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17 Mar 18:06

Your upset pick should be the UC-Irvine Anteaters because they have A LITERAL GIANT

by Rodger Sherman
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'UC-Irvine is that nation's only team called the "anteaters." It's not due to some quirky local tradition -- anteaters live in South America -- it's due to a 1965 poll of the student body. (People in California in the 1960's had great ideas.) Anteaters beat out "none of the above" and Peter the UC-Irvine Anteater was born.

Irvine fans chant "ZOT ZOT ZOT ZOT" basically because nobody knows what noise anteaters make and the anteater in the comic strip "B.C." gets the onomatopoeia "zot" for when he uses his super-long tongue to lap up ants. UC Irvine's website features a nice look at Peter's transformation over the years -- what I like about the current mascot is that he's got the "bicep-having, uniform-wearing anthropomorphic animal" thing that 99.9 percent of college use, but also is an anteater with a silly neck and huge proboscis.'

'Jon Lovitz is an anteater ... and author Michael Chabon.'

The Anteaters could pull a giant upset against Louisville, thanks to the fact that they actually have a giant.

SB Nation 2015 March Madness Bracket

It's time for March Madness, and you're probably not going to win your bracket pool if you don't pick any upsets. So you have two choices: you could randomly pick Random Directional State University, or you could listen to someone who wasted countless hours of their life watching low-level NCAA basketball this year so you wouldn't have to. Last year we told you about North Dakota State and Stephen F. Austin, and if you listened, you reaped the rewards. Here's who we like this year.

UC-Irvine has a little bit of everything we love in a March Madness upset pick: They're a First Time Tourney team, they have a unique star with a genuinely fascinating background in Mamadou N'diaye, they have a dope mascot (the Anteater!) and most importantly, they're matched up with an opponent they could very well beat. In five years under coach Russell Turner, the Anteaters have turned from a program that was terrible for decades into this team that finally broke through to the big dance. Here's everything you need to know about the Anteaters:

How good are they?

The Anteaters weren't spectacular this year -- they're ranked No. 94 in Ken Pomeroy's rankings and didn't actually win their conference, the Big West, in the regular season, as UC-Davis went 14-2 in league play. But we're chalking some of that up to the absence of Mamadou N'diaye: A 7'6 center from Senegal, N'diaye missed most of the year with foot injuries.

N'diaye only managed to play 20 minutes in eight games this year, and the Anteaters went 6-2. And one of those losses was to Arizona, which probably shouldn't be held against them. Most importantly, these three games included the Big West Tournament, which the Anteaters won to earn a tourney bid.

What are they good at?

Being tall is a pretty simple thing, but it's pretty important in basketball. Irvine has way more height than any other team from a low-major conference, and it's not just N'diaye: his backup is 7'2 Greek product Ioannis Dimakopalous, and there's also 6'10 forward Mike Best. And the team's leading scorer and rebounder (aka the best player on the team who doesn't have literal gigantism) is Will Davis, who averaged 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

All that height shows in the Anteaters' statistical profile: teams only shoot 42.3 percent from inside the arc against UC-Irvine, the 16th-lowest figure in college hoops. Shots get blocked, shots get altered, shots miss.

Tell us more about this Mamadou N'diaye guy!

N'diaye -- not related to the former NBA player/current Georgia Tech assistant of the same name, or the three Senegalese soccer players of the same name -- is the tallest player in college hoops, and he'd be the tallest player in the NBA if he were in the league. N'diaye plays a sport filled with enormously tall people, and makes those enormously tall people look short.

It's not all there for N'diaye. He's clumsy, prone to falling over, getting way out of position. He's slow, and can't get up and down the court quickly. He's still relatively new to the game, and played at a small high school and is playing at a small college, so he's never been forced to develop any moves besides scoring over people. His conditioning isn't great, and he can't play heavy minutes. He's a stick figure who doesn't have a ton of core strength, and can get moved off a spot. He'd prefer to just stand in one place rather than move, on both sides of the ball.

