Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"California bullet train cost surges by $2.8 billion: 'Worst-case scenario has happened'"


Hill said the cost increases were mainly driven by problems including higher costs for land acquisition, issues in relocating utility systems, the need for safety barriers where the bullet trains would operate near freight lines and demands by stakeholders for the mitigation of myriad issues.


The challenges will apply to the next governor, though in the current campaign the leading candidates are doing their best to avoid talking about the project. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has declined requests for an interview on the subject for more than two years, for example.
Related: True Detective Season 2.

"The state can't agree on what the missile alert interface actually looks like"


On Monday night, the governor's office released an image of what it said was the interface used to send a false missile alert to Hawaii smart phones.

The confusing and seemingly rudimentary design quickly grabbed headlines nationally.

But a day later, the state's emergency management agency is disputing that image — and has released a different one.

Officials from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said the first image was sent in error, but declined to provide an actual photo of the interface.

Instead, they gave Hawaii News Now something they said was similar,

"Walking into the windowless office where payroll is processed for the state of Hawaii is like stepping back in time"

From 2013:

Clerks scour thousands of pages marked with red pen to calculate overtime and other changes to paychecks. They pencil down department totals in a paper ledger.

In most places such work is done on computers, but in Hawaii decades of putting technology funding on the backburner has led to an environment where state workers process payroll the same way they did 40 years ago, when offices were commonly equipped with rotary phones.

World #1 player Simona Halep is competing at the Australian Open "without a brand after her management were unable to agree to terms on an extension with Adidas"


“Yeah, my people are working for me on this stuff,” she said. “I have no contract now. I‘m still with no brand clothes.”

In a thoroughly modern sourcing arrangement, Halep found a Chinese company on the Internet to make her an outfit and they produced one within 24 hours after she sent them a picture of what she wanted.

She wore the red dress to victory at this month’s Shenzhen Open and will wear it again at Melbourne Park.

Painting by Jake Aikman

"Ex-Navy commanders face negligent homicide charges over deadly collisions"


The US Navy announced Tuesday that the former commanding officers of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain -- the ships involved in two deadly 2017 collisions that killed 17 sailors -- will face criminal charges including dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide.

"Here's why baseball's economic system might be broken"


“There’s less interest in winning than I’ve ever witnessed before,” one union official said. “MLB has done a fantastic job of convincing the public that’s OK. I think fan bases are accepting of losing now. Sometimes they even want their team to lose.”

Whether on account of a rebuild or the desire to profit, at least eight teams have no intention of being serious players in the current free-agent market: the Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Oakland A’s, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays. The Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres could join them.

That’s 10 teams, a full third of MLB.
The New York Jets are lowering season-ticket prices, with the lowest prices being lower than those when the Jets first moved into MetLife Stadium in 2010.

"L.A. County sheriff's deputy charged with selling drugs, offering protection of other cops to dealers"


Court documents outlining the case show Collins, 50, has been under investigation for months. He was recorded by agents discussing “his extensive drug trafficking network

"I think most people are like me inasmuch as they spend a fair amount of their downtime imagining how they would handle being suddenly thrust into a Mirrorverse situation"


Moreover, I suspect that, like me, most of us would overestimate our ability to blend in and become sleeker, more predatory, manipulative shark-versions of ourselves. “At last,” the delusion goes, “the civilized veneer is stripped away and I am revealed as the ruthless survivor I have always believed myself to be, for some reason.” None of us are ever cannon fodder in our own darkest timeline, just like none of us ever imagine we’re going to be part of the culled herd in the early stages of an apocalypse. In truth, my Mirrorverse equivalent is long dead; I lack both the reflexive, in-the-moment brutality necessary to kill off a suddenly-traitorous friend as well as the long-term planning skills necessary to outmaneuver a ship full of evil schemers.
Related, this is a good mirror universe series featuring the Next Generation characters.

"Southern California News Group, which includes newspapers such as the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Daily News, will be hit with 'significant' layoffs in the coming months"


At its peak size in the 1990s, the Mercury News had a newsroom staff of 440, according to the Pacific Media Workers Guild, which represents staff at the Mercury News, East Bay Times, San Francisco Chronicle and other Northern California newspapers. The Mercury’s newsroom currently has a staff of 39 represented by the Guild, with some additional non-union staff.

"A former C.I.A. officer suspected of helping China identify the agency’s informants in that country has been arrested, the Justice Department said on Tuesday"

"Many of the informants were killed in a systematic dismantling of the C.I.A.’s spy network in China starting in 2010 that was one of the American government’s worst intelligence failures in recent years, several former intelligence officials have said."

