Wednesday, November 22, 2017

"Video shows the remains of an ancient fortress sitting hidden beneath" lake in Turkey

NatGeo:

From the surface, Turkey's Lake Van looks like any other large body of water. Turkey's largest, the lake sits in the far eastern region of the country, near Iran. The lake has a striking blue color and is a tourist attraction, benefiting towns around its rim. But below the surface lurks another town, which had hardly been seen in thousands of years.

During a recent dive to explore the lake, archaeologists from Van Yรผzรผncรผ Yil University and a team of independent divers found an underwater fortress.

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the team estimates the remains are roughly 3,000 years old

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The archaeologists believe rising lake levels slowly submerged parts of the city over time

"Private jets and golden parachutes: The L.A. Times Guild asks, 'Where is the money?'"

LATG:

THE PRIVATE JET

Michael Ferro’s private jet alone costs the company millions. From February 2016 through September of this year, Tronc spent $4.6 million to sublease and operate the sleek Bombardier aircraft, which costs $8,500 an hour to fly. The kicker? Tronc subleases the jet from Merrick Ventures, one of Ferro’s companies.

...

SPORTING EVENTS & GOLDEN PARACHUTES

Tronc spent nearly $250,000 to buy sports tickets from Ferro's company.

"Maria Sharapova is being investigated by police in India in a cheating and criminal conspiracy case involving a real estate company who used the tennis star to endorse a luxury housing project that never took off"

AP:

a project named “Ballet by Maria Sharapova,” a luxury apartment complex with its own helipad, tennis academy and other amenities

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Sharapova isn’t the only international sports celebrity that the real estate firm roped in. Its website also advertises a project with Formula One great Michael Schumacher called the Michael Schumacher World Tower.

"In L.A.'s misguided war on blight, an unpainted fence could cost you $660"

LAT:

In Atwater Village, people have been receiving “courtesy notices” from something called the Pro-Active Code Enforcement division of the Department of Building & Safety

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She wondered if the notice was some kind of scam. Others wondered if it were a plot to further gentrify the neighborhood, or if a handyman was trying to line up some work.

The answer is no.

This is for real.

Your tax dollars at work.

I called the inspector whose name was on one of the courtesy notices and pointed out that people use redwood because you don’t have to paint it. Redwood lasts a long time, has beautiful coloring and grain lines, and maintains its character as it ages.

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“There’s a city ordinance that says you can’t have unpainted wood,” the inspector told me.

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If unpainted wood is a crime, why not go to Hancock Park or Pacific Palisades and drop some “courtesy notices” in mailboxes?

Because, said Zamperini, the program targets only low-income areas.

"How Elite Plotters Toppled Mugabe’s 37-Year Reign"

WSJ:

More than three decades ago, Mr. Chiwenga was a young army officer who tried to kill himself after botching his military exams. Mr. Mugabe summoned the soldier and made him an offer: Pledge eternal loyalty in return for promotion, privilege and power.

By now, Mr. Chiwenga was a general, the head of Zimbabwe’s defense forces. He was also an ally of the vice president Mr. Mugabe had fired. As Gen. Chiwenga prepared to return from a trip to China, police loyal to Mr. Mugabe positioned themselves at the Harare airport to arrest him, in events described by senior security officials.

But the army had been tipped off, and its commandos were also deployed there—disguised as airport workers. As the plane landed, the soldiers shed their airport-worker uniforms to reveal army fatigues and weapons. The police fled, and Gen. Chiwenga was escorted to his army base. The ambush had been foiled.

Final Fantasy XV Digital Premium Edition PS4 is $19.99 right now

At Amazon.

Thor Ragnarok poster by Mondo for Black Friday





And speaking of special colors on a Mondo poster, none more black:


March of the Maybots








Black Friday sale at the Big Bad Toy Store

Lots of Marvel and Star Wars, Zero Suit Samus Figma figure is 24% off, Rogue One AT-CT walker is 63% off.

The newly-revealed Street Fighter Transformers are available for preorder, too.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Get Out Blu-ray + DVD + digital HD Is $4.99 right now

at Amazon.


