March 2013

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Sat 3/30/13 3:59pm # | tweet this

Todd McFarlane the Action Figure


Todd McFarlane Action FigureA 6" action figure of Spawn creator and 90s Spider-man artist extraordinare: Todd McFarlane that I picked up for cheaps on Amazon.

I believe this brings my action figures of comic creators count to: 2.

The other creator figure? A Stan Lee comic con figure from several years back. Excelcior!

Todd McFarlane Action Figure

Notice the Spawn logo on Todd's Cap.

Todd McFarlane Action Figure


Todd McFarlane and Stan Lee


Stan Lee vs. Todd McFarlaneBoth these guys have contributed a lot to comics. I'm not implying anything with the choice of pose at right. I figure in classic comic tradition though, these two comic heroes would be obligated to fight before teaming up to defeat some great evil.

So are there any other action figures of comic creators out there?

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Sat 3/30/13 3:43pm # | tweet this

Grand Rapids Toy Show


Twice a year there is a small toy show in what amounts to a school gymnasium a few blogs down the road from me. This is the 2nd time I've went to it. It doesn't take long to go through, but it's an interesting hour or so activity on a Saturday morning.


Fighting American

This season while I enjoyed looking at all the tables, I only spent $5 on two figures. First up: The Fighting American.

Fighting American


Ok, I'll admit I had no idea who this guy was. But look at that 90s Liefeld art. With an in package price of $2, how would any collector pass this Captain America knockoff?

Figthing Ameirican back of pacakge

Fighting American Fighting American Fighting American


After noticing the Joe Simon and Jack Kirby credit at the top of the card, I definitely had to look up this character on Wikipedia. Sure enough he was created as a Captain America knock off, but he was also created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (the creators of Captain America), so he's a first class knock off. Reading the wikipedia entry, the character seems to have a quite fascinating legal history.

Fighting American and Marvel Legends Captain America


Only 5 points of articulation, but only $2. Great Marvel Legends compatible scale. He'll have a nice home on my Indy Hero shelf soon.

Seaquest's Darwin the Dolphin

A 6" scale plastic Dolphin action figure for $3? Perfect for any collector that owns and Aquaman or Aqualad figure, I think.

Darwin the Dolphin from Seaquest Darwin the Dolphin from Seaquest


Aqualad and Darwin the Dolphin


Darwin is actually quite a nice figure. If you squeeze his flippers, his mouth opens and closes and he makes squeeky dolphin noises (which actually made him a favorite figure of our cat)

Not exciting finds, but it was still a fun little show to walk around in. And if you want a sense of what the show is like here's some pics of the show from last December.

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Fri 3/29/13 7:26pm # | tweet this

Green Lantern Simon Baz

Earth's newest Green Lantern, Simon Baz from Dearborn, MI. Although I didn't care for the 1st issue of his origin, the next several issues I read with him were pretty entertaining. His first meet-up with the Justice League was an especially nice twist on the heroes meet and then fight trope. In anycase as you can see below, I got a Simon Baz action figure today.

Earth's Green Lanterns

Earth has alot of Green Lanterns. As I've previously ranted

Green Lantern Simon Baz and B'dg

Simon Baz with the Green Lantern Corps' second coolest squirrel: B'dg.

Green Lantern Simon Baz Green Lantern Simon Baz Green Lantern Simon Baz

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Tue 3/26/13 9:12pm # | tweet this



Sticks, Stones and Golden Rules

I'm in the mood for a self reflective non-sequiter emo blog post, but I'll spare you, dear internet audience from going too far down that path, for more than a few meaningless paragraphs perhaps.

I had an annoying day today, where I was reminded that people work for very different reasons. People have different ideas of what means are justified. "Sticks and stones" are not fully understood many decades after kindergarten. The golden rule seems terribly complicated for some to apply (or is not really fully understood). Theory of mind, well don't get me going on theory of mind and the trouble it causes in people who have a low affinity for it.

Power, respect and authority are complicated concepts for people to wrestle with. And things which in the grand scheme of things that aren't very important are given an importance they don't deserve.

Put a bunch of people in a big building long enough and bounce them against eachother and fascinating political dynamics come into play. And no rules or processes can fully box away the undesirable of those political forces. But people keep trying (not that I know the alternative.)

