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His unconventional bonsai creations have stirred controversy at first. Deemed by some traditionalists as a non-conforming artist, Kimura continued to break the traditional rules of bonsai making. Typically, the art involves cultivating a single tree or shrub planted on a container. Instead of planting just one miniaturized tree, Kimura brilliantly created a mini-forest sprouting from a slanted deadwood. He has produced and sold several versions of the Hinoki Forest. But the original version, which he created more than 20 years ago, still sits proudly in his garden. His garden is located in Omiya, Japan and is open to the public upon request.Image via.
In the new future, everyone is awful, but we're all DINOSAURS.
It's like the SMBC version of The Shock Doctrine
Honestly, if you see a prophet and he's not super rich, you probably shouldn't trust him.
I need to do a book of just comics that end with God laughing.
It finally happened! This new creation by Angelo Favretti has me at a loss for words. So instead of coming up with the words you can fill them all in Mad Libs style and post them in the comments section.
This (adjective) spaceship is totally the (possessive noun) knees! I like how it is divided into (a number) sections, each more (adjective) than the last. I’m willing to wager my (noun) that this took a metric (unit of measure) of time and LEGO to complete. We’re all (adverb) blown away by the amount of (verb ending in “ing”) greebling this thing has! It’s like a (noun) exploded in (a place) and this is the (adjective) result. I think the gray (plural noun) and the white (plural noun) are (adverb) nice parts usage. (Brothers Brick staff member) says this might be the (adjective ending in “est”) spaceship we’ve seen all year and (famous person) just might agree. Let’s hope for more (adjective) (plural noun) like this in 2020!
It's like playing SimCity, except brick by brick, and terrifyingly expensive.
When we last checked in with Christophe Pujaletplaa almost a year ago, he’d just finished adding roads to the microscale LEGO city he calls Microville. It’s now grown to more than 11 meters squared, or close to 100 large 48×48-stud baseplates and gained a waterfront.
Christophe has been continuously working on the city since 2010, slowly adding more streets with detailed buildings, along with the occasional larger upgrade. The waterfront section adds new beach real estate and an industrial port next to the airport.
Seeing shots of Microville stretching to as far as you can see makes me feel like I’m playing a flight simulator, buzzing around tiny buildings.
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Huh. The amulet of fulfillment isn't doing anything. Is it busted?
At least in Hell, old dishes left in the common room just burn up.
There is so much to love about this digital ice breaking scene by Tong Xin Jun. The striking color choices of the Land Rover Defender and the vessel it is pulling is appealing to the eye and seems to be this builder’s signature move. The broken ice patterns are nothing short of mesmerizing in their execution, their glass-smooth tops are accurate for a windswept arctic tundra. This is achieved by lying bricks and slopes on their sides in a SNOT (Studs Not On Top) configuration. The slopes change direction only at the bow of the vessel, accurately depicting how ice chunks would react to being plowed through and the transparent bits in the boat’s wake is an excellent touch. The entire composition is indeed a work of art. The scene seems a bit precarious however. Ice chunks smaller than the Land Rover may not support its weight and, as seen from this view, I squint and wonder why all the minifigs would be shirtless in a frigid arctic scene.
Upon closer inspection it would seem my simmering sense of dread might be validated. Perhaps the occupants of this scene already anticipate disaster as, for some reason, they’re all crash test dummies.
With a sprawling sky backdrop and a little bit of photographic trickery, this shot (complete with crash test dummy driver) is reminiscent of a postcard, one that would say “the weather is here, wish you were beautiful!”
As to why everyone in this scene is a crash test dummy may be an excellent (*ahem*) icebreaker question for the builder but whatever the answer may yield, one thing for certain is we love icebreakers.
"The Philco Predicta is a television made in several cabinet models in a 17” or 21” screen by the American company Philco from 1958-1960. The Predicta was marketed as the world's first swivel screen television. The picture tube was surrounded in Eastman plastics new product called “tenite” which protected the glass and gave it its greenish tint... Predicta television sets were constructed with a variety of cabinet configurations, some detachable, but all separate from the tube itself and connected by wires. Initially introduced in 1958 for the Holiday Inn hotel chain and rolled out for general consumers shortly thereafter, the Predicta was discontinued in the early 1960s."
I'm convinced you could exactly tune the population growth rate via debt.
The archaeology of birds
Let me be clear: U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA, for now) did not plead guilty only to using campaign funds for rabbit travel. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds, which was only one of the 60 counts in his indictment. But the rabbit travel was one of the 200 overt acts alleged in that count:
This was a rabbit. As previously discussed—back when Hunter was adamantly denying the charges and saying prosecutors were engaged in a Trump-related “witch hunt”—Hunter’s own spokesman admitted that records showed campaign funds had indeed been spent for “in-cabin rabbit-transport fees” (hyphens added; unbearable otherwise). See “Campaign Funds Used for Rabbit Travel” (Aug. 27, 2018). This is not something a spokesman makes up. I therefore felt and still feel comfortable saying that the “family pet” mentioned in Overt Act #98 was, in fact, a rabbit, as had been reported elsewhere.
