THE FOUNDER OF KIDROBOT IS STARTING A SOCIAL NETWORK
File this under: WHAAAT!?!?
We’ve been covering Kidrobot and the designer toy scene here on Albotas for several years now, so Paul Budnitz is a name our readers are likely quite familiar with. A few years ago, he founded Kidrobot in 2002, then Budnitz Bicycles a few years later, and now he’s starting yet another venture: an all new social networked called Ello.
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It seems he doesn’t appreciate the way Facebook collects data and sells it to advertisers. Here’s the company’s manifesto taken from their site:

Your social network is owned by advertisers.
Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.
We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.
We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a place to connect, create and celebrate life.
You are not a product.

Read more about Ello on the official site where you can’t sign up yet, but you can request an early invite.
Idunno, guys. I mean, if Myspace can’t even make a comeback is there really room left on the Internet (and in our lives) for another social network? Maybe we should all just go back to Xanga.

THE FOUNDER OF KIDROBOT IS STARTING A SOCIAL NETWORK

File this under: WHAAAT!?!?

We’ve been covering Kidrobot and the designer toy scene here on Albotas for several years now, so Paul Budnitz is a name our readers are likely quite familiar with. A few years ago, he founded Kidrobot in 2002, then Budnitz Bicycles a few years later, and now he’s starting yet another venture: an all new social networked called Ello.

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DAILY GRAFFITI: THAT ONE TIME THANOS AND CARNAGE HUNG OUT EDITION
Here’s a ginormous street art mural of Thanos and Carnage wearing what looks like the robe Rocky wore to the ring. The full piece features the handywork of Merlyn, Kooltaste, Hose, Stom500, Uncle Ho, DarkElixir, Jack El Diablo, and Wise.
Check out a snazzily edited video of the creation of the piece below.

(via Startape)
CHECK IT: More geeky Graffiti on AlbotasSUBMIT: The Albotas Geek Graffiti Flickr group

DAILY GRAFFITI: THAT ONE TIME THANOS AND CARNAGE HUNG OUT EDITION

Here’s a ginormous street art mural of Thanos and Carnage wearing what looks like the robe Rocky wore to the ring. The full piece features the handywork of Merlyn, Kooltaste, Hose, Stom500, Uncle Ho, DarkElixir, Jack El Diablo, and Wise.

Check out a snazzily edited video of the creation of the piece below.

(via Startape)

CHECK IT: More geeky Graffiti on Albotas
SUBMIT: The Albotas Geek Graffiti Flickr group
CAPTAIN AMERICA’S TO-DO LIST
Here’s a screenshot from Captain America: The Winter Soldier showing Cap’s to-do list. Poor dude. Frozen for nearly 70 years, there’s a lot he has to catch up on like Thai food, educating himself on the ups and downs of the Berlin wall, and apparently he’s unsure about Rocky II.  At least he got Star Wars out of the way.
Sheesh, Steve! You should put buy a smartphone on that list because there’s totally an app for keeping track of all that stuff. Christ, you could knock that list out in a few days ON a smartphone!
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CAPTAIN AMERICA’S TO-DO LIST

Here’s a screenshot from Captain America: The Winter Soldier showing Cap’s to-do list. Poor dude. Frozen for nearly 70 years, there’s a lot he has to catch up on like Thai food, educating himself on the ups and downs of the Berlin wall, and apparently he’s unsure about Rocky II.  At least he got Star Wars out of the way.

Sheesh, Steve! You should put buy a smartphone on that list because there’s totally an app for keeping track of all that stuff. Christ, you could knock that list out in a few days ON a smartphone!

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METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE: 1/6th SCALE RAIDEN FIGURE FROM HOT TOYS
No, the above image is NOT a screen cap from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. It’s an action figure.
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From high-end collectible brand Hot Toys Limited, this is the excruciatingly detailed 1/6th scale figure of Raiden, the main character from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. If this is anything like previous Hot Toys releases, it will have somewhere around a gazillion points of articulation and cost way more than most folks can probably afford to spend on an action figure. This is high-end stuff people! But that’s also what makes it so awesome.
If Hot Toys releases are out of your price range, there’s always the almost-as-awesome Revoltech Yamaguchi Series Raiden complete with cardboard box accessory and slice-in-halfable watermelon.

METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE: 1/6th SCALE RAIDEN FIGURE FROM HOT TOYS

No, the above image is NOT a screen cap from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. It’s an action figure.

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SNEAKING REPTILE - M2 TEE FROM BITMAP’D

Celebrating the recent release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Bitmap’d has released an all new camo edition of their original Sneaking Reptile shirt. It also comes with a sweet patch and sticker. Get it here for $23.95.

