Unused cat toy

$5 (Vancouver)

condition: like new
make / manufacturer: Made in china
size / dimensions: Fairly large

My son went off to college and while cleaning his room I ran across this old cat toy under his bed. I tried to use it on my cat but I think the catnip wore off because it doesn't sniff at it any more after I washed it. My husband said to just sell everything that was left.

Can return if your cat shows no interest in it or it's too big for your cat.

Thank you.

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Financial District, Indeed

Gold teeth snatched from man's mouth during Financial District robbery

When officers arrived, they learned a man was approached from behind by two other men. One of the two suspects then punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground, police said.

Both suspects kicked the victim several times. One of the suspects took the victim's gold teeth while another took the victim's cellphone. Aside from missing teeth, the victim also suffered a swollen eye and abrasions to the knee. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening, police said.

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HONK, Squid Edition

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

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Automated Voice Recognition Typewriter

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Dazzle Room

Model feebee sits in an art installation titled "Dazzle room" made by artist Shigeki Matsuyama at Room 32 fashion and design exhibition in Tokyo.

Apparently only three photos of this installation exist. Which is weird.

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recent movies

Wow, it's been more than a year since I've done one of these! Not so recent, then. I guess I'll go in chronological order.

What We Do in the Shadows: Faux documentary about NZ vampires. This kind of "forced-awkwardness" humor is normally not to my taste, but this was pretty funny.

White Bird in a Blizzard: I actually don't remember this very well, but it had a maniacal Eva Green chewing up the scenery like crazy.

Better Living Through Chemistry: They are still re-making Something Wild. This version has Olivia Wilde in it. It's ok.

How I Live Now: There's been some kind of never-described war that involved the UK, and a bunch of teens are shuffled off to "the country" and then avoid internment camps. It's a pretty standard war/refugee movie, with extra teen angst, but the modern setting brings the Grim Meathook Future aspect home pretty nicely.

I Frankenstein and Dracula Untold: A pox on both your houses.

The Man in the High Castle: This wasn't bad, but they stretched about 4 episodes of plot into 10 episodes, and then ended the season with basically no resolution of any kind. Still, it's worth watching just for the set decoration. Imperial Japan-occupied San Francisco looks amazing.

<Tusk: Torture porn bullshit, and instead of actors it's an overstuffed burlap sack of assholes. I assume Kevin Smith made this as an actual prank.

Puppet Master X: Axis Rising: It was way better than Tusk, I'll tell you that much.

Laggies: I'm glad they are still making slacker movies! If it was the 90s this would have Bridget Fonda in it instead of Kiera Knightley. It's cute.

Banshee Chapter: ZALGO Shaky-Cam that is basically From Beyond with Hunter S. Thompson instead of Crawford Tillinghast. Not a lot happens but it was fun.

Late Phases: Grumpy old blind guy versus a suburban werewolf! It's not Bubba Hotep because it's played completely straight.

The Lazarus Effect: It's Flatliners. Eh.

Focus: Adequate heist movie. It's popcorn.

Ex Machina: I really liked it. It's like if Lucy was directed by the Moon guy instead of Luc Besson. There have been a few decent Singularity movies in the last couple of years.

Jupiter Ascending: What a steaming pile. The best description I heard of this was that it documents a Kardashian Type III Civilization. The only good scene in it was the one where they were waiting in line for permits, and that was just a five minute mash-up of Brazil and The Fifth Element. Even the fact that there were like, space rollerblades or some shit didn't even elevate it to the level of quality of Solarbabies.

Time Lapse: Oh, time-loop movies, why can't I quit you? This was Rear Window as a very long Twilight Zone episode, but it kind of stunk.

Welcome To Me: This is really pretty amazing, and painful and cringe-inducing, and much less of a comedy than the trailer leads you to believe.

Chappie: This was better when it was called Short Circuit and didn't have those dirtbag assholes from Die Antwoord in it. Given how good Neill Blomkamp is at animating fake robots, I wish he showed some evidence of actually enjoying science fiction. (I absolutely despised District 9, too.)

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief: It's even more fucked up than I realized, and I've read a lot about them. Ugggggh, the world is a terrible place.

Humans: An almost-not-terrible British series about a world where everyone has humanoid AI robot slaves, and yet self-driving cars aren't even a thing. Apparently its thesis statement is "Gosh, what is it to be human?" but it never actually asks that question, because the robots are bifurcated into the categories of "toaster" or "completely human slave", so there's not actually any moral ambiguity anywhere. Peter Watts tore it apart pretty well: "What a pleasant 101-level introduction to AI for anyone who's never thought about AI before, who's unlikely to think about AI again, and who doesn't like thinking very hard about much of anything."

