Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Watchmen HBO series Blu-ray + digital download is $19.99

at Amazon.

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History of Bombs museum exhibit; Avatar Crabsuit; Combative logo redesign Tiktok

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Covid19 is now "widespread" on Oahu; Can college football save us all?; Teens forced back to school post Tiktoks

It gets real suspicious when Trump doesn't take credit for a deal; WNBA team campaigns against Leoffler; Did you know Yosemite Sam's full name?

FYI, there's one more day to buy the Paradox HumbleBundle, which I highly recommend

From what I've seen, Europa Universalis IV, which is part of the $1 bundle, is an incredible way to let kids enthusiastically teach themselves history and geography.

The Star Trek RPG bundle is still available, too.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

There's no fans, but the NHL was ready to properly celebrate a hat trick

Bizarre story about a neuroscientist who allegedly has been running "a catfishing scam for years"


A bizarre saga of events played out on social media over the weekend, embroiling much of the close-knit world of scientists, academics, and researchers on Twitter. It started with accusations that Arizona State University’s actions had exposed one of their faculty members, an Indigenous woman and anthropologist, to an ultimately fatal case of covid-19. But it ended with allegations that the death was a hoax, carried out by someone who also faked the supposed professor’s entire existence.


many members of the science Twitter community now suspect that the academic who was the first to report the woman’s death...has pulled off a catfishing scam for years
Buzzfeed describes a Zoom memorial that was held following the apparently imaginary professor's "death."

Related, here's the story of a similar hoax:

Frog Fractions 4 was released in secret; New Overwatch costume is armored-lifeguard; Pet this robot enough and it'll die for you

7'2" 16-year-old "Victor Wembanyama is one of the best long-term NBA prospects in the world"

"Wembanyama said that he now stands over 7-foot-2 and weighs around 198 pounds, with a 7-foot-8 wingspan."

Try not to wince every time he comes into contact with another player or the floor:

Some of the questions Isaac Chotiner asked an adviser to the Lincoln Project

In his latest interview, he interviews a man who worked on Bush's two campaigns, was Romney's top strategist, and who has a new book:

Bush clearly is a nice guy in certain ways that Trump is not a nice guy. But when you look back at the Bush Administration, and you look at what’s going on now—when you talk about contempt for science and you look at the way the Bush Administration dealt with global warming, when you look at spurning expertise and making decisions and how Iraq ended up playing out and Katrina played out, do you think that even if we see that the intentions were different and that cruelty was not the point of the Bush Administration, to take a phrase from another writer, that there were more commonalities there? And that it’s not a coincidence that the last two Republican Presidencies are ending in failure, assuming that Trump’s Presidency is ending soon?


Let me ask you, though, about your mental state. You write about the deficit and “out of control” federal spending being a phrase Republicans use. And then you say, “But no one really believes in it any more than communicants believe they are actually eating and drinking the body and blood of Christ.” Putting the latter aside for a minute, when you say no one really believes it, are you implying that no Republicans really believe it, or that you didn’t believe it when you were working in Republican politics?


I think a lot of people acknowledge that Romney is in many ways a pretty decent, honorable man. Certainly, I think a lot of liberals think this now, and a lot of centrists think this now. At the same time, you’ve just finished talking about how Iraq was a disaster and how Republican economic policies don’t really make much sense. Romney was, essentially, running on “doubling Guantรกnamo,” and an aggressive foreign policy, and the Paul Ryan budget. If Romney had been elected, would his have been another Republican Presidency that ended the way the Bush Presidency did? Is that sort of more important than the fact that Romney is an honorable guy?


Paul Ryan helped pass the Trump tax cuts, which, as you say, were deficit-exploding. He was the one who shepherded it through the House.


The Lincoln Project ads have obviously been very effective in getting a lot of press. Do you think that they’re aimed more at รฉlites to signal the Republican opposition to Trump, or are you really trying to get voters to switch? I’m not saying the first is necessarily unimportant, but what’s the goal?


Let’s say I’m a little bit of a cynical person, and let’s say I’m, like, look, these Lincoln Project ads have been really good, but the people who are doing it are these former Republican operatives like Steve Schmidt, who was working for Howard Schultz a year ago, and John Weaver, who got in trouble for agreeing to do lobbying for Russia a year ago. It’s all these operatives, and they’re coming together to make money off anti-Trumpism. Why is that too cynical?

Ann Leckie explains why she withdrew "The Raven Tower" from consideration for the 2019 Hugos

Ann Leckie:

when the email came telling me that The Raven Tower was a finalist for the Hugo Award, I thought of the books in that longlist, how often I’d had a bite of this cookie, and how many of the amazing books from 2019 were debuts, and/or were books that, when I’d read them, my first thought was, Oh, this should be on the Hugo ballot. More books than there were spots, for sure. And I realized that I could do something about that, at least in a small way.

And so I withdrew The Raven Tower from consideration.
(I've already read the book three times.)

New Marvel Legends figures available for preorder, including War of the Realms Punisher

Pyro, Rogue, and Punisher with motorcycle, multiple heads and weapons, and war helm.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Unorthodox on Netflix is great

Basically a four-hour horror series about fleeing an insular community.  The actor that plays the "renegade" Moishe is a terrific creep.

Navy Seal Museum menaces Kaepernick stand-in with dogs and assault rifles; Tribute to shooting victims looks like something from the Southern Reach; Using Dungeons and Dragons to increase inclusiveness

Iran is grossly understating Covid19 deaths; The jobs are essential, the workers are not; Fisher Price's "work from home" playset

There's a campaign to pressure a Southern California beach town to atone for how it destroyed a resort for Black people

LA Streets, summarizing from various sources:

In 1912, the beachfront site was purchased by Charles and Willa Bruce, who, starting in 1915, built a beach lodge there. By 1920, Bruce’s Beach was a popular destination for Black Angelenos, who were denied access to most Southern California beaches.

The Bruces and their patrons endured harassment and persecution, including from the Ku Klux Klan. In 1924, the city of Manhattan Beach officially voted to seize Bruce’s property via eminent domain, ostensibly to build a park.

By 1927, the resort had been shuttered. The land went undeveloped for decades.

In the 1950s, fearing that Bruce heirs might sue to get their land back, the city developed the site into a park, named Bayview Terrace Park in 1962.


Also note that broadly, the civil rights struggle for beach access for communities of color continues today. One example of this is how South Bay cities colluded with Metro to prevent easy direct transit access to beaches; it remains difficult to take a bus from South L.A. to South Bay beaches, though they are only 4-10 miles apart. Metro is planning to someday partially remedy this in its as-yet-unfunded Transit to Trails Plan, but beach access remains an issue.

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

The start of the "inquiry" scene from Absence of Malice

LA Sheriff's say it wasn't them at the party; MLB player's heart has been damaged by Covid19; Geisha with transparent fans instead of masks

The leader of the birther movement won the presidency; Fogger manufacturer objects to use of its product in Portland; Cobra was made up of accountants and orthodontists