Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sea otter bones sometimes turn purple from eating sea urchins

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The making of "Operation Odessa" is as absurdly improbable as the story detailed in the movie

The movie is on Netflix and is about three hustlers, including a Jewish mobster that calls himself "Tarzan," procuring increasingly more powerful Russian military vehicles for the Colombian drug cartel. (Every single word seems like a lie, but then they show you photographs...)

CBS interviewed director Tiller Russell:

"I jumped on a plane to Panama with $10,000 taped to my legs knowing I'd have to peel off bribes to get into this prison," explains Russell. "I went out to the prison -- La Joya on the outskirts of Panama City -- where Tarzan was locked up and I paid the guard $1,000 to smuggle me in."

Russell says he had to sprint across a yard full of convicts in order to get to Tarzan's cell.

"It sounded like the worst plan, but I'd come all this way," he says. "I crossed the yard and pushed the door and there was a gregarious, larger-than-life, charismatic lunatic."

Russell calls his few days in the prison "like it was out of 'Mad Max.'"


But in spite of all of his efforts, Russell says soon, Fainberg "clammed up" after Russian mobsters got wind that he was talking to a filmmaker.

"I said, 'I smuggled myself into a f**king Panamanian prison. What do you mean?' He told me to go to hell and we left on kind of bitter terms, but we stayed in touch over the years," says Russell. Russell adds that Fainberg would send him videos of prison riots or new convicts coming in with texts like, "Merry Christmas from Tarzan."

Years later, Russell says he got an email with the subject line "Jailbreak."

"When I opened it, it said, 'I busted out of prison in Panama, crossed into Costa Rica, caught a boat to Cuba, repatriated to Moscow. Let's make a movie,'" he says.

Model of electricity consumption made using 300 cards; How about a Twitter style-verified badge for your home; Lenticular Putin

Mummy in Sarcophagus paper toy; Gideon and Harrow fan art; 28 years of drawing Rogue

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Inauguration Bernie Sanders modded into Battlefront 2, Resident Evil, and more games

Chilling story about a woman that uses anonymous blogs and complaint sites like Ripoff Report to destroy the reputations of people

Kashmir Hill's latest, a story about one prolific woman, and the internet giants that encourage the behavior. Also, it features the phrase, "waterfall of maggots."

Last chance to take advantage of Last Exit to Nowhere's 20% off sale

20% off everything, ends January 31.

"100 Years of the Best American Short Stories" is $1.99 today

at Amazon:

For the centennial celebration of this annual series, The Best American Short Stories, master of the form Lorrie Moore selects forty stories from the more than two thousand that were published in previous editions. Series editor Heidi Pitlor recounts behind-the-scenes anecdotes and examines, decade by decade, the trends captured over a hundred years. Together, the stories and commentary offer an extraordinary guided tour through a century of literature with what Moore calls “all its wildnesses of character and voice.”

These forty stories represent their eras but also stand the test of time. 

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

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Portraits of U.S. Presidents, modernized

From a longer thread:

Watch an ambush-style COVID19 lockdown unfold in Hong Kong

Hong Kong fourth wave: how to tell if your neighbourhood is next in line for an ‘ambush-style’ coronavirus lockdown

While the government has not issued formal guidelines for imposing such lockdowns, its messaging in the lead-up to the last two offers insight into its approach

At present, the most likely candidates for future lockdowns are parts of Jordan, Mong Kok, Hung Hom and Sham Shui Po

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Adversarial fashion

"The patterns on the goods in this shop are designed to trigger Automated License Plate Readers, injecting junk data in to the systems"

From a 2019 article about the line and similar efforts:

Elsewhere at the convention, Droogie, a hacker, described a rather less successful way of testing the cybersecurity of license plates: registering a custom license plate with the California department of motor vehicles that read “NULL”, the code used in a number of common database systems used to represent an empty entry.

Unfortunately, rather than giving him the power of administrative invisibility, Droogie experienced almost exactly the opposite outcome, receiving more than $12,000 in driving tickets. Every single speeding ticket for which no valid license plate could be found was assigned to his car. The Los Angeles police department eventually scrapped the tickets but advised the hacker to change his plates, or the same problem would continue to hit him.

Forg cake; Sculpting with sticks and stones; SCP Foundation pendant

Thursday, January 28, 2021

New Star Wars Black 6" figures based on the original Kenner designs

Obi-Wan, Greedo, and Jawa available for preorder as Amazon exclusives:

Watch an ally of Navalny play the piano as the police inform her they are about to search her flat


Police in Moscow went to the flat of Anastasia Vasilyeva, head of the Russia’s Doctors Alliance trade union and a close ally of Navalny, late on Wednesday.

In a show of quiet defiance, footage of the moment shows Vasilyeva playing Beethoven on a white piano as police inform her they are about to search her flat.


In a video she made on Wednesday before being arrested, she called on people to not be afraid and take to the streets on Sunday

The photo is "a celluloid talisman against the vampire of lesbian erasure"

A few excerpts from a much longer thread: