A lot of hostels were housed in spots like the stately old ruin I was standing in front of, so I walked in.
It was dark and cool inside. It took a second for my eyes to adjust. When they did, I saw I was standing in front of a tall painting of an elegant woman and her skinny, aristocratic pooch. I realized I was probably in the wrong place.
I was about to peace out when a woman, dark hair pulled back and all in black, appeared and greeted me in Italian. I stammered out a dumb tourist response in English and she laughed. “Would you like a tour of the Institute?” she asked. She seemed so friendly and welcoming that I said sure.
The woman explained that she was the Director of the Morosini Institute for the Study of 3:32pm, April 10, 1954. In the years since the Institute’s founding, she had been responsible for hiring historians, cultural critics and other assorted researchers. Their singular goal: creating a comprehensive portrait of one particular second in human history—specifically, 3:32pm and 23 seconds, April 10, 1954.
“If you put any event under the microscope, you will find an entire dimension of weird, incredible things going on. It’s as if there’s the macro level of historical research, where things sort of obey natural laws and usual things happen and unusual things don’t happen. And then there’s this other level where everything is really weird.”
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Fear on the subway; A chair to share with your needy pet; Mondo's new posters for Little League dads
I built a chair for needy pets that always want to sit next to you. pic.twitter.com/loTmxmsnQ5— Simone Giertz (@SimoneGiertz) March 30, 2021
Tomorrow. To celebrate Opening Day, three new baseball-themed Peanuts prints featuring artwork by Charles Schulz, printed by @ladylazarustx. More info: https://t.co/RKvC1Db6A7 pic.twitter.com/36gVtpawoD— Mondo (@MondoNews) March 30, 2021
Watch this. It's solid gold. pic.twitter.com/dBv0oLSi9U— Barry Malone (@malonebarry) March 30, 2021
Checking out the Argentinian league on Paramount+, and Club Atlético Aldosivi, whose mascot/emblem is a shark, has little sharks built into their number font design.— Derek Reese (@DR928) March 28, 2021
Great custom number font, or greatest custom number font? @UniWatch pic.twitter.com/nerTLqZnpV
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
"Five current and former Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting employees are facing federal charges for allegedly accepting bribes"
The French police are closing in on an international gang of toy thieves specializing in stealing Lego
“They come to France, set up in a hotel in the Paris region, then set about raiding toy stores before returning to Poland to sell off their haul”
Wow. Apparently albatross love fishing boats, and can detect them from 30 km away. So if you want to find illegal fishing boats that turned off AIS, you stick a GPS + radar detector + realtime data link + battery + solar panel on.. an albatross. https://t.co/xzwRYfV9BF— John Wiseman (@lemonodor) March 25, 2021
Redesigned Packers uniforms; When a skilled bartender makes a baby's formula; Suspense by Olivia Jaimes
Home uniform pic.twitter.com/diQhX9vM8W— Jesse Alkire (@JesseAlkire) August 4, 2020
Really random Easter eggs to give you more reasons to watch #CityOfGhosts again with different eyes—— Elizabeth! (@kikutowne) March 28, 2021
Here’s the first big one: the headphones the kids are wearing are never actually plugged into anything, especially noticeable on Thomas in the third ep. 😎🖤👻✌️✨
Monday, March 29, 2021
Good luck to New York City's 30-somethings in tomorrow's first annual Life-Or-Death CAPTCHA Race, starting at 8 a.m.— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) March 30, 2021
The race begins at the three stoplights that might be four stoplights.
Thank you 💉💉💉💉 pic.twitter.com/6GlH5wjgK2— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) March 29, 2021
Ever Given has reached the Great Bitter Lake and tearfully reunited with its family pic.twitter.com/fQDNZKyFiF— qntm (@qntm) March 29, 2021
Volkswagen is planning to change its brand name in the U.S. to “Voltswagen” as it shifts production toward electric vehicles. A person briefed on the plan said a formal announcement is planned for Tuesday. https://t.co/TKWQGsuXzb— The Associated Press (@AP) March 29, 2021
im literally screaming pic.twitter.com/1oLX0zoQDF— - (@leftistexe) March 28, 2021
Lil Nas X being incorporated into the Culture War is like when Sonic the Hedgehog first got added to Smash Bros— pull out balan wonderworld (@pissGoblin) March 29, 2021
While yall was arguing about Lil Nas, EYE been in the field doing these voter suppression drills to make sure I can get water to the people in line and evade the police in a timely manner. Catch up whores! pic.twitter.com/PVGRgRLlcE— . (@IAMNOTKASZMYR) March 29, 2021
My friend bought a scrying mirror (commonly used in the occult for predicting the future) and walked in to see his black cat standing on two legs and staring into it... pic.twitter.com/h6gtirl1nN— MKB (@MatthewKBegbie) March 28, 2021
*More funny posts.
