Amazon dominates the online retail game, but they’re always looking for ways to get even more reach, even if it means breaking away from online. Their latest push is going to take them back to real world.Yes, Amazon is going to be setting up shop in malls across the United States. Based on a slew of new job postings and information passed along to Business Insider, they’re currently working on opening up as many as 100 pop-up stores.Amazon is already operating 16 similar stores. Their primary purpose is to put the e-tailer’s numerous devices — Kindles, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Echo speakers — in front of shoppers. Amazon Basics products will likely be on display, too. You know, things like their Lightning cable, which sells for less than half the price of Apple’s. Those new phones they’re selling online — the unlocked, subsidized Android handsets with Amazon ads on the lockscreen — might make even an appearance.They’ll also give Amazon the opportunity to show off services like Alexa, which has taken an early lead in the home assistant race. Prime Video will also get plenty of attention, as will Prime Music, Prime Photos, and the Kindle Lending Library.Don’t expect to see one in your favorite local haunt this holiday season. The pop-up shops will reportedly be appearing over the course of the next year. While most of the locations aren’t known yet, Amazon’s job listings page revealed stores in Miami, Queens, California, Texas, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and a pair in Michigan.In the meantime, you should be able to find Amazon hardware on your local Target store’s shelves again soon. After a four-year break, they patched things up with Amazon last month.Amazon Books store image courtesy of SounderBruce on Wikimedia
Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer For the most part, the comics adaptations on Netflix have been pretty great. Now, the streaming service is adding one more, though it doesn’t come from Marvel or DC. Netflix has ordered a 10-episode series from Universal Cable Productions and Dark Horse Entertainment based on The Umbrella Academy. If the show turns out to be anything like the comic, expect some superhero television wholly unlike any you’ve seen on Netflix before.Written by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way with art by Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy follows a dysfunctional family of superheroes. Think the Fantastic Four, only there are eight of them, and they like each other even less. The TV series begins with their father mysteriously dying. They’re forced to work together to figure out what happened, but their personalities constantly push them apart. It’s a unique, dark and humorously twisted take on the superhero genre. Bá’s art has an ethereal, dreamlike quality that could make this the best-looking superhero series on TV.In a press release, Netflix Vice President of Original Content said, “What drew us to The Umbrella Academy is that it’s wholly unique, visual and stylized. These aren’t the usual superheroes, and this series will embrace the singular tone of the graphic novels — dark yet humorous, supernatural yet grounded in reality. We’re excited to see this world and introduce these unforgettable heroes to Netflix members around the globe.”The show is still early in development, but Way is involved as a co-executive producer. As for the script, the pilot has been written. The pilot script was adapted from the comics by Jeremy Slater, who created last year’s excellent and terrifying Exorcist TV series. Now, I’m really excited for this. The Umbrella Academy will be available on Netflix sometime in 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Back before shitposting was called shitposting, it was called Cards Against Humanity marketing strategy. This is a company that has sent literal bullcrap to people, and raised prices for Black Friday. Calling them offbeat is like calling Tim and Eric “slightly whimsical.” And right now, for the holiday season, Cards Against Humanity is saving America.Last month, they invited people to send them $15 with two promises. One was six mailings of CAH materials, like bonus cards. The other was buying a parcel of land on the United States-Mexico border and denying the government permission to build a wall there. I like CAH, and I was excited about new cards, so I sent in some cash. Now I’m five mailings in, and so far they have not disappointed.Let’s get this out of the way first. No, CAH can’t single-handedly stop the construction of a border wall. Purchased land could be claimed under eminent domain, so if the government really intends to build the wall, this won’t stop it. The legal team CAH has allegedly retained might slow it down, but this isn’t a huge heroic wall-stopping gesture.The real goal in these mailings is everything else CAH is doing with the money it received to spread something positive around the country. Let’s go by the days so far.Mailing 1: Cards Against Humanity Stops the WallThis is the start, and it’s exactly what CAH said it would be. A certificate stating that I helped Cards Against Humanity buys 0.000667% of a parcel of land at the border, along with a very nice poster/map on heavy parchment paper. All that and six new cards.Mailing 2: The Good News PodcastTo brighten up attitudes with everything feeling so dark, Cards Against Humanity started the Good News Podcast, a podcast about positive things. And they sent some cute stickers and six more cards that are all really pleasant. And yes, it’s a real podcast.Mailing 3: Wealth RedistributionWhen I signed up for Cards Against Humanity Saves America, I was given a survey to fill out with different personal information. One of the questions was about income. On the third mailing, CAH sent $1,000 checks to the 100 poorest respondents and $15 refunds to the next 10,000 poorest. I got two cards, and I’m not even mad.Mailing 4: Cards Against Humanity Destroys HomeworkThis mailing was an invitation to send more money… to children. And CAH offers to match donations up to $100,000. And you don’t have to have contributed to Cards Against Humanity Saves America to do it. You can just click here and toss a few bucks towards classrooms all around the country, and CAH will match it. It includes a short policy paper talking about how homework has very little value, and children should be assigned less of it for their emotional and physical health. It also came with three copies of thank you notes from kids, and six more cards.Mailing 5: Cards Against Humanity’s Pulse of the NationWe know people are stupid, but we don’t really know how stupid. That’s why Cards Against Humanity commissioned Survey Sampling International to poll 3,000 people across the country monthly about politics. It included a pamphlet of the first survey’s results, along with six more cards.Mailing 6: Cards Against Humanity Saves BaseballI haven’t gotten it yet, but apparently Cards Against Humanity bought the naming rights to a minor league baseball stadium. Welcome the Joliet Slammers of Joliet, Illinois to their new home, The Cards Against Humanity Baseball Place!I gotta say, this is a much better way to improve America than adding $1.5 trillion to the US’ debt to benefit the 1% wealthiest Americans, who will get 82% of the perks from the GOP’s recently passed tax “reformation.” Oooooh noooo, I turned this into a political post. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.