Saturday, November 30, 2019

Nightcrawler Uggs (art roundup)

*Buy The Prisoner by Jack Kirby at Amazon.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition is 29% off

At Amazon. The hardcover artbook with lithograph is down to $46.

Ten funny tweets

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Anime hair irl (cosplay roundup)

*Buy Cosplay World at Amazon.

Friday, November 29, 2019

"A Japanese department store where staff could wear badges if they were on their period has said it will 'rethink' that policy"


"The original people of Los Angeles, the Tongva, defined their world as Tovaangar"

A map at the LA Times looks at the lost tribes of Los Angeles:

Despite the loss of these villages, place names in Los Angeles still reflect the region’s heritage. Topanga, Cahuenga and Azusa are from Tongva words

Woman praying in shockingly, but artistically, polluted waters (art roundup)

*Buy snow globe ornaments at Amazon.

Madeline Miller's Circe is on sale at Amazon

Not as good as Song of Achilles, but very good and being turned into a tv series for HBO.

Cards Against Humanity is pitting human writers against an AI for Black Friday


This year for Black Friday, we taught a computer how to write Cards Against Humanity cards. Now we put it to the test. Over the next 16 hours, our writers will battle this powerful card-writing algorithm to see who can write the most popular new pack of cards. If the writers win, they’ll get a $5,000 holiday bonus. If the A.I. wins, we’ll fire the writers.

All day, we’ll post finished cards we like here. Upvote your favorites to the top, and downvote your least favorites to the bottom. At the end of the day, we’ll tally up your votes and throw them in the garbage.

Spider-Man: Far from Home Blu-ray + DVD + Digital is $8 right now

At Amazon.

Wirecutter's pick for best budget gaming laptop is a Black Friday Deal

Currently 23% off.

Ten funny tweets

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Porringer, spotchka, and more from this week's episode of The Mandalorian

We need an oral history on the sales of of porg toys, the creation of baby Yoda, and why stores aren't already flooded with merchandise:

Also from the episode, meet cute, the monster in the woods, and a new tracking fob bearer:

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Black Friday Sale at Entertainment Earth

Landing page. Star Wars Black Dewback and Sandtrooper is 63% off. 10 pack of Lego minifigs is 25% off.

Fight Club lenticular trading card (art roundup)

*Buy lenticular trading cards at Amazon.

Movie and video game deals at Amazon

Nintendo Switch with $25 credit.
Breath of the Wild for $29.99.
Mario Tennis Aces is $29.99.

Control is $25.
The Division 2 is $12.
Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition is $14.
Rage 2 with Amazon bonus is $19.99.
Man of Medan is $14.99.
Assassin's Creed III: Remastered is $14.99.

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is $6.
Pokemon Detective Pikachu is $7.99.
Alita: Battle Angel is $9.99.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is $7.99.

Ten funny tweets

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Assassin Droid C-3PO with tiny Babu Frik figure available at Amazon

Star Wars Black figure. Heavily-armed C-3PO is also included in this 10-figure set of figurines.

"Global Protests Reveal Bitcoin’s Limitations"


Protests in Hong Kong, Lebanon and Iran have forced cypherpunks to test censorship-resistant technologies in the wild.

But protesters on the ground found they lack internet access during times of civil unrest.

Bitcoin has mainly proven useful for receiving value from abroad to hold and privately store.

Sources in Lebanon and Iran said there is scant liquidity, and since they are cut off from global exchange platforms, digital assets are rarely useful as currency.

A good Thanksgiving tiktok

"Desperate Beijing motorists marrying people just so they can secure a licence plate for their car"


A report by state broadcaster CCTV that aired on Sunday night claimed that some drivers were willing to pay the equivalent of tens of thousands of US dollars to marry someone with one of the prized plates, have it transferred into their name and then get divorced.


The scam is the result of a licence lottery first introduced in 2011 to tackle the Chinese capital’s notorious congestion and pollution.

When you swap the Batman and Catwoman models in a cinematic (video game roundup)

*Buy the PS4 Death Stranding bundle at Amazon.

Ten funny tweets

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S.H.Figuarts Emperor Palpatine and Endgame Captain Marvel also available for preoder

Captain Marvel. Palpatine includes throne and guards so prepare for sticker shock.

S.H. Figuarts Marvel Endgame figures available for preorder

Captain America with multiple heads, shields, Mjolnir; Iron Man with laser sword and shield; Spider-Man with unmasked heads, attachable robot legs and Nano gauntlet.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Werner Herzog's role in Baby Yoda's success

Vanity Fair:

The faith in their little green God was not strong enough.

That was the judgment of Werner Herzog, the imperious German filmmaker turned galactic space villain turned Baby Yoda fan club president, when he saw The Mandalorian creator and showrunner Jon Favreau and executive producer Dave Filoni removing the miniature creature from set during one of his scenes with the being.

They were preparing to shoot a blank slate of the sequence as a backup in case they decided during postproduction that the puppet wasn’t convincing enough and a digital version had to be substituted.

Herzog, known for films about pushing the limits of human ability and endurance, could not hide his contempt.

“You are cowards,” he declared. “Leave it.”

*Buy Baby Yoda merchandise at Amazon.

Climax Creatures Series Rocket Mech available for preorder

The base lights up.

"The man behind China’s detention of 1 million Muslims"

"When he spoke Uighur, he really spoke just like a Uighur, since he grew up with them”

Condolences to anyone using LAX

Ten funny tweets

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