Sunday, May 31, 2015

"Funny story - we were asked to make dong detection software for LEGO Universe too."

"We found it to be utterly impossible at any scale."

Armored Batman from The Dark Knight Returns

By Chris Stevens.

Selfies with Quokkas


"Storm rages through woodwind section of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra"


A flutist and other musicians complained about feeling uncomfortable while playing near Roy. After one complaint, the orchestra put up a Plexiglas shield between Roy and principal flutist Christine Davis.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

"Star Trek Online Makes You Kill Innocent Doctors, Then Cover It Up"

"6 Video Games That Accidentally Make You The Bad Guy"

"I am Target Husk."

Facebook page for half-built Target in Los Angeles paralyzed by litigation.

I am the sentient husk of the Target that was meant to be at Sunset and Western.

Deluxe Mortal Kombat Scorpion figure with three heads available for preorder

By World Box.

"smog-tasting cart" in New York

""the collaborators are 'delighted to offer New Yorkers their first opportunity to conduct a side-by-side tasting of air from different cities'"

"If writing seems like a lonely profession, try ghostwriting children's books."


When Lampton mailed in drafts, they came back with comments written in several colors. “There were other people, looking at your books, making comments. They're phantoms,” he says.

"The gala cost $363,413. But the real splurge? Bill Clinton."


To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra Nemcova, a Czech model who survived the disaster by clinging to a palm tree, decided to pull out all the stops for the annual fund-raiser of her school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund.
In addition to the cost of the party,
The former president of the United States agreed to accept a lifetime achievement award at the June 2014 event after Ms. Nemcova offered a $500,000 contribution to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The donation, made late last year after the foundation sent the charity an invoice, amounted to almost a quarter of the evening’s net proceeds — enough to build 10 preschools in Indonesia.

12 minutes of Soma gameplay

Best thing at any Disney park is The Evil Queen


"LSU Faces Dramatic Budget Cuts While It Builds An Expensive Lounging Pool"

HuffPo or The Onion?

Louisiana State University is currently facing the prospect of a $55.5 million state funding cut, even as it's building a large so-called lazy river in the shape of the school's initials as part of an $84.75 million overhaul of its recreation facilities.

Warhammer 40k army made out of Lego

By Kosmas Santosa.

Jaws 19 tee at Last Exit to Nowhere

Back to the Future 2-inspired t-shirt now available.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Nike: "Bots have been compromising the experience around specific products"


Nike is committed to creating the most premium experiences for our consumers online. Bots have been compromising the experience around specific products. We’re working hard to make sure real consumers are the ones getting access.

As part of this commitment, we have decided to cancel the online launch of the Air Jordan I Pinnacle and the Air Jordan I High OG Varsity Red scheduled for tomorrow in North America. The launch of the Air Jordan I High OG Varsity Red scheduled for mainland China is also being canceled. Both styles will be available through select Nike retailers and through our stores.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Two more from my wishlist on sale

Terms of Enlistment (Frontlines Book 1) and Lines of Departure (Frontlines Book 2) are both $1.99 at Amazon.

Black Widow and Vision Cosbabies available for preorder

$16 each.

WaPo had to amend that chart supposedly depicting World Cup worker deaths

"This story has been updated to reflect the fact that figures include total migrant worker deaths in Qatar, not just World Cup-related deaths."

"Bring your 3D printers to Meltdown comics for a Dan Clowes toy-printing event"


Professional toy designer Ryan Whearty has come up with several cool 3D designs featuring the Meltdown Comics mascot, which was designed by cartoonist Daniel Clowes. To celebrate the Daniel Clowes book launch event at Meltdown in Los Angeles on June 5th, the store is inviting owners of 3D printers to bring their machines to the store and participate in a group toy-printing session.

"The Time Barry Bonds Was Intentionally Walked With The Bases Loaded"


"A resident runs down a flooded stairway as floodwater pours into an underground garage..."

amid heavy rainfalls in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China"

Artist describes experience of submitting designs at Threadless, Tee Fury and other t-shirt sites


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mike Trout's slide

Since I keep hearing that people have still not seen this incredible slide...

The new Humble Bundle includes pay what you want for Alan Moore's Heart of Ice

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen stories focusing on Nemo's daughter have mostly been lackluster. But Heart of Ice, mashing up Lovecraft/Carpenter's The Thing, and more is terrific. A no-brainer purchase since it's pay what you want.

And speaking of good comics, Velvet Volume 2 (Brubaker, Epting) is great. 18% off at Amazon.

More Eric So soccer figures


"presumably you’re OK with being hauled into court in Singapore because . . . your money found its way to a Mexican mortgage broker"

VC on the FIFA arrests:

I would be delighted to see FIFA destroyed and reconstituted as something a little less like the odious mass of corruption that it has become over the years . . .

But still, one has to wonder:

And another new live action Soma teaser

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New promotional site for Soma

Mysterious Twitter account and site.

"Workers in a division of Los Angeles' Department of Transportation collected unusually high amounts of overtime pay"

"workers in the department's traffic paint and sign division billed an average of $48,100 in overtime in fiscal year 2013-14. That compared with $8,377 in other city departments"

New Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets figure available for preorder

The first in the series is already sold out.

Relatedly, Lyn and Jun by Louie del Carmen:

"Mexican authorities last week discovered a network of 39 narco-surveillance cameras that were videotaping 52 vantage points"

"in the northern border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas."

Monday, May 25, 2015

The New Yorker on vinyl music

By Alex Gregory on sale here.

Beverly Hills, California to activate 15 red light cameras

"in June the city plans to switch on cameras that have been off at eight intersections since January, and add seven more intersections."

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Black and white Jim Lee-style Batman action figure available for preorder

Along with other SDCC exclusives, including the phasing Vision figure.

"It said his favorite thing that I make are cookies; I’ve never actually made cookies"

When your elementary school children answer questions about your favorite things:

Anyway, I asked him why he made so many things up, and what he said was devastating: He said he didn’t know the answers. I am normally someone who feels the upper ranges of working mother guilt. This made me take to my bed.


But the one you’re contacting me about is the one I posted on Twitter. It was my 4-year-old’s, which included many of the same questions. His answers, while not wholly inaccurate, were problematic just the same.

$50 commissions


New Blade Runner t-shirt at Last Exit to Nowhere

White Dragon Noodle Bar.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

"With a modern design and an obsessive attention to detail...the new home of the St. Paul Saints...becomes one of the most noteworthy ballparks in all of baseball."

"the best seats in the house, arguably, are at the drink rail in left field, beyond the berm. These seats sell day of game for $5, and they offer a great view of the action and the grandstand, framed by a background of Lowertown brick buildings and the downtown St. Paul skyline."

"Ratter, a network of local tabloid sites founded by former Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio" laid "off its entire editorial staff"

"Gawker Media CEO Nick Denton invested $500,000 in Ratter."

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The latest edition of Max Wittert's X-Men comic is online

The X-Men spend the day at the beach.

"The Japanese Calligraphy Artist Who Created the Kanji for Pixar’s Inside Out"

"Disney’s Japan arm has hired calligraphy artist Sisyu to create a unique kanji characters that corresponds to each of Riley’s emotions."

"IRS Investigating How Woman’s Tax Call Ended Up On Howard Stern Show"

"Meanwhile, the IRS rep she was speaking to was on hold while trying to call into Stern’s program."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"California's surf wars: wave 'warlords' go to extreme lengths to defend their turf"

"It looks idyllic. Should you enter the water, however, three things may happen: the surfers may surround, harass and possibly assault you. Their friends may roll rocks on you as you clamber back up the cliff. Your car may be vandalised."

Mortal Kombat X #9 cover

By Jae Lee. Relatedly, this new Kotal Khan statue is available for preorder:

August 2015 Marvel comics covers


Cover by Ian Bertram



Monday, May 18, 2015

The New Yorker on homework

Homework in a nutshell by Pat Byrnes. And from the same issue, Paul Noth on science fairs:

(Prints of both available at the links.)

The just-revealed Ultra Deluxe Flying Otachi by NECA is available for preorder

At the BBTS. Sure hope Fury Road gets some of the merchandising love Pacific Rim got.

"The concept is horrific enough by itself; no one needs it spelled out with cowering women crying in a corner"

Fury Road vs. Game of Thrones.

Blindboxed Inside Out figures available for preorder

"Joining the lineup with Joy, Disgust, Fear, Sadness and Anger are secret characters Bing Bong and Rainbow Unicorn!"

"Arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup labourers"


Our arrest was dramatic.

We were on a quiet stretch of road in the capital, Doha, on our way to film a group of workers from Nepal.

The working and housing conditions of migrant workers constructing new buildings in Qatar ahead of the World Cup have been heavily criticised and we wanted to see them for ourselves.

Charity arcade games make it fun to donate to the Red Cross

"Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Galaga - at Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Göteborg Landvetter Airport you can now play some of the most classic and loved arcade games. Play with whatever foreign left over coins you have in your pocket - and at the same time help the Red Cross. Behind the project is Swedavia Swedish Airports and the Swedish Red Cross, together they have developed a more refined version of the traditional collecting box."

"Yes, we want to know more, but sometimes knowing more leads us to experiencing it less."

Devin Faraci on the last 30 years of Star Wars and any effort to fill in the backstory of the Fury Road characters:

What had been an exercise in the imagination turns into a rote recital of facts and figures. What had been mythic becomes mundane.

New Arkham Knight figures available for preorder

Nightwing, Robin, Gordon, Catwoman.

"They've been doing this for years, taking cubs away from the tiger mothers and piglets away from the sows, switching the litters."

"It's a tourist attraction. The animals I saw there were in the worst state I've ever seen"

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Immortan Joe's mask for sale

At Etsy.

Charlize Theron's Furiosa stuntwoman is on Twitter...

If anything, the movie is better than you have heard.

Custom plush characters

Handmade Stuffs.

Adding escape signage

In Sydney.

From my wishlist: Niceville is $1.99

At Amazon.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The latest Business Town character is...

The Graphic Designer.

"Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband made at least $30 million over the last 16 months, mainly from giving paid speeches to corporations, banks and other organizations"


Glass sculptures by Ben Young

Broken Liquid:

Though overwhelming in their apparent simplicity, what the common eye won’t realise is that each of Young’s sculptures are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted, layer on layer to create the end product. There is no high-tech equipment involved but the complexity comes from the planning phase, which Young describes as ‘a lot of work’. Internally, he works out what he wants to make and how he wants it to look, “I do a lot of thinking before I even start to draw or cut”, and he then sketches the concept by hand, brainstorming the look and feel.

Kristin Tercek's new art now available

At Gallery 1988.