Kpop stans take '#WhiteoutWednesday' away from the neoNazis

Kpop fans have subverted neoNazi calls to get #whiteoutwednesday trending on Twitter.

Thank you, kpop fans! I hate nazis. Read the rest

Bill Nye the Funko Pop!

A personal hero, Bill Nye is now available as a Funko Pop!

This one goes next to my Mr. Rogers.

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Troop of monkeys attack lab assistant, steal COVID-19 samples

The badly written dystopian fiction that is our global pandemic continues. Read the rest

How to cook a steak from frozen in 30 minutes

I have long been a fan of pan-searing steaks and finishing their roast in the oven. Previously, I'd either thaw the steaks in the fridge overnight or I would sous vide them instead of using the oven, and sear them at the end.

This technique: thawing the surface of the steak enough to hold seasoning and then starting the pan sear is wonderful. I have found that sous vide from frozen to be ok but not my favorite. Read the rest

COVID-19 grows in Los Angeles's poorer communities

The LA Times has observed that COVID-19 infection rates are falling in wealthier enclaves while gaining traction in poorer communities.

Denser living conditions, higher populations of 'essential' workers, and historic difficulty accessing health care force folks in a position to be infected.

LA Times:

The Times compared neighborhoods in which more than 25% of the population was living below the poverty line — defined by the Census Bureau as a family of four making less than $26,000 a year — to those in which the poverty rate was lower than 5%.

The shift shows the surge feared by public health officials did come to pass, but was largely concentrated in the poorest, most crowded neighborhoods — areas with a lot of essential workers, more crowded housing and higher rates of underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.

Early in the outbreak, health officials and experts warned that numbers showing higher infection rates on the Westside in predominately white, affluent neighborhoods such as Bel-Air, Beverly Crest and Brentwood were skewed by uneven testing that masked the true spread of COVID-19. Those areas have seen their fortunes improve after months of social distancing and economic disruption.

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The Lincoln Project targets 'Rich' Mitch McConnell

The Lincoln Project has dedicated a video to Kentucky's US Senator Mitch McConnell. They highlight his history of self-enrichment and failure to help Kentucky out much.

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KontrolFreek's gaming gear cleaner is great for phones, monitors and laptops too

KontrolFreek's CleanFreek foaming cleaner keeps my monitor, controller and iPhone sparkling.

CleanFreek's foam leaves no residue or streaking on my cherished 1440p monitor. The grubby kid hand-stains left on my Xbox and Switch controllers easily wipe away. The layer of oil that constantly lives on my iPhone screen is gone.

I also use CleanFreek on my glasses and this very laptop. I hate it when my gear gets blech!

KontrolFreek CleanFreek Anti-bacterial Cleaner for Gaming Gear (2.7 fl oz) | Cleaner for Controllers, Mice, Smartphones, Tablets, Monitors and Glasses via Amazon Read the rest

If you are looking for studs, I recommend this stud finder

This stud finder is finding studs in my walls.

I have reached the 'hanging artwork' phase of moving into my new home. My old stud finder disappeared in the move, this new one is simple to use and works great.

Tavol sounds like a Vulcan who would beat Spock down during pon farr.

Stud Finder Sensor Wall Scanner - 4 in 1 Electronic Stud Sensor Beam Finders Wall Detector Center Finding with LCD Display for Wood AC Wire Metal Studs Joist Detection via Amazon Read the rest

Flash Gordon coming to 4k

Flash Gordon is alive.

One of the greatest movies of all time.

Vultan is my favorite. Read the rest

Space Force recruitment commercial

This is 100% how they found Buck Rogers.

Also, I imagine Space Force must be pronounced as if Space Ghoooooooost is yelling it.

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Watch the Hindenburg disaster unfold

On May 6, 1937, LZ 129 Hindenburg burst into flames. 36 lives were lost as the horrific event was caught on camera. Read the rest

It's a boat! It's a car! It's a 1964 Amphicar 770!

For sale over at Bring a Trailer is a lovely 1964 AmphiCar 770.

