Cards Against Humanity’s Thanksgiving livestream pits a machine learning model against human joke writers

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Cards Against Humanity asked Spencer Kelly to teach a computer to write mean, funny joke-cards for a new, AI-based expansion pack to the game; Kelly trained the popular GPT-2 generative language model (previously) on existing cards, and now the company is livestreaming a 16-hour competition between its AI and its human joke-writers, with a voting system to up/downvote the resulting jokes (at the end of the day, these votes will be “tallied up and thrown in the garbage”). You can choose to buy the resulting packs, and if the human team outsells the robots, it will receive a $5,000 bonus. If they fail, they will all be fired.

Presumably, the last part is a joke (the CAH folks are extremely good eggs and they pull weird pranky stunts every Black Friday).

CAH has also opened a board-game cafe in Chicago with two escape rooms, a full bar, and high-quality kitchen, which is pretty danged exciting.

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Cards Against Humanity writers are battling an AI to keep their jobs, and you can watch

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The creators of Cards Against Humanity are back for their annual Black Friday stunt, and this one is delightfully dystopian. Starting at 11AM ET today and lasting for the next 16 hours, the human writers on the CAH team are facing off against an artificial intelligence to see who can create the most popular new pack of cards, based on how many people pay for more $5 packs. You can upvote or downvote your favorite cards for each side on CAH’s website before buying, and you can also watch the humans struggle to come up with new iterations in real time over live stream.

On the line are $5,000 bonuses for every employee if team human comes up victorious, or heartless termination in the event the AI takes the top spot. We don’t think CAH a…

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Gift Guide: For the budding video creator

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If you’re interested in cameras and taking pictures, you should definitely check out our 2019 Photography Gift Guide, but if you’re specifically looking to encourage a developing creator who wants to work with video on their preferred platform of choice, be it YouTube, TikTok, Instagram or any other, you’ve come to the right place. From smartphone accessories to get the most out of their built-in cameras, to stuff for people with more expensive dedicated camera setups, we’ve got it all.

Short documentary about famous live concert bootlegger

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Today is Black Friday Record Store Day and The National released a three-cassette box set titled The National: Juicy Sonic Magic, Live in Berkeley, September 24-25, 2018. But this isn’t a typical soundboard recording. The National commissioned archivist Erik Flannigan to record their shows using techniques developed by famed bootlegger Mike “The Mic” Millard who died in 1994. Millard’s recordings of concerts by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones are considered some of the greatest concert bootlegs of all time. Above, a short documentary by Flannigan and filmmaker David DuBois about Mallard’s life’s work and The National’s release. The illustrations are by my pal Jess Rotter, animated by Eben McCue. In the liner notes, Flannigan wrote:

Millard’s legend is built in part on the cunning and subterfuge he used to get his nearly 15-pound cassette deck and microphones into venues like the The Forum, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and The Roxy.

For years I have pondered what made Millard’s recordings so good, and eventually I had an idea: What if you recorded a concert today with the same equipment Millard used in 1977? Would it sound like his tapes? Would it tap into his Midas touch?

The National was kind enough to let us test the Millard Method for two concerts at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California last September. These live recordings were made with vintage AKG 451E microphones and a restored Nakamichi 550 cassette deck which are identical to those used by Millard circa 1975-81. The idea was to see if we could recreate what Matt Berninger calls the “juicy sonic magic” Millard captured in his 1970s field recordings.

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Spring REST TypeScript generator

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I have been a backend developer for eighteen years without writing a single line of code on the client-side, but with the dawn of single-page applications, my cooperation with web developers got closer. I started to observe their work with interest. There are so many exciting possibilities on the frontend side. It made me consider to build up my technology stack and become a full stack developer.

I noticed that web developers create TypeScript models and services that reflect our backend model and REST services. It was a tedious job. What is more, after they finally mirrored what we had on the backend, it wasn’t the end. Because we always have to keep in mind one thing that is very common in software development… CHANGE. Due to some new business requirements, backend services were modified. The change forced frontend developers to reanalyze backend services and refactor frontend applications so that they would match the server-side.

The incredible optical illusion muralist of Odeith

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Odeith is an artist in Portugal who paints ultra realistic murals. His portfolio has many examples of his work.

His Instagram account also has lots of photos of his paintings.

