Thursday, June 17, 2021

Residents of Derby finally realized that the vandals that have been damaging cars for weeks are actually crows


For several weeks, cars parked in Windsor Avenue, Littleover, Derby, have had their paintwork scratched and windscreen wipers broken.

It was assumed humans were responsible - until two crows were spotted attacking vehicles. 


"It's a pair of nesting, territorial crows that are seeing their reflection in vehicles' bodywork.

"As far as they are concerned, it is another rival crow and they are attacking it.

"They develop a behaviour called referred aggression."

NBA roundup

The latest Humble Bundle is $1 for four books on creating cosplay costumes

First Time Sewing, How to Create Foam Armor Costumes, Steampunk and Cosplay Fashion Design and Illustration, and Tailoring are in the $1 tier.

Seattle's cryptid vending machine

Capitol Hill's mystery soda machine was a vending machine in Capitol Hill, Seattle, that was in operation since at least the early 1990s until its disappearance in 2018. It is unknown who stocked the machine.

A drink could be chosen using one of the "? mystery ?" buttons and the dispensed drinks were rare cans, like those not ordinarily available in the US or cans that have not been in circulation since the 1980s. Examples included Mountain Dew White Out, a raspberry-flavored Nestea Brisk, a Hawaiian Punch, and a Grape Fanta. The locksmith in front of whose business the machine stood claims to have no knowledge of who operated it.

"Mark Cuban-Backed Cryptocurrency Crashed 100% In One Day—And These Other Buzzy Tokens Have Also Collapsed"


"I got hit like everyone else. Crazy part is I got out… [Then] Bam," Cuban tweeted late Wednesday about Iron Titanium's crash. The plunging prices exposed a flaw in the token's design that created an arbitrage opportunity, effectively allowing investors to make unlimited money by buying and selling the token, which drove prices down further.  

Hackers are selling "the data of millions of Audi customers" apparently found in unsecured Microsoft "Azure blobs" in the cloud


affected data included: "first and last name, personal or business mailing address, email address, or phone number. In some instances, the data also included information about a vehicle purchased, leased, or inquired about, such as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), make, model, year, color and trim packages." But for 90,000 victims, the data also included "more sensitive information relating to eligibility for a purchase, loan, or lease.


[Hacker] 000 said she worked with another hacker who goes by General Badhou3a. 000 explained that she set up a script to scan the internet for exposed Azure blobs, which are essentially data repositories stored in Microsoft's cloud. 

That runner can't even say with certainty that she ate a pork burrito


In the two days since, however, a new fact came to light that muddies her explanation: [the runner] herself isn’t sure she ate the pork burrito in question. 

[The runner]’s lawyer...confirmed in a Wednesday interview something first reported by the website LetsRun: that [the runner] actually ordered a carne asada burrito, not pork, the day before her drug test. They believe [the runner]was either given the wrong order or a burrito that included pork, [her lawyer] said. They don’t know for sure.

[The runner]’s initial statement didn’t mention that she ordered a carne asada, or beef, burrito, not pork. In the interview, her lawyer said the order was beside the point because the anti-doping lab’s analysis wasn’t done correctly. 

Meanwhile, she "will be allowed to run at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials while any appeals she files are pending."

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Good dinosaur tattoo; Good dinosaur cake; Brocken spectre

(More examples.)

"Getting Over It" custom action figure; When you're a novelty-seeking robot stuck playing a boring game; Tiktok is inching into gaming

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Allegations of outrageous sexual misconduct at a $64k-a-year boarding school in California

The LA Times has a long article about allegations of sexual misconduct over four decades. The start of one egregious anecdote:

One faculty member, ...the dean of students in the 1980s who later [became] head of school, had previously worked with a teacher at a New England boarding school who had an inappropriate relationship with a female soccer player, the report said. [The dean of students] reported the teacher’s misconduct, and the teacher was asked to leave at the end of the school year.

But a few years later, in 1987, that same teacher was hired at Thacher as the girls’ varsity soccer coach, according to the report. [The dean of students] supported the hiring because he knew the man was a great coach and didn’t think he would make the same mistake at Thacher, the report said.

These Star Trek Nanoforce sets come with some great-looking miniatures

Nanoforce sets based on the original series and The Next Generation are available for preorder. The sets include an era-appropriate Enterprise and a collection of bridge crew and classic villains:

PGA Tour expected to ban "green-reading books," which almost all elite players use

USA Today:

Critics say the books offer too much assistance, effectively negating the skill of reading putts. The books feature highly detailed illustrations that note the direction and degree of slope from anywhere on the putting surface.

