Thursday, October 21, 2021

Review of a book about a wounded tiger that took its revenge on a poacher

NPR (from 2010):

At the center of the story is Vladimir Markov, a poacher who met a grisly end in the winter of 1997 after he shot and wounded a tiger, and then stole part of the tiger's kill.

The injured tiger hunted Markov down in a way that appears to be chillingly premeditated. The tiger staked out Markov's cabin, systematically destroyed anything that had Markov's scent on it, and then waited by the front door for Markov to come home.

The new Eaglemoss miniatures include the Rocinante from "The Expanse"

Available for preorder, along with the dropship from Aliens.

The new Humble Bundle features Warhammer RPG books

The $1 option includes the stater book, a standalone adventure, and more.

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Calm yourself. I can love both Star Trek & Star Wars at once. #bitrektual #startrek #starwars #droidbattles #robotbattles #robots #rccars #rcbots

♬ Star Trek (Theme) - The TV Theme Players


The jumper #fy #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #foryourpage #dog #dogs

♬ Jumper (1998 Edit) - Third Eye Blind


The cutest video !๐Ÿ˜ #draketosexy #toosexy #lmao #donda #funny #comedy #lifeisgooddance #CLB #dancechallenge #featureme #foryou #SHEin #FYP #colorcustomizer #supersexy#featureme #foryourpage #Fhouse #mgfc๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿผ#swag #blowthisup#certifiedloverboy #ShowYourGlow#keepitrealmeals #CandyCrushAllStars

♬ Zoom - Lil Haiti

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Loki Worm custom figure (Multiverse Variant)

A few in stock:

Genuine footage from a new racing game; Owl door; Voids in the forest

(Photos of the home.)

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Batman's horse is the build-a-figure for the new McFarlane figures based on Miller's Dark Knight Returns

Just posted for preorder.

Los Angeles is contemplating a $650-million makeover for its zoo in time for the 2028 Olympics


“We definitely had the Olympics in mind when we were developing this plan,” said [the] zoo director and chief executive. “What are we going to do to attract international travelers to the zoo as a place they should not miss?”


The zoo’s ambitious “20-year Vision Plan” calls for exhibit upgrades and flashy new tourist attractions, including a 60-foot-deep canyon offering rock climbs and a hilltop Yosemite lodge-style California Center with sweeping views of a 25,000-square-foot vineyard.


“The zoo’s plan is another attempt to squeeze more money out of Griffith Park, a designated L.A. Cultural-Historic Monument,” said ... a board member of the Griffith J. Griffith Charitable Trust. “There is no need for another amusement park in L.A. But there is dire need for preserving its increasing rare native ecosystems.”

The "mamasphere is a series of interactions between human and non-human actors"

Anne Helen Petersen's latest newsletter features an interview with Kathryn Jezer-Morton, who is writing a doctoral dissertation on mombloggers:

I’ve learned that a lot of moms are increasingly planning their content around what the algo rewards. It brings to mind actor-network theory -- the idea that the mamasphere is a series of interactions between human and non-human actors. Time to read more Donna Haraway! The algorithm is absolutely an actor here. Momfluencers have to try to decipher its preferences and react accordingly. Which is part of why sometimes everyone in the mamasphere appears to be doing exactly the same thing, like a bunch of tall-boot-wearing synchronized swimmers. Like using letterboards, for example. They are doing something that they have found to be effective for the success of their accounts, but probably won’t be effective for long.


My favorite tropes, oh boy. I am fascinated by momfluencers’ home interiors, the constant upgrading and renovating and reorganizing of nurseries and bedrooms and the requisite “reveals.” A few years ago Amber Fillerup Clark revealed her new laundry room and it contained TWO washing machines side by side and my soul temporarily left my body. Taza of Love Taza has a row of fridges with, if I am not mistaken, glass doors like a bodega beer fridge. I am riveted by this. Interiors were really not part of mommyblogs, but of course they are Instagram content mines. There does seem to be an interiors arms race, which mirrors the general pressure within capitalism to continuously “level up,” and when we bring that pressure into the home, it’s worth paying attention to what happens next. Also, kids grow up and sometimes don’t want to be photographed anymore, but interiors are always fair game. I think as momfluencers work to diversify their content in preparation for their children growing up — which is happening more and more, as the first big wave of momfluencers’ kids reach adolescence — we might see more emphasis on home decor.

New Humble Bundle includes Soul Calibur, Injustice, and more

The $1 bundle is weak, but $12 gets you Injustice 2, Soul Calibur 6, Mortal Kombat XL, and more

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never caught on ๐Ÿ˜… and still doesn’t know lol @chiefs #football #husbandpranks

♬ original sound - Lindsey Miles


i love them so much #xyzbca #dogchallenge #fypใ‚ท #fyp #doggydaycare #dogs #dogsofttiktok #puppies #trending #animals #doglover #SoundcoreGoForGold #dog

♬ Sunny Day - Ted Fresco


#iamlizzi #viral #dog #babiesoftiktok #baby #fyp #meme #pinterest #4u #4upage #love #cinderellamovie #SoundcoreGoForGold #memes #maxplumpjump #fypใ‚ท

♬ original sound - Lizzie Ann Lowery

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Augmented reality web shooters; Attempted super punch; The Celebration Gator

Frog with a knife tee; Dump truck cake; Venom #300 tribute

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

"99% of LAUSD teachers meet COVID-19 vaccine requirements" (but)


Faced with getting a COVID-19 vaccine or losing their jobs, thousands of hesitant Los Angeles school-district employees opted for a last-minute jab, allowing them to access schools and offices on Monday and resulting in 99% compliance among classroom teachers and 97% of all employees.


