Friday, December 31, 2021
Robot curling coach; China sends war drones to the border; Smuggler's drone crashes into a house
An AI robot coach is helping Chinese curling athletes to prepare for the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics. #GLOBALink pic.twitter.com/6d3UrUJCGc— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) December 31, 2021
Meanwhile, an assertion that China is sending drones to the border with India:
According to Indian media reports, dozens of autonomous vehicles capable of transporting both weapons and supplies are being dispatched to Tibet, with the bulk being deployed in border regions where Chinese troops are engaged in a standoff with Indian troops.The Sharp Claw, which can be handled wirelessly and is armed with a light machinegun, and the Mule-200, which is meant as an unmanned delivery truck but can also be equipped with weaponry, are two examples of vehicles.
According to the sheriff's report, a 17-year-old resident heard something hit her home and went outside to investigate. Outside, she found a DJI Phantom 4 drone with a package attached to it. The drone was still on and beeping, and it's onboard lights were concealed with duct tape....Deputies later inspected the package and found several bags of marijuana and tobacco. Also inside were two cell phones with chargers.
Sneaking logic bombs into 3d-printed objects
Rapid prototyping makes additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) useful in critical application domains such as aerospace, automotive, and medical. The rapid expansion of these applications should prompt the examination of the underlying security of 3D printed objects. In this paper, we present Mystique, a novel class of stealthy attacks on printed objects that leverage the fourth dimension of emerging 4D printing technology to introduce embedded logic bombs through manufacturing process manipulation. Mystique enables visually benign objects to behave maliciously upon the activation of the logic bomb during operation. It leverages the manufacturing process to embed a physical logic bomb that can be triggered with specific stimuli to change the physical and mechanical properties of the printed objects. These changes in properties can potentially cause catastrophic operational failures when the objects are used in critical applications such as drones, prosthesis, or medical applications.
Today's funny posts
Cannot believe the rationalists dismissed the Ted Chiang piece that was like “look, capitalism *is* the paper clipping AI! [gestures wildly]” when like, we are currently converting all the video cards into bitcoin farms to track fake art sales, & the *game companies* joined in!!— ㎭ big little brother energy (@js_thrill) December 28, 2021
They cannot sell their games to new users because the users can’t buy hardware to play the games because the video cards are all being used for crypto Ponzi scheme server farms and they are fucking minting branded NFTs to increase the demand for such server farms!— ㎭ big little brother energy (@js_thrill) December 28, 2021
It would be like if lularoe’s leggings were made from brand new tires, and instead of being upset that no one could buy cars anymore, car companies partnered with lularoe to make branded leggings?? So like, you can’t buy a car that works but you can still join the pyramid scheme— ㎭ big little brother energy (@js_thrill) December 28, 2021
Book covers old and new, good and bad
The brilliant cover was designed by @nithya_sub who has also done the book's graphics pic.twitter.com/sHZjPC0v6i— Rukmini S (@Rukmini) November 29, 2021
Cool covers from the 60’s Italian Kriminal comics by Luigi Corteggi: pic.twitter.com/yb1ff78n3m— Kagan McLeod (@KaganMcLeod) November 7, 2021
The Finnish edition of Hobbit was called “Dragon Mountain” and featured an action cover by Jansson: pic.twitter.com/FdFfncp7uW— Pauli Olavi Ojala (@pauliooj) December 27, 2021
1980s Len Deighton covers were a bit shit. pic.twitter.com/C5AUc21S7W— Andrew Nette (@Pulpcurry) December 23, 2021
And one game:
We're releasing The Weaver's Observatory in a month (or less!) and are really excited this morning to share this #ttrpg #coverreveal: pic.twitter.com/qwHSbQyT2P— Gem Room Games (@GemRoomGames) November 16, 2021
Behind the scenes: pic.twitter.com/lKTzu9Unn0— kali but with seasonal gourds 🌺 (@kalila) November 16, 2021