Tennis court in a church

She-Hulk #162 cover



By Razzah.

From a Wall-E plot summary



Pixar.wikia:

He tries to hold her hand as he had seen in the film, which he determines to be an act of sharing love. Unfortunately for him, EVE does not understand what he is trying to do and thus does not return his love, especially as she is distracted by the mesmerizing flame of a match lighter and does not fully appreciate the film as he does. WALL•E then decides to show her the plant he found. Suddenly, EVE scans the plant, and her system automatically initiates a shutdown mode, which takes the plant and stores it inside her torso, sealing up into her pod form and shutting down. WALL•E does not understand why she will not unlock or speak to him, but nonetheless does everything in his power to keep her motionless body safe from the elemental hazards of the desolate Earth in the hopes she will wake up, taking her out on a series of "dates" in the process. Eventually WALL•E gives up hope that she will ever awaken and leaves to resume his work. Soon the ship EVE arrived in returns and takes her away. While it is clear that EVE had sent a homing beacon to her ship to collect her, WALL•E is unwilling to leave her and climbs onto the side of the ship, telling Hal to stay where he is, clinging on as

"Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People’s Data"

Bloomberg:

Uber now says it had a legal obligation to report the hack to regulators and to drivers whose license numbers were taken. Instead, the company paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep the breach quiet. Uber said it believes the information was never used but declined to disclose the identities of the attackers.

“None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over as chief executive officer in September, said in an emailed statement. “We are changing the way we do business.”

"Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude Users by Race"

PP:

Last week, ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads on Facebook, but asked that they not be shown to certain categories of users, such as African Americans, mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina and Spanish speakers.

All of these groups are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to publish any advertisement “with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.” Violators can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

Every single ad was approved within minutes.

The only ad that took longer than three minutes to be approved by Facebook sought to exclude potential renters “interested in Islam, Sunni Islam and Shia Islam.” It was approved after 22 minutes.

The Mighty Thor #704 cover



By Russell Dauterman‏.

"Major League Baseball is expected to hammer the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday for circumventing rules governing the signing of international amateurs"

Yahoo:

declaring 12 minor league players, including vaunted prospect Kevin Maitan, free agents as part of sweeping penalties against the organization

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The loss of the draft pick, the international sanctions and the free agency of the dozen players – including catcher Abrahan Gutierrez, who received a $3.5 million signing bonus, pitcher Juan Contreras and third basemen Yenci Pena, each of whom received more than $1 million to sign, and Korean shortstop Ji-hwan Bae, a 2017 signee – will erode the organizational depth Atlanta had fostered during its rebuild. The Braves’ farm system remains one of the game’s best nonetheless

"Disney Animation head John Lasseter is taking a leave of absence from Pixar after acknowledging 'painful' conversations and unspecified 'missteps,' he wrote in a memo to staff "

"Lasseter's statement arrived as THR was preparing a story detailing alleged misconduct by the executive at Disney/Pixar."

"The co-founder and CEO of the [HQ Trivia] app, however, threatened in a tirade to fire its star host simply for speaking to press on Monday"

TDB:

Yusupov, the CEO of HQ, called the reporter's cell phone and immediately raised his voice. He said that we were "completely unauthorized" to write about Scott or HQ without his approval and that if we wrote any type of piece about Scott, he would lose his job.

Yusupov continued to threaten Scott's job, even after The Daily Beast explained that the story was framed around Scott's daily life and that he revealed no corporate information.

You're putting Scott's job in jeopardy. Is that what you want?" Yusupov said. "Scott could lose his job."

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When asked to confirm that Rogowsky can’t say he personally enjoys eating at Sweetgreen, Yusupov said “he cannot say that," inaccurately claiming that Scott had disclosed private company information by revealing his preference for a salad chain.

When The Daily Beast read Yusupov a quote from Rogowsky saying “I can make people happy and give them the trivia they so desperately love and want. It's been so great to build this community," Yusupov implored the reporter to “take that out.”

Asked for clarification, Yusupov replied that Rogowsky was absolutely not allowed to say that he "enjoys making people happy and giving them the trivia they want."
Which is the better satire?


