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.

"How Being Part of a 'House' Within a School Helps Students Gain A Sense of Belonging"

KQ:

Sept. 30, 2016 was a big day for Lake Canyon Elementary. Students, teachers, and staff arrived at the Galt, California, school wearing white shirts and before long were sent to stand by one of six large cardboard boxes. After a drum roll, cannons sprayed confetti over each cluster of students. The color matched one of six new banners, like the orange one reading “Sebete” and featuring a bear meant to symbolize courage. As music played, the boxes were ripped open to reveal matching T-shirts. Pulling them over their heads, students began doing something they’d continue every day until graduating: representing their house. Three semesters later, Principal Judi Hayes said, “Every part of our school culture now flows through the lens of the house system.”

If the image calls to mind Harry Potter being assigned to Gryffindor, that’s not far off the mark.

Gallery of classic video game idle animations

"Gamasutra recently checked in with a broad array of developers from around the industry to learn what idle animations they most enjoyed"

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Space Marine hoodies



At Gametee.

"Officials said late Saturday that the lava had entered the ocean, and advised all people to avoid the area because of a new hazard: laze"

WP:

Laze occurs when hot lava meets the ocean, sending a plume of hydrochloric acid and steam — along with fine glass particles — into the air.

Laze plumes travel with the wind and can shift directions without warning, the county civil defense agency said.

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"SUNY official's astonishing accounts called into question"

TU:

Chief of staff at Upstate Medical University not an attorney, but claims to be

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His account of the bombing was among numerous astounding claims that he made last October during a 57-minute videotaped speech — titled "Courage Under Fire" — that have been refuted, could not be verified, or are so far-fetched that longtime State Department and other current and former U.S. government officials described them as not credible.

The questions about Garcia's background have recently stoked unrest among a few high-level members of the university's faculty, some of whom have questioned how Garcia, who has very limited experience in the hospital sector, quickly became the right hand to University President Danielle Laraque-Arena and has seen his roles expanded to include overseeing human resources and the campus police force.

Witches, swamps









Saturday, May 19, 2018

Cuyler Smith's "Trading Cards 3"



Cards are now available.

Star Wars Black Chewbacca figure (Solo, with goggles) in stock

At the BBTS.

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"Florida Atlantic University reported false numbers to the government, exaggerating how many women played for its sports teams, just a year after it ranked among the worst in the country"

PB:

FAU reported it had more than doubled the number of athletes on its women’s track team from the previous year, but the team’s own website shows that was far from the case. The staggering numbers

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“We believe the cause was simply a clerical error,” Metcalf said. “FAU takes its responsibility to provide equitable athletic participation opportunities extremely seriously.”

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But even after subtracting the 55 women unaccounted for on FAU’s report, the school’s numbers indicate it disproportionately gave athletic scholarship dollars to men last year, violating federal law.

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For all its lucre, however, college football is still divided into haves and have-nots. Seventy-five FBS teams took all the profits, while the other 51 programs either broke even or lost money, Education Department reports show.

Friday, May 18, 2018

"USC has fired two supervisors in the student clinic where a gynecologist was allowed to continue practicing despite years of misconduct complaints from patients and co-workers"

"The University of Southern California said Friday it has received about 200 reports from former patients of gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall in the wake of a Los Angeles Times investigation detailing years of misconduct complaints and is establishing a process to forward some of those accounts to the Los Angeles Police Department for criminal review."

Hasbro Has Officially Trademarked the Smell of Play-Doh

BW:

Today, Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) announces that the iconic PLAY-DOH scent, known and loved by fans around the world, is officially recognized by the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a registered trademark of the brand. The trademarked scent, which Hasbro formally describes as a unique scent formed through the combination of a sweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, and the natural smell of a salted, wheat-based dough, makes the PLAY-DOH brand one of the few active and certainly most famous scent trademarks in the country.

Bill Gates on meeting Trump: “So when I first talked to him it was actually kind of scary how much he knew about my daughter’s appearance. Melinda [Gates’s wife] didn’t like that too well”

TG:

Gates told the audience how Trump had encountered his daughter Jennifer, now 22, at a horse show in Florida. “And then about 20 minutes later he flew in on a helicopter to the same place,” the Microsoft co-founder said. “So clearly he had been driven away but he wanted to make a grand entrance in a helicopter.”

"'In the 1950s,' Bertaud writes, 'China established a regulation requiring that at least one room in each apartment receive a minimum of one hour of sunshine on the day of the winter solstice, December 21'"

even though the rule no longer applies, its impact on the spatial structure of Chinese cities remains.”

2018 movie Predator figure by NECA available for preorder

18% off. Also available for preorder, S.H.Monsterarts Godzilla based on the recent animated movie.

Fun thread on special effects








"I went to the exclusive after-party where cryptocurrency investors blew off steam with drugs and naked dancers"

BI:

The group in question had just come from a cruise ship, the Cornucopia Majesty, where a pair of Aston Martins were awarded to two guests through random selection — glowing bracelets were distributed at the start of the cruise, and those lucky enough to receive the bracelets that glowed the longest were gifted the sports cars.

The crowd is visiting the city to attend Consensus, the sprawling blockchain conference that has attracted nearly 8,500 people.

"For years, Chinese students flocked to MSU. Now their numbers are declining"

LSJ:

Between 2006 and 2014, MSU’s Chinese undergraduate enrollment skyrocketed from fewer than 100 to nearly 4,000. For a time, more Chinese undergraduates were enrolled at MSU than at any other university in the country.

Collectively, they've made a tremendous impact — culturally and financially — on MSU and in the surrounding community.

