Monday, August 13, 2018

Blindboxed Masters of the Universe figures available for preorder

She-Ra and Horde-themed sets.

Neca's new "Ultimate" Predators are available for preorder, too.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Cookie Straws

Available at Amazon.

Ten funny tweets

Uniforms and logos

Art roundup

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Novelty beer containers

No Man's Sky

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Annihilation, irl


Art roundup

Ocean creatures

"In a Town of 11 People [in Australia], Mysterious Disappearance Turns Neighbor Against Neighbor"


He was never seen again. Neither was his dog, a kelpie named Kellie.

Four days later, when the police arrived in Larrimah, a Northern Territory town of just 11 people, they entered Mr. Moriarty’s unlocked house to find a cowboy hat on a cooler box and a barbecue chicken still in the microwave.

The authorities suspect foul play and have been treating the case as a homicide, with every single person in Larrimah — all 11 of them — being probed for clues.


But with no clear evidence or even a motive for Mr. Moriarty’s disappearance, every one of Larrimah’s 11 residents is in one way or another part of the investigation — with each pointing a finger at a neighbor or two, while denying their own involvement in what has become the latest mystery to capture Australia’s imagination.

I went to Larrimah during a critical stage of the investigation to find out where the case might be heading, and what it’s like to live in a small town with murder on its mind.


It’s a pit stop for exhausted tourists driving north to south, but it is also a place where Aboriginal Australians, even today, refuse to live because they say it is haunted.


There are only two gathering places for residents and visitors, the Pink Panther and Fran’s Devonshire Tea House.


Mr. Sharpe told me his passion is nurturing the exotic animals he keeps behind the bright pink hotel, which he has owned for almost 15 years.

The mix includes rare and exotic birds, snakes and a hulking saltwater crocodile


All Mr. Sharpe said he knew about the disappearance was that his friend did not show up for “church,” a Sunday morning ritual in which residents gather in the Pink Panther’s front room to watch “Landline,” the nation’s premier rural affairs program. It was then that locals sounded the alarm.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Wild boar warning sign

"Fallout 76's Downright Exciting Plan to Deal With Griefing"


Players that kill those who didn’t want to be engaged are labeled a “wanted murderer” and have a bounty placed on their head. If you are labeled a wanted murderer, you will receive no reward for those kills. Wanted murderers will also appear on your map as a red star denoting the bounty on their head, and the bounty comes out of their personal stash of caps. They also cannot see the other characters on the map.

The Twitter Peek

PCMag from 2009:
But as soon as I started handling the TwitterPeek, I knew something was wrong. This handheld is painfully slow. Scrolling through button selections or on-screen lists, the cursor is always a bit behind your trackwheel.

TwitterPeek also fails at the most basic function: reading tweets.
Fast Company:
Instead of showing full, 140-character Tweets, this home screen shows tiny, 20-character Twees*, which are totally nonsensical. (Actual example: “so scary!! I really want to s … “) To read the real deal, I had to click twice–first to select the Tweet, then again to select “view tweet” from a pop-up menu.
I saw none on sale at ebay, but there are more reviews at Amazon.



FYI the Ghostbusters board game is 60% off at Amazon

$33 instead of $85.

Video game roundup

Ten funny tweets

"A shipment of soya beans worth more than $20m (£15.5m) has been bobbing aimlessly in the Pacific Ocean for a month, a casualty of the escalating trade war between China and the US"


The ship, owned by JP Morgan Asset Management, was scheduled to unload about 70,000 tonnes of American soya beans in the Chinese port of Dalian on 6 July, shortly after Trump imposed a first round of tariffs on $34bn-worth of goods.

As it rushed to shore in the hope of clearing customs before Beijing imposed retaliatory tariffs, the ship – and its protein-rich cargo – became an unlikely internet sensation on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.

However, the vessel arrived just too late and has been sailing around in circles ever since

"'I don’t play with female gamers,' says Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins, Twitch’s biggest streamer and one of the faces of the Fortnite fandom."


“If I have one conversation with one female streamer where we’re playing with one another, and even if there’s a hint of flirting, that is going to be taken and going to be put on every single video and be clickbait forever,”


“The only way to avoid that [gossip] is to not play with them at all.”

"Lawmaker vying for [Hawaii] state Senate caught stealing opponent's campaign materials"


"I sincerely apologize and have deep regret over my having taken some of those flyers."

"What this video does not show, however, is that very same day I returned flyers that were taken.


Bennett (Commando) cosplay

The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid

Available for preorder:

Created by the same team behind Atlas Obscura, the #1 New York Times bestseller that has over 600,000 copies in print in its first year, The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventuruous Kid is a thrillingly imaginative expedition to 100 weird-but-true places on earth. And just as compelling is the way the book is structured—hopscotching from country to country not by location but by type of attraction. For example, visit the site of the Tunguska event in Siberia, where a meteor slammed into the earth in 1908—and then skip over to the Yucatan, ground zero for the ancient meteor crash that caused the mass extinction of dinosaurs. Then, while in Mexico, tour the fantastical Naica caves, home to crystals ten times larger than the average person—then, turn the page to Vietnam to a cave so vast you could fly a 747 through it. Illustrated in gorgeous and appropriately evocative full-color art, this book is a passport to a world of hidden possibilities.

Phone charging kiosk promises "Liberty to Battery"

Official site.

Friday, August 10, 2018

"Coastal officials vote to tear down sea wall protecting Laguna Beach mansion"


The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Thursday to order a Laguna Beach couple to pay $1 million in fines and tear down a sea wall that officials say protects a single mansion from erosion at the expense of the public beach in front.


In a preemptive lawsuit against the commission earlier this year, Kaufmann said threats over the sea wall “have had a devastating impact on the value and marketability of the residence,” hindering the owners’ ability to rent the property for $70,000 per month or sell it for its appraised price of $25 million.

Art roundup

Thursday, August 9, 2018

FYI, Doctor Strange 381-385 is 99 cents each right now

Featuring Loki as the Sorcerer Supreme, a disgraced Stephen Strange, and art by Gabriel Walta.

"The majority of professional wireless audio gear in America is about to become obsolete, and illegal to operate"


Four years ago, in an effort to bolster the country’s tech infrastructure, the FCC decreed that the portion of the radio spectrum used by most wireless mics would be better utilized for faster and more robust mobile broadband service. Now, as the telecom companies that won the rights to that spectrum begin to use it, the prior tenants are scrambling for new radio-frequency homes.

The dispossessed are a diverse and varied lot. Wireless mics are near ubiquitous in modern life, in our schools—think lecture halls and pep rallies—our offices, our hotels and meeting halls, our entertainment venues, musical and theatrical tours, our houses of worship, and our radio and television broadcasts.

Replacing them will not be cheap. Even small community or school theaters can use 30 or more microphones, which, including ancillary gear, can cost $1,000 or more apiece. “I’ll need to replace at least 24 mics, which will cost at least 24 grand,”

"Behind the Hit Song Delilah DiCrescenzo '05 Inspired 'Hey There Delilah'"

From October 2007:

“I wasn’t interested. I was dating somebody,”


As for the non-relationship, the two kept in touch by e-mail and Higgenson brought DiCrescenzo a disk with the song when he finished it in 2004. “It was so beautifully written,” she says. “There was pressure to live up to this ideal. I didn’t know how to be polite but, you know, ditch him.”
And from ESPN 2013:
I couldn't believe he followed through! My brother Nick and I listened to it together in the basement -- probably not the romantic image Tom envisioned for my first listen. But we were blown away. My first thought: "Oh no! Did I lead Tom on?" I became anxious. I was with Will. I'm still with Will to this day. Tom and I had a friendly relationship and I wondered if he misconstrued my actions. He put so much effort into the song. I felt guilty, like, "I'm such a wench!" When my dad heard the lyrics "Oh what you do to me," he said, "Delilah, exactly what did you to do this guy?"


Then it took off, eventually reaching No. 1 on the Billboard charts that July. That's when the questions came: Is this a true story? Does Delilah actually exist? I didn't want the spotlight. I was nervous that I'd let Tom's fans down. They'd be disappointed to hear I have a boyfriend. Every girl would want a song written about her, and they'd think I was ungrateful and rude to deny Tom.


To be honest, the publicity was distracting me from my running, but at least it was good PR. It brought attention to my sport and let me talk about my running career. And I know Will was relieved. He'd been defending himself to his friends. They were like, "Aren't you two together?" I understood -- it seemed like I was two-timing Will. It was a relief for him to see me on national TV and say, "I'm with Will."
The Plain White T's No. 1 hit "Hey There Delilah" is being adapted into a scripted TV series.


described as a contemporary fairy tale

Star Trek Voyager condensed to its essence

Ten funny tweets

Government handouts

Don't Eat the Pictures

The Birds, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Micro horror anthology

Wargaming miniatures gallery: Chaos

"An offensive lineman who punched a referee during a junior college game in 2016 has joined [USC's] football team"

"Schirmer was arrested after the incident, but did not face criminal charges."

"Violent Ken" and "Evil Ryu" figures available for preorder

At the BBTS. (I have the mundane Ken. Fun figures.)

Five tweets

Art roundup

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