Monday, November 30, 2015

Link roundup

1. "Last Friday the MYSTERY SHOW #2 - The Traveller’s Collection opened at Rotopolpress in Kassel.... The concept of the show is, that every participant will get a little box with several objects inside. (You don’t know what you will get so it’s always a surprise.) The task is to use all those objects as inspiration for the final illustration."

2. If you're considering buying the remote control BB-8:

The one negative that could actually be a pretty big negative if half of my house didn’t have hardwood floors…the device doesn’t run well on carpet. In fact, it doesn’t really run at all. The head will move, but that’s about it.
3. Relatedly, here's a look at the Mignola and Olly Moss prints from the Star Wars Art: A Poster Collection (Poster Book): Featuring 20 Removable, Frameable Prints ($15).

4. "Toronto Zoo briefly closes baboon exhibit after matriarch's death sparks violent power struggle"

5. "Mattel’s latest Wi-Fi enabled Barbie doll can easily be hacked to turn it into a surveillance device for spying on children and listening into conversations without the owner’s knowledge." Via.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Old Man Hawkeye custom action figure

By LooseCollector.

Link roundup

1. "Owning an asteroid is now legal in the Unites States, after President Barack Obama signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (H.R. 2262) into law"

2. "In 'Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs,' the Harvard cosmologist Lisa Randall proposes that a thin disk of dark matter in the plane of the Milky Way triggered a minor perturbation in deep space that caused the major earthly catastrophe that decimated the dinosaurs."

3. "Police in India have apologized after an art installation involving a large floating cow was confiscated as it was deemed religiously offensive."

Deluxe action figure of Amazon’s pup mascot Pochi

By Revoltech. Via.

Three more books on my wishlist on sale

City of Stairs (The Divine Cities) is $1.99

The Adjacent is $1.99

Rome: An Empire's Story is $3.90

Link roundup

1. Ringtones based on the audio cues for Fallout 4's Mysterious Stranger.

2. "Did This Billionaire Get Swindled Out of Millions in an Elaborate Art World Scheme?"

As a result, many in the art world worry about a tendency for free ports to become "art cemeteries." The world's largest free port, at Geneva Airport, is said to hold as much art as the Louvre.
3. "Long Before Trees Overtook the Land, Earth Was Covered by Giant Mushrooms"
24 feet tall and three feet wide, these giant spires dotted the ancient landscape

4. "The number of journal articles published has climbed from 13,000 50 years ago to 72,000 today, even as overall readership has declined. In his new book 'Higher Education in America,' former Harvard president Derek Bok notes that 98 percent of articles published in the arts and humanities are never cited by another researcher." Via.

5.Nakatomi Plaza Die Hard Collection [Blu-ray] (six discs, villain cards, booklet and a miniature Nakatomi Tower) is 50% off at Amazon.

Friday, November 27, 2015

$100 iTunes credit for $80

at ebay. (Delivered by email.)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Amazon Unlimited Cloud Storage is $5 for the year (92% off)

Unlimited Cloud Drive Storage is $5 for the year (instead of $60) and Unlimited Photo Storage is $1 instead of $12.

Link roundup

1. "ESPN Has Lost 7 Million Subscribers The Past Two Years"

2. "It costs $300 to move a 40-foot container from Rotterdam to Shanghai, which is barely enough to cover the cost of fuel, handling, and Suez Canal fees. Here’s some more context. Let’s say that you want to travel for a year; it’s cheaper to put your personal belongings in a shipping container as it sails around the world than to keep it at a local mini-storage facility."

3. There's a large selection of "mail order bride"-themed romance novels at Amazon.  Via.

4. Day 3 of black friday sales at the BBTS is Star Wars, including the Star Wars Black Scout Trooper with Speeder Bike for for $22 instead of $44.

Anker charger is 72% off

Anker PowerCore 20100 - Ultra High Capacity Power Bank is $27.99 instead of $99 right now.

