Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Hot Toys Mandarin/Trevor is nearly half-off* at the BBTS



$215, but purchasing it earns $100 in store credit:

New tees at Last Exit to Nowhere: Ministry of Information

Designs inspired by Brazil.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout Q&A - Christopher McQuarrie

Great podcast about the making of the movie.

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"‘Fantasy Island’ Film On Tap For Blumhouse"

Deadline:

The instinct is to recall the series as being a bit cheesy, propelled by the Fantasy Island opening where Herve Villechaize’s Tattoo would beckon the island overseer Mr Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) with cries of ‘Boss, de plane, de plane.’ But the series actually dealt with dark themes and the supernatural as visitors come to the island to live out their fantasy wishes, which puts it right in the Blumhouse wheelhouse.

Patriot on Amazon Prime is really good

"To prevent Iran from going nuclear, intelligence officer John Tavner must forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous 'on-official cover' -- that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm."

(Think spy thriller written by Elmore Leonard.)

Monday, July 30, 2018

"Russian Jamming Poses a Growing Threat to U.S. Troops in Syria"

"it’s allowing U.S. troops a rare opportunity to experience Russian technology in the battlefield and figure out how to defend against it."

"This Japanese Company Believes That Renting Space on Armpits Is the Next Great Ad Frontier"

Not the Onion?:

Arms go up to hold on to a strap and, BOOM, you’re staring at an ad. In a woman’s armpit. You’re noticing advertising now, aren’t you?

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Wakino Ad Company (“Waki” is Japanese for “armpit”) is relatively new and it’s unclear how well stickers placed on armpits will be received or even revealed in the first place.

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"The new British foreign secretary didn’t exactly make the best impression upon his first official visit to China recently, referring to his Chinese wife as Japanese"

"After confusing his own wife’s ethnicity, Hunt went on to boast about his familial connections to China"

"Architects were asked to design appealing homeless shelters on a $1-million budget. Here's what they came up with"

LAT:

The opposition highlights the importance of good design up front, De Briere said.

“I’m not saying you wouldn’t still have some community concerns about having temporary homes built there,” she said, pointing to the renderings on display in the institute’s office. “But if they had seen something that was more like some of these images, I think you would have a more positive reaction.”

"India on Monday effectively stripped four million people in Assam of citizenship, sparking fears of mass deportations of Muslims"

"A new draft register of citizens includes only those able to prove they were in Assam before 1971"

Detailed speculation about Doctor Strange's plot to defeat Thanos




Contest prize is your resume on the side of a racecar

Hellboy 1/12 scale figure by 1000Toys available for preorder

Multiple heads, hands, removable jacket.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

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Guardian:
The quest to master English in Korea is often called the yeongeo yeolpung or “English frenzy”. Although mostly confined to a mania for instruction and immersion, occasionally this “frenzy” spills over into medical intervention. As Sung-Yul Park relates: “An increasing number of parents in South Korea have their children undergo a form of surgery that snips off a thin band of tissue under the tongue … Most parents pay for this surgery because they believe it will make their children speak English better; the surgery supposedly enables the child to pronounce the English retroflex consonant with ease, a sound that is considered to be particularly difficult for Koreans.”

There is no evidence to suggest that this surgery in any way improves English pronunciation.

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"The vest vending machine at San Francisco's airport is getting mocked, but it rings up $10,000 in sales every month"

"At nearly $50 a pop, that means the vending machine sells about 200 vests per month."

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

"On a summit above Beverly Hills, a sweeping 157-acre property touted as the city’s finest undeveloped parcel is hitting the market with [a $1 billion] asking price"

LAT:

The mountaintop was once owned by a sister of the late shah of Iran, the Princess Shams Pahlavi, who had planned to build a lavish palace there.

The property was later acquired by talk show host-turned-TV-producer Merv Griffin, who commissioned prominent designer Waldo Fernandez to create a marble-and-limestone mansion. It was never built.

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After falling into financial trouble, Griffin sold the mountaintop for more than $8 million in 1997 to Mark Hughes, the late founder of Herbalife

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The Pink Panther of Wakanda

Dune posters





"And just like that, the wolverine makes like a snowball, and rolls off into the woods"



Via.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

"I found the most dismal No Man's Sky planet where absolutely no happiness is allowed"

PCGamer:

I decide to feed one of the little crab critters scuttling around just to give something on this planet a little happiness. The critter eats and the smiley face icon appears. Less than a second later he's mauled to death by another creature

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I climb out of the sea and pause before getting in my ship, admiring the view of the ringed paradise planet above.

Clouds immediately roll in and block it from view.

"Don't eat campfire colorants, even if they look like Pop Rocks"

Star Tribune:

But confusing packaging has led some to open the packets and swallow the contents instead of throwing them into the fire

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products such as Mystical Fire and Magical Flames

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Olives said the black packaging and bright powder inside look very similar to Pop Rocks candy.

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Stylized District 9 figures by Weta available for preorder



Along with Planet of the Apes and Battle Angel Alita figures.

"How neglected archives lead to propaganda"

CJR:

[A CBS television segment and] headline on the station’s website [stated]: “ICE Investigators Serve Human Trafficking Warrant In West Oakland Neighborhood.

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But the protesters actually proved to be correct. The East Bay Express reported a month later that Oakland police chief Anne Kirkpatrick had made false statements about the raid. The operation was not part of a “human trafficking” investigation; in fact, the lone person charged was “facing immigration charges and could be deported.”

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[The CBS affiliate did not post] an update to their original story.

