Thursday, March 31, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
A 22-year-old Tiktok heartthrob is raking in cash from his 50-year old fans, where "doxxing and cyberbullying are the norm"
Followers shower [him] with money through TikTok Live’s “gifts” function and via PayPal donations. During a March TikTok Live Battle Week — in which influencers are pitted against each other to earn the most “gifts” — [he] was crowned champion after earning a total of 15.3 million “diamonds” in seven days. That translates to roughly $231,740 in spending on behalf of [his] fans. After TikTok took its substantial cut, that meant $76,500 in earnings for [him].
a group known as the Grotto Girls — dubbed the GGs by insiders — pool their money and send [him] a regular stipend. ... When [he] told fans he was thinking of buying a car, the GGs helped raise $20,000 dollars in 24 hours for just that purpose.
“I’m no longer a fan due to the NanaGate scam."
■GBL×桃太郎ジーンズ— GBL (@GBLtokyo) March 23, 2022
素材：本体 綿100％/革部分 羊革
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Covid spread in China means robot dogs herding people, fumigation from the back of a truck, and aerobics in full gear
Robot enforcing Shanghai lockdown. pic.twitter.com/VvAOcI8h5q— dalibali (@dalibali2) March 29, 2022
Wow Shanghai , you real classy , this is how you broadcast the lock-down notice now ? ( source unknown )🤨 pic.twitter.com/usOThy8kqW— Aiden Heung/艾登 (@AidenHeung) March 29, 2022
An English soccer club announced it was suspending operations because of suspicions its owner was involved in violating the Modern Slavery Act
The club called for a full investigation into [its owner], which owns the organization, amid allegations that it has violated the Modern Slavery Act, violated United Kingdom sanctions against Russia and more.
The club accused [its owner] of funding modern slavery and human trafficking, along with other potential environmental crimes, price fixing, forced evictions, child labor, gender discrimination and murder. It also accused [its owner] of funding a Swiss Bank that a United States court found guilty of conspiring to launder $36 million in bribes to FIFA and other officials.
Of the most recent attack, "A Hamas official said it was a response to the groundbreaking summit held Monday in the Negev Desert in southern Israel, in which four Arab foreign ministers gathered for the first time on Israeli soil for a diplomatic meeting, disappointing many Palestinians who saw the move as a betrayal."
From one of the prior shootings:
Two gunmen, suspected terrorists, opened fire in the Israeli town of Hadera, wounding four people. During the attack, one of the shooters took off his coat revealing a jacket with a Punisher logo. pic.twitter.com/kG0ruazNDu— Arieh Kovler (@ariehkovler) March 27, 2022
A Yale administrator stole $40 million over several years and used it to buy a fleet of luxury cars and multiple properties
she was able to authorize equipment purchases without additional approvals as long as the orders were below $10,000
[she] began making numerous small orders of tablet computers and other equipment that were billed to the school. She would then sell them to a business in New York state
Yale received an anonymous tip that [she] was “ordering suspiciously high volumes of computer equipment, some of which was placed into her personal vehicle.”
Senegal fans just relentless with the laser pointers, man pic.twitter.com/5RoZpd8P1z— Henry Bushnell (@HenryBushnell) March 29, 2022
Cover for the last issue of Hitchcock Magazine; Tiny apartment; Molting ceramic mug; Slender Man's clever, disturbing movie costume
昨日、神保町古本まつりで買った「ヒッチコックマガジン」休刊号（1963年7月号）。なんとおしゃれな休刊号表紙なのでしょうか。 pic.twitter.com/G29A1Iz3Us— 安田理央 (@rioysd) March 21, 2022
Monday, March 28, 2022
The Hollywood Reporter listed some of the celebrities that crossed the picket line to attend Jay-Z's party
Protesters "fanned out around the perimeter of the property, looking to cover possible alternate VIP entry points"
We had a few hours of steady rain today, so the Los Angeles River turned from a bone dry concrete strip into a fast-moving river. A dog fell in, and it took rescuers over an hour and multiple failed attempts to finally save it. By the end, the terrified dog was actually running and swimming away from rescuers, and had to be herded with a helicopter's wash. Because this is Los Angeles, they managed to lasso the dog right by the intersection of Gilligan's Island Road and Gunsmoke Avenue in Studio City.