Ex Machina combo-pack for $5, Jurassic World Limited Edition for $10

Ex Machina (Blu-ray + Digital HD) is $4.99 at Amazon

Jurassic World (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) is $10

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

30% off code for a book at Amazon


Some suggestions:

Gotham Academy

Solo: The Deluxe Edition

Jason Aaron's Thor

Lovecraft Middle School

Transformers vs G.I. Joe

Fables Covers: The Art of James Jean

DREDD: The Illustrated Movie Script and Visuals


Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection

Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection

Through the Woods

Link roundup

1. "The irony is, though, that the Burger King surveillance video was running while the officer erased them. And so there's a videotape of the officer erasing the video."

2. The war in Syria, summarized.

3. "Preventable errors led to hospital attack, military says"

Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said the airstrike was supposed to have been directed at a nearby facility being used as a Taliban command center but the warplane fired at the wrong building.

After the plane's targeting sensors malfunctioned, he said, the crew relied on a physical description to home in on the target. But no Americans on the ground were in position to see the hospital.

Sales, sales, sales

1. WiiU with Smash Bros and Splatoon for $250 at ebay.

2. Lots of free content at Amazon, including the first three seasons of Justified, and Divergent.

3. $50 off several Marvel Legends sets at the BBTS.

4. Monument Valley plush Ida, crow, and totem at Iam8Bit.

5. Sales on t-shirt bundles at Last Exit to Nowhere.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Link roundup

1. "Pakistan's camel-mounted military bagpipe band"

Wing commander Lt Col Abdul Razzaq says the band is a matter of pride for his troops, particularly as a counter-balance to arch-rival India.
2. A player's first time using as Boba Fett in Star Wars Battlefront ends in dramatic fashion.

3. The Loyal Subjects black friday sale will feature 40% off as yet unreleased GI Joe and Masters of the Universe figures.

4. The Mad Max Fury Road War Rig custom vehicle (sized for 3.75" action figures) that I posted a while back is on sale at ebay.

5. Black Friday Sale at the BBTS starts with Transformers, notably Windblade for $6.99 and Megatron for $75 (instead of $140).

Monday, November 23, 2015

Watch the first episode of SyFy's new series The Expanse

Link roundup

1. "Letters demand $15 million, say Irving officials worked to smear Ahmed Mohamed after clock arrest"

2. "The NCAA Football Oversight Committee will meet Monday by conference call to determine how to move forward if there aren't enough bowl-eligible teams to fill those 80 spots"

3. "Your problem is you spent your whole life thinking there are rules. There aren't. We used to be gorillas."

4. NECA's new die-cast vehicles from the Alien films now available for preorder.

Star Wars Art Awakens sale ends today

108 items at ebay.

The Good Dinosaur toys are mostly 20% off at Amazon

Around $10 each for most of these "large figures" at Amazon.

Mondo's Black Friday sale announced

Start planning your strategy:

We’ll have over 400 different posters available dating back to 2010.

When the countdown clock hits zero at 10AM CT, all posters featured in the sale will go live on the site.

Some posters we’ll only have a single print available, others will have a few.

Adding posters to your cart does not guarantee purchase. Once an item is in your cart, you must continue to “checkout” to secure it for the allotted time.

Link roundup

1. "Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million investment in Newark’s public school system evaporated without leaving much of a trace"

2. Kieron Gillen on assembling some new Warhammer 40k miniatures:

I suspect this level of self-abuse is what more people should blog about
3. NECA is making a new line of vehicles based on the Alien movies.

4. Northridge BMX cub tees--new ET-inspired t-shirts by Last Exit to Nowhere.

Black Friday sale on Super Punch tees and stickers

15% off tees at Zazzle with the code BLACKFRIWEEK if you'd like to customize a tee featuring one of the Super Punch chimera logos.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Silk and Dark Avengers Ms. Marvel custom actions figures

By LooseCollector.

Big sale on Marvel Legends figures at Amazon

For example, Hawkeye is $8.99, Hellcat is $11.99, and Machine Man is $12.53.

Link roundup

1. "Scientists in Brazil have just identified a new species of...daddy longlegs, and they’ve named it...Smeagol."

2. "For decades, aspiring bomb makers — including ISIS — have desperately tried to get their hands on a lethal substance called red mercury."

