By Dianne de Guzman, SFGATE Updated 9:35 am PDT, Thursday, July 11, 2019 Of all his costumes, Savage chose No-Face from “Spirited Away” as one of his most accessible costumes, both build- and cost-wise for cosplayers. “It's a little bit falling apart, but this is pretty much my favorite costume-wearing experience, wearing No-Face. This costume took about a week-and-a-half and cost maybe 150 bucks.” Savage said he is planning to rebuild the costume, in the hopes of making it lighter and easier to support with his body — he admitted the costume is “rough to wear on the body” given that the white face is supported by a kayak helmet. After learning that the Jim Henson Company never let actors support their costumes with their neck, he’s now thinking of how to improve the build for the future. less Of all his costumes, Savage chose No-Face from “Spirited Away” as one of his most accessible costumes, both build- and … [Read more...] about Peek inside Adam Savage’s famed SF Comic-Con costume closet
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By David Pierce WSJ Sun., April 14, 2019 The top of my Facebook feed currently shows a photo of a woman I’m not really friends with—I think we were on a kickball team once?—who recently got married. This photo has topped my feed for the better part of three days, despite the fact that I don’t care. Meanwhile, there’s been a black-hole sighting and a new way to watch Disney movies and a WikiLeaks arrest and presumably lots more. I’ll never know because, according to Facebook, what matters is that wedding photo. This is life in the age of the inscrutable, opaque algorithmic feed. I may decide whom I friend or follow, but Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and the rest decide what I actually see. This can be annoying, like the ever-present wedding photos. It can also be hugely problematic, like when Facebook surfaces hateful and fake content or a simple YouTube search leads you down a recommendations rabbit hole into the … [Read more...] about How to Win Friends and Influence Algorithms
NEWARK, N.J. — Senator Cory Booker was educated at Stanford, Oxford and Yale, but he likes to say he got his real education at Brick Towers, the dilapidated and dangerous housing project in inner-city Newark where he spent eight years as a tenant—not by necessity, but by choice. Living in a 16th-floor apartment that often lacked heat, hot water and elevator service, among poor neighbors trapped on the slum side of the American Dream, this celebrated black prodigy from a comfortable white suburb took an extended tutorial in urban adversity. He got a firsthand introduction to the policy issues that drove his agenda as a city councilor, mayor and New Jersey senator, and will now drive his newly announced presidential campaign. Brick Towers is gone now, but on a chilly gray morning in January, Booker was back at the intersection it loomed over for decades, riffing on the difference between thinking about policy and experiencing it up close. He noted that his former neighbor … [Read more...] about Is Cory Booker for Real?