Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"compared with a placebo, fish oil showed no benefit"


26 Things We Learned From David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ Commentary

For example:

Emily Ratajkowski was cast specifically to divide audiences.
“I liked the idea of introducing Andie as this kind of werewolf that comes in the back door and just mauls him,”
The Blu-ray is 67% off at Amazon.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Marvel Select Hawkeye with Pizza Dog available for preorder

At the BBTS.

Mondo's next gallery show features hand-painted Ghanaian movie posters

This is a step in the right direction. Illustration-based art shows/poster sales have gotten so stale with galleries relying on the same stable of artists--it's tough to even tell shows apart.

Agents of Shield is terrible, and Agent Carter was terrible after the two-hour premier, so this news is no surprise...

Sean Murphy-illustrated issue of Star Trek free at Comixology

The Enterprise crew faces the Borg.

(Why is Comixology's search function so useless? If I click on Sean Murphy's name, it should only take me to issues he's participated in, or even better issues he's illustrated the interiors of. It shouldn't take me to titles he's participated in at some point and hope I'll wade through hundreds if not thousands of issues looking for his specific issues.)

"2 Federal Agents in Silk Road Case Face Fraud Charges"


Two former federal agents (DEA, Secret Service) are expected to be arrested on Monday on charges of stealing money while working undercover on an investigation into Silk Road, the once-thriving black market website for drug dealing, a document shows.


“stole and converted to his own personal use a sizable amount of Bitcoins,”

XKCD's "What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions" is the Audible book of the day

88% off at Amazon.

New Watchmen tee at Last Exit to Nowhere

Veidt Enterprises t-shirt available now.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gone Girl Blu-ray is 67% off

at Amazon.

WWE NXT wrestler Finn Balor's Venom bodypaint

Balor without the paint:

WWE was impressed with Emily Anderson's comic book bodypaints, and asked her to paint him.

The WWE is selling a tee:

Bray Wyatt's living scarecrows

*Buy WWE Elite figures at Amazon.

Ronda Rousey joins The Rock vs. The McMahons


*Buy The Rock Elite figures at Amazon.

Paige's pentagram straps

*Buy Paige Elite figures at Amazon.

Triple H came out as a Terminator

*Buy Triple H Elite figures at Amazon.

"Face Your Fear, Face Russia"

Season two of Danger 5 (on Netflix) isn't nearly as good as season one, but the 80's inspired music is great.

Here's "Face Your Fears, Face Russia", played by the American hero pumping himself up to take on Soviets:

And "I Won't Touch You Baby" from a prom scene:

"‘Saturday Night Live’ With Host Dwayne Johnson Slips To Season Low"


He got booed at his last WWE appearance, too.

I took the plunge and signed up for the WWE network

Very fast checkout and works fine via my PC Chromecasted to my TV. (Watching the top-recommended episode of NXT right now. The wrestler Sasha Banks' finishing move is called the "bank statement".)

I read Muscle and Fitness for the ads

(Mr. Hyde supplements are available at Amazon.)

Unearthly Stranger movie poster

Available at Amazon.

Friday, March 27, 2015

"'Empire' Star Apologizes For Claiming Glendale Police Racially Profiled Her Son"

"a recording of the incident from Glendale Police tells a different story"

Spectre teaser trailer

"Some Thoughts on Ellen Pao’s Marriage"


The case has attracted enormous interest in Silicon Valley as an avatar for discussion about gender imbalance in the tech world.

It’s certainly interesting, from that perspective. But I’ve been following it closely for another reason: Ellen Pao is married to a man whom I’ve written about in depth.

"Did David Ortiz admit to more than he realized with his Players’ Tribune editorial?"


Either Ortiz is grossly exaggerating how often he has been tested — possibly by a factor three or four — or Ortiz is telling the truth, he has been tested as often as he claims and the reason for it is that he is or has been “in the program” for previous drug offenders and we just didn’t know about it.

"these days everyone seems to have a bad Dean Trippe story. I’ve been hearing them for some time."

BC on the dangers of commissions.

