Saturday, November 30, 2013

The new Marvel Legends sets are available for preorder: Amazing Spider-Man/Green Goblin set; Captain America/Mandroid set.


Cover by Didier Massard for Lev Grossman's upcoming The Magician's Land. (Preorder at Amazon.)

The Beast Brothers' pink skull ("The Clutter Calaverita") has been knocked down from $70 to $56. Clutter also has blindboxed Beetlejuice-themed figures in stock, although those are very expensive:

"Mugger crocodiles Crocodylus palustris in India and American alligators Alligator mississippiensis in the USA have both been observed to lie, partially submerged, beneath egret and heron colonies with sticks balanced across their snouts. Birds approach to collect the sticks for use in nest building and… well, let’s just say that it doesn’t end well for the birds."

Current sales at Entertainment Earth include the 1/4-scale Captain America action figure by NECA for 45% off.

Traditionally, when Massachusetts high school Attleboro plays North Attleborough on Thanksgiving, each player decorates his own blank helmet.

Today's Kindle Daily Deals include Ian Fleming's James Bond novels for $1.99 each. And Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection with Skyfall [Blu-ray] is $99.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Not exciting, but very useful -- Belkin SurgePlus 3-Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports is 50% off as a lightning deal.

Looks like the upcoming Spider-Man Marvel Legends wave will include several alternate figures: Anya Corazon/Spider-Girl, Eddie Brock/Toxin, and Boomerang. Alternate hands, too.

Kentucky Route Zero (all 5 acts when available) for $12.50.

30% off books at Amazon with the code BOOKDEAL. Some art books: To Be or Not To Be, The Fat Duck Cookbook, I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed By Me: Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World, Essentially Odd: A Catalog of Products Created For and Sold at the 826 Stores, Magic. 1400s-1950s, Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions, Hark! A Vagrant, Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground.

And right now I'm reading the very strange S. by JJ Abrams. It's a hardcover mystery novel, filled with all sorts of notes and inserts.  As you read the book, you're also reading the notes added by two other readers.

Star Trek Into Darkness (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) is $8.

$100 Target gift cards for $90 at eBay (limit two).

Link roundup

1. "the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 00000000."

2.  Nightmare fuel.

3. PS Vita with The Walking Dead, Uncharted and two more games for $174 at Amazon. (33% off.)

4. NECA's new Diablo figure available for preorder.

5. Last Exit to Nowhere's latest tee is based on Sightseers. (Mondo will be selling Olly Moss's poster for the movie today.)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sci-fi light-up plague doctor mask/helmet by Brian Cargile.

Current Lightning deals include Disney Infinity starter packs for $37.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is $15 at Amazon.

Spike Lee is in no hurry to investigate the allegedly ripped off Oldboy poster artist.

The hard drive sat in a drawer for three years until information technology specialist James Howells decided to toss it out about three months ago. 
Now the Englishman is diving through trash to find it after he realized he forgot to remove 7,500 Bitcoins, a digital currency. With Bitcoin hitting $1,000 earlier this week, that hard drive would now be worth more than $7.5 million.

Grant Thompson:

I found a free TV and turned it into a giant solar scorcher...I'll test it out with this piece of wood. And when the light makes contact, I've got instant fire.
Watch as he melts pennies in seconds, blows holes in beer bottles, and burns hot dogs.

WWE suggestion at Grantland:

giants are a difficult fit in the storytelling and action of weekly episodic wrestling shows. Andre the Giant traveled from territory to territory to keep his act fresh during most of his career, and even when he was a full-time WWF star he was usually used as a special attraction. WWE should follow that mold — lend Big Show to indie shows to let him demolish guys and stick him in the tag-team ranks when he's in WWE — hell, have him audition partners because he knows his team's going to win regardless. He could pick Heath Slater and haze him like Richie Incognito, which is a deplorable suggestion but you know Vince would love it. He could bump up to the main event when necessary, but WWE should remain faithful to the Andre road map. When Big Show got fired (most recently), how did they not go for a do-over of the Machines angle? Why not stick him in a yearlong feud with Hornswoggle (of whom Show is literally afraid, because he has a fear of dwarfs), who can play a mini Heenan character and look for opponents to topple Show?

