Thursday, May 31, 2018

"Baltimore High Schools Sick Of Getting Whupped By Football Coach Who Spends Millions On His Team"

DS:

Last season, St. Frances went 13-0 and outscored opponents 534-61

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Poggi did more than merely coach the St. Frances football team, however; he also bankrolled it.

Poggi owns a financial service firm based in the city, Samuel James LTD. A report in the February issue of the Catholic Review, a newsletter of the Baltimore Archdiocese, identified him as a “hedge fund manager” and said that he personally pays for “more than 40 football players” to attend SFA. The piece put the school’s entire enrollment at 172 students, and said “out of town” players are given room and board in rowhouses in Baltimore’s trendy Canton neighborhood.

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Poggi spent the 2016 football season as a special teams assistant on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at the University of Michigan—where his son, Henry Poggi, was a running back

"N.F.L.’s Alternate ‘Cheerleaders’ Don’t Cheer or Dance"

NYT:

In interviews with a dozen women who have worked for N.F.L. teams as noncheering cheerleaders and six others who had direct knowledge of the noncheering squads, they described minimum-wage jobs in which harassment and groping were common, particularly because the women were required to be on the front lines of partying fans. The fans had no reason to believe these women were not actual cheerleaders because the women often dressed exactly like the cheerleaders dancing on the field or nearly the same.

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The Ravens don’t hide the existence of a team of women — called the Playmakers — who might look and dress like cheerleaders but are actually marketers.

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In the Redskins’ online sales video for these suites, they feature photos of suite owners posing with the team’s cheerleader ambassadors. Having close interaction with the ambassadors is a tacit perk of the elite club. As a voice-over in the video says, “membership has its privileges,” the video pans over a photo of a woman in a bikini.

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“You thought it was going to be so glamorous and glitzy, like what the Cowboys’ cheerleaders have

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Huge markdowns on Hot Toys

Purchases come with store credit ranging from $75 to $300.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

So they chased a goose off the field at the Angels Tigers game...





"Down goes the goose"

"Russian Commandos Debut Arctic Combat Buggy That Looks Right Out Of Fast And Furious"

TD:

There is little information about the vehicle as of yet, but it seems to be a relatively simple conversion of the original design that replaces the rear, powered wheels with triangle-shaped tracks and substitutes the front, unpowered axel with a pair of skis.

"Pro basketball players' synchronous movements might help us predict the next NBA champ"



"Forget highlight reels of 360-degree dunks and half-court shots, these videos of NBA players moving in sync could be the best predictor of who will win the 2018 championship."

The Post Mortem podcast about horror movie making is very good

I've listened to the Vincenzo Natali, Oren Peli, and Bryan Fuller episodes.

"MoviePass . . . sent out an email to its subscribers Wednesday announcing that it’s partnering with student loan refinancing service Laurel Road"

"Refinance your debt with Laurel Road, and get a free annual MoviePass membership!"

"Contractor Fined $20M For Defrauding Navy"

BD:

According to a Thursday DOJ release, Inchcape Shipping Services Holdings Limited overcharged the Navy for years, and was only brought to task when a trio of whistleblowers — all former Inchcape employees — went to the FBI.

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according to the provisions of the act, the do-gooders will will receive approximately $4.4 million in awards.

Mezco One:12 Collective The Joker with time bomb teddy bear available for preorder



At the BBTS.

"Chuck Palahniuk 'close to broke' as agent's accountant faces fraud charges"

TG:

Palahniuk – one of many starry authors represented by the firm, including the estates of Mario Puzo and Studs Terkel – said his income had dwindled for several years.

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Webb’s alleged activities emerged when an unnamed author did not receive an expected payment of $200,000, and repeatedly asked him where it was.

"A Florida man has pleaded guilty to impersonating a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family to orchestrate several fraud schemes involving theft of millions of dollars"

"also attempted to use his false identity to buy a Miami hotel and had the nameplate “Sultan” on his condominium’s front door."

"De Beers was founded in the midst of a potential catastrophe for the diamond market"

BB:

The gems, once almost impossibly rare recoveries from a handful of rivers in India and Brazil, saw a sudden jump in supply in the 1870s and 1880s after the discovery of the first mine deposits near Kimberley in South Africa.

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The rising sophistication of lab-grown diamonds threatens a potential repeat of the Kimberley supply surge.

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The discount for De Beers' lab-grown Lightbox gem diamonds will be far greater than seen in the market at present

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By pricing its Lightbox Jewelry-branded gems as low as $800 a carat – an 81 percent discount to the price of natural gems, compared to the 32 percent discounts existing synthetic gems are fetching – it’s sending an unmistakable signal that artificial diamonds should be considered little better than rhinestones.