"Mic.com’s traffic slipped further in September, to just 4.6 million unique visitors, according to comScore, down from a peak of more than 21 million in December 2015"

SP:

In press releases and at media conferences, though, the desperate business realities driving these changes are sold as opportunities to innovate. Investors rewarded Mic’s potential in that regard with about $28 million in new funding this year.

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Roughly 20 additional employees have left in the three months since the layoffs, according to interviews and internal communications about departures read to Splinter by sources at the company. They include business-side employees from all levels, at least one recruiter, and a handful of video staffers. The office manager also left, current employees added, leaving Mic’s front desk manned only by an iPad.

"Producers of a Bollywood movie have delayed its release amid fears for the safety of its female star, following death threats from prominent Hindu hardliners."

CNN:

The quasi-historical movie, entitled Padmavati, has ignited anger among right-wing Hindu groups owing to its rumored depiction of a romantic dream sequence involving a mythical Hindu queen and an invading Muslim sultan. The filmmakers have repeatedly denied the movie includes such a scene.

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members of hardline group Karni Sena stormed the movie's set during shooting and assaulted the director and crew.

The right wing Hindu group, which says it represents a large and influential caste group in India, has since vandalized movie theaters and launched protests in several states across the country

Legion #2 cover



By Javier Rodriguez.

Panning for gold video game


"Retired NBA star Ray Allen said he is a victim of 'catfishing,' and has asked a court to throw out a case where he is accused of stalking someone he met online"

ESPN:

"Coleman pretended to be a number of attractive women interested in Ray Allen," read the motion filed on Allen's behalf. "Ray believed he was speaking with these women and communicated with them."

...

In the filing, Allen said Coleman threatened to reveal details of their conversations, and that the sides eventually struck a deal to keep everything private. Allen said that deal has been violated and that Coleman has continued to harass him and his family through several social-media accounts.

"He posted about Ray's wife, Ray's children, Ray's dog, Ray's homes, Ray's wife's restaurant, and numerous other personal items," read the motion. "Coleman not only posted about these things, he would actually post while physically located inside Ray's wife's restaurant in Orlando. And he would make sure they knew it, tagging Ray and his wife on those posts."

"Shortly after the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Tex., investigators tried to press at least one of the dead man’s fingers to the phone, hoping the Touch ID fingerprint feature would allow access"

"but the effort failed."

"I work at chipotle, the white rice comes in a brown bag and the brown comes in a white bag"

R/MildlyInfuriating

Pie Hell


"Victoria’s Secret’s run of bad luck continues. Its first time showing in China has been beset with problems"

WWD:

The night was memorable although not necessarily for the right reasons. During the show, model Ming Xi took a hard fall on the runway, after seeming to get tangled in a voluminous cape she was wearing. She stayed down for several seconds but eventually got up, helped by a fellow model Gizele Oliveira and cheered on by the audience.

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Earlier, a cumbersome check-in process forced hundreds of guests to line up outside braving 9 degree Celsius — 48 Fahrenheit — temperatures for over half an hour before scrambling in the arena in a free-for-all seat situation.

"Convictions in doubt as more than 10,000 cases could be affected by data manipulation at forensics lab" in the UK

Ind:

Two men formerly employed by Randox Testing Services (RTS) have been arrested, and five interviewed under caution by Greater Manchester Police over the case.

The two arrested suspects are understood to have previously worked at another firm called Trimega Laboratories, which is also being investigated by police over potential manipulation that could affect child protection and family court cases.

Nick Hurd, the policing minister, said the same techniques seen at RTS may have occurred at Trimega between 2010 and 2014.

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The Ministry of Justice has not yet found any affected civil cases affected, but the results may also have been used by schools and local authorities making child protection decisions, or by private employers testing of their employees for banned substances.

Mr Hurd said it may never be possible to identify the true number of Trimega customers affected, due to poor record-keeping, and that its samples cannot be retested.

Monday, November 20, 2017

"FCC plans total repeal of net neutrality rules"

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai "will follow through on his plans to scrap the legal foundation that the FCC’s old Democratic majority adopted in 2015 to tighten federal oversight of internet service providers, a move he contends has deterred the industry from investing in broadband networks"

Eric So Sin City Marv Vinyl Figure is 44% off



Great figure with DIY bandages and removable coat.

"China's futuristic library: More fiction than books"

Yahoo:

Those rows upon rows of book spines are mostly images printed on the aluminium plates that make up the backs of the shelves.

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"We can only use the hall for the purposes for which it has been approved, so we cannot use it as a place to put books," Liu laughed, adding that they would likely soon have to remove all those temporarily on display.

There's another quirk: The irregular white stairs have proven hazardous for selfie-snappers with eyes glued down to their phones or up at the stylish ceiling.

"People trip a lot.

KFC-themed Faraday cage



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"Steve Jurvetson was pushed out of his firm as the lines between personal and professional crossed"

"Several of the women met one another at the TED conference in Vancouver, where Jurvetson is a regular, in the March of 2015, one of the women said. That conference is said to be a flashpoint in the Jurvetson drama, as several women dating him discovered that they were not alone in their personal involvement with the investor."

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Split Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD is $4.99

at Amazon.

What lies beneath


Young JCVD


Aurora Borealis ring



By Secret Wood.

Skull ring



By Camille Walton.

Alternate reality poster for X-Men starring the cast of Stranger Things



By BossLogic, available as a print.

"Kansas coach David Beaty on his players snubbing Baker Mayfield at the coin toss"

"this is a football game, and we're going to defend our grass"


Spongebob Cleats



Saturday, November 18, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Star Tours on Crait

"How Big Baller Brand Was Saved by a Skechers-Funded Sneaker Start-Up"

GQ:

sneakerheads took notice of the the similarities between the Melo 1 and another shoe, from the shape of the shoe to the sole to the pattern on the upper: the Rare Metal, from upstart Brandblack. That same day, Wear Testers, a site dedicated to rigorously testing basketball sneakers, reported that this wasn’t an act of design theft, but of collaboration between an extension of Brandblack and Big Baller Brand. But if either party was trying to hide the fact that the two brands had teamed up, they didn’t do a very good job: if you look closely at the side of the ZO2 Remix, which debuted just three weeks after the Melo 1, you’ll see a print that reads “Santa Ana”—the name of a design consultancy started in August 2017 by Brandblack founder David Raysse and creative director Billy Dill.

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Raysse compares the relationship between Santa Ana Design and BBB to the way Ferraris used to outsource the design of its cars to a company called Pininfarina.

The partnershipship hasn’t stopped hot-take Twitter users from knocking Big Baller Brand sneakers as nothing more than extra-expensive Skechers.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"Chef Giovanni Apollo Accused of Fabricating an 'Italian Identity'"

"His real name is Jean-Claude Apollo, and that’s just the beginning"


Golgo 13 Figma figure



Via.


"Belladonna of Sadness" figure available for preorder Saturday



At Unbox Industries:

Belladonna of Sadness aka Kanashimi no Belladonna is arguably one of the most shocking, beautiful and divisive full length animated features ever to be produced.
The 1973 feature film produced by the Japanese animation studio Mushi Productions follows the story of Jeanne, a peasant woman who endures terrible abuse after being accused of witchcraft and her subsequent act of retribution upon her protagonists.

Unbox have commissioned the legendary Cosmo Liquid to sculpt the figurine under the scrutiny of the Mushi Pro team.

"A group of college athletic administrators say they're extremely concerned that a proposed measure in the House's tax bill that passed on Thursday will greatly impair college sports funding"

ESPN:

Not allowing fans to deduct for donations that give them the right to buy tickets would immediately cost college programs hundreds of millions of dollars, according to athletic directors who spoke with ESPN.

"If that deduction goes away, what you will see is a dramatic sea change in the college sports landscape," said Duke athletic director Kevin White. "We need to put speed bumps up now to slow this thing down because I don't think the politicians have any idea how much this will pull apart our system."

For years, college athletic programs have relied on donations associated with season tickets to fuel their budgets. While the price of the season tickets themselves are not tax deductible, fans have been able to write off up to 80 percent of the donation that was required to buy those tickets, a fact that has been heavily marketed by the programs themselves.

