Monday, March 31, 2014

"Jerry Bruckheimer Says 'Top Gun 2' Will Be Tom Cruise Versus Drones"

"The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones. Cruise is going to show them that they're not obsolete. They're here to stay"

Art roundup


Helboy by Kris Anka.



Adventure Pack by Kegan Rivers. Via.





Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba by Ralph McQuarrie.

Nightmarish costumed Reds fan



Alf: Isolation

Custom Haunted Mansion Hatbox Ghost toy



I just featured custom toys by Jared Flores at Screenburn.

Captain America's to do list in The Winter Soldier varies by country



British Cap wants to know more abut Sherlock and soccer.  American Cap is intrigued by I Love Lucy and Steve Jobs.

Recent Screenburn posts

1.  Anti-Mario warp pipe in the real world.

2.  Light-up Warhammer 40k cathedral gaming table.

3.  Myst Island in Sim City.

Papercraft



Kate Bishop and Jurassic Park by Meghan Stratman.

Olive Oyl and Popeye cosplay

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Star Wars propaganda posters



Star Wars propaganda poster images recently posted by Russell Walks and made for the Topps trading cards series.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Who’s the worst pitcher in the Hall of Fame?

Rube Marquard is the worst pitcher in the Hall of Fame. 
And this leads to the question: How did Rube Marquard get into the Hall of Fame? 
... 
The answer, I think, comes down to the simple fact that Rube Marquard could tell one helluva story.

"People judge us by how we look, and especially by how we choose to look."

Part of Jill Thompson's comments on Todd McFarlane:

Of course 12 year olds found that stuff exciting. It looked exactly like the comics they themselves could draw.

Space Kook custom action figure



Scooby-Doo villain Space Kook as a custom action figure by Loose Collector.

The Nike shop has a special Johnny Manziel Pro Day collection.



Hot Toys Winter Soldier available for preorder.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

"Zac Efron Allegedly Punched in the Face During Skid Row Fight"

Defamer:

According to a report from TMZ, Zac Efron "mysteriously" ended up in downtown Los Angeles after midnight on Sunday. And while mysteriously cruising the streets of Skid Row with his bodyguard, poor, beautiful Efron was "cold clocked" in the mouth while trying to defend his bodyguard against an attacking group of "transients."

Art roundup


Frog Thor by Lissa Treiman.



IMAX Noah posters by Rob Liefeld and Carmen Arviz.

Assassin's Creed Local Edition


You can banter with Kershaw, but not Greinke

From ESPN's profile of Clayton Kershaw:

"Usually, it evolves into all of us ganging up on Kersh and giving him a hard time about something," Ellis says. "He's an easy target because he doesn't fire back. You can't pick on Zack Greinke, because Zack will bury you. If Kersh makes fun of me, I know it's maybe 70 percent true and 30 percent joke. If Zack makes fun of me, it's 100 percent true and I may have to go look in the mirror for a while and think, I might have to make some changes.

Did you hear about the two guys that stole a calendar?
They each got six months. 
Why can't you hear a pterodactyl going to the bathroom?
Because the "P" is silent.

Spurs mascot loses eyes, becomes nightmarish




After the Spurs mascot was knocked down, its eyes went askew and then fell out.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

More modern Twilight Zone

"Monster 15-inch rat terrorises Swedish family after chewing through CONCRETE wall to make its home in their kitchen"

"The Bengtsson-Korsås family first noticed something was wrong when their cat Enok refused to enter the kitchen in their flat in Solna, north-west Stockholm."

"What It’s Like to Work as a Professional Frozen Food Taster"

Billfold:

We’d test them at different intervals to see how the taste changed once they were taken out of the fryer, or how micro-waving them would affect their texture. One aromatic that was fun to pick out was “cardboard”—an actual aromatic on the ballot—and to compare we had cups of water with brown paper towels in them.

"figuring out where Twitter users are located, based on similar tweets from other users."

Dominique Ansel's newest creation



"The Garden: milk chocolate mousse with brownie base, feuilletine 'soil' and mint gelee"

Lego kit job application




Redditor:

I wanted to stand out to employers, so I made a LEGO set of myself in my interview suit and sent it out to my dream advertising agencies

"Puerto Rico has lost nearly half a million people in the past ten years, a number greater than the total current population of its capital city."

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Five Thirty Eight says fewer kids are playing football because they realize they're not skilled enough, not because of concussion dangers:

Cook noted that data from sporting-goods retailers shows an increase in sales among hardcore football players ages 7 to 11 and a sharp decrease among more casual players in the same age range. In essence, players who don’t receive a large investment in their careers at a young age appear to be getting squeezed out of organized football.

Flappy Thirds browser game.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Modern Twilight Zone

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Strongly negative review of Alien: Isolation gameplay

RPS:

Tension gone, replaced only with frustration. I wasn’t the only one — I spoke to another journalist who flat-out quit the demo, he was so tired of dying in the last bit. 
... 
It’s like making a horror game starring Levar Burton. 
... 
You can’t kill the alien, but you will have to fight an assortment of robots and other dumb bullshit because of course this is a video game and video games have to have combat.

"Why Google Flu is a failure: the hubris of big data."

