Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"Costume fan claims she was denied entry to Met for wearing 18th century-style dress"

"Lear said a security official told him that the Met had a policy barring entry to anyone wearing a costume."

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Military capes

Golden Kingdoms exhibit

"This landmark exhibition of luxury arts of the Incas, the Aztecs, and their predecessors..." You can view all 299 items here.

Poster for Blumhouse's Truth or Dare

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Minnesota Twins "announced on Monday a deal to sell Prince-related merchandise year-round, including hats, shirts and balls"

On Prince Night, "The first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive inflatable Prince guitars — the purple one in the shape of his symbol."

"Ranchers set to fight back against vegetarian 'fake meat'"


Now U.S. Cattlemen's Association is looking to draw a line in the sand.

The association launched what could be the first salvo in a long battle against plant-based foods. Earlier this month, the association filed a 15-page petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture calling for an official definition for the term "beef," and more broadly, "meat."

"While at this time alternative protein sources are not a direct threat to the beef industry, we do see improper labeling of these products as misleading," said Lia Biondo, the association's policy and outreach director. "Our goal is to head off the problem before it becomes a larger issue."

John Le Carre's The Honourable Schoolboy: A George Smiley Novel is $1.99 today

At Amazon.

NBA's bottom eight teams "have lost a collective 44 games straight"

"The Brooklyn Nets owe their pick to the Cavaliers, and as such have no incentive to be bad."

"Famously Skinny Corinth Canal Shut Due to Rockfall"

"First conceptualised in ancient times, the canal took some 11 years to be built and start operations in 1893. "

Star Wars Black Darth Revan figure available for preorder

Without having to buy a case. New Star Wars chess monster figures available for preorder, too.

Nikelab Collection Ghost Windrunner Women’s Jacket

Operating the Thala-Siren

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Art roundup

Saturday, February 24, 2018

"Trump officials fight eviction from Panama hotel they manage"


Representatives of the hotel owners’ association formally sought to fire Trump’s management team Thursday by hand-delivering termination notices to them at the Trump International Hotel and Tower, according to a Panamanian legal complaint filed by Orestes Fintiklis, who controls 202 of the property’s 369 hotel units. Trump’s managers retreated behind the glass walls of an office where they were seen carrying files to an area where the sounds of a shredding machine could be heard, according to two witnesses aligned with the owners. The legal complaint also accused Trump’s team of improperly destroying documents.

"Rarely in corporate history has a giant come and gone so quickly"


Anbang was founded in 2004 as a small Chinese car-insurance company. By the start of last year it ranked among the world’s biggest insurers with some $300bn of assets


For a time, Mr Wu appears to have had powerful backers. He was married to the grand-daughter of Deng Xiaoping, China’s revered former leader. He also was reputed to have a close relationship with Xiang Junbo, the top insurance regulator during Anbang’s dizzying rise. Yet nothing is permanent, not least in Chinese elite politics. In 2015 Caixin, a respected Chinese financial magazine, reported that Deng’s grand-daughter had separated from Mr Wu. And early last year Mr Xiang was detained for corruption.

When Anbang’s reputation in Beijing started to fray, it looked to cultivate connections in another capital: Washington, DC. It entered talks with a company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, to invest $400m in a New York skyscraper. It looked as though Mr Wu was trying to prove his worth to Chinese officials by having a direct line, or just about, to Mr Trump. But this last bid at saving his career, if that is what it was, came up short. A flurry of media reports examining the deal and the potential conflict of interest led the two sides to break off talks.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Original art for sale

Joshua Hixson has various illustrations for sale (approx $60).

Kind of the opposite of that bunny/airhorn video

(Has this one made it to Snopes yet...)

"Navy investigating terrifying EA-18G Growler flight"


The temperature inside the cockpit suddenly plunged to temperatures reaching -30 degrees and a mist pumped into the the cockpit, covering the instruments and windows in a layer of ice, and rendering the pilots almost completely blind, according to several sources familiar with the incident and an internal report obtained by Defense News.

