Sunday, June 30, 2024

Parts to customize a The Stranger/Qimir action figure

Available at 3.75 and 6" scale, and recommended to use a sleeveless Luke or Indiana figure as the base.

(I think ESPN 2 used to show workout videos early in the morning. Disney should start doing that again using their movie/tv stars.)

The highway connecting Wyoming and Idaho communities reopened three weeks after a massive landslide

(The current fix is temporary.)

Three Baylor heart surgeons allegedly billed multiple surgeries at a time by letting residents conduct some of the surgeries

Houston Chronicle:

[The three surgeons] allegedly left medical residents and fellows in operating rooms, “alone” and without patients’ knowledge, during critical moments of complex heart surgeries from 2013 to 2020 at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, according to a federal whistleblower lawsuit unsealed Monday. The practice allowed them to perform two and sometimes three heart procedures at the same time, then fraudulently bill the government for all the operations, according to the lawsuit, which was filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas. 

Their hospital and its academic affiliate, Baylor College of Medicine, were aware of the practice and supported them


An internal review of patient deaths found that at least four patients died under [one of the doctor]’s care during scheduled overlapping surgeries, according to the lawsuit. Officials were aware of broader problems, the lawsuit said. With each physician rushing from one surgery to the next, patients were under anesthesia for longer and suffered excessive internal bleeding that required re-opening their chest, the lawsuit said. Heart valve sutures came loose, the lawsuit said, and surgeries needed to be redone. 

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Chibi Black Phillip figure

Saturday, June 29, 2024

The ultra-limited edition of Cory Doctorow's novel "Red Team Blues" features a hidden interior pocket

Keep this in mind for the next time he announces a crowdfunding campaign with limited edition:

One of the rewards for [the crowdfunding campaign for Red Team Blues] was a very special hardcover: a handmade, leather-bound edition of Red Team Blues, typeset by the typography legend [John D. Berry, bound by the legendary book-artist John DeMerritt, and printed by the master printer JaVae Berry.]

But this wasn't a merely beautiful, well made book – it had a gimmick. You see, I had already completed the first draft of The Bezzle, the second Hench novel, by the time I launched the Kickstarter for Red Team Blues. I had John Berry lay out a tiny edition of that early draft as a quarter-sized book, and then John DeMerritt hand-bound it in card.

The reason that edition of The Bezzle had to be so small was that it was designed to slip into a hollow cavity in the hardcover, a cavity that John Berry had designed the type around, so that both books could be read and enjoyed.

New Humble Bundle is the Disney Young Adult Collection

Starts with two novels for $1.

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Wipeout race and other scifi vehicle models

Friday, June 28, 2024

Manny Jacinto's Functional Workout For Total Body Strength

("I basically exercise to reach the top drawer") From March 2022, but I bet it'll get more views this month than in its lifetime:

New Humble Bundle features Summer Games Done Quick

Steam scores displayed.

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Figurine of the man in the bear suit from The Shining

His shop.

Thursday, June 27, 2024

New Humble Bundle features Cerebus comics

Starting with two volumes for $1. "help support the Global Foodbanking Network with your purchase."

New Marvel Legends and the very cool Sith mask from The Acolyte are up for preorder

The latest Marvel Legends is Odin and his two ravens. The new Sith Lord looks great.

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Teardown of the tiny NFC chip used in the Montreal subway disposable paper tickets

By the end, he estimates the chips in the paper tickets cost nine cents each, or less.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

New Humble Bundle features strategy video games

Ranging from "fighting for survival in the turn-based, dystopian game show world of Showgunners" to "managing intricate rail networksin the wholly engrossing Railgrade."

Three new Murder She Wrote toys by NECA

Up for preorder, an animated-style figure, a doll, and a plush. There's also a bunch of new Ultra Detail Figure Kirbys, including a Kirby car.

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Patch inspired by the junior spies organization from 1984

The listing.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The Conservative Wipeout 2024 Bingo Card for tracking Tories that are voted out of office

This is the correct link.

Here's Thom Browne's couture anatomical dress in motion

The ridiculous Bulborb with Pikmin Nendoroid is up for preorder

Includes Pikmin:

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Two different custom action figures of Aran Tal from Star Wars Hunters

First, files available at a Patreon to customize a 6" figure:

And second, printed parts that can be purchased at 3.75 and 6" scale, painted or unpainted:

Fun game, here's Dunkey's review. I'm BigChallenges if you want to add me.

Monday, June 24, 2024

Lone Women: A Novel (winner of various prizes) is $1.99 right now

at Amazon:


A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, Time, NPR, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, Vulture, Paste, Tordotcom, Book Riot, Polygon, Chicago Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal

Here's how that wax Abraham Lincoln sculpture looks when its wicks are lit

Wax Lincoln is by Sandy Williams IV, and version that melted in DC is not the first he made:
The 3,000-pound Lincoln candle — it had 100 wicks meant to be lighted — was installed at the same location in September . Days before it was set to be officially unveiled, someone lighted more than half of the wicks and then left the piece unattended. 
the artwork, paid for with a mix of private and public funding, cost a total of $150,000, which includes the cost of the replacement statue after the first Lincoln burned.      

I guess a puppy is a prominent part of this basketball anime

New figures based on "Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game" up for preorder:

Lenticular Grateful Dead poster by Anthony Petrie

The various limited editions sold out basically immediately, but the regular version is available, and here's the lenticular gif. (Artist webstore.)

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Golden veil made of bee wings, sourced from beekeepers who lost their hives due to a harsh winter

Her slide show about the veil. Bonus necklaces (some jewelry is for sale):