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Posted by Cory Doctorow

The EU had been expected to fine Google a little over €1B for its anti-competitive practice of promoting its own shopping service over competitors' in search results: today's €2.42B comes as a surprise, as does the ongoing fine if it fails to change its behavior within 90 days -- up to €10.6m a day, or 5% of parent company Alphabet's total daily earnings. (more…)

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Posted by Carla Sinclair

Here's the official Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer gone retro. Recreated on a 1984 Apple IIc computer, New York-based illustrator Wahyu Ichwandari used a KoalaPad from the 1980s and Dazzle Draw, a bitmap paint program from 1984, to illustrate this video.

According to Mashable:

In the '80s, the setup was deemed the "most complete computer graphics system," but it's clear from his process how far we've come.

For instance, in order to draw in layers for the animation, the illustrator had to draw each layer by hand, using plastic sheets held over the monitor, to trace each frame from the trailer, for reference.

Over the course of three weeks, he used 48 floppy disks (remember those?), each with 140KB of memory, and produced 288 image files which totalled a whopping 6MB in size.

Here is the official modern trailer for comparison. https://youtu.be/zB4I68XVPzQ

Eobard Thawne too

Jun. 27th, 2017 06:05 pm
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Just rewatched the season one ep with Mardon and the tsunami.
Thawne is such a dick.
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Posted by Monica Roberts

It's my sad duty to report that another trans sister has been lost to anti-trans violence, this time in Athens, Georgia.

The latest addition to our sadly lengthening 2017 list of trans women who are being killed is 17 year old Ava Le'Ray Barrin.  As usual, a Black trans woman was misgendered by the local media.

According to reports from the Athens Banner- Herald and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, for still unknown reasons a fight broke out in the parking lot of the Riverview apartment complex in Athens early Sunday morning between Barrin and 21 year old Jalen Breon Brown .

The two knew each other, according to Athens Clarke County PD spokesperson Epifanio Rodriguez.

When Athens-Clarke County PD responded to the 11:45 AM EDT report of the altercation, when they arrived at the apartment complex at 1020 College Ave, they found Barrin lying in the parking lot of the complex not breathing and suffering from a gunshot would to the left side of her chest.

 Ava was taken to a nearby Athens hospital where she was pronounced dead at 12:45 PM EDT


Witnesses told the arriving officers that Barrin was shot by Brown, who was still in the complex.  Despite claims of self defense, Brown was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault, and is currently in the Athens-Clarke County jail with no bond.  .
 
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A candlelight memorial service for Barrin was held in Athens at 7:00 PM EDT Monday evening,at the complex, and her funeral arrangements are still pending.

Ava LeRay Barrin is not only the 14th trans person killed this year, she is now the youngest trans woman to die in the US at age 17.   All 14 trans women murdered in the US this year have been trans women of color, with 12 of the 14 being Black   One person, Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow was Native American, and we recently lost our first Latina in Josie Berrios.

Rest in power and peace Ava.  You were just beginning to live your life as your true self, and were taken from us way too soon before you even had a chance to make your dreams become a reality.


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Jun. 27th, 2017 12:07 pm
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Today is PTSD Awareness Day! Do you have questions about PTSD that you've been afraid to ask? Wondered about stuff that you couldn't find an answer to online? Been curious about something? Feel free to ask me - I am so, so happy to talk about everything I know about PTSD. ♥
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https://bundleofholding.com/presents/MutantChronicles

"The Solar System is a roaring mayhem of death and war. The Earth has been swept clean by the violent onslaught of the Dark Legion's monstrous hordes and Undead Legionaries. In the enormous cities of Venus, Mars, and the Outer Planets, heretics devoted to destruction stalk gloomy alleys, spreading their teachings of greed, jealously, and war. With technology failing due to the insidious effects of the Dark Symmetry, humanity must fight the Dark Legion while dealing with infighting and conspiracy from within.

Mutant Chronicles is a full-throttle dieselpunk techno-fantasy RPG, a thrill ride across a Solar System beset by megacorporate intrigue and the invasion of a terrible alien force. Originally published in 1993 by the Swedish company Target Games (now Paradox Entertainment), Mutant Chronicles grew into a franchise, with a Doom Trooper trading card game, three boardgames, a video game, the massive Warzone miniatures game, and two editions of an RPG. More recently there was a 2008 film, a pre-painted miniatures game from Fantasy Flight Games and, last year, a reboot of Warzone by Prodos Games.