Saturday, March 22, 2014

PandoDaily:

Revealed: Apple and Google’s wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees

Massachusetts "Bill Forces People Going Through Divorce To Get A Judge’s Permission Before Having Sex In Own Home."



The map from this week's Dungeons and Dragons episode of Community.

Friday, March 21, 2014

PaleyFest to screen special Laura Palmer-centric Twin Peaks supercut

Twin Peaks:

Here’s what’s happening at A Damn Good Twin Peaks Screening in NYC: 
A micro-marathon for devotees of the show, or a crash course for Twin Peaks virgins: the world premiere public screening of Northwest Passage, Q2′s rare 5-hour fan edit of Twin Peaks focusing exclusively on the Laura Palmer story. Less shenanigans, more mystery. And a lot of Dale Cooper!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"The Best Restaurant in New York Is The American Girl Café"

Gawker:

Rich: When you walk in, they ask, "Table number?" (They assign you a table number when you check in before walking into the dining room, which, let's be honest, is just busy work for everyone.) And then they say, "How many dolls?"

Tell the people what I said.

Caity: You said "Just this one!" and pointed to me. (At exactly the same time, I mumbled "Zero," which undercut the moment a little bit.) It really felt like you were taking me out for a special day.

LA Times:

"I have determined that the Fire Department's recruiting process is fatally flawed," Garcetti said in a statement. The mayor said he made his decision after he discovered that Fire Department "staff organized special recruiting workshops for LAFD insiders." 
... 
thousands of candidates who passed the written test were disqualified for the recruit class now in training because paperwork showing they had taken a physical fitness exam did not arrive within a 60-second filing period last spring.

AP:

Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"More Than 900 Workers Have Already Died Building Qatar’s World Cup Facilities"

Smithsonian:

The International Trade Union Confederation says that if conditions don’t improve, at least 4,000 migrants will die before kick-off
The Telegraph:
Qatar World Cup 2022 investigation: former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner and family paid millions 
Documents appear to show a senior Fifa official and his family were paid millions by a company controlled by a former Qatari football official shortly after the country won its bid for the 2022 World Cup

In India, friends intentionally call each other, let it ring once or twice, and hang up. That's their way of sending a signal, like "I'm home safe," without being charged for a call in a country with pricey telecommunications and limited Internet accessibility. California native Valerie Wagoner moved to Bangalore, noticed the missed calls, and is now responsible for 416 million of them: That's how many times people have used her company, ZipDial, to connect with brands including Gillette, Disney, Procter & Gamble, and IndiaInfoLine. 
It works like this:

Glow in the dark Big Trouble in Little China poster



Big Trouble in Little China poster by Godmachine.

"He has slept with scores of women who seek him out for his legendary powers of insemination"

BBC or The Onion?:

he doesn't charge. 
... 
"People probably think it's 'oh he has sex without responsibility' but usually I'm the only person people can talk to if it doesn't work," he says.

"Certain patients who showed up at Mount Sinai Hospital’s emergency room on Sunday mornings stood out . . . because they already had appointments"

Bloomberg:

The reports of scheduled ER visits raised a concern internally that some cardiologists might be using the emergency department to get the costs of uninsured patients’ procedures covered, according to hospital correspondence. In some cases, the government’s Medicaid program and private insurers will pay for procedures done via an emergency-room visit that wouldn’t be covered otherwise.

"Police Detain Cartel Member Involved in Child Organ-Trafficking Ring"

Gawker:

In the western Mexican state of Michoacán, Public Safety Secretary Carlos Castellanos Becerra has detained a key member of the Knights Templar cartel who is suspected of kidnapping children and having their organs removed for trafficking.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Los Angeles Times' earthquake article was written by a robot.

I just read and thoroughly enjoyed Jonathan Wood's No Hero, listed as one of the 20 best paranormal fantasy novels of the last decade. $6.59 right now at Amazon.

PBS:

An unusual amusement park attraction in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo offers visitors the thrills and chills of an illegal border crossing. The attraction takes visitors through a fake United States-Mexico border, complete with fake smugglers and fake border patrol agents.
This American Life:
the Caminata Noctura actually caters to middle-class and upperclass Mexicans — people who would never attempt to sneak into the US.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Barbie-Compatible 3D Printed Medieval Armor



Kickstarter.

Friday, March 14, 2014



"Tasting Report: Everything You Need to Know About Dominique Ansel's Milk and Cookie Shot"

Star Wars Legacy #16 cover



By Agustin Alessio.

"I wish we'd make it clearer to kids that the way it actually 'gets better' is that you just get used to the idea that cruelty is a given"

From a review of the Veronica Mars movie:

The edge gets duller. You learn that even some of the most egregious forms of it are survivable. You learn there are things that can keep you off the floor: a good dad, good friends. And if you are the kind of person who has none of those things, at least you can take some comfort, in a very profound way, from a good television show like Veronica Mars.

Dream's helm



Carved crayons by Hoang Tran.

Video of Benedict Cumberbatch stalking U2



Watch as he spots the photo about to happen and then plunges through the crowd to get in position.

"Ironic viewings"

"While Showgirls flopped theatrically, those ironic viewings have made the film one of MGM’s top 20 all-time bestsellers, with more than $100 million in home sales."