Saturday, August 17, 2019

Time is a flat circle, Al-Qaeda edition

The Wikipedia entry starts:
Al-Qaeda, translation: "The Base", "The Foundation" or "The Database"

Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

Super 7 toys based on the Conan movie and WWE x Masters of the Universe


"TikTok is the new frontier of social media advertising"


Now at more than 4 million fans, Bailey said she posts a sponsored video about once a week. She didn't want to get into specifics about the brands she's worked with, but said she's often paid by a music label to use a particular song.


It's not just the initial sponsored post that makes TikTok so attractive — it's the viral factor. A truly successful campaign happens when other users start using the promoted audio, turning a sponsored post into an organic-looking trend.


"People more and more, especially on Instagram — they can’t stand anymore someone posting something in their feeds like, 'Hey guys, I tried this product,'" said Alessandro Bogliari, the CEO and cofounder of Influencer Marketing Factory. The agency is one a handful that have focused on TikTok.

One of its successes was with the song "100 Bad Stories" by AJR in a campaign paid for by Sony. They had two influencers use the song in videos, which were tied in with a challenge.
And speaking of influencers:

Old school-style influencing:
The former head of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning is facing a $281,250 ethics fine, the largest financial penalty ever sought by the city’s Ethics Commission for a current or former city employee.


left his government job in January 2016 after spending more than five years running the department, which reviews real estate development projects across the city. Within a few months, he was lobbying planning department officials on behalf of the clients he had picked up while operating his new land-use consulting business

Venom tiki mug by Mondo (art roundup)

*Buy Space Force goods at ebay.

"Zootopia 2: 2 Topia" and other funny D23 predictions

New Patrick O'Brian novel or thread about playing the video game Sea of Thieves?

Excerpts from the lengthy thread:

Wargaming miniatures roundup

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Hong Kong protest posters featuring dogs in gas masks

*Previously: Protest lasers, protest dog.

"20 years ago today, the first website for a band debuted in cyberspace"

Robin Sloan Bechtel at Medium:

I wanted to try some more experiments, as there was a blank canvas to innovate. Two online services, Prodigy and CompuServe, were quickly becoming popular and so were screensavers. We created one for the Beastie Boys and uploaded it into the software and gaming forums to see what would happen. We also put the screensavers on floppy disks with a whopping 1.5 meg of disk space, not even room for a single song.


Since I had real job responsibilities during the day, I would spend my nights alone in the Capitol Tower, just trying to get that damn computer to dial up a modem, in hopes of being rewarded with that glorious sound of the modem connecting. Back then, we tech geeks called it “the handshake.”


One day, I got a memo in “interoffice mail.” I was invited to be on a task force for the upcoming Megadeth album Youthanasia and I was to attend the first brainstorming meeting.


So even though no one had a clue what I was talking about, I wrote a proposal to create a “virtual cybertown in cyberspace.” It would be called Megadeth, Arizona—based on where the band lived and recorded their album.


Right before the site launched, I started to panic. Is this any good? Is the band going to hate it? Will heavy metal fans revolt?

But at the same time, we didn’t think any of that mattered, because we didn’t think anyone would even see it.

Then we went live.


At the height of Megadeth, Arizona’s popularity, Capitol wanted to close down the site because the band’s album cycle was ending—still living in a world of limited promotional flights and expiring campaigns. Can you imagine shutting down a popular site today?

"The New York City Police Department . . . lost its ninth officer this year to suicide"


“This is crazy,” said Denise Jablonski-Kaye, a clinical psychologist and the assistant commanding officer of behavioral science services at the LAPD. “It really is.”

Since July 2017, there have been no reported suicides of officers at the LAPD, where the department has an entirely different way of handling mental health services.

Jablonski-Kaye believes the NYPD needs to immediately change its approach, noting that the LAPD has 16 full-time clinical psychologists who are embedded in its force — each has an assigned station that they visit most weeks, and participate in ride-alongs — and offer free counseling with no limit on sessions.


In Los Angeles, 350 officers are trained in peer support, with Jablonski-Kaye noting that’s how most officers — there are 10,000 in the department — first access the clinical psychologist services.

At the LAPD, unlike most police departments, including the NYPD, the staff psychologists who conduct debriefing sessions with officers after traumatic incidents or hold private counseling sessions are not the same people who oversee fitness-for-duty examinations under the health department.

Deluxe Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure dolls

With lots of accessories. (Now, make an add-on with Alex Winters's Lost Boys jacket...)