People are unhappy and people act out. People fear, and people get defensive. People feel slighted so they slight others. People get greedy or entitled and reach for more. Others just try to get to the next day. And so it goes round and round.

There's never really enough information to make full sense of it all. It's possible to make useful models, but eventually some aspect of their incompleteness exposes the flaws in their construction, and they often fail more noticeably than when they succeed.

And so dear reader, there you have it, an emo non-sequiter post about noone in particular and everything in specific and the world spins for yet another day.

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Mon 3/25/13 7:24pm # | tweet this

Action Figures

I got a few more older action figures this week. Pictures below.

New Mutants Wolfsbane and Magik package

First up, Wolfsbane and Magik. I was happy enough with Warlock that I also ordered Magik and Wolfsbane. These are pre-Marvel Legends figures. But they work well enough with the other ML figs as you'll see below.

New Mutants Magik and Warlock package

Wolfsbane and Magik

Piotr and Illyana Rasputin

Colossus is a Marvel Legend figure I've had for some time. I wasn't too worried about how Magik would work with him. Oversized figures are hard to really determine scale in the first place, so I din't figure there'd be much of a problem with these two Rasputin siblings standing side by side.

Kitty, Rahne and Illyana

The nice thing to discover was how well Magik compared to Kitty Pryde. She's just a touch shorter. Perfect scale I think. Wolfsbane is probably a little large, but on all fours, and being a shapeshifter, her scale works well.

Kitty and Lockheeds

Above is the Lockheed dragon that came with Magik. As you can see, he's a nice figure, but way too large in scale. The Lockheed that came with Marvel Legend Kittly Pryde is a much truer scale.

Stinger

Stinger, Cassie Lang is the daughter of Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man. She's a Marvel M2 universe character, which is an alternate Marvel Universe where the main characters were allowed to age and be replaced by another generation.

Scott and Cassie Lang

As you can see, Stinger is a bit short compared to a Marvel Legend. Of course, she's also a character that shrinks down small, so she gets a pass. The scale of this line does put a stop on getting either American Dream or Wild Thing though. Their scale would most certainly be too small I think.

Young Avengers

In the main Marvel Universe, there is also a Cassie Lang who increases in size ala Giant Man. This main Marvel Universe, Cassie Lang, whose codename is "Stature" is a member of the Young Avengers. There is no Stature action figure though, so Stinger adds to the above YA roster nicely in Stature's stead.

Marvel Stinger

Stinger

Marvel Stinger

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Sun 3/24/13 4:41pm # | tweet this



Continuing to play with the tablet monitor and Manga Studio 5 when I have the chance. At this point, I wish the tablet monitor was portable enough to bring to work, where I could get extra practice time in with the occasional sketches I do there.

Manga Studio 5 and the tablet monitor really allow the tools to fade into the background, and you're pretty much back to an similar yet augmented version of drawing with pen and paper.

Being a designer and not an illustrator, when I do draw for work, I'm generally used to drawing rough comps to communicate placement of items more than finished illustrations of any kind. Often that involves using simple contour drawings or tracing photo reference more than doing anything "freehand" from memory or models. Right now, I'm still probably a little more fascinated with the tools and software than just sitting down to draw.

Drawing is a damn slow pursuit (unless you're really really good at it.) And lately I think it's really at odds with our instant on, instant search, realtime communication digital world. So just sitting down at the computer to draw anything for myself turns somewhat into a zen meditation exercise of letting go of the clock for 30 min or an hour or more. Even if it's just a simple crude head while I play a long Youtube video in the background.

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Sat 3/23/13 3:40pm # | tweet this

Let's Go Surfing


Schneier: The Internet Is a Surveillance State
source: Slashdot

Pretty much. And it can't be undone by law, it's the nature of the medium.

Tiny Nyc Apartment by Tim Seggerman
source: Likecool

It seems to me, we should be able to provide everyone, at minimum, living quarters of this size.

Auto off for any circuit
source: Hack a Day

Cool.

Capture two sides of the moment with Dblcam
source: The iPhoneography Blog

Interesting.

Create An Endless Photo Stream So You Can Stalk Your Own Life
source: Gizmodo

And the surveillance is just going to intensify.

Google Glass vs. Apple's iWatch
source: Mashable!

We'll see, I'm guessing the watch will win in the short term, but it'll be close.

What Would We Do If the Internet Crashed?
source: Mashable!

It's designed not to be able to do that.

First Trailer For Teen Titans Go!
source: Bleeding Cool

Sigh, I'll probably watch this, but it seems like a step backwards.

Wacom announces the Cintiq 13HD: a 13-inch pen display with Pro Pen in tow for $999
source: Engadget

Neat looking device, probably too small, certainly too expensive. Hopefully it inspires some quality knock offs.


Supreme Court to Wiley publishers: your insane theory of copyright is wrong
source: Boing Boing

It would appear that the Supreme Court has essentially just paraphrased Robert Heinlein from Life-Line:

"There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back."

Eric Schmidt calls Apple a 'tremendous technology innovator,' but still wants you to buy a Nexus 10
source: The Verge - All Posts

"I'm a BlackBerry user, because I like the keyboard," he said
Say what? At the very least you'd think he'd use a keyboard phone from Motorola.

Google Keep this new app could be the start of a revolution in the way we manage our information [Freeware]
source: The Red Ferret Journal - gadgets, cool sites, freeware and tech trivia

Nice clean software. Hopefully it sticks around. Google's track record hasn't been very good with their note taking enterprises.

Collapsible Micro Bar
source: Neatorama

Neat.

Being a leader, not a micromanaging editor: 3 patterns to avoid
source: Learning by Shipping

Most would probably agree that the easiest and most damming insult directed at a manager is the dreaded label micromanager.

Looking beyond the rhetoric, the term editor does more to explain the dynamic. Editing the work of those you manage disempowers the team, removes accountability, and in general reduces motivation. Editing the work of others is easy—it seems like anyone can change the UX, add a feature, rewrite some text, or tweak a slide. The creative effort is coming up with the work in the first place from a blank sheet, so to speak. Of course there is a role for editing (which itself is a noble profession), but in the complex works of product development there is a great deal of context. In reality most everything follows an iceberg principle, with far more than meets the eye—the complexities and realities that came to light during creation might not always be visible once the work is packaged up for management.

[snip]

These patterns and others all share a common result—the more you do them, the less creative and engaged your team will be over time. Each time your employ the tools of editor, rather than leader, you encourage people to stop creating and focus their energies on trying to predict your editorial reaction.

Leading is contributing data and experience–share your related experience and let the allegory and discovery do the work.

Leading is coaching–share your observations and offer pros and cons.

Leading is walking through the action/reaction decision tree—share the path, not just the destination.

Leading is reiterating accountability in so many cases.

Leading is knowing when the potential for learning and growing outweigh the risk of failure.

Leading is realizing there a few perfect answers and many great answers.

[snip]

Over time as you work to keep focused on leadership rather than editing, the team grows stronger and more self-reliant. Members of the team worry more about getting the best answers and work and less about wondering what management might be after. More work gets done. Members of the team are more empowered. This positive feedback loop continues to improve every aspect of the team.

Zombies invade Downtown Abbey and the Dowager Countess is quite unamused
source: io9

Cute video. but don't watch unless you are completely caught up, cause there be spoilers.


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Mon 3/18/13 8:35pm # | tweet this

The New Mutants: Warlock

Sometimes the coolest figures are figures that you wanted that you didn't know existed. Like this pre-Marvel Legends New Mutant Warlock. Very neat, and great compatibility with Legends.

New Mutants Warlock package

New Mutants Warlock package

New Mutants Warlock

Warlock and Forge

Warlock and Forge

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Mon 3/18/13 6:17pm # | tweet this

Let's Go Surfing


Death by notification: will Google Glass drown us in data?
source: The Verge - All Posts

No. No more so than phones. It and smartwatches may reduce us from 140 char to binary yes/no like/dislike response though.

McDonald's price increases over the years
source: Boing Boing

Interesting.


Adobe 'phasing out' boxed copies of Creative Suite and Acrobat
source: The Verge - All Posts

Probably not a good thing. There's still not really a more stable form of storage than a CD/DVD. It is nice to be able to go back and install an older copy of software from a disc on occasion. Downloads are great, but much more ethereal and subscriptions, that's a different beast altogether.

Now available: Repix lets you paint unique remixes from your photos
source: The iPhoneography Blog

Neat Free App.

How to Export Your RSS Feeds From Google Reader
source: Mashable!

At least it is fairly painless to get your information out, even if it's not the easiest to work with your starred items once you have them.

This Cover of 'Suit & Tie' Beats the Original
source: Mashable!

It's starting to become inevitable that the best versions of a song will end up eventually being ones on youtube other than the original artist's version.



Best of Etsy Star Wars posters
source: Boing Boing


Photolettering
source: Daring Fireball


The Casple-Podadera a fold-up mini-car
source: The Red Ferret Journal - gadgets, cool sites, freeware and tech trivia

I'd love something like this to drive too and from work if the pricing was practical.

CubeSensors small smart cubes improve your life by keeping track of your environment
source: The Red Ferret Journal - gadgets, cool sites, freeware and tech trivia

Interesting.

Poplocks and Paper Pose-Ables: papercraft joints for pose-able robots
source: Boing Boing

Interesting. Cool Way to make articulated paper models.


Death Star was an inside job: a Loose Change parody
source: Boing Boing

Never watch Star Wars the same way again.

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Sun 3/17/13 5:38pm # | tweet this

Let's Go Surfing


Hyundai T7 is a Cheap Quad Core Exynos CPU Tablet, Costs Less Than $200
source: Tablet News

Nice looking tablet. At the moment it's listed at $165.



A Record Cabinet Crafted from Milk Crates — A Beautiful Mess
source: Apartment Therapy - Chicago

Nice simple shelf/cart idea.

The Home of the Next Decade: Interconnected Displays Everywhere Microsoft Envisioning Center
source: Apartment Therapy - Chicago

I don't think it's going to work out like this. One, I don't see american's having a bigger screen in their kitchen than in their living/tv room. Two, most american households just don't have this sort of unused wallspace to dedicate to something like this.

1150/365 - Pebble Watch
source: Jennifer\'s 365 Project

Jennifer received her Pebble watch last week. It's been interesting watching her use it. You can definitely see the sortof niche a watch or Google Glass could fill that's different than the phone, when you watch someone using one of these devices.

Cardboard Waste Tower
source: Instructables: exploring - featured

Nice creation from cardboard.

Mozzarella Chicken Cheesy Sticks
source: Instructables: exploring - featured


camera stand
source: Instructables: exploring - featured

Interesting camera stand idea.

How to Make a Cardboard Tumbling Dice Tower!
source: Instructables: exploring - featured

What a cool dice idea.


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Sun 3/17/13 3:57pm # | tweet this



A day with Adam and Comfort

As Jennifer mentions in her blog and I mentioned below, we went out to Flint to visit Adam and Comfort yesterday and had a really nice time.

We watched the last of Green Lantern Animated and Young Justice. Went to an Indian food resaurant (of which I did not eat.), watched youtube videos and just generally hung out and caught up. Time truly does fly when you are having fun even though it was a lengthy visit and we didn't get home until past midnight.

We always look forward to the next date on the calendar that we hang out. Good times.

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Sun 3/17/13 3:12pm # | tweet this



Spring is coming

Yeah, the above picture of me that Jennifer took today is a bit crazy. Basically since it was sunny outside, I walked around the front yard and picked up sticks and mulched a few stray leaves and small sticks that were on the yard. It'll probably be a bit yet before the yard actually needs to be "mowed".

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Sun 3/17/13 2:47pm # | tweet this



Breaking Dawn Pt 2 with Rifftrax

We visited our friends Adam and Comfort yesterday and we watched the last of the Twilight movies with Rifftrax audio comentary. Rifftrax are MP3 files you buy and play along with the movie. They're done by former Mystery Science 3000 guys. Generally they make bad movies pretty entertaining.

We've watched all of these movies with Rifftrax commentary with Adam and Comfort. This past Thanksgiving we had finally watched Breaking Dawn Part 1. It was a plotless, storyless dog of a movie even by Twilight standards, but the Rifftrax was pretty good, so it was amusing enough.

