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Titty Tuesday

well that kinda sucked… seems i temporarily lost my domain here, and had to remember who the hell i bought this domain through… then figure out what my account was, reset it, log in and find out that i didn’t have the “auto-renew” option set… so paid for another two years, and thought i was good to go… then find out that the damn nameservers got rolled back for some unknown effin reason… ugh, fuuuuuck man.

so yeah, i’m back… i think.

save the ta-ta’s, mang! ;)

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Design Online/Web

Trillion Dollar Market For Fake “Design” Chairs

There’s a trillion-dollar global black market for fake “designer” chairs

The iconic Eames lounge chair is among the most copied pieces of furniture. Its history provides an illuminating illustration about how and why the global counterfeit furniture industry thrives to the tune of $1.7 trillion, according to BeOriginal America’s estimate.

Designed by husband-and-wife team Charles and Ray Eames for the luxury furniture market, the leather and bent plywood recliner has become symbolic of good design taste and affluence. The recliner was originally conceived as a napping-and-reading perch for Hollywood director Billy Wilder, who wanted a handsome English club chair with the feel of “warm, receptive look of a well-worn first baseman’s mitt.”

Today, the Eames lounge is still assembled by hand in a Zeeland, Michigan factory following the same meticulous process that the Eameses took four years to perfect. The mid-century modern classic often appears on celebrity photographs, TV shows, magazine covers, and enshrined in MoMA’s permanent collection.

It was a sensation from the moment it was unveiled it on live television in 1956. But not everyone watching the Arlene Francis Home show could afford to shell out $310 (around $2,800 today). Inevitably, knockoffs surfaced in the market.

can count me in on this one, guilty as charged, since i bought an eames lounge chair (same as picture above) a few years back and love it… of course, i spent like $800 on the thing, versus $4,500 which is what an original was going for at the time i believe.

yeah, with those prices, no wonder it’s a huge fucking business.

PS. gotta love eames, mang.

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Online/Web Science

Solar Eclipse, Coming Soon

A solar eclipse is coming to America. Here’s what you’ll see where you live…

On Monday August 21, a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it. Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse. […]

The eclipse animation relies on data provided by The United States Naval Observatory and uses entering and exiting vertex angles along with the maximum obscuration percentage to calculate the trajectory of the moon across the sun. Maximum obscuration percentages in the animation are depicted using the nearest whole percent. The map obscuration data was provided by NASA.

i’m gonna have to try to remember this, being that it’s basically a month away… but it’ll be pretty damn cool to step outside and checkout a solar eclipse, especially in the middle of the afternoon here.

#MentalReminder

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TV

Game of Thrones: SE7, EP2

On Game of Thrones, Everyone’s Coming Together but Everything’s Falling Apart

It’s begun. I believe we’re going to look at last night’s episode, “Stormborn,” as the place where the final act of Game of Thrones truly started—where the ball was first set in motion, where the characters took their first true steps toward the conflict that will engulf all of Westeros. And for some of those players, their game is already over.

Spoiler Warning

Like last week’s premiere, “Stormborn” wasn’t much for themes or artistry. But unlike the premiere, the episode wasn’t worried about catching people up as much as it was devoted to getting things done, bringing characters together, wrapping up loose ends, checking off some boxes, and generally getting things started as the series’ end game begins.

That meant most of the characters have started getting stuff done, too. First and foremost, Daenerys and Tyrion have formed their plan to take the Throne—have Dorne and Highgarden lay siege to King’s Landing, minimizing casualties, while the Unsullied attack the ancestral home of the Lannisters, Casterly Rock, and cut off Cersei’s gold (and much of her power). Melisandre comes to Dragonstone and tells Daenerys about Jon Snow, the Prince(ss) That Was Promised, and the Long Night within minutes of her arrival; Dany and Tyrion send a summons to Jon almost instantly so they can all discuss the impending threat of the White Walkers, and, after a quick discussion with his lords, he and Davos immediately head out to meet the Targaryen Queen, and hopefully gain an ally—an ally with both dragon-glass and three fire-breathing dragons, the weakness of both the Walkers and their wights, respectively. Ellaria, the Sand Snakes, Yara, and Theon head out with their fleets to begin the attack. In the Citadel, Sam is already trying to use a forbidden procedure to cure Jorah, a storyline that would have played out over at least four episodes had it been done two seasons ago. Continue…

another sweet episode last night… and once again, found myself rewatching it again later after the new season premier of “Ballers” — another HBO show i dig… but back to Game of Thrones, there’s really only two things that stand out for me…

first, Nymeria!!! and second, seeing Missandei get fully naked… i mean, sweet lord almighty! g’damn she has one helluva body ;)

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Movies

‘The Avengers: Infinity War’ Poster Is Here

‘The Avengers: Infinity War’ Poster Is Here In Full 80s-Inspired Glory

weren’t kidding about that 80’s inspired glory, aye?

speaking of movies, saw ‘Valerian’ over the weekend and don’t want to drop any spoilers or anything… but will say 1) i didn’t realize it was basically a love story, and 2) it was pure sci-fi visual porn — and that alone was worth going to the theater to see it up on the big screen.

not a big fan of 3D movies, but i’m almost curious about it with Valerian.

