What I got in February 2014: SOC GLINT, G.I. Joe Roadblock, Psylocke, Star Wars and more

These were the stuff I got in February: DAM Toys Ghost series No. SF001 1/6 scale Special Operations Center GLINT Team Leader: Ryder Watson 12-inch figure, Hot Toys G.I. Joe Retaliation 1/6th scale Roadblock 12-inch Collectible Figure, MC Toys F-029 1/6 scale Snow Space set for 12-inch figures (all set for the Inception movie Snow Scene), Kotobukiya Marvel Bishoujo collection 1/7th scale X-Force Psylocke 8-inch Statue, “Star Wars: A Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy” book, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 1/6 scale head sculpt, Christmas card and 2014 calendar from Sideshow Collectibles.

Always enjoy my hauls. Something to look forward to as I enjoy taking pictures and posting them on my toy blog to share with fellow collectors and anyone else who’s interested :) Scroll down to see the rest of the pictures.

Used to be you’ll think that this boxed figure set was from Soldier Story but not anymore. Dam Toys has upped their game and been churning out some very good stuff lately and this is just one of them. Looks to be an awesome figure. Can’t wait to put this together :) In the meantime, check out the preview pictures posted earlier HERE
Hot Toys MMS series G.I. Joe Retaliation 1/6th scale Roadblock Collectible Figure simply ROCKS (pun intended). Cannot wait to see the unveiling? Check out the preview pictures HERE
Haven’t seen that many all white snow sets in a while and this looked very promising from the preview pictures released (posted in my toy blog HERE) Let’s see what we can kitbash with this ;p
Kotobukiya Marvel Bishoujo collection 1/7th scale X-Force Psylocke 8-inch Statue, already reviewed HERE and HERE. I really like this statue and that’s saying a lot since I don’t collect a lot of statues and this was one of the exceptions.
“Star Wars: A Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy” book with dual light-up light sabers was also reviewed earlier HERE. I was blown away by the pop-ups effects.
Alternate Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 1/6 scale head sculpt. One of those things that are good to have (for kitbashing)
Christmas card from Sideshow Collectibles. This came as a complete surprise and was totally unexpected. Always nice to receive gifts :) feels like Christmas all over again haha
The Sideshow Collectibles 2014 calendar: Capturing Archetypes – Twenty years of Sideshow Art. Beautifully taken photographs of figures and statues sold by Sideshow Collectibles over the years presented over twelve months of 2014.
Darth Vader is covered in May, perhaps to imply “MAY the Force be with you” since May 4 is Star Wars Day ;p

That’s all for now. I will be reviewing the figures featured here in March 2014 even as I look forward to new hauls for the coming months.

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La Ventana Passivhaus en la rehabilitación

La Plataforma de Edificación Passivhaus – PEP promueve la organización por parte de ASOMA, ESPARAVEL y VAND arquitectura y en colaboración con la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos y Madrid Emprende la primera Jornada Técnica: La Ventana Passivhaus en la rehabilitación. 

Esta Jornada, que tendrá lugar el próximo 11 de Marzo en Madrid, está patrocinada por Reynaers Aluminium y cuenta con la intervención en el programa de Alejandro Peral, Director Técnico de Reynaers, que nos hablará sobre como certificar una ventana passivHaus.

La ventana es el elemento más desfavorable desde el punto de vista del aislamiento térmico y acústico en la envolvente de una vivienda, por ello habrá de cumplir una serie de requisitos para optimizar la demanda energética definida para edificios Passivhaus.

Sistema CS 104 PassivHaus

En la Jornada Técnica, que tiene su cita en el Vivero de Empresas de Vicálvaro (VEV) en Madrid de 10:00 a 14.00h,  se definirán los elementos clave de las ventanas para su buen funcionamiento así como su correcta instalación.

Puedes descargar el programa completo de la Jornada AQUÍ

La asistencia es gratuita pero el aforo es limitado. Para inscribiros es necesario rellenar el formulario que encontraréis en el mismo PDF del programa y enviarlo cumplimentado a: [email protected]

Os esperamos!


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Ieri sera l’Assemblea dell’amministrazione di Marina Pisoni più inutile e , per fortuna, più veloce della storia (45 min. scarsi)

Assemblea moscia ieri sera  sul tema "Differenziamo meglio". Il tono è stato subito dimesso forse anche perché chi ha introdotto la serata è stato l’Assessore all’Ecologia Valeriano Ottolini. Il suo intervento di 2 minuti è servito solo per salutare e dare la parola all’Assessore Filippo Parlatore che ha impiegato 5 minuti per dire una sola cosa: che il pagamento dei rifiuti da parte del Comune Continua a leggere

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Google joins the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Posted by Jonathan Bingham, Product Manager

Generating research data is easier than ever before, but interpreting and analyzing it is still hard, and getting harder as the volume increases. This is especially true of genomics. Sequencing the whole genome of a single person produces more than 100 gigabytes of raw data, and a million genomes will add up to more than 100 petabytes. In 2003, the Human Genome Project completed after 15 years and $3 billion. Today, it takes closer to one day and $1,000 to sequence a human genome.

This abundance of new information carries great potential for research and human health — and requires new standards, policies and technology. That’s why Google has joined the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health. The Alliance is an international effort to develop harmonized approaches to enable responsible, secure, and effective sharing of genomic and clinical information in the cloud with the research and healthcare communities, meeting the highest standards of ethics and privacy. Members of the Global Alliance include leading technology, healthcare, research, and disease advocacy organizations from around the world.

