Tuesday, October 31, 2023

His name is Amillion Buggs

The webcomic Hamburglar goes to Hell is a lot of fun

You can be fast-paced and incorporate a lot of lore.

A whole bunch of Marvel action figures were placed on sale

Lots more Marvel figures placed on sale, including 40% off Mezco Cable and Ragnarok Hulk if you've been holding out on trying a Mezco figure.

Today's news and jokes

Experts surprised by theft of artificial insemination tanks containing a large quantity of cattle semen


Semen from prize-winning animals can command a very high price.


Semen storage is a specialised industry and as one farmer put it to me: "You don't mess around with liquid nitrogen."


that cold temperature makes it very dangerous, which is why those using it for artificial insemination storage must be trained and registered.

And the tanks must be topped up several times a year to keep them functioning.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Costumes from Japan's Mundane Halloween contest

(More in the thread)

Dark Matter: A Novel is $2.99 right now

at Amazon. (NPR called it "a jet-propelled science thriller")

The transparent Beats Studio Buds + are 24% off right now

at Amazon.

Today's news and jokes

Cosplaying as the Santa Monica neighboring goth and Barbie houses

a deer jumped through a window of the Michigan Law Library

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Great Mysterio cosplay (Spidey with baby carrier, too)

MODOK and lots of other Marvel Legends figures just placed on sale

A whole bunch of new sale items, including 65% off MODOK, 50% off the Mr. Hyde BAF wave, and 50% off Mjolnir. Non-Marvel stuff too, including 70% off Werner Herzog with ice cream maker.

RIP Chanandler Bong (I took the lesson to heart)

RIP Bull, too:

The deeply strange reason Berkeley students disrupted the game against USC today

I assumed it had to do with the middle east, but not at all--this article goes into salacious detail:
A growing group of UC Berkeley students has been staging a months-long protest campaign demanding that the university bring a suspended Spanish and Portuguese professor back to campus. They’ve shared testimonies highlighting how influential [she] has been both as a mentor and as a leading scholar at a school with few Latinx faculty.
But records obtained by KQED paint a troubling picture of what led to [her] suspension. Over three investigations, which looked into behavior that began in 2018 and continued through 2022, the university found [she] had repeatedly harassed, stalked and retaliated against ... an English and Comparative Literature professor at UC Davis, and then violated orders not to contact him.
[The Davis professor] has stirred his own share of controversy.
The Chronicle also has a write-up.

Free tacos for life from Taco Bell if you have a Ketel Marte Topps TacoFractor card

A media write-up. Buy TacoFractor cards at ebay.

Good recipe for Halloween: Feetloaf

New Humble Bundle features Moebius comics

Starts at 12 volumes for $1:

Lose yourself in celebrated fantasy, sci-fi, and biographical comic fiction in this massive collection from Humanoids! Journey to a surreal dystopia of Metabarons and Technopriests in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s influential The Incal, featuring art by the legendary Mล“bius. Step into the dimension of TV legend Rod Serling’s mind in Koren Shadmi’s The Twilight Man. Discover tales of time-traveling photographers (Luisa: Now & Then), unstoppable forces (Armies), and much, much more across 100+ volumes—and help support the Freedom to Read Foundation.

Today's news and jokes

This week's best Warhammer 40k miniatures, custom action figures, 3D-printables, and other hobby creations

Friday, October 27, 2023

Using the eclipse to create an engagement photo

I was finally in time to unlock a Puzzmo key

You can sign up here and get a 5 minute head start when the day's puzzle unlocks (the 500 daily keys have gone very fast each day):

Hi, I’m Zach. Some of my puzzle games, like SpellTower and Really Bad Chess, have reached millions of people, but Puzzmo is by far my biggest project.

Puzzmo combines newspaper favorites like Crossword Puzzles, modern classics like Typeshift, and some brand new puzzles created by me and a small team of artists and designers.

For now, Puzzmo is locked. Every day we’ll mail out 500 keys so that only puzzle-loving humans can get in early. If you’re interested in receiving a key – or just having some fun – the first step is solving today’s puzzle.

