Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Arkham Horror board game is 44% off

$34 (instead of $61) at Entertainment Earth:

It is the roaring 20s, and while there’s electricity in the air, unnatural storms are brewing as well. Strange things are happening in the small Massachusetts town of Arkham: people have gone missing, sightings of indescribable creatures grow more and more frequent, the very air thickens with a sense of foreboding that roils like an acrid mist through the streets. The Ancient Ones are stirring…

Green Green Army animal soldier figurines

There was a six pack at ebay when I checked. Via.

The sporting goods fight scene from Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning (which is on Netflix)

Wikipedia summarizes:

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning received generally mixed reviews from critics and viewers. Some of the main points of contention were that the film deviated greatly from the general idea of a Universal Soldier movie, and that Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren (considered the stars of the franchise) had very little screen time. The level of violence was also considered excessive.
Also, this is how JCVD looks in the movie:

The Green Knight

By Rich Johnson.

"Custom engagement rings made with code, 3D-printing, and diamonds"

"This year we took on more custom jewelry projects. Here are two of my favorite engagement rings we created in 2015. If you are interested in commissioning a custom piece of jewelry, email us at to start the conversation."

"When Valve launched its annual Steam Winter Sale just before Christmas, it secretly introduced something alongside it: an alternate reality game"

"which some customers-turned-amateur detectives are just now taking a crack at."

New Zootopia trailer

Constructicons/Devastator figure available for preorder

$95 at the BBTS.

Link roundup

1. "Passengers aboard the Carnival Ecstasy witnessed part of the horrifying incident Sunday evening in which blood poured down the front of the elevator."

"To look and see the elevator with just blood coming down like a sheet, and not stopping ... it was a real life scene of 'The Shining,'"
2. "Disney Inundates General Hospital Episode With References To New Year's Eve College Football Playoff Games"

3. "I’m not convinced women who are on Tinder who say 'no hookups' actually mean that."
Which brings me to my second point: Despite their loud claims, women are not on Tinder to find their husbands. Getting married is easy. It is so easy that almost anyone can do it!

41% off The Force Awakens figure set

TFA figures are being resold by scalpers for absurd prices, but Amazon has this set for $22 (41% off).

James Jean-designed Beats by Dre


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Upcoming Marvel Legends Doctor Strange Series action figure lineup

Iron Fist
Comics Doctor Strange
Nico Minoru (Runaways)
The Ancient One
Brother Voodoo
Karl Mordo (Baron Mordo)
Movie Doctor Strange
Movie Doctor Strange (Astral Form)
+ build-a-figure to be named later


Link roundup

1. "Evidence 'Making a Murderer' Didn't Present in Steven Avery's Murder Case"

I remain convinced — like Avery’s lawyers — that whether Avery committed the murder or not, the police planted evidence to ensure his conviction.
There are, however, a few things that were not presented in the series that convince me that Avery — and maybe even Dassey — were guilty of the murders, which makes the failure of the legal system a slightly less bitter pill to swallow.
There was clearly some shady shit here, but I snooped around in various Reddit threads and through some local news reports and found a few pieces of evidence not presented in the docuseries that persuade me that Avery was probably guilty. Some of this was presented at trial, while some of it was excluded in pre-trial motions.
Here’s what I found.
2. "The Great Mississippi and Missouri Rivers Flood of 1993 (or 'Great Flood of 1993') occurred in the American Midwest, along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and their tributaries, from April to October 1993. The flood was among the most costly and devastating to ever occur in the United States, with $15 billion in damages."
An Illinois man, James Scott, 23 at the time, was officially convicted for "intentionally causing a catastrophe" and sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in causing some of the flooding across the river from Quincy, Illinois. In an attempt to strand his wife on the other side of the river so he could continue partying
3. 15% off at Last Exit to Nowhere with the code JAN2016.

Impressive use of a "complete this drawing" book

Megan Nicole Dong has been tweeting her progress:

Link roundup

1. "In defense of paying $400 to eat at the Times Square Olive Garden on New Year’s Eve"

Your perfect New Year’s Eve experience involves taking your wife to New York City and watching the ball drop in Times Square. But you imagine doing it from a warm, hospitable place with good music, lots of food and booze, and clean restrooms that are not an adult diaper. This is exactly what the Olive Garden is offering
2. "Western games use map detail to create a sense of exploration or story that is absent from the game play. Eastern markets don't have as much demand for an exploration experience, so Eastern games streamline the map to maintain laser-sharp focus on score and competition."