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Gift exchange based on things stolen from grandma's house; Impossible gift wrapping; Wholesome party games
2 years worth of stolen items and she had no idea #aeholidayforever #ffxmasswitch #candycrushallstars #GEICOGiveHappy♬ Pennies from Heaven - Louis Prima
If you want a cozy mystery hidden item game, I'm enjoying True Fear: Forsaken Souls 2 on iOS
Joy Toy's Warhammer 40k Chaos Space Marines are available for preorder
Today's funny posts
my boyfriend and i met in a new york city publishing office a few years ago, and this christmas, he’s taking me to his hometown to meet the family, where i will for sure find out that, as a brunette who is dedicated to her job, i’m actually the villain of this movie— katie yee (@prepartynap) December 24, 2021
Cables with a threatening aura
Scyllac Toroidal Theta-Pinch Fusion Experiment, 1974. Controlled Thermonuclear Research Program. Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, New Mexico.— Scott Kerr (@scott_kerr) December 27, 2021
Image: LASL/US Dept. of Energy. pic.twitter.com/IUgYwhTMNR
um .__. pic.twitter.com/ZDpJeagKtD— femb�t (@__femb0t) December 24, 2021
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Photos and video of prisoners being displayed in a Chinese town
December 29, 2021
Today's funny posts
CDC recommends splitting up your quarantine over your two 15min breaks— Zak Toscani (@zak_toscani) December 27, 2021
CDC says it’s probably fine to put on the ring of power once or twice if it makes your life a bit easier— Pip (@philippawarr) December 29, 2021
There is no testing requirement for NFL players to be released from quarantine after five days, source confirms. So this will all hinge on players honestly reporting their symptoms after testing positive.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) December 28, 2021
Kusanagi and Batou redesign
Kusanagi and Batou from Ghost in the Shell, just for fun and render practice :)#ghostintheshell #gits #conceptart #kusunagi #batou #japaneseculture #cyberpunk #digitalpainting #characterdesign #character #street #streetfashion #matrix #artstationhq #cybernetic #scifi pic.twitter.com/gR8tzfFYPx— Yohann Schepacz (@OxanStudio) December 22, 2021
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Apple A7 chip in resin
Five pack of Amanda Visell x Kidrobot minifigures is 43% off
Five "Ferals" blindboxed minifigures for $34.99.
Today's funny posts
BREAKING: CDC Says If You Have Time to Lean, You Have Time to Clean— Rob (@dreadfulpoint) December 27, 2021
Kagan McLeod and Chip Zdarsky have started publishing new Kaptara comics
(Just sign up for the free newsletter and scroll down.)
New Kaptara comics at https://t.co/IZaOLBg3fR pic.twitter.com/FtTLqvUsw2— Kagan McLeod (@KaganMcLeod) December 3, 2021
Monday, December 27, 2021
Lawry's reportedly canceled the Beef Bowl
Bad news. Very bad news.— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) December 27, 2021
Lawry’s has canceled the annual Beef Bowl, a Rose Bowl tradition with the two teams, citing COVID/Omicron concerns.
The annual guest list? Two full rosters of linemen, receivers, running backs, and tackles (the Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs this year; the teams dine on separate nights) plus coaching staff, athletic personnel, Tournament of Roses officials, and a select group of California highway patrolmen (who not only escort the teams from their practice facility to Lawry’s, but also throw on bowties to walk arm in arm with the Tournament of Roses Queen and her princesses to their rib-slicing table)....The marching band lets loose outside, signaling to waitresses dressed in old-school brown-and-white dresses and chefs wearing comically tall white toques that their guests have arrived. They rush toward the entrance, clapping with vigor as they line a medium-rare-red carpet leading out toward the street. A police motorcycle escort speeds into view trailed by a lineup of colossal buses; the band begins playing Georgia’s fight song, “Glory,” as every vehicle comes to a stop in the middle of La Cienega. Doors pop open, allowing a stream of players and coaches—all dressed in casual clothes emblazoned with the school’s insignia—to stride triumphantly toward the evening’s meaty dream dinner.
Staff at Lawry’s says that often the Beef Bowl is the first time coaches and players have actually had prime rib, and the number of requests for well-done cuts is far higher than a usual dinner service at the restaurant.