Tula Lotay's cover for Black Magick #10

(Good series)

Monday, January 15, 2018

"CVS Pharmacy promises to end touchups of its beauty images"

"The company said it has a responsibility to think about sending messages of unrealistic body images to girls and young women."

Atlas Obscura on the mysterious tower featured in last week's episode of The X-Files

"Nearly 15,000 people have fled from villages around the Philippines' most active volcano as lava flowed down its crater Monday"

Giveaway poster for the Kings Sharks game

"A New Clue to the Mystery Disease That Once Killed Most of Mexico"


In the decades after Hernán Cortés invaded Mexico, one of the worst epidemics in human history swept through the new Spanish colony. A mysterious disease called “cocolitzli” appeared first in 1545 and then again in 1576


In less than a century, the number of people living in Mexico fell from an estimated 20 million to 2 million.

Disney Pint Size Heroes series 2 available for preorder

Singles, or by the case.

"Meet the 24-year-old Trump campaign worker appointed to help lead the government’s drug policy office"


After being contacted by The Post about Weyeneth’s qualifications, and about inconsistencies on his résumés, an administration official said Weyeneth will return to the position he initially held in the agency, as a White House liaison


When he was in high school, Weyeneth was “Director of Production” for Nature’s Chemistry, a family firm in Skaneateles, N.Y., that specialized in processing chia seeds and other health products. One résumé said he served in that job from 2008 to 2013, and two others indicate he stopped working there in September 2011.

In the summer and fall of 2011, the firm was secretly processing illegal steroids from China as part of a conspiracy involving people from Virginia, California and elsewhere in the United States and one person in China, federal court records show. Weyeneth’s stepfather, Matthew Greacen, pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge last year and received two years probation and a fine.

Weyeneth was not charged in the investigation, known as Operation Grasshopper. His mother, Kim Weyeneth, said in an interview that neither she nor her son knew about the steroid production and that he provided information to help the federal prosecutors.

Motorized referee chair at the Australian Open

They were "force-timing"

"Police said the driver admitted to using narcotics"

"Both people inside the car were able to get out safely and suffered minor injuries"

When the scene with Atreyu and his horse happens in real life

"I only feel terror the entire time"

"Why Are There Faux Stone Retaining Walls Along One Bit of the 405" in Los Angeles?


The group came up with a naturalistic “Mimic Rock Finish,” created by sinking rebar into the hill and spraying it with shotcrete. Artisans sculpted outcroppings and ledges before applying stains, highlights, and anti-graffiti tonic. (A similar approach was taken along the 10 in Pomona.)

Oh, and they also made it extra difficult to climb

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Watch the cable guy chase the head coach

"Fresno State ditching $60 million renovation plan for Bulldog Stadium"

"the Bulldogs’ fan base . . . has been declining the past several years"

Related: "Eastern Washington tries to address $5.8 million athletic department budget deficit"

I've added the Star Tek Enterprise novelization to my wishlist

Used copies tart at $.82 at Amazon.

"US hotel giant Marriott said it is in the process of sacking an employee for 'wrongfully liking' a Twitter post by a group that supports independence for Tibet"


The row with the hotel chain started on Tuesday when a Chinese-language questionnaire it emailed to its customers referred to Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as independent countries. News of the error travelled rapidly online and triggered a backlash from Chinese internet users, who called for a boycott of the company.

Marriott’s troubles deepened after social media users spotted that the Twitter account for its loyalty programme had “liked” and shared the Friends of Tibet post after the company had apologised for its initial gaffe.

Zips have a new facemask

Car "Bomb wounds Hamas member in Lebanon"

"The target, Mohamed Hamdan, was not a publicly known Hamas figure in Lebanon. A statement from Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, confirmed he was a member of the group"

"Death toll in Montecito mudslide rises to 19, while 101 Freeway will remain closed indefinitely"


In addition to the 101, many local roads are blocked. Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Pat McElroy said the big push on Saturday was to clean roads in the Santa Barbara and Montecito areas in order to improve vehicular access.

“As it stands, we’re still having to go in on foot in many areas,” he said.

State Route 192, which cuts across the foothills, is also unsafe in places, and officials are trying to establish an alternative route as soon as possible.

With the 101 closed, hundreds of people have taken to traveling the coast by boat.

