Rob Beschizza

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Man calmly sips drink as brawl erupts around him

A man in Russia watches unfazed as a bunch of troublemakers stream into the cafe and reduce it to chaos, sending other customers fleeing.

Air freshener thief sought

Police in New Orleans are hunting for a man who stole 30 (thirty) air fresheners from Family Dollar. The air fresheners have a street value of more than $200.

Surprise Nokia Android tablet


The non-Microsoft remains of Nokia is releasing an Android tablet in 2015. The $250 N1 has a 7.9" display, an Intel Atom processor, and look just like an iPad.

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Uber exec boasts of plans to attack critical journalist

88252-largeUber executive Emil Michael boasted privately about plans to harass reporters critical of the company, reports Buzzfeed, revealing a specific intent to attack journalist Sarah Lacy and expose private information about her. Lacy responds with with a follow-up to her earlier warning about the company's attitude to women.

Ruining her life? Manufacturing lies? Going after her family? Apparently it’s all part of what Uber has described as its “political campaign” to build a $30 billion (and counting) tech company. A campaign that David Plouffe was hired to “run,” that’s looking more like a pathetic version of play acting House of Cards than a real campaign run by a real political professional. Because step one of an illegal smear campaign against a woman is: Don’t brag about it to a journalist at a party.

The woman in question? The woman that this Uber executive has vowed to go to nearly any lengths to ruin, to bully into silence? Me. ... And lest you think this was just a rogue actor and not part of the company’s game plan, let me remind you Kalanick telegraphed exactly this sort of thing when he sat on stage at the Code Conference last spring and said he was hiring political operatives whose job would be to “throw mud.” I naively thought he just meant Taxi companies. Let me also remind you: This is a company you trust with your personal safety every single time you use it. Let me also remind you: The executive in question has not been fired.

Lacy reports that Michael called her personal cellphone after Buzzfeed's story broke, wanting to speak off the record. If that beggars belief, consider that the call itself perhaps made the point he wanted to make.

Arthur Rankin Jr., 1924–2014

The co-director of legendary stop-motion TV specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman—and later of cel-animated hits The Hobbit and Thundercats--died at his Bermuda home in January.

Dismembered man "packaged neatly"

A gentleman in England chopped up his dad, put the parts in storage boxes, then used the boxes as a TV stand, reports the BBC.

Analogue NEO is a beautiful, vintage-style arcade system

AnalogueNEO-storethumb Personally, I like my arcade cabinets as authentic as my scanlines: dark and peeling, covered in cigarette burns and keyed graffiti, the buttons tacky with soda and fingerslime. But if you want yours to be made of ebonized ash--and focused on the perfect embodiment of the classic NEO GEO system--the Analogue NEO is clearly your $1,500 dream come true.

The Analogue NEO is an all-in-one NEOGEO Arcade System. It is handcrafted in the USA from 100% ash and finished through a process of ebonizing.We designed the Analogue NEO to have all of the original features of an SNK Big Red MVS cabinet, including the ability to use the original, physical memory card. The Analogue NEO is compatible with modern HDTVs and old school CRTs and PVMs. From the memory card, Seimitsu buttons and joystick, to the original SNK MV1C motherboard - the Analogue NEO is the ultimate all-in-one portable arcade system.

by Christmas 2014

Original SNK MV1C (no emulation)
2 Players
Video: RGB, Component, S-Video & Composite
Audio: Stereo Sound
Original Seimitsu Joystick and buttons in the classic NEOGEO colors.
Memory Card Adapter (2 switchable memory banks, compatible with all NEOGEO systems)

Analogue NEO system
Memory Card
AV Cable of your choice (RGB/SCART, Component, or S-video & Composite) Power Supply

Size & Weight
26x10x2.75 11lbs

There are also the less expensive models, too. [via Uncrate]

TV anchor wears same suit for a year

8fc8cfcb-c1ed-47d4-a78c-cbd7c1ca4c9b-620x372 He did it after criticism of his female co-anchors', just to see if anyone would even notice a man's fashion faux pas.

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Calling it already: China's "Chick Chick" is the song of the year

By Sinopop star genius Wang Rong. via Laughing Squid.

Diarrhea Cruise docks at LA

A norovirus outbreak aboard the Crown Princess infected 172 people on the Pacific cruise, including 14 crew members. A spokesperson for Princess Cruises said the ship will receive a stringent "deep cleaning".

Apple worth more than entire Russian stock market

Its capitalisation overtook the combined value of all Russian public companies, writes Srinivasan Sivabalan.

Darth Vader Toaster

207757017dw A gadget that burns toast with the image of our Lord Vader was posted here a long time ago—but now it is receiving an upgrade! The toaster itself is to be in the shape of Vader's head. It may be pre-ordered for $45.

Diet Racism

A soda for people who would never say anything untoward, but can't figure out why there isn't a White History Month.

Glen A. Larson, 1937–2014

The creator of Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Magnum P.I. and Manimal died Friday at 77.

Zombie-killing animal of the week: Ravens

Ravens are incredibly intelligent and are natural scavengers," says National Wildlife Federation naturalist David Mizejewski. "They’d easily rip off chunks of zombie flesh with their heavy beaks until there was nothing left to the undead but bones."

Animals eating the zombies is contingent upon the continued existence of animals. Support the National Wildlife Federation to make sure they're around, when the next major outbreak occurs, to make the zombie apocalypse an effortless breeze for mankind.

Check back next week to see how another type of beast would deal with The Walking Dead.