Monday, July 15, 2019

"For the doctor behind Happy Foot Sad Foot sign, a strange kind of fame comes to an end


Over the last four decades, the Happy Foot Sad Foot sign at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way has become the neighborhood’s mascot and mood ring.

The more mystical residents of Echo Park swear the sign works like a giant rotating fortune cookie or tarot card. If you see the sign on its happy side, you’ll have a good day, and if you see the sad side, you’ll have a bad day.


It’s one of those uniquely Los Angeles landmarks that begin life as objects of revulsion or disdain, then become ironically celebrated by a later generation of residents and are eventually anointed as fondly, iconically weird by another.


A lot of people are shocked to discover that the sign is associated with an actual foot clinic. But a Los Angeles Football Club fan collective has adopted Lim’s sign as a mascot, and recently he noticed that a store down the street is selling T-shirts with the sign’s image.
*Previously: "Billiken backlash: SLU will redesign mascot again"

Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

Masters of the Universe Mer-Man figure by Mondo available for preorder

Multiple heads, feet, weapons. There's a new Phillie Phanatic figure available for preorder, too.

Metroid comic with suspense and humor

Artists's shop and Patreon.

*Previously: Jell-O Metroid.

Ideas for a horror-themed recipe book

*Previously: Beef Wellington sandwich recipe.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The big Marvel comics sale has started at Amazon/Comixology

For example, The Immortal Hulk and Runaways are less than 99 cents an issue. Avengers #13 by Jason Aaron and Andrea Sorrentino, part of this volume, was the most I enjoyed a super hero comic this year.

"They disappeared in an attempt to Make Eastern Europe Great Again"

Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

Look at the freehand painting on this Warhammer 40,000 Titan's shield


*Buy painted miniatures at ebay.

When your fan fiction-generating neural net is trained on Star Wars and knitting, the results are magical

*Previously: "SkyKnit: How an AI Took Over an Adult Knitting Community"

Anthem: Legion of Dawn Edition (PS4) is $14.99 right now

81% off right now at Amazon.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

"A strange thing happened when Jeffrey Epstein came back to New York City after being branded a sex offender: His reputation appeared to rise"


Powerful female friends served as social guarantors


The positive online notices appeared to have been paid for by Mr. Epstein: A writer employed by his foundation churned out the news releases, and the supposed author of a Forbes story calling Mr. Epstein “one of the largest backers of cutting edge science” conceded in an interview that he was given $600 to post the pre-written article under his own name.


Of all the names Mr. Epstein dropped, perhaps the most frequent was Harvard’s.

Though Mr. Epstein never attended Harvard or even got a college degree, the university has been a recurring theme in his self-styled image as a Renaissance man of finance and science. He found Harvard’s doors open to him once he opened his wallet, with donations starting in the early 1990s that eventually totaled at least $7.5 million.

He took to wearing Harvard sweatshirts, gravitated to mingling with celebrity scientists


Although he was often described as a billionaire, Mr. Epstein did not come close in his philanthropy to other superrich people. His charitable foundations rarely gave away more than $1 million a year during the 2000s, according to tax records, and much of it was money others had given him.