Monday, August 31, 2020

"Nestlรฉ is shelling out an estimated $2.6 billion to buy a biopharmaceutical company best known for its peanut-allergy treatment"

"Aimmune Therapeutics' Palforzia is the first and only Food and Drug Administration-approved 'treatment to help reduce the frequency and severity of allergic reaction to peanuts, including anaphylaxis, in children aged 4 through 17.'"

S.H. Figuarts Doctor Strange figure with tons of spell effects, including time-shifting to find a way to defeat Thanos

Battle on Titan Doctor Strange available for preorder. There's also a new Marvel Legends Sorcerer Doctor Doom available for preorder (with spellbook etc).

Also, some fun new Fortnite figures, including Big Mouth:

Excellent podcast about a company exploiting the Airbnb platform and trying to dodge city guidelines on short-term rentals

Second part in a series by The Information.

Advice to win in Monopoly is appropriately grim

From a longer post:

The most valuable properties are the oranges and reds because that's where most people land after getting out of jail - the most common spot to be on in the game. Do pretty much anything you can to get a full set of orange or red.

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Fuzzy cheetah pelt-covered Xbox; Custom Wii the size of a GameBoy Color; Playing VR games is better when you have someone in the real world protecting you

Sunday, August 30, 2020

FYI iOS game Meteorfall is only 99 cents right now

Very good card-based dungeon crawler with charming illustrations.

"Reported" shooting near pro-Trump rally in Woodland Hills, California

Sounds like could be paranoia or intentional falsehood:

A large caravan of cars in a pro-Trump rally was lined up on Ventura Boulevard when a woman who was not participating in the rally, driving past the rally, heard what sounded like gunshots and immediately noticed her tire was flat, the LAPD said.
From a thread:

"Herbalife to pay $123 million to settle China bribery charges"


"By engaging in a decade-long scheme to falsify its books and records to conceal corrupt and other improper expenditures, Herbalife misrepresented the information available to investors," Brian Rabbitt, acting assistant attorney general for the US Department of Justice's criminal division, said in a press release Friday.

This isn't the first controversy Herbalife has been involved in.

In 2016, the company paid the US Federal Trade Commission $200 million to settle claims that consumers looking to sell Herbalife's products had lost money.

In late 2012, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman accused Herbalife of being a pyramid scheme because of its multilevel marketing strategy, and famously made a failed $1 billion short bet against the company. The FTC later determined as part of the settlement that Herbalife is not a pyramid scheme.

Two books from my wishlist on sale today

The End of October is $3.99

Foundation is $2.99.

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Gideon the Ninth fan art; The Star-Face Man; The Waiting room that gazes back

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Forget the Turnover Chain, here's the Turnover Top Hat and Staff

Austin Peay is the "Governors."

Illustrated guide to far-right paramilitaries; When CNN asked, "Obama as witch doctor: Racist or satirical?"; The National Hurricane Center nailed the prediction

Lenticular vanishing Predator print

By Cuyler Smith, available at Gallery 1988.

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The best wargaming miniatures of the week

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Friday, August 28, 2020

"New Zealand has ordered one of its spy agencies to investigate a cyberattack that originated overseas and disrupted the country's financial markets for a fourth consecutive day on Friday"

"what the exchange has described as a 'sophisticated and severe' distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack."

The BBC investigates a mysterious drone strike on cadets marching in Libya that was caught on film

You can follow the investigation in the thread below, which starts with video of a missile strike so instantaneous that the initial claim was the attack came from within the base itself:

Or watch this 18-minute video about the investigation, which calls Libya the largest drone war theater in the world:

Notre Dame ramping up security to keep students in their rooms; Neiman Marcus has a strange vision of the new normal; Gap sold $130 million worth of masks

Blind-boxed miniatures of retro Toshiba electronics available for preorder, plus this cool customizable motorcycle and rider

Retronics Vol.1 Nostalgic Electronics Showa 30's Toshiba Box of 8:

This box of 8 different miniature replicas are perfect for your 1/12 scale figures! Based on real Japanese electronics, this box will take you back to the Showa era with a Toshiba 1956 VK-3 washing machine, 1958 T-14EH television, two different 1960 LP electric fans, 1961 TAS-310 stereo, 1962 GR-100TS refrigerator, and two different 1/8 scale 1964 HTS-62 stovetops.
And also just posted for preorder, Acid Rain FAV-SP05 Capybara RED JP 2020 Set:

New "vintage" range at Last Exit to Nowhere, including this delightfully demented tee

Including Wyld Stallyns and The Lighthouse, and this one. A tribute to a vacation to remember:

Lots of gaiters, too:

Speaking of Bill and Ted, some vintage toys:

Available at ebay.