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Hulu’s Black Friday deal offers $2 per month subscription for one year

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Hulu’s Black Friday deal is here, and offering a pretty low price for new subscribers, who can get their first year of service on the streaming site for just $1.99 per month, or $23.88 total. That’s 66 percent off of what Hulu usually costs ($5.99 per month), making it one of the cheapest ways to get Hulu, short of borrowing your friend’s login.

There are, of course, a few catches: the $1.99 price is only for new customers, or former customers who haven’t subscribed to Hulu in the last 12 months (so you can’t say, cancel your current plan and get the discounted price for a year if you already subscribe.) You also can’t combine the deal with any other promotions or free trials — including the popular $12.99 per month…

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Printing Custom Shirts With The Roland BT-12

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I got a chance to play with the Roland VersaStudio BT-12, which is a compact DTG printer. If you’ve never heard of DTG(Direct To Garment) before, is when you print directly onto fabric, as opposed to something like screenprinting or iron-on transfers. Typically DTG printers are quite large and cumbersome, […]

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You can pick up a Steam Controller for five bucks now

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When I was a younger, much less experienced man, I bought a Steam controller. It cost me close to $100 in Canadian funds, but I thought it’d be well worth it. A controller that’s great, according to the propaganda, for playing everything from point-and-click adventure games to the latest shooters? Who the hell wouldn’t want that?

As it turns out, I did not want that.

I used it a few times before breaking down and buying an Xbox wireless controller to use instead. I dug that the Steam Controller allowed you to pretty much map PC game to it to allow for some epic couch gaming sessions. I loathed how cheap it felt and that, even when it was properly mapped to my PC games, It’s poor accuracy made for a shitty gaming experience.

From Engadget:

Four years after Valve released its oddball Steam Controller, it’s not making any more. The controller is on sale today for $5 — that’s 90 percent off its list price of $49.99 — and a note in the Steam Store warns that there’s a limited quantity remaining. Once those controllers are gone, Valve doesn’t plan to make more, The Verge reports.

While most reviewers originally wrote the Steam Controller off as too weird, Valve sold over 500,000 in the first six months. It became one of the most configurable gaming devices — you could play Street Fighter V strictly with motion controls or Serious Rocket League with the grips programmed for acceleration/brake and drift/boost.

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The Tesla Cybertruck is even better when it’s made of mashed potatoes

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It’s rude to play with your food at the Thanksgiving dinner table, but exceptions can be made if you’re sculpting newly announced cyberpunk pickup trucks out of your tubers.

On Thanksgiving day, Dan Milano, a producer for NowThis News, shared a video of his brother Greg recreating a Tesla Cybertruck out of his mashed potatoes. Amazingly, the tiny car truly does resemble the truck’s polarizing angular style.

But Greg didn’t stop there. An entire Twitter thread showcased his sculpting journey as he scooped out the back to create the truck bed and created a ramp out the back end. He even…

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Elisabeth Moss gets driven crazy in The Invisible Man

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Universal’s attempts to make their shared Dark Universe full of updated iterations of classic movie monsters, has so far, been kind of a failure. Sure The Mummy was flashy and filled with big names. but its script was lacking in the substance that made the original film so great. And while it wasn’t a Dark Universe film, Universal’s The Wolfman suffered from the same problem.  From the looks of things, Universal’s intellectual property losing streak may well change with The Invisible Man.

If the trailer is anything to go by,iIt looks to be full of suspense and possesses a plot that might put bums in seats once the reviews come in. That Elisabeth Moss, versatile actor that she is, has been cast as the lead gives me hope that maybe this will be a Universal monster movie worth the price of admission. Read the rest

Sale on the Voyager Golden Record LP and CD sets and The Family Acid: California photobook!

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After producing the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition, my buddy Tim Daly and I launched a record/publishing label, Ozma Records, to publish creative works at the intersection of science, art, music, and consciousness. Today through Monday, we’re having a special holiday sale on all of our releases! This is a rare opportunity to save 15% on the Voyager Golden Record 3xLP Box Set, the Voyager Golden Record 2xCD-Book edition, and our new limited photobook The Family Acid: California!

Voyager Golden Record 3xLP Box Set

In 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, on a grand tour of the solar system and into the mysteries of interstellar space. Attached to each of these probes is a golden phonograph record containing a message for any extraterrestrial intelligence that might encounter it, perhaps billions of years from now. Experience the Voyager Record the way it was meant to be played.

