Monday, February 28, 2022
I sat next to a UN interpreter on a flight - he told me that, in Moscow they got paranoid about bugs so searched their hotel room, found an odd metal plate under the carpet. They started removing screws until they heard a big crash. Chandelier in room below.— Stephen Hall (@StephenJ_Hall) February 22, 2022
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Naturally Putin was sitting a healthy 15 feet away from Shoigu and Gerasimov at the end of a ridiculously long table when he told them to get the nukes out pic.twitter.com/xmNUn21Aa1— max seddon (@maxseddon) February 27, 2022
His name is spelled "Poutine" in France.
Jose Andres is feeding people at the border.
Destruction of the world's heaviest airplane might be a major logistical loss.
Update from #Romania— Chris Kubecka 🇵🇷🇨🇿🇳🇱 ✈️🇺🇦 @MiddleEastInst (@SecEvangelism) February 26, 2022
We promised to open the mini-champagne I raided from my hotel in fleeing #Kyiv when we crossed the border. Sandwiches, water, groceries, sim cards, an outpouring of support from volunteers & the county. French embassy took the pic pic.twitter.com/1QzNXuDQGW
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Take with a grain of salt, of course:
Poland and Sweden are refusing to play World Cup qualifiers against Russia.
Video game developer wonders how he's found himself using a UV flashlight to look for markings left by saboteurs.
Rumblelow Sheepskin, painted up the model I converted, am pleased with how the sculpted details of his lower jaw turned out. #blooodbowl #GamesWorkshop #starplayer #halfling #PaintingWarhammer pic.twitter.com/ngVi3ZUcf3— Ross Leckie (@spubbbba) February 21, 2022
Friday, February 25, 2022
The first wave of media reviews for Disney's Starcruiser experience can't agree on whether the rooms are cramped or spacious
The rooms I saw were pretty compact, too. There’s space for a bed, a slide-out table, and enclosed bunk beds built into one of the walls. It looks to have leaned too far into emulating the space-sensitive designs of an actual cruise ship. I’ve never stayed in a $2,000-per-night hotel room, but I would expect a lot more than this.
The rooms are spacious
For cabins capable of hosting four, they've included older Star Wars era-inspired bunkbeds and a bed that pulls out from the wall -- but it will still be a tight squeeze unless you upgrade to the larger Galaxy Class Suite or Grand Captain Suite.
Pricing for the fancier Galaxy Class Suite (which can accommodate four people) and Grand Captain Suite (which can fit up to eight) isn't immediately available on the website. Disney declined to comment further on those prices.
Thursday, February 24, 2022
the mint sales alone likely generated over $1.5 million.
[The] swift timing to end the project ... didn’t sit well with fans. After the project shut down, he promised consumers who purchased more than five NFT’s (roughly $1,300) a signed ... jersey — priced around the online market at about $100.
Speaking of NFTs:
Not sure even the most money-hungry and cynical DAO full of Web3 maniacs would think of minting an NFT of something this inhumane. Impressive really! https://t.co/t6aI3dkIP6— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) February 24, 2022
Strong contender for the most sociopathic tweet of all time pic.twitter.com/7Gkhef0cGX— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) February 24, 2022
(1 of 1)— The Associated Press (@AssociatedPress) February 25, 2022
We deleted an earlier tweet promoting an upcoming NFT auction. This was a poor choice of imagery for an NFT. It has not and will not be put up for auction.
Compare and contrast this panel from a G.I. Joe comic with this tweet today by a Catholic priest in England
Putin’s able to invade Ukraine because he knows how weak the West is. While we are obsessing about pronouns and “safe spaces” he is attempting to rebuild “Imperial Holy Mother Russia”. Unless we in the West regain our Catholic identity we are doomed. Ergo..we are probably doomed.— Fr David Palmer (@FrDavidPalmer) February 24, 2022
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
(I saw one copy at ebay.)
Absolutely OBSESSED with the binding on this book about the NYC Draft Riots. Name a binding that goes harder than this. You literally can’t. pic.twitter.com/UU9HKZzpJ5— Ursula (@blearyeyedduty) February 18, 2022
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
"Comedy is the business of feelings... don’t complain about the presence of strong feelings. That's the job"
2) I don’t understand the folks who see criticism of the Tweet below by a COMEDIAN (this is important) and reaching the conclusion “Wow you just can’t criticize anything on your own feed” and “Toxic fans”. (and don't pile further, this for the discussion)https://t.co/UtRhmN6UBQ— John Rogers (@jonrog1) February 22, 2022
Someone over on Insta made a few of these beauties. pic.twitter.com/raFwsnSXIF— 70s Dinner Party (@70s_party) February 12, 2022
Lenticular Samus print; Super Mario jacket; Aquaman's new look is a fusion of his best moments to create something new
Monday, February 21, 2022
Floors built over an underground stream are collapsing. The lower level floods regularly, rendering six courtrooms empty and useless and redolent of persistent mold.
The automatic handicapped door at the entry lobby has been shut down because the floor right inside the door is collapsing. Contractors on scene repairing what the original construction wrought for a time routinely disabled the fire alarm while they worked, which allowed a fire inside the building last year to spread.
Last Saturday, one of the glass windows that envelop the building spontaneously shattered — a regular occurrence
Schröder, who was the head of the Social Democrat-led German government from 1998 to 2005, has attracted controversy since leaving office due to his close ties to Russia, including a personal friendship with President Vladimir Putin.
Schröder was widely criticized for calling the Russian president a "flawless democrat."
His other posts include acting as chairman of the shareholders' committee for Nord Stream AG and president of the board of directors at Nord Stream 2 AG. Both positions involve gas pipelines that connect Russia and Germany and are at the center of an intense debate on the international stage.
They worry that they could be used to pressure European governments to back down should Moscow attempt an invasion of Ukraine.
Ten days before the German election in 2005, as the race between Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and his challenger Angela Merkel was reaching its climax, the chancellor decided to hold a meeting with a man who had become a good friend: Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He was no longer sure he was going to win, and he had some urgent business to sort out that he did not trust his successor to get done.
An idea that had first been floated in the mid-1990s was therefore finally sealed on September 8, 2005, with the joint declaration of intent signed by the German and Russian heads of government. There would be a new natural gas pipeline running directly from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea
Schröder promptly lost the election, and a few days after his chancellorship ended, he joined the board of directors of the pipeline's new operating company, which would soon be renamed Nord Stream.
So it was left to Schröder's successor to oversee the completion of the project, though the ensuing diplomatic strife appears to have been worth it, because it was under Merkel's tenure that the project was doubled in 2015, with the beginning of Nord Stream 2.
In the early 2000s...German politicians had developed a contrary, more liberal theory — that more economic interdependence between Russia and western Europe would create peace in the long run. As trade increased, democracy would inevitably prevail.
At the flip of a switch, Russia’s state-owned Gazprom can send gas to Germany at a lower cost with less hassle.
German industry, which is in sore need of cheap, reliable energy sources, loves it.
Next year, Germany will switch off its last nuclear reactor and it plans to ban coal-fired electricity production by 2038. Though the share of renewable energy in Germany's electricity mix is growing, it’s still less than 50 percent of the total. That means the country has a big electricity hole to fill and needs natural gas, which pollutes less than coal, to do it. (Gas is also used to heat 45 percent of German households.)
So is Germany willing to sell Ukraine down the river and strain relations with key allies from Warsaw to Washington in order to secure access to cheap gas? In a word, yes.
Germany on Tuesday halted the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline designed to bring natural gas from Russia directly to Europe, after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized breakaway parts of eastern Ukraine and ordered troops into the region.
@POTUS made clear that if Russia invaded Ukraine, we would act with Germany to ensure Nord Stream 2 does not move forward. We have been in close consultations with Germany overnight and welcome their announcement. We will be following up with our own measures today.— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) February 22, 2022