Carter’s first Halloween costume 🎃 pic.twitter.com/fi33h8beLX— JaylaMichal (@therealjaydior) October 31, 2021
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Subway Sandwich cosplay; Homer Simpson in the Hedge costume; When you trick or treat at the Bulgarian Ambassadorial residence
Fireworks at Shanghai Disneyland. Nucleic acid testing ongoing. A Halloween night. pic.twitter.com/i6ddSIwDRd— Shanghai Daily (@shanghaidaily) October 31, 2021
Murder at Full Moon is narrated from the point of view of Egg Waters, a college student suspended from his school after a night of drunken tomfoolery who is then forced to work a job for a year’s time in order to gain readmission. Waters finds his job in the fictional locale of Cone City, a dismal, waterlogged, fog-and-wind-beset town somewhere in central California. He becomes the reporter for the town’s newspaper and in that role is present as mysterious crimes begin to take place. The local bon vivant, Luis Caré, has been receiving harassing notes, and somebody has been burning “PAY” into the walls of his house. Then, during a full moon, this same person kills one of the dogs at the hunting club to which Caré belongs, where Waters is a guest. The harasser then kills all but one of the hunting club’s dogs — as well as the club’s Swedish chef, burning more threatening words into the walls.
The brutish town sheriff fails to make any headway solving the mystery, so Waters turns to the sheriff’s rival, Maximilian Sergius Hoogle, a wealthy eccentric
Saturday, October 30, 2021
The dish arrives as a pair of golden-brown rods, just like what you might see at a fast-food chain. Except that they come topped with caviar and cost $28.
(Eater's review of this particular restaurant in NY.)
[The winning team's] head coach at Hawkins in the City Section until being fired following the 2016 season when his team had to forfeit every victory for using ineligible players and the program was placed on two years’ probation for rules violations. He has seven players on this year’s team committed to major universities. All are transfer students.
“The refs asked them to run the clock and they refused”
Everyone's a Variant party; Marvel vs. Capcom Character Select Screen costume; Dilation pumpkins; Frankenstein pumpkin
Tonight @jz4250 and I are hosting an "Oops! All Lokis!" party! Everyone comes in wearing whatever they want for Halloween, but they get a Loki crown so they're a Variant lol— MZ4250 (@mz4250) October 30, 2021
These took about a month to 3D print but our Loki crown hoard is ready! #halloween2021 #3dprinting #Loki pic.twitter.com/sp1fbAwQtd
Augmented reality tombstone and ghost hunt; Google's disturbing Magic Eraser; Photoshop's disturbing Strike A Pose
🪦 Made a #halloween lens that shows your name and birthyear on a tombstone!— Max van Leeuwen (@maksvanleeuwen) October 27, 2021
🎃 Collab with Liisi Mononen
It was an interesting case study in real-time lighting.
And in optimization! The lens is <2.1MB 💾@SnapAR pic.twitter.com/ppzcMLGf7C
Pixel 6 photoshops people out automatically if you want.— Adrian Weckler (@adrianweckler) October 26, 2021
This is its its headline ‘Magic Eraser’ feature. pic.twitter.com/zZ7nP3wZ9y
Friday, October 29, 2021
"You theorize that the homeless explosion in L.A. can be traced to a change in the formulation of methamphetamine in Mexico "
The LA Times interviewed the author of "Dreamland," the 2015 book about the rise of OxyContin addiction (he has a new book):
I believe that’s most definitely what’s happened. In 2008, the Mexican government decided to make ephedrine [a stimulant long used in making meth] effectively illegal. And the trafficking world had to switch to another form [known as the P2P method]. By 2012, 2013, tests [on seized meth] from the DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] showed that it was all being made with P2P.
What only now is becoming clear is that P2P meth carries with it profound symptoms of schizophrenia, primarily paranoia and hallucinations. The ephedrine meth was a party drug, big in the gay community. Kind of a euphoric thing. But now this meth puts people into their own brains. There’s not a lot of that wanting to be with other folks.
So when you’re driving through L.A. and see people who are naked, people crawling on the ground, what you see is P2P meth?
Yes. Also when I see big stacks of bicycle frames, shopping carts. This stuff seems to breed hoarding in a spectacular way. It seems to turn people mad and incapable of living with other people, very quickly.
