Monday, September 29, 2014

Bret Easton Ellis:

My generation was raised by Baby Boomers in a kind of complete fantasy world at the height of the Empire: Boomers were the most privileged and the best educated children of The Great Generation, enjoying the economic boom of post-World War II American society. My generation realized that like most fantasies it was a somewhat dissatisfying lie and so we rebelled with irony and negativity and attitude or conveniently just checked-out because we had the luxury to do so. Our reality compared to Millennial reality wasn’t one of economic hardship. We had the luxury to be depressed and ironic and cool. Anxiety and neediness are the defining aspects of Generation Wuss and when you don’t have the cushion of rising through the world economically then what do you rely on? Well, your social media presence: maintaining it, keeping the brand in play, striving to be liked, to be liked, to be liked. And this creates its own kind of ceaseless anxiety.
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What the Vice interview didn’t allow was that because I’ve been living with someone from this generation I’m sympathetic to them as well, remembering clearly the hellish year my college-educated boyfriend looked for a job and could only find non-paying internships. Add in the demeaning sexual atmosphere that places a relentless emphasis on good looks (Tinder being the most prevalent example) in such a superficially nightmarish way it makes the way my generation hooked-up seem positively chaste and innocent by comparison.

Who needs Destiny, here's a game devoted to leveling up by shooting at a cave



Cave Shooting Simulator.



This Breitling watch notifies satellites when you need an emergency rescue



The Breitling Emergency 2 watch signals satellites when you need emergency help (and then yadda yadda yadda help arrives).




Via.



Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes figurine set.

Sunday, September 28, 2014



Lego Doom diorama by Iain Heath.



Juan Uribe is managing today's Dodgers game, and Clayton Kershaw is serving as the pitching coach. I cannot wait to see the rage on Greinke's face when Kershaw comes out to give him advice, or Uribe pulls him.

Saturday, September 27, 2014



"We're offering a classic garage kit of the tuxedoed Winsor McCay and his benevolent friend from the groundbreaking 1914 animated charmer "GERTIE THE DINOSAUR," sculpted and manufactured by veteran ILM model maker Carol Bauman. This extremely rare solid-resin treasure from one of the first and most important films in the history of animation comes fully assembled and exquisitely hand-painted by professional."

Wild photos of hikers fleeing the erupting Mt. Ontake.

Why is one guy cornering the market on the 1964 Curt Flood baseball card?

ESPN:

A low-quality copy of the '64 Flood goes for about $30 -- more than five times what it should, Klein estimates. A pristine copy costs upward of $1,000. Such prices defy logic; while the Cardinals' center fielder was an exceptional ballplayer -- Flood won the Gold Glove seven times -- he was no Mickey Mantle. Flood is best known for challenging baseball's reserve clause, spurring the creation of free agency.

The case of the '64 Flood has befuddled card hounds for years. A blogger who chronicled his pursuit of the entire '64 Topps set called it "one of the more perplexing cards" in the collection. Numerous message-board threads pondered the riddle. "This card was a pain," complained one collector. Others said they had heard a single buyer was gobbling up inventory. "Perhaps he's just absent-minded and forgets to cross that card off his want list," someone offered. Klein wrote about the '64 Flood for Sports Collectors Daily, noting that it had attained "mythical status."

Friday, September 26, 2014



Ornate maps based on Dungeons and Dragons adventures ($20-$30 each).

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bungie's announcement on the (supposedly) $500 million game people were playing by standing in front of a cave and shooting:
The social experience of a cave farming run is amazing: the herding to get a team of Guardians all behind the line and firing in the right direction, the rush to grab the loot, the scramble when the panic wave starts, the beckoning glow from inside the cave. The speed at which the community organized around this activity was inspiring and humbling to us. 
But shooting at a black hole for hours on end isn't our dream for how Destiny is played. Our hope is that social engagement in public spaces is only one part of the Destiny experience. Expect changes soon which decrease the efficiency of cave farming and correspondingly increase engram drops from completing activities.




"You poked my heart! You poked my heart. You poked my heart."



Clever packaging by Kolle Rebbe for invisible tape.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

When Neil Gaiman is at an airport and sees a store selling his books, he signs them.

The newest Injustice character is Zatanna



Her lowest level special is a blowtorch-like kiss that sets her opponents on fire.  Her second level special is a tarot card with unpredictable impact on the fight.



And her third level special is some sort of astral prison.



Her support cards include Tim Hunter:



Mondo poster concepts that never got approved include this Galactus tribute by Kevin Tong.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Darko Milicic is retiring from the NBA to become a pro kickboxer in Serbia







His training video is the best. Via.



Just posted at the US Navy's Flickr page:

WHITE BEACH, Okinawa (Sept. 21, 2014) Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Whitney Pen catches a frisbee during a scheduled port visit by the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), in background, to Okinawa. Peleliu is the lead ship in the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group. the ship is on its final scheduled deployment to the western Pacific region before decommissioning early next year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight/Released) 



"'Canabalt 100p' is a modification of the original game made by Adam Atomic. This installation allows for 100* players to play together, or for 1 person to play with 100* avatars, or anything in between. The white keys each control one of the characters, in a logically corresponding order."