The @DuneMovie band of musicians brought the sounds of Arrakis to life in this performance of Paul’s Dream. Isn’t it crazy to see how it all came together in person?! We hope you enjoy! #DuneMovie pic.twitter.com/lc3N8QJ06J— Hans Zimmer (@HansZimmer) March 21, 2022
A short article about the singer.
Sunday, March 27, 2022
You might think that you would not be entertained by reading about the funeral of Thomas Hardy, but you could not be more wrong. Please, read to the end.— Marianne Wright (@mair__wright) March 24, 2022
(From Karen Swallow Prior's introduction to her gorgeous new edition of Tess of the d'Urbervilles.) pic.twitter.com/q3MKokNirj
Saturday, March 26, 2022
one of the more compelling arguments to race this weekend was that the teams would have been stuck in Saudi Arabia either way due to logistical reasons and a shortage of flights.
"We drivers, we were all concerned if it's safe for all of us to be here racing, we got decent explanation on things," he said. "And also we went through all the options like, 'What if we don't race,' for example, because the teams would still have to stayed here for a couple of days packing stuff, and it's also not like we can create some new [fl]ights so that everyone can get home.
A marshal working the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has been removed following a tweet saying the individual hoped Lewis Hamilton had an accident similar to Romain Grosjean’s fiery wreck in the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Friday, March 25, 2022
Is the implication that the Formula One drivers were told they wouldn't be permitted to leave if they refused to race?
The drivers are currently having a meeting to discuss their participation in the Saudi Arabian GP.— ESPN F1 (@ESPNF1) March 25, 2022
It's been going on for several hours and it's now 1 in the morning in Jeddah.
(via @AlbertFabrega) pic.twitter.com/qcLF96GWgK
Formula One has confirmed this weekend's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will go ahead as planned despite an attack on a nearby oil facility.An Aramco oil depot 10 kilometers east of the Jeddah street circuit was in flames Friday evening, with a large plume of black smoke visible from the track during the opening practice session of the race weekend....Mercedes boss Toto Wolff added: "[The F1 circuit] is probably the safest place that you can be in Saudi Arabia at the moment."
BBC Sport has learned that a significant number of drivers had concerns about the safety of the event following the attack.
But eventually they were convinced to go ahead and race after being given further information by bosses.
Part of this information involved the possible consequences of not racing, such as how easily teams and drivers would be able to leave the country if the race did not happen.
(Great first episode, a nightmarish Odyssey based on real life viral moments.)
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Unite Here Local 11, which represents 32,000 hospitality workers aside from the Chateau employees across Southern California and Arizona ... plans to have picket lines outside Jay-Z’s fete, the union says.
Although I suppose pretty much anyone attending Starcruiser this early is influential in some way. A sampling:
Ok the dinner show was cool but I'm gonna be honest our table was behind a pole. I did get some, imo funny footage of the show playing from behind a pole— Jenny Nicholson 🎃👻🏆🦇 (@JennyENicholson) March 24, 2022
Yeah there's no way in hell that's happening. We did a bunch of overtly first order stuff in the app and in person and then were handed resistance intel for no reason. We were like I guess we'll try this storyline then, but all the story moments were too crowded to interact with— Jenny Nicholson 🎃👻🏆🦇 (@JennyENicholson) March 24, 2022
"Corrections officer is 5th person charged in growing sex abuse scandal at federal female prison [in California]"
[The officer] is the latest to be charged in the widening scandal at the prison, which has led to sexual abuse indictments against the former warden, two former prison guards and a prison chaplain.
