Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"House Republicans are already preparing for ‘years’ of investigations of Clinton"

Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years worth of material already lined up.”

I enjoyed Karen Lord's The Best of All Possible Worlds

Two repressed academics slowly (excruciatingly, delightfully slowly) admit their love for each other while having pulpy scifi adventures on a journey around the world. Loosely inspired by the effects on communities that lost a large percentage of women due to the 2004 tsunami.

Available at Amazon (also the first time I've noticed a used book being sold with free shipping).

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"Opponents of Beverly Hilton project allege voter fraud"

"The allegations . . . were made by a lawyer for Beverly Hills Residents and Businesses to Preserve Our City, a committee sponsored by a competing developer, Chinese entertainment and real estate giant Wanda Group."

Is James Coburn a host in these old beer commercials?


“Give us this day our daily seal”

Greenland's largest town:

Nuuk sits on the southwest coast. It was founded in the early eighteenth century by a Danish-Norwegian missionary named Hans Egede, and for most of its existence was known as Godth√•b. When Egede arrived, he discovered that the native people had neither bread nor a word for it, so he translated the line from the Lord’s Prayer as “Give us this day our daily seal.” Today, a giant statue of Egede presides over Nuuk much the way Christ the Redeemer presides over Rio.

The "Bear Scare" at Baylor

Texas Monthly:

We saw a path where women jogging on campus are sometimes surprised from behind by male runners who roar in their ears. This, I learned, is called the Bear Scare. (Baylor’s mascot is a bear.)

New Funko X-Men figures

Mohawked Storm, Archangel, Psylocke etc etc.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Neill Blomkamp-directed short film for BMW

"San Francisco's 58-story Millennium Tower is upscale, but literally sinking fast"


While a paper trail of concern about potential settling leads back to early 2009, even before the Millennium Tower was ready for occupancy, most residents of the building knew nothing about any issue with the foundation until they were summoned in early May to a private meeting in a lounge on the tower’s club level.

Identification was checked at the door. Residents were told that what they were to hear must be kept a secret. A lawyer introduced a structural engineer who delivered, as Buttery and others recall, a simple statement that startled the packed room:

“The Millennium building is too heavy for its foundation.”

Not only had the tower settled by far more than the four to six inches originally forecast for the life of the building but, “most importantly,” recalled Jerry Dodson, a retired patent lawyer and a vocal critic of the tower’s builders, the engineer said “it wasn’t stopping.”

Saturday, October 22, 2016