"Sundial" with ping pong paddle and ball on sale here.

Warren Ellis:

“Assassin” is the corruption of Hashishin. The story went that they were called the Hashishin because they used hashish. Apparently that’s not true. Marco Polo made that up. It means something else. It means, “without any explanation” because they were hit men operating in public in broad daylight.
(Wikipedia agrees.)

Rick Polito, who wrote that Wizard of Oz summary, "now writes funny lines for George Takei’s Facebook page and 'even at $10 a joke it still feels like a validation to see so many people reacting to my humor. I have written jokes that got 10 likes per second for hours. The power of George is unbelievable. His fans are a viral army.'"

Tongue piercing wheelchair controller.

32 gig Microsoft Surface is $200.

Pacific Rim (Blu-ray+DVD+UltraViolet Combo Pack) is $8.

Last Exit to Nowhere has a brand new Amity Police zip-up (Jaws).

Xbox 360 E 250GB Holiday Value Bundle is $189 at Amazon.  (37% off.)

And book deals, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is $2.29. Gladwell's David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants is $3.79.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gone Home is $5 at Steam.

The 3DS/Zelda deal was too good to be true.

The Lost Boys poster by Jason Edmiston for Mondo.

Free Super Mario 3D Land if you register a 3DS and listed game.  UK only?

When Sif (in armor) visited LA's Children's Hospital.

Entertainment Earth's Black Friday sale has started.  Deals include 2013 Dunny case for $100 (instead of $200), and half off on Play Arts Kai Batman, Catwoman, and Robin, and the Companion Cube cookie jar.

Ski Safari is free for iOS if you use the (free) Starbucks app--look under Home/Messages for the link.

On December 3rd, you can try to win 3D printed items from GE. Among the ten choices:

"Concerned about your security and privacy? Fear no more! Cover your laptop's camera and mic when they're not in use with Spy Block." (Designed by Chris Poole.)

"Consisting of six perfectly rounded sides, this die is truly a thing of mathematical beauty." (Designed by David O'Reilly.)

"Resting by the banks of the river was the only reprieve at which point we were surrounded by butterflies intent on drinking our sweat and blood and tears. Found during a day hike in Chi Phat, Cambodia."

The guy Penny Arcade is replacing with that job listing talks about working at Penny arcade.

Stephen King's The Shining is a $2 download at Amazon.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Wreck-It Ralph (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) is $15 at Amazon (62% off).

Murder She Wrote commission by Robert Ball. (He's done Columbo, too.)

Shaun Nakasone posted a bunch of new custom Munnys and Mighty Muggs, including characters based on The Walking Dead, Dishonored, Magic The Gathering, and Bioshock Infinite.

Lush new trailer for Laika's The Boxtrolls, largely focusing on a behind the scenes look at the puppets and sets.

Finally time to get a 3DS.

It takes forever to get going and doesn't have remotely enough Sif, but the last 30 minutes or so of Thor: The Dark World are great. Once he goes into the apartment and hangs up his hammer, it starts to feel like everything that worked in The Avengers, and less like a rehash of The Phantom Menace and Lord of the Rings.

The BBTS's Black Friday sale includes some good deals on G.I. Joe figures, Revoltech Tumbler Batmobiles, and a massive discount on the Mickey Mouse-themed Voltron like robot.

Shadowcat by Laura Bifano.

BioShock Infinite is $20 at Amazon.


The red cardigan sweater with the ruffled neck on sale for more than 40% off at $39.99 was never meant to sell at its $68 starting price. It was designed with the discount built in.
Here's how it works, according to one industry consultant describing an actual sweater sold at a major retailer. A supplier sells the sweater to a retailer for roughly $14.50. The suggested retail price is $50, which gives the retailer a roughly 70% markup. A few sweaters sell at that price, but more sell at the first markdown of $44.99, and the bulk sell at the final discount price of $21.99. That produces an average unit retail price of $28 and gives the store about a 45% gross margin on the product.

