Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"The Giants are asking the city for millions of dollars in property tax refunds, claiming that the value of AT&T Park has dropped well below the $200 million that the team paid to build it 16 years ago — even as home prices in San Francisco have more than doubled during that time."

A line from an article about the military designing a new crash test dummy to study IEDs

From the NYT: "Racecar drivers are packed in their seats like mail-order stemware. Heads are braced and supported, so necks don’t break and brains don’t ricochet against skulls. Danica Patrick can’t even look out the driver-side window and wink at the pit crew."

Monday, May 30, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is $25 if you have Amazon Prime.

Just a reminder, I post often at Twitter.

Friday, May 27, 2016

"A trainer looks at a Panama Canal pilot maneuvering a miniature tugboat during a training day on the scale model maneuvering training facility of the Panama Canal, in the outskirts of Panama City, on May 25, 2016. The recently inaugurated scale training facility of the Panama Canal provides a realistic training and experience on maneuvering for Canal pilots and tugboat captains."

The Octopussy audiobook, narrated by Tom Hiddleston is $6.95

at Amazon.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ed Brubaker's response to people upset about the Captain America storyline

From his newsletter:

I get loving superhero comics and I get following characters, believe me. And I love when I see people dressed as the Winter Soldier or shipping "Stucky" but I feel like way too many comic readers act almost like they're forced to buy Marvel and DC books, like it's a government program or something. It's not. There are plenty of great comics where the art is by the same people every issue, where there is never a fill-in issue or a reboot or a retcon.
(His spy comic Velvet is excellent.)

"A UK restaurateur named Mohammed Zaman has been found guilty of manslaughter after a customer died from eating peanut-laced curry at his Indian restaurant in Yorkshire, England."

Link roundup

1. "A 70-year-old Christian woman has been stripped naked, beaten and paraded through the streets by a mob of around 300 Muslim men in a village in southern Egypt."

2. Abandoned ship discovered to contain huge number of vintage arcade cabinets:

"Over time, the derelict ship started to rust, and became largely forgotten about, known only to locals as the beached ship by the coast. No one went there, no one cared. The owners stated they had no plans to sell. It was literally a metal tomb. And so it quietly sat, holding its cargo."
3. Betty Bates, Lady-at-Law!

4. Madden and McFarlane are getting on the Skylanders bandwagon--the new McFarlane NFL figures come with codes to unlock players in Madden.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Los Angeles public school system has paid out $300 million in the last four years to abused students

"That theme, of missing warning signs, or of failing to take seriously when a parent or student complained about discomfort with a teacher, has surfaced repeatedly in recent years."

New Star Wars wallpaper via.