Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Walls of Fame: The Unforgettable Sports Posters of the Costacos Brothers is out today, and 37% off

$31 at Amazon:

Rediscover your childhood sense of awe with the Costacos Brothers’ official collection of the iconic sports posters that adorned the bedrooms of a generation.

John and Tock Costacos share stories of the hard work, luck, giant prop baseball bats, wild animals, explosives, Ferraris, and semi-automatic weapons that forged an indelible bond between fans and their NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL idols.

With more than 100 posters and never-before-seen outtakes and concept art, Walls of Fame: The Unforgettable Sports Posters of the Costacos Brothers is an extraordinary look back at the golden age of sports heroes.

More than 100 posters are featured, including:

Mapping apps sometimes intentionally send drivers on non-optimal routes

Last Monday, we wrote: “No data collected through Portal — even call log data or app usage data, like the fact that you listened to Spotify — will be used to target users with ads on Facebook.”

We wrote that because that’s what we were told by Facebook executives.

But Facebook has since reached out to change its answer: Portal doesn’t have ads, but data about who you call and data about which apps you use on Portal can be used to target you with ads on other Facebook-owned properties.

Craig Biggio, no flinch

Art roundup

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Zebra - Tell Me What You Want

The hugely-thighed, super-articulated Arcade Edition Chun-Li figure by Storm Collectibles is available for preorder

Two faces, multiple hands etc.

Monday, October 15, 2018

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Chaos Watch & Pens by Sylvester Stallone

From 2013: "It rewrote the rules for pen design with its virile, majestic, imposing form."

Kawhi's arms

Previously: Kawhi's hands.

Video game roundup

"'If it is your job to advance technology, safety cannot be your No. 1 concern,' Levandowski told me"

New Yorker:

One day in 2011, a Google executive named Isaac Taylor learned that, while he was on paternity leave, Levandowski had modified the cars’ software so that he could take them on otherwise forbidden routes. A Google executive recalls witnessing Taylor and Levandowski shouting at each other. Levandowski told Taylor that the only way to show him why his approach was necessary was to take a ride together. The men, both still furious, jumped into a self-driving Prius and headed off.

The car went onto a freeway, where it travelled past an on-ramp. According to people with knowledge of events that day, the Prius accidentally boxed in another vehicle, a Camry. A human driver could easily have handled the situation by slowing down and letting the Camry merge into traffic, but Google’s software wasn’t prepared for this scenario. The cars continued speeding down the freeway side by side. The Camry’s driver jerked his car onto the right shoulder. Then, apparently trying to avoid a guardrail, he veered to the left; the Camry pinwheeled across the freeway and into the median. Levandowski, who was acting as the safety driver, swerved hard to avoid colliding with the Camry, causing Taylor to injure his spine so severely that he eventually required multiple surgeries.

The Prius regained control and turned a corner on the freeway, leaving the Camry behind. Levandowski and Taylor didn’t know how badly damaged the Camry was. They didn’t go back to check on the other driver or to see if anyone else had been hurt. Neither they nor other Google executives made inquiries with the authorities. The police were not informed that a self-driving algorithm had contributed to the accident.

Levandowski, rather than being cowed by the incident, later defended it as an invaluable source of data, an opportunity to learn how to avoid similar mistakes. He sent colleagues an e-mail with video of the near-collision. Its subject line was “Prius vs. Camry.” (Google refused to show me a copy of the video or to divulge the exact date and location of the incident.) He remained in his leadership role and continued taking cars on non-official routes.

Brewery tour/haunted house experience in Atlanta

Sweetwater Scream.

Hot Toys clearance sale at the BBTS

Markdowns + purchases come with significant store credit. So, for example, after the deal, Boyega/Finn is $135, The Rock/Roadblock is $120, and Mandarin/Trevor is $89.

Arms crossed

Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel is $1.99 today

at Amazon.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

"Tyndall Air Force Base a ‘Complete Loss’ Amid Questions About Stealth Fighters"

From October 11:

Tyndall Air Force Base, which was shredded on Wednesday when Hurricane Michael swept across the Florida Panhandle, may be some of the Air Force’s most advanced — and most expensive — stealth fighter jets.

Tyndall is home to 55 F-22 stealth fighters, which cost a dizzying $339 million each. Before the storm, the Air Force sent at least 33 of the fighters to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

Air Force officials have not disclosed the whereabouts of the remaining 22 planes

Related: "Why Fighter Jets Can't All Simply Fly Away To Escape Storms"
The F-22, in particular, is more analogous to an exotic supercar or even a high-end race car than anything else. It requires dozens of hours of maintenance for every single flight hour and deep maintenance can take days or even many weeks to accomplish, depending on what is needed to be done and availability of spare parts, which can be scarce.

Ten funny tweets

The partly live action Scooby-Doo parody of The Blair Witch Project that aired once on Cartoon Network

Some comments on its creation:

The suburban neighborhood interviews were shot at one of the producer's parents' house, (they were both interviewed in the final product) and the forest scenes were shot in one of the other producers' parents backyard. We'd drive up after work, stage the tents, piles, and sticks, and shoot everything on Mini-DV.


The live-action Mystery Machine was on a promotional tour of Canada around that time so some of the producers flew up and shot that footage in a day.

The press conference was shot in a conference room right off the cafeteria in the middle of a workday. The deputy in the background was played by a programming exec who's developed a lot of your favorite shows over the last twenty years. And bunch more of us around the office did the voices of the press shouting questions.
Yes, it ends in the basement.

Related, there's a new Scooby-Doo movie featuring Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis:


Marching band flossing in unison


Micro horror anthology

"All New Candlelight Tour at Winchester Mystery House"


In keeping with the subtle creepy atmosphere cultivated here, she didn’t announce “I’m a ghost”, but as she spoke that fact became clear. Indeed, this is an entirely new story-line involving 13 mysterious doors and their links to the supernatural. There are still cool little effects here and there that aren’t even mentioned, but the main effects are increasingly prevalent. In fact, there seems to be a steady movement for the type of experience envisioned by Rolly Crump when the Haunted Mansion was seen as a walk-through attraction: small groups spending a few minutes in a scene culminating with a special effect. And no longer content to simply create an atmosphere of general creepiness, the spirits of the house are resorting to full-blown scares that even includes a black-walled maze with lurkers waiting to hit you with shock and awe. If you’re considering bringing children under say, 10, make sure they’re of hearty stock

Wargaming Miniatures Roundup