well if this ain’t college football then what is… pic.twitter.com/GG4zgWjzZd— no context college football (@nocontextcfb) December 27, 2022
Saturday, December 31, 2022
You know when your boss makes a decision that directly impacts you and is totally horrible? This guy really really feels your pain.— Oscar Lars (@oscarlars) December 15, 2022
This is my Ravenak’s Gnashing Jaws for my Gloomspite Gitz and Kharadron armies. #AoS #ageofsigmar #warhammercommunity @WarComTeam pic.twitter.com/fY6wVnEN9R
Friday, December 30, 2022
Corgi in a gas mask, futuristic frogman, Warhammer 40k Chaos Marine Reavers, and bunch more fun new Joy Toy figures up for preorder
Featured in Science Fiction: The Best 100 NovelsWinner of the British Science Fiction AwardNominated for the Hugo Award
The publisher of the 1985 Blade Runner video game "was unable to obtain rights to the actual movie, so the game was instead said to be based on the soundtrack"
The game is "inspired by the Vangelis soundtrack" of the 1982 Blade Runner movie...On loading the game, the player has to listen to around two minutes of music from the movie soundtrack without any ability to skip the sequence
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Speaking of the military:
Some photos from the scorpion hunt pic.twitter.com/ZOohbABDCf— J.p. Lawrence (@JpLawrence3) December 27, 2022
Everyone knows that Wii Fit was poised to dominate the fitness industry, until someone realized that you could only play Wii Fit inside of a house. Lame.— GingerOfOz (@GingerOfMods) December 19, 2022
You are shackled no longer. I am proud to unveil the world's first ever portable Wii Fit machine: pic.twitter.com/xLqvJ8KjM3
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
These are large collections of figures and statues, with photos of each item.
You will play the game by planning your route, marking the map, and building a story by answering prompt cards. The prompt cards will ask you to consider your relationship with your friend, mark your map with beads or written notes, introduce you to delightful characters(including at least one dog), and will sometimes affect the path you have chosen. The gameplay time can vary between one hour(solo, paper and pen only) to two hours or more(collaborative gameplay, with hand-sewing). The game is designed to be played solo, but the game booklet will also include suggestions on how to play this as a 2 person game(using a single game kit), or communally in a larger group.
Though the game can be completed in a few hours, I crafted my journey over several weeks, embracing the intimate connection I’d forged with my characters by keeping a slow pace.At one point, I found myself tearing up when I decided to part ways with a dog that had accompanied most of my journey. (I left it with a family before climbing a perilous mountain – I’m not a monster!) To represent the dog, I’d been embroidering a second path alongside my own, and ceasing that path was unexpectedly devastating.
I have even less notes for this one than usual (got lazy) but here are the charts for anyone who wants them! pic.twitter.com/E9UT4hTnF0— 🩸 Mapurl 🩸Sacanime Winter AA144 (@mapurlsyrup) December 24, 2022
*Previously: Harvey Guillén showing off his "Phantom Menace" staff training
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Boric acid works better! The result is really beautiful.— Danielle Baskin (@djbaskin) December 27, 2022
If you want to try, it’s best to secure the twine in an airtight metal holder. And immediately seal the bottle after use. Please be careful, my friends.
Here’s instructions for a similar lantern: https://t.co/vdJV6iqfKc pic.twitter.com/HNS7FqW66B
The heroine from "True Grit" hires Supergirl to help her take revenge. The elevated diction is tedious without a charming actress saying it, and the story slips a little at the end (I sure learned something new about Supergirl's horse!), but otherwise terrific. $1.99 right now for the entire series at Amazon.
(I did not like King's Rorschach series.)
Monday, December 26, 2022
I ordered batteries off eBay and they shipped it in a fake mouse lol pic.twitter.com/ONbcTszRzm— Faker 🇦🇱 (@fakershigebebe) December 23, 2022
*Previously: "Birdsport" is a type of "bloodless cockfighting" featuring finches smuggled from Guyana to New York
My company will weather this economic recession for one main reason:— Nick Huber (@sweatystartup) December 20, 2022
50% of our employees are located in the Philippines and earn $10,000 a year on average ($5 / hr).
No employment taxes, no workers compensation, no healthcare.
Also loyal, hardworking, kind team members.
The effort to lure Asian gamblers will be a significant factor surrounding the casino bidding process in New York, which will begin early next year.
During meetings with prospective business partners this year, some casino operators scoping out potential locations have cited proximity to large Chinese populations as a top consideration, according to people familiar with the meetings, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
“As you get older, staying at home is very lonely,” said [one gambler], sipping a free plastic cup of red wine handed out by a casino hostess.
