Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Thor Ragnarok Marvel Legends series available for preorder

Build-a-figure gladiator Hulk, Jane Foster Thor, Ares, Cate Blanchett, and more.

Excellent article about being a professional female soccer player

N+1:

IN MY DREAM I am in a wheelchair. I am on the sidelines asking why I can’t play, trying to stand and run as my coaches and peers urge me back toward the chair. I show them how I can walk and run in place. So why aren’t I allowed on the field?

"Hampton Creek is losing about $4 million a month, according to the people. Absent additional funding, the startup is projected to run out of money within six months"

Bloomberg:

The dismissal of these three executives came while the employees were on a business trip in Majorca, Spain. During their weekend break, Tetrick created a ruse, said one of the people. Tetrick told the three to cancel their flights to a meeting in Germany. Instead, Tetrick instructed, they would pitch a wealthy venture capitalist who happened to be in Majorca on Monday afternoon, the person said.

Tetrick asked the executives to book a conference room at a Majorcan hotel and video conference him into the investor pitch. But when the three executives patched Tetrick into the meeting, they were surprised to see him sitting with a member of Hampton Creek’s human resources department. Moments later the supposed potential investor arrived. The man introduced himself as an agent who had been hired by Tetrick, the person said. He was there to serve the executives their termination documents and take their company laptops, the person said.

Upon learning of the firings, the directors called an emergency board meeting in which some members demanded Tetrick reverse his action. But it was too late. Tetrick had already shared details of the discharge with a journalist from the Guardian.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Augmented Reality Mario Kart





Hado Kart.

The deluxe Patrón x Guillermo del Toro set is available for preorder



$475. And not remotely the most expensive item on the page.

New alternative mascot for the Las Vegas 51s minor league baseball team



Las Vegas Reyes de Plata.

Captain Marvel to receive $20.8 million in tax breaks from California

"Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito said, 'Our headquarters and postproduction facilities are in California, so it’s very exciting to be able to film ‘Captain Marvel’ here in our home state thanks to this California tax credit.'"

"Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder"

"Spatial mapping could improve audio performance by taking advantage of the room’s acoustics. Do you have a large room that’s practically empty? Targeted furniture ads might be quite effective."

"key allies objected that an independent Bosnia would be 'unnatural' as the only Muslim nation in Europe"

NYT from 2009:

Clinton said U.S. allies in Europe blocked proposals to adjust or remove the embargo. They justified their opposition on plausible humanitarian grounds, arguing that more arms would only fuel the bloodshed, but privately, said the president, key allies objected that an independent Bosnia would be "unnatural" as the only Muslim nation in Europe. He said they favored the embargo precisely because it locked in Bosnia's disadvantage. . . . He said President François Mitterrand of France had been especially blunt in saying that Bosnia did not belong, and that British officials also spoke of a painful but realistic restoration of Christian Europe.
Via.

"Please help save Snopes.com!"

GoFundMe:

We had previously contracted with an outside vendor to provide certain services for Snopes.com. That contractual relationship ended earlier this year, but the vendor will not acknowledge the change in contractual status and continues to essentially hold the Snopes.com web site hostage. Although we maintain editorial control (for now), the vendor will not relinquish the site’s hosting to our control, so we cannot modify the site, develop it, or — most crucially — place advertising on it. The vendor continues to insert their own ads and has been withholding the advertising revenue from us.

Our legal team is fighting hard for us, but, having been cut off from all revenue, we are facing the prospect of having no financial means to continue operating the site and paying our staff (not to mention covering our legal fees) in the meanwhile.

"Overnight inside a Polar Bear’s Den"



"the Safari Lodge of Zoo de la Flèche, a 14-hectare zoo that opened in 1946 in the Loire Valley of France. Two years ago, the park ventured into the world of luxury hospitality when it began expanding the enclosures of their polar bears, grizzlies, wild tigers and wolves, so that guests could spend the night."

"Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years"

TG:

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, released in April, Microsoft introduced the new Paint 3D, which is installed alongside traditional Paint and features 3D image making tools as well as some basic 2D image editing. But it is not an update to original Paint and doesn’t behave like it.

