Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary!

ghostbusters 01Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight with Sony Pictures is kicking off a super 30th anniversary celebration of the 1984 Ghostbusters film that starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and late Harold Ramis.  The famous pop-culture art hangout Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight will do a 4-city traveling art show exhibiting original artwork, prints and apparel.

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Frankie’s Garage: The NISMO GT-R on ATTACK!

nismogtrpassingThe setting is the 2014 Blanc Pain Endurance series.  The NISMO team started the opening lap at grid 32, that’s 32 of out 44 cars in the race.  In this one lap, Al Buncombe climbs 17 places for the 13th position by the second lap.  Now that’s just crazy.

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Frankie’s Garage: Drifting a classic Datsun 280Z

datsun280z00This maybe just a Clarion USA ad, but it’s a cool drift vid with Chris Forsberg.  He drives a classic 1975 Datsun 280Z powered by a Skyline engine, the RB25DET.  And that’s all you really need to know, just watch the car-porn.

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Kaiyodo Revoltech: The Bat

batplaneKaiyodo will be releasing the iconic batplane The Bat as part of their Revoltech vehicle line-up.  The Bat will feature 8 points of articulation, an opening cockpit with a mini-Batman figure and measures 5.75″ long.

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Hot Toys The Amazing Spider-Man 2

hottoysspiderman2 00Here’s a look at Hot Toys cool looking 1/6 Spider-Man action figure from the upcoming Sony film The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  I like the jacket, beanie and backpack look.

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Funny Graphs and Charts by Kind of Normal

infographycoverWhen I need a laugh, I sometimes hit-up Kind of Normal.  They make funny graphs and charts, like this infograph – The Blueprint of Ikea.

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Amnesty International x coarse = Freedom Candles

freedomcandlescoverThese are not just ordinary wax candles, these Freedom Candles designed by Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk (coarse) for Amnesty International’s eBay charity auction.  The proceeds of these special Freedom Candles will be used to defend and promote human rights.

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Zero Carbon Housing in Hamburg

hamburg iba 00As the world looks to “green” technology for the future, one city in Germany, Hamburg has for the last 7 years (2006-2013) been part of an zero-carbon building experiment, the International Building Exhibition (IBA).  In the suburb of Wilhelmsburg, you will find many eco-housing developments.

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Adidas “Get Ready!” Body Care Line

adidas body care lineIt seems like every sneaker company wants to get into the body wash, body lotion, hair & shampoo and perfume arena, well add Adidas to the mix with their new “Get Ready!” Body Care Line for Men and Women.

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Marvel Legends Infinite: Guardians of the Galaxy action figures

gotg 00Marvel today released more detail images from their Marvel Legends Infinite:  Guardians of the Galaxy line-up.  These detailed and well-articulated 6″ action figures features 6 figures:  Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket, Nomad and Iron Man.  And if you collect all 6 figures you can build the Groot action figure.

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Hungry for Recipes: Sweet Potato Sliders & BBQ Turkey

sweetpotatoturkeyslidersI have two fellow Retrenders bloggers that are health freaks namely Johnny Moreno and Kelly Ann Brooke, and yeah I’m calling you guys out.  They always tell I’m eating way too much carbs, or don’t eat this, don’t eat that, or you can cook this or that!  Okay, I get the message.  Simple and quick – the Sweet Potato Sliders & BBQ Turkey.

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Venice in Frozen

Venicefrozen 00What would the city of Venice and it’s waterways look like in a harsh winter?  With some photo retouching and super imposing this is what Venice would look like.

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Panasonic W850M: Dual Lens Camcorder

gizmodojapanGizmodo Japan takes a look at the new Panasonic W850M camcorder.  So, what’s the big deal?  Like my iPhone which has two lenses, this consumer handheld camcorder also uses two lenses.  The other lens is mounted on the small LCD panel that swivels up-to 270 degrees.  I guess there is no need for a two camera shoot, for instance, like when you are shooting a wedding, you can focus on the bride and groom getting the kiss and the audience reaction all in one shot!  Neato.

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“The Longest and Highest Urban Cable Car”

lapazcablecarVacation time is approaching and like my fellow Retrenders super-blogger Stephen Jang, we did the backpack of Europe adventures and hit-up certain parts of Asia, but I think it’s time to look to South America.  When you’re in the record books for “the longest and highest urban cable car in the world,” well that certainly peaks my interest and I definitely need to go to Bolivia to ride this.

