Hagan Blount

PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // February 9, 2018

Hagan Blount
PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // February 9, 2018

The Banana Trick and Other Acts of Self-Checkout Thievery

When your cashier hands you a twenty in change but you only gave her a ten, how likely are you to say something? For us, it depends a bit on the type of establishment (we’re more likely to give it back in an independent shop), but generally we don’t. Consumers are overcharged far more often and don’t catch it, so we’re all a bit in the red because of this phenomenon, and we don’t mind not fessing up. Is that bad? Should we not admit that out loud? We are proud to say we haven’t gone so far as to jam a banana barcode over a steak at self-checkout, but this article makes a decent argument for that and for the motivations of those who do.

They're Disneyland superfans. Why a lawsuit is alleging gangster-like tactics against one social club

It’s like motorcycle gangs; but instead of Harleys, they ride… the teacups? And one gang is allegedly demanding another pay for “protection” like an old mobster. What a time to be alive.

That facial recognition tech in Minority Report is a thing now

We were in Ventura a few months ago staying at a not so awesome hotel, and a police officer was looking through the logbook of hotel guests. Illegally, with no warrant. Another officer drove through the parking lot real slow. He was scanning license plates. If you didn’t know, they have that tech where they just scan a license plate and see who it belongs to; if it belongs to someone who’s got problems with the law, they might stop you. This is that but for faces. Full-face covering fashion is coming sooner than you think.

But also some good things coming out of China

It’s always a pleasure to see someone executing a clear life’s mission. This noodle guy has perfected a craft. Some culinary techniques will never be surpassed by automation or technology (or ingredient choice - we’re looking at you, french fries). We miss NYC’s Chinatown and the hand-pulled noodles there, we’re definitely putting some ramen on the list of to-eats when we go to LA next weekend. Someone told us about a nearby place that had some great pho… It’s on the list of to-eat here in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Toads Eat Beetles. Sometimes, Beetles Make Them Regret Their Meal Choice.

Sometimes we watch shows like Planet Earth II or especially anything about deep ocean dwellers and we can only wonder why the hell everyone in the world isn’t talking about this crazy stuff. Like, all the time. With this article, it’s more like why isn’t every eight year old in the world talking about this stuff? Prepare your inner eight year old: There are “farting” beetles in Japan that shoot scents out their ass thay are so unpleasant that the beetles are frequently barfed up by the toads that eat them and then survive and the NY Times is ON IT. With video.