Coronavirus: American soldier in South Korea tests positive, first confirmed U.S. military patient

The U.S. military announced late Tuesday that a U.S.-ROK Armed Forces in Korea soldier stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea has tested positive for coronavirus.

This is the first time the DoD has confirmed a U.S. service member has tested positive for the virus.

From Reuters tonight:

South Korea reported 169 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including a U.S. soldier, as health authorities readied an ambitious plan to test more than 200,000 members of a church hit hardest by the country’s outbreak. The new cases pushed the total tally to 1,146, with the numbers expected to rise as the government widens its testing.

Of the new cases, 134 were from Daegu city, where a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which has been linked to outbreaks, is located, the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) said.

The U.S. military reported its first case of the coronavirus on Wednesday, in a 23-year-old soldier based in Camp Carroll, about 20 km (12.4 miles) from Daegu. The camp is also near a disability centre that has had its own outbreak of the virus.

More from Twitter tonight as news breaks.

Cockatiel sings Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 'Lost Woods' song (with sound)

It's downright majestic is what it is.

Listen to this cockatiel sing the legend of zelda ocarina of time lost woods song, with a bok choy leaf on his birb head.

Here's what the original sounded like, in case you don't know.

The birb is something else. His name is crumpetdumpling and he has a little Instagram.

These inflatable trousers are weird and cool

Designer Harikrishnan's inflatable latex trousers suggest "anatomically impossible" proportions. They're so weird, silly, and so delightful.

Follow Harikrishnan on Instagram.

Here's a profile of their work on Dezeen.


"I got the idea when I was playing with my dog and I started thinking about how exaggerated objects must look from such a low angle," explained the designer, who goes by the single name Harikrishnan.

"The thought of him seeing me as a giant figure or not seeing my head at all was intriguing, so I decided to reimagine the people around me through the game of distortion – detached from the stereotypical, pre-determined notions of the human perspective."

More from the designer's Instagram portfolio, below.

India: Worst mass violence in Delhi in decades kills 13 during Trump visit

Mass Hindu-Muslim violence engulfs Delhi today during Trump and Melania's suck-up session with Modi.

From the Washington Post:

“Rioters roamed the streets with iron rods and wooden sticks, demanding to know whether people were Hindus or Muslims. Mosques were damaged and shops were set ablaze, sending smoke billowing high into the air. People with gunshot wounds and blunt trauma from hurled stones rushed into a nearby hospital.”

The video and photos of the bloody violence are horrifying. None are published by us in this blog post, but some are shown in the embedded tweets that follow.


The riots represent a serious escalation of tensions after months of protests in response to a controversial citizenship law and growing frictions between supporters and opponents of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (...)

This week’s violence in northeastern Delhi is the worst in the capital since at least 1992, when there were nationwide riots, and possibly since the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.

The trigger for the clashes came when Kapil Mishra, a local leader of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, on Sunday threatened to clear a sit-in mounted by protesters, nearly all Muslim women, against the citizenship law. He said he would take no action while Trump was visiting, but that if police did not move the protesters soon, he would take matters into his own hands.

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Worst communal violence in Delhi in decades leaves 13 dead as Trump visits India
[Joanna Slater, Niha Masih, and Tania Dutta, Feb. 25, 2020]

PHOTO: ”President Trump and the First Lady in India,” Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead, PUBLIC DOMAIN.

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are presented with a gift by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a tour of the home of Mahatma Gandhi Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India.

George Harrison, "Beware of Darkness," on his birthday

Happy birthday to the late George Harrison, born Feb 25, 1943. Okay, as he revealed toward the end of his life, he was actually born at 11:50pm on Feb 24, but close enough.

Enjoy this video from the Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden, 1971. It's his duet with Leon Russell, performing "Beware of Darkness" from Harrison's 1970 record, All Things Must Pass. Words to live by.

[H/t Jayme McLellan]

Image: YouTube

A stop-motion car combat show from Jon Favreau and Seth Green coming to Quibi

Players of tabletop car combat games like Gaslands, Car Wars, and AutoKill will likely rejoice at the news that Jon Favreau and Seth Green have just signed a deal with Quibi to create Micro Mayhem, a series of stop-motion car combat shorts using die-cast toy cars as the stars.

Green is obviously no stranger to the world of stop-motion, having been one of the primary creative voices behind the long-running Cartoon Network series Robot Chicken. He’s also produced stop-motion shows like SuperMansion, Buddy Thunderstruck, and Titan Maximum, and as you can see from the end-credits tags on the videos above, he and his Stoopid Buddy Studios have been hooked up with these guys for years already. While Favreau has typically worked in live-action, he also has some experience with stop-motion, having used it in his 2003 film Elf to recreate the look of Rankin/Bass Christmas classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Several years ago, this video was posted to YouTube. It was likely a floater to prove the concept and to gauge audience reaction.

Quibi, which launches on April 6, 2020, is a new mobile-only platform promising daily content at 10 minutes or less.

More info on Slashfilm and Deadline.

Image: YouTube

Conservative MP apologizes for showing everyone his penis

In 2007, James Grundy dropped his pants in a pub and exposed his genitals to onlookers. James Grundy is now the Conservative Party member of parliament for Leigh, footage of the incident has been obtained, and it is time to apologize.

"I apologise for my actions and for any offence caused."

Back to basics.

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Is it just us, or does it feel like winter hasn’t been as horrendous as usual this year? Well, stats show it’s actually been one of the warmer winters on record so far this year for many eastern U.S. cities in January and February. But, almost on cue, weather experts warn signs of a serious cold snap could be on the way as we head into March.

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The low-cost Behringer TD-3 synthesizer looks like a lot of fun

I've been wanting a Teenage Engineering op-1 for years, but I can't justify paying $1300 for something I might not use a lot. But the Behringer TD-3 synthesizer, at about 1/10th of the price, looks like it's as much fun as the op-1.

It's a remake of the Roland TB-303 Bass Line that came out in 1981. According to Wikipedia, the TB-303 "was a commercial failure and was discontinued in 1984. However, cheap second-hand units were adopted by electronic musicians, and its 'squelching' or 'chirping' sound became a foundation of electronic dance music genres such as house and techno [this song being the one that started it all]. It has inspired numerous clones."


French photographer explains how she was able to take photos of Yakuza bosses' wives

Photographer Chloé Jafé worked as a hostess in a Tokyo bar to meet and gain the trust of members of the Japanese mafia. Six years later, she published a photography book called I Give You My Life, which according to BBC, "reveal hidden sides to the wives of men in the Japanese underworld – including the tattoos that cover their bodies."

Image: Vimeo