Monday, April 22, 2019

"Federal appeals court says tire-chalking by parking enforcement officers is unconstitutional"


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, in a first-of-its-kind decision, ruled that marking a car’s tires to gather information is a form of trespass requiring a warrant, similar to police attaching a GPS to a vehicle to track a suspected drug dealer.

Brie Larson wearing the Infinity Stones

The Peloton is watching and listening

From 2017:
It’s also worth noting that the Peloton tablet attached to the bike has a front-facing camera and microphone built into it. Peloton says this can be used for video chatting among members — a feature that almost every single Peloton user I spoke to while writing this story said they’ve never used. How customers feel about the camera and microphone probably depends on whether they’re also the kind of person who covers up their laptop camera and uses encrypted messaging apps, but I’m not embarrassed to say I felt unnerved having a camera aimed at me while I was sweating my way through online classes. One person close to the company told me that Michelle Obama has a Peloton, but it’s been modified, without a camera or microphone. Peloton declined to comment on this at all, as did the press office of Michelle Obama.

Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

Burning Daylight trailer

Free on Steam.

Extremely customizable 2.95" figures by Kotobukiya

The Hexa Gear Early Governor includes five heads, and lots of hands and weapons.

Please submit to this taxi's "gender estimation" program

And some more technology:

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Mysterio and other new Marvel Legends available for preorder

Scorpion, Doppelganger Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, movie costumes, and more.

Stairs to nowhere

*Previously: Final Fantasy-style bookmark.

"A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies"

Good short story by Alix Harrow.

Someone needs to update the Wikipedia photo for Interrogation

Easter with Kanye

Wargaming miniatures roundup

*See more miniatures.

"Finland’s Hobbyhorse Girls, Once a Secret Society, Now Prance in Public"

NYT with lots of photos:

A dozen girls waited in line in a Helsinki arena for the dressage competition, ready to show off their riding skills, their faces masks of concentration.

The judge put them through their paces — walk, trot, canter — and then asked them for a three-step rein-back, that classic test of a dressage horse’s training and obedience. The judge looked on gravely, occasionally taking notes.

If anyone thought it strange that the girls were riding sticks, no one let on. The make-believe world of the hobbyhorse girls extended as far as the eye could see.

A veterinarian lectured girls on hobbyhorse vaccination schedules, saying “check that the eyes are clear and there is no nasal discharge.” The girls discussed hobbyhorse bloodlines and hobbyhorse temperaments, hobbyhorse training routines and hobbyhorse diets. There were rhinestone-studded bridles for sale.


It is impossible to say exactly when the Finnish hobbyhorse craze began, because it spread for years under the radar before adults became aware of it.


within the rapidly expanding community of enthusiasts, the problem of ridicule really doesn’t come up. “I haven’t run into that sort of situation in a long time,” she said. “I live in a bubble that is filled with hobbyhorses.”

Saturday's NBA games in a nutshell


Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

Aircraft carrier kite

*Previously: Red Bull kite-skiing.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Optimus Prime & Shreddicus Maximus SDCC 2017 Exclusive in stock

At the BBTS:

Optimus Prime is ready to shred with this SDCC 2017 Primitive Skateboarding exclusive. Featuring a sleel black and gold color scheme Optimus transforms from robot to armed truck and trailer. The Shreddicus Maximus figure can skate across the included ramp accessories.

The Fifth Element police and McDonald's worker cosplay