But all those flaws don't outweigh the fact that he is 7'6. He blocks shots just by putting his hand up. When he gets the ball on the post, he can hold the ball above his opponents' head and drop it in. I compared his game to an older brother dominating his 8-year-old sibling in over-the-door Nerf basketball, and I'm sticking to that comparison.

Wait, why is a 7'6 Senegalese man playing for UC-Irvine?

N'diaye's story is a wild one, detailed by Fox Sports while he was in high school. He was first spotted in Dakar by Amadou Koundoul, a Senegalese-born assistant who worked at Irvine at the time. When an American basketball coach spots a 7'6 player in a foreign country, that 7'6 player comes to America.

N'diaye's ended up at Stoneridge Prep, which often helps basketball players moving to America -- Turkish former Kentucky recruit/OKC Thunder center Enes Kanter went there. There they realized that N'diaye had a huge tumor on his pituitary gland. This tumor caused his incredible growth, but also could've caused him to lose his sight if not acted upon.

Charitable donations allowed for N'diaye to get the tumor removed. N'diaye ended up at Brethren Christian, another L.A.-area school, and although Georgetown and Pepperdine also offered, he ended up sticking with the school whose assistant initially brought him over and committing to UC-Irvine.

Is Louisville a good matchup?

Louisville is a GREAT matchup. The Anteaters are one of the best teams in college basketball at defending two-pointers. The Cardinals are one of the worst three-point shooting teams in college basketball, hitting just 30.4 percent of their shots, 312th of 351. How is Louisville going to score?

I'm already somewhat skeptical about Lousiville's offense without Chris Jones, the point guard who was kicked off the team after rape accusations. He wasn't a good shooter, but he was the best on the team, and he ran the offense. Now the "point guard" is Terry Rozier, a converted two-guard, and an already bad-shooting team is worse. That could be a problem against a team that owns the inside.

That said, I have no idea how the interior matchup between N'diaye and Montrezl Harrell goes. Harrell is a monstrous athlete capable of overpowering most interior defenders with ease. Does he bang on the stringy N'diaye for a bunch of easy buckets? Or does he get flustered around the rim by N'diaye's long arms, and end up trying to hit jumpers he can't?

ANTEATERS!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

UC-Irvine is that nation's only team called the "anteaters." It's not due to some quirky local tradition -- anteaters live in South America -- it's due to a 1965 poll of the student body. (People in California in the 1960s had great ideas.) Anteaters beat out "none of the above" and Peter the UC-Irvine Anteater was born:

Irvine fans chant "ZOT ZOT ZOT ZOT" basically because nobody knows what noise anteaters make and the anteater in the comic strip "B.C." gets the onomatopoeia "zot" for when he uses his super-long tongue to lap up ants. UC Irvine's website features a nice look at Peter's transformation over the years -- what I like about the current mascot is that he's got the "bicep-having, uniform-wearing anthropomorphic animal" thing that 99.9 percent of college use, but also is an anteater with a silly neck and huge proboscis.

Hoops history

As noted, this is the Anteaters' first tourney trip, but it's not for lack of trying: they've been in Division I since 1977. The best player by far in UC-Irvine hoops history is Scott Brooks, who went on to a 10-year NBA career and presently coaches the Thunder. There's currently one UC-Irvine player playing professionally ... and that's Arizona Cardinals tight end Darren Fells. He passed up football at schools like UCLA for hoops at UC-Irvine out of high school but after a five-year professional career in Europe, decided to give the sport another shot -- and had five receptions this year in his debut season with the Cardinals.

Who went there?

Jon Lovitz is an anteater. That's the ticket! Other notables include Aubrey O'Day, the lead singer of Danity Kane from Making the Band, which is one of my favorite awful girl groups, and author Michael Chabon.