Mashable sold for "approximately one-fifth of the company’s $250 million valuation based on its last investment round in March 2016"

"It is a troubling sign for the broader outlook for digital publishers, particularly those that have embraced the 'pivot to video' strategy"

Also in the news today, "Univision is asking investors to spend up to $200 million to buy a minority stake in Fusion Media Group, Univision’s millennial-focused operating group that includes the old Gawker sites, the Onion, a production studio and Fusion TV, a small TV network."

Stranger Things plush Dart available for preorder



"The rapidly growing Dart starts as a small 1" pollywog,then a 2" slug, and finally Dart becomes a 9" tall Demodog! Each stage of Dart fits comfortably inside the other."

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Issue #0 of Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken is free at Amazon



Fun series set in the grim and heavily-muscled version of The Next Generation universe.

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Six James Bond comics for $1 at Humble Bundle

These series are pretty good.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Planet from The Last Jedi added to Star Tours on Friday



"if you’re thinking that’s the only new Star Tours destination coming this week, all I can say is, 'No. There is another.'"

Also:


Various "exclusive" toys in stock/available for preorder



Including Star Wars Black 3.75" white armor Boba Fett, Marvel Legends Human Torch, and and Marvel Select Planet Hulk.

And some new non-exclusives, including a $339 deluxe Transformers Monopoly set, The Night Begins to Shine-themed Teen Titans figures, and a 1/12 scale Street Fighter Arcade Cabinet.

Photos of the Transformers vs GI Joe toys by Kidrobot, based on Tom Scioli's designs



Jumbo Megatron, case of figures, four random figures available for preorder.


Missouri State "Athletic Director Blames Students for Worst Home Football Attendance Since 1988"

OF:

total home attendance for 2017 was the lowest in decades

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Missouri State attempted giveaways throughout games and also introduced alcohol sales inside the stadium


"Cards Against Humanity Stops the Wall"

CAH:

So we’ve purchased a plot of vacant land on the border and retained a law firm specializing in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built.

On Day 1, all Cards Against Humanity Saves America recipients will get an illustrated map of the land, a certificate of our promise to fight the wall, some new cards, and a few other surprises.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Brandon Bird is holding a print sale




Valkyrie, Supergirl redesigns











"Locals Were Troubled by Roy Moore’s Interactions with Teen Girls at the Gadsden Mall"

NY:

This past weekend, I spoke or messaged with more than a dozen people—including a major political figure in the state—who told me that they had heard, over the years, that Moore had been banned from the mall because he repeatedly badgered teen-age girls. Some say that they heard this at the time, others in the years since. These people include five members of the local legal community, two cops who worked in the town, several people who hung out at the mall in the early eighties, and a number of former mall employees.
Also:
Fifty-three pastors in Alabama have signed a letter throwing their support behind Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore
Elsewhere:
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected an effort by Jared Fogle, the former face of Subway sandwiches, to overturn his conviction for traveling to engage in sex with a minor, filed on his behalf by a jailhouse lawyer.

Fellow inmate Frank Pate filed a motion for Fogle, claiming the court lacked jurisdiction over Fogle because of his status as a so-called “sovereign citizen.”

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Starship Troopers (novel) is $1.99 right now

At Amazon. The Star Wars novel Bloodline is $1.99, too.


Rejected designs for a Becky Cloonan Wonder Woman pint glass

Holiday idea


Saturday, November 11, 2017

"Logan Paul holds mammoth meet-up in Dubai"

"Logangsters flocked to the Dubai Mall to catch a glimpse of the content creator at the 'biggest meet and greet ever.'"

"As Japan’s serial killing case unfolds, people ask: Did killer find victims through Twitter?"

LAT:

Japanese media outlets, citing police sources, say Shiraishi approached most victims using Twitter. Shiraishi, who authorities say referred to himself as a suicide expert on hanging, told his victims he would help them with their suicides, even die with them, reports said.

One Twitter account linked to him, @hangingpro, carried the message: “I would like to help those who are truly suffering. Feel free to DM me.”

