Crosby, Stills & Nash's unused theme song for War Games (1983)

Crosby, Stills & Nash recorded this theme song for War Games, the seminal hacker film of 1983. The tune was heard in movie trailers and in this promotional video that aired on MTV but was apparently pulled from the film. The song, "War Games," was included on the band's album Allies. From the lyrics:

I am not so sure
What you want me for
Either your machine
Is a fool, or me

Now there is no time to wait
No time to think it over
Take the path, believe the math
You'll tell me when it's over

Best Instagram account about Russians and bears

I was directed to the Instagram account of svetlanko69, and was not disappointed. It's nothing but photos and videos of bears (both cubs and full-grown giants) often interacting with humans.

Fake bear/human fight:

Вот такую необычно экстремальную фотосессии провели Ирина с #медведьстепан photo by @ipirogovacom Где Ирина была Ларой Крофт из Тома Райдера.Задача бороться с медведем и получилось грандиозно.Вот он плюшевый Степаша,изобразил что то мощно-ог арессивное,правда больше ее щекотал,обнюхивал реквизит и не мог понять почему модель уползает и не хочет целоваться.  Конечно ему лучше комедии играть. #друг #съемки #лес🌲 #фотосесия #русскиймедведь #Россия #модель  #фотодляроссиии #фотографвмосква #медведь #фотосесиясхищниками  #живоймедведь #портфолио #like #like4like  #art #oso #bear #animallover

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Bear cub gardener:

Лучший мой помощник!!!#медведьсемён #смешной #неуклюжий #мир #эмоциичерезкрай #русскиймедведь #мимимишка #чудонаша #медвежонок🐻 #друг

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Bear cub adorableness:

После трудового дня,с любимой игрушкой можно и поволяться на диванчике. #медведьсемён #мир #эмоциичерезкрай #русскиймедведь мимимишка #чудонаша #медвежонок🐻 #друг

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Everlasting bear/human friendship:

#медведьстепан photo by @ipirogovacom #добрый #нежный  #друг #лес🌲 #фотосесия #русскиймедведь #Россия #модель  #фотодляроссиии #фотографвмосква #медведь #фотосесиясхищниками  #живоймедведь #портфолио #like #like4like  #art #oso #bear #animallover

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I challenge you to find a better Instagram account that specializes in Russians and bears.

Man invents chopstick-making kit for home use

The Chopstick Master costs $195. It makes perfectly tapered chopsticks and puts a diamond-shaped finial on the end. It includes a bottle of "food grade chopstick oil."

Rain Noe of Core 77 says: "If that sounds pricey to you, consider that if you brought it to any kind of fair or festival and set up a make-your-own-chopsticks booth at $10 a pop, I bet you'd pay the thing off in a single day easy."

Robert Crumb's Fritz the Cat sells for $717,000 at auction

The original art for the cover of R. Crumb's Fritz the Cat 1969 paperback sold at Heritage Auctions for $717,000:

Robert Crumb R. Crumb's Fritz the Cat Cover Original Art (Ballantine, 1969). Fritz gets cozy with girlfriend Charlene in this famous cover image, taken from the oversized collection of stories first published by Ballantine in October, 1969. This book was so popular, it rated a second printing a month later! The image would go on to inspire a popular statue by Randy Bowen and Neil Surges in 2003 that quickly sold out. Fritz himself would go on to star in two feature-length animated movies, Fritz the Cat (1972), and The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974). Although later abandoned by the artist, Fritz remains one of R. Crumb's most popular characters, one that dates back to the homemade comics Robert was producing as a teenager in the early sixties. This is perhaps one of the most famous and important single pieces of art by Crumb, one that has been stashed away in a private collection for many years. It's sure to be the centerpiece of any collection of Underground Comix art. It's in ink on Bristol board, with an approximate image area of 11" x 12.5", and matted to an overall size of 16" x 20". There is minor outer border handling and edge wear, but the image remains in Excellent condition.

Crumb hated the Ralph Bakshi movie adaptations so much that he drew a story in which Fritz was stabbed to death by his ex-girlfriend. Similarly, Matt Furie drew a story in World’s Greatest Cartoonists that depicts the death of Pepe Le Frog after it had been appropriated as an alt-right mascot.

Lovely, simple $7 brass compass

This brass compass is so plain, it is elegant.

I lost my old flat Silva map compass. I decided I'd rather have something with a bit more character, and a bit less plastic. I also didn't want to spend any money on something I really rarely use. This lovely compass should do the job nicely.

Over time the cheap brass housing will tarnish up just right. Like any compass, it'll generally indicate magnetic north when I'm hiking, camping, or just wandering around my living room.

1.75" Classic Pocket Antique Style Camping Brass Compass via Amazon

Gentleman in red MAGA cap disrupts flight

It's hard to tell what's going on here with all the shouting, but a passenger was posting live updates about an irate gent's antics on this United flight from Shanghai:

Already delayed an hour coming out of Shanghai to EWR when an older man in my row with a "Make America Great Again" hat decides to make a ruckus and delay everybody else. He insists that, because he couldn't get an upgrade, he's entitled to all three seats next to him even though they're assigned to somebody else.

Captain, crew, and airport staff come over. Man threatens that they'll have to drag him off the plane.

He finally relents, but not before berating some female passengers and crew, calling one passenger "Hillary" (lol) and "lesbian".

Props to the United 87 crew for handling it professionally.

update: Still haven't left yet. Everybody is standing, calling him an asshole, and urging him to leave.

update 2: Police have arrived to applause

update 3: Crowd is really giving it to him.

In English and in Chinese. Some people are really funny

Been asked to deplane

Update 4: Haven't reboaded, but he is finally escorted off the plane. Crowd is pissed and chanting "Lock him up"

Update 5: Finally reboarding and will get there 7 hours late, but we'll get there.

Probably thinking that I'm hungry, the older Chinese lady (who can't speak any English) sitting next to me offered me a cookie.

Update 6: Landed at SFO. waiting for a crew change and to get turned around to EWR.

Unclear if the guy was eventually arrested, but gossip amongst the passengers is that Chinese police did not want to create an international incident on the plane, so rather than arrest him on the plane, they waited [for] the man to deplane as they had jurisdiction inside of the airport

According to the LA Times, the flight was bound for Newark, N.J., but the captain made an unscheduled stop in San Francisco to eject the man.

In a Facebook post, passenger Clark Gredoña described the events as they unfolded. He said the man claimed that because “he couldn't get an upgrade, he's entitled to all three seats next to him even though they're assigned to somebody else.”

Cellphone videos taken abroad the aircraft showed the man shouting, “I am entitled to that seat,” then screaming at fellow passengers.

In one exchange the man says, “This stupid man over here that does not know how to speak English and it doesn’t make sense, moron.”

There are still a few vacant positions in the new administration, and with his level of statesmanlike conduct he's sure fill one of them soon.

Incredibly close call with most venomous snake in North America

Nick the Wrangler is no stranger to snakes and close calls, but even he looked rattled after this Eastern Diamondback, the most dangerous snake in North America, slithered onto his lap.

From YouTube:

After a long day of searching for snakes in the hottest part of the day. I decided to take a break. 15 or so minutes later I heard a rustle in the brush next to me. I take a better look to see an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake crawling towards me, so i just sat there as still as possible. I thought he was going to keep on cruising by, but instead he decided to check me out. I tried to get him to keep moving but he rushed up onto my lap. This was a very close call. I was definitely out of my comfort zone but by Gods grace I wasn't harmed.

There are only three of these turtles left

This is the Yangtze giant softshell turtle, one of the most endangered species on Earth. There are two at China's Suzhou Zoo and one in the wild in Vietnam's lake Dong Mo. Conservationists really need to find a fourth to aid their efforts to rebuild the species. National Geographic spoke with Aimin Wang, director of the China division of the Wildlife Conservation Society, about the group's efforts to find another elusive Yangtze turtle:

What would it mean for the species if one were to be found?

It increases our opportunity [for successful breeding] quite a bit. The male in China is quite old, but the female is young. The turtles are bred using artificial insemination. The last four attempts with the breeding pair in China were unsuccessful. We just tried for a fifth time and got high-quality sperm. We won't know for another month if our results were successful.

Why are these turtles so important to save?

This is a flagship species, and for biodiversity, they're quite important. They serve as an important [indicator of environmental health]. If we can help them survive, that means our ecological system is quite good. If they disappear, that means our ecological system is quite bad.

Bentley's SUV built for falconry

The Bentley Bentayga Falconry is a poshmobile built out for falconry, hunting wild quarry with the aid of a trained falcon. This vehicle is the sequel to the Bentayga Fly Fishing vehicle. The price is not listed but if you have to ask... From Bentley:

Inside the master flight station, you will find a stowage tray with individual compartments, which can hold your GPS bird tracking unit, binoculars and hand-crafted leather bird hoods and gauntlets.

A beautiful Piano Black veneered drawer features a striking Saker falcon crest. This stores your own GPS tracking antennas, along with various tools and tethers for your birds.

Inside the refreshment case are three metal flasks with durable cups, for tea, coffee or other beverage of your choice. There is also warm blanket and refreshing face cloths for your comfort.

The cork fabric boot-floor and rear-sill protection cover is neatly integrated into the rear of your Bentayga. This reversible feature, together with the in-car perch, gives you a safe and comfortable space to prepare your bird for flight, with everything you need in easy reach.

There is also a removable perch and tether that fits on the central armrest inside the car, making transporting your falcon safe and comfortable.

(via Uncrate)

Sir Roger Moore, 1927-2017

Roger Moore, famous for his portrayals of master spy James Bond and master criminal Simon Templar, is dead at 89, reports the BBC.

Sir Roger's family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after "a short but brave battle with cancer". The statement, from his children, read: "Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people."

Don't call Microsoft's upgraded tablet PC the Surface Pro 5

Microsoft announced Tuesday a long-awaited upgrade to its Surface Pro series of high-end tablet PCs, dropping the number from the name and adding Kaby Lake processors, more minutes on a charge and a few dollars to the price tag.

Here's Mark Hachman, Senior Editor at PCWorld:

For Surface Pro 4 owners, the new Surface Pro is a tablet that’s 20 percent faster, with 50 percent more battery life, all for roughly the same price. If you're wondering how Microsoft eked out more battery life, executives said it was a combination of an increased battery capacity as well as efficiencies in both the new Core chip and the Creators Update of Windows 10.

The new low-end fanless model will be good stuff for everyday Windows users wanting a does-it-all gadget.

Tom Warren at The Verge reports that the pen is being significantly upgraded, too, getting tilt detection, 4096 levels of sensitivity and a reduction in activation force: "Inking now feels a lot less laggy and way more responsive on the Surface Pro."

This is key for me. I couldn't quite get used to even the highest-end models in the past because the pen latency was so much worse than Wacom gear or the iPad Pro. I'll check in on the fifth Surface Pro and report back.

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