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Sunday, Dec 01, 2019 World AIDS Day

Star Citizen Passes $250M

The Stretch Goals page on the Roberts Space Industries Website shows that crowdfunding for Star Citizen (and Squadron 42) has surpassed another milestone (thanks PCGamesN). Cloud Imperium Games has now collected over a quarter-billion dollars to develop their space exploration game. As of this writing, the exact total is $250,537,095.00, which is higher than the gross domestic product of several countries, including the Marshall Islands. Crowdfunding for the project began in 2012 with as an effort to raise two million dollars to create a game originally planned for 2014, but as Nicolas Cage's character said in The Rock, "Well gosh. Kind of a lot's happened since then."

Steam Top 10

Half-Life: Alyx and a sale on the last Steam Controllers cause hardware to dominate the list of last week's bestsellers on Steam:

  1. Valve Index VR Kit
  2. Steam Controller
  3. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  4. STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order
  6. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
  10. Football Manager 2020

Out of the Blue

Well, December is here, so winter is just a few weeks away. But if this isn't winter, I don't want to know what is, as it's cold enough that the surface of the nearby pond froze over during the night, and there's a winter storm warning in the local forecast telling us to expect 7 to 13 inches of snow and sleet accumulations. If you are in the path of this, stay warm and safe, and if you are not, well, color me jealous.

Obituary: Irving Burgie, Songwriter Who Helped Bring Calypso To America, Dies At 95. Thanks Acleacius.

Frosty Links: Thanks Ant.
Stories: Japanese study links ramen shop prevalence to high stroke risk. Thanks Neutronbeam.
Booby traps: Man in Maine killed by own device. Thanks RedEye9.
Poppy-pinching pigeon welcomes a baby at the Australian War Memorial.
Science: Physicists Have Identified a Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat. Thanks Max.
New Study Suggests Extra Virgin Olive Oil May Fight Toxic Proteins From Accumulating In The Brain. Thanks Boing Boing.
HIV vaccine in 2021: Leading experts 'optimistic' about ongoing trials.
Images: Red Skull PC Build. Thanks Hypothermia.
Media: Betraying My Friends Crossing a Huge Gap on a Zipline [VR] (NSFW).
The new canopener nibbles on a box truck. Thanks Boing Boing.
1818 to 1890s Bicycle Models (from 1915 Documentary).
The Funnies: FoxTrot.
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