#hmmmm

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Music

Monday Music

Nine Inch Nails – Less Than

oh man, i’m always down for some new NIN :)

been a fan for over 20 years now, and still think it’s fucking awesome that trent is out there still playing shows and making new music.

#NIN  #AwesomeSauce

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Online/Web

Update iPhone Today!

Apple warns cyber threat could wipe out iPhones, issues fix

Apple issued a new warning after a new hacking threat. The tech giant says there is a new cyber threat, but has taken steps to thwart the attack. FOX Business Network’s Tracee Carrasco reports, “Apple has now issued a critical security patch for all iOS devices and for Mac computers against a potential hack that could come remotely via Wi-Fi.”

“The virus is being considered a potentially serious threat,” Carrasco says, so the company is urging users to install the updates to protect their devices.

The latest cyber threat is also a risk to Android device users, but Google has taken steps as well to block the virus.

good thing i got a text message about this earlier, because i had no idea… so i fire up Settings on my iPhone and look to see if there’s an update, and yup… there sure is.

whew.

would really, really suck if my phone was completely wiped and i had no idea what the fuck was going on… which reminds me, i really need to get into a better habit of backing up my iphone.

#nods  #reminder

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Babe vs. Babe

Babe vs. Babe

well gang, it’s friday afternoon — and hot as balls, as usual… ugh… but i got Valerian on my mind, and thinking we’ll go over to see that after happy hour… dunno about the reviews and all that, i’m just looking forward to some hot ‘n sexy sci-fi visual porn and there’s nothing wrong with that, damnit ;)

Top or Bottom?

have a great weekend, mang!

** don’t be a dbag, make a choice.

#TGIF

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Movies

Valerian or Dunkirk?

oh man, decisions… decisions… was just asked which movie i’d rather go see this weekend — Valerian or Dunkirk?

at the moment, i’m leaning towards Valerian since i feel like i’ve been waiting forever for this one to finally hit the big screen… also really want to see Dunkirk though, too… hmmm…

maybe i’ll go see Valerian this weekend, and Dunkirk next week… or say “fuck it” and see both of ’em this weekend if i can ;)

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Video Game

Destiny 2 Beta

Destiny 2 Beta Is Now Open To Everyone On PS4, Xbox One

i remember reading the other day that there was a new ‘Destiny 2 Beta’ going on, but couldn’t find it on the PS Store… turns out those that pre-ordered the game got a code, which would give them a couple days early access to the beta… and since i’ve been kinda on the fence about it, i didn’t preorder it — oh well.

anywho, there’s an open beta all weekend so guess we can all download and check it out if we’re curious about this new Destiny game ;)

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Op/Ed

Putin’s Playthings

Putin’s Playthings

Putin will do anything to advance Russia’s interests because his country is in terrible shape.

About a year ago, Donald Trump Jr. met with a mysterious Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump Jr. was purportedly eager to receive information that could damage Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Veselnitskaya denies that she was working for the Kremlin to lobby for favorable Russian treatment. But in the past, Veselnitskaya has been connected with a number of Russian-related lobbying groups.

Trump Jr., for his part, proved naïve and foolish to gobble such possible setup bait. The Russians proved eager to confuse, confound, and embarrass everyone involved in the 2016 election.

This latest Trump family imbroglio piggybacks on six months of Russian collusion charges. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned less than a month into his job after being less than candid about his contacts with the Russians. Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s erstwhile campaign manager, had some questionable Russian business interests and resigned well before the election.

All these stories were luridly headlined in the press. Continue…

i haven’t really been following all the latest russian/trump stuff all that closely, but seriously… what a fucking mess.

speaking of russia, i still can’t believe they have the World Cup next year.

#fuckers

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News

RIP Chester Bennington

Linkin Park singer and father-of-six Chester Bennington commits suicide aged 41 on the birthday of his late friend Chris Cornell

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide. The 41-year-old hanged himself in his home in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles on Thursday morning, TMZ reports. Law enforcement officials say his body was found shortly before 9am.

The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed they were investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide but no additional details were available.

The singer had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was married and is survived by his six children.

damn man, what sad news :(

PS. whoa… 6 kids?!

#sniff

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Online/Web

Random Sexiness

holy hell man, i just got back from a mid-afternoon jaunt to pickup my dad from his latest chemo appointment, and my car said it was 105 degrees out there… fuck me, no wonder i break out into instant sweat city whenever i step outside.

think i could use a Not Your Father’s Root Beer right about now ;)

PS. anybody else feel like today should be friday?

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Music

Throwback Thursday

been rock’n out to the ramones for the past hour or two while working…

man, just can’t seem to get enough.

#ramones  #throwbackthursday

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Online/Web Science

Modern Hollow Earth Theory

A Journey to the Center of Modern Hollow Earth Theory

“The flat-Earthers are obviously wrong—the world is a sphere, and it’s hollow.”

Conspiracy theorists get a bad rap these days, and rightfully so. But it wasn’t always the case.

