Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"Sailor performs a dental cleaning on a Colombian patient"

US Navy.

TIL the word boycott is from a protest against Captain Charles Boycott


In 1880, as part of its campaign for the Three Fs (fair rent, fixity of tenure, and free sale) and specifically in resistance to proposed evictions on the estate, local activists of the Irish Land League encouraged Boycott's employees (including the seasonal workers required to harvest the crops on Lord Erne's estate) to withdraw their labour, and began a campaign of isolation against Boycott in the local community. This campaign included shops in nearby Ballinrobe refusing to serve him, and the withdrawal of services. Some were threatened with violence to ensure compliance.

The campaign against Boycott became a cause célèbre in the British press after he wrote a letter to The Times. Newspapers sent correspondents to the West of Ireland to highlight what they viewed as the victimisation of a servant of a peer of the realm by Irish nationalists. Fifty Orangemen from County Cavan and County Monaghan travelled to Lord Erne's estate to harvest the crops, while a regiment of the 19th Royal Hussars and more than 1,000 men of the Royal Irish Constabulary were deployed to protect the harvesters. The episode was estimated to have cost the British government and others at least £10,000 to harvest about £500 worth of crops.

"Three reasons streaming is replacing the Let’s Play industry"

A lengthy discussion:

The fact that Twitch, Hitbox, Beam and other services allow multiple chat moderators is a killing blow over YouTube comments. You can get anywhere from twenty to 1,000 new comments a day on all your videos once you’ve had some success, and you’re not allowed to delegate the work of cleaning those up to other users.

This is a feature YouTubers have been asking for for a long time, and the only recourse was YouTube Heroes, a wonderful non-solution where people you don’t know are designated by YouTube’s algorithms to figure out what’s an acceptable level of audience communication for you!

Wonder why they scrapped that.

So your choice is to either give up and know the comments on your YouTube videos will be terrible, curate them by hand from your one account or turn them off completely. Each option is uniquely bad.

Most Twitch streams are transitory; you just need a group of good mods to be around for a couple of hours. And, odds are, they’re there because they enjoy the community as well, so it’s win-win! Bad actors only have a relatively brief window of time to be an asshole before the chance to troll the stream is gone forever, and they can be shut down instantly by your moderators. If you have a friend or viewer who wants to help keep your chat clean and friendly for a few hours a week, you’re in business.

Monday, March 27, 2017

"Controversy Erupts in Open-Source Community After Developer's Sex Life Made Public"

"According to the developer, several people had orchestrated a gossip campaign that culminated in informing Drupal's authorities about his unconventional sexual and romantic proclivities, which are based on the 'Chronicles of Gor' sci-fi series."

Little girl meets a "robot"

Nike's Russell Wilson Alpha Menace Elites

"The spines are adorned with WILSON on the right and DANGERUSS (his tagline) on the left"

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Iron Fist: "really, I was learning the fight scenes 15 minutes before we actually shot them"

"I had three weeks of very intense martial arts and weight training preparation. But then unfortunately once the show started . . . my schedule didn’t allow me to continue the training as much as I really hoped."


From my wishlist, Number9Dream is $1.99 today

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Friday, March 24, 2017

AMA with Midway's Mark Turmell


Q: How difficult was it change the NBA's view of the game so that they would give you the license?

A: Very hard! Their understanding of arcades was solely based on Times Square in NY, which was very seedy and dangerous at the time. We made videos of normal arcades to win them over.

Q: Can you describe some of the "never seen before" NFL Blitz footage? Is it lost forever or is there a chance we see it in the upcoming "Insert Coin" doc?

A: We removed >20 animations from the game to eek into NFL approval status, but I still have a hard drive with the incorporating all of them. Haven't spoken to Josh much re the Insert Coin doc, but maybe I'll dig that up and send to him.

The moves were indeed violent. Grabbing the face mask and flinging around, kicking the player while he's down, stomping, and wrestling moves. Suplex, etc.

Q: Can you please speak on the rumored NBA Jam made for specific NBA players with Michael Jordan included?

A: I have it!

NBA Jam was made and tested in Chicago. Jordan was in all those early games, and weeks before we were to ship nationwide he pulled out of all NBA licensed products due to his Nike deal.

"Ecologist Evon Hekkala travels to Madagascar to help protect a village from a man-eating crocodile"

Good podcast about the making of the NatGeo special "Man-Eaters of Madagascar."

Nike's Experiments in Style

"a new generation of designers explore the concept of walking on air"