Saturday, February 29, 2020

The hand crank-operated "Minimum Wage Machine"

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By Blake Fall-Conroy.

Kobe-themed race car available as a diecast model

Ryan Blaney's car:
Proceeds from the sale of this diecast will benefit the MambaOnThree Fund that was created to honor Team Mamba’s mantra, “Mamba on Three.” It’s with that customary chant for togetherness, sisterhood and the ability to take on every challenge that this Fund was named.

The MambaOnThree Fund exists to honor and support loved ones of the seven other victims involved in the tragedy that occurred on January 26, 2020. All donations to the Fund will be directed to their families.

Lego version of the robot-pulled rickshaw

Sword wishes its victims eternal life

One in every 14 people in this town in Malta is named Buttigieg

QALA, Malta — In this craggy, sun-kissed village of 2,000 people, three of the past four mayors have had the same last name: Buttigieg. The opposition leader is a Buttigieg, too. So is the baker. And one of the priests. And many of the retirees.


Mayor Pete’s father, a former Notre Dame professor who died last year, was born in Malta

Los Angeles high school cancels active-shooter drill that was going to include 11-minutes of simulated gunfire

San Marino High School was ready for its active-shooter drill Friday morning. City police officers planned to fire blank cartridges over 11 minutes to familiarize students with the sound of gunfire.


the American Civil Liberties Union intervened and asked [the principal] to stop the drill, concerned that it could be too traumatic for teenagers.


Two years ago, San Marino High, a 1,050-student campus in one of the county’s most affluent neighborhoods, conducted a simulation drill that involved a police presence, mock shooter and students trapped in a stairwell.

Worf and Tasha celebrate leap day

Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

First time I've seen this Vader by McQuarrie; Anakin and Ahsoka in urban style; Kylo Ren as Randy

Wargaming miniatures roundup

Friday, February 28, 2020

"These black and white prints commemorate the work of hundreds of anti-racist activists over the past century"

"DOJ Prosecutors: Kauai Councilman Led Meth Ring With Samoan Prison Gang"

His "criminal history includes a 2004 misdemeanor conviction for abuse of a family/household member and a 2004 felony conviction for second-degree theft, according to court documents."

Stealing a Jawa Landcrawler as the first step in a "Heat"-style robbery

"NFL Combine player didn't know he had 37 parking tickets until Raiders told him"

The player said he investigated and learned that "that TCU just took the money out of his account."

Suspicious Tiktok and Instagram metrics

It’s the most viral campaign Chipotle has ever done, based on one measure: the hashtag has 3.9 billion views on TikTok.

That’s a surprising metric given that TikTok has been downloaded only about 145 million times in the U.S
And from a Caity Weaver deep dive into the suspicious metrics of the British royal family's Instagram accounts:
Tabloid writers and royal reporters began to forecast the moment that @SussexRoyal’s follower count would overtake @KensingtonRoyal’s, thus crowning Harry and Meghan the definitive winners of an unofficial couples’ popularity contest.

It seemed inevitable; already, when it came to Google search interest, Harry and Meghan towered over William and Kate. (From November 2017 until the end of January 2020, Harry-and-Meghan-related searches accounted for 83 percent of the world’s curiosity in the two couples.)

The Instagram eclipse would happen in April or perhaps May, with the birth of the couple’s first child, royal watchers speculated.

It happened in neither, it turned out. Nor in June. Nor July.


“If it was 2016 and you said, ‘Hey, Alex, I want to analyze the Duchess in Essex and all this whatever,’ it would take probably a day or two, and I could come back to you and show ‘These are the followers they share in common. This is the percentage of fake followers this one has. This is the breakdown of locations. This is the amount of fake followers in a location.’”

Now, the only people with access to such information work inside Instagram.

Weird Olympics poster spotted in a Columbo episode

These are all real and available at ebay or Amazon. Poster 1, poster 2, poster 3.

Drawing the moon; Geralt portrait; Busts

Adventuring equipment

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Alternate poster for Parasite

Dune is an 80’s teen movie

*More fan theories.

Drive-thru Covid19 clinic; Man seized during television interview; When Los Angeles targeted Mexican citizens

In other plague-related news:

Marty McFly on working hoverboard cosplay

"9-D Virtual Reality Experience"

A Jungle Cruise boat partially sank in Orlando

Ten funny tweets

*More funny posts.

Camel evacuation


Shooting baskets during a wildfire

Eating a meal at a table as it flies through the sky

Dinner in the Sky:
Imagine the absolute craziness of having a magic moment with an exclusive dinner on a flying dinner table served by the world’s best chefs right there with you. Whether it is a wedding above the Grand Canyon or the Venice lagoon or a three-star dinner in the skies above the Jardins des Tuileries gardens in Paris.

Over the past years, Dinner in the Sky has criss-crossed the skies of 60 countries…
In Europe, for sure, but also in Australia, Japan, India, Dubaรฏ, South-Africa, Brazil, The United States, Mexico, Canada… and China. And all this happening in a totally safe way.