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Nearly a year later, a flurry of posts linking to the original KPIX segment appeared on right-wing websites. The Federalist headlined their post “WATCH: Neighbors Protest ICE As It Breaks Up Child Sex Trafficking Ring,” while National Review tweaked theirs to “Watch: Protesters Blast ICE as Agents Act on Federal Child Trafficking Warrant.” The Daily Wire and InfoWars ran similar posts. Donald Trump, Jr. and Katrina Pierson, senior advisor for President Trump, shared The Federalist post on social media; on July 8, President Trump retweeted Pierson’s tweet to his 53.2 million followers.

Ferrari racing's mourning livery





"The Ordinary License Plate’s Days May Be Numbered"

NYT:

The screen can display anything, making it easy to switch designs if an owner wants to buy a vanity plate. Amber Alerts can be flashed on the plate; if the vehicle is stolen, the plate can be changed to display that fact.

When the vehicle is parked, businesses can display advertisements on the plate, even targeting a vehicle’s particular location because the plate is connected to GPS.

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Reviver has permission to sell the plates in California as part of a pilot program.

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As part of the program, the City of Sacramento has already affixed digital plates to 24 of its Chevy Bolts and will display various messages on them.

Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ by Rebecca Roanhorse is really good

Read it here. Also available as a podcast read by LeVar Burton.

"Iran’s Wolf Wall, Second-longest in the World, is Still Shrouded in Mystery"

Discover:

The ancient name for this place was Gorgan (ฺฏุฑฺฏุงู†), meaning “land of wolves”, and wild wolves can still be found here

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Across the plain stretches a mighty border wall, surpassed in size and scale only by the Great Wall of China. It’s known as the Wall of Gorgan, and unlike its Chinese counterpart, much of its construction remains an unsolved mystery to this day

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creating an immense mobile brick-making industry to produce the millions of fired mud bricks that make up the wall. Along its whole length, archaeologists have found the remains of temporary kilns

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“No ancient textual source refers to the Wall

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Picard in one of Barclay's holodeck fantasies, perhaps

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"L.A. County sheriff announces inquiry into secret societies of deputies and their matching tattoos"

"McDonnell’s announcement at a meeting of the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission comes two weeks after allegations surfaced that as many as 20 deputies at the Compton Station have matching tattoos featuring a skeleton holding a rifle."

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

"After Last Year's Hurricanes, Caribbean Lizards Are Better at Holding"

Atlantic:

Donihue and his team realized that they had a rare chance to see how natural disasters change the evolutionary fate of a group of animals. After all, they had been the last to observe the anoles before the hurricanes struck. So in October, they flew back to the islands.

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“To be honest, given how catastrophic hurricanes are, I thought it was plausible that survival would be random—that there wouldn’t be an advantage that would help [the lizards] survive,” he says. But when he compared the survivors’ measurements with those of the pre-hurricane population, he realized he was wrong.

Six lucky winners will get an infinity stone from Mondo

"Home DNA test results from the 5 million customers of 23andMe will now be used by drug giant GlaxoSmithKline to design new drugs"

NBC:

One of the big obstacles to genetics research is getting enough people to donate their DNA and paying to sequence it. The 23andMe database delivers a huge number of customers who have already consented and whose DNA has already been partly sequenced.

Gorilla Channel update

NYT:

He raged at his staff for violating a rule that the White House entourage should begin each trip tuned to Fox — his preferred network over what he considers the “fake news” CNN — and caused “a bit of a stir” aboard Air Force One, according to an email obtained by The New York Times. The email, an internal exchange between officials in the White House Military Office and the White House Communications Agency last Thursday, also called for the ordering of two additional televisions to support Beam, a TiVo-like streaming device, to make sure the president and first lady could both watch TV in their separate hotel rooms when they travel.

"Judges In California And South Carolina Order Carriers To Brick Prison Inmates’ Cellphones"

CBS:

California has since installed nearly 1,000 sophisticated metal detectors, scanners and secret security cameras in prisons to detect and deter the smuggling of cellphones and other contraband like drugs. That effort was paid for by Virginia-based Global Tel-Link, the nation’s largest prison phone company, from the projected $17 million it receives each year from California inmates and their families who use landlines to make phone calls that are monitored for security reasons.

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"Target’s CBGB Tribute Draws Backlash, Followed by an Apology"

NYT:

When Target opened a new store in the East Village with great fanfare on Saturday, it thought that it was paying homage to the history of the neighborhood. But people who are part of that history felt otherwise, and Target has apologized.

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“It really had the stink of the real,” he said. “Everybody was trying to find something new at that time. Nobody is trying to find something new at Target.”

Deluxe Gene Wilder/Willy Wonka figure available for preorder



Two different heads.

Also available for preorder is Mezco's "Sovereign Knight" Batman. Accessories include a Bat-drone and Kryptonite knuckles.

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Was finally able to get some decent pics and video of “Leviathan” Ark of the Apocalypse #15 in my Gothic Times Series..Made this piece a little over 4 yrs ago for a good mate taking roughly 14 months and an unknown amount of hours..sorta lost track..Was with out a doubt the most daunting yet rewarding piece I’ve made thus far๐Ÿค™ She stands 8ft on a custom made table @heritage_harvest_tables 7.5ft in length and 2.5ft wide..On board you have the motliest band of savages to have ever sailed the high seas๐Ÿ‘Š For detailed pics.. vids and more sculptures you can visit my portfolio @shallowgravestudios Wishin you all the best..Have a great weekend✌️Stay hungry stay creative... @sullenclothing #leviathan #arkoftheapocalypse #assemblageart #sculpture #gothictimes #timepiece #skulls #sullenclothing #togetherwerise #art_motive #art_daily #arts_help #artdiscover #arts_gate #art_dailydose #art_collective #art_supernova @peacockpromo
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*Buy Doctor Aphra figures from SDCC at ebay.