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."

Selfies with Quokkas



Link.

"Storm rages through woodwind section of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra"

BN:

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.

"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."

Atl:

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."

NYT:

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.

Best thing at any Disney park is The Evil Queen



Via.

"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:

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

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

BB:

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"

GOAT.

"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

Link.

Monday, May 25, 2015

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Friday, May 22, 2015

"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.

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."

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:

E is for Extinction #3 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 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.

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."

"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.

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"

NYT.

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.

Spam and rice by Kristin Tercek



At Gallery 1988.

William Gibson: "There's a Shell commercial that's the best nanotechnology nightmare ever."

Spider-Gwen custom action figure



By LooseCollector.

Friday, May 15, 2015

"the entire class of first year MFA students at USC’s Roski School of Art has decided to leave the school"

"In the midst of this upheaval, the university was eagerly celebrating the arrival of the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy, which came with a $70 million gift from the music industry giants."

New toy preorders


Hot Toys Vision with Mjolnir.



Titan of Braavos.



Cheetah Bombshells.

"A Guide to Dining with a Sugar Baby, from a Beverly Hills Sugar Daddy"

Vice:

There are two main places where SDs meet their SBs here in Beverly Hills. The first is the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the second—which is the best—is the Montage Hotel.

...

Now, I sometimes like to arrange surprise “encounters,” so to speak, in order to keep things interesting. So I had paid one of my other sugar babies, who’s in her late 30s, to come to the Roosevelt and pretend to be my wife. So when the pageant queen went and I up to a hotel room after lunch, Sugar Baby 2 showed up and started pounding on the door

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Trailer for The Magicians



(The first book is $2.99 at Amazon.)

"Arizona town mounts dozens of new license plate readers in fake cactuses"

AT.

So how good was Mike Trout's father at baseball?

"Jeff’s senior year was one of the best college seasons of all time. "

Chibi Chappie figure by Gentle Giant available for preorder



$17.99.

The Ghetto Tarot



"The Ghetto Tarot is a photographic interpretation of the traditional tarot deck in the ghetto. The scenes are inspired by the Rider Waite Tarot deck (originally designed in 1909 by artist Pamela Colman Smith) and are replicated together with a group of Haitian artists called Atis Rezistans (resistant artists) in the Haitian slums using only material we were able to find or create locally."

Order a set through Indiegogo here.

"Top 10 Prehistoric Mammals That Were Way Cooler Than Dinosaurs"

Including Gigantopithecus, a 10 foot-tall, 1000 pound ape.

Poster series inspired by classic Sega games



Five new posters, including Jest Set Radio by Roman van der Haven.

Candy Crush maker King reported a $200 million profit for the first quarter of 2015

"the company confirmed a partnership with Microsoft today to bring its games to Windows 10, starting with pre-installed copies of Candy Crush Saga."

Heat-activated Nike soccer cleats



Nike:

The Hypervenom Phantom Transform is as deceptive as the players who wear it. At first glance, the boot is basic black. However, the heat-activated material on the upper transforms to reveal a vibrant orange pattern as the boot is worn, returning to basic black shortly after the player removes the boot from his feet.