“It’s kind of like dropping the atom bomb on the lab-created industry,” said Zimnisky. “This isn’t about trying to take market share in the lab-created industry, it’s about trying to steer the identity of the industry and prevent it cannibalizing natural diamonds.”

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

"A Tesla sedan in Autopilot mode crashed into a parked Laguna Beach Police Department vehicle Tuesday morning"

LAT:

"Thankfully there was not an officer at the time in the police car," Cota said. "The police car is totaled."

New tee at Last Exit to Nowhere inspired by In Bruges

De Rozenkransje.

Pokemon Go



"for the past month, Wizards of the Coast has been running an alternate reality game that bridges the gap between Wizards of the Coast’s Forgotten Realms and our own world"

ARGN:

The alternate reality game kicked off on May 1st with a code hidden away at the bottom of the Stream of Many Eyes‘ announcement page on the Wizards of the Coast website

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Upon closer inspection of Glovers’ reviews for gaming stores, players (who started referring to themselves as #TeamVolo) noticed all of the gaming store reviews included surreptitious references to the names of Forgotten Realms locations. The first player to visit each location and give staffers the location as a passphrase received a key-shaped USB drive, branded with Elminster’s sigil.

"the #BoycottABC hashtag . . . went from being to liberal advocacy campaign to a pro-Trump censorship rallying cry in a matter of minutes"

BF:

It started on Tuesday morning when actor Roseanne Barr compared Valarie Jarrett, a black senior advisor to former president Obama, to an ape

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on Tuesday morning, #BoyCottABC took off as an anti-racism protest

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That is, until midday, when ABC responded. The network announced it had cancelled Roseanne

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After ABC's announcement, it took only minutes for the hashtag to completely change hands, switching from those denouncing racism on the left, to pro-Trump and conservative accounts accusing ABC of partisan bias and censorship
Bonus:



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Monday, May 28, 2018

The entire excellent first season of Killing Eve is streaming now

If your cable plan includes the BBC.

Related, Solo is fun and packed with great new character and vehicle designs. And Phoebe Waller-Bridge has retroactively been given a pretty big part in the Star Wars universe:

"Insurgents excavated graves in a cemetery in a refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus in search of the remains of three Israeli soldiers who have been missing since Israel's invasion of Lebanon 36 years ago"

NYT:

Raja said the insurgents' aim was to find the remains of the soldiers and transfer them to Israel.

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Raja added that Syrian security forces, while examining the belongings of gunmen being transported to northern Syria earlier this month, arrested a woman and confiscated two bags of soil she was carrying, apparently from the cemetery, and sent them to authorities for DNA analysis.

Spider-Man mask with functioning eyes

4D attraction in China

Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Friday, May 25, 2018

I'm pretty sure Lando's shirt is a Gordon Gartrell



"USC President C.L. Max Nikias to step down"

LAT:

"There is nothing more sacred to this board than the wellbeing of our students"

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The cornerstone of Nikias' legacy is a $6-billion campaign launched in 2011, then described as the largest such drive in academic history. The university collected gifts and pledges to surpass the goal about 18 months ahead of schedule, according to USC. For his "exceptional progress" in the $6-billion campaign, trustees awarded Nikias a one-time $1.5-million bonus three years ago, making him the third-highest paid college president in the nation that year.

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So along with the release of the movie comes the release of the ‘Art of Solo’ book written by @sfzuckuss & @clyne_design with lots of great stuff from the art dept, props, CFX and of course the costume dept. Some of the best spreads in it are by our resident concept artist Adam Brockbank who also worked with us on Rogue One. Having him on our team really takes the pressure off, he makes everything look so beautiful. Will post more soon, but do yourself a favour and treat yourself to a copy. There’s things in it that you barely see in the film that are well worth a look at. I loved doing this drawing of Lando/Donald Glover, he was a real pleasure to work with ...and this was his favourite look. #landocalrissian #lando #capes #hawaiianshirt #highwaisted #whiteboots #donaldglover #childishgambino #starwars #soloastarwarsstory #solomovie #costumedesigners #costumedesign #costume #lucasfilm #glyndillon #davecrossman #conceptart #conceptartist #artist #funfilm
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"Essential Products Inc., a startup co-founded by Android creator Andy Rubin that launched last year . . . has canceled development of a new smartphone"

BB:

It was valued at $900 million to $1 billion about a year ago

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The startup has spent more than $100 million on developing its first products
Related:
Jury orders Samsung to pay Apple $539M in patent infringement case

Star Wars: The Black Series Enfys Nest with Swoop Bike 6" available for preorder

At the BBTS.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

"Apple Rejects Valve's 'Steam Link' App on iOS After Previously Approving It Earlier this Month"

"The Steam Link app would allow iOS and Android users to stream games from their Steam library on their desktop computer right to their mobile devices"

From last week:

Quite simply, Steam Link for iOS devices and the Apple TV works so well it straight up feels like there's some kind of actual wizardry powering it all.