The just-revealed Hasbro toys are up for preorder, including a dinosaur-themed combiner

Magmatron (dinosaur combiner), Marvel Legends Jack-Lantern, and more up for preorder.

New Humble Bundle features 100 years of Warner Bros games (including Mortal Kombat)

Starts at $5 for Mad Max, Mortal Kombat XL, Arkham Asylum GOTY, Arkham City GOTY, and Shadow of Mordor GOTY.

Brandon Bird is having a sale on his original art

15% off with code ORIGINALS on original art. My favorite is Ten of Swords x Law and Order.

48% off the Marvel Legends series featuring build-a-figure Strong Guy and Jeff

Two new sales--the Strong Guy BAF set (with Jeff) is 48% off. And a bunch of figures put on sale here, including 35% off Ultimates Casey Jones, and 20% off Dynamic 8ction Heroes LeBron.

Today's news and jokes

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Who will be Las Vegas's "Goy 2023"?

New Humble Bundle features Doctor Who RPG books, comics, and audio dramas

Starts at $1 for a sourcebook, audio drama, and more.

Today's news and jokes

Traveling by canoe across an extremely shallow and rocky river

@lijinjkswsv I really admire the wisdom of the boatman.#The ♬ ๅŽŸ่ฒ - picturesque

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

The rogue sea otter had a baby

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Travis Dermott shamed the NHL into rescinding its ban on Pride tape; Scholastic might have reconsidered its stance, too

There's been a trend this NHL season that has nothing to do with the sport's on-ice product. Several teams have announced plans to hold Pride Nights, during which players wear jerseys celebrating the LGBTQ+ community either during warmups or games -- or both.

But many of those plans have been scraped by teams after being made public. 
As the Athletic notes, five percent of the NHL's players are Russian.

"These are legitimate fears," Ben Noble, associate professor of Russian politics at University College London, told the Athletic. "'If you put on a Pride jersey, then there is uncertainty regarding how this would be interpreted by law enforcement in Russia — and that's a risk.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league will no longer have teams wear themed jerseys during warmups for Pride Nights or any specialty night games going forward.
Don’t you see? The NHL had a problem, and it had to solve it. NHL teams have been holding Pride nights for 10 years and ... uh, OK, there was no problem for pretty much all of that. The first NHL Pride Night was in Florida in 2013, and for almost a decade it was a lovely little inclusive thing, along with other nights: Hockey Fights Cancer, Military Appreciation and more — from Indigenous celebration nights across Canada, to South Asian Heritage Night in Winnipeg, to Gender Equity Night in New Jersey. 
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Travis Dermott recently became the first player to challenge the NHL's ban of Pride Tape when he used it on his stick in a game against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Following Dermott's decision, the NHL has rescinded its ban on players using Pride Tape, the league announced on Tuesday.
"It was kind of just an, 'All right, I'm doing this, and we're going to deal with the consequences and move forward, and hopefully I'll have a positive impact on some people that needed that positive impact.'"

Supposedly Scholastic is reconsidering appeasement, too--I haven't seen this written up anywhere, and their most recent press release is still justifying their appeasement strategy:

There was a bomb threat on Oregon States campus today involving Starship delivery bots

AP says the person placing the threat (apparently as a prank) was arrested.

The glimpse of Persephone in Disney's "Hercules" that inspired "Lore Olympus"

I haven't remotely read all of it, but Rachel Smythe's Webtoon's comic "Lore Olympus" is terrific. From a new interview:
Q: I love that, I’m so excited for that. Actually, that brings me to my first question I have for you. When did your love for mythology start?

SMYTHE: So I liked it for a really, really long time, maybe since childhood? I think my introduction to it is really similar to a lot of people. So Disney’s Hercules came out when I was maybe a middle schooler, but I don’t know for sure because the education system is different here. But it came out, and I watched it. I was very fond of it, and loved it very much. Of course, we then see people who see something they like, and they need to research it a lot.

Me and my sister were very much into it. When we learned that Hades had a wife, I was like, “He has a wife, Why wasn’t she in that movie?” But she was actually in the movie—she’s like, in the background having a giant cocktail. Yeah, if you look at the beginning bit of it, she’s got a drink. A cocktail. Like that’s that big (gesturing). Like, baby, look out. She’s talking to some giant green man. But yeah, I loved it and researched it as a kid, and just consumed as much as humanly possible. And the rest is history!
I assume she means this, and the "giant green man" is Demeter:

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners David, Lucy, and Rebecca Pop Up Parade figurines up for preorder

These just went up, and the Nendoroid and Yootooz versions are also available:

The new Mafex Daredevil looks good too:

Today's funny jokes

Aurora looks like a ghost

Monday, October 23, 2023

Artist looking for commissions

The episode of My Perfect Console with game Designer Jake Solomon (Marvel's Midnight Suns) is great

Consistently my favorite podcast--his picks for five video games are very dull, but he's very engaging discussing his career.

New York Magazine's list of the the 49 "Most Powerful New Yorkers You’ve Never Heard Of"

A look at the movers and shakers in politics, finance, and the arts. Language like this:

She knows how to dial up staffers’ insecurities to extract good work, but if she decides you’re a mediocrity, your career is pretty much on ice.

And businesses like this:

A few years ago, the owner of Freedom Cruises, ... received a letter informing him he had 24 hours to vacate his berth at Pier 36, just north of the Manhattan Bridge. Quickly, he came to the conclusion that Hornblower Group, another cruise operator, was after his spot and had enlisted the mayor’s office to get it. “They sicced the fire department on me, the health department on me; they went after my liquor license,” says [the owner]. “Hornblower has enough muscle that they can do whatever they like.”


Whether or not it’s sustainable is another matter. An audit by Comptroller ... in 2022 reported that NYC Ferry operations had somehow lost track of $224 million and that taxpayers had subsidized a stunning $12.88 of every ride in 2021.

Super 7 Ultimates SilverHawks Armored Mon*Star is 28% off

Should be an additional 10% off since it's in stock. An enormous 11" tall.

Today's news and jokes

Ice cream cone looks like a bouquet of flowers

@helloguides An ice cream shop that needs to go on your list for Kyoto #kyoto #japan ♬ My Love Mine All Mine - Mitski

(Ice cream with bean paste flowers on top)

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Today's news and jokes

Must be a tough sell convincing recruits the staff will make them better players

Haunted Roomba, Surfing coven, Rocket attached to the Giant Skeleton

@kweenie_bo_beenie #spooky #halloween #clean #roomba #ghost ♬ original sound - ๐Ÿ‘‘Kweenie bo beenie๐Ÿ

@bvrbie.xo Its the brooms as paddles for me ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’€ the concert was great but this made my day ๐Ÿ˜‚ #halloween #halloween2023 #halloweenathome #halloweenishere #halloweencraft #halloweencraft #halloweencraftideas #halloweencraftscheck #halloweencrafting #halloweencraftnight #craftnight #girlsnight #girlsnightideas #girlsnightcheck #halloweenvibes #spooky #spookyseason #spookyvibes #witch #witchtok #witchesoftiktok #paddleboarding #Fyp #tiktok #foryoupage #funnyvideos #viralvideos #trending ♬ Halloween ・ cute horror song - PeriTune


This is what engineering school was for, right?….RIGHT?!? HAPPY SPOOKY SEASON MY FRIENDS!! ๐Ÿซก๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿš€☠️ Also tons of accounts are stealing my footage but this is my project!! Plz hit ❤️ so mine is shown above theirs ๐Ÿ˜ช

♬ Le Monde - Richard Carter

@xylafoxlin Replying to @๐Ÿน Keely ๐Ÿน personally my favorite part is when he leaves his legs behind ๐Ÿ˜… #happyspookyseason ♬ Halloween ・ cute horror song - PeriTune