BUY: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
CHECK IT: More fresh gear on Albotas
THIGH HIGH THURSDAY: THE RETURN
So, a few years back, to fill our Sexy Time tag with more sexiness, I started this thing called Thigh High Thursday inspired by member posts on the anime fan community on Figure.fm. While the Figure.fm posts were mainly Japanese idols and cosplayers, I decided to take the idea in a different direction that I felt fit Albotas a bit more. Since we’re a Tumblr site and the thigh highs tag already has a gazillion followers, I slowly began noticing the tag #thighhighthursday everywhere - even the official Suicide Girls Instagram account! Even more surprising is the fact that I’ve heard from a large amount of female readers it’s one of their favorite segments!
And then somewhere along the line I slacked on THT. And then I started slacking on the site in general (see also: the past few months), but rest assured, it’s back with a vengeance.
And ladies: feel free to support the cause by sending your Thigh High pics to brownkidd@albotas.com. The geekier the better - batman, star wars, cosplay, whatever. I’m thinking Thigh High Thursday could be like the Daily Graffiti of sexiness.
(pic via davidgrayon)

THIGH HIGH THURSDAY: THE RETURN

So, a few years back, to fill our Sexy Time tag with more sexiness, I started this thing called Thigh High Thursday inspired by member posts on the anime fan community on Figure.fm. While the Figure.fm posts were mainly Japanese idols and cosplayers, I decided to take the idea in a different direction that I felt fit Albotas a bit more. Since we’re a Tumblr site and the thigh highs tag already has a gazillion followers, I slowly began noticing the tag #thighhighthursday everywhere - even the official Suicide Girls Instagram account! Even more surprising is the fact that I’ve heard from a large amount of female readers it’s one of their favorite segments!

And then somewhere along the line I slacked on THT. And then I started slacking on the site in general (see also: the past few months), but rest assured, it’s back with a vengeance.

And ladies: feel free to support the cause by sending your Thigh High pics to brownkidd@albotas.com. The geekier the better - batman, star wars, cosplay, whatever. I’m thinking Thigh High Thursday could be like the Daily Graffiti of sexiness.

(pic via davidgrayon)

PLAYING WITH HISTORY: 11 ICONIC PHOTOS GET A SUPERHERO REMIX
For his ongoing “Playing With History” series, Australian graphic artist Kode Logic takes iconic photos from history and pop culture and blends them with everything from X-Men to Mortal Kombat. Take a look.
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PLAYING WITH HISTORY: 11 ICONIC PHOTOS GET A SUPERHERO REMIX

For his ongoing “Playing With History” series, Australian graphic artist Kode Logic takes iconic photos from history and pop culture and blends them with everything from X-Men to Mortal Kombat. Take a look.

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CUSTOM CAPTAIN AMERICA AIR JORDANS BY SEKURE D

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4 and shoe & toy customizer extraordinaire Sekure D (check out our video interview with him here) went all out on a pair of Jordan 6’s and embellished them with all the iconic details of the O.G. Captain America suit. At first glance I though these were a legit licensing crossover which is a true testament to the artist’s skills and super clean lines.

Sidenote: Anyone catching the early premiere of Winter Soldier going on in select cities tomorrow?

(via Freshness)

Check it: More custom sneakers on Albotas
Buy: Snazzy Captain America socks with wings!
DAILY GRAFFITI: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS EDITION
All of the angst.
Obligatory Johnny Depp GIF:

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DAILY GRAFFITI: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS EDITION

All of the angst.

Obligatory Johnny Depp GIF:

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CHECK IT: More geeky Graffiti on Albotas
SUBMIT: The Albotas Geek Graffiti Flickr group
SOMEONE MADE A CUSTOM ADVENTURE TIME MAGIC DECK AND IT’S FLOOPIN’ AWESOME!!!
As a huge nerd for all things Adventure Time and Magic: The Gathering related, my body and soul reacted in unusually provocative ways to this deck of Magic cards altered with Adventure Time art.
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As a die-hard Vorthos (look it up), there’s so much attention to detail to appreciate in these. For instance, the artwork for Ogre Battledriver normally depicts a giant beast whipping his minions to do his bidding. The Adventure Time version, on the other hand, shows Xergiok, the jerkface goblin king who was driven out of his kingdom by Finn and Jake for smacking on goblin hams like the true jerk that he is.
There’s loads of other cool stuff too like Flame Princess as Young Pyromancer, little flame dudes as red elementals, and even Finn wearing Jake like a suit for Titan’s Strength. Check out the gallery below.
















And they even made this super slick playmat to keep the cards looking minty fresh. It’s an homage to the Card Wars episode. 

Speaking of Card Wars, did you know Card Wars is now a real thing you can buy and play with your friends? There’s a Finn vs Jake deck and a BMO vs Lady Rainicorn. They were originally priced around $20, but on account of them being sold out everywhere and everyone wanting them because they’re awesome, expect to pay around $50 for the Finn & Jake one and almost $80 for BMO vs Lady. Craziness.
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SOMEONE MADE A CUSTOM ADVENTURE TIME MAGIC DECK AND IT’S FLOOPIN’ AWESOME!!!

