Whiteker: Suicide Squad debut on track to shatter Box Office record for August.
Of course it will. First, the whole premise is fun, not weighted down with backstory (except perhaps Leto’s Joker). And every young hormonal male in America wants to see Margot Robbie play Harley Quinn. The tragedy of her circumstances is lost on them - they’ll probably even get their girlfriends to come, to “larn sometin’”.
Hodinkee: The ‘Dirty Dozen,’ A Collection Of 12 (Mostly) Inexpensive Military Watches.
Beware. Many watches of WWII vintage have radium dials. Enough to set off geiger counters, and perhaps give you accelerated skin cancer. And you could get thrown in the slammer for carrying WMDs.
The Nation: Obama Administration Has Brokered More Weapons Sales Than Any Other Admin Since WWII.
“Why do other major US exports—from Hollywood movies to Midwestern grain shipments to Boeing airliners—garner regular coverage while trends in weapons exports remain in relative obscurity?” Big, big business.
SF New Mexican: Proposal for food trucks on Canyon Road moves through committee.
Um ... bathrooms and garbage come to mind. Bathrooms in particular, are in short supply on Canyon’s mile-plus stretch. The City even *advertises* some private bathrooms as being public in their printed materials. That’s not right. Build some bogs, legislators. You’ll have more tourists taking the walk.
DP Review: Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you?
Short, sweet ... and most importantly, helpful.
Mashable: Birkenstock will pull its shoes from Amazon over counterfeit sellers.
Counterfeits have become a HUGE issue for sellers using Amazon. Huge. Buyer beware. At least there’s a return policy.
DP Review: CASE Remote Air is the world’s smallest smart camera controller.
Of note. Having a wireless way to preview shots on a larger LCD is great.
ArtDaily: 1966 race car project sells for over £80,000, three times its estimate.
The rear ... ug-ly. But I should probably withhold judgment until restoration.
Cinema 4D now has short-term licensing available.
Still one of the best packages that combines the ease of the old Strata StudioPro line, and the speed of rendering of Electric Image rendering packages. I used to do well with Formz -> Cinema 4D.
BarnFinds: Trail-Tested Time Machine - 1987 Suzuki Samurai JX SE.
Rented one of these, once upon a time - totally fun. Nothing really takes its place these days.
DYT: German Beer Ad Shows Men Cradling Their Beer Bellies Like Pregnant Moms.
NPR: Bill Cunningham, Iconic ‘New York Times’ Photographer, Dies At 87.
Dangit. RIP. The king of streetstyle photography. I suppose we should be grateful he didn’t have to suffer the aftereffects of the stroke. You will find tons of tributes and other photos of the man on various social channels ... Tumblr, etc.
NY Post: Trump has been giving out fake diamond cuff links for years.
“It’s just very Donald.” Make some hay, Clinton campaign. This one’s been dumped in your lap.
NY Times: F.D.A. Warns Whole Foods on Failure to Address Food Safety Problems.
I’m already buying less there. They’re replacing organic brands I like with their own crummy mass-produced garbage, chocked with sugar.
Autoweek: Riverside Museum cars for sale.
I want that Dan Gurney Eagle #42. What I’d do with it, I have no idea. But it’s a fond memory.
DP Review: KitSplit is a peer-to-peer rental service for camera equipment.
NY Times: AR-15 Rifles Are Beloved, Reviled and a Common Element in Mass Shootings.
“‘Many of the new shooters attracted to tactical guns for their first firearms purchase will think that they know guns because they’ve played a lot of first‐person shooter video games. (snip) Gamers inspired by Call of Duty to purchase their first gun will eventually discover that they have a lot to learn.’ But despite such admonitions, the gun industry has used the popularity of these games to sell its products to ‘a youthful, aggressive, technologically savvy generation’ ...” Yep, it’s all harmless, right? Video games, assault rifles, the mentalities encouraged ...
Far be it for me to impose my ethics on any of you, but the longer I live, the more I believe that violence should not be recreation. Especially for children. Quote me all the stats you’d like to, I will not yield. In this, I’ll be a stubborn son-of-a-bitch. The above is one of those quotes that simply blows away all the video game/violence stats, because it’s a consequence researchers haven’t noticed.
AppleInsider: Apple preparing changes to MacBook lineup this month.
“While sources couldn’t pin down Apple’s exact plans, it’s believed current MacBook families could see some adjustment by the end of this month, even if it’s just in the form of more aggressive pricing.” Bill, you’re my saviour.
Cool Tools: Crane Bicycle Bell.
Class in brass.
Publishers Weekly: My Very Rough Two Weeks Working for Barnes & Noble.
TWSBI ECO Fountain Pen, Black, F Nib.
Bought this on a friend’s recommendation. Omigod. With Noodler’s Black ink, it’s smooth as butter. Best stainless steel nib I’ve ever used. HIGHLY recommended.
NPR: ‘Sweetbitter’ Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love.
I keep seeing reviews of this book again and again. Either it’s a great book, or someone’s really going out of their way to push this. I mean, it’s coming up in at least a half-dozen feeds in my agg over the last week. When you scan the reviews, the point that stands out: “There’s sex in it.” OK.
ArtDaily: Native Americans step up fight over sacred object auctions.
“Kraus specifically objected to one item in next week’s auction, lot #206 described as a warrior jacket of scalps. ‘In our world, if that’s human remains, you cannot sell human remains. It’s just not the thing to do’ ...” It is wrong, and it should stop.
DP Review: Photo business - the rise and impending fall of social media ‘influencers’.
“The unnamed executive predicts influencers will start to disappear as brands recognize that the value isn’t there. ‘Just because photos look good and have 200,000 followers means nothing.’ While it lasts, it sure seems like a pretty sweet gig.”
Autoweek: Indian cars score zero stars in Global NCAP crash test, with video.
Cut to the chase: Everyone dies.