The first poster I made 😎🎤✨ before the party got started, in so many ways ✊ pic.twitter.com/ZJmExfwAji— Elizabeth! (@kikutowne) March 28, 2021
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Many Palma residents ran into the dense tropical forest surrounding the town to escape the violence. But a few hundred foreign workers from South Africa, Britain and France clustered at hotels that quickly became targets for the rebel attacks.
An estimated 200 Mozambicans and foreign workers sheltered at the Hotel Amarula. On Friday, a band of them in 17 vehicles drove together to the beach, where they hoped to be rescued, but the convoy came under heavy fire. Only 7 vehicles reached the beach, according to local reports and messages sent by survivors.
Overlord is on Amazon Prime and Hulu if you want to see why Wyatt Russell was cast as the new Captain America
For my new article on the @muddycolors blog, I discuss a newer exercise I've been using in the classroom: 5 minute CUT PAPER GESTURES from a live model!https://t.co/jLyM5KU9v8— Francis Vallejo (@francisvallejo) March 26, 2021
Here are some samples 😎
Media: cut paper, colored pencil, pastels, & markers (both alcohol & paint) pic.twitter.com/sN4dlwME4V
Happy #CensusDay ! An especially good day to remember suffragette Emily Davison, whose 1911 Census Day address was recorded as “'Found hiding in crypt of Westminster Hall” #Census2021 pic.twitter.com/wiViLau54p— Katy Morris (@katy_morris) March 21, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
I don't want to die pic.twitter.com/TYGkf2WD1k— SKATE STORY (@skatestorygame) March 2, 2021
bodega pic.twitter.com/mWjCw5qOt4— SKATE STORY (@skatestorygame) February 4, 2021
your biggest fan pic.twitter.com/KBwBQOAZzx— SKATE STORY (@skatestorygame) December 5, 2020
Yes, I realize he's cute: strange since we actively avoided neotenic designs used on cute anthropomorphic beasts to elicit that evolutionary "awww." Think Baby Groot/Yoda. His eyes are small, not big. His mouth is big, not small. And his head is tiny. https://t.co/N7tXDCPT7j— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 27, 2021
I did tests with the hammerhead design, which I love & originally thought I’d use. But having eyes on the sides far apart made it incredibly awkward shooting interactions with other people. You couldn’t really see him looking at the other person & the shots tended to be too wide. https://t.co/7Pos3tZgma pic.twitter.com/GlIzjQjutU— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 27, 2021
One final King Shark bit of trivia from #TheSuicideSquad. In this bit of footage, the Shark is CG of course, but the person is real. Well, not a real person, but a practical effect by our SFX & prosthetics teams that I shot. pic.twitter.com/02GfU696ME— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 27, 2021
Please do not scream at him. pic.twitter.com/QzcPIRciJo— Randiriel✨ (@Randiriel_) March 26, 2021
*Buy King Shark toys at Amazon.
THE SHIP MOVED!! Although just 17 metres but this is good indication. The tugboats are all sounding their foghorns in jubilation. 👏👏👏#SuezBLOCKED #suezcanel #Suez #Evergreenship #Evergiven pic.twitter.com/YGuJaQv4mQ— Guy With The Digger At Suez Canal (@SuezDiggerGuy) March 27, 2021
Ripple effects in the space/time continuum, the simulation's buffer is full pic.twitter.com/mmFswybwE1— Ignatius J. Reilly (@HaroldSnepsts1) March 27, 2021
seeing people describe 'she's a ship not a boat' guys as 'a new type of guy' and i just want to assert that no, in fact this is one of the oldest types of guy there is— kat 🦖 (@katmsinclair) March 27, 2021
So, I stepped out into the world today, to get my jab - blinking, 14 months the wrong side of a haircut, scraggly beard, ugly tracksuit, and three stone overweight.— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) March 24, 2021
You know what I didn't need? I DIDN'T NEED the jab to be administered BY AN EX of mine.
*SHAKES FIST AT HEAVENS*
Friday, March 26, 2021
"Birdsport" is a type of "bloodless cockfighting" featuring finches smuggled from Guyana to New York
Prices start at around one hundred dollars but rise quickly for promising singers. On his last trip, [the smuggler] spent four thousand dollars on a bird for himself.
“This one’s angry,” [the smuggler] said appreciatively. “I look for birds like that.”
When two men agree to race, they lift their cages from these improvised pegs and place them, inches apart, on a shoulder-height spike driven into the ground for just this purpose. As soon as the birds see each other, they begin singing to defend their turf; the two judges tally each burst of whistles, and the first bird to fifty wins.
