Monday, October 23, 2017

Tiny occult altar

"Snap’s Misfire on Spectacles"

"Snap badly overestimated demand for its Spectacles and now has hundreds of thousands of unsold units sitting in warehouses, either fully assembled or in parts, according to two people close to the company."

"A newly discovered crocodilian ancestor was a nine-foot-tall predator that stood on its hind legs"

"This was Carnufex carolinensi, also called the 'Carolina Butcher.'"

"FEMA Is Spending Billions, and Some Questionable Companies Are Getting Work"


Since Hurricane Harvey struck Texas on Aug. 25, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $2.2 billion in contracts, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Government. That’s about twice what the agency typically awards over an entire year.


On Sept. 5, Gibbco LLC got a $74 million award to build mobile homes for Hurricane Harvey victims. Gibbco’s only public presence is a GoDaddy website, which lists neither a phone number, an email address, nor information about who runs the company. According to a contract database run by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Gibbco has five employees and annual revenue of $200,000; the address listed as its headquarters belongs to a house in a residential neighborhood in Longwood, Fla.

A phone call to a number associated with the company was answered by a man who refused to provide his name or answer questions, saying only, “We don’t give information away unless it’s approved by the government.” He referred questions to FEMA, which declined to answer them.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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The BBC "is trialling 'object-based media', in which viewers without the time or inclination to watch a full episode will instead be offered a bite-sized mini-drama focusing on the storyline or characters of their choice"


Want to catch up on the romance between Ross Poldark and Demelza, but have less interest in the rest of the cast? Gripped by a life-or-death plot in Holby City but bored by the domestic dramas of the medical staff? In future, the programme content could be tailor-made for you.

The BBC's research and development department has already made a prototype based around the last series of Peaky Blinders, the BBC Two gangster drama. It pulled out five key storylines, including the love affair between Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and Grace Burgess (Annabelle Wallis).

Pink on pink

"A U.S. District Court Judge in California has allowed a class-action lawsuit against Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. to proceed"

"after agreeing that the league increased the danger to youth football participants by failing to institute league-wide safety protocols and guidelines"