Now Microsoft has announced that, alongside Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list, Microsoft Paint has been signalled for death having been added to the “features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update” list.
Via.

Bearded ("Hot") Street Fighter V Ryu SDCC 2017 Exclusive action figure available for preorder

At the BBTS. Also available for preorder, Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2 Ultimate Freddy Krueger Figure and Horror Plushies Series 1.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Rise and fall of General Manas: Thailand's top trafficker"

AFP:

Around the time of the money transfers, Manas served as a top commander of Thailand's southern security arm.

His job was to enforce its controversial "push-back" policy -- which meant turning around boats of stateless Rohingya who were trying to flee persecution in Myanmar.

But he used this position to do just the opposite, according to last week's verdict, which exposed a matrix of collusion between state officials and businessmen who profited from trafficking.

Witnesses said Manas instructed officers to force back a boat of 265 Rohingya in 2012 -- only to covertly re-route the ship to shore and truck the human cargo south to the jungle prisons.

"Diver survives 60 hours trapped in an underwater cave"

WaPo:

Gracia was trapped in that underwater cave for 60 hours, not knowing whether his diving partner, who he had sent to get help, even made it out of the maze below the Spanish island of Mallorca.

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Gracia, 54, and his diving partner, Guillem Mascaró, left a rope that day, according to the BBC. But something ended up severing it, leaving them lost and with a dwindling amount of air in their oxygen tanks.

"Catholic nuns in Pa. build a chapel to block the path of a gas pipeline planned for their property"

WaPo:

U.S. appeals court judges have ruled inconsistently on whether federal law protects religious groups from eminent domain in such cases. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, which covers Delaware, New Jersey and the part of Pennsylvania where the nuns reside, has yet to issue a ruling on the matter. Legal observers say a case could make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lego Batman Movie blu-ray + digital download is $9.99 right now

At Amazon.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Mysterio, Lizard, Gwenpool Marvel Legends



Lots of Marvel Legends reveals.

The Youtube/Disney guy is no longer a Disney guy

"I have outgrown the channel."

Thor Ragnarok trailer and poster



Lego buildings





"The camp promotes itself as a sleepaway experience for 'rising social media creators'"

TV:

This is the inaugural year for SocialStar Creator Camp, an offshoot of an actor camp that takes place every summer near LA. It’s three days of intensive influencer workshops focusing on monetization, branding, and the basics of shooting and editing video, all aimed at kids in their early teens to mid-20s. At first, the idea sounds like the recipe for a reality TV show. You’d expect to see kids clinging to their phones like a lifeline, or parading around filming everything. The reality was a group of surprisingly business-minded teens with an eye on their futures.

Ready Player One arg site?

JoinTheQuest.

John Hammond’s amber cane replica



Jurassic Park replica for sale.

Glass bottom pool

From my wishlist, Patricia Highsmith's Deep Water is $1.99 today

At Amazon.

Ready Player One trailer

"A subsequent investigation by the Thai Department of Special Investigations uncovered a lifestyle of what appeared to be mind-blowing decadence"

BBC:

After a succession of scandals, people are openly talking about a crisis of Buddhism in Thailand. Numbers of ordained monks have been falling steeply in recent years, and many smaller village temples are unable to support themselves financially.

The body which is supposed to govern the Buddhist clergy is the Supreme Sangha Council, but this comprises a group of very elderly monks, and until this year had not had a properly functioning Supreme Patriarch for more than a decade. It has proved ineffective.

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The government has now introduced a law requiring temples, which collectively accumulate $3-4bn (£2-3bn) in donations every year, to publicise their financial records. It is also talking about introducing a new, digital ID card for monks to ensure those tainted by malpractice cannot be ordained again.

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Wirapol fled to the US. It took four years for the Thai authorities to secure his extradition

Excellent podcast: 30 for 30's "A Queen Of Sorts"

About a heist.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Trailer

Gwenpool, Rex, and The Joker



Marvel Legends, Star Wars, ThreeA.