The best thing about the Suicide Squad trailer is learning Starro had a son named Jarro that became Batman's partner Robin
Did you see him in the trailer? It only makes sense that the actual creator of #TheSuicideSquad is the one to put the bombs in their heads (and it helped that John Ostrander was actually a former actor.) https://t.co/w8k8uvWkld pic.twitter.com/kdhxzM16Th— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 26, 2021
But the very best news is learning the related information that Starro had a son named Jarro that teamed up with Batman:
of course, this leads to the possibility of Batman getting a new Robin. Starro has a child named Jarro, who Bruce raises as his own, and grows up to love him and decides he wants to be the best Robin ever. certified baby pic.twitter.com/DVsLOdKjJq— Gene Park, CEO of Pizza Butt (@GenePark) March 26, 2021
CHOOSE YOUR FIGHTER pic.twitter.com/yEgn5BRsrL— Julia Kite-Laidlaw (@juliakite) March 25, 2021
Thinking about how that stuck ship would make a great Tony Hawk's Pro Skater level.— Andy Kelly (@ultrabrilliant) March 26, 2021
Explode the boat but put it on pay-per-view and I guarantee it’ll make enough to cover the damages— Barry Petchesky (@barry) March 26, 2021
well behaved boats rarely make history— anna livia (@not_a_heather) March 26, 2021
The crane's boom arm is extendable and its outriggers can be displayed, deployed or compactly stored. The hydraulic cylinders can also be moved in accordance with the movement of the boom and outriggers. This model is also convertible from a compact folded form for storage to its deployed form without the use of additional parts. A cable for attaching the hook of the crane is included as well. Split up into green and grey runners, this kit is easy to create and enjoy!
My six-year-old daughter drew the ladies from her favorite show. pic.twitter.com/r3BreSmGLm— William Boyle (@wmboyle4) March 4, 2021
since were being random on the TL, id fund a solo “original cut” reshoot if I could pic.twitter.com/CjuaHykyxR— Gene Park, CEO of Pizza Butt (@GenePark) March 23, 2021
there’s a similar story in Jurassic park - during the stampede where Sam Neill and kids are running through a crowd of dinosaurs, they were instructed to look straight ahead but kept looking around. The result was the CG team had to place dinos at every point the actors looked.— Jay (@c0teof) March 21, 2021
Thursday, March 25, 2021
There's a Twitch stream for watching a stop sign in Massachusetts where "98.73% of vehicles don’t stop"
if you watch the stream, it really is incredible how few drivers stop—or even pretend like they’re maybe going to do a halfhearted roll-through stop. Most drivers just pass right on by, despite how precariously close they come to getting into wrecks with other drivers. It’s an entirely unnecessary game of chicken that makes for weirdly riveting viewing
According to longtime fans, it’s been running since at least last year, but it averaged single-digit viewer numbers, when it had any viewers at all. Then, over the weekend, a couple things happened: The stream got some play on Twitch drama hive turned kingmaker r/Livestreamfail, and probably most importantly, a big name, 100 Thieves intern JhbTeam, promoted the stream to his audience. First he tweeted about it, but it wasn’t until he created a TikTok on Monday that things got out of hand.
Jessica Walter was the villain in the 1978 Doctor Strange movie, and here she is fighting Doctor Strange and speaking to her demon master
Somewhere, an evil entity tells Morgan le Fay that she has been prevented from breaking through to the earthly realm by a great wizard, and that she has three days to either defeat or kill the wizard and win over his successor to her master's side.Le Fay possesses a young woman named Clea Lake and uses her as a weapon against Thomas Lindmer, the "Sorcerer Supreme." She pushes him off a bridge to his death, but instead of dying, he slowly gets up and magically heals himself. His friend, Wong, looks after him and locates Lake for him. Suffering from psychic aftereffects of the possession and haunting dreams of le Fay, Lake is under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Strange at a psychiatric hospital. Strange has the potential to become Lindmer's successor by virtue of abilities and items inherited from his father, including a signet ring. Strange intuitively senses something very wrong, sharing Lake's nightmare about the previous day's events, but does not understand what is going on.
Here's some more footage, including Morgan le Fay speaking with her demon master:
And here's the wizard battle:
Jessica Walter ruled in many different roles, but let's not forget her turn as the villain in the 1978 Dr. Strange. RIP. pic.twitter.com/pxxE6FAKr0— Yeet Takeshi (@alex_navarro) March 25, 2021
The disc is available at Amazon.
