Beat it, Mike.
What do you do when your daughter wants one of those Princess/Barbie dress cakes for her birthday, only with Rey from Star Wars? (AFTER high-fiving her for having awesome taste, I mean.)
Well, you bring in the Rey doll and ask your baker to give her a big poofy cake skirt, that's what. You know, kind of like this:
(By Whitney Wickham)
Only more cakey.
So that's exactly what Julie S. did. She brought in the plastic figurine, asked for a dress cake, and got...
[drum roll, please]
I'll give you a moment to really absorb all the majesty.
Got it all absorbed?
Now check out the side view:
From this way it looks like she's being swallowed by a giant sand worm, right? See, this is why you always walk without rhythm in the desert, Rey.
Thanks to Julie S. for letting me cross the streams. Let's just hope it was spice cake.
Nish Kumar, NZ International Comedy Gala 2016
Star Bird (1979)
Kids, there was once a time when toys were just toys, and not licensed from any movie or TV show.
It may be less than two weeks ago since I blogged a build by Maksymilian Majchrzak ( [MAKS] ), but it seems he very much likes the same sort of things I do and he builds them well. Case in point: his latest crane.
For those of you who are crane geeks, this is a Liebherr LTM 1350-6.1 in the colours of Mammoet (Mammoth) — a famous company from the Netherlands that specialises in heavy lifting and heavy haulage. This behemoth is built to my favourite scale of 1/22, which makes it roughly 100 studs long in road-going configuration.
The model is very detailed and has numerous working features such as steering, a telescopic boom that can be raised and lowered (which does involve inserting an extra part to lengthen the hydraulic ram), side supports that extend and retract, and he has included a brick-built figure. If there were a checklist of things I like, he has ticked almost all of the boxes.
Sometimes the Onion writers wake up in the morning and decide they will not be fucking around with anything that day
Rosenberg Loses It On Police Officer Over Alton Sterling Killing #BlackLivesMatter #AltonSterling
Show this to all your “#NotAllCops” friends.
“Obsidian Reverie: City Block” by Brad Wright.
In the quarter-century from the end of the Vietnam War in the 1970s until Sept. 11, 2001, the United States rarely went to war, and when it did, the conflicts were so brief they were measured in days. The Gulf War in 1991 lasted 43 days. Airstrikes in the former Yugoslavia in 1995 went on for 22 days, followed by another round in 1999, that time for 78 days.
But since the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States has been fighting every single day for 15 straight years, the longest unbroken period in American history. The U.S. has carried out airstrikes, sent in ground forces, or both, in seven countries stretching from Pakistan in the east to Libya in the west. None of these conflicts has been resolved, and all signs point to years of strife ahead.
Sept. 11 has reshaped the U.S. in countless ways, but perhaps the most profound has been the transformation from a country where peacetime was the norm into one seemingly locked into a permanent state of war. Yet strangely, the country doesn’t feel much like it’s at war.
“Like the war on drugs or the war on poverty, the war for the greater Middle East has become a permanent fixture in American life and is accepted as such,” writes Andrew Bacevich, a retired Army colonel and professor at Boston University.
Photos: Joe Raedle/Getty Images, John Moore/Getty Images, Sion Touhig/Getty Images
A restaurant chain that charges twice as much for a meal in one location as it does in another? You would think that’s a recipe for angry customers.
But Everytable in Los Angeles is betting that this will prove a successful business model — while also serving up a hefty side of social mission.
Here’s the concept behind the new chain: Customers walk in and grab a to-go container of premade, healthful meals prepared by chefs who’ve previously worked in some of the finest restaurants in LA and New York. They can heat the meals up in microwaves at the restaurant, or take them home to enjoy. And everything is priced affordably — though the price changes, depending on the neighborhood. The goal is to make nutritious food more available to everyone.
The first location opened earlier this summer in South Los Angeles, a low-income area. The next one will soon open in a well-off neighborhood of downtown LA, and there are plans for outlets in other parts of the city. Each location will have the same exact menus and décor, but with different price plans.
Photos: Courtesy of Everytable
Forty-eight million years ago, a snake ate a lizard with a bug in its belly, and all three fossilized... That fossil, recently described in Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, is only the second of its kind ever found, revealing three levels of an ancient food chain nested one inside the other in paleontology’s version of Russian nesting dolls—or its culinary equivalent, a turducken.Details (and explanation of the image) at National Geographic.
Beautiful red shirts for sale. Almost new condition, only worn once.
Macaws are stunning birds, and smart to boot. I’ve heard plenty of great stories from those who get the chance to interact with them regularly. AnActionfigure has posted this beautiful sculpture that captures the bird perfectly.
The curve of the beak is spot on, and the face sculpting is excellent.
One of my favorite LEGO Architecture sets of the last few years have been the city skyline series, including 21028 New York City. LEGO architect Spencer_R specializes in 1/650 scale models of landmarks, including numerous skyscrapers. Spencer says he’d already built several of the buildings in the set, so he built the Flatiron building and Statue of Liberty, and then put all of them on a large black base. This much larger scale enables Spencer to include much more detail than the minuscule buildings in the official set, and the higher-resolution photo on Flickr — as well as Spencer’s photostream as a whole — is well worth a closer look.
It is always interesting what we choose to worry about …
Fuck the NRA.
We don’t know how he voted, nor are we likely to find out, because grand jury proceedings are secret. But we do know that Raylon Parker served on a grand jury that ended up considering, among other indictments, his own.
A majority of the grand jurors voted to indict him.
This happened in Halifax County, North Carolina, presumably in the town of Halifax because that’s the county seat. Halifax (which as I’m sure you know was named after George Montague-Dunk, 2d Earl of Halifax) only has two or three hundred people, with about 50,000 in the whole county, so it’d be understandable if they were short of jurors. But you’d still think there’d be some sort of arrangement to make sure that juries voting on indictments don’t include any of the people getting indicted.
And maybe there is, but if so, it didn’t work here, according to the report in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly:
The highly unusual situation came to light when the clerk examined the indictments and noted that the defendant in one of the cases had the same name as a grand juror. [Judge Alma] Hinton said she was preparing to call Parker into the courtroom when he asked to approach the bench. [Upon learning it was indeed the same person, she] immediately removed him from the grand jury.
Oh, it’s just a procedural issue: they just need to compare the names of the grand jurors with the names on the indictments before the vote, not after. That should take care of the problem. And it may be a problem, because the assistant DA claimed he had seen this happen before (although the judge did not agree that it had).
You could also try asking jurors to raise their hands or something if they notice they’ve been indicted, but that would be an inferior solution, as this case shows. Because we don’t know how Parker voted, but we do know he was there when the evidence was presented against him and that he participated in the vote. “I asked him if he stepped aside when the matter was voted on,” the judge said, “and he did not.” Presumably he was not in the majority.
Although it is possible that he agrees he is guilty of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill—or, I should say, that there is at least enough evidence to prosecute him for that charge. You could be innocent and yet agree that probable cause existed to prosecute you. That’s not impossible, although I would estimate the odds of that ever happening to be about the same as the odds of Mexico paying for that wall. The assistant DA noted that if he did vote against himself, and people found out about it, that would certainly look bad at trial. “If he indicted himself,” he explained unnecessarily, “that’s a statement against him.” It sure would be.
Your typical wage is below what it was in the late 1970s, in terms of what it can buy. Two-thirds of you are living paycheck to paycheck. Almost 30 percent of you don’t have steady employment: You’re working part-time or on contract, with none of the labor protections created over the last 80 years – no unemployment insurance if you lose your job, no worker’s compensation if you’re injured, no time-and-a-half pay for working more than 40 hours a week, no minimum wage, and you have to pay your own Social Security. Over 37 percent of you have dropped out of the workforce altogether because you’ve become too discouraged even to look for work. That’s a near record. As if all this weren’t enough, the schools and infrastructure on which you rely have been neglected, and the ravages of climate change – droughts, fires, and floods – are worsening.
