Friday, February 28, 2014
RAMIS: When we were shooting the big climactic scene on Central Park West and 65th Street, we stopped traffic in 90 percent of Manhattan.
LASZTO KOVACS: This limousine kept trying to make a left turn. And a police sergeant moved him on. A half an hour later, he’s back. The policeman got so mad because the guy rolled down his window and started arguing. Another cop came over, and they pulled the guy out through the window of the limousine. The cop then said, “Now, you walk.”
It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: seven keys, held by individuals from all over the world, that together control security at the core of the web. The reality is rather closer to The Office than The Matrix
the ceremony we are about to witness sees the coming together of a group of people, from all over the world, who each hold a key to the internet. Together, their keys create a master key, which in turn controls one of the central security measures at the core of the web.
@ModernSerling A shuttle full of Microsoft employees find that every time they stop, they're at the same building they got on at.
— Mike Robles (@michaelrobles) February 28, 2014
Lola refuses to take off her OculusRift saying she's made friends inside. Her bf is stunned when he takes it & finds people asking about her
— Modern Twilight Zone (@ModernSerling) February 28, 2014
A brave sandwich artist at one @SUBWAY discovers a hidden room with Jared clones growing in tanks labeled ham, turkey, and roast beef.
— Modern Twilight Zone (@ModernSerling) February 25, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
"256 plastic barrels support this multistory marvel, which stands up and out even amid a sea of buoyant and stilted architecture in this fishing village alongside Lagos"
Monday, February 24, 2014
It doesn’t hurt that Lauren, after getting out of a four-year relationship with a “pathological liar” who had a drug problem, isn’t necessarily looking for anything serious. So, in OKCupid’s searchable “I’m looking for …” section, she, like most women, selected “long-term dating,” “short-term dating,” and “new friends.” Unlike most women, she also selected “casual sex,” figuring she might as well tell the truth.
Di Silvestri and Morrone, you may recall, traveled to Sochi bearing the flag of Dominica, an island in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean. This may seem odd, since Gary's a native of Staten Island, Angelica's an Italian national, and they live in a mountain palace in Montana. But then, Dominica is the sort of country that tries to sell you "economic citizenship" on its website. Any married couple from anywhere can become Dominicans by depositing $175,000 "into the appropriate account at the National Commercial Bank of Dominica," and paying the Ministry of Finance another $3,530 in tariffs and fees. Di Silvestri and Morrone just went one better by finagling their way onto the nation's previously nonexistent winter Olympics team.
didn't even show up for the 10K women's classic on Feb. 13, claiming injury. (She was the only one of the race's 76 entrants who didn't start.) A day later, in the 15K men's classic, di Silvestri, 47, made it out of the starting gate but gave up just a few hundred meters later, claiming illness. He was reportedly the only starter who failed to make even the first checkpoint.
Board game kickstarter:
Inceptor is a board game that takes place in the dream world. The board represents the inside of a dreamer's mind, who is known as the Mark. Each player is trying to plant an idea in the Mark's dream, hoping that when he wakes, he will carry out their chosen task. The key is to make your task seem achievable to the Mark and to make sure he believes it was his own idea from its inception. In order to do this the dream needs to be so real, that when the Mark wakes up, the planted idea sticks and he performs the mission without a second thought.
From the description of Return of the Jedi:
Okay so Luke bought some sweet cartel gear and knows his way around tattooine. He finds Jabbas palace and doesn't mind earning a few dark side points since he heard that Hutts don't fuck around. Unfortunately, he makes the wrong choice in conversation and loses a ton of Hutt Cartel reputation. He manages to get captured, then thrown into a rancor pit, but he finally learned how to use his bubble-ability, and is able to keep himself alive long enough for him to figure out that he can skip the fight if he throws a rock at a computer terminal. After god-knows-how-long he and his friends manage to break the carbonate CC on the smuggler. They earn TONS of dark side points for blowing up a skiff loaded with wealthy people/slaves, and only manage to survive because the power tech used his knock-back effect on himself and ended up in the sarlaac (essentially a REALLY crappy arena mechanic). They all leave together, but luke needs to go weekly events on dagobah for exp+. His mentor there tells him that he's quitting (probably because all of the fucking F2Pers), and warns him that Empire storyline is boring. Luke leaves the planet and joins up with a raid-group who want to take down the shield generator on Endor.
Star Wars Rebels-style designs by Engleha5t.
"Leopard on the loose in Indian city sparks terror as it runs wild in a hospital, cinema and apartment block"
"A shocked man watches a leopard leap past him in Meerut"
Sunday, February 23, 2014
"At first glance, Katy Perry’s latest music video, the Egypt-themed fantasy 'Dark Horse,' seems to bear little resemblance to actual Egyptian history — but you might want to look twice"
Full disclosure: when I called up some Egyptologists to ask them about Katy Perry, I was fully expecting them to trash the video. The inaccuracies in her similarly-themed performance of the song at the Brits have already been pointed out, and fans who are sticklers for history were turned off the video. But the reality was very different.
“I find this really very wonderful, but I’m willing to bend my formal standards,” says Robert K. Ritner, Professor of Egyptology at the University of Chicago. “Whoever put this together actually knew something about the myth of Cleopatra. There are a number of features in here that I could use in class.”