“For many Asian seniors, they walk into any casino and don’t need to worry about cultural competence or respect or language,” said ... the chairman of Homecrest Community Services, which operates two senior centers in Brooklyn. “That’s the one place where they feel safe.”
In a statement, ... the vice president of international marketing at the Resorts World Catskills, said the casino took “great pride in providing our guests from the Asian community a beautiful environment and welcoming space inside and outside of our property, where our culture is respected and celebrated.”
Atkil the Astrologist - Inspired by the travelling Polar Bear man who visited u/Mjholin's fortess; teaching his dwarves about the stars#DwarfFortress #illustration #Aethereaii pic.twitter.com/5P3UWWviSd— Aethereaii (@aethereaii) December 20, 2022
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Some folks have negative opinions about NIL. But without it, things like this wouldn’t be possible…😊 https://t.co/fPxYGxzWoz— Anthony Leal (@anthonyl3al) December 25, 2022
"Three power substation facilities were vandalized in Pierce County, Washington, on Christmas morning, knocking out power to more than 14,000 customers"
The HyperX Cloud Alpha is on sale at Amazon.
Christmas wishes from the blast furnace; Mari Lwyd, the Welsh skeleton horse; 3D-printed festive Star Wars figures
passo mal com a tentativa da csn de ser amigável com volta redonda colocando um "FELIZ NATAL" no meio de um ALTO FORNO pic.twitter.com/OXtOeJr6RY— sorian (@sorianpng) December 24, 2022
annnnnd, your dna is soup pic.twitter.com/tQ7KW78LEv— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) December 21, 2022
Saturday, December 24, 2022
oh my god this is so funny. this is like a bit in a mel brooks movie pic.twitter.com/PTqR0L6ph3— Josh Fruhlinger (@jfruh) December 21, 2022
Paul described himself as not particularly attractive. Tradition states that he was short, swarthy, bald, fat, bow-legged, and had a big nose.— John Morey (@JohnMoreyAuthor) December 21, 2022
So therefore, we must assume: pic.twitter.com/M5CuzCZTWU
I've been waiting for so long to be able to share this commission.— Bees (@VoiceOfKosh) December 2, 2022
A wedding cake topper!
It was probably the most fun kitbash I've ever done, especially getting them to hold hands.
Personal details covered by the emojis. pic.twitter.com/1LGGiCMOZO
Friday, December 23, 2022
My kid’s teacher made toys for her class based on their drawings.— Reid Parker (@ReidParker_) December 19, 2022
Pay teachers more pic.twitter.com/3vBuQ4Zaw6
Ed Emberley's guides to drawing Christmas; 3d print a dangling Luke Sywalker ornament; Custom action figures made for a Secret Santa swap
Thursday, December 22, 2022
"Targets to clean up the majority of England’s rivers, lakes and coastal waters suffering from a cocktail of agricultural and sewage pollution have been pushed back from 2027 to 2063"
Until Brexit the UK government was signed up to the water framework directive, which required countries to make sure all their waters achieved “good” chemical and ecological status by 2027 at the latest.
Not one English waterway, including rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters is in good ecological and chemical health at present
Footage of Indian and Chinese troops fighting to move the border in the Himalayas; Neal Stephenson imagines the near future of that battle involving martial arts influencers
Video of what appears to be a previously unreported violent clash between Indian and Chinese troops at their disputed Himalayan border [in 2021] has emerged online, offering a rare window into the long-simmering territorial tensions between the two Asian powers....Though they’re separated by barbed wire, the footage appears to show Indian troops beating the Chinese soldiers with makeshift weapons, including what look like wooden sticks and metal pipes. In several instances, Indian soldiers can be seen throwing bricks or stones.Many of the Chinese soldiers, gathered on the other side of the wire, also appear to be holding long sticks or batons.Eventually the barbed wire collapses and the Indian soldiers move forward, prompting the Chinese troops to jump over a short stone wall and leave the area, to cheers from the Indian side.
Here's a detailed analysis with maps concluding that China has built new infrastructure in the area to allow quick movement of troops and supplies.
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
at Amazon. Hugo Best Novel nominee (1986), Nebula Best Novel nominee (1986), Hugo Best Novellette winner (1984), Nebula Best Novellette winner (1984).
Wild story about a freelancer working in the ABC news division exploiting that role to conduct operations for a Florida utility
[She] was doing precisely what journalists should do on a searing hot day in Stuart, Fla., in July 2018: She confronted a politician with unwelcome questions.
Microphone and ABC News business card in hand, [she] rushed up to a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives before a debate, the candidate recalls, and asked him about 20 dead gopher tortoises that were reportedly found at a nearby construction site. Florida designates the species as threatened.
As far as the candidate ... knew, there were no dead tortoises.
And he would have known. [he], an environmental engineer, served as the wildlife consultant to the construction project. Visibly flustered, [he] told [her] on camera that he didn't know what she was talking about.
"Residents say they aren't buying it," [she] declared in the news-style video she later posted online.
A city investigation found no dead tortoises. In fact, it found no evidence at all that any of the reptiles had ever been present.
That wasn't the only surprise. Though [she] has done freelance work for ABC, she was not there for the network.
more than 100 agents had boarded one of MSC’s ships, the Gayane, as it slid into the Port of Philadelphia for what was supposed to be a quick stop on its way to Rotterdam. Deep below deck, hidden in containers packed with wine and nuts, the agents discovered nearly 20 tons of cocaine, worth $1 billion. The ensuing investigation showed that more than a third of the crew—all MSC employees—had helped transfer vast amounts of cocaine from speedboats at night while the ship powered through the open ocean off South America. It was the largest maritime drug bust in American history.
The crime was so big and brazen that authorities made the exceptional decision to seize not just the cocaine but also the Gayane itself, a 1,000-foot-long ship worth more than $100 million.
For US officials, the company’s claim of ignorance didn’t add up.
The family likes to say seawater runs through their veins, citing shipping documents from the 17th century that bear their name
MSC also distinguished itself by emphasizing price over speed of delivery. “MSC, very often in the early years, the inside joke in the industry was that it was shorthand for ‘maybe ship comes’ ”
Searching a fully loaded ship is difficult, so much so that it’s rarely done. Holds are cramped and containers can be difficult to get to. The agents acquired special oxygen monitoring devices in case they had to go deep beneath the deck, where rusted iron can deplete oxygen levels.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Patches and illustrations based on Alfred Valley's psychedelic-xerox adventure zine "Thousand Empty Light"
Written throughout as an in-game corporate document, the zine takes the core game’s rules and builds a procedure for playing single handedly. It is a 36 page survival horror adventure, short story and universal solo toolkit all wrapped up into one.The adventure casts the player in the role of a lamplighter hired by the HAZMOS service corporation. Their job? Enter an abandoned underwater tunnel on an uninhabited planet alone and restore power and light to each section. As they proceed, the player will discover that things aren’t quite what they seem.This is an experiment in tabletop adventure design, requiring a healthy amount of interpretation from the player (a digital example play document is also provided).
Expert testimony helped twins accused of cheating on a medical school exam successfully sue the university for defamation
A professor who was remotely monitoring an eight-hour exam noticed that the twins were progressing similarly though the questions and had many of the same incorrect answers. To her, that meant they were cheating.
The Binghams filed a lawsuit against the university and turned to Nancy Segal, a Cal State Fullerton psychology professor who has spent her career studying twins, to help clear their names.
Segal opened the Twins Studies Center at Cal State Fullerton when she began working at the college in 1991.
Segal was in her last year of college at Boston University when her abnormal psychology professor gave an assignment to write about people adjusting to situations. Segal decided to draw on a situation from her childhood in New York City, where her fraternal twin sister tested into a more advanced elementary school class than she did.
Monday, December 19, 2022
Billboards encouraging urging citizens to root out Ukrainian spies by asking people to pronounce Russian placenames
2/ The 7x7 Horizontal Russia Telegram channel reports that billboards have appeared in Irkutsk with the slogan "Test for a spy: test a friend with one word" and a QR code. pic.twitter.com/uLEXGEnn0g— ChrisO_wiki (@ChrisO_wiki) December 19, 2022
Here's a feature on the car:
You can’t tell me the country wouldn’t have rather watched this than the Jags getting 35 yards through the beginning of the 2nd quarter. https://t.co/M28UBPv6bN— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) December 18, 2022
@dhappyrex Unnecessarily necessary##WorldCup##fyp##Argentina##goldenglove#g#goalkeepere#emilianomartinez ♬ original sound - Ayieeeks
jaw droppingly good, unreal-seeming photo of SR-71 #61-7974's fuselage being recovered from the ocean, 1989. Can't believe the dust-pink sky, the shredded blue-black fuselage – skeletal, carcass like – as if taking on qualities of its blackbird namesake in death. Incredible pic.twitter.com/dNYSOgSwyt— ཊལབསརངཧ (@David_Rudnick) December 9, 2022
Long write-up with lots of photos:
“The remains of SR-71 #974 were buried at sea with full military honors. The occasion occurred at 1157 hours on Christmas Eve of 1989. The coordinates given placed it several hundred miles from Okinawa. The final resting place was in 25,597 feet of water, in an area known as the Mariana Trench.”