In a successful January 2014 Kickstarter campaign, Modiphius Entertainment funded a licensed Third Edition of the Mutant Chronicles RPG and a full support line. The new version uses a fast-playing, cinematic "2d20" system designed by Jay Little (Star Wars: Edge of the Empire). The same system powers the new Modiphius Conan RPG and its forthcoming Star Trek game.

This all-new offer presents the complete 496-page Mutant Chronicles Third Edition corebook along with many faction guides and the Dark Symmetry Campaign. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity chosen by Chris Birch of Modiphius Entertainment, Vision Rescue. "Modiphius has chosen to support Vision Rescue through a number of different projects," says Chris. "Our goal is to raise US$20,000 for a Vision Rescue Bus."

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$119. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $52) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 496-page Mutant Chronicles Third Edition rulebook (retail price $20), the Mutant Chronicles Player's Guide extracted from it (retail $10), and two faction books about the megacorporate nation-states of the Solar System: Capitol Source Book (retail $9.50) and Imperial Source Book (retail $12.50).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with five more titles worth an additional $67, including the Dark Symmetry Campaign (retail $15) that covers the setting's calamitous early history, and the Bauhaus, Mishima, Cybertronic, and Brotherhood Source Books (retail $13 apiece)."

At least one more title will be added after launch. "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."


I'll be honest, I'm pretty sure this isn't my sort of game, and I probably won't be checking it out, but as with all these bundles it looks like you get a lot for your money.

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Posted by Ask a Manager

A reader writes:

I started a new contract two months ago. The projects are exciting, the team is inspiring, and I am doing a terrible job. It takes me two or three times as long as expected to perform simple tasks (like drafting documents that are standard in our field or corresponding with colleagues in order to organize projects). I am generally running behind and disorganized, to the point where I have already missed deadlines and meetings. This is particularly egregious since my responsibilities involve project management.

My boss has – kindly and diplomatically – warned me that she will need to fire me if the situation doesn’t change soon. I have every reason to think that she will be fair in evaluating me. Her goal really is to make sure that the job gets done: by me if possible, but if not, by someone else.

At this point, I don’t know whether to focus on improving my performance, or on extricating myself in a way that doesn’t destroy my dignity and sense of self, and that doesn’t make life even harder for the team members who depend on my work. And I don’t know how I would go about doing either of those things.

Some background:

I am a naturally disorganized, distracted, and frazzled. Planning, organizing, and setting priorities are all difficult for me, but I have learned to work around those difficulties, and have successfully handled complicated projects before. That said, because it requires a lot of focus and stamina on my part, organization is the first thing to go when I get stressed out. And, yes: I do get stressed out pretty easily! Personal and professional difficulties really throw me off. I hate the term “drama llama,” but it’s pretty apt.

I have sought, and follow, medical advice to deal with the anxiety. It helps to some extent, but doesn’t really address the disorganization.

When things are good, I’m a happily anxious over-achiever who occasionally shows up to a meeting on time but sweaty, clutching a report that is still hot from the printer. When things are bad, I get lost in a vicious circle of disorganization, poor planning, poor communication, and absurd priority setting. This cost me a job in my twenties. I’m now in my thirties, and precariously employed in a field with relatively few openings. I am terrified.

Have you seen employees who were in my situation turn things around? If so, do you have any sense of how they achieved that? Would it be better to leave now? Are there any steps that I can take to make the situation less awkward and painful for everyone involved?

You can read my answer to this letter at New York Magazine today. Head over there to read it.

my work habits are going to get me fired was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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Posted by Mark Frauenfelder

Hot on the heels of the WannaCry attack, a massive, new, ransomware attack has struck Europe, shutting down systems in Ukraine, Britain, and Spain.

From The Telegraph:

The virus is believed to be ransomware - a piece of malicious software that shuts down a computer system and then demands an extortionate sum of money to fix the problem.

It comes just a few weeks after the WannaCry hack which affected more than 150 countries and crippled parts of the NHS.

American and British analysts believe that attack, which unfolded in May, was carried out by North Korea. It remains unclear who is responsible for Tuesday's attack.

From Wired:

It's not yet clear where the wave of attacks originated or who is behind it. "Everyone talked about Ukraine first, but I don't know. It's worldwide," says MalwareHunterteam, a researcher with the MalwareHunterTeam analysis group.