Now, Hunter’s plea agreement does not specifically mention the rabbit. Technically, on paper, he admitted to only two of the alleged overt acts: spending $511 in campaign funds for a “family celebration” in 2011 (#43), and $409 for “a social outing with several of his closest friends” in 2016 (#191). So is it accurate to say that he “pleaded guilty to” the other 198 alleged overt acts? Which, by the way, included but were not limited to:
Did he “plead guilty to” all these? One might argue the answer is no, because the plea agreement only mentions two specific acts, and many of the expenditures were actually made by Hunter’s wife and co-conspirator, Margaret. But another might argue the answer is yes. This was a conspiracy count, meaning each co-conspirator is responsible for all acts in furtherance of the conspiracy even if he or she didn’t personally do them. And unless Hunter breaches the plea agreement, he can’t be prosecuted for any of the charges in the indictment, so I assume he would (if necessary) take the position that all the acts are included. The plea agreement certainly doesn’t deny responsibility for any of them, I assume partly for this reason.
I don’t know (yet) which of those two people would be right, but until told otherwise I’m going with the second.
As for why Hunter changed his position now after denying guilt for so long, the Washington Post notes that his “legal situation” had “become more precarious in recent months.” That’s because wife and co-conspirator Margaret pleaded guilty in June, agreeing as part of the deal to testify against Duncan. Why’d she do that? Well, guilt is one explanation. But her decision was probably made much easier by learning about Individuals 14, 15, and 16 (see above), as well as Individuals 17 and 18, also mentioned in the indictment. Because all of those individuals were female, and none of them were Margaret Hunter.
So that might have something to do with it.
The Liaison Hotel. Seriously.
Anyway, when he announced yesterday that he was changing his plea to guilty, Hunter said there were “three reasons” for that, “and those three reasons are my kids.” (Sparing them the need to see Dad on trial, that is.) Those are three good reasons, no doubt, but they’re hardly the only ones. In the interview, Hunter unsurprisingly minimized the extent of his wrongdoing, saying he had “made mistakes” but that there was “no taxpayer money involved.” Except for the taxpayers who thought they were contributing to his campaign, presumably, and not buying him shorts or picking up the tab for two or three or five extramarital affairs or flying his rabbit across the country.
“Life throws challenges at ya,” Hunter said of the experience, with a straight face, apparently referring to the challenge of trying not to break the law literally hundreds of times by using campaign funds for personal expenses.
I should mention that like former Rep. Chris Collins—who also complained of a witch hunt (see “‘Dumbest Insider-Trading Crime I’ve Ever Seen’ Was Pretty Dumb” (Aug. 9, 2018)) only to later plead guilty—and like several other politicians of both parties, Hunter ran for re-election while under indictment and won. See “Assorted Election Stupidity” (Nov. 8, 2018). Collins said he wouldn’t resign, but then he did. Hunter hasn’t said whether he’ll resign, but he almost certainly will. See “Can a Convicted Felon Serve in Congress?” (Dec. 24, 2014) (answer: probably, but they usually don’t).
I’m not saying a politician who cries “witch hunt” is necessarily lying. I’m just saying that politician is probably lying.
Unfortunately, the breeding population of Mars was entirely sysadmins, resulting in dangerous founder effects. On the plus side, their revolution against Earth will be entirely passive-aggressive.
Three months after his bone marrow transplant, Chris Long of Reno, Nev., learned that the DNA in his blood had changed. It had all been replaced by the DNA of his donor, a German man he had exchanged just a handful of messages with...More worth reading at the link.
But four years after his lifesaving procedure, it was not only Mr. Long’s blood that was affected. Swabs of his lips and cheeks contained his DNA — but also that of his donor. Even more surprising to Mr. Long and other colleagues at the crime lab, all of the DNA in his semen belonged to his donor. “I thought that it was pretty incredible that I can disappear and someone else can appear,” he said...
Mr. Long had become a chimera, the technical term for the rare person with two sets of DNA. The word takes its name from a fire-breathing creature in Greek mythology composed of lion, goat and serpent parts. Doctors and forensic scientists have long known that certain medical procedures turn people into chimeras, but where exactly a donor’s DNA shows up — beyond blood — has rarely been studied with criminal applications in mind...He added that patients also sometimes ask him what it means for a man to have a woman’s chromosomes in their bloodstream or vice versa. “It doesn’t matter,” he said.
But for a forensic scientist, it’s a different story. The assumption among criminal investigators as they gather DNA evidence from a crime scene is that each victim and each perpetrator leaves behind a single identifying code — not two...
In 2004, investigators in Alaska uploaded a DNA profile extracted from semen to a criminal DNA database. It matched a potential suspect. But there was a problem: The man had been in prison at the time of the assault. It turned out that he had received a bone marrow transplant. The donor, his brother, was eventually convicted...
In 2008, he was trying to identify the victim of a traffic accident for the National Forensic Service in Seoul, South Korea. Blood showed that the individual was female. But the body appeared to be male, which was confirmed by DNA in a kidney, but not in the spleen or the lung, which contained male and female DNA. Eventually, he figured out that the victim had received a bone marrow transplant from his daughter.
Many of the bottles, cans and containers were not empty. Scores of hermit crabs, mostly dead, were trapped inside... They estimate 570,000 of the crabs have been killed on Cocos, which is composed of 27 islands, and that 61,000 more have died in a similar fashion on Henderson Island, located more than 8,000 miles away...
When a hermit crab dies, it emits a chemical signal to let others know that a potential shell has become available, Bond explained. Thus, a crab that dies after trying to make a home out of plastic sets off an insidious chain reaction: The smell attracts another who dies, and so on, generating an ultra-strong signal that leads even more of the crabs to an almost-certain demise.
What if we are the Vogons? I mean, how would we know?
Wild orchids are nice but not all that impressive, so really it's a subtle insult.