The related article is this one in The Atlantic:
[She] has been a physician for homeless people in Los Angeles since 2003. She noticed increasing mental illness—schizophrenia, bipolar disorder—at her clinics around the city starting in about 2012. She was soon astonished by “how many severely mentally ill people were out there,” [she] told me. “Now almost everyone we see when we do homeless outreach on the streets is on meth. Meth may now be causing long-term psychosis, similar to schizophrenia, that lasts even after they’re not using anymore.”
@zeuz_ You can’t make this up 🙃 #squidgame #gaming #fyp ♬ original sound - Zeuz
📣My Safecracking Simulator is out now on Steam and itchio!— Spooky Sophie 🎃🎲🎃 (@mxSophieH) June 16, 2021
Crack simulated locks using real techniques!https://t.co/veSWPoKCwm
(It includes a tutorial to teach you how to manipulate mechanical combination safe locks!)#LockSport #Safecracking pic.twitter.com/DPYnMPGpYs
Here’s something weird to wrap up your Sunday evening. In 1981, Dragon magazine published AD&D character stats for Bugs Bunny (15th level illusionist) and other cartoon characters. pic.twitter.com/INMlLDzjxw— Bobby Yaga (@mcnees) May 21, 2018
Thursday, October 28, 2021
As NFT owners fight everyone who call high end NFTs "Money Laundering," some idiot sells a Cryptopunk to himself for $532 million.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 29, 2021
Calls attention to the lack of transparency and how easily markets can be rigged despite the lauding of the blockchain.
Slightly longer technical explanations here and here.
From a thread earlier this month:
And the market for these exhibits some strange behavior. We see a lot of cases where:— Stephen Diehl (@smdiehl) October 6, 2021
Person A buys an NFT for $10.
Person A sells it to Person B for $10,000.
Person B sells it to Person C for $100,000.
Person C sells it to Person D it for $10,000.
In the above scenario Person A, B, C are the same person shuffling money between anonymous accounts. And Person D is a sucker tricked by artificially fake demand.— Stephen Diehl (@smdiehl) October 6, 2021
This is known as wash trading and it's illegal in most other markets. (14/)https://t.co/kVaAwtUxGM
99 cents an issue at Amazon.
(I just picked it up. The Warhammer 40k miniseries by Gillen and Burrows was probably the most I enjoyed a comic this year.)
Dune cosplay with sandworm; Harkonen pun mercifully cut from the movie; Here is the Dune mural; Dune ice cream concept
Okay so now _Dune_ is out and I can talk about things from the art book that detail scenes that didn't make the final edit, including this one with the WORLD'S WORST JOKE. Would have made the Baron a 1970s James Bond villain or something. pic.twitter.com/pJ6zDoG3Y4— Ned Raggett (@NedRaggett) October 22, 2021
DUNE screenwriter Eric Roth writes with Movie Master on MS-DOS. It only has memory for about 30 pages at a time. He won the Best Screenplay Oscar for Forrest Gump and has also written: The Insider, Ali, Munich & Scorsese's upcoming Killers of the Flower Moon.#oldschool #respect pic.twitter.com/k0fkT9ddQ4— Vashi Nedomansky, ACE (@vashikoo) October 24, 2021
jason momoa rules because most of his roles are just like “what if there was a dude who was fucking rad as hell” and you don’t really need range when you do that better than anyone— massage gun kelly (@treswritesstuff) October 26, 2021
Thinking about how Denis Villeneuve wanted Paul using the Voice to sound like he was channeling “many grandmothers” and how terrifying that would actually sound lol 😱— Jen Bartel (@heyjenbartel) October 24, 2021
me n the girlies rolling up 2 the club absolutely blasted on Melange ✨ pic.twitter.com/5vXtXDx8vv— 🍂The PS1 startup sound as a Pumpkin Spice Lesbian (@janusrose) October 22, 2021
What's great about Dune is it takes the traditional Hero's Journey and asks, what if you brought your mom?— Dr. Dad, PhD (@GarrettPetersen) October 24, 2021
Hey @benandjerrys free Dune flavour idea: butterscotch ripple (sand) with gummy worms (shai-hulud) call it Ben & Jesserit please send me 5 tubs thanks 🪱— Happy Leth Day 2U (@kateleth) October 27, 2021
I've not read any of the Dune books, so out of curiosity I read the Wikipedia plot summary of the 6th and final of Herbert's original novels and I have to say I'm disappointed that this is the exact ending I'd have predicted based on the movie I just watched. pic.twitter.com/rQlSIEuvfQ— Jason Pargin, author of John Dies at the End, etc (@JohnDiesattheEn) October 27, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
NPR on how the best fighters climb the ranks to reach televised glory:
Here's how the game works. Two crickets — always males — are weighed to the closest hundredth of a gram and then paired off by weight class like prizefighters. They are placed in a clear plastic ring nearly the size of a dinner plate, with a dividing wall separating the two insects. A referee signals go time, then slides out the ring divider to let the bugs face off.
