Thursday, September 20, 2018

"Newport Beach Police Deploy A Podcast In The Hunt For A Suspected Killer"


Newport Beach Police Chief Jon T. Lewis said at a news conference on Wednesday that he hopes the podcast will help spread the word about the case, noting that because of Chadwick's financial resources, he could be anywhere in the world.

"Bob Iger Talks Disney's Streaming Service, 'Roseanne,' James Gunn and a Coming 'Star Wars' 'Slowdown'"


I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn't mean we're not going to make films. J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven't been specific about. And we are just at the point where we're going to start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.'s. But I think we're going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing.

"Whale shows . . . are proliferating at new marine parks across [China], driving demand for threatened species"


Orcas and beluga whales are among the marine animals caught up in a shadowy trade in which individual cetaceans – often caught illegally – sell for millions of dollars, they say.

Marine parks and aquariums are opening monthly in China, with more than 36 large-scale projects set to launch in the coming two years. This comes as many live animal shows in the United States and Europe are being scrapped due to widespread opposition.

"Ticketmaster Has Secretly Been Cheating You With Its Own Scalpers"

Rolling Stone:

Ticketmaster has not issued any public comment, but in a statement to CBC, said that “as the world’s leading ticketing platform, representing thousands of teams, artists and venues, we believe it is our job to offer a marketplace that provides a safe and fair place for fans to shop, buy and sell tickets in both the primary and secondary markets.”

Micro horror anthology

Pas-De-Deux Vaulting - Italy claims gold! FEI World Equestrian Games 2018


VAULTING is simply described as gymnastics on horseback, and has a history as an equestrian act at circuses, but its origins stretch back at least two thousand years. Vaulting is a harmonious bond between horse and athlete that creates awe-inspiring acrobatic displays of skill and precision.

All vaulting routines—team, individual, and freestyle—are performed on the back of a cantering horse, traveling in a circle and attached to a lunge line. Competitors are judged on their ability to smoothly execute compulsory movements demonstrating strength, flexibility, and balance during their routines. The horses are an important part of the team and, like the human gymnasts, are also judged on their performance.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ten funny tweets

"Ethereal Fog Sculptures Are Rolling Through Boston’s Parks"


The Japanese artist has presented her atmospheric works more than 80 times across four continents. Now 85 years old, Nakaya is unveiling her most extensive exhibition yet: Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace. For 12 weeks, through October 31, her fog sculptures will be mist-ifying five of Boston’s parks: the Arnold Arboretum, the Fens, Franklin Park, Jamaica Pond, and Olmsted Park. The free public installation is part of a 20th-anniversary celebration for the Emerald Necklace


Her father, physicist and science essayist Ukichiro Nakaya, created the world’s first artificial snowflakes, in 1936.

Super Punch has been updated to https everywhere

I'm also slowly updating old posts to strip out embedded code from defunct sites.

"Dorothy Woolfolk and the invention of kryptonite"


During Woolfolk's brief, seven-issue run as editor of Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane, Lois began to fully support feminism


Although Woolfolk was gone, the backlash against her took some time to die off. The letters pages dealing with Lois' feminism were fielded by an unknown writer calling himself Alexander the Great, and his responses are so aggressive towards women that they're honestly quite difficult to read, particularly through a modern lens.


Jarringly, the editor that replaced Dorothy Woolfolk on Wonder Woman before she even began, Robert Kanigher, immediately murdered an analogue of her on panel. “Dottie Cottonwood, woman editor” is shot by a sniper and immediately killed in one of the most unquestionably tasteless scenes ever to appear in a comic, which is definitely saying something.

Micro horror anthology

"BeingMicronesian in Hawaii Means Lots Of Online Hate"

"stigmatized as freeloaders and troublemakers, similar to stereotypes against undocumented immigrants on the mainland"

"The Mirai Botnet Architects Are Now Fighting Crime With the FBI"


In a separate eight-page document, the government lays out how, over the 18 months since the FBI first made contact with the trio, they have worked extensively behind the scenes with the agency and the broader cybersecurity community to put their advanced computer skills to noncriminal uses. “Prior to even being charged, the defendants have engaged in extensive, exceptional cooperation with the United States Government,” prosecutors wrote, saying that their cooperation was “noteworthy in both its scale and its impact.”

Video game roundup

"John Hancock to sell only interactive life insurance"

"John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones"

Art roundup

New clearance sale at the BBTS

Substantial markdowns on very large number of items. Also, the Doctor Aphra figure is now available for individual preorder.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Ten funny tweets

Spaceballs did it before The Last Jedi

"Captain Marvel’s mohawk costume is the result of [Kelly Sue DeConnick]’s bet"


“So [editor Steve Wacker] sent some designs that were done in-house and I did not love them. And I was like, ‘Can we get Jamie McKelvie to do this?’ And he was like, ‘No, we don’t have the budget for it.’”


“And so I called Jamie and was like, ‘Alright, I want you to make a bet with me. I bet if you do a Carol Danvers redesign for Captain Marvel that Marvel will buy the design from you. And if I win this bet, then I get a redesign and you get paid. And if I lose this bet, I will pay for the redesign.’”

Doctor Aphra figure available for preorder

Currently as part of a set.

New Mythic Legions figures available for preorder, too.

"With the help of social media, some [sports] trainers are using the exposure to become entrepreneurs, newsmakers, and even celebrities in their own right"


Suddenly, his phone rings. Bazzell doesn’t recognize the number, so he rejects the call. A text message follows almost immediately.

Hey, this is Kobe Bryant. Call me back.

At first, Bazzell thinks it’s a prank. It’s not. Bryant wants Bazzell to train his daughter’s seventh-grade basketball team the following weekend—a two-a-day Friday, six hours Saturday, and another two-a-day Sunday: 14 practice hours in total.

"What’s it like to be one of the 'regular people' in those Chevy commercials?"

From 2017:

Instead I went to a hall that was completely empty. I’m not exaggerating. It was, like, two people sitting at a folding table completely alone in the middle of an empty convention center with nothing around. They were waving to me like, “Over here. You’re here for the market research session.” It felt like a mile walk. It was so awkward, like when you hold the door for someone and you’re waiting for them, but they’re really far away.

I got there, though, and I filled out a questionnaire and signed a bunch of stuff. They wired me up, and then they told me to wait with three other people, who I assumed were there for the market research, too. No one knew what was going on. They offered us water and snacks, and we just kind of sat there in the middle of an empty convention center for 20 to 30 minutes while everyone who worked there was whispering weird stuff. They all had these matching polos with this market research company name on it.

It kind of felt like we were about to be euthanized, to be honest. I’m serious. I almost walked away just because—I don’t want to say they treated us badly, because they didn’t, but they just didn’t really talk to us. It was strange.


They let us into this room, and it was completely dark.

Today was the Air Force's birthday

"The US Air Force was officially founded on 18 September 1947"

Monday, September 17, 2018

Carbonite easter egg in Solo

Related, there's some new carbonite sculptures available for preorder at the BBTS.

Sea Monster miniature

Typhoon Manghkut

Sunday, September 16, 2018

S.H.Figuarts Infinity War Iron Man available for preorder

Includes swappabale blade arms, arm cannon, wings.

Typhoon Manghkut

Wargaming miniatures roundup

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