Cityscapes by Wayne Thiebaud
The LAT has a long article about his life:
He worked briefly in the animation department of Walt Disney Studios, where a principal animator drew the first and last frames in a strip and Thiebaud drew the middle frames. He was fired after six months for his pro-union activities.
RIP wayne thiebaud, his renderings of san francisco cityscapes always had such an effect on me pic.twitter.com/PbEMn66O62— Auld Sang Lyne (@ElSangito) December 26, 2021
It’s on display at SFMOMA and it blew my mind the first time I saw it in person. pic.twitter.com/0e5e3B3c4o— Laura J. Nelson 🦅 (@laura_nelson) December 27, 2021
Wayne Thiebaud wrapped up a helluva life today, at 101. And he painted every darn day right up until the end. pic.twitter.com/RNqWJxopBS— wendy macnaughton (@wendymac) December 26, 2021
With money believed stolen from Ukraine's largest bank, "Ukraine oligarch became Cleveland's biggest landlord"
The hotel is part of a portfolio — including iconic skyscrapers in Cleveland — that collapsed amid a series of stunning failures and a federal investigation of allegations that the oligarch and others stole hundreds of millions of dollars from Ukraine’s largest bank and then secretly plowed the money into U.S. real estate, including the four-star hotel.
The 58-year-old billionaire and others bought the towers through companies set up in Delaware — one of the nation’s foremost havens for corporate secrecy — through a litany of offshore shell companies in amounts that forced taxpayers in Ukraine to turn over billions to save the bank.
Far from the usual havens for shadowy money, Cleveland has become the center of an international money laundering probe
Today's funny posts
hockey player so nice they named him thrice pic.twitter.com/NMZR6N8h7U— jan (@lesbijans) December 27, 2021
Dow Jones Average cocktail glasses; Pretty cookies; Clever logo for a veterinarian
Friend with a locked account found these unreal cocktail glasses at his parents’ house pic.twitter.com/aDcqkkjB3B— Dre (@newhandledre) December 23, 2021
December 24, 2021(Available at ebay.)
Peppermint stripe cookies with rose gold luster dust. pic.twitter.com/hLytps1Ud9— Jen Aprahamian (@jennifermarie) December 23, 2021
December 1, 2021
Sunday, December 26, 2021
Selfie with the telescope
Gotta take a good look at yourself before you peek into the Universe. Selfie, always. pic.twitter.com/6tEplqmp1T— Dr. Mike Chen (@mcycee) December 25, 2021
There's a papercraft version available for download.
Today's funny posts
this part kicks ass https://t.co/h7nHSluAa8 pic.twitter.com/luvwhVZ5SB— Scarlett 🔪 (@ScarlettMiracle) December 25, 2021
My brother downloaded the profile pictures of NFT idiots who were piling up in my mentions a while back and turned them into a pillow pic.twitter.com/gtNGq0rzRy— Dan Robitzski (@DanRobitzski) December 25, 2021
Short documentary about the Antarctic Ice Marathon
Breathtaking scenery at Union Glacier on the Antarctic Ice Marathon course. #AntarcticIceMarathon #Antarctica #7ContinentsMarathonClub #running #marathon #extrememarathon #7continents #unionglacier @AntarcticIceMar pic.twitter.com/Wtpmst6AzZ— IceMarathon (@AntarcticIceMar) October 27, 2021
2021 Antarctic Ice Marathon video. If we can operate a marathon in Antarctica we can do it anywhere. Keep the faith. Happy Christmas & New Year. @AntarcticIceMar #antarcticicemarathon #running #athletics #marathon #Antarctica pic.twitter.com/eFF9SSB9m9— Richard Donovan (@RichardDonovan7) December 24, 2021
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Christmas tree in the hot cell; Annual Christmas puzzle; Christmas by Emberley
General Electric technician at the Hanford plant to test the sensitivity of new mechanical manipulators. Decorating a Christmas tree inside a newly completed "hot" cell for handling highly radioactive materials. December, 1959. pic.twitter.com/Dzald2v80K— NUKES (@atomicarchive) December 24, 2021
The absolut best thing about my family is that every Christmas we do a jigsaw of a picture of all of us doing last year's jigsaw.— Grace Krause 🌹🍞 (@TheGraceK) December 18, 2021
