Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Highlight reel for an amazing one-armed 16-year-old basketball player named Hansel



At least 53 passengers on a flight from New Delhi to Hong Kong tested positive for Covid19

"Hong Kong is regularly recording fewer daily cases than the total detected on the flight since it brought a fourth wave under control in January"


Speaking of the pandemic, a little microfiction:


A Breakdown of the Wild Catfishing Allegations Made Against a Lakers Podcast Host

"On Monday night, NBA Twitter was engulfed in a bizarre mystery featuring a Lakers podcast host that went missing which led to some wild catfishing allegations. The story is complex and has several twists and turns but I’ll try my best to give a quick breakdown of the entire situation."




Bloodsport kumite trading card set

Phantom Cardboard:

This 20 card mini-set includes: Title card, Frank Dux, Chong Li, Ray Jackson, Senzo Tanaka, Pumola, Janice Kent, CID Officers, OK USA!, Suan Paredes, Record Breaker, Paco, Joao Gomez, Budimam, Toon Wing Sum, Sadiq Hossein, Sen Ling, Victor Ling, Chuan Ip Mung, Turn Back The Clock + a "mystery bonus" card Each card is limited to 50 hand numbered copies. Singles can be purchased separately using the You Pick Single option.



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BMW's "high beam assistant" feature is an additional over the air purchase



Biotech startup or skateboard brand?; Marvel doesn't dare show Razor Fist's real costume; Peacemaker's helmet is a lot of trouble







Christmas x Halloween display; Disassembled iPhones as wall art; A smoke detector that generates NFTs to pay for damage?

















Monday, April 19, 2021

Want some weird anecdotes about the people involved in the $100 million deli?

CNBC has an article that reads like a detective's crazy wall. Two anecdotes:

Two years before his 2011 plea bargain, [one of the men] learned through a DNA test that his actual father was the famous spiritual leader and Ram Dass, the author of the best-selling book “Be Here Now.”  

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In August 1992, [one of the other men] was arrested in Allentown and charged “with prostitution and other offenses after he allegedly exposed himself to three girls as he drove around Central School,” The Morning Call reported at the time.

The newspaper, citing police, reported that [he] drove up to two sisters, age 14 and 10, and their 15-year-old cousin as they sat on their porch near an elementary school, and “called them over to the car and tried to proposition them.”

[He] soon allegedly drove his BMW back around to the girls, the newspaper said. The 14-year-old told The Morning Call that to stall for time she pointed out her mother, who was down the street, and told him “She’ll take care of you.”

The girl’s mother then approached the car, and tried to pull [him] out, grabbing out a clump of his hair the process, the girl and police told the newspaper.

Temple University dean and two others indicted for giving false information to U.S. News & World Report about the school's MBA program

Inside Higher Ed:

[]the former dean, remains on the Temple faculty. He faces federal charges of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of wire fraud. If convicted he faces up to 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

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The three of them worked together "to submit false information about the school’s online MBA and part-time MBA programs to U.S. News & World Report in order to inflate Fox’s rankings in the annual U.S. News surveys of top OMBA and PMBA programs" 

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Temple has not admitted wrongdoing by the university in the case. However, in 2019 it agreed to pay $4 million to those who are or were students in the online M.B.A. program and another $1,475,000 to settle claims of students in other M.B.A. programs and several other master's programs and one online bachelor's program in the business school.

Speaking of school scandals, LA Magazine has a feature on one of the most expensive private schools in the city: 

In January, another anonymous letter from a parent complaining about the curriculum landed in trustees’ mailboxes, and word of it quickly spread through the school. “Our children should not be punished or re-educated like Khmer Rough [sic] captives or Uyghur Muslims in China,” it read. “We refuse to allow the mechanical and systematic dismantling of whole sections of education simply to pursue a point that may or may not be universally accepted, and may in fact be no more that a tautological hustle [sic].”

