Thursday, October 31, 2019


Venom-themed wedding cake

FYI, it's not just you, the Twitter iOS app is trash today

When the entire office dresses as a roller coaster (Halloween roundup)

*Buy Spirited Away stacking toys at Amazon.

Adventuring equipment

*More adventuring equipment.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

New Star Wars wrestler at Healeymade

Boba Fett joins the crew.

An anecdote about trying to generate traffic to appease an advertiser

"Results of the 2019 NAEP, also known as the Nation's Report Card, showed elementary and middle school students scored worse in reading than they did two years ago"

USA Today:

The gap between the most- and least-competent students got bigger.

"Compared to a decade ago, we see that lower-achieving students made score declines in all of the assessments, while higher-performing students made score gains," Carr said.

"The Denver Post announced today it has partnered with Data Skrive to provide Colorado high school football fanatics with automated game recaps"

"With economical automation conducting the heavy lifting, The Denver Post can keep more revenue in its coffers to hire new journalists, retain those on staff and assign them to cover the value-added stories they previously lacked time to complete."

"An American Cheese Won the World Cheese Awards for the First Time Ever"


Last Friday, the winners of the 32nd annual competition—which some call The Oscars of cheese—were announced in Bergamo, Italy. More than 3,800 cheeses from 42 countries on six continents were entered, and after three rounds of judging, the Rogue River Blue from Rogue Creamery in Central Point, Oregon was named the World Champion cheese.


only one French cheese placed in the top 16

Artist looking for commissions

Ten more funny tweets

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William Gibson's outstanding The Peripheral is only $1.99 today

At Amazon. (Love this book, although I never understood the cube.)

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

"'Nearly All' Counter-Strike Microtransactions Are Being Used for Money Laundering"


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players will no longer be able to trade container keys between accounts because the trade was part of a massive worldwide fraud network. Players earned cases in Counter-Strike containing weapons and cosmetic upgrades, but had to purchase the keys to open the boxes. Developer Valve runs an internal marketplace on Steam where it allowed players to trade the boxes and the keys. Valve patched the game on October 28 and explained the problem in its patch notes.

“In the past, most key trades we observed were between legitimate customers,” the statement said. “However, worldwide fraud networks have recently shifted to using CS:GO keys to liquidate their gains. At this point, nearly all key purchases that end up being traded or sold on the marketplace are believed to be fraud-sourced.”

Arnold performing famous lines from movies he was not in

Jonathan Lethem reviewed Edward Snowden's new book

Here's how it starts:

In Robert Sheckley’s 1978 short story “Is That What People Do?,” a man named Eddie Quintero buys himself a pair of binoculars from an army and navy surplus outlet, “because with them he hoped to see some things that he otherwise would never see. Specifically, he hoped to see girls undressing at the Chauvin Arms across the street from his furnished room”—but he was also “looking for that moment of vision, of total attention.” Since this is a science fiction story, Quintero accidentally ends up with a pair marked “Experimental. Not to Be Removed from the Testing Room.”

The binoculars turn out to have a fabulous capacity not only for seeing through walls but also for diminishing the distance between Quintero and those he would spy on. When he peers through the experimental device just so—an effort of contorting his body into increasingly bizarre positions—Quintero is suddenly granted visions of other human beings, behind closed doors, doing “what people do.” Which turns out to be, well, weird shit. The least disturbing of what Quintero surveils is what’s now called cosplay; the most extreme consists of giddy ritual murder, and of the deliberate calling-forth of a Satanic, sexually violent “smoke-demon.” On the last page, Sheckley’s parable attains an existentialist clarity: the binoculars grant a vision of a shabby, middle-aged man in a dreary room, standing on his head, with a pair of binoculars awkwardly wedged against his face. Quintero recognizes himself:

He realized that he was only another performer in humanity’s great circus, and he had just done one of his acts, just like the others. But who was watching? Who was the real observer?

He turned the binoculars around and looked through the object-lenses. He saw a pair of eyes, and he thought they were his own—until one of them slowly winked at him.

Edward Snowden, late in the pages of his memoir, Permanent Record, describes his sensation at being personally introduced to XKEYSCORE, the NSA’s ultimate tool of intimate, individual electronic surveillance.

The boulder is the star in this Hungarian commercial for the Indiana Jones movies

"The Eastman School of Music plans to go ahead with an upcoming scheduled eight-city orchestral tour of China, despite that country’s denial of visas to three members of the orchestra who are South Korean nationals"

Rochester City Newspaper:

“Cancelling would likely have a negative impact on Eastman’s reputation within China, and potentially limit other opportunities to recruit, perform, and tour for our faculty and other ensembles,” he wrote.

The school was notified in late September by tour affiliates in China that the three students had effectively been banned. Rossi explained in his letter that China blocked the students in retaliation to the United States deploying a missile defense in South Korea in 2016.

$100 off deluxe third-party Omega Supreme

Multiple faces, light-up features, and 36% off. And in other Transformers news, now available for preorder is Transformers: A Visual History. Regular and limited edition, which includes prints and a renticular cover:

Forge is Cronenberg now (art roundup)

*Buy House of X variants at Amazon.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Annapurna webshop is open


Ten funny tweets

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The Mandalorian 3.75" figure available for preorder

Along with all the other Star Wars and Marvel Legends figures posted last night.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

New Marvel Legends and Star Wars figures available for preorder

The impressive 3.75" Cara Dune/Gina Carano and some other just-revealed 6" figures. Plus, two new Marvel Legends series: Super-Skrull and Demogoblin build-a-figures

"Everyday cosplay" event in Japan

From this year's show:

From last year:

Unmanned Air Force spaceplane lands after 780 days in space

Nintendo Ring Fit adorably in action (video game roundup)

*Buy Dracula House at ebay.

Ten funny tweets

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Cassandra Cain (art roundup)

*Buy Cassandra Cain toys at ebay.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Inktober: Panzer Dragoon and other video games

Journey puppet with light-up eyes

By Chris Sickels. This one has been sold, but there are other puppets available here.

Ten funny tweets

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Friday, October 25, 2019

The Wax Queen

New tee based on the Joker movie available at Last Exit to Nowhere

Two colors, fits to choose from. And speaking of:

"A police force which warned people to look out for a loose kangaroo has admitted it may not actually have existed"


Officers posted a picture on Facebook purporting to show the marsupial in Bulwell, Nottingham.

When responses suggested it was more likely to be a deer or "larger than normal" dog, police insisted it wasn't.


The blurry photo of the creature - dubbed the "Bulwellness monster" by the Nottinghamshire Police neighbourhood team

Ghost in the Shell for Netflix (art roundup)

*Buy hologram pogs at ebay.