The just-revealed Blade Runner Spinners by NECA are available for preorder

3" and 6" versions.

"A GIF Of A Storm Was Watched More Than 22 Million Times On Facebook Live"

BF:

On Thursday, a Facebook page called Newsfeed began broadcasting what appeared to be a live video of a huge electrical storm.

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Just one small problem, however: It wasn't a "live" video at all, but a five-second GIF that kept on repeating itself.

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BuzzFeed News has contacted Facebook for comment.

Trailer for Triple Threat



"A judge on Thursday declared as unconstitutional a local Wisconsin ordinance mandating that the makers of augmented reality games get special use permits"

AT:

The maker of Texas Rope 'Em—an augmented reality game with features like Pokemon Go—sued Milwaukee County after it adopted an AR ordinance in February in the wake of the Pokemon Go craze. Because some of its parks were overrun by a deluge of players, the county began requiring AR makers to get a permit before their apps could be used in county parks.

The permitting process also demanded that developers perform the impossible: estimate crowd size, event dates, and the times when mobile gamers would be playing inside county parks. The permits, which cost as much as $1,000, also required that developers describe plans for garbage collection, bathroom use, on-site security, and medical services.

Games Workshop is trying out blind-bagged Space Marines



In Japan.

"Less than a month into his new job, White House press secretary Sean Spicer needed to keep his food and drink cold. He wanted a mini-fridge"

WSJ:

He dispatched a top aide to a nearby executive office building where junior research employees are crammed into a room, surviving on Lean Cuisine frozen lunches. Mr. Spicer wants your icebox, the aide said, according to people familiar with the incident. They refused to give it up.

So Mr. Spicer waited until sundown—after his young staffers had left—to take matters into his own hands. He was spotted by a fellow White House official lugging the icebox down the White House driveway after 8 p.m.

From the very start, Mr. Spicer faced myriad challenges in his role as President Donald Trump’s chief spokesman

"The one area where Trump has been wildly successful"

WaPo:

Trump is on pace to more than double the number of federal judges nominated by any president in his first year.

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Moreover, Trump’s picks are astoundingly young.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

"around 84% of today’s elite [in China] are direct descendants of the elite from pre-1949"

LARoB:

One attempt to redress the balance was the dating show Feichang Wurao, or “If You Are the One,” which ran two special episodes dedicated to finding love for migrant workers, who often have trouble in the search for partners. This well-meaning but misguided attempt backfired, since none of the female workers were willing to date a male migrant worker; all aspired to a partner who could elevate them into what they perceived to be a more middle-class existence.

Tiffany Haddish Took Will & Jada Pinkett Smith on a Groupon Swamp Tour

Toys based on Pan's Labyrinth coming from NECA (and other toy reveals)



Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection. Other toy reveals include MOTU, Blade Runner, Star Wars, Marvel Legends:

"Why Japan’s first lady was probably not snubbing President Trump"

"Several interviewed by The Post said they had never heard Abe speak English and speculated that she would not feel comfortable having more than a simple conversation."

"O.J. Simpson made [more than $600,000 from NFL pension in prison"

"that money is now his to spend and can't be touched by the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald L. Goldman, who won a civil judgment against Simpson in February 1997 that, including interest, is now worth more than $40 million."

Also, predicting the future:

"Burundi Teens Missing After Robotics Competition in D.C. Seen Crossing Into Canada"

AP:

Oscar Niyiragira, chairman of the United Burundian-American Community Association Inc., was not at all surprised to hear that some of the teens were heading to Canada. He had no direct knowledge of their situation, but assumed they were seeking asylum, and many in the community feel the odds are better in Canada, especially now that the Trump administration has taken a harsh stance on immigration.

N. K. Jemisin's excellent The Fifth Season is on sale today

$2.99 at Amazon.

SDCC-exclusive and newly-revealed toys available for preorder



SDCC exclusives including the A-Force Marvel Legends set, brand new DC collectibles including Gotham City Garage Supergirl, the just-revealed Lord of the Rings vinyl figures, and various jaegers from the new Pacific Rim film.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Those reports on Google funding academic research may be 99% nonsense — but we should talk about that 1%"

Medium:

So let’s talk a bit about the Google Transparency Project. Its parent organization, the Campaign for Accountability, has only existed for about two years (lengthy Wikipedia entry notwithstanding), and therefore hasn’t had to file IRS Form 990 yet, the main way that non-profits disclose their funding and other financial records to the government and to the public. In fact, the Campaign’s only known funder is Oracle, which has been waging a well-documented legal and media relations battle against Google for years.

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Again, the Campaign for Accountability’s only known funder is Oracle, and as I tweeted earlier this week, academics are just collateral damage in the Oracle/Google wars. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the GTP report and the first set of stories based on it went up just in time for the Net Neutrality Day of Action. Support for net neutrality is one of the few major policy differences between Google and many other ICT companies. I strongly suspect that part of the goal here is to undermine policy research and advocacy that support net neutrality.

"FYI... theatres are being told The Dark Tower is 94mins, not 95mins"

Potential spoiler (if true):
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Worse still, given that the whole point of this film is to harvest the built-in Stephen King Fanbase dollars, the film ends on what one person familiar with the project called, “what might be the worst studio-dictated happy ending since Brazil” and one that seems diabolically calculated to infuriate King fans with a giant middle finger to the entire Dark Tower concept.

Kylo Ren/MUSCLE figure



Available at HealyMade.

"Suspicious betting patterns have raised concerns that three matches in this year’s Wimbledon tournament may have been fixed"

"The news about Wimbledon was released in the integrity unit’s quarterly briefing report, which mentioned a total of 53 matches, including one at the French Open."

I wish Funko would do a kickstarter for some of Kibooki's less marketable designs

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More on that Disney/Youtube star hated by his neighbors in Los Angeles

A summary by a Redditor.

Commissions by Simon Roy (Prophet) start at $100

Mail order, estimated turnaround of 30 days.

Shade the Changing Girl print by Tula Lotay



"Meniscus repair is only one commonly performed orthopedic surgery that has failed to produce better results than a sham surgery"

538:

a bizarre research technique called sham surgery. In these fake operations, patients are led to believe that they are having a real surgical procedure — they’re taken through all the regular pre- and post- surgical rituals, from fasting to anesthesia to incisions made in their skin to look like the genuine operation occurred — but the doctor does not actually perform the surgery. If the patient is awake during the “procedure,” the doctor mimics the sounds and sensations of the true surgery, and the patient may be shown a video of someone else’s procedure as if it were his own.

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Weirdly enough, surgery’s invasiveness may explain some of its potency. Studies have shown that invasive procedures produce a stronger placebo effect than non-invasive ones, said researcher Jonas Bloch Thorlund of the University of Southern Denmark. A pill can provoke a placebo effect, but an injection produces an even stronger one. Cutting into someone appears to be more powerful still.

Photo gallery of unusual, intriguing, and beautiful trees and forests

Including a Buddha-shaped pears, a tree dubbed one of most terrifying trees in Britain, and a tree trunk which looks like spider web.

"Myanmar is awash in new statues of martyred independence hero Aung San"

AT:

During the 1990’s, the independence hero’s image was removed from all Myanmar currency (including the older notes still in circulation such as the 15, 45 and 90 Kyat notes) along with other anti-colonial heroes such as Hsaya San.

They were replaced with the chinthe, or Buddhist temple guardian lion, which also happened to be the symbol of the newly formed Union Solidarity and Development Association

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Aung San statue nationalism, designed to construct new statues in every state and region in Myanmar and centrally directed by the NLD through local donations, is in some areas perceived as a resurgent ‘Burmanization’ of using the general’s imagery as a unifying symbol.

"Foreign food chains brave risks for a bite of Iran"

Yahoo:

For years, Iranians have had to put up with the likes of "Mash Donalds" and "Pizza Hat". Now real Western food franchises have finally arrived, but doing business in Iran is not for the faint-hearted.

