Thursday, April 30, 2020

The best moment from this week's episode of What We Do in the Shadows




Here's an interview with the actors playing Guillermo (Harvey Guillen) and the energy vampire (Mark Proksch). Guillen talks about how delightful and unexpected it was to find out he would get to play an action hero:


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"Retracing the historic route of the Orient Express in Euro Truck Sim 2"

"It takes about five hours"

Illegal gold miners who had the misfortune of being underground when lockdowns started (Quaranzine)











































Lego jetbike rider




*The Lego Razor Crest is available for preorder at Amazon.

From my wishlist, The Lady from the Black Lagoon is $2.99 today

at Amazon, nominated for a 2020 Hugo. (Even less than that, since it includes a $.45 coupon for future purchases.)

The best art show of the year, Famicase 2020 entries are here














































*Famicase entries from previous years.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Claire Saffitz's new cookbook is called "Dessert Person"



Amazon listing:

In her first cookbook, Bon Appรฉtit and YouTube star of the show Gourmet Makes offers wisdom, problem-solving strategies, and more than 100 meticulously tested, creative, and inspiring recipes.

In Dessert Person, fans will find Claire's signature spin on sweet and savory recipes like Babkallah (a babka-Challah mashup), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, Crispy Mushroom Galette, and Malted Forever Brownies. She outlines the problems and solutions for each recipe

Pandemic-themed book covers (Quaranzine)












































Venus De Milo (X-Statix ) custom action figure

There's a Facebook group where people roleplay as an ant colony, and now there's merchandise








Here's the group.

Hot Toys Into the Spider-Verse Gwen Stacy available for preorder, includes Spider-Ham



Accessories include mirror, book, phone, and Spider-Ham.

The first five volumes of The Walking Dead comic are $1 right now

New Humble Bundle.

Brand new Spinosaurus toy is already outdated in light of the new National Geographic story

The Big Bad Toy Store has a bunch of new fancy dinosaur figures available for preorder, including a Spinosaurus. But the figure is already outdated in light of today's new articles in National Geographic and Nature.


Bizarre Spinosaurus makes history as first known swimming dinosaur:

Longer than an adult Tyrannosaurus rex, the 50-foot-long, seven-ton predator had a large sail on its back and an elongated snout that resembled the maw of a crocodile, bristling with conical teeth. For decades, reconstructions of its bulky body have ended in a long, narrowing tail like the ones on its many theropod cousins.

The red-brown remains laid before me are altering that picture. These bones assemble into a mostly complete tail, the first yet found for Spinosaurus. It’s so large, five tables are required to support its full length, and to my shock, the appendage resembles a giant bony paddle.

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“This tail is unambiguous”
NatGeo has a companion article detailing evolving efforts to depict the Spinosaurus.

Here's a PBS short from 2018:

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Pitbull's yell is now a trademarked sound



Billboard:

For context, sound trademarks are extremely rare. According to [a law review article], there are more than 2.6 million active trademark registrations in the United States. Of those, there are only about 250 active sensory trademark registrations. Of those, about 234 are sound trademarks, and of those, about 36 are "familiar sounds," or sounds without words, yet associated with a particular good or service.

To obtain Pitbull’s grito trademark, his legal team had to persuade the USPTO that his yell is so closely associated with the artist, that even if his name is not uttered, or he isn't present, people automatically think it's him.

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At least part of the motivation behind trademarking “EEEEEEEYOOOOOO” stems from a similar grito heard in J Balvin and Willy William’s hit “Mi Gente.”
Miami Herald:
The article defines a grito as “a loud shout of joy or excitement that is commonly associated with Mexican culture,” one Pitbull started using as early as 2002 in Miami clubs (to alert his friends that trouble might be escalating).

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Free book download from Tor

This week's free novel is The Traitor Baru Cormorant.

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is $29.99 for the PC right now

at Amazon.

Titanfall 2 for PC is $2.99.

How to make translucent pies





Food Network has a recipe for Clear Peppermint Meringue Pie.








Alinea has a recipe for Crystal Clear Pumpkin Pie.






And here's a recipe for Clear Lemon Meringue Pie.


Bonus pie:


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Monster meet and greet (Video game photography)