18 Apr 04:22

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18 Apr 01:20

This Cube Does Absolutely Nothing, But It Raised $500,000 on Kickstarter

by gguillotte
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meanwhile, in crowdfunding

“I wanted something really heavy, but didn’t take up too much space,” says the visual designer for a Houston genetics company. Eager supporters have poured $487,241 into a Kickstarter campaign that promises to deliver small cubes of polished metal. The Kilo Cube does nothing but simply look a bit mysterious sitting on your desk. That didn’t stop backers from ponying up $199 for a single, 1.5-inch cube.
18 Apr 04:19

15 Most Magnificent Train Routes Around The World

by Aleksandar Ilic
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Some people consider traveling an unnecessary burden that you have to deal with from time to time out of sheer necessity. On the other hand, people who possess that spark of true wanderers and explorers can’t get enough of it. Wanderlust is the word that is most commonly used to explain the state of mind of these people are in. This incredible passion for traveling, experiencing new cultures and civilizations, and seeing new scenery is not easily quenched but also brings a lot of benefits for the traveler as a person. Modern means of transportation, like airplanes, are hardly a good choice when you are traveling with this specific purpose in mind.

This is why people like to take trains when traveling for the sake of traveling. Trains have always had that certain level of causality, as well as the air of mystique that makes them a desirable means of transportation. They are far more comfortable than buses, cars or airplanes, and they provide you with the opportunity to really enjoy magnificent sites during your travels. For this reason, we have decided to compose a list of the most beautiful train routes from around the globe, attempting to provide an option for anyone to experience a stunning train ride that will last through the ages.

1. Bergen Railway, Norway

1. Bergen Railway, Norway

Not many people living outside of Europe are aware how beautiful the scenery of Scandinavia really is. Riding from Bergen to Oslo, you will experience beautiful sights and the environment will change seemingly as if the seasons are changing as you go along. Beautiful fjords, snowy mountaintops and stunning grassy plains will compose this scenery.

2. West Rhine Railway, Germany

2. West Rhine Railway, Germany

Most travellers that go to Germany focus on Berlin and its immense history, high culture and vast cultural life. Still, Germany has a lot more to offer and one of the more beautiful parts is its wine country, the highlight of which is the Rhine valley.  The railroad stretches from Mainz to Koblenz and there are a lot of things to see along the way.

3. Bernina Express Railway, Switzerland to Germany

3. Bernina Express Railway, Switzerland to Italy

The route this train ride will take you through is part of the Swiss Alps and has been put under official the protection of UNESCO as a world heritage. The Bernina Express Railway will take you through the magnificent scenery of the Swiss countryside, lakes and breath-taking glaciers. We recommend taking panorama cars for the best experience possible.

4. Christchurch to Greymouth Railway, New Zealand

4. Christchurch to Greymouth Railway, New Zealand

After the European Alps, let’s pop off to the Southern Alps train ride in New Zealand. If you take a train from Christchurch to Greymouth, you are in for a treat. Canterbury plains and the Waimakariri River, with its beautiful gorges await you along with the magnificent view over the Southern Alps, which will spread out before you.

5. Douro Line Railway, Portugal

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Back to Europe, to north Portugal to be more specific. This scenic railroad line got its name from the Douro river and was first started in 1887. It follows the river the majority of the way and it’s a big part of the landscape you are going to feast your eyes on. The valley is also a key element of the picturesque scenery that this ride has to offer.

6. The Royal Scotsman, Scotland

6. The Royal Scotsman, Scotland (2)

If you want a top-class luxurious experience, then you are going to enjoy the one The Royal Scotsman has to offer. Even the name itself echoes luxury and elegance! Take a trip from Edinburgh and enjoy the magnificent Scottish Highlands along with its lochs and beautiful green landscapes. The train itself is high quality and ensures maximum comfort.

7. The Sunset Limited, USA

7. The Sunset Limited, USA

When it comes to legendary sceneries in the USA, there is nothing more iconic than its deserts which always brings scenes from western movies to mind. There is simply something beautiful in the ruggedness of the desert and there is no better way to experience it than from the seat on The Sunset Limited! The train goes from Los Angeles and New Orleans and you are going to enjoy every minute of this 48 hour journey.

