One Video: Family Don’t Matter by Young Thug

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Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week. But what if you don’t have time to watch every video — maybe you have a deadline, a hungry pet, or other grown-up concerns. In consideration of your schedule, Lizzie and Kaitlyn bring you a series called One Video. Each week we’ll tell you “one video” you need to watch, why, and for how long.

This week’s video: “Family Don’t Matter” by Young Thug ft. Millie Go Lightly

Lizzie: This week, like every week now, has lasted an entire calendar year, except with way fewer music videos than you might expect in that time frame. Taylor Swift dropped another lyric vid,…

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Jaybird’s Run totally wireless earbuds are wire-free wonders for everyone

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 The market for totally wireless earbuds is really maturing fast, with many entries from both new and established companies. Jaybird recently joined the crowd, with its own Run earbuds. The Logitech-owned company has long been a really solid competitor when it comes to Bluetooth headphones, and its Freedom and X-line, and in fact made some of the very first wireless sport earbuds that proved… Read More

This emergency radio and flashlight combo makes a good addition to an emergency kit

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Keeping a stash of emergency supplies doesn’t make you a paranoid doomsday prepper. It makes you a responsible human being that doesn’t want to be totally SOL in a disaster situation. To help you prepare for the unpredictable, this Multi-Function Radio & Flashlight is now on offer in the Boing Boing Store.

This versatile device combines a powerful LED torch with a radio tuner that includes AM, FM, and WB bands for weather updates. Its handheld size won’t take up much space in your backpack or car, and you won’t need to bring extra batteries — this emergency radio comes with a lithium-ion power bank that’s rechargeable via solar panel or built-in hand crank.

Aside from providing power to its light and radio receiver, the battery pack can also be used to charge USB devices. When you’re off the grid, you’ll be able to keep your phone alive with just sunlight and elbow grease.

You can get this Emergency Multi-Function Radio & Flashlight for $18.99 here.

Nearly impossible to destroy large dog chew toy

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Nemo, my Great Pyr, tends to not like chewing on fake stuff. He’s loved this Galileo Nylabone for years, however.

Nylabones cover the spectrum of dog-chew toughness. Puppy softchews are like plastic gel caps to my big dog, This hard bone is barely scored by his massive teeth.

The flavoring seems to last a long time, or Nemo just got used to chewing this bad boy for comfort. Sometimes I’ll put a bit of peanut butter on it, if I just want him to settle down and leave me be.

Nemo is a 120lb chewing enthusiast. This bone, however, holds up.

Nylabone Galileo Original Flavored Dog Chew Toy via Amazon

Garfield cartoonist denies Jon drinks a cup of dog semen in comic strip

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Jim Davis, creator of the lasagna-living Garfield, has finally commented on his infamous May 30, 1990 comic strip in which Garfield’s owner, Jon, appears to guzzle a cup a dog semen at a veterinarian’s office.

From AV Club:

The “Jon drinks dog semen” theory has been floating around since May 30, 1990, ever since eagle-eyed fans noticed that—at the conclusion of a strip where Jon once again futilely flirts with Garfield’s veterinarian, Liz—Jon drinks dog semen. After all, it’s telegraphed right there in the punchline, where, after Jon helps himself to an ostensible cup of coffee, Liz drolly responds, “Congratulations, Mr. Arbuckle. You are going to give birth to a fine, healthy litter of puppies.”

Ignoring the fact that Liz has some pretty mixed-up ideas about the mechanics of animal husbandry for a licensed veterinarian, the intent here seems fairly obvious. What else could possibly be the joke, if not the idea that hundreds of tiny dog sperm are now worming their way through Jon’s digestive tract? Clearly, Liz had just finished jerking a dog off into a coffee cup, and consummate goofball Jon accidentally drank it.

Here’s Jim Davis’ explanation:

“On the farm, we used to give first-calf heifers a high protein supplement to help them deliver healthier calves. The supplement was provided by our vet… I assumed that there would be a similar supplement for dogs. So Jon is drinking a protein-enriched drink formulated for a pregnant dog.

There you have it!”

Supercon Badge Hacking Quick-Start

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The hardware badge Mike Harrison designed for this year’s Hackaday Superconference is begging to be hacked. Today, I wanted to help get you up and running quickly.

The Hacker Village atmosphere of Supercon is starting up a day early this year. On Friday, November 10th badge pick-up starts at noon and badge hacking continues throughout the afternoon, followed by a party at Supplyframe HQ that evening. Plan to get to town on Friday and join in the fun. Of course, you need to grab a Supercon ticket if you haven’t already.

Check out the 2017 Superconference Badge project page for …read more

Nintendo quietly added wireless USB headphone support in the last Switch update

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Along with the ability to transfer save files and capture video, the Nintendo Switch’s 4.0 firmware update seems to have come with a hidden bonus: support for USB-based wireless headphones, via Engadget.

To take advantage of the new feature, simply plug in your headphone’s USB adapter to the USB port on the Switch’s dock, and you’ll be good to go. Enterprising Reddit users are also reporting that the feature works with the Switch undocked, assuming you’ve got a USB Type-A to USB-C adapter to plug your headphone’s dongle into the Switch console itself.

Sadly, the update only adds support for wireless headphones that function over USB; there’s still no support for Bluetooth headphones. Still, it’s better than nothing.