Most troubling, perhaps, is that Petya doesn't appear suffer the same errors that stunted WannaCry's spread. The amateurish mistakes that marked that outbreak limited both the scope and the eventual payouts collected; it even included a "kill switch" that shut it off entirely after just a couple of days.

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Posted by Rob Beschizza

McMansion Hell (previously at BB) was a hilarious, incisive and explosively popular blog detailing and mocking America's dreadful suburban architecture. Zillow is a real estate site that exists to profit from it. Zillow used a grossly bogus legal threat to get McMansion Hell shut down, and everyone within sniffing distance of the law or media freedom is mad.

Zillow claims that McMansion Hell was 'violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and state laws prohibiting "interference with Zillow's business expectations and interests"', a claim augmented by a curious theory of copyright whereby Zillow has "particular rights" to images it doesn't own.

...The cease and desist letter was not a response to the type of content or commentary that [Kate] Wagner was offering, she said. Heffter went on to explain that Zillow does not own the photos it posts on its site and is not legally allowed to let others use them.

Zillow's not even the copyright proprietor of the images it claims to "enforce", but even if it was, a "fair use" defense would surely prevail. McMansion Hell literally obscures the images with editorial commentary!

The threat appears to be retaliation following Wagner's featuring in a Washington Post story that turned a sharp eye on the trend back to cheaply-constructed houses slathered in subprime financing, counterposing her criticism against a battery of smarmily self-promotional quotes from Zillow spokespeople.

Legal experts are not impressed.

"Zillow's suggestion that it's a CFAA violation to take pictures from their public website is very weak," Orin Kerr, a law professor at George Washington University, said in an email. "That's probably why they made it only in passing."

Jeff Becker, an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer, said that fair use arguments rely on whether or not a piece of media is transformative or offers commentary on the original work — in this case real estate photos. He said the "satire-parody issue may be present" in the case of McMansion Hell, and that the blog "very well could fall within fair use."

Zillow's argument "would be a very hard case to win in court," Becker added.

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Posted by Teresa Jusino

Mark Millar’s 2003 limited series Superman: Red Son may find new life at Warner Bros, and news of these discussions is certainly popping up in interesting political times.

According to Den of Geeks, Warner Bros. has been talking to several top directors about the possibilities of directing a live-action film based on Millar’s Elseworlds series. For those who don’t know, Red Son is an alternate Superman story that explores what might have happened if Superman were born in Ukraine and raised under the Soviet Union, rather than crash landing in Kansas.

The chatter seems to have been confirmed on Twitter by Millar himself in a discussion with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island):

Vogt-Roberts then brought up a really great point: a movie like Red Son might be just the jolt the comic book movie genre needs right now, as opposed to continuing to expand an already bloated single cinematic universe. One-off, standalone stories, like Logan for example, would provide a nice counterbalance to the DCEU as it exists now.

There’s also the fact that a story about the relationship between Russia and the U.S. has suddenly become relevant again. Millar had begun nurturing the kernel of the idea for this story the last time a story like this would be this relevant. In an essay he wrote on the title back in 2003, he explained, “As a kid growing up in the shadow of the Cold War, the notion of what might have happened if the Soviets had reached him first just seemed fascinating to me.”

While Den of Geeks has confirmed that conversations are definitely happening, that’s the only definite thing about this project. It’s all just talk at the moment. Millar isn’t even sure how serious the planning is, saying:

“Is this something they’re genuinely planning? I have no idea. I’ve got pals at Warner Bros but never discussed it with them. I think they’re just going through their back catalogue of big books and hoping to lure in good directors as opposed to any particular interest in developing Red Son.

“There’s always 50 conversations for every comic book movie that gets made and as far as I know this is something that is very much just at conversation stage.”

And today, Vogt-Roberts commented on Twitter along the same lines:

What would Russia having a “Red Son” mean in today’s political landscape? It’s certainly an intriguing prospect. What do you think? Would you be down for a live-action Superman: Red Son movie? Would you want to see Henry Cavill play this alternate version of Superman, or are you more New Universe, New Rules and open to a new Superman? Let’s chat about the possibilities below!

(via io9, image: DC Comics)

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Posted by Charline Jao


Yesterday, we briefly covered John McEnroe’s assertion that tennis legend Serena Williams would be ranked 700 in the world if she played against men. It was a weird statement because it felt like an unnecessary attempt to downplay her achievements, or act as if “men’s tennis” was the only tennis that truly matters. Williams took to Twitter to respond and rejected privacy:

Williams, in case you forgot, is currently pregnant. She and her fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, have been too busy celebrating and preparing to deal with murmurs about her athletic ability. After all, why should they? (I will never stop talking about how Williams won her 23rd grand slam pregnant. Never.) Unfortunately McEnroe’s comments are representative of a greater problem within tennis and the athletic world in general, something Williams has spoken about openly.

So, now we turn our attention to the gorgeous Vanity Fair cover story, titled “Serena Williams’s Love Match.” When discussing how she’s often considered one of the best athletes of all time, she says, “If I were a man, then it wouldn’t be any sort of question.” As a longtime tennis player and fan, I agree. If you look at her achievements, it’s not even a debate. Arguing that Williams would be 700th in the world if she complete in the men’s group is like arguing that a wrestler’s rank would drop if he went into a weight group that wasn’t his own. That’s not how the rubric works. 

But there’s so much more to this Vanity Fair interview than sexism towards Williams, because the most compelling and admirable part of Williams is how she’s fought against those negative voices and always kept going forward. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, who also previously shot the athlete for the Pirelli 2016 Calendar, Williams stands topless and in profile, proudly displaying her pregnant body. Knowing the obstacles that Williams has constantly had to face in the tennis world as a black woman and the offensive scrutiny she’s dealt with because of her body, this cover is a brilliant and moving act of self-love.

And this is a love story. The article is largely about Williams’s relationship and pregnancy with full understanding that they seem like a mix-matched couple from the outside. When Ohanian and Williams announced their engagement, the majority of responses were confused and taken aback—how did they meet? What do they talk about?

Vanity Fair highlights these differences, from Ohanian’s initial apathy toward tennis to Williams not knowing at all what Reddit was. However, if you read the article, which I recommend you do, it’s an amazing love story that I’m just waiting for Amma Asante to direct. I think there’s an unfortunate tendency within representation to see love as a weakness, a remnant of poor representation and traditional marriage structures. While I understand that extraneous or obligatory romantic plotlines in film or an article that, say, focuses on Amal Clooney’s husband take away from how we see women as individuals, Williams’s relationship highlights a partnership that is both genuine and beautiful.

It should not be lost on readers that the softness and tenderness of their relationship is something that black woman are often not given in media. In this Bitch piece, Catherine Young writes, “Pop culture is so full to the brim of narratives that reinforce the idea that no man would proudly claim a Black woman as his love and equal partner that it’s easy to feel like Black women are singularly undeserving of love and adoration.” This strong, amazing woman is celebrating her love, and to see her adored and respected makes me incredibly happy for her.

Also, Williams knows “all the words to the animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender by heart” and I’ve never adored her more. You can read the full article here.

(image: Vanity Fair)

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Posted by Dan Van Winkle

Right now, Senate Republicans are trying to push through a “health care” bill to make good on their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, whether or not the bill they replace it with is actually an improvement or a thing that most of the American people want. Despite hopeful reports that the bill could fall apart and spare us all, it still has a very real chance of passing as Republican Senators who are currently against it could still turn around and vote for it for a variety of reasons.

In case you needed even more reasons to be upset about all that, here’s a closer look at the “cartoonishly evil” bill, thanks to Seth Meyers on Late Night. Basically, the bill is a tax cut to the rich at the expense of people who need help with their healthcare. It’ll disproportionately negatively affected those most vulnerable, and it was crafted entirely behind closed doors—a fact Donald Trump only seems to care about when it could possibly win him an argument.

That’s exactly the kind of thoughtful, caring genius you can expect from a guy who’s proud that he was the first to call a bill he’s still willing to sign “mean.” He’s also not a big fan of the Democrats’ “resistance,” despite his own vice president once using the exact word when talking about holding off the passage of the original Affordable Care Act.

To be fair, Tump is all about branding, and having past comments that seem intentionally crafted to undercut current positions is extremely on brand for the Trump team. Despite that “cartoonishly evil” nature, though, the bill is still dangerously close to passing. If you’ve ever felt inclined to call your Senators, now would be an excellent time.