8. The Danube Express, Hungary to Turkey

8. The Danube Express, Hungary to Turkey

Another luxurious train ride that starts from Eastern Europe, in Budapest, all the way to the oriental Istanbul in Turkey. One of the countries that this very unique line passes through is Transylvania (Romania), home of the famous Vlad Tsepesh, more popularly known as Dracula and see the castle of the historical figure that the legendary vampire character was based on. The journey ends in Istanbul where you should visit the famous Haydarpaşa Terminal, one of the more famous train stations in the world.

9. Al Andalus Express, Spain

9. Al Andalus Express, Spain

Andalusia, a region of southern Spain, is considered one of the more beautiful landscapes in the world. Ever since 1930, Al Andalus Express has been giving people the opportunity to experience the Andalusia in a breath-taking and relaxing manner. This six-day journey starts from Seville and ends in Cordoba.

10. Maharajas’ Express, India

10. Maharajas' Express, India

If you want to see the extravagant side of India, the Maharajas’ Express is the best option for you. This train ride has been titled “World’s Leading Luxury Train” and “World’s Most Expensive Luxury Train in Asia”, and these titles talk volumes about the quality of service and accommodation during the trip. From Mumbai to Delhi, prepare to be amazed!

11. Denali Star Route, Alaska

11. Denali Star Route, Alaska

There are very few places in the world that can match the primal beauty of the Alaskan landscapes. The route that the Denali Star takes will take you through many charming small towns and villages as well and bring you to the magnificent Denali National Park. The entire trip is over within a day, but keep in mind that this is a 12 hour expedition.

12. Talyllyn Railway, Wales

12. Talyllyn Railway, Wales

Ok, if you are a train enthusiast, then you certainly know about the Thomas the Tank Engine book and TV show. What if a I told you that you could ride the line that served as an inspiration for this character. Enjoy a charming ride through the Fathew Valley riding on a steam powered train line that dates all the way back to 1865.

13. Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia

13. Trans-Siberian Railway, Russian

One of the legendary train rides that isn’t recommended for novices. The 5,772 miles journey from Moscow, on the west of the country to Vladivostok in the east take somewhere around 13 days to complete in its entirety. An ominous number isn’t it? This is a real adventure through one of the harshest regions of the world.

14. Hiram Bingham, Peru

14. Hiram Bingham, Peru

South America always had a certain veil of mystery with legends about its rainforests, tribes and so on. One of the most famous archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Peru is the citadel Machu Picchu. The Hiram Bingham train route can take you around the mountain in a journey that lasts six hours and includes exploring all the best sites.

15. Durango & Silverton Railroad, USA

15. Durango & Silverton Railroad, USA

This classic American train has been proclaimed “Best North American Train Trip” by National Geographic Traveller. The train route has been around since 1881 and travels a 45 mile journey between Durango and the town of Silverton.

The thing that makes train vacations a good idea is the fact that they can be a perfect summer or winter vacation and the dispute concerning which is better has gone on for ages. Pictures are worth a thousand words and experiences vary from train to train. The thing that is definitely true is that you will remember them for the rest of your life and once you try a scenic train journey, you will always love it.

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18 Apr 00:45

This 'Mario Kart' maneuver probably led to a fistfight

by Bill Hanstock
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ddddddaaaaaamn

Throw-your-controller-at-someone's-face level rage.

This happened quite a while back, but is just now coming to our attention and OH MY GOD.

You know the Angry Luigi death stare? This would demand that, but a death stare so hard that fire shoots out of your eyes and engulfs the other person. Ark of the Covenant-level death stare.

Someone may have gotten Rock Bottomed through a coffee table for this one.

(h/t David Zhou)

18 Apr 04:16

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18 Apr 04:13

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18 Apr 05:36

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16 Apr 19:16

Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in the Blade Runner sequel

by Colin Lecher
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17 Apr 22:40

Rock Out With Your Cocktail Out Thanks To Concert Craft Cocktails

by Camper English
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In my latest post for Details.com I have a story about how music festivals are embracing craft cocktails. This is happening in the US and a bit around the world. 

 

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17 Apr 22:47

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17 Apr 23:30

Man makes mockery of Bloodborne by beating it with a Rock Band guitar controller

by Samit Sarkar

Bloodborne is a difficult video game, people will tell you. You'll die a lot, they'll say. It may make you want to snap your controller in half, they'll warn you.

Those people aren't necessarily wrong, but Twitch streamer Benjamin "bearzly" Gwin ignores their words. He's made a name for himself with, as he puts it, "challenge runs of Dark Souls using terrible controllers." Last year, Gwin completed Dark Souls with a Rock Band controller, and later managed the same feat with Dark Souls 2. Last month, he even beat the game with the bongos from the GameCube title Donkey Konga.

Naturally, Bloodborne was next on Gwin's hit list.

Gwin's run of "Guitarborne" included the challenging boss battle you see above, the Shadow of Yharnam. The fight is made even more treacherous by the "poor movement/camera controls" afforded by the Rock Band guitar, according to Gwin.

"Choked several times on this one," he added.

Gwin used ConsoleTuner's Titan One USB accessory to allow him to play Bloodborne, a PlayStation 4 game, with an Xbox 360 guitar controller. You can see his crazy button mapping above. One example of the insanity he's putting himself through: Moving right is mapped to the controller's tilt feature, which triggers Star Power in Rock Band games.

If you're curious about vanilla Bloodborne, check out our Let's Play of the game with Danielle Riendeau and Phil Kollar, starting with the first episode below. You can also read our review.

18 Apr 00:38

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17 Apr 23:45

Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

by timothy
circletimessquare writes Dr. Mehmet Oz serves as vice chairman of Columbia University Medical Center's department of surgery. He is a respected cardiothoracic surgeon but his television show has been accused of pushing snake oil. Now other doctors at Columbia University want Dr. Oz kicked off the medical school faculty. Dr. Oz has responded on his Facebook account: "I bring the public information that will help them on their path to be their best selves. We provide multiple points of view, including mine which is offered without conflict of interest. That doesn't sit well with certain agendas which distort the facts. For example, I do not claim that GMO foods are dangerous, but believe that they should be labeled like they are in most countries around the world." In their letter, the doctors accuse Dr. Oz of quackery: "Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine, as well as baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops. Worst of all, he has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain."

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18 Apr 01:12

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17 Apr 19:36

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18 Apr 00:45

In fight against spammers, Steam now restricts accounts until users show hard cash

by Colin Campbell

In an attempt to combat phishing and spamming, Steam today announced a raft of activity restrictions on accounts that do not show purchase activity.

Valve's digital store will no longer provide certain community benefits until a user has spent $5 or added a minimum of $5 to their account. The benefits include sending friend invites, opening a group chat, voting on Greenlight or submitting content on the Steam Workshop. A full list is here.

"We've chosen to limit access to these features as a means of protecting our customers from those who abuse Steam for purposes such as spamming and phishing," offered a Steam update. "Malicious users often operate in the community on accounts which have not spent any money, reducing the individual risk of performing the actions they do.

"One of the best pieces of information we can compare between regular users and malicious users are their spending habits as typically the accounts being used have no investment in their longevity. Due to this being a common scenario we have decided to restrict certain community features until an account has met or exceeded $5 in Steam."

18 Apr 02:25

Mike Trout becomes youngest ever with 100 HR, 100 SB

by Eric Stephen
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Angels outfielder Mike Trout hit his 100th career home run on Friday night in Houston, at 23 years, 253 days old becoming the youngest player in major league history to reach 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases.

With a two-run home run in the sixth inning, Los Angeles Angels outfielder extraordinaire Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 100-homer, 100-steal club.

