Saturday, October 31, 2015

"The guy on this plane behind me has been regaling his college aged seatmate for *5 hours* w/ his adventures"

William Gibson: "'What would North Korea do with this?' is an essential initial thought-experiment of mine, for any new technology."

Link roundup

1. "For the second time in three weeks, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination wiped millions of dollars off the value of an industry."

On Friday, private prison stocks dropped sharply after Clinton said the U.S. needed to “end the era of mass incarceration.”
2. "Pedestrian seriously injured by sofa falling 130ft from luxury London hotel"

3. "Reformers pushing for body cameras may not have anticipated full-time facial recognition."
the Strategic Systems Alliance cameras can read license plates and faces.

"As I wear this and walk around, it's checking all the faces I walk past and all the vehicles I walk past and notifying me if any of those people are on my watch list,"
4. Lovecraft Unbound 2nd Edition is 999 cents right now at Amazon.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Garnet sculpture

By Nooree Kim for a Cartoon Network-themed show opening tomorrow at Gallery Nucleus.

COSMOS Tarot & Oracle Deck now available

100 artists recreate the night sky- the myths, metaphors, and messages from the cosmos:

Light Grey Art Lab presents the COSMOS, an exhibition and limited edition publication featuring 100 artists from around the globe. The printed project is an interactive deck that has 78 Tarot cards and 22 oracle cards inspired by planets and influential astral bodies. The cards are arranged into elemental suits with gold foil constellations, accents, and gilded edges. The project also includes a 150-page guidebook with the history, story, and resources for each card. The guidebook also includes cosmic tarot spreads for reading and meditation.

Dozens of downloadable masks

My annual, updated collection of printable Halloween masks.

Destiny masks.

Political mashup masks.

Monster masks.

Hoda and Kathie Lee.

Two-part Space Minotaur mask.

Guy Fawkes masks.

Dark Knight Rises Bane, Catwoman, and Batman.

Low poly mask.

Venom, Cthulhu, and Werewolf Captain America.

Princess, robots, vampire, frankenstein, and more.

Thor, Captain American, Hulk, Iron Man, Frankenweenie, and Haunted Mansion ghosts.

Weeping Angel.

Team Fortress 2 (the full cast of characters).

V. (And another link.)

Guy Fieri, Christopher Walken, and more.

Star Wars masks.

Monster masks to download and color.

Easy to make Where the Wild Things Are masks.

Egil by Nic Klein.

Mark Zuckerberg mask.

Studious Werewolf mask.

Afrodisiac mask.

Laugh-Out-Loud Cats masks.

Jason Voorhees mask.

Skeleton Clutching Your Face mask.

Batman mask.

Bear and Bird masks.

Old man mask.

Monster mask.

Link roundup

1. "With business weak, cargo vessels are happy to carry tourists, too."

Shipping companies like the dollars passengers such as McGuffick can bring aboard. In a slowing global economy, freight prices have fallen so far that hauling a person from Shanghai to Rotterdam brings in at least 10 times more revenue than a 20-foot container full of flat-packed furniture.
2. On ESPN ending Grantland:
"Look, guys, this is a business. And our business is miserable idiots trolling people with hot takes they don't even believe."
3. "Kind of extraordinary how much big scifi in past few years is about getting friendzoned by A.I.'s (Her, Halo 5, Tomorrowland, Ex Machina)."

4. "The placement of these telescopes—and a plan to build a new, mega-telescope—is the source of enormous tension in Hawaii, where Mauna Kea is at the center of an intense cultural and political debate."
Astronomers want to move forward with plans to build their $1 billion observatory, known as the Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT, near the mountain’s summit, while local protesters are rallying against the project in an attempt to reclaim a unique and sacred place for the Hawaiian people.
5. The super-articulated Freddie Mercury figure is now available for preorder--$55.

Link roundup

1. "In Heroin Crisis, White Families Seek Gentler War on Drugs"

today’s heroin crisis is different. While heroin use has climbed among all demographic groups, it has skyrocketed among whites; nearly 90 percent of those who tried heroin for the first time in the last decade were white.

And the growing army of families of those lost to heroin — many of them in the suburbs and small towns — are now using their influence, anger and grief to cushion the country’s approach to drugs, from altering the language around addiction to prodding government to treat it not as a crime, but as a disease.
2. LA Times on the blimp from September:
How a $2.7 billion air-defense system became a 'zombie' program
JLENS was billed as the answer to an ever-expanding list of threats, from cruise missiles to explosive-laden trucks. But the blimp-borne radar system has yet to perform as promised.
3. "Why is Cortana naked? Halo franchise director Frank O'Connor has an answer"
the devs have "backed into" the fiction to address her choice in clothing (or lack thereof)
4. Drive (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] is $5.99 at Amazon.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Art roundup

Vader Down variant cover by Alex Maleev.

Tokyo Drifter (The Criterion Collection) cover. Via.

It Follows by Julian Callos.

Creed movie poster via.

Scully by Kate Leth.

Demon by Eoghan Kerrigan.

Ghost Rider by Dan McDaid.

Mike Mano.