"The driver struck a raised center median on 17th Street, launching the car into the air. The vehicle struck the 2nd floor of the building and was lodged there"

Antonio Brown and Skittles

Pegasus Airlines passenger jet “had a runway excursion incident” as it tried to land

"The episode unfolded around 11:25 Saturday night at an airport in the northeast coastal city of Trabzon. Pictures shared on social media showed the plane’s nose close to the water’s edge."

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Aquaman #32 cover

By Josh Middleton.

"Chilean President Michelle Bachelet demanded an investigation into a World Bank report after the bank’s chief economist said its global rankings on the ease of doing business in different countries may have been manipulated for political reasons"

"The World Bank’s Paul Romer told the Wall Street Journal that Chile’s recent decline in the annual 'Doing Business' rankings was almost entirely due to methodological changes that could have been politically motivated, and that it wasn’t driven by an actual deterioration in the South American nation’s business environment."

Mondo's Batman figure

"German Engineering Yields New Warship That Isn’t Fit for Sea"


Defense experts cite the warship’s buggy software and ill-considered arsenal—as well as what was until recently its noticeable list to starboard—as symptoms of deeper, more intractable problems


A litany of bungled infrastructure projects has tarred Germany’s reputation for engineering prowess. There is still no opening date for Berlin’s new €6 billion ($7.2 billion) airport, which is already 10 years behind schedule, and the redesign of Stuttgart’s railway station remains stalled more than a decade after work on the project started.

"UC Santa Cruz is preparing to grow its student body by more than 50 percent — some 10,000 students — by the year 2040"


Enrollment at UCSC is currently capped at 19,500 by a 2008 settlement between the campus and the city of Santa Cruz. The settlement, which brought an end to litigation by the city, county and citizen groups, also required UCSC to house two-thirds of new students on campus.

“Of course the biggest elephant in the room is housing,” Blumenthal said, acknowledging the housing crisis in Santa Cruz County that has seen residents struggle to keep with soaring rents. In Santa Cruz County, the median home price set a record $880,000 in 2017 and rents increased 3.3 percent in the last 12 months, more than the national average.

Monster Manual zine

Zine and originals available here.

"If you’re pregnant, peeing on [Ikea's print] ad reveals a special discounted price on cribs, thanks to technology similar to that in pregnancy-test kits"

"This is definitely the coolest pee-based advertising since Animal Planet put urine-scented ads at the bottom of lampposts to attract dogs (whose owners then saw a larger ad at their own eye level promoting a dog award show)."

"These alligators spent days trapped in swamp ice — and survived"


When alligators get cold, they brumate, or enter a period of dormancy similar to hibernation. They slow down their metabolism and their breathing and go into a semi-vegetative state. Right before the surface freezes, they stick their snouts out of the water so they can continue breathing.

George Howard, the park’s general manager, was one of the first to notice how the 10 alligators were handling the icy water.

At first, he thought the water had too many cypress knees — woody projections from tree roots that are a common sight in swamps.

Then he saw teeth.


Upon first glance, Howard told The Washington Post, most people passing by thought they were looking at a lake full of frozen alligators, killed by the cold.

Rob Gronkowski has partnered with Tide to warn against eating Tide Pods

Friday, January 12, 2018

"We gave out thousands — 3,500, 4,500 — of copies of Firewatch to streamers and YouTubers"

"The minds behind Uncharted and Firewatch talk candidly about surviving in the games industry"

Kyrgyzstan from space

Google Maps.

Valkyrie fan art

Hot Toys Boba Fett available for preorder

Regular and deluxe.

Nightmare fuel

Notepads that gradually reveal buildings as you tear off pages

The Citronaut

"Madden NFL 18 Divisional Round Roster Update Available Now, See The Changes Here"

From the list:

Marcus Mariota +1 (Overall 80) +2 Catch (60)

Blake Bortles -2 (Overall 79)

Patrick Stewart's Picard wig test

More miniatures from the upcoming Batman board game

"The X-Files script that was too bleak to air"


The script that he and Trenz concocted, which you can read in full online, concerns the death of an FBI agent from an apparent heart attack, after a man walks into the bureau unchallenged and fires a joke-shop gun in his direction. When some nearby feds tackle the assassin to the ground, they find he has transformed into a mannequin. Enter Mulder and Scully, who follow a trail to the sinister backwoods town of Crampton, where things take a turn for the truly bizarre.

Readers of Ligotti’s fiction will find plenty that’s familiar within the screenplay, from the frequent excursions into the uncanny right down to the name ‘Crampton’, which features in one of his short stories, “The Shadow, The Darkness”. But part of the script’s success is its skilful balancing act between sly X-Files humour and the creeping cosmic dread unique to Ligotti’s fiction

Sledding dog, sledding elephant

Bonus: rollerblading down stairs

Thursday, January 11, 2018

India's Border Security Force (BSF) "Daredevils" women motorcycle riders

"Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man ft. PS22 Chorus

Sizzle reel of Taika Waititi directing Thor Ragnarok (including dancing with Hela)

Deodorant shaped mop

"A retired Japanese crime boss has been arrested in Thailand ending more than 14 years on the run after photos of his 'yakuza' tattoos and a missing little finger went viral"


arrested by a SWAT team on Wednesday in the sleepy central Thai market town of Lopburi while he was out shopping


That was until a Thai local posted some photos of the diminutive, frail-looking retiree playing a streetside checkers game with his intricate gang tattoos on full show and a missing little finger


The photos were shared more than 10,000 times online and caught the attention of Japanese police

California "firefighters share video of a car 'bobsledding' down a hill, propelled by rushing water, mud and rocks during this week's mudslides"

"Army files challenge over Vegas Golden Knights' name"


Army's athletic teams go by the Black Knights, while the U.S. Army Parachute Team goes by the Golden Knights.


In the opposition, Army lists a November interview with Golden Knights owner Bill Foley, a West Point graduate, when he referenced Army as inspiration for the name and explained that the franchise opted not to use "Black Knights" because there is "already a Blackhawks in the league."

On Thursday, the NHL team released a statement "strongly disputing" the complaint, that read, in part: "We are not aware of a single complaint from anyone attending our games that they were expecting to see the parachute team and not a professional hockey game."

"Malaysia signed a deal on Wednesday to pay a U.S. seabed exploration firm up to $70 million if it finds the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370" that crashed in 2014


Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200-million ($157 million) search of a 120,000 sq. km area in January last year


it will only get paid if it finds the plane.

Stranger Things Ouija Board available for preorder

Along with new Star Wars-themed versions of Operation and Clue.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"Black Market Sold Drones Used in Russian Base Attack"


Russia’s defense ministry says the attack took place in the early hours of Jan. 6, involving a swarm of 10 bomblet-armed drones aimed at the Hmeimim air base in Latakia and an additional three drones targeted at the Russian naval base in Tartus—all guided by GPS navigation


Russia has all but accused the U.S. military of being behind the improvised drone attack


But days before the unique, jury-rigged drone bomber surfaced in the attack, a seller in a rebel social media arms market based in Syria’s Idlib province posted an advertisement for an identical-looking model of rickety homebrew drone along with similar munitions
Related: "The Secret History of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco"
Some suspected Russian intelligence officers were found engaging in weird, repetitive behaviors in gas stations in dusky, arid burgs off Interstate 5, California’s main north-south artery. In one remarkably strange case, said one former intelligence official, two suspected Russian spies were surveilled pulling into a gas station. The driver stood next to his car, not purchasing any fuel. The passenger approached a tree, circling it a few times. Then they both got back into the car and drove away. Suspected Russian intelligence operatives would perform the same strange rituals multiple times at the same gas stations.


according to multiple sources, one recurrent and worrying feature of these activities was that they often happened to correspond to places where underground nodes connected the country’s fiber-optic cable network. (In a June article, Politico’s Ali Watkins reported a few instances of these strange behaviors, tracing them back to the summer of 2016, as well as their potential connection to the fiber-optic network.)

Over time, multiple former intelligence officials told me, the FBI concluded that Russia was engaged in a massive, long-running, and continuous data-collection operation: a mission to comprehensively locate all of America’s underground communications nodes, and to map out and catalogue the points in the fiber-optic network where data were being transferred.



"Accidentally, I made this hard-hitting documentary about how the dog loves my girlfriend more than me"

"The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed"


“In this challenge, I’m going to take a brand new Shopify store to over one thousand dollars,” he says. “So I invite you to follow along with me as I take this brand new store from 0, literally 0, to over one thousand dollars in the next seven days.”

In the corner of YouTube dedicated to e-commerce, these videos are a bit of a phenomenon, racking up hundreds of thousands of views for highly detailed explanations of how to set up an e-commerce shop on the Internet.


Ganon’s videos are particularly fascinating in describing the mechanics of digital advertising through Instagram and Facebook.


But for those that don’t, merely by visiting his site, they’ve been tagged in Facebook’s system because Ganon has installed a standard Facebook tracking pixel. That means Ganon can now re-target those people who visited but left without purchasing anything through Facebook.


Just by arriving on the page while logged into Facebook, you’ve placed yourself in a custom audience that can be targeted on the Facebook back end.


But there was something else going on, too. Ganon posted the videos in real time. So, as the first video began to circulate, other people—following his instructions exactly—began to create shops also selling lion bracelets.
Related: "Hhusali i7 Right Earbud: The Select All Review"
Last week, Amazon put up one hell of a lightning deal: AirPods, for just $20! That’s a pretty good deal considering a fresh, new pair of Apple’s wireless earbuds would usually cost you $160


The one big catch with these earbuds is that is was actually an earbud — you only got one. The right earbud, to be specific.

It’s not tough to see what’s going on here. Before its Amazon account was suspended (as it currently appears to be), electronics brand Hhusali was probably able to move a decent amount of fake AirPods.
Also: "A porn website stole a French karate teacher’s identity, founded a cryptocurrency for porn, then vanished."

"We’ve temporarily taken down the outdoor knives review because we found a problem with some of the reporting that was serious enough to prompt us to reexamine our recommendations"


We discovered a potential similar issue with the helmets guide—though we haven’t confirmed it—and we’re checking that review as well.

"More pain"

"researchers have created a wonderful attack on image recognition systems that uses specially printed stickers that are so interesting to the AI that it completely fails to see anything else"


They accomplished it by training an adversary system to create small circles full of features that distract the target system, trying out many configurations of colors, shapes and sizes and seeing which causes the image recognizer to pay attention. Specific curves that the AI has learned to watch for, combinations of color that indicate something other than background and so on.

Eventually out comes a psychedelic swirl like those shown here.

Put it next to another object the system knows, like a banana, and it will immediately forget the banana and think the picture is “of” the swirl.

Son of Blackbird



Alfred Pennyworth Disguised as Batman Retro Figure

Available for preorder.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

About the filming of John Wayne's movie The Conqueror


The exterior scenes were shot near St. George, Utah, 137 miles (220 km) downwind of the United States government's Nevada National Security Site. In 1953, 11 above-ground nuclear weapons tests occurred at the site as part of Operation Upshot–Knothole. The cast and crew spent many difficult weeks at the site, and Hughes later shipped 60 tons of dirt back to Hollywood in order to match the Utah terrain and lend realism to studio re-shoots. The filmmakers knew about the nuclear tests but the federal government assured residents that the tests caused no hazard to public health.

Director Powell died of cancer in January 1963, seven years after the film's release. Armendáriz was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 1960, and killed himself in June 1963 after he learned his condition had become terminal. Hayward, Wayne, and Moorehead all died of cancer in the 1970s. Hoyt died of lung cancer in 1991. Skeptics point to other factors such as the wide use of tobacco – Wayne and Moorehead in particular were heavy smokers, and Wayne himself believed his lung cancer to have been a result of his six-packs-a-day cigarette habit. The cast and crew totaled 220 people. By the end of 1980, as ascertained by People magazine, 91 of them had developed some form of cancer and 46 had died of the disease. Several of Wayne and Hayward's relatives who visited the set also

King Kong bed in the Ice Hotel

Fall asleep in King Kong’s arms in this Art Suite inside ICEHOTEL 28. King Kong is designed and hand-sculpted by the artist Lkhagvadorj Dorjsuren. Photo Asaf Kliger. Lightning by ICEHOTEL Lighting team. ____________________________ The 3,5 meter giant gorilla, hand-carved in snow, is carefully hugging the bed where you lay. His face is stern, yet tenderness shines in his eyes, as he promises to keep you safe in the sub-zero degrees. King Kong is your protector. Sleep tight. “He looks a little scary, but don’t worry – he is your friend and will keep you safe throughout the night.” ____________________________ About the artist. Lkhagvadorj Dorjsuren is a sculptor from Mongolia who has worked with a range of materials: wood, ice, snow and sand, and has won several competitions and People’s Choice awards for his beautiful artwork. ____________________________ @asafkliger #icehotelsweden #icehotel #icehotel28 #sweden #visitsweden #swedishlapland #iceart #interiordesign #kingkong
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"the Bureau of Prisons confiscated 5,116 such phones in 2016, and preliminary numbers for 2017 indicate a 28 percent increase"

"The Justice Department will soon start trying to jam cellphones smuggled into federal prisons"

Miniatures for an upcoming Batman board game

By Monolith.

"Learning to Fool Our Algorithmic Spies"


In a series of studies published in 2012, two psychologists, Ara Norenzayan and Will Gervais, set out to test a simple question: When people think about God, do they feel or act as if they are being monitored? Subjects of varying religiosity were primed to think about God, then asked to complete self-evaluations based on statements like “I am sometimes irritated by people who ask favors of me” and “No matter whom I’m talking to, I’m always a good listener.” Results, researchers said, were consistent with what they call the “supernatural-monitoring hypothesis” — that is, that “thinking of God triggers the same social cognitive processes that are activated by real-time social surveillance.” A sense that you’re being seen — whether by a fellow human or by a supreme consciousness from which no thought can be withheld — does seem to change how you see yourself as well as how you behave.


Services that used to depend on asking me questions — What do you like? Whom do you want to follow? — have started making more assumptions based on my behavior. I’m reminded that my actions are being recorded and factored into my experience when I am greeted on Twitter by a series of recommendations derived, apparently, from things I’ve liked, looked at or reposted. I’m implicitly prompted to think about algorithmic surveillance when, the day after I wasted a few minutes scrolling through a cycling publication’s account, my Instagram app floods my Explore tab with photos of mountain bikes. Weeks after tapping an unfamiliar name on Facebook and scrolling through the recent posts — a postmarriage surname change, a new profile photo — this person, a former acquaintance I haven’t spoken to in years, is given the same feed placement as current close friends.

Peloton "unveiled a treadmill"


enveloping surround sound, a running board that fairly glides under your feet, and a den-sized 32-inch screen. Its price: $3,995


The instructors are shot close up, and they often shout out the names and accomplishments of home riders, as if they are cheering you on directly. The bond between rider and instructor runs so deep that Peloton’s instructors have become the sort of social media celebrities who are instantly mobbed on the street.

Plummeting drone

Big Baller Brand

"Rumors flew around on Tuesday that Harper’s magazine has a piece in its upcoming print issue which will reveal the identity of the woman who started the Shitty Media Men list"


Two suggestions:

Freeways flooded in California


Some Star Wars photos

Monday, January 8, 2018

Boombox with floppy disk drive

Brutal foul by Isaiah Thomas

"L.A.'s new recycling program has more than 28,000 complaints for missed trash pickup"


Since its debut, Mayor Eric Garcetti has promoted the program — which gives seven companies the exclusive right to pick up trash and recycling at roughly 70,000 businesses, large apartment buildings and condominium complexes — as a way to boost recycling, take high-polluting trash trucks off the road and improve conditions of refuse workers.

At the same time, however, trash bills have soared for some customers, many of whom are being charged extra when haulers open locked gates or pull bins longer distances to the curb. City inspectors have identified hundreds of inaccurate charges. And refuse company executives have been at odds with sanitation officials over how trash bills are calculated.

Tessa Thompson/Valkyrie as she'll appear in Exiles

Design by Javier Rodriguez, cover by David Marquez.

Nike's Air Max 270 features the "tallest-ever Max Air heel unit"

"The name 270 comes from an internal Nike epithet for the Air Max 93, which referred to the 270 degrees of visibility in the air unit."

From a review: "My first thought straight out of the box was, “the air bag is beautiful!” It’s bold, bright and obnoxious."

Check out the airline featured in the opening scene of Seinfeld's nazi episode

Related, here's how someone has posted the episode to thwart Youtube's copyright detection algorithm.

America's political parties condensed to their essence

Chimaera Expansion Pack for Star Wars Armada

Preview. (Available for preorder.) "The chimaera was a three-headed monstrous creature represented with spider legs, multiple stalked eyes, and two serpentine heads perched atop long barbed necks."

"the officers and sentry droids in Thrawn's forces had a stylized depiction of a chimaera on their pauldrons or uniforms"


“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened to a soft $28.7 million in China this weekend, less than the prior two installments in the series. That signals that Walt Disney Co. DIS -1.35% hasn’t succeeded in its efforts to gain momentum for a prized franchise in the world’s second-largest movie market

Sunday, January 7, 2018

"Even if you don't have a Facebook account, Facebook has a You account—a hole in their social graph with a bunch of connections pointing into it and your name tagged on your friends' photographs."

"They know a lot about you, and they sell access to their social graph to advertisers who then target you, even if you don't think you use Facebook."

From an essay by Charles Stross about AIs.

F-35 passing through Star Wars Canyon