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Trout launched a line drive into the Crawford Boxes in left field off Roberto Hernandez to give the Halos a 3-1 lead on Friday night, the first game of a three-game weekend series at Minute Maid Park in Houston. It was the second home run of the season for Trout, who entered Friday hitting a robust .438 (14-for-32).

That gave Trout 100 home runs to go with his 104 career stolen bases. At 23 years, 253 days old he is the youngest member of the 100-100 club, of which there are now 229 members. Alex Rodriguez was the previous youngest to join, doing so at 23 years, 309 days in 1999.

The only other Angels player with at least 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases is Darin Erstad, who had 114 home runs and 170 steals for the Halos from 1996-2006.

18 Apr 02:30

TV Club: Tig Notaro takes her comedy door to door in the charming Knock Knock

by Austin L. Ray

In the summer of 2013, comedian Tig Notaro made a video for her fans. “If you’d like for me to be on your rooftop, your basement, your backyard, living room, garage, in your barn,” she began. “You tell me where I’m going.”

The comedian’s request received more than 1,000 responses, and Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro features a few of the best. Or, at least, the ones that inspired a visit from Notaro. But to start things off, the documentary shows a selection of videos from folks who didn’t make the cut: Someone who made a tiny paper puppet “Tig in a blanket.” A guy who says that “the audience would be me and my dog, Patches.” Something called The West Bestern with “a green screen area” in a terrifying basement. A woman who made what appears to be a casserole, and then describes ...

18 Apr 02:35

Predators organist is playing the Super Smash Bros. theme in the playoffs

by Bill Hanstock

And he has the sheet music to prove it!

THIS RULES.

Uh, is @krazykylepreds playing the Smash Bros theme?

— On The Forecheck (@OnTheForecheck) April 18, 2015

@diebytheblade @OnTheForecheck you got it! pic.twitter.com/XlWxQmJHNO

— Krazy Kyle (@krazykylepreds) April 18, 2015

We aren't kidding when we say the Predators have a fan base unlike any other.

Wait ... is the song title on that sheet music in Comic Sans?

... Okay, we'll allow it. JUST THIS ONCE.

18 Apr 02:42

Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt

by timothy
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'Sweden's ESAB Welding & Cutting'

fukken IKEArs!

schwit1 writes A giant welding machine, built for NASA's multi-billion dollar Space Launch System (SLS), has to be taken apart and rebuilt because the contractor failed to reinforce the floor, as required, prior to construction: "Sweden's ESAB Welding & Cutting, which has its North American headquarters in Florence, South Carolina, built the the roughly 50-meter tall Vertical Assembly Center as a subcontractor to SLS contractor Boeing at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. ESAB was supposed to reinforce Michoud's floor before installing the welding tool, but did not, NASA SLS Program Manager Todd May told SpaceNews after an April 15 panel session during the 31st Space Symposium here. As a result, the enormous machine leaned ever so slightly, cocking the rails that guide massive rings used to lift parts of the 8.4-meter-diameter SLS stages The rings wound up 0.06 degrees out of alignment, which may not sound like much, "but when you're talking about something that's 217 feet [66.14 meters] tall, that adds up," May said. Asked why ESAB did not reinforce the foundation as it was supposed to, May said only it was a result of "a miscommunication between two [Boeing] subcontractors and ESAB." It is baffling how everyone at NASA, Boeing, and ESAB could have forgotten to do the reinforcing, even though it was specified in the contract. It also suggests that the quality control in the SLS rocket program has some serious problems.

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18 Apr 03:01

What would NFL logos look like if you put butts in them?

by Bill Hanstock

Butts.

The wonderful David Rappoccio over at Kissing Suzy Kolber had the brilliant idea to redraw every one of the 32 NFL team logos to include a butt. Because butts are funny. Here are a couple, just to give you an idea of what we're working with. (Butts.)

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And probably the best one of all:

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Head on over to Kissing Suzy Kolber to see all of them.

17 Apr 11:54

The No-Fly List and Due Process

by Bruce Schneier

The Congressional Research Service has released a report on the no-fly list and current litigation that it violates due process.

17 Apr 22:56

Gun advocates lash out at Tim McGraw over Sandy Hook benefit concert - Yahoo News

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Country music star Tim McGraw is taking heat from gun advocates after he announced this week that he’s headlining a July 17 concert in Hartford, Conn., to benefit Sandy Hook Promise, a group that seeks to protect children from gun violence. Gun advocates took to social media after McGraw’s announcement, calling the singer a hypocrite.
17 Apr 23:07

MakerBot Just Laid Off 20 Percent of Its Staff | Motherboard

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're-organizing our business in order to focus on what matters most to our customers'

'we will focus our efforts on improving and iterating our products, growing our 3D ecosystem, shifting our retail focus to our national partners and expanding our efforts in the professional and education markets'

The reasoning for the layoffs, the employee told Motherboard, is that MakerBot is looking to integrate further with Stratasys, its parent company, and is streamlining its operation to further that end. “It’s consolidating with Stratasys, so it’s economies of scale and looking at duplicate positions and consolidating,” the employee said. “We have a new CEO, so he has a different plan in mind,” she said, crying. “I’m sorry, it’s a hard day.” //// ​UPDATE: MakerBot has published an official statement that confirmed the layoffs, as well as announced the closing of all three of the company's retail stores. Here is an excerpt from the post, which can be read in full on ​the company's website: ​ ​"Today, we at MakerBot are re-organizing our business in order to focus on what matters most to our customers. As part of this, we have implemented expense reductions, downsized our staff and closed our three MakerBot retail locations. With these changes, we will focus our efforts on improving and iterating our products, growing our 3D ecosystem, shifting our retail focus to our national partners and expanding our efforts in the professional and education markets."
18 Apr 01:12

Box Office Milestone: 'Furious 7' Crosses $1 Billion

by gguillotte
In just 17 days, Furious 7 is crossing the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. It’s a new record for the fastest climb to the major milestone (The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 crossed $1 billion in 19 days). Plus, the film is the first Universal project to make it to the $1 billion mark in its original run (1993’s Jurassic Park reached $1.044 billion after the 3D re-release in 2013). The film’s other records include the second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and the highest-grossing domestic ($147.2 million) and international ($250 million) openings in Universal history.
18 Apr 02:16

primordyaforever:cartoonishquest: Skyrim logic.  I’m...

firehose

yo saucie











primordyaforever:

cartoonishquest:

Skyrim logic. 

I’m dying…..

yo saucieshares

18 Apr 02:49

lurknomoar: pigeonbits: othersideanthology: Pitch submissions...







lurknomoar:

pigeonbits:

othersideanthology:

Pitch submissions will be open May 1 - May 31!  Get ready!

In the meantime, you can follow us HERE for info, updates, and announcements about the project!

EVERYONE!!  OMIGOSH!!  I’M SO EXCITED TO FINALLY ANNOUNCE THIS PROJECT!!

Myself and Kori Michele are editing a giant anthology of QUEER PARANORMAL ROMANCE COMICS, and we want YOU to submit to it!  Accepted submissions will be paid, because queer comics are important and your work is valuable.  Signal boosts are appreciated – we want to let as many people as possible know about this book!

If this project happens, I’m SO going to be funding it.

17 Apr 03:51

Michigan business owner refuses to serve gay people because you can’t put a car together with “all bolts and no nuts” - Salon.com

by gguillotte
firehose

stop watching transformers, cars are not people. that's not how it works

“I am a Christian. My company will be run in a way that reflects that,” Klawiter writes in his Facebook post. “Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed at MY place of business. (I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. Homosexuality is wrong, period. If you want to argue this fact with me then I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works.)”
17 Apr 04:08

Japan Travelogue 2014 - 4

by Aido
Japan Travelogue 2014 - 4
2013 spring yuko VS 2014 summer yuko