Play-Arts Kai Stormtrooper and Boba Fett available for preorder

Fairly pricey.

Marc Maron's podcast with Dr. Drew is great

From a few months ago, but I'd been saving it for a particularly bad traffic jam. (I grew up listening to him on Loveline...)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Upscale bus line in San Francisco


a venture capital-backed private bus service began operating in San Francisco that directly competes with public transit for “regular commuters who are doing a predictable route every day.”


This is perhaps the most magical side effect of the new category of services made possible by the convergence of a new kind of logistics, a chronically underemployed labor force, and apps: It allows society’s most influential class to remove themselves from civic discussions at will.

Forbes writers will be paid less for traffic to older posts


Starting April 1, we’ll pay the same rate we now pay per visitor to content that’s within 90 days of publication. We’ll pay 25% of that amount for visitors to content more than 90 days old.

Disney Infinity 2.0 starter sets are down to $24.99

58% off at Amazon.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Halo 5 figures available for preorder

by McFarlane, at the BBTS. Funko Borderlands, too.

Roman chariot racer Gaius Appuleius Diocles is the highest paid athlete the world has ever known

"a modern day net worth of something around 15 billion dollars."

"Valve, maker of the world's biggest PC gaming service, was given an F by the Better Business Bureau."

"Other major gaming companies largely have A's."

"Officials at both the United States Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee have strong aversions to ballot measures"

NY Times says 36% Bostonians support the Olympic bid:

John Fish, chairman of Boston 2024, the private group that organized the bid, announced Tuesday morning that the group would seek a statewide vote and even help gather the signatures required to get the measure on the ballot. Mr. Fish, who is also chief executive of the region’s leading construction firm...

Officials at both the United States Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee have strong aversions to ballot measures because they can amount to highly public rejections of something they hope to depict as prestigious.

From my wishlist: Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

$1.99 right now at Amazon.

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Illustrations by Tom Fowler

Tom Fowler posted a bunch of new illustrations.

"The NFL Veteran Combine Is The Saddest"

Players had to pay a fee to participate.

"Reconsidering My August Post on Ferguson and ‘Conflicting Accounts’"

Opining without full knowledge of the facts is hard:

In the heat of a very hot news moment last summer, I criticized a Times story about the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

Now, with the benefit of hindsight, I want to acknowledge that I misjudged an important element of that story.


Giving implicit credence to the named sources who described Michael Brown as having his hands up as he was fired on by Officer Darren Wilson, I criticized the use of unnamed sources who offered opposing information: They said that the officer had reason to fear Mr. Brown. I even went so far as to call those unnamed sources “ghosts” because readers had so little ability to evaluate their identity and credibility.
Somewhat relatedly, here's Last Week Tonight's episode on the type of crushing fines used in Ferguson:

The 7 Most F***ed Up Real 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Books


Perhaps most unsettling are the shark and octopus storylines: The octopus path ends when a shark doesn't fall for your ink-spewing trick, and it finds your calamari body delicious. Alternately, while inhabiting a shark's body, you can eat an octopus who ineffectively tries to use ink to escape.

Are ... are you eating yourself?

Yes, you're almost certainly eating yourself. That's some serious multiverse-level mind-screwing for a book aimed at 10-year-olds.

Picked up from my wishlist: The Atrocity Archives

$1.99 at Amazon.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Labyrinth by Amelia Gray

I liked this short story.

Carmen Sandiego pint

"Kleptomaniac " by Erik Krenz on sale here.

The best interactive fiction

A list of the top 50. Here's direct links to the top three results: (1), (2), (3).  Via.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Gallery 1988's postcard show

The art's on sale now.

Los Feliz Day Care

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"California has plenty of water…just not enough to satisfy every possible use of water that people can imagine when the price is close to zero."

MR says relax.

Weird Nike aesthetic

Photography for the new ($250) Nike sport skirt and other items.

The (temporary) end to Kumail Najiani's X-Files podcast

It was one of my favorites, but it's on hiatus now:

I found I was focusing too much on the negative feedback. I know there's positive stuff but I'm just a bit sick of my Twitter responses being filled with things I missed or fucked up or misspoke.

Bombshell Stargirl wallpaper

The latest Infinite Crisis wallpaper features Bombshell Stargirl.

*Buy Bombshell Stargirl toys at Amazon.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Celebrate the fall of Sauron

The latest flyer by Puck Works.

Movies leaving and arriving at Netflix next month

Get Shorty (leaving) is probably my alltime favorite.

Funko "Dorbz" including Nebula available for preorder

$9 each and you can order the specific figure you want.

More comic book writer drama

From CA's statement on Chris Sims:

Someone was targeting Chris not out of a sense of justice, but because they wanted to destroy his success. The campaign may also have been one of several efforts we’re aware of to discredit ComicsAlliance. These are not the tactics of progressives concerned about harassment in comics, but of agitators looking to tear down progressive voices — of which Chris is certainly one — using methods of harassment. (Notably, the messages referred to D’Orazio as “David’s wife,” rather than recognizing her as a person in her own right.)

No doubt these people also see themselves as the heroes of their stories. They are not. We cannot lend legitimacy to their behavior.

“As a young kid, I would catch as many dragonflies as I could and rub them on the bottom of my feet, and the rest is history”

The inspiration for Nike's new line of apparel:

Jacoby Ellsbury, the first major leaguer of Navajo descent, is proud of his heritage and his speed. The New York outfielder was just 8 years old when his mom told him about the dragonfly, a Native American legend that his grandfather had passed down to her. As Ellsbury recalls it: "If you catch a dragonfly without killing it and rub it on the bottom of your feet, it will make you faster."

Comic book artist remembers the time a Marvel editor asked him to lighten a character's skin tone

From a longer comic by Ronald Wimberly.

New York politics

From the New Yorker's lengthy article about Andrew Cuomo:

As the HUD Secretary, Cuomo presented himself as the spokesman for the nation’s poor, travelling around the country to show that, even in a time of prosperity, many people were left behind. He was given to fierce denunciations of those who, in his opinion, used federal dollars to mistreat the vulnerable. In 1997, the department sued A. Bruce Rozet, a HUD landlord, accusing him of taking kickbacks from a management company called Insignia Financial, which ran his buildings. According to a press release from HUD, which was cited in a 2006 Village Voice story, the department’s mission was to provide housing for the needy—“not to provide lives of luxury for con artists stealing from our programs.” Cuomo called the case “the largest ever brought by HUD” and condemned “the abysmal conditions” that he said tenants were forced to endure in projects that had been “poorly maintained” by Insignia.
After the election, Cuomo’s marriage disintegrated, in a rancorous battle chronicled in detail by the local tabloids. The divorce was eventually settled, without litigation, but Cuomo found himself an outcast—single, unemployed, and repudiated by the New York political establishment. His salvation began in an unlikely place. He was visiting a real-estate executive in New York, and another prominent businessman happened to be in the office—Andrew Farkas, who had been the chief executive of Insignia Financial, the company that Cuomo denounced in such strong terms as HUD Secretary.
Cuomo went to work for a new commercial real-estate venture that Farkas established, and, as the Times has reported, he was paid more than $2.5 million in three years.
When, in 2006, Pataki decided not to seek a fourth term, Eliot Spitzer, who had enjoyed great success as the state attorney general, had a clear shot at the governorship. Cuomo decided to run for attorney general. The finance chairman of his campaign was Andrew Farkas.

Halo UNSC Infinity and Pelican replicas


From my wishlist: Eight Million Ways to Die

$1.99 at Amazon.. (Made into a movie with Jeff Bridges.)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SHIELD #7 cover

By Julian Totino Tedesco.

"The report marks the fourth time Leonnig's reporting on the Secret Service has been called into question."


Carol Leonnig's recent Washington Post story about two U.S. Secret Service agents drunkenly running a car into White House barricades and over a suspicious package may not be as dramatic as was initially reported.

Cute Zer0 figurine (Borderlands)

On sale here.