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Under [under the new] leadership, the number of students of color increased to 41 percent. (The school declined to provide a detailed breakdown of that figure. A faculty member claims that it includes Middle Easterners, a group the U.S. Census Bureau classifies as white.)

Excellent podcast interview of Marvel concept artist Andy Park

How he went from being a Southern California kid that liked watching Robotech on TV, to chasing down Rob Liefeld, to spending so much time managing a team he barely has time to draw. 


The first batch of Space Jam toys, including White Mamba is available for preorder

Funko Pops with photos here, and many more toy types including mystery minis (photos) and action figures (no photos yet) here:

Matt Levine wrote about the deli in today's newsletter

One of several topics:

Last Wednesday, when there was a single trade of 200 shares and Hometown closed at $13.90, you might have asked incredulously, “who’s paying $13.90 per share for this deli,” but the answer would have been “exactly one person, for reasons of their own.” But on Friday there were hundreds of trades, and almost half a million dollars’ worth of stock changed hands. And the stock barely budged. People were like “yes, $100 million deli, absolutely, I want to buy that.” Hometown went from a thinly traded pink-sheet deli that nobody had heard of, to a company that everyone had heard of exclusively because it was a poster child for market excess, and … people … bought … it? Like, a whole new class of investors was introduced to Hometown International specifically by a hedge-fund letter saying “small investors who get sucked into these situations are likely to be harmed eventually,” and they looked at it and decided they wanted to be harmed. “Yes, step on my neck, Hometown International.” David Einhorn warned people not to invest in Hometown International, even though it had never occurred to them to invest in Hometown International, but once they were warned not to they absolutely did.

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When David Einhorn wrote about Hometown International on Thursday, it was absolutely not a good example of 2021 meme-stock wildness. It had a comically high price, but on almost no volume; it was weird, but it was not weird in a “why is everyone buying this stock” way. After he wrote about it, sure, now it’s a meme stock. 


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A flight was much heavier than it was supposed to be because adults using the title "Miss" were designated as children in the system

Guardian:

An update to the airline’s reservation system while its planes were grounded due to the coronavirus pandemic led to 38 passengers on the flight being allocated a child’s “standard weight” of 35kg as opposed to the adult figure of 69kg.

This caused the load sheet – produced for the captain to calculate what inputs are needed for take-off – to state that the Boeing 737 was more than 1,200kg lighter than it actually was.

Investigators described the glitch as “a simple flaw” in an IT system. It was programmed in an unnamed foreign country where the title “Miss” is used for a child and “Ms” for an adult female. 

And speaking of flights: 


Inventive and absurd props in this martial arts fight; Snowcrash in the sky; Golden Lions logo













Interpretative dance celebrating the Trans-Tasman bubble; Animorphs Vietnamese cover art; Confusing shadows















Sunday, April 18, 2021

Former NBA player Brian Scalabrine would enter "the dark place" to motivate himself

From a long NYTimes article about former NBA players getting challenged by regular people:

“I can go into any gym right now and I can find some of the best players going through the motions sometimes,” Scalabrine said. “Can you imagine 15 straight years? Maybe even more like 17, 18 straight years of never going through the motions?”

He said professional athletes, even retired ones, have an extra gear that an average person cannot tap into. He referred to it as the “dark place.”

“I would always say things, like in a game, ‘If I miss this next shot, my kids are going to die,’” Scalabrine said.

Spirited Away blindboxed figures including the radish and stink spirits

This listing seems to indicate you get the entire set. And Amazon has individual blind boxes.

The mutant bear and other props from "Annihilation" up for auction

Kane's memory card, human-shaped trees, map of the shimmer, and much more:

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Very muscular maneki-neko; When Ludo from Labyrinth met Princess Diana; Tig Notaro digitally inserted into Zack Snyder's new movie



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Excellent faux-Wikipedia page about a man who had his consciousness uploaded

A short story by Qntm. (Inspired by this real Wikipedia page.)

iOS gambling game disguised as a runner; Among Us Lego diorama; Wild box art