I first saw one of these as a kid and I was fascinated by the idea of being able to drive into a lake or the ocean. As an adult, I am horrified by the amount of preservation a vehicle like this must take.

Kudos on the current owner for keeping it so functional and not apparently rotted out!

The 770 model designation refers to the vehicle’s purported ability to travel at speeds of 7 knots in the water and 70 mph on land. Finished in Beach Sand White, this example retains factory trim including a marine-style horn, lights, and side bumpers. Twin nylon propellers can be seen below the bumper, and the exhaust exits high on the back panel above the water line.

When entering the water, the transmission is shifted into neutral and a lever is engaged to activate the propellers. The front wheels then become rudders. 13″ steel wheels wear Amphicar covers and Goodyear Vector whitewall tires. The white convertible top has a tear on the driver’s side as shown in the photo gallery below.

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This is it! This is the big one! The Fred Sanford FunkoPop!

Truly one of the greatest television shows of all time, Sanford and Son is memorialized with these Fred and Lamont FunkoPops.

While I loved the show, the actors and their performances, the very, very best thing about Sanford and Son was Quincy Jones' themesong, The Streetbeater.

I am fairly certain my father modeled his approach to parenting on Sanford and Son, with a healthy added dose of All In The Family.

You big dummy!

Funko Pop! TV: Sanford & Son - Fred Sanford, Multicolor via Amazon

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Happiness and fitness come from my DIY-Peloton: the 2020 update

A few years ago I decided to piece together my own Peloton-compatible stationary bike, it has been a fantastic investment in me. Building your own is easy and significantly cheaper than buying the bike Peloton sells!

Ironically placed in a window overlooking the Pacific for its first few years of service, my Sunny Bike was in storage for the last 12 months and I ached to get it back. When I packed my life into storage last April I thought I would be living in a new home by the end of summer, and haphazardly packed stuff into boxes as labeled by a madman. I did not take my cycling shoes, shorts, heart-rate monitor with me.

Of the 11,000lbs of crap I had in storage, I spent a year missing 3 cardigans, my espresso machine, and the fakey-Peloton. I was thrilled when I saw the movers haul it out of the truck and bring it into my home. It took three days to find the espresso machine.

In the months before going into storage, my physical therapist told me I had to stop riding the Sunny Bike as often as I had been. I was riding 5-6x a week and he suggested some of my back problems might be alleviated by riding less and doing more core building strength exercises. I find that riding the bike not only helped me burn calories, and maintain a better level of cardio fitness than I had in years, it was a huge emotional release, and frequently as I pedaled my heart out, I would just start to laugh or cry. Read the rest

Happy Fourth of May!

The hands-down best moment of Star Wars. Read the rest

MacRumors reviews the iPhone SE camera

MacRumors iPhone SE camera showdown helped me decide to wait.

Apple's new iPhone SE is reportedly the high powered, low-cost wunderphone but the thing that matters most to many of us is 'How does the camera compare?' It is pretty good.

The new iPhone SE sports the same CPU as the top of the line models but uses the camera hardware from the iPhone 8. MacRumors gives up a detailed study of how the extra CPU helps the older sensor.

In the end, you get something in between the best and what was. As everything is constantly being upgraded only you can decide what phone is the right one for you.

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Weekend reading: both 'The Snarkout Boys' books free via Kindle Unlimited

The Snarkout Boys & the Avocado of Death AND The Snarkout Boys & the Baconburg Horror, two of the most wonderful books ever written are available 'free' via Kindle Unlimited.

Absurdist literature for kids? I can not remember a time when I was not a huge fan of Daniel Pinkwater's incredible storytelling... and 'the Snarkout Boys' stories are my favorite.

Snarking Out, or the practice of making late-night pilgrimages to a third-rate theater showing fifth-rate movies at the end of their projectable lifespan, has always sounded like the best idea. A lot of interesting folks do it. Join Winston Bongo, The Mighty Gorilla, Nosferatu the parakeet, Chicken Man, and an incredible cast of characters in what served as The Master and Margarita for a youthful me.

The Snarkout Boys & The Avocado of Death Kindle Edition via Kindle Unlimited

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