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The Art of Ian Miller

ianmillerTitan Books collects various art pieces done by artist Ian Miller in this book, The Art of Ian Miller.  You might be asking who is Ian Miller?  Well, if you ever find yourself in the fantasy section at the bookstore, most of those Ray Bradbury and HP Lovecraft book covers of wizards, monsters, castles and alien worlds were illustrated by Ian Miller.


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Viral Video Friday: Awesome Documentary Opening


The documentary is “Europe In 8 Bits” takes a look at “chip” music and how it’s growing in Europe.  Many musicians are looking back to old school videogame hardware like NES, Amiga, Commodore 64, Sega Master System, etc and using them to create new sounds.  What catches the eye is the animated 8-bit opening to the documentary.  Here’s a look:

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Marvel Labbits: Hail Hydra!

marvelhydraNick Fury:  Trust no one!

HYDRA is everywhere and is hiding in plain sight.  Kidrobot gets in on the HYDRA-mania with this Kozik Marvel Labbit Red Skull with the HYDRA logo.  It’s so cool!  From Kidrobot x Marvel Labbit Series 1.

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Darren Aronofsky & Ari Handel’s Noah


Director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan, The Fountain) is known for making movie controversy and he does it again with his 2014 movie film Noah taken from the Bible.  Titan Books releases two novels based on the movie, the official novelization by Mark Morris and a YA (Young Adult) book titled Noah: Ila’s Story by Susan Korman based on the screenplay by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel.

The world has turned more dark and sinister, and Noah has a vision from the Creator that a great flood will come to wipe out the world.  He must build an ark to save his family and all the animals.  In the mist of all this, warlord leader Tubal-cain who killed Noah’s father Lamech comes back years later to try to take over Noah’s Ark with his army of soldiers.  The official novel by Mark Morris follows Noah’s journey like the PG-13 movie.

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Only in Japan: Avengers and Pokemon Collide!

japandiscwarsThis animated Marvel series Avengers:  Disc Wars is localized for the Japanese market combining anime and Pokemon influences.  The kid in me wants this here and I would watch it, I’m a sucker for anything Marvel.  Avengers:  Disc Wars has just started airing on Japanese TV and it’s on every Wednesdays at 6:30pm.

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Mega Bloks: Snowbound Battlescape playset

snowbound battlescapeThe recent toy headline making waves was the world’s largest toy maker Mattel buying Canadian toy brand Mega Bloks.  Look for some stiff fierce competition in these next few years with Mattel going up against LEGO.  Anyways, back to the topic at hand, Mega Bloks takes on the making of this Halo playset from Halo 3, the Snowbound Battlescape.

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X-Men Quicksilver x Carl’s Jr

xmen carlsjrFrom the X-Men: Days of Future Past, Quicksilver eats his Carl’s Jr. X-tra Bacon, Egg & American Cheese Biscuit.  Who approved this licensing deal?  This is a really bad movie tie-in.  Hit the dislike button!

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Most Awesome Golden State Warriors Graphic Tee!

IMG_1157In the Bay Area, the NBA basketball Golden State Warriors aka The Dubs have a loyal and rocking fan-base whether it was a losing season or winning season.  I remember the watching the high power offense of Run TMC and Sarunas Marciulionis making crazy lay-ups.  I was at the Oracle Arena this past weekend rocking a cool graphic tee, the Dubblicious T-Shirt.

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BelleSf : San Francisco’s new Art-Culture-Nudie magazine

BelleSF-cover- MikiWith tasteful bareness, cult articles and a bit of kitsch comes BelleSf, today’s epoch magazine that uniquely celebrates art, culture and nudity in a vintage style that is edgy and very San Francisco!
BelleSF Under the Bridge - PanelThe magazine will have a foundation of thought-provoking and insightful articles to stories relating to the world and San Francisco life, and of course nude photography that is akin to Playboy magazine’s soft-lit and sensual style of the 70s.

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The Pepsi Bus Shelter on Oxford Street

pepsi bus shelterLondon commuters get creative Pepsi ads at a London bus stop.  You will find this Pepsi bus shelter on Oxford Street.  This is not your typical bus shelter, as BBC News takes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this Pepsi bus shelter.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Next Toyota Supra

ft1conceptJay Leno’s Garage takes a look at the Toyota FT-1 concept and interviews the design team behind it.

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