Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Battle for the Stars warsuit and mech by Joy Toy available for preorder

Sorrow Expeditionary Force figures available for preorder. Roughly 3.75" scale, with the mech listed at 12.99":

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(Amazon has it.)

Action figures for Grendel, The Goon, Madman and more

"Longbox Heroes" available for preorder, with one figure yet to be revealed:

(Hopefully this project does better than the Grendel Prime by Shocker Toys.)

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Truly, this design is worth voting for

Hypercharge is a shooter where you play as an action figure in a toy store

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@oldrowofficial Saw that from a mile away, everyone please be safe this #4thofjuly 😂 #oldrow #foryou ♬ original sound - Old Row

Tech-On Venomized Wolverine figure available for preorder

The latest addition to the S.H.Figuarts Tech-On Avengers line:

Gideon the Ninth print

The intimidating Ark Nishina Dental Clinic in Kyoto, by architect Shin Takamatsu

Many terrific photographs at the architect's site.

Monday, July 4, 2022

"They say that competitive eating is the battleground upon which God and Lucifer wage war for our souls, my friends. And they are right."

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Richmond Police Department retracted a tweet claiming they had to teargas protesters to rescue officers


On June 1, 2020, Richmond police officers tear-gassed a crowd of peaceful demonstrators near the former Lee statue on Monument Avenue without warning and before the 8 p.m. curfew set by Mayor Levar Stoney.

“To our peaceful protestors: We are sorry we had to deploy gas near the Lee Monument. Some RPD officers in that area were cut off by violent protestors,” the department tweeted at 8:08 p.m. that night. “The gas was necessary to get them to safety.”


The Richmond Police Department has retracted a June 2020 tweet that said tear gas had to be used around the former Gen. Robert E. Lee monument to get officers to safety who “were cut off by violent protestors.”

A lawsuit settlement between demonstrators and the city stipulated that the department must publicly acknowledge the tweet as false, according to the law firm that filed the federal suit.

"Fugitive Telemetry," Martha Wells's sixth Murderbot novel is one of Amazon's deals of the day

$2.99 today.

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Paintings of Neo's apartment and other famous cinematic rooms

Saturday, July 2, 2022

More corruption alleged in Loving County, Texas

May: Powerful judge in Texas' smallest county charged with cattle theft

Eleven people are registered to vote at this address. One of them is [the] Loving County Commissioner ..., who has been in office since 2011

[The commissioner] earns about $55,000 a year for the part-time job of commissioner. His half-brother and nephew’s trucking company has earned more than $4.7 million doing road maintenance for Loving County since 2015


“No one lives there,” [says the] Loving County Sheriff

Loving County’s long history of rancorous politics has generated allegations of voter fraud dating to the 1940s 

For years, [the sheriff] said, there wasn’t much he could do about voters who didn’t actually live in the county. Texas voter residency law was loose, allowing people to vote in places they didn’t live but intended to return to someday, so long as they had homes there.

Then, last year, in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen, the Texas Legislature passed a law that tightened the definition of residency for voter registration.

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This week's best Warhammer 40k miniatures and other hobby creations

Friday, July 1, 2022

The Thor stars smashed fruit Gallagher-style with Mjolnir

Starting around 10:30, Hemsworth, Portman, Thompson and Waititi (clearly the best at it) played various rounds of spin the Mjolnir, and smashed fruit.

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"The Light Brigade" by Kameron Hurley is $1.99 today

At Amazon.  ("nominated for a Best Novel Hugo Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, and The Dragon Award for Best Military SFF Novel.")

New Teenage Mutant Turtles and ninja figures by Loyal Subjects, based on their classic Mirage looks

New toy preorders including more Joytoy Space Marine characters, McFarlane's figures based on the Black Adam movie, and these four packs, featuring the turtles, Shredder, Foot, and Foot Elite:

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Driverless cars are flocking San Francisco

A Redditor: "I think a group of autonomous vehicles should be called a 'collective.'"

More than a half dozen Cruise robotaxis stopped operating and sat in a street in San Francisco late Tuesday night, blocking traffic for a couple of hours until employees arrived and manually moved the autonomous vehicles.
“We had an issue earlier this week that caused some of our vehicles to cluster together,” a Cruise spokesperson said. “While it was resolved and no passengers were impacted, we apologize to anyone who was inconvenienced.”

Another new Humble Bundle, this time for Love and Rockets comics

Starting at three volumes for $1, 25 for $25.

Vigorous Pride display by the Portland Timbers Army

(It's a character from Night in the Woods)

Meanwhile, in Virginia, and:

New Humble Bundle is novels based on video and board game universes

Two novels for $1 in the Fantasy Gaming Fiction bundle.

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Miniature art installations by AnonyMouse; Battersea Power Station's art deco control room; Rainbow origami unicorn sculpture for charity; Mobile Doom RPG restored

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

A Twitter account purportedly documenting jewelry used by Rio de Janeiro drug lords

Niantic announced big layoffs and several game cancellations, but is preserving Pikmin Bloom at least for the time being


Pokémon Go, which has proven a consistent revenue driver for the company since its 2016 launch. At last estimate from mobile analytics group Sensor Tower, it has brought in $6 billion in lifetime revenue, averaging $1 billion in revenue per year and maintaining consistent popularity over that time.

But its other games haven't managed the same level of success. Despite a solid enough launch month with over $12 million in global player spending, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite lagged far behind Pokémon Go's $300 million launch and never came close to catching up, shutting down earlier this year. Pikmin Bloom has done even worse, only reaching over $5 million in global revenue since its launch last year, though it remains live.

