Friday, December 31, 2021

The Mandalorian x Mr. Potato Head

Available for preorder:

Robot curling coach; China sends war drones to the border; Smuggler's drone crashes into a house

Meanwhile, an assertion that China is sending drones to the border with India:
According to Indian media reports, dozens of autonomous vehicles capable of transporting both weapons and supplies are being dispatched to Tibet, with the bulk being deployed in border regions where Chinese troops are engaged in a standoff with Indian troops.

The Sharp Claw, which can be handled wirelessly and is armed with a light machinegun, and the Mule-200, which is meant as an unmanned delivery truck but can also be equipped with weaponry, are two examples of vehicles. 
According to the sheriff's report, a 17-year-old resident heard something hit her home and went outside to investigate. Outside, she found a DJI Phantom 4 drone with a package attached to it. The drone was still on and beeping, and it's onboard lights were concealed with duct tape.
Deputies later inspected the package and found several bags of marijuana and tobacco. Also inside were two cell phones with chargers.

Sneaking logic bombs into 3d-printed objects

A paper:

Rapid prototyping makes additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) useful in critical application domains such as aerospace, automotive, and medical. The rapid expansion of these applications should prompt the examination of the underlying security of 3D printed objects. In this paper, we present Mystique, a novel class of stealthy attacks on printed objects that leverage the fourth dimension of emerging 4D printing technology to introduce embedded logic bombs through manufacturing process manipulation. Mystique enables visually benign objects to behave maliciously upon the activation of the logic bomb during operation. It leverages the manufacturing process to embed a physical logic bomb that can be triggered with specific stimuli to change the physical and mechanical properties of the printed objects. These changes in properties can potentially cause catastrophic operational failures when the objects are used in critical applications such as drones, prosthesis, or medical applications. 

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Book covers old and new, good and bad

(More here.)

And one game:

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Gift exchange based on things stolen from grandma's house; Impossible gift wrapping; Wholesome party games


2 years worth of stolen items and she had no idea #aeholidayforever #ffxmasswitch #candycrushallstars #GEICOGiveHappy

♬ Pennies from Heaven - Louis Prima

If you want a cozy mystery hidden item game, I'm enjoying True Fear: Forsaken Souls 2 on iOS

I think the full unlock was $5, but there's a pretty substantial free portion to try.

Joy Toy's Warhammer 40k Chaos Space Marines are available for preorder

These are sold individually. The terminators have removable helmets:

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Cables with a threatening aura

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Photos and video of prisoners being displayed in a Chinese town

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Kusanagi and Batou redesign

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Apple A7 chip in resin

Available at Grid (and on sale):

Five pack of Amanda Visell x Kidrobot minifigures is 43% off

 Five "Ferals" blindboxed minifigures for $34.99.

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Kagan McLeod and Chip Zdarsky have started publishing new Kaptara comics

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Monday, December 27, 2021

Lawry's reportedly canceled the Beef Bowl

Here's an article from just last week saying it was returning after being canceled last year.

The annual guest list? Two full rosters of linemen, receivers, running backs, and tackles (the Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs this year; the teams dine on separate nights) plus coaching staff, athletic personnel, Tournament of Roses officials, and a select group of California highway patrolmen (who not only escort the teams from their practice facility to Lawry’s, but also throw on bowties to walk arm in arm with the Tournament of Roses Queen and her princesses to their rib-slicing table).


The marching band lets loose outside, signaling to waitresses dressed in old-school brown-and-white dresses and chefs wearing comically tall white toques that their guests have arrived. They rush toward the entrance, clapping with vigor as they line a medium-rare-red carpet leading out toward the street. A police motorcycle escort speeds into view trailed by a lineup of colossal buses; the band begins playing Georgia’s fight song, “Glory,” as every vehicle comes to a stop in the middle of La Cienega. Doors pop open, allowing a stream of players and coaches—all dressed in casual clothes emblazoned with the school’s insignia—to stride triumphantly toward the evening’s meaty dream dinner.
And a 2018 write-up with lots of photos.
Staff at Lawry’s says that often the Beef Bowl is the first time coaches and players have actually had prime rib, and the number of requests for well-done cuts is far higher than a usual dinner service at the restaurant.

Cityscapes by Wayne Thiebaud

The LAT has a long article about his life:

He worked briefly in the animation department of Walt Disney Studios, where a principal animator drew the first and last frames in a strip and Thiebaud drew the middle frames. He was fired after six months for his pro-union activities.

With money believed stolen from Ukraine's largest bank, "Ukraine oligarch became Cleveland's biggest landlord"

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The hotel is part of a portfolio — including iconic skyscrapers in Cleveland — that collapsed amid a series of stunning failures and a federal investigation of allegations that the oligarch and others stole hundreds of millions of dollars from Ukraine’s largest bank and then secretly plowed the money into U.S. real estate, including the four-star hotel.


The 58-year-old billionaire and others bought the towers through companies set up in Delaware — one of the nation’s foremost havens for corporate secrecy — through a litany of offshore shell companies in amounts that forced taxpayers in Ukraine to turn over billions to save the bank.

Far from the usual havens for shadowy money, Cleveland has become the center of an international money laundering probe 

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For real.

Dow Jones Average cocktail glasses; Pretty cookies; Clever logo for a veterinarian

(Available at ebay.)

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Selfie with the telescope

There's a papercraft version available for download.

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Short documentary about the Antarctic Ice Marathon

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Christmas tree in the hot cell; Annual Christmas puzzle; Christmas by Emberley

The telescope's solar panel

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This week's best Warhammer 40k miniatures and other hobby creations

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