Yet the American economy is twice as large as it was in the late 1970s. As a nation, we are richer than we’ve ever been. We could afford to do so much better.
None of this has happened by accident. Those with great wealth have translated it into political power. And with that power they’ve busted labor unions (to which a third of private-sector workers belonged in the 1950s but now fewer than 7 percent do), halved the taxes they pay (from a top marginal rate of 91 percent in the 1950s to 39 percent today, and from an effective rate of 52 percent then to 18 percent now), cut safety nets, deregulated Wall Street, privatized much of the economy, expanded bankruptcy protection for themselves while narrowing it for you, forced you into mandatory arbitration of employment disputes, expanded their patents and intellectual property, got trade deals that benefited them but squeezed your pay, and concentrated their market power so you pay more for pharmaceuticals, health insurance, airfare, food, internet service, and much else.
This is bad for everyone. Even those at the top would do better with a smaller share of an economy that was growing because the middle class was expanding. And they’d do better in a society that hadn’t become so angry and susceptible to demagogues blaming immigrants and imports for what has happened.
But none of this will change unless we change it. No single person – not even Bernie Sanders, had he become president – can do what needs to be done, alone. You and I and others must continue to organize and mobilize. Do not find refuge in cynicism. Change is slow, and at times seems hopeless. But change is inevitable. Do not wait for politicians to take the lead. We are the leaders.
hello police i’ve just witnessed a fucking murder
In the presidential contest of 1824, Andrew Jackson won the most electoral votes, edging out John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and William Crawford. Because Jackson did not have a majority, however, the election was decided in the House of Representatives, where Adams prevailed. Adams subsequently chose Clay as his secretary of state. Jackson’s supporters were infuriated by what they described as a “corrupt bargain” between Adams and Clay. The Washington establishment had defied the will of the people, they believed. Jackson rode the wave of public resentment to victory four years later, marking a dramatic turning point in American politics. A beloved hero of western farmers and frontiersmen, Jackson was the first nonaristocrat to become president. He was the first president to invite everyday folk to the inaugural reception. To the horror of the political elite, throngs tracked mud through the White House and broke dishes and decorative objects. Washington insiders reviled Jackson. They saw him as intemperate, vulgar, and stupid. Opponents called him a jackass—the origin of the donkey symbol for the Democratic Party. In a conversation with Daniel Webster in 1824, Thomas Jefferson described Jackson as “one of the most unfit men I know of” to become president of the United States, “a dangerous man” who cannot speak in a civilized manner because he “choke[s] with rage,” a man whose “passions are terrible.” Jefferson feared that the slightest insult from a foreign leader could impel Jackson to declare war. Even Jackson’s friends and admiring colleagues feared his volcanic temper. Jackson fought at least 14 duels in his life, leaving him with bullet fragments lodged throughout his body. On the last day of his presidency, he admitted to only two regrets: that he was never able to shoot Henry Clay or hang John C. Calhoun.Excerpted from an interesting article - The Mind of Donald Trump.
The similarities between Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump do not end with their aggressive temperaments and their respective positions as Washington outsiders. The similarities extend to the dynamic created between these dominant social actors and their adoring audiences—or, to be fairer to Jackson, what Jackson’s political opponents consistently feared that dynamic to be. They named Jackson “King Mob” for what they perceived as his demagoguery. Jackson was an angry populist, they believed—a wild-haired mountain man who channeled the crude sensibilities of the masses. More than 100 years before social scientists would invent the concept of the authoritarian personality to explain the people who are drawn to autocratic leaders, Jackson’s detractors feared what a popular strongman might do when encouraged by an angry mob.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.