School police took an especially heavy hit, with 43 of 300 employees not allowed to work as of Monday.

The Addams Family movie had a different ending until the cast rebelled

From a long interview with Barry Sonnenfeld:

Was the ending a re-shoot? The whole movie Christopher Lloyd’s Fester is an imposter, but then in the last scene it’s explained it was actually Fester all along…

No, there was no re-shoot. Though the original ending had Fester still being an imposter. And Gomez saying, “You know what? You out-Festered Fester. And family is a state of mind and not biology. You’re the new Fester.” And at the table read, the cast rebelled. They hated that ending. And they went off into a corner and made Christina Ricci the spokesperson for them. She was probably nine at the time. And Christina came back and said to Paul Rudnick, the writer, and myself and the producer and said, ”This can’t work. The audience will be emotionally disappointed. They’ll wonder why Gomez worried about Fester for all these decades and then just doesn’t think about him anymore because he likes this guy. It’s an intellectual ending, not an emotional ending.” And she convinced us. We realized, “Oh, jeez. Maybe she’s right.” Paul Rudnick did a re-write. But that was not a re-shoot and when we first started to shoot, that was already in there. It might be slightly abrupt.

(Get Shorty, Men in Black, and the two Addams Family movies was a pretty incredible run)

Some good vinyl toys available for preorder including a Snoopy by Medicom

Vinyl for various price points: Snoopy, May with Torchic, Kellogg's mascots, and Muto.

Today's funny posts


Vacation makes some kids really contemplate their lives..#fyp #comedy #kids #vacation

♬ Oh No - Kreepa


#OneSliceChallenge #catsoftiktok

♬ Hillbilly type beet - Dadood


Border collie instinctive awakening#fyp #foryou #foryoupage #cute #dog

♬ original sound - Discoverer


the Bones have spoken!! #pug #adoptdontshop #nobones #noodletok #mondaymotivation

♬ original sound - Jonathan


hope you all have the best Monday! ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿฆด #nobones #bonesday #pug #noodletok #monday

♬ original sound - Jonathan

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Decorating with pirate skeletons; Constellation jack-o-lantern; Is your child Hellmaxxing?


#IKnowWhatYouDid #TreatiestCupContest #fyp #halloween #spookyseason

♬ Creepy Halloween Music - Cybermonsters


How many skeletons are Too many skeletons? #spooky #spookyseason #jeep #jeeplife #skeleton #halloween #octobermood

♬ Teddy Bears Picnic - Henry Hall


Insanity getting the #starbuckstumbler on the 50th #disneyworld50 #disneyworld

♬ original sound - Brandon

Surprise wrestling match; Adorable Yoshi figurine; Clever trick for a roleplaying book

(Available at Amazon.)

Monday, October 18, 2021

A story about a family that escaped the Soviet Union only to find themselves prisoners of the mafia

From the story:

We were foreigners. However, we were also guests of the mob. My father’s connections, those hidden strings, pulled favors across national borders and were tied to a well-financed machine. The Italian Mob leveraged the collapse of the Soviet Union to collect well-educated and grateful people. They groomed these resources to become sanitation directors, architects, port engineers, and the like. But all remained pawns beholden to a cabal of made men looking to skim and continue getting fat off the graft. One such man wiped sausage grease from his mouth and belly laughed as my father demanded his benefactors to let us move on to the United States. That man slapped both his hands loudly on either side of his waist — eyeing a resource that was meant to become a betting horse. They knew my father won Soviet regional chess competitions and even performed at grand-master competitions. He was perfect, too valuable to let go. The man pointed at him: “You’ll win and lose when we tell you. Otherwise, we send you home.”

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hhaha ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ#hilarious #funny #funnyvideos

♬ original sound - jvoan49


#POV #Lucky No, he doesn’t dig wherever he wants #allowed #digging #TreatiestCupContest #ForYouPizza #dog #dogsoftiktok #petsoftiktok #countrylife

♬ Lucky - Britney Spears


Joseph at McDonalds fed George a burger. ๐ŸคŽ #georgethesaint #mcdonalds #cheeseburger #burger #happymeal #yum #treat #animalsoftiktok #saintbernard

♬ The McDonald's Beat x Ricky Desktop - McDonald's

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Check out this tiny third party Starscream

4.3" "Redthunder" available for preorder at $21.9.9

Surprising book cover for The Joy of Cooking; Unusually interesting cab driver; T-shirt celebrating a negative review

(Amazon sells the re-release.)

Concept art and an early kitbashed model of Anakin's podracer

Sunday, October 17, 2021

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#cat #dog

♬ son original - kuzavini_bes8

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Sandwich bondage; Is this really how they make pencils?; The creation of Scorpion's spear move


Behind the scenes of a sub Commercial #fyp #visualengineering #foryoupage #slowmotion #phantomflex4k #motioncontrol #oddlysatisfying #cinematography #robotics #moco

♬ original sound - stevegiralt


๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ @insyde #foryoupage #science #tech #mesmerize

♬ original sound - Inverse