Final Girl: I expected this to be "girl in faux-danger, then she turns the tables because she's a secret ninja", but actually it dispenses with all of that and just goes straight to the part where she monologues at and then executes a pack of low rent American Psychos, after giving them hallucinogens. There wasn't a lot here, but it was moodier than I expected. The takeaway here is, never trust a high school senior who owns a tuxedo, especially if he's played by a 30 year old.

Deathgasm: I mean come on, it's called Deathgasm.

The Age of Adaline: This isn't bad if you take the precaution of going LA LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU every time the voiceover plays. Seriously, pseudoscience dreck they threw into that voiceover filled me with such rage it pulled me right out of the movie. Just let it be fucking magic. She's a Highlander, ok, move on. Geez. I haven't seen a movie so ably ruined by voiceover since Dark City.

The Last Survivors: This is a classic 80s-style apocalypse movie that owes a lot to the first Mad Max. I liked.

Martyrs: Actually, don't watch that trailer, it gives away the last third of the movie and makes it look like it's just torture-porn, which it isn't really. A Final Girl goes to an orphanage and makes a friend. Years later, that friend proves that friends help you move, but real friends help you movie bodies. Also: cults, man, they're everywhere.

It Follows: This sounded really dumb but it's a lot better than I expected, and medium-scary.

Excision: How did I manage to not hear about a horror-comedy that has John Waters, Traci Lords, Malcolm McDowell and Ray Wise in it?? This movie is about as creepy as American Mary or Teeth, and then at the end it takes a turn into, "Oh, this wasn't actually a comedy at all, was it?"

Some Kind of Hate: Kids get sent to rehab at Camp Crystal Lake, but the ghost-killer isn't Jason, it's the girl who was murdered there year before and she's really talkative about it, which was a pretty nice change. She's like, "Yeah, I'm going to possess you all to death because the world is awful and kids suck and I'm still really mad about the whole being murdered thing." Vengeance spirits don't usually just lay it all out on the table like that.

Listening: It's kind of Flatliners again, with a bit of the feel of Primer. It definitely has the feel of "movie about neurology written by someone who's never met a neurologist", so it doesn't really have that going for it. The ending was weak, and I wanted to see more singularity apocalypse. The Haphead haircuts made me smile though.

Crimson Peak: It was very pretty, but honestly, I've already completely forgotten it.

Gravy: If you're pretty drunk and you're thinking, "How about a splatter comedy about cannibals", maybe this is that movie. But probably not.

Nina Forever: Every time she has sex with her new boyfriend, his dead ex oozes up out of the sheets, Uncle Frank style. She doesn't like the new girl and they have to change the sheets a lot. I loved the hell out of this movie.

Deadpool: It is every bit as good as everyone is saying. This movie was everything I hoped it would be. Extremely satisfying. I've never read any comics that he was in, mostly because I think Rob Liefeld is one of the worst artists of all time, and also I have zero fucks for that "grim, gritty" Image-comics 90s nonsense. But holy crap, this movie is fun.

Incidentally: is there a decent replacement for the YIFY site, since they went into hiding? By which I mean: a curated index of high quality torrents of recent releases, not "type shit into a search engine like Kickass."


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Who's got a hate-on for youtubedown?

In the last 8 hours, I've had 300,000 (!) downloads of youtubedown, from 65,000 unique IPs, mostly in Mexico, Japan and Brazil, all with the same fake-assed user agent, "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36".

Is there some botnet that tries to install youtubedown as a part of its exploit? Or what?

Why would you even do this? What is going on? If this is an attempted DDoS against me in particular, it doesn't even make sense!

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"Valentine's Day. Bummer."

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When you teargas a smooth hacky-sacker

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Supervillainy begins at home

Pedestrians hit by blow darts on Golden Gate Bridge

At 2:45pm a pedestrian flagged down a bicycle patrol officer to say he had been walking north when he was hit in the thigh by a long metal dart which penetrated his jeans and skin by approximately 1-2 inches.

As officers were speaking with the first victim, a second victim approached the group to say she had also been struck by a dart.

The victim was walking north on the east side foot path as well when she was struck in the knee cap by an identical dart.

Both victims were treated by paramedics and released at the scene.

The darts are made from a metal body approximately 5 inches long with one end sharpened to a fine point. The tail of the dart is topped with a white plastic cap which allows the dart to be from a blow gun.

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