By . . . 2015, the steadily growing stream had begun to ebb. MSU had started recruiting Chinese students earlier than most, but other U.S. schools soon threw their hats in the ring. China began bolstering its own universities. More recently, the federal government has begun issuing fewer student visas.

The decline is more than an issue of demographics for MSU and the surrounding community.

Many Chinese undergraduates arrived with a lot of disposable income. Their presence created new markets for high-end apartments and luxury cars.

New Thundercats and She-Ra







"We got ad men to rebrand evil corporations for 2018"



Skynet and others get a makeover.

"Saudi Arabia has detained at least five people connected to the campaign to end the kingdom’s longtime ban on women driving, despite the fact that the government has promised to lift the ban next month"

NYT:

The Saudi government has billed the lifting of the driving ban as part of a reform push spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The changes have also included curtailing the powers of the religious authorities and expanding the entertainment options available in the conservative kingdom.

But those efforts have coincided with waves of arrests that have scooped up clerics, businessmen, members of the royal family and activists who have a history of challenging the government’s positions.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

FYI new Marvel collections are dramatically cheaper at Amazon than at Comixology

For example, Hulk: Return To Planet Hulk is $4.50 as a cross-purchase at Amazon, but $8.99 at Comixology.

Punisher Invades The 'Nam is $10 versus $19.99.

Poe Dameron Vol. 4 is $6.50 versus $12.99.

At Elon Musk's town hall tonight in Los Angeles


"San Francisco ‘Dream House’ Raffle Draws Scrutiny; No Homes Actually Awarded"

SFC:

The annual raffle, which costs $150 per ticket to enter, is a benefit for the non-profit Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). Over the past decade, the homes offered as the raffle’s grand prize form a gallery of high-end real estate in the city’s priciest neighborhoods. But KPIX 5 has learned that over 10 years of contests, not one of the posh homes have actually been awarded as prizes.

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“It does appear this raffle is getting a reasonable return for this charity,” Borochoff said, noting the contest is perfectly legal.

"Sheffield’s new Mayor might just be the coolest one you’ve ever seen"

Met:

He has even been on Channel 4’s The Hunted, where he tried to evade being captured for a month

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And his official portrait included just as much humour. He chose to crouch on top of the staircase in Sheffield Town Hall, leading to many dubbing him ‘the new Batman’.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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I think the Toyota spokesperson might be pregnant



"The official dance tutorial to This is America by the choreographer herself, Sherrie Silver"

"The new service, which is already being used by thousands of Google employees, will 'frustrate and seduce' users of YouTube’s free service"

BB:

The new approach marks a big cultural shift for YouTube and its parent. Google, a division of Alphabet Inc., has sustained the most popular video site and search engine in the world by prioritizing free, easy-to-use services.

“Our top priority at YouTube is to deliver a great user experience, and that includes ensuring users do not encounter excessive ad loads,” the company said. “For a specific subset of users who use YouTube like a paid music service today -- and would benefit most from additional features -- we may show more ads or promotional prompts to upsell to our paid service.”

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They will “smoke out” people who can afford to pay for a subscription and shepherd them to the new service.

“There’s a lot more people in our funnel that we can frustrate and seduce to become subscribers,”

"Former students recount decades of disturbing behavior by USC gynecologist"

"Women who attended USC from the 1990s onward found themselves reassessing appointments with Tyndall and often recoiling."

Related:

Michigan State University has settled hundreds of lawsuits filed against it by the survivors of MSU doctor Larry Nassar's sexual assaults.

The settlement, which covers all 332 current claimants, will cost Michigan State $500 million

"The U.S. Marine Corps has taken delivery of its first CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter."

"the service is still hoping to eventually buy as many as 200 of the choppers to replace its fleet of aging and increasingly unreliable CH-53E Super Stallions."

"Like most Americans alive today — young or old — Mr. Stern had never heard of this government-approved oppression of the female gender, which was known for decades as the 'American Plan'"

PG:

His senses and curiosity quickly awoke when his professor referred to the United States’ version a century ago of its own “concentration camps,” ones used in America’s case to detain and quarantine women suspected of transmitting sexual diseases. For days, weeks or months at a time, tens of thousands of suspected prostitutes and others deemed to be loose women of questionable moral character were rounded up and locked away, without due process.

The detentions included invasive, forced gynecological examinations of females as young as their early teens and painful, ineffective treatments

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“This was all very sexist, in that any woman who might be promiscuous could be deemed a threat to national security
From last year:
Scott W. Stern's The Trials of Nina McCall, the true story of one of the largest mass quarantines in U.S. history and the women who fought against it, is being adapted into a film.

"Three Israeli men were detained for questioning Friday after a burning kite they tried to fly into the Gaza Strip fell on the Israeli side of the border, setting off a small brushfire"

"The fire was quickly extinguished and the three men were taken into police custody for questioning."

"These Lizards Are Full of Green Blood That Should Kill Them"

TA:

Red blood cells only live for four months or so, and when they die, our bodies recycle the iron within them. That process inadvertently creates a green pigment called biliverdin, which is then converted into a yellow one called bilirubin. Both of these are toxic, and our livers quickly filter them out of our blood. When you get a bruise, the unsightly green and yellow colors come from the biliverdin and bilirubin unleashed by dying red blood cells. When infants get jaundice, that’s the result of bilirubin building up before their newborn livers kick into action.

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The lizards’ blood contains so much of the green pigment that it completely overshadows the normal red of their hemoglobin.

Saquon Barkley's tree trunk legs