Friday, February 24, 2017

"New questions, including human trafficking concerns, broadside N.J. basketball power"


At least eight international boys and girls basketball players have shown up seemingly out of nowhere to play for Paterson Eastside High School's powerhouse teams over the past four years, broadening state investigations and drawing the attention of federal agencies, NJ Advance Media has learned.


The international pipeline at Eastside appears to have begun with the girls team, according to interviews with adults who work to place international players at high schools in the United States. Like the boys squad, the Lady Ghosts have won three straight Passaic County Tournament championships as well as two state titles the past four seasons.

"there will be a point, in the very far future, at which all galaxies will be so far apart that they will no longer be visible from one another"


Upon reaching that moment, it will no longer be possible to understand the universe’s history—or perhaps even that it had one—as all evidence of a broader cosmos outside of one’s own galaxy will have forever disappeared.


There would be no reason to theorize that other galaxies had ever existed in the first place. The universe, in effect, will have disappeared over its own horizon, into a state of irreversible amnesia

"DeviantArt Community Worries that New Corporate Overlords Will Ruin Everything"


Yesterday, the social network for artists was acquired, for an impressive $36 million, by Wix, a DIY website design and hosting company based in Tel Aviv.


For now, the deviance remains.

"How to Draw an Exoplanet"


Fifteen years ago, Tim Pyle was animating spaceships for Invader Zim on Nickelodeon. These days, he illustrates exoplanets orbiting stars in the Milky Way.

This week, Pyle watched from the office he shares with Robert Hurt on the Caltech campus in Pasadena as the internet exploded over their latest artwork.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Vin Diesel's Cringey Interview w/Brazilian (Uncut Version)"

"Let's get out of here....My god I love her."

Deluxe Ghost Rider figure available for preorder

"Each and every crease and fold of his painstakingly tailored wardrobe, from the individual buttons on his high-collared leather-effect biker jacket to his microscopically stitched blue jeans has been lovingly reproduced."

Also available for preorder are the new Ripley, Gravity Falls, and Spider-Man Homecoming Funko toys. But I like Claire Hummel's alternate, non-glam design for Ripley:

"IMDb likely has First Amendment right to display people’s ages"


A recently enacted California law, AB 1687, requires websites that “provide employment services to an individual for a subscription payment” to stop publishing a subscriber’s age whenever the subscriber so demands. In practice, this law was aimed at IMDb

"The assimilation problem in fact comes from the longstanding native-born Americans"


The country around them has changed rapidly, and they do not assimilate so well to the new realities. And since they are not self-selected migrants who know they will face hardship, they are not always so inclined to internalize a “suck it up” kind of attitude.

"Japanese Wrestling Photos That Look Photoshopped, But Aren't"


"Taco Bell Is Taking the Naked Chicken Chalupa Off Its Menu"

As planned, but still.

"Disney is set to lay off approximately 80 people and drop support for more than 55,000 YouTubers currently backed by its Maker Studios division"

"Disney purchased Maker Studios in March 2014 for $675 million"

Detailed explanation of how Fifty Shades of Grey arose from Twilight fanfiction

The start:

Well to understand this, you really need to understand the Twilight fanfic community. Bear with me! It pretty much gets written off as laughable and silly (can't blame people), but truthfully, Twilight fanfic commonly has very little do with Twilight. Even Twilight's fandom hates Twilight.