Deckard's whisky glass

Today I chanced across a posting from someone who, in 2002, tracked down the maker of the unusual whiskey glass that the replicant-hunter Deckard drinks from in Blade Runner. They learned then that it had been in production for thirty years and was still available, and so it is today. Now, of course, you don't […]

Homeland Security chief appointment was invalid, reports government watchdog

Chad Wolf and top aide Ken Cuccinelli were improperly appointed to their leadership positions at the Department of Homeland Security, reports the Government Office of Accountability. The Government Accountability Office said Wolf and Cuccinelli assumed those jobs under an order of succession that was issued by an acting secretary who himself had no authority to […]

Lack Rack: Ikea's cheapest table is perfectly sized to rackmount computers

#lackrackNeed a network rack in a pinch? £5. IKEA LACK Rack. — Paul Curry (@cr3) August 14, 2020 I recently saw a Lack Rack—an inexpensive Ikea Lack table put to use rackmounting servers—and now I keep running into them. Pictured above is Paul Curry's £5 example, replete with vinyl wood texture. They need little […]

Getting rich, or not, in Entropia Universe

Quintin Smith explores Entropia Universe, the world's only cash-based MMO, still entertaining tens of thousands of players 17 years after its launch. No online game has bigger whales—players genuinely invested in playing the game in the hope of getting rich—even as you can play it for free by collecting in-game poop: "We set out to […]

The Covid pandemic in the US, as explained by the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog

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Herman Cain tweets from beyond the grave

Herman Cain "tweeted" banal pro-Trump propaganda until hours before his death of Covid, a grim month-long spectacle seemingly pumped out by political handlers willing to speak with Cain's voice even as that voice ceased to exist. I speculated that the tweets would continue after his death, a melding of Trumpian incompetence, obscenity and indifference. I […]

Fox News' Jeanine Pirro suggests "something's going to happen" to Biden before election

Jeanine Pirro's own Fox News colleagues forced her to walk back an ominous comment Wednesday after the former judge suggested that "something's going to happen" to presidential candidate Joe Biden. "For some reason, I just have this feeling that Joe Biden isn't going to be on the ticket," Pirro said during a Fox News segment. […]

Ilhan Omar thrashes well-funded primary challenger

Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar fended off a well-funded challenger in yesterday's primary election and is and is now all but certain to retain her seat in November's general. Antone Melton-Meaux raised millions in the 5th district race but conceded by 9 p.m. Tuesday after early results signaled a thrashing. Omar was the first Somali-American and, […]

Tech support scammer logs into target's computer only to see photo of self there waiting for him

Jim Browning (YouTube) posts long but riveting videos of him turning the tables on tech support scammers (previously at Boing Boing) and in the latest he goes full Neeson from the outset: "a scammer has just connected to my pc and he's just seen a photograph of him and his family on my desktop." Browning […]

Biden picks Kamala Harris as his VP

Joe Biden celebrated today's double-digit polling lead by picking his veep: Kamala Harris. If he doesn't make it to 86 years old, she's set to be the first woman U.S. President. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said the appointment of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden's running mate is a "defining […]

Biden holds double-digit lead in national poll

An eagerly-awaited national poll by Monmouth University puts Joe Biden 10 points ahead of President Donald Trump. Biden's 51%-41% lead gives him both a double-digit advantage and more than half the total, obviating the issue of undecided voters, but Biden's support has slackened since last month's 53%-41% lead. The poll was the first to feature […]

Train operator blames Covid for restricting WiFi to premium seats

The wireless internet on Eurostar trains was briefly turned off for passengers unless they were in premium seating, reports the BBC. Challenged by passengers, the company claims this was because of Coronavirus, but turned it back on again. Mark Jackson, founder of the internet service provider site ISPreview, said … the wi-fi is provided by […]

Worker fired for mocking company pay with Downfall meme awarded $200k

In 2018, BP refinery worker Scott Tracey posted a Downfall parody on Facebook to mock the company's salary negotiations. So it fired him, claiming it was "highly offensive and inappropriate". Two years later he has emerged victorious from an unfair dismissal case filed against BP in Australia, forcing the company to reinstate him and pay […]

Sales of classic "Yo Semite" t-shirt rocket after Trump gaffe

The North American Museum of Jewish History's been selling its Yo Semite tee shirts for about a decade. After Trump pronounced "Yosemite" thusly last week, however, sales went through the roof—or through the sequioa canopy, if you prefer. "When we first started tracking sales last week, we had sold enough shirts in the first 30 […]

Richard Notkin's teapots

Ceramic artist Richard Notkin is famed for his clay teapots, inspired by the traditional Yixing style from China but forming a vehicle for political commentary in the west. In the interview above, you can see him work: "the vessel is the primary canvas of ceramics and the teapot is the most complex of vessels." [via […]

Imperial Marching Geese

So I added the Imperial March to this video and I don't know if I'll ever sleep again.🔊 📹: Imgur user papemaker — Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) August 7, 2020 Paul Bronks (twitter) "added the Imperial March to this video and I don't know if I'll ever sleep again."

Baltimore explosion destroys several houses, kills woman

A woman died and at least three more people were injured when an explosion rocked a Baltimore neighborhood. A number of houses were destroyed and aerial footage shows what CNN described as "profound devastation" in the area. The situation is unfolding and efforts are underway to rescue people trapped in the rubble. No word on […]

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