Breaking Dawn 2, however, was even slower than Breaking Dawn 1, somehow. Basically it's two hours of hanging out in the Cullen Vampire living room. No joke. And no joke from the Rifftrax crew managed to make this movie enjoyable either. I felt sympathy for the Rifftrax folks. It really wasn't their fault, there just wasn't enough of anything happening in this movie for them to work with -- at all.

Not even in satire could anything good be made of this DVD. Don't see.

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Sat 3/16/13 10:16am # | tweet this

Let's Go Surfing



James Brown Dance Lessons
source: swissmiss

1m41s.

Twitter Killing TweetDeck for iPhone and Android
source: Mashable!

Old news at this point, but as I go through my starred items, I thought I'd place it here as a marker of Twitter's slow demise.

Tales From ECCC: Bruce Timm And The Cancellation Of The Green Lantern Animated Series
source: Bleeding Cool

He said yes. Since the Ryan Reynolds’ film, retailers were stuck with film merchandise that just wasn’t selling. This lead to those retailers being very reluctant, if not downright refusing, to any carry merchandise from the Animated Series. Therefore, a lack of sales on that front lead to a lack revenue for an admittedly expensive CG Series.

This Mediocre House Party Will Have You Screaming ‘Meh
source: Mashable!

Actually pretty funny.

Create Moving Comics With MotionArtist
source: Mashable!

Interesting program.

Would You Pay For Ad-Free YouTube?
source: Gizmodo

Yes, I probably would.

Cristiano Siqueiras posters for imaginary Batman films
source: Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources - Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

Nice art.

Nice Superboy Mini-Comic
source: dean trippe


The Loneliest Unicorn
source: Neatorama

Really cute 16 page comic.


The 5 Stages of Designer Grief
source: Mashable!

This is funny. This makes me sad. As I get older, I realize there is something just a little perverse in how focused my profession is at pleasing others.

Photo
source: dean trippe

So true.

Marvel Unlimited: Marvel's Spotify for Comics Is Out Now for iOS
source: Gizmodo

"Netflix" for Marvel Comics. This would probably be fantastic for teens. Marvel Unlimited App. Low monthly charge, large back catalog.


How Disney Bought Lucasfilm
source: Daring Fireball

Good Businessweek article on the Lucasfilm acquisition by Disney. Nice narrative structure to the story.

Check out NASCAR HQ's Swanky Social Media Control Room (and Then Meet Us In Houston Tonight for Cars, Beers, and Gizmodo TV!)
source: Gizmodo

I like the idea of all these besseless screens hanging together. I wonder if it will look quaint in a few years if we have Occulus VR Style headmounted environments instead.


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Fri 3/15/13 10:56pm # | tweet this

Let's Go Surfing


Physicist David Neevel Builds a Machine to Separate Oreo Cookies
source: Likecool

I personally love the creme, but this is epic.



Quote of the Day | Grant Morrison on his epic Batman run
source: Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources - Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

– for what son could ever hope to replace a father like Batman, who never dies?

Social Media Darling Oreo Looks to Boost YouTube Following
source: Mashable!

Why would one follow a cookie on social media or an Oreo Youtube channel? What daily relevant information does a cookie company really have to share.

This Wonder Woman movie trailer is too good to be true (literally)
source: io9

Video. Meh, but worth watching.

Taskagent
source: One Thing Well

Interesting. Syncs plaintext to Dropbox.

Lasso flat-packed slippers
source: Likecool

Very cool. Click thru the link and see the animated gif on how it goes together.

Aerial view of  NYC Central Park
source: Likecool

Neat.

HPs CEO Confirms Shifting from PCs to Tablets
source: Tablet News

Good luck to them, but it seems this ship has already sailed as far as making money. Prices should continue to crash as to make Netbooks luxurious by comparison I think.

How Big is the Universe?
source: the How-To Geek


Will 3D Printing Change the World?
source: Gizmodo

Yes but we'll adapt to it fast enough that we'll barely notice.



Coast to Coast!
source: The Self-Absorbing Man

Very Nicely done Space Ghost.

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Fri 3/15/13 10:49pm # | tweet this



Tomorrow is the last episode of Green Lantern the Animated Series. If the Live Action Movie would have been better and the therefore the toys would have sold better, there would have been a 2nd/3rd season. But alas, toy sales for the movie were meh, and retailers were uninterested in toys from the cartoon and another season was not to be. And that's too bad, because the cartoon has been far more entertaining than the movie, by a light year.