According to media reports, Shiraishi used to work in the red light district of Tokyo as a scout, someone charged with finding women to work as prostitutes.


Cable by Dustin Harbin, Hellboy by Jeff Dekal

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"Disneyland shuts down 2 [bacteria-contaminated] cooling towers after Legionnaires' disease sickens park visitors"

LAT:

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified county authorities about three weeks ago of several cases of the disease among people who had traveled to Orange County in September. County epidemiologists discovered that a cluster of people diagnosed with the disease had recently visited, lived or worked in Anaheim and contacted Disney after learning that several of them had gone to the theme park.

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It takes two to 10 days for symptoms of Legionnaires’ to appear.


Friday, November 10, 2017

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"Actually, the Bear With Insanely Long Legs Is Good"

"Other bear owners and bear admirers have come out of the woodwork to express their appreciation for the stuffed bear with a weird body."

"Jony Ive’s perfectly minimalist cover" for Wallpaper's December 2017 issue

Black Panther Marvel Legends set available for preorder

The non-movie figures are Black Bolt, Iron Man, and Namor. The deluxe Tim Burton-style Batmobile is available for preorder, too.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

"How an American Family Escaped From Pirates in the Amazon"

WSJ:

In October 2012, Adam and Emily Harteau, a California couple in their early 30s, set out on an overland journey to the southernmost tip of South America in their Volkswagen Westfalia camper van. With colorful travel photos, $16,301 raised on Kickstarter, and the hashtag #vanlife, they drew an army of social-media followers intrigued by their seemingly blissful existence.

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The Harteaus’ adventure came to a harrowing end on Nov. 1, when a ferry captain plucked the couple and their two daughters, 6-year-old Colette and 3-year-old Sierra, from a river in Parรก state in the Brazilian Amazon. They had spent the previous three days hiding in the jungle after pirates in a wooden canoe ambushed the barge carrying them upriver on their return journey to California.

"Teen Girl Posed For 8 Years As Married Man To Write About Baseball And Harass Women"

DS:

For the last eight years, baseball fan-turned-writer Becca Schultz has presented herself online as Ryan Schultz, a false identity she assumed when she was 13 years old, duping and harassing women on Twitter along the way.

...

began contributing to Baseball Prospectus’s local White Sox blog at the end of the 2016 season and wrote for BP South Side and BP Wrigleyville throughout the 2017 season. Additionally, Schultz wrote for the SB Nation sabermetrics site Beyond the Box Score throughout 2017.

...

Over time, Ryan formed serial relationships with women who use Twitter to talk about baseball and hockey. Some women told me that he would get drunk and berate them; others told me they felt emotionally abused and manipulated because he would imply that he’d hurt himself if they didn’t continue to talk to him. Ryan received nudes from at least two women I spoke with, one of whom said she did it because she was afraid he would hurt himself if she didn’t.

...

Ryan went on a podcast with RO in February of this year, a bold move for someone faking their entire identity. On the episode, Ryan’s voice is higher in tone, but again, no one thought too much of it.

"This tiny house is heated by bitcoin mining"

Curbed:

The pair built a simple 215-square-foot house in the Siberian town of Irkutsk and installed two bitcoin miners. The heat from these small computers warms up a liquid that’s then pumped through a sub-floor heating system.






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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ambassador Hell figure available for preorder



Alternate face, hands, and "Preliminary horn parts." The Hot Toys movie Hela figure is available for preorder, too.

"'Obviously, I left CAA promptly, because it was like a pimp situation'"

HR:

Actress Rae Dawn Chong says she was repped by CAA in 1989-90 when she was sent to CAA client Steven Seagal's hotel for a 9:30 p.m. audition that allegedly devolved quickly into sexual harassment, with Seagal exposing himself. "Kevin Huvane was my agent," she says of the now-CAA managing partner. "Did I call him after and tell him what happened and say how violated and fucked up it was? Yes. And did CAA take the position of, 'We'll protect you'? No. It became, 'Rae Dawn Chong's difficult.' And it did impact my career. Obviously, I left CAA promptly, because it was like a pimp situation."

