Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Clearance sale on the "final" 3.75" G.I. Joe figures

Including 30-45% off on limited edition figures including Coils O' Doom and Road Pig.

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French promotional video for the Murderbot novels (art roundup)

To photograph this Anna's Hummingbird's forked tongue, I worked with a scientific glassblowing company in Berkeley called Adams & Chittenden who made a custom "hummingbird dinner plate" out of glass. I glued a tiny aluminum wire to the base and angled the camera so it looks like the glass is floating. Finally, I trained this hummingbird in Chris Clark's lab at UC Riverside so it would feed through the tiny opening you see on the right side of the plate. This setup was inspired by the experimental design of Alejandro Rico-Guevara who uses artificial plastic "flowers" to study hummingbird tongues. Anna's Hummingbirds can lick a flower up to 15 times per second. Other species can lick as fast as 21 times per second. The particles you see on the plate are bits of protein powder that is added to the artificial nectar to keep hummingbirds healthy while they are in captivity. You can buy a print of this image for $100 as part of National Geographic's flash sale happening this week (ending midnight on 28th). Go to the link in my profile and check out the other amazing images from my fellow National Geographic photographers.
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Monday, December 30, 2019

Strong concept for a late night talk show featuring the Muppets

Super 7 showed off heads with better likenesses for the upcoming Ultimates Conan the Barbarian figure

Available for preorder.

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From my wishlist, Thrown is $1.81 right now

at Amazon:

A provocative question is asked in this “knockout of a nonfiction debut” (O, The Oprah Magazine) and New York Times Book Review, NPR, Slate, and Time magazine best book of the year: “Who can explain what draws a young brilliant writer—and a woman no less—to be mesmerized by the sight of a young man being pummeled in the ring? But out of this passion—maybe obsession—comes a great American story about overlooked heroes, the nature of violence, hope, love and nearly everything else that matters” (Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men).

In this “dark and funny” (The Washington Post) work of literary nonfiction, a young female philosophy student insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters—one a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman. Acclaimed essayist Kerry Howley follows, blow-by-blow, these men for three years through the bloody world of mixed martial arts as they starve themselves, break bones, fail their families and form new ones in the quest to rise from remote Midwestern fairgrounds to packed Vegas arenas.

With its penetrating intelligence and wry humor, Howley’s “compulsively readable, informative, hilarious . . . [and] ferocious dissection of the essence of the spectator” exposes the profundities and absurdities of this American subculture. Welcome to the Octagon (The New York Times Book Review).

Christmas-themed Mandalorian cosplay (Star Wars roundup)

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Happy Hanukkah (from Sonic)

From my wishlist, The Last Werewolf is $2.99 right now

at Amazon.

(The Guardian said "One can take an awful lot of sex and violence if it's artfully done".)

Palpatine the Hypeman is Healymade's latest custom wrestler

Already sold out, I believe.

*Buy WWE x TMNT figures at Amazon.

Grendizer vinyl figure

Jedi: Fallen Order PS4 is $33.74 right now

at Amazon.

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