In January, the chaplain ... was charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a ward under his control, two counts of committing abusive sexual contact and one count of making false statements to federal officials.
She posted many comments on the differences between the book and tv show.
If you've watched the Station Eleven TV series, you'll notice this as the first major point of divergence between the show and the book. In the book, this is the last time Kirsten and Jeevan ever see one another; they're together for only a few minutes in the theatre and then part ways forever. In the series, they see one another again a few minutes later, outside the theatre, and remain together for the next year of their lives. For the record, I wish I'd thought of this when I was writing the book! I think it's really good plotting.
Something I love about the Station Eleven TV adaptation is that Jeevan isn't alone at the end of the world. There's a line late in the show, I believe in episode 10, when Jeevan says something like "having one other person, just one other person, can make all the difference," or words to that effect. I've been thinking about that a lot ever since I watched the show.
New Disney Ultra Detail Figures by Medicom including Oswald, and a new super expensive Snoopy by Super 7
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
USC to remove its School of Education from U.S. News & World Report’s next annual ranking "after discovering 'a history of inaccuracies'"
No further details yet, other than that the "history of inaccuracies" goes "back at least five years."
Timely in light of articles like this about one of the candidates for mayor:
USC was in a free fall. Then it turned to Rick Caruso
Caruso stepped into the volunteer post and quickly transformed it into a full-time position that made him at times over the last four years the de facto chief executive of USC, a multibillion-dollar healthcare and education enterprise that is the city’s largest private employer.
Now running for mayor, Caruso is inviting voters to look closely at that most recent entry on his resume. His campaign has presented him as ready to fix L.A.’s crime, homelessness and corruption the way he “cleaned up the messes at USC.”
Speaking of, this what he's using as his message:
"Everybody in this city — at every corner of the city, no matter where you live, what your background is — is scared to walk out their doors." ... "Right now we have some of the worst crime we’ve had in the history of Los Angeles."
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Super 7's new wave of G.I. Joe Ultimates includes Storm Shadow with diving helmet, and a Cobra Trooper with energy whip
BTW, wave 2 of the Reaction figures, featuring the great Gamemaster Drone and Cobra Shocktrooper are in stock.
Monday, March 21, 2022
NFL with an update on what's basically been the biggest talking point of draft season 2022:
An interesting thing happened to Kenny Pickett's hand between the NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day.
It grew an eighth of an inch.
The Pitt quarterback's hand measured 8 1/2 inches at the combine on March 3, sparking conversation about whether having small hands for the position -- nine inches is considered to be adequate -- should hurt his draft stock.
Friends. Let me tell you about my life right now. While I was in Florida, apparently a cardinal laid claim to an area next to our house. I came home to this. “Yeah, it’s been going on for a couple weeks,” said my husband. pic.twitter.com/AbxLVAO3iP— Jamaila Brinkley (@jamaila) March 17, 2022
Sunday, March 20, 2022
(O’Ward was penalized for striking his crew member.)
Damn, Pato hit one of his pit crew in the leg pic.twitter.com/c9Gi4AJ7Dn— CJ Fogler AKA Perc70 #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) March 20, 2022
Wow close call for our jackman under the last caution pic.twitter.com/ThAUlgZHI9— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) March 20, 2022
Bell’s jackman (David O’Dell) was released from the care center after receiving stitches. Kyle Busch’s jackman (Kellen Mills) is finishing the race for the 20 team https://t.co/sCS0jMOklV— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) March 20, 2022
From last month:
Joe Gibbs Racing looks to revolutionize pit stops...[The] director of player advancement at Joe Gibbs Racing, said the pit stops were “broken down into 100 time-stamped intervals” to study each athlete’s action. JGR partnered with a biomechanics company that specializes in movement and measures the force and displacement of the athletes.Say what?...They do it by measuring how an athlete moves laterally and their vertical jump, for example. By measuring various aspects of what each crew member does well, JGR can build a model of the optimal athlete for each position.