Muji "has been fined 200,000 yuan ($31,000) for selling 119 imported clothes hangers in China which were labeled as being 'Made in Taiwan' and had 'Taiwan' listed as their 'country of origin'"

"Muji has since rectified its mistakes and changed its packaging"

"Two weeks before the Belmont Stakes and a chance at the Triple Crown, a deal has been reached for the breeding rights to Justify"

ESPN:

The buyer is Coolmore, who bought the breeding rights to the last Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, and the price is in the $60 million range

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Justify is the most famous offspring of Scat Daddy, which Coolmore stood at stud from 2008 to 2015, when the horse died.

Justify was purchased at the Keeneland yearling sale less than a year after Scat Daddy's death for $500,000 by the China Horse Club and Winstar Farm.

This year, Scat Daddy became the first sire in 95 years to produce four starters in the Kentucky Derby

"Here’s Amazon’s explanation for the Alexa eavesdropping scandal"

Re:

Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like “Alexa.” Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a “send message” request. At which point, Alexa said out loud “To whom?” At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, “[contact name], right?” Alexa then interpreted background conversation as “right”.

Ra's al Ghul/Liam Neeson Mafex action figure available for preorder



Training costume Ra's al Ghul and also a Dark Knight Rises Bruce Wayne (in a suit with cane + hospital ninja suit) available for preorder.

Also available Sorcerer's Stone Harry, Hermione and Ron Figuarts figures:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Mondo's TMNT figures are $50 off at the BBTS

They have all 4 for 33% off each.

Picard on the Farm Instagram feed



Ladybird is a 99 cent rental

at Amazon.

USS Sulaco miniature available for preorder



At the BBTS. And another deep cut for Alien Resurrection fans, Dr. Gediman:

"I Went To The Mysterious Fyre Festival Merch Drop"

Digg:

Just past noon, a fellow Digg editor mentioned in Slack that they'd received an email from a pop-up shop claiming to have authentic Fyre Festival merchandise.

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That afternoon, we found out that another member of the Digg team received the pop-up shop email — both were contacted at their personal addresses. This, at least, piqued an intra-office mystery: why were they the only ones to receive the email? Were they, in any way, connected to the Fyre Festival fiasco?

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This suggested another possibility: What if this pop-up shop was being run by a totally unrelated set of scammers? There were now three explanations: (1) These folks are legit, they came into possession of official Fyre-branded merch and decided to make a quick buck, (2) as suspected above, this is a sneaky way for folks behind the Festival to make money off the disaster, or (3) maybe, just maybe, the pop-up shop is a grift on a grift, peddling counterfeit Fyre merch to whoever's gullible enough to buy it. Internet sleuthing could only go so far. The only way to truly find out was to just show up at this thing, and ask around.

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That guy identified himself as Chris. He looked to be in his late twenties or early thirties, wearing one of the Fyre Festival shirts, normal glasses, shorts, some shoes that at least looked to be Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2s and a chunky wristwatch covered in diamonds.

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A previous version of this article stated that Chris's watch was encrusted with what I guessed were Swarovski crystals. In an email Chris clarified that the base model of his watch costs approximately $30,000

"Three patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus escaped from a hospital holding them in quarantine in the Congo city of Mbandaka"

Reuters:

Two of the patients got out on Monday but were found dead a day later, said Henri Gray, the head of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) mission in the city.

Another left on Saturday, but was found alive the same day and is now under observation

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Waterfall-side noodle bar where you have to pluck noodles as they flow past





Hirobun. From Yelp:
When we were seated, a lot of my questions and concerns got answered. Our party sat at the 4 seats farthest down the line, but each group has their own bamboo shoot to grab noodles from, so you don't have to worry about people in front of you grabbing your food. The experience was extremely fun and surprisingly filling. The bunches of noodles come quick and often. More than enough to go around, but be prepared, because if you aren't looking or get distracted, you may miss some of your noodles that will float right past you and into the river.