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Sat 3/09/13 4:34pm # | tweet this

Justice League Green Lantern


Justice League Green Lantern


Nowadays with the Internet it can be pretty hard to be surprised by a figure in-store. Most toys get announced well in advanced and covered pretty extensively on numerous hobbiest blogs. I walked into a Target today and had an actual surpised reaction when I saw this figure and line on the pegs.

I don't typically get alot of non-six inch scale figures, but this 5 inch, 7pt articualtion figure likely targeted at younger kids, jumped off the shelf toward me. Nice figure, as were the other characters (shown below on the back of the card.) I'll stick with just this one for my GL shelf though and pass on the others, if only to semi-adhere to my 6 inch scale collecting rule.

Justice League Green Lantern

Justice League Green Lantern with DC direct figure for scale


Shown above with a DC Direct Hal Jordan for scale. Look close on his shoulders and you'll see a little of that New 53 Jim Lee crackle entergy and the Lee naru-v-slit collar.

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Sat 3/09/13 4:00pm # | tweet this

It's been awhile since I've posted a bunch of action figure shots. I recently bought some older pre-Marvel Legends Marvel action figures, so I thought I'd take some photos of those, mainly so that I could ditch the packaging that was taking up alot of room.

Marvel Action Figures

Marvel Action Figures

Marvel History's The Dark Side Vermin, Marvel Super Villains The Vault: Stegron and Typhoid Mary. The Vault figures are from 1998, 4 years before Marvel Legends.
these were an interesting find in a clearance listing on Amazon. I got these circa 1998, Pre-Marvel Legends figures fairly cheap.

Marvel History's The Dark Side Vermin

Marvel History's The Dark Side Vermin

Marvel Super Villains The Vault: Stegron

Marvel Super Villains The Vault: Stegron

Marvel Super Villains The Vault: Typhoid Mary

Marvel Super Villains The Vault: Typhoid Mary

Typhoid Mary, Stegron and Vermin

Considering these are several years before Marvel Legends, they aren't bad figures. Typhoid Mary is probably the best. Vermin has springs in his shoulder joints which limits his poseability somewhat. Stegron actually has a little lever in his back which gives him punching action similar to an old Super Powers Superman.

Battle!

New figures mixed in with Marvel Legends Daredevil and Spider-man for scale.

Typhoid Mary and Daredevil

Typhoid Mary vs Ben Afleck Daredevil

Vermin vs. Spider-man

Vermin vs a Marvel Legends Spider-man. Vermin is a little small, but his creepiness makes up for it.

Accessories

Some accessories. Super-powered restraints for the two Vault characters, and a nice manhole and fire hydrant from Vermin.

Pre-Marvel Legends Nova and Meegan Alien

More pre-Marvel Legends figures. Silver Surfer: Nova and Meegan Alien. Meegan is a nice figure. Nova is a little 80s Silver-Hawk plastic-like, but she does have "fully-articulated flame hair!"

Pre-Marvel Legends Nova and Meegan Alien

Pre-Marvel Legends Nova and Meegan Alien

Meegan, Silver Surfer and Nova

A Marvel Legends Silver Surfer added for scale.

Hearlds of Galactus

Hearlds of Galactus!

Hearlds of Galactus

Terrax the Tamer is also a fairly recent aquistion.

Galactus and his Heralds

Remember when Build-a-figures we're really big!

Galactus and his Heralds

The Savage Land

The Savage Land! Shanna, Kazar and Zabu the Saber-tooth tiger vs. Stegron

The Savage Land

Marvel Legend Iron Man 4 Iron Patriot

Marvel Legend Iron Man 4 Iron Patriot

Partial Iron Monger with Iron Man and Iron Patriot

I bought Iron Patriot for the Iron Monger Build-a-figure chest piece. A friend gave me the two Iron Monger leg pieces. The head and arms should be available with the second Iron Man 4 wave in the fall.

Partial Iron Monger BAF with Marvel Legend's Iron Man

Poor Iron Centruion looks like he's fading in the sun, but actually he's been packed away for over a year and was in a dark case before that. Here's a 2006 photo that shows the difference pre-fading.

