Wednesday, March 31, 2021

"The Morosini Institute for the Study of 3:32pm, April 10, 1954"

A story by Mark Slutsky about aimlessly visiting Venice, and stumbling upon a magical place:

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.

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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.

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“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.”

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Fear on the subway; A chair to share with your needy pet; Mondo's new posters for Little League dads










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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

"Five current and former Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting employees are facing federal charges for allegedly accepting bribes"

"The alleged corruption has been going on for years, according to the indictments."

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” 

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Redesigned Packers uniforms; When a skilled bartender makes a baby's formula; Suspense by Olivia Jaimes












Monday, March 29, 2021

Slate interviewed the real estate agent selling the "Sexy Funeral Goth House in Baltimore"

Slate: When you have a house with decor as unusual as this, do you try to get the sellers to neutralize it a little? Or do you just embrace it?


[The agent]: Well, you should have seen it before. He somewhat neutralized it. I told him: I’ve been doing this for 33 years, and I know what sells. Some of the things in there, I told him, will frighten people. 

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Funko Pops are so much better when they deviate from the usual form factor

Pop! Disney: Alice in Wonderland (60th Anniversary) - Caterpillar 2021 Spring Convention Exclusive available for preorder:




He's disappointed with how this Warhammer miniature turned out



The video of him nervously unwrapping the mold is really charming:



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The Best American Short Stories 2017 is $1.99 today

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World Rock Stacking Championship; Mandalorian plasma blade; City of Ghosts poster



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Sunday, March 28, 2021

"Rebels besiege town in northern Mozambique for fifth day"

AP:

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. 

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Overlord is on Amazon Prime and Hulu if you want to see why Wyatt Russell was cast as the new Captain America

It's a fun movie, and practically a multiverse Marvel story now. (He's also in the excellent movie Everybody Wants Some, so that college baseball team featured Superman and Captain America.)

Glass coffin; Illustrating models with cut paper; How different artists draw water










Saturday, March 27, 2021

A video game about skateboarding in the underworld







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The Knowledge Centre for Manoeuvring in Shallow and Confined Water



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Here's some of the puppets from the upcoming MODOK show on Hulu

From this panel discussion with the cast (there's an extended fight clip from the show at the end of the panel):
 

Starro pin

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

























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