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Contemporary Romances Out the Wazoo!

Jun. 27th, 2017 03:30 pm
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Posted by Amanda

The Bourbon Kings

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward is $1.99! This book is more of a dysfunctional family saga than a romance, and it was also the inspiration for my first Covers & Cocktails post! Redheadedgirl gave this book a B:

As a novel where there’s a bunch of crazysauce, I appreciated it. I do think the current trend in romance is lacking in crazysauce. There’s a lot that happens!

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

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Make Me

Make Me by Tessa Bailey is 99c! This contemporary romance has come up in a couple Rec Leagues: He’s Not Worthy and He’s Always Loved Her. Reader Katie C. and I talked about this book in line while at RT17. She loved it! (Maybe she can pop into the comments and share her thoughts.) Meanwhile, I was really anticipating this book and felt disappointed by the pacing.

Construction worker Russell Hart has been head-over-work boots for Abby Sullivan since the moment he laid eyes on her. But he knows a classy, uptown virgin like her could never be truly happy with a rough, blue-collar guy like him. If only she’d stop treating him like her personal hero—a role he craves more than oxygen—maybe he could accept it.

With the future of her family’s hedge fund on her shoulders, Abby barely has time to sleep, let alone find love. And her best friend Russell acting like a sexy, overprotective hulk any time their Super Group goes out in public definitely isn’t helping her single status. But after a near-tragedy lands Russell in her bed for the night, Abby’s suddenly fantasizing about what he looks like shirtless. Chest hair and tattoos—who knew?

As Russell struggles to keep Abby at a safe distance, she begins to see through his tough-talking exterior—and acknowledge her own feelings. Now she’s ready to turn the friend-zone into foreplay…and make him lose control.

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Luke

Luke by Barbara Freethy is 99c at Amazon! This is the first book in the 7 Brides for 7 Brothers series, which caught my eye because the movie (of the same name) was part of my childhood. This is a second chance romance. Some readers warn there’s an annoying plot moppet in the romance, but others recommend the book for fans of sweet, second chance stories. Some of the other books in the series are also available for 99c!

Meet the Brannigan brothers—seven sexy brothers who bring the heart and the heat! From bestselling authors Barbara Freethy, Ruth Cardello, Melody Anne, Christie Ridgway, Lynn Raye Harris, Roxanne St. Claire and JoAnn Ross comes a brand new contemporary romance family series: 7 Brides for 7 Brothers. You won’t want to miss a single one!

LUKE – Barbara Freethy

Luke Brannigan lives for the adrenaline rush, which makes his job as a filmmaker of extreme sporting adventures the perfect career choice. He loves to travel the world, risking life and limb to capture the most amazing shot. Some might say he’s running away from something…or someone.

When Luke’s billionaire father Colin Brannigan dies unexpectedly, Luke is shocked to receive title to the mountain lodge where his parents first met. Having been estranged from his father for years, Luke has no idea why his dad picked him to inherit this very personal piece of property…until he realizes the pretty blonde manager is Lizzie Parker, his former college girlfriend.

Luke and Lizzie have an emotional and heartbreaking past, but will they have a future? Will love be Luke’s greatest adventure yet?

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Bikers and Pearls

Bikers and Pearls by Vicki Wilkerson is 99c! This is a small town contemporary romance with an opposites attract element. Some readers expressed difficulty sympathizing with the heroine, while others loved how the relationship progressed between the hero and heroine. Reviews also mentioned that this is a romance without any explicit sex scenes.

Who said tempting a sweet Southern belle would be easy?

When rebel biker Bullworth Clayton gets tangled up with pastel-and-pearls-clad April Church, sparks fly. Sure, April would clearly rather work with anyone else, but if teaming up with Bull means a successful charity event for a sick little boy they both care about, then so be it.

April is baffled at how drawn she is to the leather-wearing, tattooed Bull—he just doesn’t fit with her simple, safe, country-club life. And as much as the handsomely rugged man tempts her, she still can’t shake the images of the tragic motorcycle accident from her past, which left her scarred and her father broken.

Bull tempts her to don a pair of leather pants and go for a ride with him, while April desperately tries to resist her attraction to the wild side and keep her exploits hidden from her small town. Will they be able to navigate their differences and find a middle road to love?

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Sun printing is fun printing

Jun. 27th, 2017 08:45 am
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Posted by Jason Weisberger

Sun sensitive paper is always fun to have around!