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It took a year just to get the licence to import Japanese sauces, and navigating Tehran's notorious real estate rackets was a saga in itself.

The government says it is trying to streamline its bureaucracy, but Iran actually fell three places in this year's ease of doing business rankings from the World Bank, down to 120 out of 190 countries.

Still, some of the biggest headaches are back in Europe, where banks are so afraid of US penalties that they freeze accounts at the merest whiff of a link to Iran.

"the radicalization of Indonesian maids and nannies working in East Asia is alarming. It takes very few dedicated people to do considerable harm, and these supporters of jihad are more resourceful than others"

NYT sounds the alarm:

Some 500,000 migrants from Indonesia work in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, most of them, like Ayu, women employed as maids, nannies or caretakers for the elderly. Based on official reports by the Indonesian police and interviews and social media monitoring conducted by the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), where I am a researcher, about 45 Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong alone have been identified
And from earlier this week: "At a Luxury Complex in India, the Maids and the Madams Go to War"

Mondo's new vinyl figures are called Mondoids



Series 1 includes Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series, an Alien Warrior from Aliens, Green Goblin, Venom. Designed by Scarecrow Oven.

"Lululemon Athletica is suing Under Armour for allegedly copying a sports bra design"

"This isn't the first time the company, which last year had $2.34 billion in revenue, has taken a competitor to court. In 2012, Lululemon sued Calvin Klein for allegedly copying the waistband design on its $98 Astro Pant. The companies later settled out of court for an undisclosed sum."

Nightmare fuel



Check out the photo gallery of the interior:

Unbelievable value for this custom home on +/- 2 acres on Jones Creek. Every bell & whistle was added by the builder. Auto gate leads you to a circle drive or back to a 4 car garage. Home has both formals, family room, study, art studio, game room, trophy room, pool, outdoor kitchen, fabulous kitchen & garage apartment. You truly have to let this one sink in to appreciate all the extras.
Feel like on of those Adult Swim shorts.

"A Fake Antifa Member Trolled A Fox News Host, And The President May Have Watched It"

BF:

Fox News host Jesse Watters reported Sunday on self-proclaimed anti-fascist groups, commonly known as "antifa," conducting an interview with what he believed was a leader of a group. But unbeknownst to him at the time, he was speaking with a known, self-identified troll.

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"He's a pro-Trump troll"

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he and other reporters saw the president watching Watters' World aboard Air Force One the same night Watters' interview with Kevin aired.

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Trump's son Eric also shared video of the interview. Tweeting "Truly incredible...Yes, this is what we are dealing with!" in reference to Kevin's comments on Fox.

"Who Planted the Fake News at Center of Qatar Crisis?"

NBC:

At the center of the dispute between Qatar and other Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are reports that that the Qatari emir had praised Hamas and called Iran "an Islamic power," and that Qatar had paid nearly a billion dollars in ransom to al Qaeda for the release of a Qatari hunting party.

Both stories are false and apparently planted, say senior U.S. officials
.Relatedly:
As next in line to be king of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Nayef was unaccustomed to being told what to do. Then, one night in June, he was summoned to a palace in Mecca, held against his will and pressured for hours to give up his claim to the throne.

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as the night wore on, the prince, a diabetic who suffers from the effects of a 2009 assassination attempt by a suicide bomber, grew tired.

The Shape of Water trailer



"Marble helped scholars whitewash ancient history"

"Julius Caesar, for example, is generally depicted as a white man, when in fact historians believe he probably had a much darker, Mediterranean skin tone. So why are these statues always presented in bare marble?" Via.

"A 9-Year-Old Tripped, Fell and Discovered a Million-Year-Old Fossil"

NYT:

While out for a walk with his family in Las Cruces, N.M., in November, Jude had been running to hide from his younger brothers when he tripped and fell. He found himself face to face with something that, he said, looked like “fossilized wood.”

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It looked like a massive jaw

Mezco's gladiator Thor and Hulk figures

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean"

LAT:

As dean, Puliafito oversaw hundreds of medical students, thousands of professors and clinicians, and research grants totaling more than $200 million. He was a key fundraiser for USC, bringing in more than $1 billion in donations, by his estimation.

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Concerned that Pasadena police were not investigating, the witness then approached The Times.

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His time at Miami was not trouble-free. Marc Brockman, an optometrist at the institute, filed a lawsuit against Puliafito in 2006 for assault and battery and accused the university of negligence in hiring him.

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During the case, it emerged that the university had investigated separate complaints of sexual harassment against Puliafito

"at least 547 former members of Germany’s most storied Catholic choir for boys were physically or sexually abused"

WaPo:

led for many years by the brother of Pope Benedict XVI, Georg Ratzinger.

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The alleged wrongdoing dates from 1945 to 1992, Weber wrote in his 440-page report, though much of it was concentrated in the 1960s and 1970s, when Ratzinger was in charge.
Via.

"Social media star Jake Paul accused of turning LA neighborhood into a 'living hell' and 'war zone'"

Mic:

Paul lives in a West Hollywood rental property with a rotating cast of fellow influencers. He and his “squad” have parties and do stunts

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He regularly publicizes his address and relishes in the hoards of young fans and their parents who swarm the streets

"Switzerland puzzles over citizenship test after lifelong resident fails"

TG:

after two rounds of interviews and more than 100 questions, a jury of local councillors from the municipality of Buchs rejected Yilmaz’s application by 20 votes to 12, reasoning that she “lives in a small world and shows no interest in entering a dialogue with Switzerland and its population”

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Another complaint centred around her unfamiliarity with “typical Swiss sports”, such as Hornussen, an indigenous cross between baseball and golf, or Schwingen, a style of folk wrestling

Marvel covers



Jean Grey #8 by Mike Mayhew and Hulk #11 by John Tyler Christopher. Via.

The Snapchat Spectacles are available at Amazon

$129 shipped, black blue, and red frames.

"Gilford police warn drivers about herd of bison on loose in area"

"People were asked to avoid approaching the animals and to not blow their car horns at them."

"General Motors Co has extended a shutdown at the Michigan factory that builds the new Chevrolet Bolt electric car as part of a broader effort to get control of bulging inventories of unsold vehicles"

Reuters:

GM's vehicle inventory in the United States hit a 10-year high in June

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GM has sold 7,592 Bolts through the first six months of this year

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Tesla Motors Inc's Model 3 will offer roughly the same driving range at a similar starting price. Tesla began building Model 3's for customers earlier in July, and has said it has more than 300,000 deposits from prospective buyers.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Thundarr custom figures

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"Papua New Guinea's electoral commissioner gets court order to stop blogger calling him 'tomato'"

"I don't look like a tomato, I'm a human being."

Assistant Cameraman says Steven Spielberg was the real director of Poltergeist

BH:

And candidly… Steven Spielberg directed that movie.

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“Hooper was so nice and just happy to be there. He creatively had input. Steven developed the movie, and it was his to direct, except there was anticipation of a director’s strike, so he was “the producer” but really he directed it in case there was going to be a strike and Tobe was cool with that.

"Jihotties, lingerie and recipes: Islamic State sympathisers on Telegram"

SMH:

Jakarta: When terrorism analyst Nava Nuraniyah monitored the encrypted chat groups of Islamic State sympathisers on the Telegram app she uncovered something surprising: they were more likely to gossip than plot terror attacks.

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"To give you an illustration as to how personal are their chats, they talk about jihotties - hot jihadis basically - and they have huge online businesses, selling everything from Muslim clothing even lingerie and cooking recipes," she said.

"The Photo Service That Said Taylor Swift Got Carried From Her Home in a 'Huge Suitcase' Is Retracting Its Story"

"This morning, the internet received a tremendous gift in the form of a photo that purported to show two burly men transporting Taylor Swift 'in a huge suitcase from her Tribeca apartment into her truck, in the trunk.'"

"They're Worms"



Wax Melts available here for The Lost Boys fans.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Sword and the Sorcerer commission by Simon Roy

Renaissance-era knives with musical scores engraved on them

WQXR:

A Renaissance-era notation knife is exactly what it sounds like: it’s got an ivory handle and an extra-wide steel blade with a musical score engraved on it.

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Thanks to some heavy sleuthing on the part of another curator at the V&A, Flora Dennis, many of the melodies from the existing knives have been salvaged. You can hear several versions of the benediction and grace sung by the Royal College of Music.

"At a Luxury Complex in India, the Maids and the Madams Go to War"

NYT:

A dispute between a maid and her employer erupted into a full-blown riot, as hundreds of the maid’s neighbors, armed with rocks and iron rods, forced their way into the complex and stormed her employer’s apartment. In response, thousands of families have locked their maids out, saying they can no longer trust them in their homes.

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Conflicts between domestic workers and employers are a regular feature of Indian crime logs, but mass violence is almost unheard-of, Ms. Lahiri said. That is partly because in Indian cities, many maids live in their employers’ homes, giving them little opportunity to build networks and compare notes.

That has changed, however, as luxury high-rises proliferated in farmlands on the outskirts of New Delhi, and slum neighborhoods appeared beside them, in what Ms. Lahiri called “a perfect setup for an us vs. them clash.”

Brolin's new "Cable" arms

"Ten Medieval Warrior Women"

Here's the list. Here's part of the Wikipedia entry on Matilda of Tuscany:

Matilda became a widow on 26 February 1076. Godfrey the Hunchback was assassinated in Flanders while "answering the call of nature". Having been accused of adultery with the Pope the previous month, Matilda was suspected of ordering her estranged husband's death. She could not have known about the proceedings at the Synod of Worms at the time, however, since the news took three months to reach the Pope himself, and it is more likely that Godfrey was killed at the instigation of an enemy nearer to him.

"Natalia Veselnitskaya being at the center of this week's explosive revelations is the latest indication that Russiagate didn't begin last year – but almost a decade ago"

RS:

The interview was off the record, so I can't say much about it, except to say that my experience was weirdly similar to the account Trump Jr. offered about his meeting with Veselnitskaya.

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Natalia didn't speak a word of English,' said one source. "Don't let anyone tell you this was a sophisticated lobbying effort. It was the least professional campaign I've ever seen. If she's the cream of the Moscow intelligence community then we have nothing to worry about.'"

Though Veselnitskaya seems like a small-timer – and Leonid Bershidsky's excellent background report on her for Bloomberg makes her seem like the equivalent of a third-rate lawyer for the Staten Island Borough president – one never knows with this story. After all, the Trumps themselves aren't exactly sophisticates, and they live in the White House.

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The scam works as follows: a group of thugs with strong government and/or police ties targets a private company with assets. They then cook up an excuse to "raid" the company offices, at which point the thugs take the company's seals, certificates of ownership, registration files, etc. From there, the "raiders" simply sign over the company to new owners while the old ones are either pushed out, killed, or thrown in jail.

"Former Buckeyes star Chris Spielman sues Ohio St. for using image in marketing program"

NDN:

Spielman sued in his own right and on behalf of a newly formed company, Profectus Group Inc., created by ex-Ohio State wrestling standout Mike DiSbato, representing former college athletes. Griffin is also affiliated with the company, Duncan said.

The filing comes after eight months of unsuccessful negotiations with the university, Duncan said.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Star Wars Disneyland, Star Wars hotel at Disney World





"A 26-year-old Canadian found dead in his Thai police cell this week was wanted in the US for allegedly running a massive 'dark web' marketplace"

Yahoo:

Speculation is rife that the underground marketplace was AlphaBay, considered the world's largest and most lucrative darknet bazaar until it was taken down within hours of Cazes' arrest.

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It was "more than twice as big as Silk Road was in its heyday, with a revenue of somewhere between 600,000 and 800,000 dollars a day in early 2017, and that's a rather conservative estimate," he told AFP.

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Cazes appeared to be living a life of luxury in Thailand, where he owned three houses and four cars

Star Wars Battlefront 2 behind the scenes



Star Wars: The Last Jedi behind the scenes