The fog inside the aircraft iced over the instrument panel, forcing the pilot and electronic warfare officer to use a Garmin watch to keep track of their heading and altitude while air controllers began relaying instructions to the crew. The pilot and EWO were forced to use the emergency oxygen supply, which was completely depleted by the end of the flight.
From June:
The Navy is Issuing Every F/A-18 Pilot A Garmin Watch. Here's Why.

"The Navy is investigating allegations of a drug ring at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis"


sources estimated the number of students under investigation to be as high as roughly two-dozen, despite the lower official estimate.

In a sign of how seriously Naval Academy officials are taking the alleged drug use, the second in command of the school, Capt. Robert B. Chadwick II, ordered a surprise drug test for all the midshipmen at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. The entire Brigade of Midshipmen totals 4,500.


Last week, drug-sniffing dogs from the DEA were brought in to search the rooms of the suspected drug users and discovered cocaine. The midshipman suspected of possessing the drug was at athletic practice at the time and she tried to escape but was apprehended and brought in for questioning, according to two midshipmen with knowledge of the incident.

Cat in a backpack that looks like a space capsule

Killmonger vs. Dragon Ball Z's Vegeta

"Why Koreans Are So Good at Speedskating"

The NYT's answer is "Koreans, in other words, are really good at repetition." But this is good:

But a more compelling, if troubling, reason for Korean short-track domination might be glimpsed, oddly enough, in “Planet B-Boy,” a 2008 documentary about international break-dancing culture. In one memorable scene, the Gamblerz, at the time the Yankees of break dancing, are rehearsing in their studio in Seoul. As the dancers contort and invert their bodies, you see that break dancing, which must look stylishly effortless, is actually created by brute strength and technical repetition. A Gambler named Still explains why his teammate Laser became the best head spinner in the world. “Laser has spent the past five or six years spinning on his head,” Still says matter-of-factly. “He doesn’t really do anything else, and to be honest, he’s not that good at any other moves.”

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Black Panther concept art

“There are spreadsheets detailing who got paid, how much they got paid and how much more they were planning to pay” in college basketball investigation


“The feds got everything they wanted and much more. Don’t think it will only be players who ended up signing with ASM that got paid. Those spreadsheets cast a wide net throughout college basketball. If your school produced a first-round pick in the past three years, be worried.”


One source with knowledge of the investigation estimated that ASM Sports was paying more than three times as many prospects, and families of prospects, as clients they signed. The impact on the NCAA landscape is expected to be significant.

Honda's "3E-D18 is an AI-equipped platform robotics device built to 'empower'"


By replacing the upper attachment, the 3E-D18 can perform various tasks such as fire-fighting, farm work and sports training support. Its off-road capabilities allow autonomous operation on rugged terrain such as farms and mountains.

"A wildfire ignited mines laid by the Cuban military decades ago and jumped the fence line at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay on Thursday, threatening buildings and forcing evacuations of six neighborhoods"


In an afternoon broadcast on the base station, Radio Gitmo, base commander Navy Capt. Dave Culpepper advised: “Folks probably heard in the middle of the night a bunch of ordnance going off. And of course that was the fire burning on the other side of the fence, over on the Cuban side, their mines cooking off from the heat.”

"Drug Seizure at Russian Embassy Leads to Arrests"


A former Russian diplomatic official and an Argentine police officer were among those arrested in connection with the seizure of a large cocaine shipment at the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires that prompted a yearlong investigation into an international drug ring, officials said Thursday.


Authorities said the drugs have a street value in Russia of about $61 million.

Marvel Legends Vibranium Suit Black Panther in stock

At the BBTS.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Luke Cage #170 cover

By Rahzzah. Also:


The Neighbourhood - Scary Love

"A Top-Secret US Military Base Will Melt Out of the Greenland Ice Sheet"


About 60 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, the US designed a network of top-secret mobile nuclear launch sites buried in the Greenland ice sheet to prepare for possible war with the Soviet Union. At Camp Century, which was part of Project Iceworm, soldiers lived in the ice, which enclosed the base so it wouldn’t be completely buried in snow.

Camp Century was shut down in 1967, and the site was abandoned as Project Iceworm wound down. Back then, military planners assumed the hazardous stuff buried at Camp Century—including diesel fuel, PCBs, and some radioactive coolant—would stay locked up in the Greenland ice sheet, essentially forever. But now Greenland is warming

"Billionaire Bill Gates Guesses Grocery Store Prices" on Ellen

"Fourth US man dies hunting for buried $2m treasure"


A US man who fell to his death while searching for buried treasure in the Rocky mountains has become the fourth person to die on the hunt.


He had been looking for the stash of gold and jewels allegedly hidden by a wealthy 86-year-old art dealer.


Murphy was seeking the fortune of New Mexico millionaire Forrest Fenn. The antiques dealer wrote a 24-line poem in his 2010 memoir that he claimed led to the treasure.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

G-Force and other new toy preorders

New toy preorders: Team Fortress 2 Spy and Engineer by NECA, four figure set including Casshern and Ken, and deluxe S.H.Monsterarts Shin Godzilla.

"This U.S. Olympic Team Practices in a Refrigerated Parking Garage in Slovenia"


The concept of a ski tunnel was foreign to the Americans before their arrangement with Slovenia. What they found there was something unlike anywhere they had ever skied. For one thing, it was indoors. For another thing, it was supposed to be a parking garage. And there were many other things.

Thor: Ragnarok Hela and Grandmaster concept art

Also, Killmonger:

Legion season 2 teaser

Alternative poster design by Jock for The Empire Strikes Back

Monday, February 19, 2018

Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider

Sutur, Valkyrie, and more Thor Ragnarok concept art

"In Ukraine, Corruption Is Now Undermining the Military"


Ukraine’s spending on defense and security has soared since the conflict in the east started in 2014, rising from around 2.5 percent of its gross domestic product in 2013 to more than 5 percent this year, when it will total around $6 billion.

This bonanza, which will push procurement spending in 2018 to more than $700 million, has enabled Ukraine to rebuild its dilapidated military and fight to a standstill pro-Russian rebels and their heavily armed Russian backers.



Military spending, however, has opened up new vistas for opaque insider deals, sheltered from scrutiny by a cone of secrecy that covers the details of military spending.

"The number of operating ski jumps in the United States had dwindled from 116 to 27"

"How a small ski club in Chicago, of all places, produced three American Olympians"

"Is It Possible to Game the Apple Podcast Charts?"

An accusation against a specific podcast.

"Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medalist"

"Svishchev said it was possible someone spiked Krushelnitsky's food or drink. He suggested that rival Russian athletes or Russia's political enemies could be responsible."

"China’s former internet czar was expelled from the Communist Party and will be prosecuted for corruption"

"An usually high-profile party official, Lu was the face of China’s vicious crackdown on the internet and free speech in the last few years."

Olivia the pet elk

"'she's like a ballet dancer. She goes around very carefully. She comes and says hello for 15 minutes and then she goes back out to the others.'"

"Measles cases have soared across Europe over the last year"

"WHO Europe says there has been a 400% increase during 2017, with more than 21,000 cases and 35 deaths. That will be a major disappointment following the record low in 2016, when there were just 5,273 cases in Europe."

"Links from Newsweek have been banned from one of the biggest traffic-driving sections of Reddit due to concerns about paid spamming"

"The source, a longtime Redditor with knowledge of /r/news moderation practices, said moderators concluded that links were being submitted at high volume by influential Reddit accounts in order to drive traffic to"

Related, a more subtle advertisement on Reddit for Black Panther.

Newly-revealed NECA toys available for preorder

Pale Man, Arcade Dutch etc. There's also a fancy 6" Iron Giant available for preorder.

Suspended wave by Miguel Rothschild

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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler "was the star captain of the football team, elected to the homecoming court, and voted the guy with the best smile and physique"

BF from 2013:

Ask Coogler what he was like in high school, and he shakes his head, smiles, and says, "I didn't have anything figured out." Crack open his St. Mary's College High School yearbooks (class of 2003) and you'll find that he's being more than modest


Looking at those pages, Coogler's face lights up, he calls in his fiancée, Zinzi, and they giggle at the throwbacks; he waves off awards he had long forgotten and quickly moves on to discussing some of the other kids in the photos, high school teammates and buddies that he actually cast

"Shape of Panther"

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Shirtless Kylo Ren doodles


All-Star bunt contest

Star Wars: The Last Jedi variant cover

By Joe Quesada.

Venom Adidas

New Marvel Legends available for preorder

Captain America and Crossbones Two Pack, Ronan.

I've also substantially updated the new toy reveal roundup, including an enormous Valkyrie.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Doctor Aphra and other new toy reveals (to be updated)

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Tomb Raider Barbie.

Jumbo Valkyrie.

Splatoon and much more Figma.

Kingsman and more MaFex.

Yellowjacket, Wasp and Storm Marvel Legends.

Blade, Cable, and more Mezco.

Aphra and more Star Wars.

SDF-1 and more.

Video game Dutch and more from NECA.

BMO and more from Kidrobot.


Naruto and more from McFarlane.

Iron Man 3 Marvel Legends set with The Mandarin and Pepper. There's also a new set with movie Scarlet Witch and The Vision.

Hellboy, Deadpool, Cable, and much more from Funko.

Infinity Gauntlet with lights and sounds.

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Incredibles 2.

Pacific Rim and much more from Bandai.

The Real Ghostbusters cartoon figures.

Goro and Street Fighter 2 figures from Storm Collectibles.

New t-shirt based on The Lost Boys at Last Exit to Nowhere

Santa Carla California tee available at Last Exit to Nowhere, and also being given away on Twitter. Last Exit also has a brand new t-shirt inspired by Unbreakable.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Drivers get stuck in sand trying to avoid traffic jam

Spider-Man cosplay

Pulling the cord on an emergency slide

Recent Black Panther comics are on extreme discount

Cross Purchase for Amazon/Comixology:

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 1 is free

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 2 is 99 cents

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 3 is 99 cents

It plushies

Lots more newly-revealed Funko toys available for preorder.

Liverpool fans chant for their Egyptian striker, Mohamed Salah

"If he scores enough for you, he scores enough for me . . . then I'll be Muslim too . . . sitting in a mosque that's where I want to be."

Newly-revealed Funko figures available for preorder

Many new figures.

"Apple employees keep smacking into the glass" at the new headquarters


Some staff started to stick Post-It notes on the glass doors to mark their presence. However, the notes were removed because they detracted from the building’s design, the people said.

Storm by Jen Bartel

Party decorations

Thursday, February 15, 2018

$15 off Crest Whitestrips

$43.99 - $5 coupon at item page - $10 more dollars with the code 10CRESTPE22 at checkout.

"the fantasy archipelago of 300 artificial ‘countries’ [in Dubai] is back in business"


Conceived in 2003, the project was to be an exclusive offshore playground for film stars, royalty and celebrity tycoons: an artificial archipelago of 300 islands set two miles off the coast. Invitations to “Own the World” were sent to a targeted group of 50 potential buyers each year, offering tours of the site by yacht or helicopter, with prices for the islands ranging from $15-50m (£10-36m). Richard Branson posed for photos on little Britain in a Union Jack suit; Karl Lagerfeld launched plans for a fashion-themed island; rumours swirled that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had acquired Ethiopia for their ever-expanding clan of adopted children.


After five years of dredging, which saw 320 million cubic metres of sand and 25 million tonnes of rock hauled into place, the final stone in the breakwater was laid in January 2008 – on the eve of the global financial crisis. The vision collapsed just as quickly as the computer renderings had been conjured. Dubai World, the government investment arm in charge of the project, was revealed to have debts of $60bn.


So it comes as some surprise to learn that construction is back under way.

"About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter"


The timing of the casualties coincided with a battle on Feb. 7 near the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor where, according to U.S. officials and associates of the fighters involved, U.S.-led coalition forces attacked forces aligned with Moscow’s ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
See also:

The Last Jedi aliens