Monday, May 31, 2021

She finally got her Batman-themed birthday party

 From a longer thread:

Intimidating stairs; Dangerous lamp; Elegant photographer

FYI for Amazon device owners, Amazon Sidewalk will automatically be switched on as of June 8, and will start connecting neighbors' Amazon devices to your WiFi


If you use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device, you have only 10 days to opt out of an experiment that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance.

On June 8, the merchant, Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. The new wireless mesh service will share a small slice of your Internet bandwidth with nearby neighbors who don’t have connectivity and help you to their bandwidth when you don’t have a connection.

By default, Amazon devices including Alexa, Echo, Ring, security cams, outdoor lights, motion sensors, and Tile trackers will enroll in the system.

TikTok owner Bytedance sells a lamp with two built-in surveillance cameras to monitor children as they study


The Dali Smart Work Lamp has two “smart cameras,” one on the top and one on the front, so that “it is convenient for parents to know the child’s learning status,” no matter where they are. Not only can parents remotely monitor their kids via a connected smartphone app, kids can take a picture of completed work and submit it for inspection. The onboard cameras can also be used for video calls.


That success has inspired many of China’s leading tech companies, including Alibaba, Huawei, Tencent, and Xiaomi, to pile into the new industry

New "Blade Runner 2049" t-shirt at Last Exit to Nowhere

Bibi's Bar.

Charles Barkley says he lost weight so he could be lifted in a chair at his daughter's wedding

Insider wrote up Barkley's appearance on Kimmel:

Charles Barkley is losing weight for his daughter's wedding so that he can participate in the hora.

The hora is a traditional Jewish celebratory dance in which party guests are lifted in a chair.


"Listen, I need all Jewish people on deck, brother," Barkley said. "Because I can only get so skinny by Saturday, man."

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The power of color vs. black and white

Frog is doing his best; Creating an insect hotel; Bugs in amber

Sunday, May 30, 2021

A 1988 article about David Schwimmer's mom, one of Los Angeles's "most powerful family-law attorneys"


Arlene Colman-Schwimmer, 47, is one of the few women in this elite crowd. The Brooklyn-born daughter of a cabdriver and a seamstress, she’s a street fighter with the tenacity of a pit bull. Though many of her fellow lawyers aren’t particularly enamored of her sometimes obnoxious and often outrageous tactics, she is accorded at least a grudging respect by those who come in contact with her. A few days in Colman--Schwimmer’s life is a crash course in the real game of L.A. Law--divorce division.

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Steel plant from above; Photosynthesis looks happy; Did it feel like The Mandalorian season 2 was primarily about creating spinoffs?

Repainted MUSCLE figures

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

Good thread about reporters being stalked while trying to investigate in China

The thread starts here.


In-N-Out pool float looks like a fry container, includes bible verse

Fry Boat Pool Float available now. (The various bible verses printed on In-N-Out packaging are explained here.)

Brandon Bird has a 40% off fine art prints sale right now

40% off fine art prints with the code MEMORIALDAY. (He also has a pay what you want commission offer.)

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Jurassic Park amber dessert; Super Mario Castle in Montana; Good poster for the kitchen

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

Friday, May 28, 2021

A tiktok account that's a good advertisement for Beyblades

The account.

The BMW M3 and M4 feature a "drift analyzer" that measures and awards stars for your drifting

BMW blog:

The M Drift Analyzer works by actually measuring your drift; the length of time, distance, and even the slip angle; then giving it a score out of five stars. It’s a dangerous tool to use on the road but on a race track (where permitted, not all tracks allow such tomfoolery), it’s probably a hilariously fun tool to use.

Auto Evolution:

Surprisingly similar to what you find in racing games, this feature will analyze your drifts based on distance, time, and angle, rating each one with up to five stars. All the information is displayed on the central infotainment screen, and drift sessions can be stored, compared, and analyzed further when the track day is over.


“The drift analyzer is more or less designed to help you to improve on your own skills,” said [the BMW spokesman]. “Because actually, what helps you to control the car is the M Traction Control slider, which is a different thing that actually determines the behavior of the car. The drift analyzer itself, it’s just a recording function to show you how you performed your drifting—what was the angle? what was the length of the drift?—in order to give you a hint of what to do better the next time. So it’s not a drift mode in the sense where you push a button and the car starts to drift by itself without you being in charge of controlling it.”

"A new campaign by Spain’s postal service that was intended to condemn racism has backfired and ended up offending many people"

The "equality stamps" were available in different skin tones, and the lighter the tone, the more valuable the stamp.

The postal service said on Twitter that the pricing had aimed to reflect “an unfair and painful reality that should not exist,” and that it had hoped the campaign would “give voice to a generation devoted to equal rights and diversity.”

Man opposing building of skate park withdraws his objection after video of his behavior goes viral


A handful of local residents in the affluent seaside community are opposed to the redevelopment of a skate park on the seafront.

Despite the plans being approved by Swansea council, they are calling for a judicial review.

In response, a campaign has been launched on social media encouraging drivers to beep their horns as they drive past the site and the homes of the objectors on Mumbles Road.


On Wednesday, a video appeared on social media that showed [the man] and his wife confronting a group of young skateboarders on the small half-pipe ramp on the seafront.

Wales Online:

"Having taken time to reflect on the footage of the altercation that was filmed at the skate park on Wednesday evening, my wife ... and I unreservedly apologise for our actions that evening,"

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Here's what it was like to accidentally attend "Adrian's Kickback"

Caitlin Schneider wrote up the experience:

~8 p.m. You’ll leave dinner at Duke’s Huntington Beach—awful acoustics, but better than you expected for a tourist spot!!—with your spouse, parents, in-laws, siblings, and siblings-in-law with the intention of walking the iconic pier to show your parents, who have never been to Huntington Beach, a little bit more of what your spouse’s hometown is like. ...

~8:05 p.m. Everyone will comment on how chilly it is. Someone will say that the pier seems busier than normal. Later this will serve as a different kind of chilly: chilly foreshadowing. 

~8:07 p.m. A roar will start to build on one side of the pier. What’s that? It’s teens. They seem to be swirling like a typhoon around a central point. What are they doing? Let’s run through the possibilities: Protesting? No, there are no signs. Dancing? Hmm, no music. Do they seem happy? Mad? It’s impossible to distinguish between the two. In any case, it seems calm enough, but again, why are there so many of them? 

Real-life kaiju photographed?; Blindfolded giraffe; Miura memorial

About that viral Eric Carle quote going around; Frog figurine; Lord of the Rings print; Murderbot illustration

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