK HORSE ZOMBIES COMIC ISSUE #1 – This first issue of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies Dark Horse Comic comes with an exclusive cover only for the Mystery Box Edition. The comic series will unveil details about our Zombies Heroes’ backstories.

ZOMBIES LITHOGRAPHS – These three collectible lithographs commemorate Voyage of Despair, IX, and Blood of the Dead, three Zombies Experiences in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

POP SOCKET – With its intimidating skull logo, this limited edition Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Pop Socket is the perfect way to show off your Black Ops fandom.

COLLECTIBLE STEELBOOK - Limited edition steel game case featuring unique art.

LIMITED EDITION SPECIALIST ICON PATCHES - Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 reintroduces the fan-favorite Specialists, each with their own unique weapon, equipment, and icons. This set of collectible patches is inspired by each of the 10 Specialists’ in-game icons.

BLACK OPS PASS* - The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Black Ops Pass includes “Classified,” a bonus Zombies experience, available at Launch, 4 additional all-new Zombies experiences, 12 Multiplayer maps, and 4 exclusive Blackout characters.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The DC toys just revealed at SDCC are available for preorder

Figures, statues, etc. (I've substantially updated my post on the new toy reveals at SDCC.)

"To cash in on Kindle Unlimited, a cabal of authors gamed Amazon’s algorithm"


The fight over #Cockygate, as it was branded online, emerged from the strange universe of Amazon Kindle Unlimited, where authors collaborate and compete to game Amazon’s algorithm. Trademark trolling is just the beginning: There are private chat groups, ebook exploits, conspiracies to seed hyperspecific trends like “Navy SEALs” and “mountain men,” and even a controversial sweepstakes in which a popular self-published author offered his readers a chance to win diamonds from Tiffany’s if they reviewed his new book.


The top authors can drop $50,000 on a single ad campaign that will keep them in the charts


The per-page payment model was actually an attempt to crack down on a previous strategy of capitalizing on Kindle mechanics.


The romance authors Willink was discovering didn’t go in for clumsy stuffings of automatic translations or HTML cruft; rather, they stuffed their books with ghostwritten content or repackaged, previously published material. In the latter case, the author will bait readers with promises of fresh content, like a new novella, at the end of the book.

Every time a reader reads to the end of a 3,000-page book, the author earns almost 14 dollars. For titles that break into the top of the Kindle Unlimited charts, this trick can generate a fortune.

Of course, you might be wondering if any readers actually read through all 3000 pages. But authors deploy a host of tricks in service of gathering page reads — from big fonts and wide spacing to a “link back.” Some authors would place a link at the very front of the book, to sign up to a mailing list. The link would take them to the back of the book, thus counting all pages read. It’s not clear whether any of this actually works.

Golden Girls, Ace Ventura, Shape of Water, and Karate Kid figures by NECA

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SDCC toy reveals (to be updated)

This is only a small sampling of the new reveals--many, many more toys revealed at the links below.

Dark Horse.

Hot Wheels.

Marvel Legends.

Star Wars. More.


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Storm Collectibles.

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Mondo. More.

Jurassic Park.

DC Direct. More.


Doctor Aphra and droids.

Nacey - I Own It (the song from the new commercial for Nike and Dick's)

And another good recent Nike commercial by W+K, championing Chinese soccer:

Annihilation poster by Rory Kurtz and Mondo


SWAT suited up for a tented home in Los Angeles

Overlook Hotel Carpet mug

New from Last Exit to Nowhere. Westworld and Stranger Things mugs, too.

Genestealer Cult kill team painting guide

And a few other Genestealers:

*Buy Genestealers at Amazon.

I, Tonya VHS case

Aquifer cake

Ten funny tweets

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville is $1.99 today

At Amazon. One of my favorites.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hot Wheels customized for the post-apocalyptic game Gaslands

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The Emerald Rocket drag racer. In the post apocalyptic world of my tabletop, I like to imagine that in addition to death arenas full of gun armed cars dueling it out and wastelands full of gas wars that pure racing is a very popular pastime for those that can afford it. Middle class merchants that live within the walls of Twin Mills, the largest city in the area, may build, buy, or sponsor a race car to win money and fame, and spread their influence. Many of these speed machines are strange blends of old technology and new. Speaking of old technology I finally found a working VCR a little bit ago and we got some good tapes today for 50 cents apiece. I painted troops and watched karate kid on VHS, I should dig out an old tube TV to complete the effect.😊 Have a great day or night where ever you are!✌ . . #carwars #carwarsminiatures #oldsnail #miniatures #minis #oldsnailminiatures #tabletopgaming #tabletopgames #carwars #gaslands #madmax #postapocalypse #apocalypse #roadwarrior #customhotwheels #darkfuture #model #autokill #wargaming #diecast #happycornergas #hotwheels #diecastmodel #analoggames #miniaturepainting #carlands #hotwheelscustom #hiroller #armedautomobileapocalypse #AAAD20
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*Buy Hot Wheels Battle Rollers at ebay.