As a huge nerd for all things Adventure Time and Magic: The Gathering related, my body and soul reacted in unusually provocative ways to this deck of Magic cards altered with Adventure Time art.

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PRE-ORDER THE SAGA, VOL. 3 PAPERBACK FOR LESS THAN THE DIGITAL VERSION
If you read comics and haven’t picked up Saga yet, you’re being a complete jerk to yourself. (We hyped it up here way back when.) Go get Vol. 1 (down to $5.64 from $9.99) and Vol. 2 ($11.57 from $14.99), and while you’re at it, just go ahead and pre-order the third volume which drops on March 25. It’s only $12.33 for a paperback versus $14.99 for the Kindle edition. Oh yeah, and it’s one of the most character rich, well-paced, and highly imaginative comics to come out in recent memory.

PRE-ORDER THE SAGA, VOL. 3 PAPERBACK FOR LESS THAN THE DIGITAL VERSION

If you read comics and haven’t picked up Saga yet, you’re being a complete jerk to yourself. (We hyped it up here way back when.) Go get Vol. 1 (down to $5.64 from $9.99) and Vol. 2 ($11.57 from $14.99), and while you’re at it, just go ahead and pre-order the third volume which drops on March 25. It’s only $12.33 for a paperback versus $14.99 for the Kindle edition. Oh yeah, and it’s one of the most character rich, well-paced, and highly imaginative comics to come out in recent memory.

SONY ANNOUNCES PROJECT MORPHEUS VIRTUAL REALITY HELMET FOR PS4
Anolog sticks, built-in rumble, motion control - pfft! These are all things of the past. Taking a cue from Oculus Rift which has found a niche audience among PC gamers, Sony will be rolling out their own VR unit.
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From Kotaku:

Part of the announcement involved footage of a VR God of War, PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida saying “When I looked down, I saw my body was that of Kratos. That was an empowering experience.”

This definitely has potential, but I wonder if it will take off and become a huge mainstream hit like other gaming peripherals similar to the hype and success of Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and the initial Wii launch. As is the case with any new piece of gaming hardware, it all depends if the games will be good enough to warrant the purchase/risk of your roommates throwing things at you/punching you in the crotch while you’re wearing one of these things.
How long do you think it’ll take for someone to mod the VR goggles into a Virtual Boy?

SONY ANNOUNCES PROJECT MORPHEUS VIRTUAL REALITY HELMET FOR PS4

Anolog sticks, built-in rumble, motion control - pfft! These are all things of the past. Taking a cue from Oculus Rift which has found a niche audience among PC gamers, Sony will be rolling out their own VR unit.

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DAILY GRAFFITI: SPOCK CROSSING EDITION
Look sharp, guys and gals. This is Spock country!
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DAILY GRAFFITI: SPOCK CROSSING EDITION

Look sharp, guys and gals. This is Spock country!

(via chadsf)

CHECK IT: More geeky Graffiti from Albotas
SUBMIT: The Albotas Geek Graffiti Flickr group
BOB BURNQUIST HAS A FLOATING SKATE RAMP ON LAKE TAHOE
California’s Department of Tourism is on point. Click through for a video of skate legend Bob Burnquist skating on giant floating ramp in the middle of Lake Tahoe. The whole thing is supposed to make you want to visit Cali, but it really just makes me want to be rich so I can have my own floating skate ramp. And health insurance since I’ll probably hurt myself.
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I wonder if all the rebellious skaters I looked up to as a kid secretly talk in snobby Ivy League voices to one another. “Oh, you absolutely MUST come with us to my floating ramp in Lake Tahoe over the summer, it’s TO DIE for. I can hardly imagine how I ever skated on sidewalks in public with so many poor people around!”
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BOB BURNQUIST HAS A FLOATING SKATE RAMP ON LAKE TAHOE

California’s Department of Tourism is on point. Click through for a video of skate legend Bob Burnquist skating on giant floating ramp in the middle of Lake Tahoe. The whole thing is supposed to make you want to visit Cali, but it really just makes me want to be rich so I can have my own floating skate ramp. And health insurance since I’ll probably hurt myself.

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WES ANDERSON: CENTERED
Below the break is a cool little supercut by Kogonada highlighting Wes Anderson's mad symmetrical skills behind a lens. Sounds simple on paper, but that 3-shot pan in Moonrise Kingdom had to have been a beeyotch to plan out.


Dude’s easily the most original writer/director alive today and I’m constantly disgusted/baffled when I see people bashing him or calling him a parody of himself. His stories, characters, scenes, and shots are all meticulously crafted in a style that is entirely his own. You might not “get” his films, and if you do, you might not like them, but there’s no denying the man’s a cinematic genius.
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WES ANDERSON: CENTERED

Below the break is a cool little supercut by Kogonada highlighting Wes Anderson's mad symmetrical skills behind a lens. Sounds simple on paper, but that 3-shot pan in Moonrise Kingdom had to have been a beeyotch to plan out.

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