Huvane tells THR: "Protecting clients has always been my top priority. I would never knowingly put a client at risk. What Ms. Chong describes having happened sounds horrible, and I have great sympathy for her."

Several women have come forward in recent weeks to share similar stories about Seagal, who was a top CAA client at the time. And in her account of Weinstein harassment, Gwyneth Paltrow told the Times that her agency set up the hotel meeting. "It's on the fax, it's from CAA," she said.

Elmhurst College to vacate football and volleyball championships

ECL:

Four CCIW championships, including the 2012 football title, are likely to be vacated by EC as punishment for awarding athletic scholarships to student-athletes from 2012 to 2015, said school officials on Nov. 1.

In addition to the football title, the Bluejays are also likely to lose their 2012 and 2013 volleyball championships, as well as their 2015-2016 wrestling title.

The highly celebrated football championship was the team’s first CCIW crown since 1980 and only their third in school history.

Tim Lester was the Bluejays’ head football coach during the 2012 season and is currently in his first season as the head coach at Western Michigan University.

Lester declined to comment about the NCAA ruling; however, he spoke with The Leader for a feature story about the 2012 season this past summer, saying that it was the proudest accomplishment of his coaching career.

“It was a great year,” said Lester. “We had success that hadn’t been had [at EC] before and we had been working hard for four seasons, really five seasons, to get it going.”

Lester fondly remembered the way the 2012 team elevated the reputation of EC football.
NCAA:
Elmhurst did not monitor its athletics program and its director of financial aid acted unethically when she awarded scholarships based on athletics criteria to student-athletes, resulting in a lack of institutional control, according to a decision by the Division III Committee on Infractions.

"Instagram responds to its illegal-ape-trade problem"

FC:

The poachers set up social media accounts, post photos of animals like baby chimpanzees and orangutans–sometimes dressed in children’s clothing–and offer them for sale. A detective working with the Times found one Instagram account offering dozens of rare animals.

Instagram, for its part, says it was shocked by the allegations after hearing about them in the report. “It is heartbreaking to hear when our platform is being used to traffic and sell wild animals,” a spokesperson tells Fast Company. “This illegal behavior is prohibited on Instagram and we will remove violating content or accounts.”

“Animals are an important and fun part of the Instagram community,” the spokesperson added.
Related:
Facebook Workers, Not an Algorithm, Will Look at Volunteered Nude Photos First to Stop Revenge Porn

Muji's "Japanese micro-houses are finally on sale to the general public" in Japan

"approximately US $27,000 . . . and you can also spruce the Muji Hut up with extra electrical outlets and insulation for additional costs."

"US Sen. Rand Paul and his neighbor have a history of conflict, says gated community developer"

CJ:

While there's no official word on what caused the fight, Skaggs suggested it might have stemmed from Paul allegedly blowing lawn trimmings into his neighbor's yard.

There have been disagreements in the past, Skaggs said, over lawn clippings or who should cut down a tree branch when it stretched over a property line. The two men live on different streets but their lots join and their homes are 269 feet apart, according to Google Maps.

Skaggs, a longtime Republican activist and a member of the GOP's state executive committee, described Boucher as a "near-perfect" neighbor, but he said the libertarian-leaning politician is a different story.

Paul "was probably the hardest person to encourage to follow the (home owner's association regulations) of anyone out here because he has a strong belief in property rights," said Skaggs, who is the former chairman of the Warren County Republican Party.

Skaggs noted the 13 pages of regulations governing the gated community are extensive. But even from the start of Paul's residence in Rivergreen, Skaggs said Paul has been difficult to work with.

"In the past 48 hours, [an Overwatch professional player] has gone from making a smug video about how other Overwatch pros . . . should try being 'a better person,' to becoming the center of a truly bonkers scandal in which he admitted to cheating on his wife with multiple female fans"

"one of the world’s top-ranked Widowmaker players"

For Island Hunters fans



Over the Garden Wall is $4.99 download

At Amazon.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

"20-Year Anniversary: Creature Supervisor Phil Tippett Reflects On ‘Starship Troopers’"



CB has the interview:

There’s a famous test done for Starship Troopers [view below], and Paul Verhoeven introduces it. Was it a test done to convince the studio to make the film?

