Thursday, October 17, 2019

Notice she doesn't actually touch the ball until after the defender has collapsed

"Sacramento Kings Pro Basketball Team Launches Crypto Collectibles"


In a press release on Oct. 16, the Sacramento Kings announced a new collaboration with the creator of Ethereum-based Kaiju toys, CryptoKaiju. The companies will give away 100 limited-edition Kaiju collectible toys throughout the 2019–2020 basketball season.

Each collectible is backed by a non-fungible token, meaning that no two are the same. 15 of these toys will come with a unique experience or prize, such as courtside seats, VIP tours, and signed merchandise, among others.
In 2014, the Kings became the first NBA team to accept Bitcoin as payment in the arena. Last year, the Kings became the first professional sports team in the world to mine cryptocurrency and announced a charitable program, MiningForGood, that donates those funds to workforce development and training efforts in the community. Last week, the Kings announced the NBA’s first blockchain-powered reward program in collaboration with Blockparty.

Deluxe Lockjaw and Black Bolt figures available for preorder

Both figures are articulated. The set includes various accessories for Black Bolt.

Deluxe Ultramarine action figure available for preorder

By Bandai. Expensive, but "comes fully painted."

Seafood farms in China (art roundup)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Ronan Farrow did accents for his audiobook?!

(Catch and Kill is available at Amazon.)

The new Star Trek Heroclix set includes Chief Interrogator Gul Madred and his four lights

You can find it at ebay. The new set includes skin of evil Armus, too.

Kickstarter for a board game featuring art by Marian Churchland

You can check out the kickstarter for Forgotten Depths, and download a rough edition of the rulebook here. Her comic Arclight is one of my alltime favorites.

Kitten Arsenal available for preorder

Available for preorder:

With the Kitten Arsenal from Momotaro Toys, arms your 1/12 scale army with the deadly power of kittens.

Double pistol kittens
Sniper kitten
Sword kitten
Four pod rocket kittens
Rifle kitten
Crossbow kitten
Also available for preorder, 1/18 scale Robocop.

Doom comic (video game roundup)

*Buy Samus costumes at Amazon.

Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

The Touch Base Policy in British Hong Kong


the influx of immigrants continued, especially during the Cultural Revolution. In response the Hong Kong Government adopted the Touch Base Policy in November 1974, which allowed immigrants from Mainland China who reached the urban areas (reaching south of Boundary Street) and met their relatives to register for a Hong Kong Identity Card. Those who were intercepted in the Closed Area would be repatriated back to the Mainland immediately.

The Touch Base Policy failed to halt the influx of immigrants, and was abolished by the Hong Kong Government on 24 October 1980.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

"A flame burning for almost a day at the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility [in Los Angeles] north was extinguished [but] it’s unclear what was fueling the fire"

LA Daily News:

The “small, low flame” was spotted Monday, days after the Saddleridge fire burned through the area. The wildfire, which was sparked Thursday night in Sylmar, was 45% contained by Tuesday morning and has burned 8,391 acres.

“There’s nothing logical there that’s burning,” . . . “It’s just fire that’s coming out of the dirt.”


The facility was the site of the 2015 gas leak, the largest such one in U.S. history, that kept Porter Ranch residents out of their homes for months.

Sauron (art roundup)

*Buy posters by Mondo at ebay.

New toy preorders include Spider-Man in his Anti-Ock Suit, Devastator, and more

S.H. Figuarts Spider-Man in Anti-Ock Suit.

Transformers Furai 11 Devastator Model Kit.

Also up for preorder, The Lord of the Rings Twilight Witch-King 1/6 Scale Figure and Mortal Kombat 3 Scorpion with skinless skull head sculpt.

Ten more funny tweets

*More funny posts.

Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Are these real Disney movies?

The Oakland A's used a robot bunny to deliver baseballs to umpires

The 60's:


Hot Toys Endgame Hulk and Thor figures available for preorder

No cardigan, but Hulk comes with glasses. Thor includes light-up versions of Stormbreaker and Mjolnir.

Also, if you're into toy-customizing, there's some new "blank" Hulk bodies in various colors.

$100 iTunes credit for $85 from ebay right now

Available at ebay.

Ten funny tweets

*More funny tweets.

New Apple Arcade game Stela is a satisfying cross between Limbo, Monument Valley, and Abzu

Not as good as any of those games, but fills a niche for Apple Arcade the way Netflix uses data research to fill its catalog. Also, it's unplayable with touch controls. Connecting a PS4 controller to an iOS device is indeed very easy.

Spider-Man-themed ketchup (art roundup)

*Buy Blade Runner pistols at Amazon.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

"Lightning Strikes Twice as Much Over Shipping Lanes"


When a lot of aerosol particles are present, each one gets fewer droplets, and can float high enough into the atmosphere to freeze. In the resulting tall clouds, those bits of ice and slush run into each other and transfer electric charges. The differences in charge create an electric field, which results in lightning.


You just need to know that more particles means more lightning, and burning fossil fuels is a reliable way to make those particles. Ships are especially culpable because they use bunker fuel to get from port to port.

Amazon-themed LARP

"Chinese app on Xi’s ideology allows data access to users’ phones, report says"


The Chinese Communist Party appears to have “superuser” access to the entire data on more than 100 million Android-based cellphones through a back door in a propaganda app that the government has been promoting aggressively this year.

An examination of the coding of the app used by phones running the Android operating system shows it enables authorities to retrieve messages and photos from users’ phones, browse their contacts and Internet history, and activate an audio recorder inside the devices.


The party, led by President Xi Jinping, launched the app, called Study the Great Nation, in January. The name is a pun because the Chinese word for study — “xuexi” — contains the authoritarian leader’s family name.

Picked up from my wishlist: Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

$2.99 today at Amazon:

“Reads . . . as if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel.”—CNN

"In the rush to harvest body parts, death investigations have been upended"


The case is one of dozens of death investigations across the country, including more than two dozen in Los Angeles and San Diego counties, that The Times found were complicated or upended when transplantable body parts were taken before a coroner’s autopsy was performed.

In multiple cases, coroners have had to guess at the cause of death. Wrongful-death and medical malpractice lawsuits have been thwarted by early tissue harvesting. A death after a fight with police remains unsettled. The procurement process caused changes to bodies that medical examiners mistook as injuries or abuse. In at least one case, a murder charge was dropped.


Organ procurement before an investigation has long been legal, provided the coroner agreed.


In a handful of states the laws go even further, giving the companies the power to force coroners to delay autopsies until they have harvested the body parts.


Those body parts fuel a booming industrial biotech market in which a half-teaspoon of ground-up human skin is priced at $434. That product is one of those used in cosmetic surgery


Morgue officials at times give the corporate employees key cards so they can enter at any hour. The companies rent rooms inside the morgues, including suites where surgical teams harvest donors’ tissues.

In a growing number of counties nationwide, the companies can log into government computer files on the newly deceased, allowing them to swiftly find potential candidates for procurement.