The owners poke a special reed in to lightly brush their crickets, which goads them into fighting. The critters lunge and swipe their pincer-like mandibles at each other. A referee closely monitors the tiny combatants, noting the number of attacks and retreats.
They are precious enough that their owners never let them fight to the death, and injuries are rare.
Vice posted a documentary a few years ago:
High school football ranking site tells coaches to stop asking for their teams to get worse scores so they'll be placed in easier divisions to win
Calpreps.com whose power rankings will be used in the coming days to help usher in a new playoff system in the CIF-Southern Section, stated that several coaches have recently requested that their team ranking be “artificially lowered” in an apparent attempt to be placed in a lower playoff division.
“You don’t need to let us know that you’re undersized, outmanned, inexperienced, have low enrollment, have low effort at practice, have players with low football IQ, have few players on your roster, can’t afford nice uniforms, etc., etc.
Eastern Kentucky high school under investigation after images of students giving lap dances to staff go viral
The Courier Journal tries to figure out what a "man pageant" is, and whether it's an annual tradition for the school:
A thread about the Hazard High School events on the social media site Reddit titled "This is the mayor of my town being grinded on by a high school student dressed as a woman" has more than 450 comments and 7,600 upvotes on the website.
Photos that were subsequently taken down from the athletics department's Facebook page showed students in underclothing giving lap dances to faculty and staff, including Hazard High School Principal [known as "Happy"], who is also mayor of the Perry County city.
"Normally, the principal . . . is pretty dad-gum strict, so that surprises me, unless someone pulled something out of a hat,” [a board member] told The Courier Journal.
[The principal] was previously the subject of an investigation in 2008 . . . . The principal also came under scrutiny earlier in 2008 . . . .
For those who want to see more:https://t.co/LPHkLHFYEo— Andrew Quist 🎃 Anemoiapolis dev (@andrewmanq) October 9, 2021
@insta360_official This is a legit “lightbulb moment”💡@pixel & #insta360go2 #insta360 #filmmaking #drone #pov #fyp #viral ♬ original sound - insta360_official
My Siren Head costume making the arounds in LA for Spooktober! 🎃#SirenHead #SirenHeadcostume #sirenheadcosplay #creepy #scary #trevorhenderson #cryptid #spookyseason #spooktober #longbeach #losangeles #monster #stiltwalking #cosplayersoftiktok #haunted #performer #stiltcostume @Gary Fay♬ original sound - TJ Stutts
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Who has more stringent campaign finance rules?— Matt (@DisserTatt) October 26, 2021
- Running for Governor of Alabama?
- Running for Homecoming Queen at the University of Alabama?
The answer may surprise you.
It basically goes scene by scene, explaining how the movie draws on the books. This is about the palm tree scene:
“These aren’t indigenous. They can’t survive without me.” You couldn’t pay me to live in a vast desert dotted with non-native palm trees, wracked by feudal-level inequality, and beset by valuable powdered drugs. But enough about Los Angeles, folks!
on digital. (The 4k disc is listed as 42% off.)
@UniWatch— Alex Dewitt (@Progress0nly) October 23, 2021
ESPN college GameDay calls Oregon's uniform "Oreo blizzard" with the black speckled white jersey
Reminds me of this classic. Good to see a similar spin in canon. pic.twitter.com/XWLCAsIfuM— Spriteanon (@Spriteanon) October 23, 2021