To contribute to the genomics community and help meet the data-intensive needs of the life sciences, we are introducing:

Interoperability: One API, Many Apps
Any of the apps at the top (one graphical, one command-line, and one for batch processing) can work with information in any of the repositories at the bottom (one using cloud-based storage and one using local files). As the ecosystem grows, all developers and researchers benefit from each individual developer’s work.

With these first steps, it is our goal to support the global research community in bringing the vision of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health to fruition. Imagine the impact if researchers everywhere had larger sample sizes to distinguish between people who become sick and those who remain healthy, between patients who respond to treatment and those whose condition worsens, between pathogens that cause outbreaks and those that are harmless. Imagine if they could test biological hypotheses in seconds instead of days, without owning a supercomputer.

We are honored to be part of the community, working together to refine the technology and evolve the ecosystem, and aligning with appropriate standards as they arise.

How you can be involved

To request access to the API for your research, please fill out this simple form to tell us about yourself and your research interests, and we will let you know when we’re ready to work with more partners.

Together with the members of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, we believe we are at the beginning of a transformation in medicine and basic research, driven by advances in genome sequencing and huge-scale computing. We invite you to contact us and share your ideas about how to bring data science and life science together.

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Comparison pictures of OE Killer Instinct Sam & Viola + Motoko, Deunan, Black Widow & Selina

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Having reviewed OE (original effect) 1/6 scale killer instinct SAM 13″ post-apocalyptic female figure in three parts previously HERE, HERE and HERE, I think it’s time to make a comparison between OE Sam and OE Viola, as well as with other 1/6 scale female action figures (NOT dolls but I guess that’s just a technicality). Guys don’t want to be seen playing with dolls, that’s for the gals and daughters. That’s why the term “action figure” was coined for masculine man so that they can say it’s OKAY to pose with their action figures – same same but different Haha

According to wikipedia: An action figure is a pose-able character figurine, made of plastic or other materials, and often based upon characters from a film, comic book, video game, or television program. These action figures are usually marketed towards boys and adult collectors. Barbie is very much a fashion doll, primarily designed to be dressed to reflect fashion trends and are usually modeled after teen girls or adult women. Sam and Viola aren’t because they are designed with men in mind LOL

That explains why I don’t have many female figures in my toy collection because I much prefer the rough and tumble kind of characters who can take a knock and keep on going, not implying durability but that the figures are action-oriented. Scroll down to check out the size difference between OE (Original Effect) Army Attractive series 1/6 scale Viola and OE (original effect) 1/6 scale killer instinct SAM as well as other size comparison pictures of these two taller than usual figures with 1/6 scale “Ghost in the Shell” Motoko Kusanagi, “Appleseed Ex Machina” Deunan Knute, Marvel’s “The Avengers (2012)” Black Widow and “The Dark Knight Rises” Selina Kyle / Catwoman.

As you can see, Viola is taller at 13.5 inches while Sam stands at 13 inches. Viola is the first figure released by OE (reviewed earlier in my toy blog HERE and HERE) and they must have rushed the production because the body sucks big time. She’s what I would call “loose limbs” and her legs will just give up on her and fall off completely :(
Close-up of OE (original effect) 1/6 scale killer instinct SAM 13-inch female action figure with the alternate head sculpt
Close-up of OE (Original Effect) Army Attractive series 1/6 scale Viola with come-hither look in her eyes ;p
Here’s a 1/6 scale female body comparison picture of OE Army Attractive Viola and OE Killer Instinct Sam standing together with Medicom Toys “Ghost in the Shell” Motoko Kusanagi and Hot Toys “Appleseed Ex Machina” Deunan Knute. Both OE female figures tower over the other two.
Medicom Toy 1/6 scale Motoko Kusanagi – Ghost in a Shell / Stand Alone Complex – Public Security Section 9, a fictional division of the real Japanese National Public Safety Commission female action figure. Lots more pictures HERE
Hot Toys MMS “Appleseed Ex Machina” 1/6 scale Deunan Knute fully pose-able figure posted earlier HERE
And here’s a 1/6 scale female body comparison picture of OE Army Attractive Viola and OE Killer Instinct Sam standing together with Hot Toys Marvel’s “The Avengers (2012)” Black Widow and “The Dark Knight Rises” Selina Kyle / Catwoman.
You can check out the review of Hot Toys The Avengers 1/6th scale Scarlett Johansson as Agent Romanoff / Black Widow Limited Edition 12-inch Female Figure HERE, HERE and HERE
Last but not least, Hot Toys The Dark Knight Rises: 1/6 Selina Kyle / Catwoman Female Collectible Figure was reviewed over 3 parts HERE, HERE and HERE (this last post has her on the Bat Pod)
Last picture of all six female figures grouped together :)

Related posts:
July 1, 2013 – Hot Toys 1/6 scale Female Action Figures group shots with Scarlett Johansson (x 3) & others in my toy blog HERE
August 15, 2013 – Size comparison pics of some 12-inch action figures with Coo Model 1/6 scale Skeleton Soldier (pictures HERE)
September 25, 2013 – Comparison pictures of Hot Toys Catwoman with Batman Returns Catwoman, Black Widow & Bats posted HERE
November 26, 2013 – Comparison of 1/6th scale 12-inch Action Figure Bodies: Hot Toys, X-Series etc – which is best? Check out the answer HERE and HERE

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