Phil Tippett: Yeah, that’s exactly what it was. We went out to Vasquez Rocks and shot Olympic gold medalist Mitch Gaylord playing a soldier that was being chased and killed by a bug. Then Jon and Ed and I – Paul was shooting Showgirls – we went to pitch it and it went up the food chain at Sony, and showed them what we were doing.

They would worry about things like, ‘Where’s the mouth on the bugs?’ We’d go, ‘It’s that little hole there.’ They’d be like, ‘Well, how do they eat?’ We’d say, ‘Well, they eat sap from the queen back in the cave.’ They’re like, ‘Really? But if they don’t have mouths, they can’t kill people.’ I go, ‘No, they’ve got these big beaks that can chop people in half, and they’ve got these things that can skewer them, so they just kill people. They don’t eat people. They don’t care about people.’

Then we had to go through the hierarchy of screening for three different executives, and at that time Mark Canton was the head of the studio. He brought his entourage in, and they looked at it, and he turned around and said, ‘Well, is this movie going to be fun?’ We’re like, ‘Yeah. Sure, it’ll be fun.’ So he said, ‘Okay, go ahead and make it.’

Daniel Warren Johnson's "Cherno" Pacific Rim comic has been posted

The original pages are for sale, too.

(Relatedly, the deluxe Cherno Alpha figure by NECA with light-up elements is 50% off at the BBTS.)

"As part of a new feature [Facebook] is testing in Australia, users are being asked to upload explicit photos of themselves before they send them to anyone else"

"To Fight Revenge Porn, Facebook Is Asking to See Your Nudes"

Related: "How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met"

Behind the Facebook profile you’ve built for yourself is another one, a shadow profile, built from the inboxes and smartphones of other Facebook users. Contact information you’ve never given the network gets associated with your account, making it easier for Facebook to more completely map your social connections.

"Microtransactions now account for nearly half of Take-Two's revenue"

"led by microtransactions in games like NBA 2K17, Grand Theft Auto V and its online component Grand Theft Auto Online."

"'Delhi has become a gas chamber. Every year this happens during this part of year'"

"Despite a ban, farmers in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh burn crop residue in this time of the year, leading to toxic smoke to engulf vast areas of north India including Delhi."

"Mattress brand Casper is launching a print magazine and shuttering Van Winkle’s, the sleep-focused online publication it launched in 2015"

WSJ:

The company said its new magazine, titled Woolly, will be published multiple times a year and focus on themes including comfort, wellness and modern life. It will be bundled free with some Casper products and available for $12 per issue from Casper’s retail stores and website.

...

“It’s not about building a revenue stream either. It’s really about owning the conversation around wellness and health.”

"The Colts need a war daddy on defense, and Chubb’s all of that"

From SI's 2018 NFL Mock Draft article posted today.



Space Wolves cosplay


Monday, November 6, 2017

New Blade Runner 2049-inspired tee at Last Exit to Nowhere

Everything you want to hear.

From 2012: "Tales Of The Mysterious Saudi Prince Alwaleed"

BI:

Prince Alwaleed calls himself the largest foreign individual investor in the United States. And he may well be.

With ownership comes power.

...

Given how rich Alwaleed is, it's not surprising to hear that his life is insulated from the morality and sensibilities of the outside world — especially the world outside Saudi Arabia.

All you need to hear to understand that are stories about Alwaleed's dwarfs.

Almost every source we spoke to, including Alwaleed's official spokesperson, confirmed that, like a medieval monarch, Alwaleed keeps in his entourage a group of dancing, laughing, joking dwarfs.

...

This source says that, during a hunting trip to South Africa in November 2010, Alwaleed shot one animal and let it suffer for so long — 15 minutes or more — that the safari's official "professional hunter" finally demanded that the Prince put the animal down "now." Alwaleed allegedly refused, telling the professional hunter "No, no. Leave it."
And 2009: "I Just Can't Wait to Be King"

And now: "Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes, Including Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal"