Sunday, June 30, 2013

Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork (great album). Via.

Link roundup

1.  "[Jennifer Lopez] will perform tonight at the birthday celebration of Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, leader of Turkmenistan, which Human Rights Watch has called "'one of the world's most repressive countries.'"

2.  "Game of Thrones has cast its Red Viper of Dorne."

3.  "On July 6 and 7, you can take your Aaron Hernandez jersey to the Patriots pro shop and exchange it for any other Patriots jersey."  (I guess they don't want fans showing up for games in Hernandez jerseys.)

4.  Amazon customer reviews of the sneakers Wendy Davis wore during her successful Texas filibuster. Via.

Link roundup

1.  "500 years from now, will history remember the USSR primarily as an ally of the United States?"

2.  Nordstrom is adding Pinterest tags to items in its stores.

3.  Comedians commenting on Paula Deen:

Comedian and actor Bill Burr (a guest on Conan) on celebrities getting fired: "They just should have a channel for people who screw up. You just put em on that. I don't understand firing somebody. Like that's gonna... somehow help the problem? ... Just put em on a channel, like the Disgrace Channel or something."
4.  Adam Hughes has to beg for work?
Adam wasn't offered anything other than Before Watchmen. You can't just call up DC and say "I'm Adam Hughes! I want to work on Catwoman with Mr. Everyone's Favorite Writer -- make it happen!" I wish that's how it worked, but it really, really doesn't. Adam's been asking to be put back on Catwoman covers ever since he was taken off them, and it's not happened yet. Adam asked to be given a shot on Fables covers back when James Jean made it known he was going to leave, and we were told "no". Adam's been promised gigs many times, only to find out later that they gave it to someone else. Being Adam Hughes actually holds little to no clout in comics- So why would they give him an interior job just because he asked for it? 
On a side note, I think it's very peculiar how people assume that some talent has all this power; the power to pick and choose assignments, pay rates, creative partners. It really doesn't work that way for us; maybe other people do have this power, but it's not a privilege we have enjoyed.
5.  Books I just bought off my wishlist: the three books in Neal Stephenson's Mongoliad series are 99 cents each; and Jeff Capra's Adrenaline is 99 cents.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Art roundup

The Anti-Bats from the Gerard Way co-directed episode of The Aquabats.

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters poster (I enjoyed reading the book to my kids - - it's $4 at Amazon).  Via.

Custom vinyl toys by Infinite Rabbits.  Via.

Captain Marvel by Giannis Milonogiannis.

*Buy Aquabats collectibles at Amazon.

Link roundup

1.  "A Supercut Of David Stern Getting Booed And Loving It."

2. Beware of goose.

2. 25 "Low Budget Films That Are More Thrilling Than Most Big Summer Movies."

4.  Google announced it's deleting all blogs having adult content.  (And speaking of Blogger, the image uploader hasn't worked right for days.)

Eric Tan's travel poster-themed show now on sale

Posters from Eric Tan's travel poster-themed show at Gallery 1988 is now online.

Art roundup

"Deep Fish" mask.  (Duck mask, too.)

No Joe tee.  Via.

Black Swan poster by Daniel Norris.

Shade, The Changing Man by Daniel Irizarri Oquendo.

*Buy Black Swan posters at Amazon.

Retro-futuristic space show at Gallery Nucleus

Some of my favorites from Gallery Nucleus's new Yesterday's Tomorrow show:

In the 1950s, World War II had come to a close with life back home racing along at a skyrocketing pace. Industry was booming and new technology was being introduced. Innovative minds soon envisioned the future with flying cars, ray guns, full course meals served in a pill, and the ability to talk through television sets! With the benefit of today's hindsight, it is charming to see how differently technology has evolved, yet in some cases, the predictions of yesteryear have become eerily true.

Nucleus has carefully selected a group of talent recapturing the brimming optimism and limitless imagination of years past. The exhibit, Yesterday's Tomorrow, features original works in a variety of mediums celebrating the past while looking towards the future.

Join Us for the Opening Reception
FREE Admission, Open to Public, All-Ages, No RSVP

Opening Reception Highlights

• Come dressed in retro 50s/60s attire to be entered to win a raffle for $75 in art prints. Winner will be announced on our Facebook after the opening.
• What will the year 2065 bring? Make your illustrated or written predictions of clothing, vehicles, inventions, etc. to be included in our "Today's Tomorrow" time capsule book
• Hula hoop contest to win prizes (8:30pm)
• Complimentary refreshments include root beer floats

Sachin Teng

Victoria Ying

Brigette Barrager

Drake Brodahl

Stephanie Buscema

Peter Emmerich

Megan Hughes

Josie Portillo

Israel Sanchez

Jared Andrew Schorr

Mike Yamada

Friday, June 28, 2013

Art roundup

The most safe for work of Bill Presing's Horoscope Honeys exhibition at Gallery Nucleus.

God Emperor of Dune by Sandra Yagi for a show at Modern Eden.

Star Spangled Spatula.  Via.

Starfire by Jordan Gibson.

More villains by Olly Moss.

Great photo gallery of the Club Infinite Earths Red Hood (in stock).

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Art roundup

Mandrakk by Jon Morris.

New Yorker cover by Luke Pearson.

Vintage style Charlie Brown and Snoopy vinyl figures available for preorder ($15 each).

Link roundup

1.  New Valve puzzle game?

Some players noticed a strange feature on one of the props in the newest (Team Fortress 2-related) DLC for Surgeon Simulator 2013. A prop contained a texture showing a scribbled drawing of a puzzle. A puzzle that features a 6 spaced hangman-style blank, with the first two spaces emphasized; a small diagram of the solar system, with Saturn being emphasized; and a question mark followed by Korean text which translates as "What time is it?" or something of the sort.

The developers of SS2013 have coyly acknowledged the puzzle and we're all losing our minds. 
GAFfers are of course relating the mysterious Korean text to the recent incident in which an update briefly set Half-Life 2's settings to Korean. Valve has insisted that that was just an error on their part, and have denied an ARG taking place.
2.  "Redskins' Indian-Chief Defender: Not A Chief, Probably Not Indian."

3.  io9 promoted a new fantasy novel called The Age of Ice today. Author J.M. Sidorova has a 70-page story available for free download at Amazon.

4.  FYI, according to this test, a fridge won't work as a faraday cage, but a cocktail shaker will.

5.  New preorders at the BBTS of toys I've previously posted: threeA's Lost Planet Mercenary; new GI Joe Retaliation figures.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013