Arizona State has been accused of extensive recruiting violations, and there seems to be a long list of disgruntled employees eager to help investigators

Yahoo has a long report on accusations that the school "deliberately, blatantly and consistently" committed recruiting violations during the pandemic:

While Edwards operates as a mostly hands-off CEO, associate head coach Antonio Pierce has accumulated much of the power in the ASU program thanks to his recruiting reach. His rise to power has been enabled by deputy athletic director Jean Boyd, who oversees football.

With Pierce’s power has also come division, as coaches have lost jobs, recruiting staff have felt pressure to blindly follow Pierce’s aggressive tactics and multiple sources said that those who insisted on avoiding recruiting gray areas were ostracized. That left a running joke on group texts and in phone calls this week about the mystery of who collected and documented all the receipts, emails and screenshots.

“There’s too many disgruntled people”

(The best Herm Edwards ASU moment.)

Former Milwaukee Brewers catcher says the Colorado Rockies used a sign stealing system similar to the Astros


"I can also tell you — I don't really care, I don't know anybody over there — the Colorado Rockies were doing the exact same thing in 2018, and we caught them," said [the former catcher], who didn't articulate if that was during the regular season or postseason, but he intimated that the revelation played into Colorado's offensive struggles during that series.

"We played them in the playoffs. You know how many runs they scored in a three-game playoff series in 2018? Not many people watch the NLDS. They scored two runs in the ninth inning of Game 2 (actually Game 1). And they used to take a Theragun and bang it on their metal bench. They were doing the exact same thing from the TV. So, there you go. 

For what it's worth, here's a thread accusing some specific teams and players of sign stealing and other forms of cheating.

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Columbo puzzle game; Gideon the Ninth fan art; Chainsaw Man Pochita plush

(Available at ebay.)

Anakin Padme meme becomes abstract; Ancient otter statue; Mediheal logo is creepy

(Collection link.)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Baby seal gets introduced to water

"These mammals can remain active under water for more than 20 seconds, storing oxygen in their tiny muscles"

The BBC looks at small mammals that are exceptionally good at diving for food:

To track this surprising evolutionary journey, the scientists collected DNA samples from 71 different species all belonging to a large group of related, insect-eating mammals, collectively called Eulipotyphla.

That Greek term translates to "the truly fat and blind"

Cinderella's Castle in Paris with its refurbishment camouflage looks like a Minecraft building

Minor league baseball team takes walk-up music to the next level

Bad Batch Echo custom action figure

*The Bad Batch Hunter Hot Toys figure is available for preorder, btw.

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TARS concept art; Was cave art meant to look animated under flickering light?; A WW2 cartoon

Batman script and resulting panel; Nanoblock Ma Fratelli; Harrison Ford with motion capture dots

Monday, June 14, 2021

Ever see a Paternoster lift in action?

Top distance runner attributes her positive test for Nandrolone to eating a pork burrito from a foodtruck


[She] was considered an Olympic medal contender entering this year. The 2016 Olympian holds American records in both the 1500m and 5000m. In 2018, she became the second woman ever to win both distances at the U.S. outdoor championships.


Her team believes the result came from a pork burrito [she] purchased at a food truck near her home in Beaverton, Oregon, and ate the night before the 6 a.m. test.

A mysterious disappearance in Southern California where the leading theories include a "Gone Girl scenario"


Irvine advertises itself as America’s safest midsize city


To Irvine detectives, [the man]’s story initially strained belief. His wife and 12-year-old stepdaughter were missing — kidnapped from their apartment, he claimed — and he had waited more than a week to report it.

[The man], a 42-year-old Uber driver, said he had been knocked out by a stranger at his door with an unidentifiable mist. He cleaned blood from the carpet. He followed kidnappers’ instructions to behave as usual, posing as his missing wife on WeChat. He told his stepdaughter’s school that the missing seventh-grader was sick at home.

All of this helped to establish [him] as Suspect No. 1 when he approached police on Dec. 2, 2019. 


But now...detectives say they have not been able to disprove [his] bizarre account. Instead, police say, it has proved consistent on point after point.


One theory: a “gone girl” scenario in which [his wife] fled with her daughter, for reasons unknown, to another city or country. But there are arguments against it.

Off brand Keanu Reeves action figure has an excellent likeness

Pretty good likeness on this new 4" "Grimm Reaper" figure. (If the others in the line are famous likenesses, I didn't recognize them.)

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New Final Fantasy game asks, "what if a man was really angry"; Trailer for Somerville; Lady Dimitrescu figure

CCTV test dummy; Tiktok with impressive FX; What happened in that Groo storyline?

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Lego bookends featuring the Rocinante going through the ring gate

(The most recent season of The Expanse was great, btw.)

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Shooting star headpiece; Bern Minster's stained glass "dance of death"; All good things