Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's day thread

Wargaming miniatures roundup

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Art roundup

Saturday, June 16, 2018

"OMDO plays just like DOOM, except every frame is a random dot autostereogram"

"I've always had a lame superpower, that I can see Magic Eye images with no effort at all. So I was very excited to see somebody made a Doom game with it."

Ten funny tweets

Los Angeles data

Friday, June 15, 2018

"City investigators soon received reports of more unusual activities, such as staffers being punished by having to eat an entire pizza in one sitting"


That probe, in turn, led personnel department officials to uncover unauthorized purchases, falsified invoices and $24,900 in payments to a consulting company that did not in fact exist


The allegations represent the second major scandal to hit the department in the last decade. Between 2011 and 2013, three building inspectors were convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for building sign-offs, and others were fired as a result of a larger probe.

Hot Toys Dooku figure available for preorder with special accessories

Force lightning, special in-motion saber effect, and "holograms":

Hologram projector
Death Star hologram
Jango Fett hologram
B1 Battle Droid hologram
Darth Sidious hologram

Thursday, June 14, 2018

"ICE spends more than $2 billion a year on immigrant detention through private jails"

From November:

In its latest budget request, ICE has asked for more than 51,000 detainee beds — a 25 percent increase over the last year.

"The drug trade in Afghanistan, which helps fund the insurgency and impedes reconstruction efforts, has grown stronger despite billions of dollars spent by the U.S. to fight it"


When the U.S. and its allies intervened in Afghanistan in late 2001, poppy cultivation was at a historic low. Last year, cultivation jumped by 63 percent from the year before to a record high of about 1,265 square miles, or more than 20 times the land area of Washington, D.C., according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The country currently produces about 90 percent of the world’s illicit opium.

Deluxe Dread Pirate Roberts/Westley figure available for preorder

Accessories include a chalice. Also available for preorder, Funko Vynl Darth Vader (next best thing to a Dark Helmet).

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"113 Politicians Have Been Killed Ahead Of Mexico’s Election. There Are Still Two Weeks To Go"


The attacks have been brazen. Last month, several commandos went around Ignacio Zaragoza, a town of less than 7,000 people about 200 miles southwest of El Paso, Texas, burning houses and cars belonging to several local candidates.

Ten funny tweets

"A concentrated campaign of price manipulation may have accounted for at least half of the increase in the price of Bitcoin and other big cryptocurrencies last year"

"Bitcoin is now down more than 65 percent from the highs it hit late last year."

Tons of new Marvel Legends figures available for preorder

Thanos, Spider-Ham, Typhoid Mary, Doctor Octopus...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Nike BOX Msk soccer playground in Gorky Park

"inspired by the traditional Russian korobka . . . These courtyard cages form the heart of Russian football"

"St. Louis jury orders Rams to pay $12.5 million to former NFL running back [Reggie Bush] injured in 2015 game at Dome"


The former San Francisco 49er filed suit in 2016, claiming he suffered a season-ending knee injury during a game against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 1, 2015. Bush was returning a punt when he was pushed out of bounds, then slipped and fell on what his lawsuit called a “concrete ring of death,” a strip of exposed concrete about 35 feet behind the 49ers bench.

High-rise raccoon, pool bear

"It was raining in the data center"


“‘Jay, there’s a cloud in the data centre,’
‘What do you mean, outside?’
‘No, inside.’
… It was raining in the data center.”


The ‘extreme changes’ described in the report above were caused by an accidental feedback loop of high temperature and low humidity air from the hot rows entering a water-based evaporative cooling system.


“For a few minutes, you could stand in Facebook’s data center and hear the pop and fizzle of Facebook’s ultra-lean servers

"Fyre Festival founder charged with scamming people out of $100K while out on bail"

"Prosecutors say the scheme to sell tickets to exclusive events . . . was a fraud from the start, and one which specifically targeted people who had fallen for the Fyre Festival."

Monday, June 11, 2018

"Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized Sunday for eating at Chick-fil-A during Pride Month"


The former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien tweeted: "This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, @jack."

Dorsey responded: "You're right. Completely forgot about their background."

It's raining volcanic gems in Hawaii

Death Stranding trailer

Art roundup

Starlink Battle for Atlas available for preorder

At Amazon:

Starter Pack Includes: 1 star Link video game with star Fox story mission 1 arwing Starship 1 Fox mccloud 1 flamethrower weapon 1 frost barrage weapon 1 digital shredder weapon 1 mason rana pilot 1 digital zenith Starship 1 Controller mount 1 star Link poster.

"Using these devices, he says oil companies can squeeze the longest possible oil exploration season into steadily shrinking winters"


Oil companies now help support a cottage industry of consultants and product manufacturers in Alaska, all providing workarounds for the fact that the frozen ground they rely on to produce oil isn't as frozen as it used to be.

Although Shumaker says when he talks to customers, he doesn't bring up why temperatures are rising.


"To be honest, climate change is pretty good business for our company," says Ed Yarmak, who runs Arctic Foundations and gets about half his work from oil companies on the North Slope. "We're in the business of making things colder."

