Links for 2021-04-03 21-06-47

Ars Technica: “About 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine were ruined […] Johnson & Johnson had partnered with Emergent BioSolutions to manufacture the active ingredient of its vaccine. But according to two US officials who spoke with Politico, workers at the West Baltimore facility mixed up the ingredients in Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine with those for a different coronavirus vaccine. Emergent BioSolutions is also a manufacturing partner of AstraZeneca, according to The New York Times, which first reported the problem.” Oh, that’s good. Glad they’ve got the opportunity to significantly screw up multiple types of vaccines, not just one.

Ars Technica: “A Supreme Court ruling today in favor of Facebook limits the reach of a 1991 US law that bans certain kinds of robocalls and texts. The court found that the anti-robocall law only applies to systems that have the ability to generate random or sequential phone numbers. Systems that lack that capability are thus not considered autodialers under the law, even if they can store numbers and send calls and texts automatically.” Motherfucker. Although, frankly, it appears to be Congress’ fault: from Sotomayor’s opinion: “Congress defined an autodialer in terms of what it must do (‘store or produce telephone numbers to be called’) and how it must do it (‘using a random or sequential number generator’).”

CBR: [That ’70s Show] “originally had 30 working titles, but three of them stood out among the rest: Teenage Wasteland, The Kids Are Alright and Feelin’ All Right. These working titles captured That ’70s Show‘s vibe a lot better and would have allowed for more flexibility with its timeframe.”

So if you do an exaggerated pout, under your lip, there is a little ball of muscle that stands out. That ball is called the mentalis muscle. h/t Hank Green

A chair made for needy pets.

Dump Truck – Parry Gripp.


Julie Andrews Reveals How They Pulled off That Iconic Sound of Music Scene

Magic Gloves of Bionic Pianist João Carlos Martins.

Wind storm tips over tractor-trailer.

Author: wcitymike

Bookworm and amateur photographer who likes the surreal and the silly.

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