• Three translucent gold 140 gram vinyl LPs, containing all of the original Voyager Record audio, in poly-lined paper sleeves
• Three heavyweight jackets, gold ink on black
• Full-color 96-page softcover book containing all images included on the original Voyager Interstellar Record, gallery of images transmitted back from the Voyager probes, and a new essay by Timothy Ferris, producer of the original golden record
• Gold foil print of Voyager Golden Record cover diagram, archival paper, 12″ x 12″
• Voyager trajectories turntable slipmat, gold ink on black felt
• Full-color plastic digital download card for all audio of the Voyager Golden Record (MP3 or FLAC formats)
• Housed in a deluxe record box with pull-ribbon, gold ink on black
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Baby Yoda amigurimi, a crocheted cutie by Allison Hoffman

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Artist Allison Hoffman, aka Crafty is Cool, is an absolute master of pop culture amigurimi (“a portmanteau of the Japanese words ami, meaning ‘crocheted or knitted,’ and nuigurumi, meaning ‘stuffed doll'”). She can crochet like nobody’s business and each of her pieces are a work of art (previously). Now, she’s taken to creating the real star of The Mandalorian, the new Star Wars series on Disney+, big-eyed Baby Yoda!

But, she’s only made one and you can’t just buy it outright. If you want it, you’ll have to bid on it on eBay. Allison writes, “I’ve gotten so many requests for the finished baby that this is really the only way I could fairly sell him! Thank you all! I have to make another for my husband so that he doesn’t buy this one…”

As of this writing, the bidding is already up to $305. If that’s too rich for your blood, well, hope you can crochet, because she’s made its pattern available ($7) in her Etsy shop.

We must protect the asset! Who even is he? Or she? Or what? Who cares? Its adorable. This pattern instructs you how to make a life-size stuffed baby inspired by Baby Yoda/Yiddle with easy to find supplies and simple techniques. Everything is photographed and explained in easy to follow step by step instructions. You should know basic crochet skills, but now is a good time to learn.

The Baby is 14″ tall and weighs 2 lbs. He’s got a little removable robe.

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That time Charlton Comics published a trans sci-fi story in 1953

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Back in September, a rare print edition of Space Adventures #7—originally published by the new-defunct Charlton Comics in 1953—sold for $1,800.

The comic book speculator market isn’t normally the kind of cash cow that the 90s thought it was going to be. Unless you’ve got one of those very rare early superhero origin comics—or you happen to sell something random like Avengers #257 at the exact right time for a convenient movie tie-in—you’re typically lucky to make even a dollar on an old comic.

Space Adventures #7 has nothing to do with superheroes, or non-superhero movie adaptations. But it’s still coveted, probably because it contains a pre-Comics Code story called “Transformation” that was illustrated by Dick Giordano, who went on to become the Executive Editor at DC Comics, and written by a curiously uncredited author.

What’s more interesting about the comic, however, is that it deals unexpectedly with transgender issues.

Here’s a basic synopsis of the 8-page story from Comic Book Plus:

Anticipating nuclear war that would leave Earth barren of life, Lars Kranston convinces his colleagues to go to Mars. His paramour Betty Stone insists that she go as well. The ship crashes on Mars. Everyone but Lars and Betty are killed, but Lars thinks she died too. Betty wakes up suffering total amnesia. Lars decides to use the supplies that survived the wreck. He manages a complete sex change. The tumultuous situation on Earth dies down. The predicted war never occurs. Betty remembers the journey.

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The best Black Friday 2019 deals on popular 4K TVs, phones, tablets, and more

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As you’ve probably seen on The Verge, we’ve been rounding up all of the best Black Friday deals on laptops, truly wireless earbuds, gaming tech, 4K TVs, and plenty of other kinds of tech for the past few weeks. Many well-rated products that our team has reviewed are cheaper than ever, so if you haven’t had a chance to jump into shopping for yourself, or for some lucky people, you’re right on time to snag some excellent deals.

Many retailers, such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, as well as online stores like Amazon, Newegg, B&H Photo, and more have been saving their very best deals for today. Whether you’re planning to drive to your local store, or leisurely shop online without much effort, you’ll find all of the best Black Friday deals…

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