It's by far the best Christmas tradition I can think of pic.twitter.com/dCMzw99jpZ
For those of us who celebrate Ed Emberley ........ happy holiday pic.twitter.com/hbCsei0afA— leigh (@roaringblood) December 23, 2021
MERRY CHRISTMAS I WANT TO GIVE AWAY MY TURNOVER CHAIN, TELL ME WHY YOU WANT THIS OBSCURE PIECE OF SPORTS MEMORABILIA AND YOU JUST MIGHT GET IT 🎁 #HawaiiBowlLIVE pic.twitter.com/jXsRHeoO5L— easypost (@easypost) December 25, 2021
Men out in the wild… pic.twitter.com/r4V2zGLSLB— Debs (@DebStevo90) December 24, 2021
santaaa where the hell have u been loco pic.twitter.com/PmfLSdeWmi— rose (@maisonrosa) December 21, 2021
Your mom and dad watching you open your Christmas gifts pic.twitter.com/d8pm8xCdAG— 90s WWE (@90sWWE) December 25, 2021
The telescope's solar panel
Happening just now. pic.twitter.com/n6o9nKWyDF— Jari Makinen (@jarimakinen) December 25, 2021
#NASAWebb’s solar array has successfully deployed, and Webb’s batteries are charging up ⚡ #UnfoldTheUniverse pic.twitter.com/8oZJiGRo6P— NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) December 25, 2021
Wowowow look at the solar panel deployment pic.twitter.com/A4NfBx02HJ— Alexandra Witze (@alexwitze) December 25, 2021
Today's funny posts
Just so we’re clear, The Grinch never really hated Christmas. He hated people, which is fair.— holiday papi🎄 (@random_weighs) November 25, 2017
This week's best Warhammer 40k miniatures and other hobby creations
Hes making a list— Nexx (@evil_scott) December 24, 2021
And checking it twice
Hes gonna make sure
Heretics pay the price pic.twitter.com/wRpwm858xB
Techno-nightmare Christmas tree?; Eldritch Christmas tree; Michael Caine Muppet
Стартовый комплекс (площадка N31) с ракетой и пилотируемым кораблем укутана густым туманом. pic.twitter.com/79FNcbFwJQ— РОГОЗИН (@Rogozin) December 7, 2021
Out walking tonight and ran into this.— Chris McLaren☢ (@MisterMcLaren) December 14, 2021
I get that they were going for "Christmas tree" but I can't read this as anything but "Eldritch horror consumes house" or maybe "First sighting of Scooby Doo episode locale" pic.twitter.com/XiEpkec4Bt
annual shoutout to the michael caine scrooge muppet given to him after shooting on muppet christmas carol wrapped pic.twitter.com/rlRVyYKOcA— Katie Stebbins (@_katiestebbins_) December 22, 2020
When you are determined to get your money’s worth out of that twelve foot skeleton you bought for Halloween. pic.twitter.com/8mNNDLDcGP— Alyssa Harad (@alyssaharad) December 8, 2021
Beaker the red-nosed lab assistant had a very shiny nose. Unfortunately, it was due to a Muppet Labs' High-Voltage Nose-Warmer invention that went haywire. pic.twitter.com/knFwAesQmY— The Muppets (@TheMuppets) December 9, 2021
In an empty lot between their destroyed churches, two congregations came together tonight for a joint Christmas Eve service in Mayfield, Kentucky. @heraldleader pic.twitter.com/m6UUm0MeU0— Ryan C. Hermens (@ryanhermens) December 24, 2021
On Christmas Eve in 1854, Harriet Tubman returned to Maryland’s Eastern Shore to emancipate her brothers Ben, Henry, and Robert from slavery.— Smithsonian NMAAHC (@NMAAHC) December 24, 2021
Learn more about Tubman and view her shawl & related objects in our Searchable Museum: https://t.co/lkFukKn7gX #APeoplesJourney pic.twitter.com/WrvTAVevq3
annual reminder that one year my mom sent out her christmas cards without looking at them first and didn’t see they printed them with “Lou” instead of “Love” and everyone called and asked her who Lou was and she had no idea what they were talking about pic.twitter.com/HiF7c3xfGE— kim (@KimmyMonte) December 22, 2021
Friday, December 24, 2021
"Private Military Landlord Pleads Guilty, Must Pay $65 Million for Defrauding Air Force, Other Services"
Balfour Beatty Communities maintained two sets of maintenance records at some bases—one detailing issues of mold, asbestos, and leaks that were not promptly fixed; and another set of falsified accounts of quick repairs that allowed the company to collect bonuses from the Pentagon.
