Dora the Explorer live action trailer

    I've spent the last 11 years with a daughter who looks just like cartoon-Dora, relegating me to the role of Boots. Read the rest

    Our social contract demands people able to be vaccinated get vaccinated

    If you fail to vaccinate an eligible child you are willfully endangering not only that child but everyone else's. This should be a crime.

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    Lynn Freer Turner's wild, whimsical, and sometimes absurd paintings

    Lynn Freer Turner has been painting for decades, but you had to know the Turner family to see her work! If you got really lucky, as I did with the top image in this post, sometimes Lynn would sell you a piece. Finally, this outstanding artist decided to share her work via Instagram! Lynn is trying to share one new image of her work a day.

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    New one#painting#losfeliz#animallover#losangeles

    A post shared by Lynn Freer Turner (@lynfogram) on Mar 20, 2019 at 9:21am PDT

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    A bad dream#sleeplesspainting

    A post shared by Lynn Freer Turner (@lynfogram) on Mar 7, 2019 at 7:31am PST

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    Exploring the neighborhood#griffith park

    A post shared by Lynn Freer Turner (@lynfogram) on Mar 4, 2019 at 1:12pm PST

    Lynn paints whatever catches her fancy. Sometimes wonderfully bizarre scenes, sometimes the chickens in her back yard. The world displayed through Lynn's lens delights me.

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    Will 80s hairstyles make a resurgence?

    Richard Marx silhouette reminds me of a buffalo for some reason.

    Flock of Seagulls hair was outstanding.

    The Go Gos on the other hand just looked good.

    Cyndi Lauper and Captain Lou would be my inspiration today, but I am bald.

    Aside from Flock of Seagulls, these were not even extreme hairstyles. I am sure you have better ones...

    Also 80s punk never went out. Read the rest

    A post by racist Iowa congressperson Steve King threatens a second American Civil War

    Steve King, a racist Republican US congressperson from Iowa, is making waves again. King posted a meme to Facebook suggesting GOP-leaning Red states would win a new civil war.

    LA Times:

    “Folks keep talking about another civil war,” the meme read. “One side has about 8 trillion bullets, while the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use.”

    King, whom Congress recently stripped of committee assignments over his comments about white supremacy, annotated the image with a winking emoji and mused, “Wonder who would win....”

    King was openly pondering violent, armed conflict, apparently joking about Republican-leaning states fighting their Democratic-leaning neighbors in a second American civil war.

    But King, an Iowa native, may have been confused about which side he was on. There, forming the blue warrior’s bicep, was his home state, delivering a cartographic uppercut to the jaw of its red opponent.

    King deleted the post, which he shared on an official campaign page, Monday. His office did not respond to questions about the picture or his reasons for posting and removing it.

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    Funko's lovely Stan Lee tribute

    If the Captain Marvel opening credits didn't tug your heartstrings enough, perhaps this marvelous Stan Lee Funko Pop will satisfy.

    The only autograph I ever asked a celebrity for was Stan Lee. "Excelsior, Jason! Stan Lee" is on a 3x5 card around here someplace.

    Funko POP!: Stan Lee via Amazon Read the rest

    A new film about artist Gus Harper

    This new film by Eric Minh Swenson shares the work of Gus Harper, one of my favorite artists.

    Harper's work has been featured in film, television and my living room. While he is a phenomenal artist, Gus really excels as a friend.

    Keep it up, Gus!

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    Wyld Stallyns speak from the Hollywood Bowl

    Thank you both, and everyone else on the project, for working so hard to bring Bill S. Preston and Ted "Theodore" Logan back to us. Clearly it has not been easy. They have been missed.

    Party on and be excellent to each other. Read the rest

    Corroborating evidence that Herodotus wrote accurately about a boat

    Prior to its recent discovery the baris was a ship best known through "the father of history," Herodotus' description. There were other references in literature but no physical sign this type of craft ever truly existed. A recent discovery shows Herodotus was no liar.

    Science Alert:

    In fragment 2.96 of Herodotus' Histories, published around 450 BCE, the Ancient Greek historian - who was writing about his trip to Egypt - describes a type of Nile cargo boat called a baris.

    According to his portrayal, it was constructed like brickwork, lined with papyrus, and with a rudder that passed through a hole in the keel.

    This steering system had been seen in representations and models through the Pharaonic period - but we had no firm archaeological evidence of its existence until now.

    Enter Ship 17, of the now-sunken port city Thonis-Heracleion near the Canopic Mouth of the Nile, dated to the Late Period, 664-332 BCE. Here, researchers have been exploring over 70 shipwrecks, discovering countless artefacts that reveal stunning details about the ancient trade hub and its culture.

    Although it's been in the water for at least 2,000 years, the preservation of Ship 17 has been exceptional. Archaeologists were able to uncover 70 percent of the hull.

    "It wasn't until we discovered this wreck that we realised Herodotus was right," archaeologist Damian Robinson of The Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology told The Guardian.

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    The song stuck in my head is the 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' theme

    I just realized the theme song I've been singing about my dog Nemo is set to the Black Sheep Squadron opening tune.

    After starring in what would be my favorite TV show of all-time The Wild Wild West, Robert Conrad went on to lead the cast in Black Sheep Squadron.

    Naturally, I thought the airplane was his co-star.

    The series was confusingly renamed after one season, hence the Baa Baa Black Sheep vs Black Sheep Squadron thing. Read the rest

    Apex Legends Season 1 starts today

    Apex Legends engages in the Seasonal format for managing major and minor game updates. With Season 1 comes a battlepass, a paid-for ticket to cool but not game influencing bling.

    I enjoy Apex but gravitate towards the more cartoony and clownish action of Fortnite. Perhaps I am immature. Read the rest

    Reusable produce bags to limit even more bag waste

    My mother told me I should be using reusable produce bags. She's right.

    The logic behind reusable grocery bags is pretty hard to shake. The bags create less waste, save money, resources, and hold more than the normal market supplied bags anyways. It is much easier for me to carry my 2 large bags than try to wrestle 4 paper ones.

    When my mother suggested reusable produce bags my first thought was something along the lines of "Well, I got used to people with their reusable straws." I've always kind of assumed the thin plastic bags the market offers for produce were biodegradable. Research shows that they can be but in many cases are not. Additionally, what passes as biodegradable for plastic bags can still take a very long time to breakdown.

    I got a set of these bags. They work as you would expect.

    Vandoona Food-safe Reusable Mesh Produce Bag – Set of 9 Strong See-Through Mesh Bags for Fruit, Veggies via Amazon Read the rest

    San Francisco considers banning the sale and manufacture of nicotine e-cigarettes

    In an aggressive move to block youth access to addictive products, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Shamann Walton have introduced legislation that bans the physical sale or delivery via shipping of any nicotine-containing vaping product.

    A second bill bans any manufacturers of e-cig products from city property. If passed this would kick Juul out of its headquarters.

    Supervisor Walton is pretty much dancing at the idea.

    SF Chronicle:

    Two bills authored by City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Shamann Walton — whose district includes Juul’s corporate headquarters in the Dogpatch neighborhood — are part of several actions the city wants to pursue to crack down on youth vaping in general, and Juul in particular.

    Walton said the proposed legislation should also serve as a warning and statement to Juul that “we don’t want them in our city.”

    Juul is currently headquartered on city-owned property in Pier 70.

    “I don’t eventually want to see them leave this city,” he said. “I would have liked for them to have been gone yesterday.”

    One bill that Walton plans to introduce at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting would ban the sale and shipment of e-cigarettes to San Francisco stores and customer addresses until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration begins a vetting process known as a pre-market review, in which manufacturers must prove their products are appropriate for public health before selling them on the market.

    The city already bans kid-friendly flavors like candy and fruit in tobacco products through Proposition E, which voters passed in 2018.

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    Warren calls for end to the Electoral College

    US Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren supports directly electing the United States President and ending the electoral college.

    Make all votes equal. Read the rest

    Google Stadia sounds like a bad idea

    I will take 6 GPU teraflops hardwired to my 1ms refresh rate monitor over 10 GPU teraflops and a BGP-4 routed TCP-IP backbone for gaming.

    While presented as a wonderful way to buy a videogame and instantly have it appear on your screen, Google Stadia seems to be ignoring both that most online multiplayer gaming is super latency sensitive, and most ISPs suck.

    Google plans to enter the arena of cross-platform play, but I can not see the latency allowing for much more than a good game of Hearts. FPS and other shooters, which are the mainstay of the streaming game realm Google hopes to latch onto as its advertising engine, seem unplayable in this model. Bandwidth restrictions may limit you to playing only when next door to a Google data center.


    The claim that Stadia runs with 10.7 GPU teraflops is when working with a single GPU. However, using multiple GPUs, Google claims Stadia can run even faster, making computing-intensive tasks like water simulation much easier, and more realistic. This power, of course, is dependent on players having a super-fast internet connection.

    Google also claimed it is aiming to make games playable on Stadia fully cross-platform compatible. Phil Harrison, VP of Google, said during the keynote “As a new-generation game platform, Stadia will of course embrace full cross-platform play. Developers will have the ability to enable cross-platform multiplayer for all players and even bring game saves and progression across as well."

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    Sounds like even the Theranos CEO's voice was fake

    Elizabeth Holmes, well-known Theranos fraudster, apparently also deepened her voice in an attempt to command more gravitas.

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    There was a 'Battle of the Planets' movie

    Unbeknownst to me until just now, several episodes of Battle of the Planets, the classic American adaptation of Science Team Ninja Gatchaman, were edited into a "feature length movie."

    I loved 7-Zark-7 and Jason. Read the rest

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