This time, however, the Crocodile had an unusual request: The Islamic State, he said, was shopping for red mercury.
Abu Omar thought he might have a lead. He had a cousin in Syria who told him about red mercury that other jihadists had seized from a corrupt rebel group. Maybe he could arrange a sale. And so soon Abu Omar set out, off for the front lines outside Latakia, a Syrian government stronghold, in pursuit
3. PCG:
In Cities: Skylines (read our review here), you can follow around the various NPCs who move into your city. However, when there's tens of thousands of citizens, and you're swamped with the tasks related to building and managing a metropolis, it can be hard to keep tabs on a single person's life for very long, and difficult to find them again later.

I thought I'd fix this problem by creating a city in which only a single home could be built. Then I'd see who moved in and keep track of their lives. Here's what happened.


Having only four citizens in the city, you'd think it would be easy to spot them. It ain't. Clicking the high school tells me two students are inside it, and I also determine that someone has enrolled in the college down the street. But I don't actually see anyone, including Oscar, outside. Days pass and I still haven't actually seen the Richardsons in person.
4. Today's movie deals at Amazon include:

X-Men: Days of Future Past (The Rogue Cut) [Blu-ray] for $9.99

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Limited Edition Steelbook (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) for $4.99

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation [Blu-ray] for $17.99

Iron Man 3 (Blu-ray + DVD) for $9.96

It Follows [Blu-ray] for $8.99

And Ex Machina, which is incredible, is streaming for free for Amazon Prime

Animal Crossing Amiibo

Available at Amazon.

Art roundup

Crimson Peak by Drew Shannon.

Adventure Time promotional images by Luke Pearson and Em Partridge.

Ryan Lee is selling his original art for various Valiant covers.

Chip Zdarsky 1:4999 variant copy of Star Wars: Vader Down.

Recording of Frazier Irving drawing sketch covers.

Link roundup

1. "Host Of ’90s Oddity “Supermarket Sweep” Reveals Game Show’s Secrets"

staff for the show would go shopping once before the beginning of the season. Then the show was taped for five to six months each year, and the same food was used over and over again. That means you probably didn’t want to dip into that peanut butter.
2. Jake's summaries of the vampires with Peppermint Butler's sketches.

3. "Different parasitic worms can raise or lower female fertility"

4.  Amazon's deal of the day is large discounts on Disney Infinity 3.0 figures (40% off Inside Out, 25% off Star Wars, etc).

Friday, November 20, 2015

Link roundup

1. "A 1,111 carat gem-quality diamond, second in size only to the Cullinan diamond cut into the British Crown jewels, has been unearthed by Lucara Diamond Corp. in Botswana."

The magnificent stone, which originated from the south lobe of Lucara's Karowe Mine, is the world's second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered and the largest ever to be recovered through a modern processing facility. The stone was recovered by the newly installed Large Diamond Recovery ("LDR") XRT machines.
2. "Use AdBlock And Yahoo May Block You From Reading Your E-Mail." Relatedly, "The Last Days Of Marissa Mayer?"

3. Penny Arcade on Kotaku's article abut being blacklisted
It has not been dissolved utterly, but you can tell from the increasing percentage of in-line ads for not games that something key has changed.
And the retort.

4. Outlast is $5 today at Amazon (75% off).

Link roundup

1. "Los Angeles County has the highest number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the country, according to a new report." Also, "Los Angeles city and county have the most chronically homeless people in the country"

2. "Woodrow Wilson was extremely racist — even by the standards of his time"

3. "The Pill That Supposedly Turns Syrians Into Superhuman, Fearless, Relentless Killers"

4. Funko Pops based on Daredevil's various Netflix costumes, including his season 2 look.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The chimera Vampire King from tonight's Adventure Time

And here's some iphone ready wallpapers featuring the vampire portraits.

Link roundup

1. Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has 9 assists in 77 games in his career.