Labels: music video
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Forty-eight hours ago, Ukraine suffered the deadliest day in its three-month uprising against President Viktor Yanukovych. Twenty-four hours ago, Yanukovych inked a deal with opposition leaders to hold early elections and limit his powers. Now, in the space of a day, everything has changed, again.
Yanukovych has fled to an unknown location in the country’s east or south near the Russian border, where his support is strongest, while parliament has voted 328-0 to remove the president from office and hold early presidential elections in May. The opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, who will likely run in those elections, has arrived in Kiev after being released from prison.
Friday, February 21, 2014
He lives in the shadow beneath the fridge, waiting for children and other little kids. The terrifying beast with hands like a child leaves finger prints on the door in true monster style." He told her, wiggling his fingers in a creepy fashion. She giggled with terrified glee. "Nathan is a sneak. He leaves hand prints on the fridge so the little kids get in trouble. And when daddy gets upset, he sends the little girl or little boy to clean their finger prints off, and--HE GRABS YOUR FEET AND PULLS YOU UNDERNEATH!" He exclaimed, tickling her.
"What's he do with the little kids he takes?" She asked, curious.
"He skins them and makes a little kid suit out of them so he can escape from underneath the fridge." He told her.
"Gross." She said, making a retching motion.
"Did you know your little sister was stolen by Nathan?" He asked, pretending to be serious.
"No she wasn't." Boston said in disbelief.
"You can tell because the skin suit doesn't fit very tight." He added, calling to Boston's little sister, Emily. Emily came running in on stubby little legs and climbed up on daddy's other knee. "Okay. Watch closely and you'll see that your little sister is really Nathan in disguise." Her father told Emily to sit very still. He placed his hand on her scalp and pulled it forward and back making it slide back and forth across her skull.
"Ahhh! Stop, Daddy. Stop!" Boston called, crawling away from her sister. He kept doing it.
"Ooo! Nathan's going to get you." He sang in an eerie voice. "Nathan's going to come out and get you." Emily looked up at her father in irritation and tried to pull away. "The only way to make Nathan come out is like this." He said, licking his finger in preparation for a wet willy. Boston started laughing. Emily looked very angry. He got the finger closer and closer to Emily's ear. "Okay, Nathan. COME OUT!" He called, sticking his wet finger in Emily's ear.
Rajon Rondo is really good at Connect Four:
The Celtics didn't want to change Rondo when he arrived, but they didn't want to hide him either. So at charity functions he perched behind a folding table where he could avoid the back-slapping, baby-hugging and other standard forms of celebrity fakery. He just played Connect Four, against anybody who dared, usually two grids at a time and sometimes three. "This has been going on for six years," Matt Meyersohn, the Celtics' director of community relations, said
"During World War II, nearly 500,000 Purple Heart medals were manufactured in anticipation of the estimated casualties resulting from the planned Allied invasion of Japan"
The Purple Heart medals America gives to soldiers are left over from a battle that never happened:
To the present date, total combined American military casualties of the sixty-five years following the end of World War II—including the Korean and Vietnam Wars—have not exceeded that number. In 2003, there remained 120,000 Purple Heart medals in stock. The existing surplus allowed combat units in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep Purple Hearts on-hand for immediate award to soldiers wounded in the field.
Hansen tweeted out a video of a wolf in her Sochi dorm earlier this week and everyone on the internet went nuts. Thing was, it wasn’t a real video. The video was shot by Jimmy Kimmel, the latest in his series of fake viral videos.
Instead of shooting the fake video in some random dorm hallway, Kimmel had Hansen take a photo of the hallway outside her dorm room, then had his art department work 15 hours to recreate a life-sized replica of the Sochi dorm in his studio.
From there it was just the simple matter of bringing in a real Timber Wolf mix named Rugby and letting him run through the fake hallway.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
From a long article at GameInformer:
A similar situation arose with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed’s protagonist, Starkiller. “[That name] was only supposed to be a nickname or call sign, not a proper name from the beginning,” a former LucasArts employee says. The development team hoped that Lucas would give Vader’s apprentice a Darth moniker, which at the time, was something that didn’t happen often.
“The team threw a Hail Mary to George, saying the game would have more credibility if the apprentice had a ‘Darth’ title,” a Force Unleashed team member says. Lucas agreed that this situation made sense for Sith royalty, and offered up two Darth titles for the team to choose from. “He threw out ‘Darth Icky’ and ‘Darth Insanius.’ There was a pregnant pause in the room after that. People waiting for George to say ‘just kidding,’ but it never comes, and he just moved on to another point.”
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Starbucks isn't an Olympic sponsor and is therefore forbidden to have an official presence here.
But after Mr. Glinton, a journalist for NPR, trailed the mystery cup for several hundred feet, its owner told him that he was out of luck. It came from the "office," she said—the Olympic broadcasting center where NBC has its own secret Starbucks.
The media giant, which paid $775 million for exclusive U.S. broadcasting rights for the Games, has erected the Sochi Starbucks in its cordoned-off area of the Olympic media center.