Thursday, February 20, 2020

Short horror on Tiktok, a short thriller on Twitter

"New York's attorney general announced plans Thursday to sue New York City for $810 million for inflating the price of taxi medallions"


The city made $855 million on sales of medallions, the licenses that allow a person to operate a yellow cab, between 2002 and 2014 when it stopped holding medallion auctions.

The value of a medallion has plummeted from over $1 million in 2013 to less than $200,000 now
Related, a popular thread on Twitter today:

"A dangerous mix of fear and fake news about the coronavirus has sparked violent protests in Ukraine, despite there being no confirmed cases in the country"


Protests and clashes with riot police have broken out in several places after a mass email claiming to be from Ukraine’s health ministry spread false information that there were five cases of coronavirus in the country, on the same day a plane carrying evacuees from China arrived. Protesters have smashed the windows of buses carrying evacuees and set fire to makeshift barricades.


Only two Ukrainians have been infected with the coronavirus and they are aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan, and they've already recovered.

"Casey Urlacher, brother of Bears Hall of Famer, charged with Chicago cop and 8 others in offshore sports gambling business"

"Casey Urlacher, 40, who is the mayor of the tiny village of Mettawa in Lake County"

Rosa Parks Barbie, Animatronic Baby Yoda, and Flash Gordon figure with lunchbox illustrated by Erica Henderson

New toy preorders. The Barbie Inspiring Women series includes a Rosa Parks.

The return of Tiger Electronics includes Transformers and Sonic games.

4" movie Flash Gordon action figure comes with a lunchbox illustrated by Erica Henderson.

And finally, the newly-revealed animatronic Baby Yoda.

A tour through the Chicago Board Game Cafe

Photo gallery.

Positive review of Alex Garland's new FX series

(I only glanced at the first and last sentences.)

Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

"Japan's high school baseball federation has introduced a new metal bat that generates less power"

"It hopes the model will lead to a decline in home runs and pitcher injuries."

Brain meme helmet (art roundup)

*Buy Nebula toys at Amazon.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

You can replace a Wii sensor bar with two candles


The sensor bar is plugged into the Wii, but that's just for power. It's lighting up infrared LEDs. Those are picked up by the Wiimote, and it triangulates off them to determine its position, and then the Wiimote sends that information back to the Wii.

New Humble Bundle featuring Bloodshot comics

$1 for more than 30 comics.

"Hardspace: Shipbreaker is [a video game] about the dangerous work of cutting up spaceships"

"I didn't even know I wanted a game about cutting up derelict spaceships for parts until I heard there was one. And now that I've played a brief demo of it, I'm eager for more."

"Civil Beat took a look at how Gabbard’s campaign has spent its money so far"

"the Science of Identity Foundation"

Fun fan theory about the Bruce Lee fight in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Instagram feed dedicated to public transportation fabric patterns from around the world

Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

Baby monitor horror story (tech roundup)

*Buy the Eufy SpaceView at Amazon.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

"Whatever happened to the practical creatures from 'Pitch Black'?"

Befores and Afters:

To celebrate the Pitch Black’s 20th anniversary, I wanted to look back at the fantastic creature work of the film with animatronics supervisor and puppeteer John Cox, in particular. Before our conversation, though, he sent me something that I initially thought was kind of upsetting: photos of his team pulling down the animatronic creatures that had adorned his own studio in Queensland for several years and then taking them out to the trash.

I had to know more about what had gone on.


There was an early discussion that there was to be no blood because they wanted to get it in on a certain rating. Now, with blood, in the way that it’s perceived for ratings in films, is red blood. So we had a very, very pale blue blood and there were buckets and buckets of blue blood…and never a problem because it wasn’t red! That way we could just throw it everywhere; on people, on the ground, on the critters, and not have to worry about a rating, since it didn’t look like human blood.

What We Do in the Shadows Season One is $5 right now

$4.99 for ten episodes at Amazon.

No Time To Die sweater for purchase

Part of the James Bond collection.

Time to become a David Dobrik fan

Bloodborne and Monster Hunter Nendoroids

Some fierce, adorable new Nendoroids available for preorder.

Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

Bodybuilding in a wheelchair, playing football without legs

Monday, February 17, 2020

Saltair FC logo

Cyclops Motor Club logo

Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

Covid19 roundup

*Buy face masks at Amazon.