Sunday, September 24, 2017

"Lowe built several balloons during the Civil War to spy on the Confederate Army, winning him official appointment by President Lincoln as Chief Aeronaut of the Union Army and the unofficial title of the most shot-at man in the Civil War"


He was also the grandfather of Florence Lowe, whom he took to the 1910 air meet when she was nine years old. The spectacle of flight entranced the young girl, and she went on to acquire fame as “Pancho” Barnes, a pioneer barnstormer, Hollywood stunt pilot, industry test pilot, and later owner of the Happy Bottom Riding Club, the celebrated watering hole at what became Edwards Air Force Base in the “Right Stuff” era.

"In 1906, this Congolese man was displayed in a zoo. Now, Virginia is honoring him"


Last weekend, Virginia — one of three states in the country that prominently display a statue of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis in its capitol — unveiled a historical highway marker for Ota Benga, a Congolese native and Lynchburg resident who in 1906 garnered global headlines when he was exhibited in the Bronx Zoo monkey house.


For nearly a century, the story of Benga’s tragic life was narrated by the very men who were most complicit in his degradation. In dozens of accounts — including one in a Virginia encyclopedia — the man most responsible for his exploitation was absurdly depicted as his friend.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

"The end-of-the-world message heard on some Orange County channels during an Emergency Alert System test on Thursday was a technical glitch prompted by a local radio station, broadcasting officials said on Friday"


KWVE-FM, a Santa Ana station that broadcasts Christian programs, was conducting the test for the region that did not properly kick off – prompting a pastor’s comments meant only for that station to be heard over TV and probably radio channels in the county and beyond.


“It’s not like we planned the broadcast to coincide with that,” Gemaehlich said. “It was just a fluke thing. Pastor Swindoll would never try to line something up with that. He is a very conservative, sound theologian and not a conspiracy person.”

Casey Jones Mask (by NECA) available for preorder

At the BBTS.

New Coraline figure by NECA, too.

"Lakers to get more than $30 million from three-year jersey sponsorship deal with Wish"


Like many who heard the news on Thursday, the Lakers chief operating officer hadn’t heard of Wish either


The app offers budget shopping options and quirky products.

"A huge 5.2 m crocodile has been shot dead in Queensland"

"People need to clearly understand the death of this animal has changed the balance of the crocodile population in the Fitzroy and we can expect increased aggressive activity by younger male crocodiles"

"Tumult After AIDS Fund-Raiser Supports Harvey Weinstein Production"


In May 2015, the entertainment producer Harvey Weinstein arranged for two items to be auctioned off at a fund-raiser for amfAR, a New York-based charity that works to cure AIDS.

The offers — a sitting with a famous fashion photographer and a package of tickets to a Hollywood film awards event and parties — came with a condition: $600,000 of the money raised at the auction, in Cannes, France, would go to the American Repertory Theater, a nonprofit playhouse that had done a trial run of “Finding Neverland,” a Broadway musical that Mr. Weinstein produced.


Mr. Weinstein, who is a longtime supporter of the AIDS organization and was a chairman of the 2015 event, said that he had done nothing wrong and that everyone benefited from the arrangement, which raised $309,669 for amfAR. “I honestly thought we were doing something fantastic for both sides,” he said in an interview. “We get money, they get money, and it’s all our money.”

"Fog Monster" Mini Fog Machine For Tabletop Games

From a completed kickstarter by Real Game FX:

The first machine is the "Fog Monster" which uses a pipe system to deliver the fog into your game. This design allows you to hide the pipe behind your existing terrain pieces so that the fog enters like it is part of the natural environment.

The second Fog Machine is the The "Dark Crypt" Fog Machine. The Dark Crypt is meant to be placed in the game terrain and produces fog that exits through the doors and windows.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wooden Iron Giant by Amanda Visell


"WWE has dealt with racism before, but a scripted rant has fans chanting ‘that’s too far!’"


“That’s racist,” spectators could be heard shouting as Mahal delivered the lines. Later in Mahal’s five-minute spiel, fans collaborated to chant, “That’s too far!”


This problem is hardly unique to WWE, but it happens around the world and sometimes even more shockingly. In 2009, for example, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Japan’s version of WWE, used Nazi imagery on some of its promotional material.
Don't miss the correction at the end of the article.

"KB Home CEO . . . sees his bonus cut [25%] after vulgar rant at Kathy Griffin"

"One of the nation's biggest homebuilders is putting its top executive on notice after a vulgar rant against comedian Kathy Griffin was caught on tape and went viral."


Jumanji poster