The noodle bar overlooks the waterfall, with every seat facing it. You do sit on the ground, which is slightly uncomfortable. Every seat has a great view with lots to look at. It is breathtaking. The last round is pink noodles, so that's when you know the meal is over. The noodles themselves taste great. The quantity was more than enough to fill. We were all full and satisfied after the meal.

This is a must-try restaurant when visiting Kyoto. The restaurant is ~45 minutes to an hour away in Kibune, but well worth the trek.

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"“As a scooter charger you’re a legitimate bounty hunter"

TA:

As Birds and comparable scooter-sharing services continue to expand, charging has become a popular way for high-schoolers, college students, and young professionals to earn easy money.

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“It’s really fun to grab a few scooters, charge them, and in the end it pays for a fancy dinner,” Abouzeid says. “It’s like a game and I would do it even if the prices were halved, which they probably will be.”

Like Pokรฉmon Go, when you enter “charger mode” the Bird app displays a real-time map of Birds across your area that require charging. The reward for capturing and charging these Birds can range from $5 to $20 depending on how difficult the Bird is to locate—and some can be really hard to find. Bird chargers have described finding Birds in and under trash cans, down the side of a canyon, hidden in bushes, or tossed sideways on the side of the street.

“Finding the really hard ones is so awesome,” says Lucas, a young teenage Bird charger in L.A. who didn’t want his last name or his age listed since he technically hunts under his parents’ account. “It’s become a big trend at my high school. People are like, ‘Oh are you gonna charge tonight?’ I have friends send me Snapchats like, ‘I just got 18 in one night!’

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But while Bird hunting is fun and games for some, other chargers take the job much more seriously. Charging in some cities, like San Diego, has become a cutthroat competition between workers where every last dollar counts.

Hoarding in particular has become a problem in these crowded markets. Bird and other companies will pay a $20 reward for missing scooters, so some chargers simply keep the scooters in their garage until they’re reported missing by riders or the bounty goes up to $20, then claim the finder’s fees.

"Police in a Cleveland suburb thought they had a drunk on their hands when a man called to report a pig following him home from a train station"

"A North Ridgeville, Ohio, officer arrived on the scene early Saturday to find the man was very sober and a pig was in fact following him"

"The Story Behind Star Wars Kinect"

NYM:

“I’ve heard various reasons as to where that [mode] came from,” Jesse Harlin, who worked on video-game music at Lucasfilm at the time, recalled. “The one that I heard most often was that Microsoft had had success with a Kinect dance game, they had licensed a number of songs for a different dance game, and then that game fell through. They had that license and they had all these songs, and they knew that that gameplay was something that worked well with the Kinect. So somebody at Microsoft made the decision that they were going to add a dance section into the game.”

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“By the time it reached my desk,” Harlin, the music supervisor, said, “there was nobody saying, ‘Do you think this is a good idea or not?’”

"Two hundred USC professors on Tuesday demanded the resignation of university President C. L. Max Nikias, saying he had 'lost the moral authority to lead'"

LAT:

About an hour after the faculty members sent the letter, board Chairman John Mork released a statement saying that while trustees were "troubled by the distressing reports" about the campus doctor, he and others on its executive committee "strongly support" Nikias.

"The executive committee of the board has full confidence in President Nikias' leadership, ethics, and values and is certain that he will successfully guide our community forward,"

"Norway Rejects Plan for Fish Farm on ‘World’s Largest Ship’"

"Pure Atlantic had planned to construct what would have been the world’s largest ship, some 500 metres (546 yards) long and 90 metres (98 yards) wide, to house a giant fish farm off the coast of Norway."

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones is 83% off today

At Amazon. It's great.

Monday, May 21, 2018

"Mosquito explosion in southwest Russia makes it ‘impossible’ to leave home"

WP:

Torrential rains and abnormally warm weather have spurred a mosquito infestation that has terrorized the Voronezh region in southwest Russia.

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Meanwhile, across the Bering Sea, Alaska’s KTVA reported the season’s first swarm was spotted near Fairbanks about 10 days ago. In Alaska, mosquitoes grow so large that locals refer to them as “the state bird”

"Serena Williams apparently won beer pong at the royal wedding after-party"

"Williams met Markle in 2014 when they teamed up for a flag football match at a Celebrity Beach Bow event organised by DIRECTV."



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"Injured college football player files complaint with police"

As:

The flagrant foul was committed in an annual game between the two universities in Tokyo on May 6. The Nihon University player came running from the quarterback's blindside and tackled him from behind long after he had thrown an incomplete pass.

The quarterback suffered injuries that will require three weeks of treatment.

After the late hit, which drew a flag, the Nihon University defensive player continued to commit more personal fouls before he was ejected from the game.