Jurassic Park Evolution reviews are here

"It’s a greater disappointment because it falls so short of Planet Coaster"

"It almost seems like something out of a bad mobile game"

The Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition comes with a bag of plastic miniatures and a wearable helmet

Listed at Amazon.

Ten funny tweets

"Can the rural prison economy survive the era of decarceration?"


Justice Reinvestment 2, a package of bills that passed out of the state Senate but is awaiting consideration by the House, aims to save $48 million by shedding 696 inmates over five years.


Last year, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance analyzed the impact of closing any one of three prisons in that corner of the state. It found that if one were to close, not only would 400 or more prison employees be out of work, but more than 100 other jobs, like those at restaurants frequented by staff and visitors, would disappear, sapping tens of millions of dollars from the regional economy.

And that would be just the start, said Brian Hansbury, vice president of the Schuylkill Economic Development Corp.

As he studied the potential impact of closing SCI Frackville, he grew alarmed. The sewer authority would lose $348,000 annually, nearly a quarter of its revenue. The water authority would lose $283,000. And Wheelabrator, a cogeneration plant powered by waste coal from long-defunct anthracite mines, would lose a $700,000 contract to provide steam to heat the prison.

"Domino’s Pizza is filling in potholes in towns across the U.S. with a new 'Paving for Pizza' initiative"


Domino’s has already been working with four municipalities to help repair potholes on roads, including Bartonville, Texas, Milford, Delaware, Athens, Georgia, and Burbank, California.

In Milford, Domino’s says it helped fix 40 potholes on 10 roads in 10 hours with four crew members.


Domino’s customers can nominate their town for pothole repairs on the Paving for Pizza website, and if selected, their city will “receive funds to help repair roads so pizzas make it home safely."

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Justify's win

"Belmont controversy erupts: Did alliance ensure a Justify victory?"

"Disneyland plans? How we rode 17 attractions in one day, with time to spare, using apps as our guide"


is this one app enough? In our experience, no.

That’s why we turned to the popular app Lines. It’s from the creators of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and the related website The app recommends which rides to see, in what order, to minimize time in line, based on historic data and your group’s preferences. Lines is free, but requires an annual subscription to use two of its more powerful features: real-time attraction wait times and a calendar that forecasts overall crowds at each of the parks on any given day.


The official Disneyland Resort app also has an premium upsell within it for a newer feature called MaxPass.


The Lines app asked us to select how fast we walk, whether to minimize waiting or walking, if we’d be using a MaxPass, or if we had a FastPass runner who’d scamper and get our physical kiosk FastPass reservations while the rest of our group hoofed it to the next attraction. We chose “average,” “balance,” “no,” and “no.” We also decided not to include meal or break times, assuming we’d snack while in motion.

Yesterday's improbable comeback win by USC in the 4x400--they needed to win to claim the national championship

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Blu-ray + Digital is $10 right now

At Amazon.

Art roundup

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Wargaming miniatures roundup

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I haven’t done a throwback this week with all the WIP shots and so I decided to go right back to the very start of my Instagram experience. Before I was posting on here at the end of last year I did a collaboration with @anvils_of_konor and painted this guy. It was Jacks post on Instagram that peaked my interest in starting to use my Instagram account and then I was convinced by @bigdenopaints a month or so later and couldn’t be happier, insta is where it’s at for minis! Was pretty happy with this guy at the time and still happy with him now, you’ve probably already seen him posted by anvils already but a throwback to get him on my account can’t hurt ;) converted / built by @anvils_of_konor, base and paintwork by me. If you’re not following Jack then you should definitely check out his page @anvils_of_konor he does some awesome work! #throwback #collaboration #emperorschildren #3rdlegion #paintingminis #paintingminiatures #paintingwarhammer #paintingforgeworld #gamesworkshop #warhammer40k #warhammer #horusheresy #horusheresyfigureseries #vardo
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Deepmare scales tutorial: Hey hey! So a few people have been asking how I did the scales on my deepmare so here’s a little tutorial to show how easy it is! 1. Base wild rider red. 2. Shade with a 50/50 mix of khorne red and Lahmian Medium. Your aiming to cover about 3/4 of the scale here. I find if you start in the crevice and wiggle out you can blend it out smoothly. 3. Deep shade with a 70/30 mix of abbadon black and khorne red. Again use Lahmian Medium to blend it out. Now just focus on the top half of the scale, your just trying to add depth not saturation as with the previous glaze. (Don’t worry about being messy with these two stages, we’ll tidy it up with the edge highlights!) 4. Chunky edge highlight troll slayer orange. 5. Edge highlight kislev flesh. 6. Extreme edge the top tip of the scale with a 50/50 mix of Kislev flesh and white scar. That’s all! Hope this helps everyone and try not to judge my painting skills too much, it’s terrifying putting up such zoomed in pics of my models 😂 #idonethdeepkin #ageofsigmar #paintingwarhammer #hobby #tutorial #scales #warmongers #gamesworkshop #warhammer #deepmare
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