It is summertime and I'm busy keeping my kid busy.

This paper is the classic turns-blue-in-sunlight photo-sensitive stuff I remember from my youth. Shade any part of the paper you do not want to turn blue, and expose it to sunlight. Exposed bits turn blue. You can control the darkening of the blue by allowing the paper to soak up more or less light. Rinse the paper in water to "fix" it and stop the changing.

Tedco 8" X 10" Sun Art Paper Kit - 15 sheets via Amazon
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Posted by Mark Frauenfelder

It was hot in Denver on Thursday, the day Emily France and her infant son were stuck aboard a United Airlines jet idling on the runway. After two hours inside the sweltering cabin, the baby became overheated and had trouble breathing. France asked for an ambulance and for the captain to let her and the baby off the plane immediately, but United kept her on the plane for another 30 minutes. “They couldn’t evacuate us," France told the Denver Post. "It was chaos. I really thought my son was going to die in my arms.”

Snip:

France planned to fly with Owen to El Paso, Texas, to join her husband, an astrophysicist, for a rocket launch.

...

Owen struggled in the heat, France said.

“His whole body flashed red and his eyes rolled back in his head and he was screaming,” France said. “And then he went limp in my arms. It was the worst moment of my life.”

France and other passengers begged for an ambulance. There appeared to be disagreement between the flight crew and the ground crew over whether stairs should be pushed to the aircraft or the airplane should return to the gate, she said.

France said she sobbed as she sat by the open door and waited as Owen drifted in and out consciousness. She estimates they waited 30 minutes before the airplane returned to the gate.

“They seemed completely unprepared for a medical emergency,” she said.

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Posted by Rusty Blazenhoff

Meat brand Oscar Mayer has announced the latest additions to its WienerFleet and frankly, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't relishing the news.

Their fleet already includes the iconic Wienermobile, the WienerMini (a hotdog-shaped MINI Cooper), and the four-wheeling, off-roading Wiener Rover. This summer, to introduce their new line of less-wurst* dogs, they've added two new branded vehicles. The first is the WienerCycle which is a three-wheeled moped designed for "tricky urban deliveries." It's pretty cool looking with its sweet sidecar which also acts a hotdog warming station.

But, the one that really kicks buns is the WienerDrone, a small 6.5 pound drone that drops warm meat from the sky. They report that it's the "first unmanned hot dog-carrying aircraft designed for remote location delivery."

If you're trying to ketchup, that means it will rain fewer cats and more dogs this summer.

*They're removing "all added nitrates and nitrites, by-products and artificial preservatives from the meat" in their "entire line of hot dogs."

(Gizmodo)

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Posted by Rusty Blazenhoff

Hell to the no. As evidenced by this video shot off the coast of West Africa, a large squid wrapped his tentacles around a guy's paddleboard.

The paddleboarder, a man named James Taylor, discovered the ailing squid while "walking down the beach for a paddle," he told Earth Touch.

"I thought it was a big piece of kelp, then I thought it was a piece of plastic, but that also didn't look right. It was only when I got closer that I saw it was a squid of some sort."

Once he got into the water, he realized enormous sea creature was sick. He noticed it was not only lethargic but missing tentacles and covered in bite marks. He says, "I wanted to try get it to the beach for research purposes before it got more damaged by seals in the area."

As you'll see in the footage, he does get it to shore. At around the 2:09 mark, it's obvious the squid has died. That's when Taylor gets help dragging it to the beach. At the end of the video, the beast is shown ejaculating spermatophores, packets of sperm and protein, leading some to believe it died during "violent sex."

Mike Vecchione, a research zoologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History believes the animal is a giant squid (genus Architeuthis), not a Humboldt squid as some have claimed, stating, "The footage on the beach looks like a giant squid to me."

Whatever the poor thing is and however it died, I'm going to be having nightmares for weeks. https://www.instagram.com/p/BVRvv4MFEaV/ (reddit)

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The Bank of International Settlements -- the "central bank for central bankers" -- has released its latest annual report, warning that the looming debt crises in China, Hong Kong and Thailand could precipitate an abrupt collapse, or, as BIS monetary and economic department head Claudio Borio put it, "That end may come to resemble more closely a financial boom gone wrong, just as the latest recession showed, with a vengeance." (more…)

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