I like Pikmin Bloom--it's fun earning little rewards for walking in a new area, and trading postcards with penpals. But there's almost no gameplay (you don't fight monsters or collect spaceship parts), or anything for someone to spend money on even if they wanted to.  

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

New Ultimate Casey Jones and Utrom figures (Mirage Comics) by NECA available for preorder

Casey and Utrom both listed for October.

Super 7's new wave of The Simpsons Ultimates is up for preorder

Mr. Burns, Ralph Wiggum, and Kodos and Kang (I wonder if/fear the price hike kills the Transformers line or sharply reduces the accessories that made the overall line special):

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Al Jazeera says they spoke to a survivor from the South African nightclub disaster

Al Jazeera:
The young woman had waited for her parents to go to sleep before sneaking out and claimed that when the nightclub became too overcrowded, people were asked to leave. When the partygoers did not comply, one of the security guards closed the door and began spraying a substance into the crowd, she said.

“The man at the door, I think he was a bouncer, he closed the door and we couldn’t breathe. We suffocated for a long time and [were] pushing each other but there was no use because some people were dying,” she said.

“It smelled like gas. I’m not sure if it was tear gas or pepper spray. Then some people died and I also fell asleep for three hours. Then when they woke us up, they also thought I was dead,” she continued.

Sinethemba said when she awoke, her leg was numb and she could not stand up on her own. She then asked a patron to call her aunt so that she could be picked up.

WaPo quotes someone with a slightly different story:

Then, in the early morning, [she] said she saw something lobbed through the door and into the crowd. People around her began to scream. “I can’t breathe,” she heard them yell. “I’m choking.” She pushed toward the door, struggling for air. “People were falling around me,” she said. “They were dying right in front of my eyes.” 

"Outlet" sale at Entertainment Earth

Big sale including lots of Super 7 TMNT Ultimates, and the Masters of the Universe Masterverse Revelation Faker is knocked down to $13.01 from a listed $35.99.

“Well, he draws ugly people, but they all look different. So yeah, let’s go with Tim.”

In a long interview about his career, Tim Sale describes landing his big break in comics when Jeph Loeb agreed to work with him:
For years, that was how he classified me. He said I drew ugly people. 

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

22 young people found dead under mysterious circumstances in a South African nightclub


A regional newspaper, DispatchLive, said its reporters had seen bodies “lying bizarrely, as if they collapsed to the floor suddenly while dancing or in the middle of a conversation, some seemingly in the social circles they were engaging with” along with “other bodies are slumped across chairs and lying over tables”.

Unverified pictures shared on social media showed bodies with no visible signs of injuries, lying on the floor of the club.


“I do not want to speculate on the cause of death; that’s why we brought the top forensic team so that if the cause of death was some poison, they will let us know.”

NBC has video of the exterior and emergency response.

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Breath of the Wild Guardian cosplay ITS DONE! Here it is with all the sounds and lights! #botw #breathofthewild #zelda #nintendo #cosplay #megacon ♬ original sound - Allison Chase

Thursday, June 23, 2022

"A top Nigerian senator and his wife have been identified as the couple charged in London with a child organ-harvesting plot"

BBC and Guardian don't have further details yet.

Third party Deathsaurus figure looks great, is available for preorder

A bunch of new toy preorders, including a Star Wars Black figure of the hammer droid from Disney+; Mafex figures for classic Spidey and Scarlet Spider; and a re-release of Sentinel's soldout Spider-Verse Spidey (with head and torso options to create sleek Chris Pine or flabby Jake Johnson versions). 

Also, "Reformatted 42 D-Zef" by Mastermind Creations includes mini tiger figure, sword, gun, mace, and alternate head. The wiki for the character says, "Deathsaurus is a Breastforce warrior, meaning he has two detachable breastplates which can transform into the Tigerbreast and Eaglebreast, respectively":

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

A detailed look at the ridiculous, shameless tricks universities use to comply with Title IX

Yahoo outlines three favorite scams: (1) absurdly enormous female rowing teams; (2) triple counting track and field participants; and (3) counting men as women

Michigan, Alabama and Clemson have averaged during that same stretch 113, 107 and 95, respectively. And those are all dwarfed by Wisconsin, which regularly exceeds 160 women’s rowers and reported a roster of over 200 in 2011 and 2012.


At Texas, the bar is even lower. The online flyer for last year’s walk-on meeting reads, “If you know how to jog, you can try out for rowing.” The ability to swim apparently is optional.


The federal government and the NCAA instruct schools to count cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field as three different teams despite significant roster overlap. 


Forty-four Division I schools whose 2020-21 EADA participation data satisfied Title IX because of double-counting wouldn't have achieved proportionality if an unduplicated athlete count was used.


When [one male basketball player] transferred to TCU in 2014, he jumped at the chance to become a male practice player. The Frog Squad helped prepare TCU’s women’s basketball team for upcoming games by running the opponent’s plays, emulating opposing players and making practices tougher with their length, athleticism and physicality.

[He] was surprised to learn recently that he helped TCU in another way during his two years as a male practice player. His alma mater took advantage of rules permitting it to count [him] and other male practice players as female participants in gender equity reports submitted to the Department of Education.

TCU claimed to have 32 athletes on its women’s basketball roster last year, 14 women and 18 male practice players. 

New Humble Bundle features the "nigh-endless adventure" of Talisman role playing games

The base PC game is $1, $10 for the full 54-item bundle.

Joytoy's new Ragnar Blackmane and Ork Kommandos look terrific

Joytoy continues to pump out Warhammer 40k figures at a remarkable pace. The latest batch, expected this December, includes Dreadnoughts, motorcycles, Space Marines from various chapters, and the highlights: Ragnar Blackmane and Ork Kommandos with suitably silly/ominous accessories: