Friday, February 23, 2018

Kind of the opposite of that bunny/airhorn video



(Has this one made it to Snopes yet...)

"Navy investigating terrifying EA-18G Growler flight"

DN:

The temperature inside the cockpit suddenly plunged to temperatures reaching -30 degrees and a mist pumped into the the cockpit, covering the instruments and windows in a layer of ice, and rendering the pilots almost completely blind, according to several sources familiar with the incident and an internal report obtained by Defense News.

The fog inside the aircraft iced over the instrument panel, forcing the pilot and electronic warfare officer to use a Garmin watch to keep track of their heading and altitude while air controllers began relaying instructions to the crew. The pilot and EWO were forced to use the emergency oxygen supply, which was completely depleted by the end of the flight.
From June:
The Navy is Issuing Every F/A-18 Pilot A Garmin Watch. Here's Why.

"The Navy is investigating allegations of a drug ring at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis"

Fox:

sources estimated the number of students under investigation to be as high as roughly two-dozen, despite the lower official estimate.

In a sign of how seriously Naval Academy officials are taking the alleged drug use, the second in command of the school, Capt. Robert B. Chadwick II, ordered a surprise drug test for all the midshipmen at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. The entire Brigade of Midshipmen totals 4,500.

...

Last week, drug-sniffing dogs from the DEA were brought in to search the rooms of the suspected drug users and discovered cocaine. The midshipman suspected of possessing the drug was at athletic practice at the time and she tried to escape but was apprehended and brought in for questioning, according to two midshipmen with knowledge of the incident.

Cat in a backpack that looks like a space capsule


Killmonger vs. Dragon Ball Z's Vegeta




"Why Koreans Are So Good at Speedskating"

The NYT's answer is "Koreans, in other words, are really good at repetition." But this is good:

But a more compelling, if troubling, reason for Korean short-track domination might be glimpsed, oddly enough, in “Planet B-Boy,” a 2008 documentary about international break-dancing culture. In one memorable scene, the Gamblerz, at the time the Yankees of break dancing, are rehearsing in their studio in Seoul. As the dancers contort and invert their bodies, you see that break dancing, which must look stylishly effortless, is actually created by brute strength and technical repetition. A Gambler named Still explains why his teammate Laser became the best head spinner in the world. “Laser has spent the past five or six years spinning on his head,” Still says matter-of-factly. “He doesn’t really do anything else, and to be honest, he’s not that good at any other moves.”

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Black Panther concept art





“There are spreadsheets detailing who got paid, how much they got paid and how much more they were planning to pay” in college basketball investigation

Yahoo:

“The feds got everything they wanted and much more. Don’t think it will only be players who ended up signing with ASM that got paid. Those spreadsheets cast a wide net throughout college basketball. If your school produced a first-round pick in the past three years, be worried.”

...

One source with knowledge of the investigation estimated that ASM Sports was paying more than three times as many prospects, and families of prospects, as clients they signed. The impact on the NCAA landscape is expected to be significant.

Honda's "3E-D18 is an AI-equipped platform robotics device built to 'empower'"



Honda:

By replacing the upper attachment, the 3E-D18 can perform various tasks such as fire-fighting, farm work and sports training support. Its off-road capabilities allow autonomous operation on rugged terrain such as farms and mountains.

"A wildfire ignited mines laid by the Cuban military decades ago and jumped the fence line at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay on Thursday, threatening buildings and forcing evacuations of six neighborhoods"

MH:

In an afternoon broadcast on the base station, Radio Gitmo, base commander Navy Capt. Dave Culpepper advised: “Folks probably heard in the middle of the night a bunch of ordnance going off. And of course that was the fire burning on the other side of the fence, over on the Cuban side, their mines cooking off from the heat.”

"Drug Seizure at Russian Embassy Leads to Arrests"

NYT:

A former Russian diplomatic official and an Argentine police officer were among those arrested in connection with the seizure of a large cocaine shipment at the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires that prompted a yearlong investigation into an international drug ring, officials said Thursday.

...

Authorities said the drugs have a street value in Russia of about $61 million.

Marvel Legends Vibranium Suit Black Panther in stock



At the BBTS.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Luke Cage #170 cover



By Rahzzah. Also:

Samus




The Neighbourhood - Scary Love

"A Top-Secret US Military Base Will Melt Out of the Greenland Ice Sheet"

MB:

About 60 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, the US designed a network of top-secret mobile nuclear launch sites buried in the Greenland ice sheet to prepare for possible war with the Soviet Union. At Camp Century, which was part of Project Iceworm, soldiers lived in the ice, which enclosed the base so it wouldn’t be completely buried in snow.

Camp Century was shut down in 1967, and the site was abandoned as Project Iceworm wound down. Back then, military planners assumed the hazardous stuff buried at Camp Century—including diesel fuel, PCBs, and some radioactive coolant—would stay locked up in the Greenland ice sheet, essentially forever. But now Greenland is warming

"Billionaire Bill Gates Guesses Grocery Store Prices" on Ellen

"Fourth US man dies hunting for buried $2m treasure"

BBC:

A US man who fell to his death while searching for buried treasure in the Rocky mountains has become the fourth person to die on the hunt.

...

He had been looking for the stash of gold and jewels allegedly hidden by a wealthy 86-year-old art dealer.

...

Murphy was seeking the fortune of New Mexico millionaire Forrest Fenn. The antiques dealer wrote a 24-line poem in his 2010 memoir that he claimed led to the treasure.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

G-Force and other new toy preorders



New toy preorders: Team Fortress 2 Spy and Engineer by NECA, four figure set including Casshern and Ken, and deluxe S.H.Monsterarts Shin Godzilla.

"This U.S. Olympic Team Practices in a Refrigerated Parking Garage in Slovenia"

WSJ:

The concept of a ski tunnel was foreign to the Americans before their arrangement with Slovenia. What they found there was something unlike anywhere they had ever skied. For one thing, it was indoors. For another thing, it was supposed to be a parking garage. And there were many other things.

Thor: Ragnarok Hela and Grandmaster concept art





Also, Killmonger:



Legion season 2 teaser


Alternative poster design by Jock for The Empire Strikes Back


Monday, February 19, 2018

Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider




Sutur, Valkyrie, and more Thor Ragnarok concept art






















"In Ukraine, Corruption Is Now Undermining the Military"

NYT:

Ukraine’s spending on defense and security has soared since the conflict in the east started in 2014, rising from around 2.5 percent of its gross domestic product in 2013 to more than 5 percent this year, when it will total around $6 billion.

This bonanza, which will push procurement spending in 2018 to more than $700 million, has enabled Ukraine to rebuild its dilapidated military and fight to a standstill pro-Russian rebels and their heavily armed Russian backers.

But

...

Military spending, however, has opened up new vistas for opaque insider deals, sheltered from scrutiny by a cone of secrecy that covers the details of military spending.

"The number of operating ski jumps in the United States had dwindled from 116 to 27"

"How a small ski club in Chicago, of all places, produced three American Olympians"

"Is It Possible to Game the Apple Podcast Charts?"

An accusation against a specific podcast.

"Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medalist"

"Svishchev said it was possible someone spiked Krushelnitsky's food or drink. He suggested that rival Russian athletes or Russia's political enemies could be responsible."

"China’s former internet czar was expelled from the Communist Party and will be prosecuted for corruption"

"An usually high-profile party official, Lu was the face of China’s vicious crackdown on the internet and free speech in the last few years."

Olivia the pet elk



"'she's like a ballet dancer. She goes around very carefully. She comes and says hello for 15 minutes and then she goes back out to the others.'"

"Measles cases have soared across Europe over the last year"

"WHO Europe says there has been a 400% increase during 2017, with more than 21,000 cases and 35 deaths. That will be a major disappointment following the record low in 2016, when there were just 5,273 cases in Europe."

"Links from Newsweek have been banned from one of the biggest traffic-driving sections of Reddit due to concerns about paid spamming"

"The source, a longtime Redditor with knowledge of /r/news moderation practices, said moderators concluded that links were being submitted at high volume by influential Reddit accounts in order to drive traffic to Newsweek.com."

Related, a more subtle advertisement on Reddit for Black Panther.

Newly-revealed NECA toys available for preorder

Pale Man, Arcade Dutch etc. There's also a fancy 6" Iron Giant available for preorder.

Suspended wave by Miguel Rothschild

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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler "was the star captain of the football team, elected to the homecoming court, and voted the guy with the best smile and physique"

BF from 2013:

Ask Coogler what he was like in high school, and he shakes his head, smiles, and says, "I didn't have anything figured out." Crack open his St. Mary's College High School yearbooks (class of 2003) and you'll find that he's being more than modest

...

Looking at those pages, Coogler's face lights up, he calls in his fiancée, Zinzi, and they giggle at the throwbacks; he waves off awards he had long forgotten and quickly moves on to discussing some of the other kids in the photos, high school teammates and buddies that he actually cast

"Shape of Panther"


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Shirtless Kylo Ren doodles



Also:



All-Star bunt contest


Star Wars: The Last Jedi variant cover



By Joe Quesada.

Venom Adidas




New Marvel Legends available for preorder

Captain America and Crossbones Two Pack, Ronan.

I've also substantially updated the new toy reveal roundup, including an enormous Valkyrie.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Doctor Aphra and other new toy reveals (to be updated)

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Tomb Raider Barbie.




Jumbo Valkyrie.




Splatoon and much more Figma.



Kingsman and more MaFex.



Yellowjacket, Wasp and Storm Marvel Legends.




Blade, Cable, and more Mezco.




Aphra and more Star Wars.




SDF-1 and more.




Video game Dutch and more from NECA.




BMO and more from Kidrobot.




TMNT.



Naruto and more from McFarlane.





Iron Man 3 Marvel Legends set with The Mandarin and Pepper. There's also a new set with movie Scarlet Witch and The Vision.



Hellboy, Deadpool, Cable, and much more from Funko.




Infinity Gauntlet with lights and sounds.



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Incredibles 2.



Pacific Rim and much more from Bandai.




The Real Ghostbusters cartoon figures.




Goro and Street Fighter 2 figures from Storm Collectibles.

New t-shirt based on The Lost Boys at Last Exit to Nowhere



Santa Carla California tee available at Last Exit to Nowhere, and also being given away on Twitter. Last Exit also has a brand new t-shirt inspired by Unbreakable.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Drivers get stuck in sand trying to avoid traffic jam


Spider-Man cosplay


Pulling the cord on an emergency slide


Recent Black Panther comics are on extreme discount

Cross Purchase for Amazon/Comixology:

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 1 is free

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 2 is 99 cents

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 3 is 99 cents

It plushies



Lots more newly-revealed Funko toys available for preorder.

Liverpool fans chant for their Egyptian striker, Mohamed Salah



"If he scores enough for you, he scores enough for me . . . then I'll be Muslim too . . . sitting in a mosque that's where I want to be."

Newly-revealed Funko figures available for preorder



Many new figures.

"Apple employees keep smacking into the glass" at the new headquarters

BW:

Some staff started to stick Post-It notes on the glass doors to mark their presence. However, the notes were removed because they detracted from the building’s design, the people said.

Storm by Jen Bartel


Party decorations


Thursday, February 15, 2018

$15 off Crest Whitestrips

$43.99 - $5 coupon at item page - $10 more dollars with the code 10CRESTPE22 at checkout.

"the fantasy archipelago of 300 artificial ‘countries’ [in Dubai] is back in business"

TG:

Conceived in 2003, the project was to be an exclusive offshore playground for film stars, royalty and celebrity tycoons: an artificial archipelago of 300 islands set two miles off the coast. Invitations to “Own the World” were sent to a targeted group of 50 potential buyers each year, offering tours of the site by yacht or helicopter, with prices for the islands ranging from $15-50m (£10-36m). Richard Branson posed for photos on little Britain in a Union Jack suit; Karl Lagerfeld launched plans for a fashion-themed island; rumours swirled that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had acquired Ethiopia for their ever-expanding clan of adopted children.

...

After five years of dredging, which saw 320 million cubic metres of sand and 25 million tonnes of rock hauled into place, the final stone in the breakwater was laid in January 2008 – on the eve of the global financial crisis. The vision collapsed just as quickly as the computer renderings had been conjured. Dubai World, the government investment arm in charge of the project, was revealed to have debts of $60bn.

...

So it comes as some surprise to learn that construction is back under way.

"About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter"

Reuters:

The timing of the casualties coincided with a battle on Feb. 7 near the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor where, according to U.S. officials and associates of the fighters involved, U.S.-led coalition forces attacked forces aligned with Moscow’s ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
See also:


The Last Jedi aliens






Some black and white logos






"Brooklyn Bitcoin Mine Causes Static for T-Mobile Users" in Brooklyn

BW:

Authorities believe they have found the culprit that was causing static for T-Mobile US Inc. customers in southern Brooklyn: an energy-sucking, interference-spewing cryptocurrency miner tucked away in a home.

Agents for the Federal Communications Commission used direction-finding devices to locate the offending equipment in a home in zip code 11229, an area that includes Sheepshead Bay. On Thursday they sent a notice to a resident telling him to shut off his Antminer s5 Bitcoin Miner, or risk fines and seizure of the device.

"Judge Rules News Publishers Violated Copyright by Embedding Tweets of Tom Brady Photo"

Uh oh:

"Having carefully considered the embedding issue, this Court concludes, for the reasons discussed below, that when defendants caused the embedded Tweets to appear on their websites, their actions violated plaintiff’s exclusive display right; the fact that the image was hosted on a server owned and operated by an unrelated third party (Twitter) does not shield them from this result," she writes.

...

Thus, the judge rejects the summary judgment motion from the defendant news publishers that they are shielded from copyright liability by the fact that they were only providing images hosted by Twitter.

This doesn't mean the news organizations have necessarily lost the case.

In response to a warning from defendants that a loss would "cause a tremendous chilling effect on the core functionality of the web," she notes a number of unresolved strong affirmative defenses to liability.

"In this case, there are genuine questions about whether plaintiff effectively released his image into the public domain when he posted it to his Snapchat account," she writes. "Indeed, in many cases there are likely to be factual questions as to licensing and authorization. There is also a very serious and strong fair use defense, a defense under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and limitations on damages from innocent infringement."

How to speedpaint Stormtrooper miniatures from Fantasy Flight's Star Wars: Legion



Step by step instructions here. Various new Legion sets available for preorder at Amazon.

"How I Cracked Facebook’s New Algorithm And Tortured My Friends"

BF:

Since then, people who rely on Facebook for eyeballs (like journalists) have been nervously trying to figure out what this change means — is “meaningful engagement” just shorthand for comments? Well, they should just ask me, because I’ve figured it all out. And I’m using this to torture my friends.

...

So here we are, at a new phase in Facebook’s history, when comments are king. But this has led to a new version of the overnight oats problem: People are being served the same stale content from a friend for 12 days straight, just because it happens to have a lot of comments. No one wanted to see my post several times a day, but the algorithm had, once again, misjudged what people wanted. In fact, people really hated this video — they wanted it to go away. Facebook took their pleas for it to stop as a sign that they should be shown it more and more.

...

You can try this yourself; it’s easy to game the system by posting something that drives comments.
Related: "Google’s increased traffic to publishers is replacing the traffic publishers have lost from Facebook, according to new data from Chartbeat."

Gerard Way-designed Batmand and Joker figures available for preorder

Lots of newly-revealed DC figures available fore preorder, including an Essentials Black Manta, and Watchmen figures.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BMO vinyl figure by Kidrobot available for preorder



At EE.

"Porsche Classic supplies classic parts from a 3D printer"

Porsche:

"No longer available" – for collectors of rare classic cars, the unavailability of spare parts can quickly lead to problems. In the worst case scenario, the car may even be forced out of action. Porsche Classic, the division of Porsche dedicated to classic vehicles, has come up with a solution to this problem.

...

Due to the consistently positive results received to date, Porsche is currently manufacturing eight other parts using 3D printing.

...

Porsche Classic is currently testing whether 3D printing is suitable for the production of a further 20 components.

Star Wars creature creation



Thala-Siren concepts from The Last Jedi. Rian had picked up on a long droopy nosed form I’d sketched on page 2 but rather than reclining on her side like an elephant seal or walrus, wanted her sat more upright with the heavy, relaxed posture of a guy slobbing in a La-Z-Boy with a beer. You can see the first iteration of this on page 3, though here its more polar bear like with four feet and shaggy fur. What was really cool was that the Thala-Siren, or seacow as we called it then, was a completely practical effect shot on location. The initial problem was that rocks were extremely craggy and it would have been impossible to just bring this creature in and find a spot where we could sit her leaning against a rock as in the illustration. So we had the rocks LIDAR scanned and using the data chipped out a large polystyrene replica of the surface. We then sculpted the seacow on this so her underside was a perfect negative fit to the positive surface and gave the impression that her bum was sitting within an unseen depression in the rocks. The second problem was access was pretty hard and carrying a 3m tall animatronic creature down to the shore would be impossible so the solution was to helicopter her into place. Neat! Inside were two puppeteers - Tom Wilton and Derek Arnold @tomanddereksdrivein (previously ‘seen’ together as the Luggabeast in TFA and Tomder Bargwill, the stable master in TLJs Canto Bight). Access was via flipping the head back like a submarine hatch with the seam hidden in a neck crease. We had some extra heads peeping behind the rocks operated as hand puppets. #starwars #thelastjedi #starwarsthelastjedi #conceptart #conceptdesign #thalasiren #seacow #greenmilk #creaturedesign #artofstarwars
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Working the salt ponds

Lego Lando



From the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon set.

Apple's "HomePod can damage wood furniture"

WC:

An unhappy discovery after we placed a HomePod on an oiled butcher-block countertop and later on a wooden side table was that it left a defined white ring in the surface. Other reviewers and owners (such as Pocket-lint, and folks on Twitter) have reported the same issue, which an Apple representative has confirmed. Apple says “the marks can improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface,” and if they don’t fade on their own, you can basically just go refinish the furniture—the exact advice Apple gave in an email to Wirecutter was to “try cleaning the surface with the manufacturer’s suggested oiling method.” This really undermines the design aspect of the HomePod

Imperial Range Trooper



From a look at the new Solo action figures.

The news cycle


"in Malaysia, where people of ethnic Chinese descent make up almost a quarter of the population, images of the dog have been omitted from Lunar New Year decorations and merchandise for fear of offending the country's Muslim majority"

CNN:

The omission has raised hackles in the Chinese community and caused concern among Malaysians of all faiths, who see it as yet another symptom of the country's growing Islamic conservatism, driven by the government's flirtation with hardline Islamist policies and a cultural shift by religious students returning from the Middle East.

...

Earlier this year, a hypermarket chain around the country was embroiled in controversy when it emerged that Lunar New Year t-shirts being sold there depicted 10 animals in the Chinese zodiac, but not the dog or the pig.

Deleted Daredevil scene featuring Colin Farrell/Bullseye passing through a metal detector


Shattering ice on a trampoline