Friday, July 31, 2015

Link roundup

1. "Former USC Star's Flag Football League Lied To Save Up To $110,000 In Rent"

2. "James Woods’ Lawsuit Is Kinda Scary, Kinda Awesome, And Really Important"

3. "J.J. Abrams Broke His Back on the Set of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'"

4. "'Marvel: Contest of Champions' Has Grossed Over $100,000,000 So Far"

Made for Instagram choose your own adventure advertisement by Old Spice

Mildly amusing, but interesting in light of the article I linked to yesterday about developing content specifically for individual websites and apps.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

408 people were rescued from strong rip currents at L.A. County beaches on Tuesday


Using rescue boats from Baywatch Santa Monica and Baywatch Del Rey, Los Angeles County lifeguards pulled 18 people from the waters at Venice Beach in one operation about 2:30 p.m. after a strong rip current dragged them away from the shore all at the same time.

"The illusion of audience ownership is becoming harder to sustain"


Websites plausibly marketed these people as members of their audiences, rather than temporarily diverted members of a platform’s audience.


2013 was the year every major site with a social strategy broke traffic records by a mile; 2014 was the year they looked around at everyone else’s sudden success and became slightly less confident touting their numbers, because they all hit them by doing and talking about very similar things; 2015, when a single weird or clever native Facebook video can easily out-traffic a week of a site’s web content, is the year it’s becoming clear to everyone who these audiences really belong to, and what it means to borrow them.

"Owners Of Nike+FuelBands Eligible For $15 Check Or $25 Gift Card Under Class-Action Settlement"


both companies consistently advertised in promotional materials that the FuelBand “measures each step taken and each calorie burned,” “tracks steps, calories, and time of day,” and “tracks calories burned, steps taken and more.”

However, in reality, the suit contends that the FuelBand could not and does not track each calorie burned or each step taken, as users “experience wildly inaccurate” step, calorie burn and NikeFuel readings.

Silk pinup

By Em.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ant-Man sweded

Link roundup

Hot Toys Ant-Man and Antony available for preorder ($40).

1. Game of Thrones episode illustrations by Robert Ball.

2. KSD: "Telltale's Game of Thrones officially sucks now."

3. Tatiana Maslany vouches form TMNT 2.

4. Mattel: "We are committed to embracing people from all cultures & backgrounds. At this time, we will halt production on [Hulk] Hogan product."

5. Cool Box Art Twitter feed.

6. WaPo: "trophy-hunting tourists legally kill some 600 lions each year."

7. Detailed analysis/speculation on The Guest.

8. Effort to "to change 'Slave Leia' to 'Leia the Huttslayer.'"

"$75,000 Offered To Find Some Jerks Who Flew Drones During [Southern California] Wildfires"


All five San Bernardino County supervisors decided yesterday to spend $75,000 on rewards in order to help find the drone operators responsible for grounding firefighting aircraft during three major wildfires

Pay what you want for volume one of The Wicked + The Divine

New Humble Bundle.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"the Philippine military only heard about China’s island-building program from fishermen."


The Philippines—Military commanders in Asia are putting surveillance planes at the top of their wish lists, ahead of warships and fighter jets, as they strive to protect their territorial waters from rival claimants.

Several countries are hoping better intelligence will keep a lid on the region’s worsening maritime disputes by deterring provocative actions in remote stretches of ocean that Asian countries claim but aren’t able to monitor effectively.

Sid from Toy Story vinyl figure

By Medicom, $11.99 preorder.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Guest is on Netflix

Aliens power loader and colonial marines available for preorder

Power loader, Hudson, Hicks, and Aliens all available for preorder. The just-revealed Funko Bioshock figures are also available for preorder.

Tiny Ant-Man installations

By Slinkachu for Marvel.

Wonder Festival Summer 2015 toy roundup

Hundreds of toys photographed here. There's also a large cosplay gallery.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

"Ex-Hasid’s death bares anguish of leaving ultra-Orthodox sect"


Imagine not knowing that the sun is a star, or that there’s a solar system. Imagine not knowing what a human cell is, or what menstruation is, or, until you’re 18 and three weeks away from your arranged marriage, what sex is and how it works. Imagine never asking for a puppy growing up, because dogs bark, and that means they are beasts and demons. Imagine you have been told for your entire life that in the secular world, people mainly rape, pillage and murder, that it’s all a lawless meaningless free-for-all, and you are safe only in your little enclave, where these things do not happen.
To most secular New Yorkers, it seems incomprehensible that even the most devout, observant ultra-Orthodox Jews would be so cut off from the modern world — after all, they walk the streets of New York, are exposed to advertising and storefronts, to the subways and roads, to the shared outside stimuli.
Yet the ultra-Orthodox do all they can to insulate themselves.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

New Reservoir Dogs and Big-inspired tees at Last Exit to Nowhere

Zoltar Speaks and K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies.

Gwen Stacy as Venom

By Darren Geers.

Sam Bosma's fantasy rpg character ilustrations

A sampling of the illustrations from Sam Bosma's show at Gallery Nucleus. These are $300 each, but I highly, highly recommend his The Hanging Tower ($2 download, and one of the best single comics I've ever read) and also Fantasy Sports ($10 oversized hardcover, also great).

Bruce Lee Figma Figure available for preorder


Thursday, July 23, 2015

"Myth of pristine Amazon rainforest busted as old cities reappear"


What is today one of the largest tracts of rainforest in the world was, until little more than 500 years ago, a landscape dominated by human activity
After Europeans showed up, the inhabitants were decimated by disease and superior weaponry, and retreated into the bush, while the jungle reclaimed their fields and plazas. But, thanks to a combination of deforestation and remote sensing, what’s left of their civilisation is now re-emerging.

Funko's blind-boxed WWE figures include Andre the Giant and the Iron Sheik

Available for preorder.

The BBTS also has the Walgreens exclusive Marvel Legends Ant-Man.

"Lululemon is expanding its product to include beer"


Lululemon's Curiosity Lager is a "crisp, bold session lager" with 4.6 percent alcohol by volume

CBS weathercaster posting live feeds that "sort of resembles the dynamic of live streaming porn"

LA Observed:

Evelyn Taft, the morning weathercaster, now announces on Twitter that she will be live on Periscope prepping to go on the air. The Evelyn Taft groupies who go over there get to watch up close via laptop camera as she brushes her hair, puts on eye makeup, and verbally replies to some of the fanboy praise that flows by on Periscope such as "You look like a model" and "Are you single?" (Her answers: Thanks for the compliment, and "I am not.") Some of the male comments that stream past are much cruder, of course. They get a show as carries the computer onto the set and lets the Periscope viewers watch from the side as she waits to go on the air. They see her do her weather segment, then she comes back to the computer and whispers more comments into the Periscope screen.