Saturday, January 20, 2018

"How Stranger & Stranger Designed the Strangest Board Game"



Game of Stranger described here.

The Figuarts Elite Praetorian Guard is a beautiful figure



Light bounces off the ridges in the sword to make it look electrified. In stock at the BBTS.

The city of Burbank added more than 16,500 jobs from 2010 to 2016 but built only 294 homes during that period

LAT:

Now a developer is proposing one of the most ambitious projects in decades: a 1,173-unit residential and retail project that would replace an old Ikea store at the Burbank Town Center mall, in part with apartments, some as small as 400 square feet.

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Jim Casey of community group Preserve Burbank said he worries the development — across the street from Burbank High School — would further snarl traffic in the area, which he already avoids “like the plague between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.”

Casey said he knows Burbank must build more to help with housing affordability, but the city can’t go overboard and must work to retain the “original character” that prompted people to move to Burbank in the first place.

"The NCAA’s Division II voted by a wide margin Saturday to allow Mexican colleges to apply for membership"

AP:

In 2008, Division II agreed to accept Canadian schools. Simon Fraser in Vancouver, British Columbia, became the first full-time member outside the U.S. in 2012-13 and remains the only international NCAA member.

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Despite facing passport issues and other challenges, Petter said Simon Fraser has found creative ways to overcome those obstacles and believes schools in Mexico would find similar solutions.

“Murder Is Her Hobby" is an exhibition of 19 miniature crime scenes created by Frances Glessner Lee in the 1940s and ’50s as training tools for police investigators

NYT:

The models, meticulously handcrafted by Lee, are known as ‘‘The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.’’ Nearly all are owned by the Harvard Medical School and on loan from the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where they live, and continue to teach, some 70 years on.

I encourage you to drop what you’re doing and go to see them, before they go back into seclusion after the show closes on Jan. 28. The Nutshells are not only ingenious devices for the instruction of crime scene examiners, they are a body of imaginative work that would have established any artist’s career and place in art history.

Ms. Lee was not a schooled artist. She was a rich, frustrated woman in her 60s when she began them, and almost belligerent in her pursuit of a place in the infant field of forensic science.

Jumanji as a side-scrolling brawler


Friday, January 19, 2018

"Drought-stricken Cape Town, South Africa, could run out of water by April" 21

"The debilitating water shortage has forced city government to implement an online water consumption map, which will allow residents to check up on their neighbors’ water habits based on households’ municipal bills."

The Scarlet Witch


Thulsa Doom


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Suspected serial killer arrested in Toronto

CTV:

"We believe he is responsible for the deaths of Mr. Esen and Mr. Kinsmen, and we believe he is responsible for the deaths of other men who have yet to be identified,"

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The announcement comes after police previously dismissed fears that a serial killer was targeting members of Toronto’s gay community.

Esen and Kinsman’s bodies have not been found, but Idsinga said investigators have “a pretty good idea” of how they died.
Related:
Police and sheriff's investigators were poised Wednesday afternoon to announce the arrest of a man suspected in the abduction and sexual assaults of at least a dozen women and teenage girls working in the sex trade in the South Los Angeles area

Concept art for The Grandmaster's ship in Thor Ragnarok


The Beast unfiltered