Saturday, April 29, 2017

Conan O'Brien plays a VR game

"Embattled Los Angeles City Council candidate Joe Bray-Ali admitted Friday to having extramarital affairs, failing to pay taxes and to other questionable behavior"


His campaign took a big tumble this week after he admitted to making racist, fat-shaming and transphobic comments in online discussion board, Voat.


In recent weeks, Bray-Ali, 38, garnered several major endorsements, including from the Los Angeles Times and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. But most of that support has since collapsed, with O’Farrell and the Times pulling their support this week.

"Ferrari builds world’s first racetrack on a cruise ship for China"

"The two-level competitive racetrack will be located on the top deck of the ship, where guests can take a thrilling ride on electric go-karts."

Handmaid's Tale-inspired clothing line by Vaquera

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They made a Giovanni Ribisi/Selfridge action figure

Available at Amazon.

Animatronic Avatar and Na'vi

20% off everything right now at Last Exit to Nowhere


"Was Uber’s CEO really the second-best Wii Sports tennis player?"


The line baffled me for a number of reasons, not least of which was that the concept of a "high score" in "Wii Tennis" didn't make much sense. Claiming the "world's second-highest score" in Wii Sports tennis is like claiming the second-highest score in Pong based on nothing but playing against the computer and your friends. Absent some sort of sanctioned tournament or logical third-party ranking system, the claim just doesn't parse.

And yet, the boast is oddly specific. Kalanick hadn't earned the best "Wii Tennis" score in the world according to The New York Times. He achieved the second best. If this was just a fabulist boast, why limit yourself to number two? And if it wasn't just puffery, who was number one?


With Kalanick and Uber yet to respond to a request for comment, the rest of this piece necessarily delves into speculation of what's driving Kalanick's Wii Sports "high score" claim. That said, I think the explanation detailed below adequately explains all the claimed facts involved with a few small wriggles to account for the vagaries of human memory.

So with all that preamble, here's what I think actually led to the "second-highest score" claim:

"The Time I Went to Summer Camp With the Future Mini-Trump"


The future senior adviser to President Donald Trump was a fellow delegate with me at "Boys State," a weeklong summer program in California for rising high school seniors interested in civics and government.


Unlike his competitors, Miller didn't speak in clich├ęd generalities. He had a plan. He declared that he would organize a "black ops" force to spy on and infiltrate the other counties in an effort to -- I suppose? -- sabotage them. To Miller, the other boys in the camp weren't here to cooperate in the spirit of forming a more perfect union, but were to be dominated. They weren't "us." They were the enemy.

His raucous speech was a tremendous success. Miller knew his voting base: A hoard of testosterone-fueled teenage boys itching for something to believe in, even if it was just made up. Miller whipped us into a frenzy, and the crowd, myself included, cheered on the ridiculousness.

Once he had most of us firmly on his side, Miller let loose his catch-phrase.

"It's Miller Time!" he declared

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Tied for the lead.

Line Weight V art show at Gallery Nucleus

Contributions by Laura Laine, Tula Lotay, and Vanesa Del Rey. Opening today.

Friday, April 28, 2017

For Dark Tower fans,

He looks annoying, right? Like you want it to happen?