Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Charming ideas for a Jurassic Park-themed bar

Nashville man accused of planting weapons and tools in a maximum security facility as it was being constructed in order to facilitate future escapes

An article from February:

"We are not confident we've found everything," Hall said Wednesday morning. "We are not going to work here until we're comfortable."

There is no clear opening date for the detention center, and between labor and equipment, the cost to repair the damage is $2 million and rising


"This has never been done anywhere. It will forever change how correctional facilities are built"
An update today:
The Nashville man who authorities say was behind an elaborate plot to stash firearms in the walls of the Davidson County Downtown Detention Center created a practice model to rehearse his scheme and had a cache of firearms in storage, a federal indictment shows.

Charging documents show that [the accused], a criminal justice advocate, created a practice facility in a basement, which was discovered in March when authorities executed a search warrant.


During his trips to the DDC, authorities say he stored weapons, guns, razor blades and handcuff keys in various hiding spots around the center.

"Hertz is a Frankenstein of financial engineering, beginning with its leveraged buyout in 2005 and continuing long after its private equity owners cashed out"

"the private equity firms de-risked while the company re-levered"

Etsy vendor wanted to sell facemasks that said “NYC Strong” in Yiddish - but the final product said “NYC Crotch” instead (Quaranzine)

New Humble Bundle features City Skylines

$1 for City Skylines and City Skylines Deep Focus Radio.

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"For more than a year, a violent tow truck war has been raging across the Greater Toronto Area"

From February in The Globe and Mail:

Dozens of trucks have been set on fire, and at least two men tied to the industry have been killed – one as he stood in front of his mother’s Scarborough home. The feuding shows no signs of abating, with at least two arsons reported in York Region during the first week of February alone.


A car that has been in a crash typically needs more than just a tow from Point A to Point B. It may need repair work, and the driver might need physiotherapy. It’s an open secret in the industry that some body shops and rehab clinics will pay tow truck drivers to bring them business. As a result of these kickback fees, a single car can yield thousands of dollars, and “chasers” are racing each other to every job.


In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the city’s boroughs were unofficially carved up into “kingdoms” by towing operators – an arrangement that required some companies to pay organized crime groups for protection in order to work, the report explained. In some cases, these groups were paid a flat monthly fee. In others, they took a cut of each job.
An update today:
Police announced 20 arrests in total.


According to police, evidence seized as part of the search warrants includes:

11 tow trucks.
Dozens of guns, including handguns, shotguns, rifles, and a machine gun.
Thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Two conductive energy weapons and brass knuckles.
An assortment of drugs, including five kilograms of fentanyl, 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, 1.25 kilograms of crystal meth and 1.5 kilograms of pot.
Over $500,000 in cash.
And a 2014 article about Los Angeles:
Bandit tow trucks will take your car for ransom

Reviews for Netflix's Space Force are in, and mostly, "yikes"

Rolling Stone asks "How did this happen, though? How did so much talent and money go to such waste?"

The headline at The Daily Beast is "Steve Carell’s New Netflix Series ‘Space Force’ Is Shockingly Bad"

Entertainment Weekly calls it "an innocuous and startlingly unfunny sitcom"

57% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes when I checked.

Annihilation poster commission (art roundup)

Monday, May 25, 2020

Lots of fun factoids about Mission Impossible 2

From a very long thread:

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One Cut of the Dead is a very fun zombie movie

It's a nesting doll of absurdity, and when you think it's over, is really just starting. Definitely better to go in knowing as little as possible.

99 cent rental at Amazon, or free if you have Shudder.