It is not the first time that Balfour Beatty has been censured for defence-related work. In the UK in 2019 MI6 sacked the company as a contractor during refurbishment work after it lost sensitive plans of the layout of its headquarters in London’s Vauxhal
The fines are more than Balfour Beatty’s entire profit before tax for 2020 of £48m, although they are only a small proportion of revenues of £8.6bn during that year.
Metroid Dread Samus custom figure
仮ドレッドサムス pic.twitter.com/uxwwYRZVkZ— くるみ餅 (@kurumi_tsuchi) December 6, 2021
前に作ったフュージョンスーツのサムスと pic.twitter.com/vYIi66gpXX— くるみ餅 (@kurumi_tsuchi) December 13, 2021
Today's funny posts
I didn't like Matrix: Resurrections but I did appreciate it's core theme (men should never go to therapy)— Always Bet On Kubo (@mrfeelswildride) December 23, 2021
In all seriousness though one of the moments in 2021 cinema that says the most about Life Today is the bit in RESURRECTIONS where an internet-lord commands followers to weaponize themselves and plunge to their deaths in service of a plan that doesn't benefit them in any way.— Père Noël Murray (@NoelMu) December 24, 2021
Thursday, December 23, 2021
"The Ten Thousand Doors of January" is $2.99 right now
Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2020)Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2019)Locus Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2020)
The Most Exciting Spot in the Cosmos Right Now Is French Guiana"
a longtime manager at NASA, had already seen the animal a few times, hanging out in a strip of rich-green jungle, across the street from a hotel. “You see this kind of weird-looking tree right here?" [he] said, pulling the car over. And there was the sloth, motionless on a high branch, nearly hidden, with only a patch of gray, wiry fur peeking through the leaves.
[There] are hundreds, even thousands, of others from NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, which are working together on the project. Employees from Arianespace, the European launch company providing the rocket, are here too, and everyone is working alongside the local staff at the Guiana Space Center, the spaceport from which the observatory will lift off. There’s no exact count, but it’s a lot of people, all focused on the safe departure of a telescope that, when it opens its mirrors toward the cosmos, will see farther than Hubble. This is a mission that will peer deep into the universe and capture the light from the first stars and galaxies. A machine that is traveling so far into space that astronauts won’t be able to repair it.
"Lana was like, 'Hmmm, take off your socks. I think you’re gonna be a no-socks guy. I've just decided this guy is a no-socks guy'"
Vulture interviewed Jonathan Groff about Matrix Resurrections:
At the beginning of the movie, when you’re just playing Thomas Anderson’s business partner, you get to be this slimey tech guy, which I realized was sort of the worst possible future for Patrick from Looking.
I didn’t think of that, but like if things didn’t work out and he went to the dark side, he would maybe be that way, yes. That’s funny, because when I went to San Francisco to meet Lana, we met at the Fairmont Hotel, and there was a poster of Looking there with my face on it, because we shot the show there. She didn’t acknowledge the poster specifically, but we did talk about how much San Francisco meant to both of us.
New Image comics Humble Bundle featuring comics written by Ed Brubaker
Starting at $1 for four volumes. I enjoyed the spy thriller "Velvet" a lot (available in the higher tiers).