Your goal as a ship operator should be to never have your Wikipedia link turn blue. pic.twitter.com/wfJ8kmar8O— Keith (@mosheroperandi) March 25, 2021
They need this dog at the Suez Canal immediately.. pic.twitter.com/Bxaz18hNgO— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) March 25, 2021
okay, hear me out pic.twitter.com/0FiCp33KJn— Garrett Miller (@heyitsgarrett) March 25, 2021
The Suez Canal Authority hasn’t gotten the ship unstuck yet but they did make this great sizzle reel of them not getting the ship unstuck set to what sounds like a royalty-free version of the Tenet soundtrack https://t.co/WEf27ekums pic.twitter.com/ZRTeO3m7yU— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 25, 2021
I made this. It's for you. pic.twitter.com/WU4DzjTSUb— Joe Streckert (@JoeStreckert) March 25, 2021
went to check on the Ever Given and I think I’ve found the best ship name ever pic.twitter.com/lDCDocFfzR— David East (@davideastUK) March 24, 2021
The Saw Cleaver can be transformed into its extended cleaver form just like in the game.
Special attachment parts are included to display the Whirligig Saw and Ludwig's Holy Blade
Happy birthday, Bloodborne! I love this game and Souls franchise as a whole so much that I dedicated not one but two zines to them ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Get Souls Love 1-2 for free digitally, or order in physical form here - https://t.co/yVKyNQdEXB (reprints scheduled for April) pic.twitter.com/gvB7ygt36y— Art Tyom Trakhanov (@ohotnig) March 25, 2021
Werewolves leaning against the wall of a cemetery at night, 1858, by Maurice Sand pic.twitter.com/eNttCwbrtH— Diane Doniol-Valcroze (@ddoniolvalcroze) February 17, 2021
Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool, by Edward Wadsworth (1919). pic.twitter.com/8Y95hfAknv— Virotechnics (@Virotechnics) February 22, 2021
just to reiterate: about 10 percent of world trade has been at a standstill for 2 days because a cargo ship drew a giant dick in the Red Sea then wedged itself sideways in the Suez Canalhttps://t.co/hlN1PcmMhW pic.twitter.com/wfSKdrtpkj— Matthew Champion (@matthewchampion) March 24, 2021
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
A lengthy article published by the Marshall Project in partnership with New York Magazine about an author that became convinced of an imprisoned California man's innocence and was spending $20k per month funding the efforts to overturn the conviction. Lots of assertions about her becoming convinced she was being pursued, and descriptions of her dabbling in scalping to raise money:
Sara escalated her efforts in spring and summer 2016. She set up fake Facebook accounts in an attempt to find Dinardo and members of his family. Sara told me that Bolaños, via her findings, discovered that Dinardo’s family members were running a day care center out of a garage in Long Beach. And that he sent her live updates and photographs from a sting that he’d set up, sending two agents to pose as a couple looking for day care. It went nowhere.
The answer came in a Christmas request from her grandchildren: “Hatchimals,” a popular interactive toy that arrived in an egg and “hatched” when rubbed. Five minutes of research convinced her that they were Generation Alpha’s answer to Cabbage Patch Kids. The retail price was $59.99, but high demand and low supply caused substantial markups online. In a four-day bidding frenzy, she bought 156 Hatchimal listings on eBay with an average price of $151, spending $23,595.31 in total. “Either I have big balls or no brains,” she emailed at the time, “or perhaps the two go together.”
After listing just three Hatchimals, pricing them from $189 to $219, she encountered a crippling setback: eBay had limited the quantity of Hatchimals listings to three per week. At this rate, she might sell another nine before Christmas, after which demand — and prices — would surely drop. She set up a Shopify account and linked to it in a long Facebook post detailing Murdoch’s case. Although she gave away several Hatchimals, criticism soon followed: “It’s sad that a lot of kids will be very upset this Christmas because of greedy people like you,” one irate commenter responded. News outlets from across the country and the world picked up the story: Time magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, NBC’s the Today show (with the teaser “Hatchimals are hoarded by best-selling author”).
(Here's the LATimes 2016 write-up on the Hatchimals episode.)
Installing a game in the New York courthouse bathroom; Movie magic as actors quickly swap out of frame; Ghostbusters trap as a an incense burner
6 years ago, while on jury duty at New York Supreme Court, I stealthily installed a room escape game that began with a sign in a bathroom stall outside the assembly room. I wonder if anyone solved it or if it's still there. (Probably a total of 0 people solved it, lol.) 🔍🏛 pic.twitter.com/CYTiBlaiel— Danielle (@djbaskin) March 23, 2021
Lol it’s literally never occurred to me that scenes like this would be filmed all at once pic.twitter.com/gu8WBaNoiU— Official Dev Patel Fan Club (@LaNoireDe) March 23, 2021
Saul Steinberg in Nose Mask, Irving Penn, 1966 pic.twitter.com/Alv4t2zDwn— ▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀ (@DuaneKing) February 24, 2021