I remember it wasn’t all that long ago, back when I was working night shifts at an oil patch, we would kill time by turning on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. If you haven’t heard this show, it can turn even the blandest talk radio into a fantasy wonderland—it was almost innocent in a way that has been lost to maniacs on YouTube ranting about racist conspiracies and how putting things into the water can turn frogs gay.

One night, a little over half a decade ago, while dicking around with my fellow co-workers, I remember hearing something far-fetched even for Coast to Coast—a hollow Earth theorist. The man, whose name I can’t remember, spoke of another world that exists within our own. Down there was another sun, beautiful valleys, a lost tribe of Israel or two, and dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs!

that’s so weird… was literally just outside talking with this guy, who was going on and on about some crazy ass conspiracy theories — though he certainly didn’t consider them to be “conspiracies” at all… but holy shitballs, he was trying to convince explain to me how we’re all actually living under some kind of “dome”, and that none of the maps of the earth are real… that we’re all being manipulated by “them”… that the earth might indeed be flat… and that we never landed on the moon.

oh and believe me, there was more.

g’damn.

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Video Game

Switch + Phone = Chat?

The Switch’s Phone-Enabled Voice Chat Is As Ridiculous As Expected

The Nintendo Switch online app is live for Android and Apple devices. It offers some Splatoon 2 utilities that let players to keep track of their stats or buy special in-game items, which is pretty neat. It’s just not a very elegant solution for online voice chat between friends.

In order to communicate with friends over voice in Splatoon 2 (and only friends, as is Nintendo’s way), each friend will need to have the Nintendo Online app downloaded and running on their phone or tablet. Players will need a communication headset of some sort plugged into their phone. If they want to hear game sounds and chat, they’ll either need a one-sided headset, or a splitter like the one that comes with Hori’s adorable licensed headset.

One of the players in your group must then go into Splatoon 2‘s multiplayer section and create a private room via the Online Lounge section, sending out invitations to each friend they want to chat with. Invitations can also be sent through the app directly Once an invitation is accepted, friend icons show up on a screen in the mobile app.

i really never even thought of voice chat, since it seems like such a given with playing video games online… but damn, talk about a pretty convoluted and complicated way to go about it.

#blink  #screwthat

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Humpday

Happy Hump Day

i’ve been pretty much heads down, music up, and cranking away on some designs/code… feel like the last time i really noticed the time was around 11am or so, and now it’s already pushing 4 o’clock… daaaamn… yeah, so it’s definitely time for a quick booty break i think.

happy hump day! :)

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Online/Web

Floaty Bird

When a Camera’s Frame Rate Matches a Bird’s Flapping Wings

When reviewing the security footage from outside his house in Austin, Texas, Al Brooks spotted an unusual sight: a bird seems to hover past the camera with its wings completely stationary. Of course it wasn’t really hovering (and no, it’s not suspended by strings) but rather the frame rate of the camera matched the flaps of the bird’s wings perfectly resulting in a stroboscopic illusion. This is the same stroboscopic effect you might see in a video of airplane propellers that aren’t moving or when the wheels on a car appear to be frozen.

wow, that’s just crazy how the frame rate of the camera almost perfectly matched the flapping of the birds wings…

#CrazyShitMang

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Online/Web

Universities Finally Start Ditching Java

Universities finally realize that Java is a bad introductory programming language

CS 106A is Stanford University’s introductory programming course. The module – which is also available to view on YouTube – introduces the fundamentals of coding in an accessible way, and lays the foundations for future growth.

Throughout its existence, the course was taught using the Java programing language. Java is popular, certainly, but it’s also extremely clunky and syntactically bloated.

Let’s just take a look at perhaps the first Java program you’ll write, hello world.

class HelloWorld {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
   System.out.println("Hello, world!");
  }
}

Now, let’s compare that to the JavaScript equivalent.

alert('Hello, world!');

It’s a lot more digestible, isn’t it? Just by looking it, you can figure out what it does, even if you’ve never written a line of code in your life.

to be honest, i find it kinda crazy that it’s the middle of 2017 and universities are just now finally starting to drop Java in favor of Javascript — especially on an introductory programming class!

i remember talking jayden into taking a programming class, and was kinda stunned that one of the first things they were doing was working on a Java program to create a little tic-tac-toe game… he got so frustrated that he came to me for help, which of course i did, and we got it working… but the whole experience of that first class has probably forever turned him off from programming.

sad, but true……

#sigh  #ohwell

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Humor/Funny News

China Bans Winnie the Pooh

China Blacklists Winnie the Pooh To Avoid Comparison To Its President

Winnie the Pooh has been blacked out from Chinese social media in the lead-up to the country’s 19th Communist Party Congress.

No official explanation was given, but according to Financial Times, the crackdown may be related to past comparisons of the physical appearance of President Xi Jinping to the fictional bear. One observer said “talking about the president” appeared to be among activities deemed sensitive ahead of the upcoming party congress, when leadership renewal is expected.

dunno why, but i thought this was both kinda funny and ludicrous… i mean… seriously?!

#chuckle

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