Microscale Lego Slave 1. You can download building guides for this and other micro ornaments, including a TARDIS, here.

Grand Theft Auto V is $34 at Amazon (43% off).

Telltale's Fables The Wolf Among Us as a retro adventure by Philipp Smart.

Kyle Richter examines iOS App QuizUp:

However in the case of QuizUp they actually send you other users’ personal information via plain-text(un-hashed); right to your iPhone or iPod touch. This information includes but isn’t limited to: full names, Facebook IDs, email addresses, pictures, genders, birthdays, and even location data for where the user currently is. I have been able to access the personal information of hundreds of people who I have never met, and had no interaction with other than we both used QuizUp. These people likewise had access to my personal information. It is important to keep in mind these were not people who added me as friends inside of the app, these were complete strangers in every sense.

Philadelphia Eagles:

QB Nick Foles had 152.8 passer rating in Nov, highest in ANY calendar month in @nfl history, min 50 attempts.

Penny Arcade is hiring:

So yes, we run lean. Most of us would say maybe a little TOO lean, but being pushed to your limit is part of the job.
We are quite literally looking for a person that can do four jobs
you are expected to be on call to address that issue 24/7.
Annual Salary: Negotiable, but you should know up front we’re not a terribly money-motivated group.

Watch Adventure Time: James.  (Excellent episode.)

New threeA swordsman.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lightning deal: Batman: Arkham City (Game of the Year Edition) is $10, just make sure you click on the lightning deal icon on the right.

From the FDA's letter to 23andMe:

FDA has not received any communication from 23andMe since May. Instead, we have become aware that you have initiated new marketing campaigns

Mark "Copyranter" Duffy describes getting fired from Buzzfeed.

Mythic Beasts travel posters by Fro Design Co.

Clearer pics of McFarlane's Small Pros Series 2.   Out in December, preorder here and here.  (They're tiny and slightly poseable at the arms and neck.)

Shadowrun Returns (85 at Metacritic) is 30% off at iTunes.  (First game I'd buy...if I had an iPad.)

On ESPN's NFL coverage:

So assuming Vince McMahon is running ESPN's narrative dept, did they just turn Cam into a babyface and RG3 to a heel?

No Wrong Way to Play, a  tumblr devoted to creative ways of playing through video games.

Lady Gaga's giant white horse from the AMAs.

Contributions by Becky Dreistadt, Daisy Church, Carlos Lerma, and Maroto for The Powerpuff Girls tribute blog.

*Buy Powerpuff Girls toys at Amazon.

Navy's base layer for its upcoming game against Army. (Last year's designs were far better.)

On Friday, the FDA ordered 23andMe to stop selling its Saliva Kit and Personal Genome Service.

Getting rich by giving people exactly what they say they want:

knowing what people are searching for on Amazon--is at the core of what he does. He has an entire team of people who read reviews on Amazon, looking for moments when people say, "I wish this speaker were rechargeable." Pikarski then makes a rechargeable version. Hipe exists, in essence, because enough people think like me. It's a profitable trick: C&A Marketing does "in the nine figures" in sales every year, Pikarski says, and grows at about 30% annually.

Garnet from Steven Universe by Maya Nord.

Beautiful photo of Downtown Los Angeles, perfect as a desktop with the candy-colored iOS icons.

Jim Rugg's Supermag is phenomenal. ($9 at Amazon.)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dredd [3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] for $8 at Amazon right now. (I'm wearing my Dredd tee right now, as a matter of fact.)

Also, Red Dead Redemption Game of the Year is $15 (50% off).

Amazon Black Friday video game deals -- a list of all the games going on sale this week.

Lego Optimus, Megatron, Starscream and Soundwave by Angus MacLane.