Today's funny posts
*joe Johnson stands among the ruins of a dead world*— Gas, Grass, or Story Mode (2021) no one rides f (@Hegelbon) July 4, 2017
OBELISK: human, you have wandered far. Here is a contract for 84/4
Gingerbread greenhouse; Punisher by Bartel; Catwoman by Dekal; Twitter feed dedicated to Vtubers
Finished the gingerbread greenhouse! Everything is edible (technically) pic.twitter.com/od5E7qf86c— ✦ Joy Ang ✦ (@JoyAng) December 22, 2021
Gingerbread greenhouse plans 🎄 pic.twitter.com/bq3huk6TMe— ✦ Joy Ang ✦ (@JoyAng) December 10, 2021
My initial concepts + bonus version of the final cover 🤓✨ #Punisher pic.twitter.com/3DKOg7T2Cq— Jen Bartel (@heyjenbartel) December 22, 2021
I love my job. My cover for #Catwoman issue 41 pic.twitter.com/ofi00CEdhq— JEFF DEKAL (@jeffdekal) December 17, 2021
Who needs a corporate metaverse when VRChat has... this??????? https://t.co/kIei7uIhkv— Dominic Tarason (@DominicTarason) December 22, 2021
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Interviews with Matrix Resurrections' fashion designer
Hot Toys Fennec Shand available for preorder
Today's funny posts
We need billionaires going into space if we’re ever going to find a way for student debt to survive the destruction of the Earth.— Mark Russell (@Manruss) December 14, 2021
FYI, if you need a last minute instant delivery gift, it's $18 for the 26-item Star Trek RPG Humble Bundle
Core book and lots of supplements from Humble Bundle. (Amazon has the core book print version discounted to $44.)
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Accessory of the year
there's just no way this person isn't a super villain pic.twitter.com/kNVW7HzFj9— tweety (@weirdwithwords) December 21, 2021
New Super 7 G.I. Joe action figure set depicts the blind woodsman saving an irradiated Snake-Eyes
Today's funny posts
My dad told me about this years ago and I can’t stop thinking about it today pic.twitter.com/6JATLAgpbF— Hope Rehak (@HopeRehak) December 20, 2021
Tower for testing high-speed elevators; Intriguing diorama warnings; Book covers highlighting questionable praise
testing facility for thyssenkrupp elevators in Zhongshan City pic.twitter.com/2L4jG2Nel6— Kane (@kane) December 20, 2021
American museums are obviously packed with extremely dodgy shit but THIS specimen was made by grave robbers and contains a human skull so it has really earned the Mistakes Were Made box. pic.twitter.com/myq82zlmzM— One Magic Christmas 2: Vengeance (@bombsfall) December 20, 2021
No. It's made from stolen indigenous remains by two 19th century grave robbing taxidermists whose stated purposes was to disprove darwinian evolution and uphold ideas of racism and imperial legitimacy, and it was created as a propaganda piece justifying French North Africa— An Infinite Plane of Teeth (@liquidfox1) December 20, 2021
Book bought for the cover alone, part 37:— Neglected Books (@neglectedbooks) January 13, 2021
Why was the heiress so horribly frightened of fish? And why was the chipmonk (chipmunk?) starry-eyed?
Inquiring minds want to know! pic.twitter.com/AK5maaC3qu
My main take-away from Gollancz books is their eccentric use of cover quotes, which range from ‘almost as good as his other books’ through ‘continued on rear cover’ to ‘is that an endorsement or not?’ pic.twitter.com/u2so8dZpL5— Steven Sheil (@SSheil) January 13, 2021
This one is also worth keeping on your armoury pic.twitter.com/kL8jhGHV64— Steven Sheil (@SSheil) January 13, 2021
These quotation marks read as sarcasm pic.twitter.com/2nzFwbZxFJ— Steven Sheil (@SSheil) January 13, 2021
Monday, December 20, 2021
Movie of the year
Antwoorden aan @anonymous7588 watch till the end😂😭💀 #fy #fypシ #fyp #viral♬ origineel geluid - Alessia