Iron Patriot

Only got this figure for the Iron Monger piece. Iron Patriot isn't bad per se, just a little thin for an armored figure in my opinion.


That's all for now, but I have a fair number of figures I still haven't photographed, so more to come eventually.

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Fri 3/08/13 6:20pm # | tweet this



Makerbot Digitizer

So Makerbot, makers of the leading home 3D printer, announced the Makerbot Digitizer today. the plan is for it to be available in the fall. Very cool.

You can place an item on the rotating turntable and a camera and lasers scan your object which you can immediately send to one of Makerbot's 3D printers.

Incredibly slick.

If you follow my blog at all, you know I collect 6" action figures of the superhero variety. This little device above is a hobby game changer. Whether the unit above, or it's 2.0 or 3.0 version in a year or two, action figures and toy's of their type are likely to become CDs in an MP3 world I think.

When I was a kid and Return of the Jedi came out, I thought the ewoks were really cool. I took a bunch of papertowel rolls, cardboard, string, and whittled down sticks and meticulously made my own ewok village. There was a problem though. Kenner makers of Star Wars action figures only made 2 ewoks at the time, and they were very hard to find. I remember finding one, and then weeks later I found the other and then weeks later I found a second of the first. My ewok village had 3 ewoks.

But imagine the near-future kid who gets access to one of these devices above and a 3D printer. That near-future kid is going to be able to have an entire village of ewok figures, with but a scan, and a push of the print button.

That's cool stuff.

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Fri 3/08/13 12:42pm # | tweet this



There are all these great communication tools, social media, smartphones, internet stuff of all kinds. Soon we'll be able to wear this stuff on our head and live stream our every waking moment to anyone who cares.

If you're geeked about stuff. If you're just dying to share your passion with other people that are geeked about the same things you are, then there's just never been a better time to be alive. You can carry a virtual grouping of geeks on whatever topic you fancy, with you twenty-four-seven. Muse your heart out and get likes and short snippets and the occasional link or two back all day long.

Even if you aren't geeked about anything, even if you have nothing to share at all, you can still craft a little bubble around you that echo's "You're cool man, you're cool."

If you craft your bubble, circles, streams and follows right, reality is yours to define.

Other people's realities are still out there though. Through the hazy film of your own bubble, you can still see them on occasion when the light bounces between the two just right.

All this stuff dragged into your bubble, and there are all these other bubbles still out there too, separate and outside your own. all this connection and connectedness, but the bubbles are more separate and distinct than ever, It's kindof wild.

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Sun 3/03/13 6:02pm # | tweet this

Let's Go Surfing


This Is What It Will Look Like When You Wear Project Glass
source: Gizmodo

Very cool video. I'm very interested in getting one of these. I'm not sure that a glass user will have a large advantage over a smartphone user in the long run though, but alot will depend on the applications written for this, as well as how good the voice control turns out to be in real life use. Interesting stuff though.

Project Genesis // shortfilm
source: Vimeo

Neat video. What if computers invented us.

Back Of The Door Cabinet
source: Likecool


Blokk Font
source: swissmiss

Font for comps.


A Font for Quick Mockups & Wireframing for Clients
source: WebAppers

Another comping font.




The Inevitable Path of Google Glass in the Workplace [SUNDAY COMICS]
source: mashable

Cute cartoon. Alot of truth to it, most likely.

Idea: I'll Pay You to Read My Book
source: Boing Boing

As Marketing schemes go, this is clever. But as a real world understanding of digital books, I really can't agree with surveillance of my reading by authors and companies. that said, I'm sure someone will try this.

Code Computerlove presents... Vine Comic
source:

Novel use of the medium.

"Presearch" Part 3 of 3
source: The Self-Absorbing Man

Great Article on Art reference.


Marvel Legends - What We Know For 2013 So Far
source: Marvelous News - Daily News, Reviews, Action Figures and more

Nice overview of what's coming out in Marvel Legends 6" scale.


52 of 365
source: Mitografia

this guy does a page a day in his sketchbook. Here's Feb 20 and 21. Well played.

I want to hear your





Fri 3/01/13 11:50am # | tweet this

It's March 1st and here's a quick post so there is at least one post on my March page. Click previous month and look at February.

I want to hear your


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