2. Charlie Batch’s 186-yard, two-pick game has ESPN’s best QBR rating ever.

Thanks to’s Game Pass, it’s easy to go back and watch old games. So I did.
3. "Jimmy Iovine Apologizes For Saying Finding Music Is Hard For Women"
“Girls are sitting around, talking about boys, right? Or complaining about boys, when they have their heart broken or whatever, and they need music for that, right? And they need music for that. So it’s hard to find the right music."
4. Titanfall Play Arts Kai - Atlas With Pilot is $40 off today.

Duck Hunt, ROB, and Mr. Game & Watch Amiibos available

ROB is $19, Duck Hunt is $12, Mr.Game&Watch is $12 (all free shipping).

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Link roundup

1. "What I Learned When a Hacker Stole My Identity and Took Over My Facebook Account"

It should be pretty obvious, I thought, that I hadn't changed my name to Hamza, changed my email address, moved to Turkey, and had plastic surgery, all within a span of hours.
2. How to paint an action figure head.

3. The California senate race:
[Democratic candidate Kamala] Harris reported having $3.3 million in the bank as of the end of September, compared with [Democrat Loretta] Sanchez, who had $1.6 million. The top three Republican candidates have less than $200,000 combined

Link roundup

1. "Seiko Will Reissue Ripley’s Futuristic Alien-Fighting Watch"

2. Syrian-Americans in Pennsylvania don't want more Syrian refugees in their town:

Syrian refugees have come to the Lehigh Valley through a state-federal partnership that Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday, despite Friday night's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, will continue.

The leader of a Syrian-American community organization on Monday voiced concerns about political differences between refugees and families long established in and around Allentown.
3. "AMA Calls for Ban on Direct to Consumer Advertising of Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices"

Link roundup

1. "Ben Carson’s campaign made a U.S. map and put a bunch of states in the wrong place"

2. "Washington College suspends classes indefinitely as the search for a suspended student, who may be armed, continues."

3. "Why Every Actress on The Hollywood Reporter Roundtable Cover Is White"

"Pre-Black Friday Sale" at Entertainment Earth

Items that caught my eye:

Marvel Legends set including Captain Marvel, Hawkeye, Machine Man and build-a-figure King Thor is 23% off.

Ant-Man with Ant set is 42% off.

Nebula Dorbz Vinyl Figure is 25% off.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New comic book covers


Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953—Beyond the Fences #1 cover by Paolo Rivera








Link roundup

1. "How Do You Cook Fancy Local Food When There's Nothing to Cook?"

The Puerto Rican food supply is fragile: Eighty percent of it is imported, and pricing regulations generally favor imports over local goods. This is often lost in the discussion of its ongoing $72 billion debt crisis, rampant unemployment, and people leaving the island in droves for Florida or New York. Its native agriculture is being restored, but the pace is too slow to supply the island’s restaurants,
2. Vader kills 11 people in episodes 4-6, and the people he kills in 5 and 6 are Imperials. Luke kills 369,740.

3. Cities functioning as harems.

4. "Fallout 4 player has head snatched away by Deathclaw, but lives on"
The most interesting thing about this glitch (and yes, I suppose it is a glitch, albeit a cool one) is that rather than breaking the game, the game adapts to it. The player's Perception stats are zilch, and enemies are unable to land headshots. Sure, it makes it harder to get a haircut, but who's going to mess with a headless wastelander?
And speaking of Fallout videos: "they started launching nukes!"

5. The Fallout 4 Ultimate Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Bundle is 40% off at Amazon.

The Adventure Time vampires

And promotional images:

Monday, November 16, 2015

Link roundup

1. Momentous events in chapter 2 of "a perma-death Fallout 4 diary, in which I begin with absolutely nothing other than a plan to to voyage around only the outermost periphery of the world."

2. "Here Is the Soviet Union's Secret Space Cannon"

In 1975, the USSR actually fired a cannon from an orbiting space station. Forty years later, we finally got a good look at this gun.
3. Turning your home into a mini-escape room game with these items easily available Amazon.

4. Aliens Life Size Egg & Facehugger Foam & Latex Prop Replica by NECA available for preorder, and also available (and infinitely cheaper) Alien Big Chap Mini Figure Random Blind Two Pack by Kotobukiya.

Chibi Lego Imperial Shuttle

By Do-Hyun Kim.