3. From October, "Top curling teams say they won't use high-tech brooms"
Gushue, Howard, Jones among 34 teams that won't use brooms with 'directional fabric'
4. Clearance sale at Entertainment Earth, including 36%-48% off on the Iron Man, Team Fortress 2 Heavy, and Adventure Kartel figures.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Art roundup

Kylo Ren by Sophia Foster-Dimino

Calendar by Genevieve FT.

Wizard and cannon-dog by Sean Andrew Murray.

Lego roundup

Kylo Ren's landing party by Irwan Prabowo.

Jokers by Simon Liu.

Lego tower by WhiteBrix.

Link roundup

1. "The only stormtrooper we see without his mask is John Boyega, leading us to imagine that the rest of them are black – and the film is an Afrofuturist parable"

2. "More than 60 airlines have banned hoverboards from being taken on their flights—either as carry-on items or in checked luggage—because of concerns about the scooters’ lithium-ion batteries, which are potentially combustable."

3. "Very few 19-year-old guards have logged over 500 minutes. D'Angelo [Russell] is competitive with them. "

Link roundup

1. The race to claim Antarctica:

On a glacier-filled island with fjords and elephant seals, Russia has built Antarctica’s first Orthodox church on a hill overlooking its research base, transporting the logs all the way from Siberia.

Less than an hour away by snowmobile, Chinese laborers have updated the Great Wall Station, a linchpin in China’s plan to operate five bases on Antarctica, complete with an indoor badminton court, domes to protect satellite stations and sleeping quarters for 150 people.

Not to be outdone, India’s futuristic new Bharathi base, built on stilts using 134 interlocking shipping containers, resembles a spaceship. Turkey and Iran have announced plans to build bases, too.
2. "A University of Colorado professor who launched a global campaign to fight obesity accepted $550,000 from the Coca-Cola Co., traveled the world at company expense on speaking engagements and solicited a job at the soft-drink giant for his son."
The university returned the $1 million gift from Coca-Cola. It says senior leaders made that decision because the company "was redirecting the dialogue" from a scientific discussion about the causes of obesity.
3. "A former official in charge of regulating a massive waste dump that collapsed in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has killed himself"

The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections

CA World posted several illustrations by Kemp Remillard from Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections which is $12 at Amazon.

Link roundup

1. "Find YouTubers to Cover Your Game in Under 2 Minutes"

First, We Need to Download The Big List of YouTubers
The Big List of YouTubers can be downloaded here
2. "How much money has been spent attempting to bring Matt Damon back from distant places?"
TOTAL: $900B plus change
3. "There are relics left along the Iran-Iraq borders. A group of Iranian female students play around an abandoned tank. Among them, one girl stands on the tank with her arms open."

Link roundup

1. "The US Marines won’t be using Google’s robot dogs because they fail a pretty basic test"

the noise the LS3’s gas-powered engine gave off was tactically rather unhelpful
2. California Governor Jerry Brown's tiny house.

3. "On Wednesday, the North Pole will be warmer than Western Texas, Southern California, and parts of the Sahara."

Toy Kickstarter by the Uglydolls folks

$40 gets you:

10" tall fully articulated Yuna doll, dressed in Giant Robot t-shirt, skirt, sneakers and red jacket, with shoulder bag and Kamata cat figure accessories.
(genuinely mystified this isn't doing better.)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Link roundup

1. "Wildlife experts and California Highway Patrol officers were in the midst of daring rescue in the North Bay Monday afternoon after a truculent elephant seal tried to cross a highway and was resisting attempts to get it to go back into the water"

2. In The Force Awakens, _______ is found at Skellig Michael:

A Christian monastery was founded on the island at some point between the 6th and 8th century and remained continuously occupied until its abandonment in the late 12th century. The remains of the monastery, along with most of the island itself, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
3. Brian Krebs:
My PayPal account was hacked on Christmas Eve. The perpetrator tried to further stir up trouble by sending my PayPal funds to a hacker gang tied to the jihadist militant group ISIS.
I then called PayPal and asked how the perpetrator had gotten in, and was there anything else they could do to prevent this from happening again? The customer service person at PayPal said the attacker had simply logged in with my username and password, and that I had done everything I could in response to the attack. The representative assured me they would monitor the account for suspicious activity, and that I should rest easy.

Twenty minutes later I was outside exercising in the unseasonably warm weather when I stopped briefly to check email again: Sure enough, the very same rogue email address had been added back to my account. But by the time I got back home to a computer, my email address had been removed and my password had been changed.

Teen Titans toys at Burger King

Link roundup

1. The Hustlers at Scores

Here’s a modern Robin Hood story for you: a few strippers who stole from (mostly) rich, (usually) disgusting, (in their minds) pathetic men and gave to, well, themselves.
Samantha had come up with the innovation that was making her rich: a special drink spiked with MDMA and ketamine.

“Just a sprinkle,” Rosie recalled, as she maneuvered her SUV out of her driveway and toward her daughter’s preschool. “Like a pinch of salt.”
2. The Beyonder's look was inspired by Bill Sienkiewicz:
I remember being told that his outfit was loosely based on a jumpsuit that Bill Sienkiewicz was wearing around that time,’ volunteers Avengers-scribe Roger Stern. 'You should double-check with Bill. Someone in the office might have been pulling my leg about the jumpsuit.’ Milgrom comments, 'That’s interesting! Nobody ever told me that, but I do remember Bill wearing some of those one piece jumpsuits.’ Sienkiewicz concedes, 'Sadly, this probably has a ring of truth to it – I went nuts with Brit Fashion that had absolutely nothing to do with classic bespoke style and tailoring.
3. Tyler Cowen on Tinder:
In sum, I expect Tinder to boost assortative mating, at least at the top end of the distribution in terms of IQ and education.

I suspect this increase in assortative mating is a good thing. The abilities of top achievers have a disproportionate impact on the quality of our lives, due to innovation being a public good.
4. Struggle.

Star Wars Lego minifigs wearing spaceship costumes

By Nick Chen.

Sketch covers for sale

Sketch covers by HaiNaNu Saulque.

Green Mushroom poster

One of several Super Mario posters on sale here.

$100 iTunes gift card for $80

at ebay.

The Mad Max video game is a $20 download today

66% off at Amazon.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Cards Against Humanity bought a castle in Ireland

And participants in their holiday special (including me) will get to be king for three minutes each. I believe it's the former Castle Curious.

Link roundup

1. "The Worst: 11 Terrible Art World Moments of 2015"

Malevich’s “Black Square” revealed as hiding a racist joke
I pity the hypothetical art-history PhD candidate in the midst of writing a thesis on the Suprematist icon this fall, when researchers discovered that in one version of “Black Square,” the titular geometry is covering up a lame (and plagiarized!) joke — namely, that the shape represents a “battle of negroes in a dark cave.” How to square the painting’s transcendent reputation with this uncomfortable new information, which turns a cornerstone of abstraction into a stupid, and backwards, pun?
2. "Forget 'normcore', with its beige chinos and dull sweatshirts, and say hello to 'chaos magic' and all things spiritual" (article from September)

3. "baby fish hiding under the bell of a jellyfish and using its stinging threads as protection from circling predators"

Moon Knight print

On sale here.

A look at Zootopia toys

Link roundup

1. "The divide...between white parents and Asian-American 'a high-achieving school district in New Jersey."

So the white people are not the majority nor are they arguing for meritocracy...and yet they seem to be winning. They are winning with the argument that it's not good to have too much winning when they are not the ones doing the winning.


meritocracy seemed like a good idea until white people weren't winning, and the notion of judging the "whole person" came about a remedy to the perceived problem of keeping a traditionally disadvantaged minority group from climbing through the use of the meritocracy. Striving for success within the meritocracy got framed as grasping and grade-grubbing — qualities you wouldn't want in a healthy, well-rounded young person.
2. Airbnb's job interview questions.

3. PepsiCo is going to launch an organic Gatorade. Also, exclusively at Walgreens, hot dog-flavored Pringles.

4. Digital collections of The Oatemeal and Calvin and Hobbes, plus Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are $1.99 each today at Amazon.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

Olivia the Swordmaiden in Lego

Lego by Jerac.

"Keep My Baby Warm" by Charles May & Annette May Thomas

Radiohead's theme for SPECTRE


Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre.
Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much.
As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it.
Merry Christmas. May the force be with you.

ThreeA's Doctor Doom is 25% off

$52 off at Entertainment Earth.

The deluxe Catwoman Hush figure is $80 instead of $200:

There's a novella starring the female spy from The Force Awakens, and it's pretty good

The female spy in Maz Kanata's cantina is called Bazine Netal. You can learn about her sweater and black fingers in the thriller The Perfect Weapon ($1.99 at Amazon).

Also, two of my favorite books are $1.99 right now at Amazon:

Ancillary Justice

The Song of Achilles

And finally, PlayStation 4 500GB Console - Call of Duty Black Ops III Bundle + Destiny: The Taken King - Legendary Edition is $350 ($60 off) right now.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Overlook Hotel gingerbread house

More detailed shots of the interior scenes here.