Sunday, December 18, 2022
i hope it isn't just limited to the giveaway 😭🙏akjshgaslkglasg https://t.co/MzlaX6K6w2— kaoREUNION (@kaorismash) December 13, 2022
And speaking of the Buster Sword:
It's done, #FF7R is now fully playable with an actual BUSTER SWORD! I just ironed out the last bug dealing with the guarding issue from the prototype.— Super Louis 64 (@SuperLouis_64) December 16, 2022
Full vid after the weekend but I'm extremely proud of this build. I built my own parts and it works on PC & PS5 LETS GOOOOO pic.twitter.com/3OSatBfzgy
Washington Post suggests someone bought a Virginia newspaper to try to remove any mention of a 2004 rape accusation from the internet
It wrote about grisly homicides, corrupt land deals and environmental issues in the Shenandoah Valley. Three times in just a decade, it won the Virginia Press Association’s top honor, the prize for “journalistic integrity and community service.”
Their evidence, while circumstantial, is intriguing. There’s the mystery buyer who purchased the Hook archive from its longtime custodian a few months before it went dark. There’s the reluctance of people involved in that sale to say much about it.
Then there’s the flurry of copyright complaints apparently filed by the new owner in the days and weeks after the sale. These complaints, seeking removal of links to the archive, have targeted news sites, discussion forums and small-time blogs, most of which cited one particular story among the thousands the Hook wrote about in its heyday: a rape accusation involving students at the University of Virginia nearly 19 years ago.
Get this image in print here: https://t.co/HVzmViiABn— Andrew McCarthy (@AJamesMcCarthy) December 8, 2022
Here's how it looked at roughly 5x speed. It was over very quickly. I had multiple telescopes running to make sure I had a good shot for you:https://t.co/jc5XeP9d49
From a few months ago, "How I Learned to Explore the Universe":
Turns out, the trick to photographing planets is something called "lucky imaging". What you have to do is take thousands of pictures of something over the course of a few minutes, and then stack them with software and it makes the image wayyy clearer. This is due to the atmosphere, when you're that zoomed in through miles of atmosphere, it ripples with the currents, destroying your image. The software analyzes the images looking for the ones where this effect is the least pronounced, then stacks and sharpens them, revealing an image that is not just good, but better than what your eyes can even see (although on a clear night, your eyes can see incredible detail). I followed this process, and my images were much better (although it took a while to really get the hang of it.
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Vogue has the summary and full collection of 48 looks:
Well-dressed whales continue to be drawn compulsively to Browne, happily harpooned by his darkly witty skewering of the clothing canon. This season’s Melville conceit enabled the designer to return to one of his happiest hunting grounds, old school East Coast US prep. After observing how closely related Melville’s text was to Nantucket, Browne said: “I think the whole Wasp-y idea, the quintessential notion of preppy, came from this part of New England and some items in this collection really play into that.”
Sig Sauer executive alleged to have "surreptitiously overbill[ed] the Indonesian police, military, and intelligence services by up to 600 percent over several years"
Sig Sauer has been the subject of scrutiny in recent years, given how the company’s flagship P320 pistol in 2017 replaced the Army’s previous go-to sidearm, the Beretta M9—only for the public to discover an undisclosed fatal flaw. Dozens of pistols have fired on their own across the country, sparking lawsuits by injured police officers and the family of a woman killed in Colorado—yet the company refused to issue a recall.
[T]he feds say [he] took advantage of the intense international interest in the 9mm semi-automatic P320 to dupe his Indonesian buyers into vastly overpaying for the pistol
[He] was thought to be funneling the dirty money through a series of shell companies
The newly unsealed warrant affidavit means [he], a member of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s “Athletic Hall of Fame,” has now been accused of criminal wrongdoing at two of his previous three employers.
Amazon is currently offering a $10 off coupon on the art book. These designs that deserve great toys:
"A pleasure to follow [and] a lovely flexing of Griffith’s strengths in short form."―The New York Times"Spear is a fantastic excuse to dig into Arthurian legend, and it stands on its own as an enthralling read―an instant classic, born of classics."―Chicago Review of BooksA Shelf Awareness Best of the Year pick!A Vulture Best Fantasy of the Year pick!