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Pixel 2 review, Vergecast edition

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The reviews are in and everybody just loves the quality OLED component Google picked for the Pixel 2 XL. They really just can’t stop talking about it. And talking? That’s what The Vergecast is for. On this week’s episode, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul discuss the reviews of Google’s new phones. Then The Verge‘s security expert Russell Brandom drops by to explain Krack and four-way handshakes. It’s all the grit and off-axis color shifting of a Pentile display, in podcast form.

02:33 – Pixel 2 review

26:12 – Russell explains Wi-Fi’s Krack vulnerability

39:40 – Paul’s weekly segment “Smells like a competitive foothold in the machine learning market

46:48 – Surface Book 2

52:14 – Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Billboard just gave Spotify and Apple Music an advantage in chart counts

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Billboard just announced that it will change the way it counts streams on its charts beginning in 2018. Next year, streams from paid subscription services like Apple Music and “hybrid paid/ad-supported platforms” like Spotify will be given more weight on the charts than streams from purely ad-based platforms like YouTube. Currently, Billboard weighs all of these streams equally, under the umbrella of “on-demand” streams.

The Billboard Hot 100, which charts singles, will continue to take several metrics into account, including subscription streams, ad-supported streams, and “programmed streams” from platforms like Pandora, plus radio play, video streams, and digital sales. The Billboard 200, which tracks albums, will also divide…

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Is Star Trek: Discovery about to copy the twist from The Trouble with Tribbles?

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At first glance, the classic Star Trek: The Original Series episode “The Trouble with Tribbles” and the new series Star Trek: Discovery don’t have a lot in common. One is a lighthearted romp with some critters that are basically designed to be as adorable as possible, and the other is a fairly dark, serious take on Trek in a wartime setting.

But there is one similarity: both shows feature a basic plot of “the Klingons are in conflict with the Federation.” But it’s possible that the two shows may share more in common than just that, if this theory from the AV Club is right.

Spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery and a 50yearold episode of Star Trek below

In Discovery, the primary Klingon antagonist is a Klingon named Voq, played by an…

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Spotify launches a RISE, a new emerging artist program

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 Spotify already has a reputation of being a hitmaker for new artists and other up-and-comers, but now the company is turning its prowess into a product. Today, Spotify announced the launch of RISE, a new program designed to “identify and break the next wave of music superstars,” the company says. The idea here is that Spotify will leverage its platform and its sizable reach… Read More

BlackBerry’s KEYone ‘Black Edition’ offers more than just good looks

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 BlackBerry’s most interesting phone in years – if not an entire decade – is the KEYone, an Android device with a classic BlackBerry hardware keyboard that finally answers the needs of truly dedicated thumb typists with a modern mobile OS. Now, the KEYone ‘Black Edition’ has arrived, and it’s more than just a fresh coat of paint on an older gadget. In fact,… Read More

Sharp made a mini version of the Essential Phone, just uglier

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Sharp’s newest Aquos-branded phone, the Aquos R Compact, looks a lot like the Essential Phone, except with worse design. It features the same top notch as Essential, but has larger bottom bezels and a real home button. I’m usually super into Sharp’s Aquos phones, but that’s not the case with this one. I just want a glorious bezel-free display.

Still, we can at least give props to Sharp for innovating on a smaller phone. Most of these bezel-less displays show up on larger devices. It actually debuted the top notch design with its earlier (and bigger) Aquos S2.

Here are the rest of the phones specs, even though it won’t be available outside of Japan. Note that refresh rate, which is the same as the iPad Pro.

  • 4.9-inch Full HD display with…

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You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chat

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 PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning. The deeper integration with Messenger’s platform, which will also include PayPal’s first customer service bot for handling customer questions and requests for help, follows a series of tie-ups between the two companies. Last year,… Read More

Equity podcast: IPOs for Stitch Fix, MongoDB and SendGrid, and Alphabet’s Lyft investment

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 Welcome to Equity, TechCrunch’s podcast about venture capital and the tech business. On the latest episode, we were joined by Barry Eggers, co-founder and a general partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. There was a lot of IPO news this week. MongoDB debuted and we saw filings on Thursday for both Stitch Fix and SendGrid. And, of course, there was the inevitable ridesharing news.… Read More

Original Content podcast: Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ are here, and they’re very cheesy

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Lockjaw We’re breaking the rules a little for this one. While TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast is focused on new shows and movies from streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, we’ve also gone out of our way to remind listeners that Inhumans, the new Marvel series airing on ABC, looks very bad. This week, your hosts Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha decided to take the plunge… Read More

The Best Towel for Crying Into

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The best paper towers for mopping tears as reviewed by Wirecutter, which is to say McSweeneys.

Why You Should Trust Us

Drawing from decades of experience covering cleaning products, we created a grading system by consulting at length with paper towel experts and manufacturers. Then, we corroborated our findings against thousands of online ratings and sources like Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping. To create the tears, we referenced a complete list of every mistake we’ve ever made, usually right as we were trying to fall asleep.

Buy a random permanent tattoo from this vending machine

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Choosing art to be inked permanently on your body can be a crippling decision, at least for some folks.

Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, Texas thought of a fun way to make the process simpler. They created a vending machine that picks the art for you.

Yup, for $100 you get one turn of their “Get What You Get” machine. “What you get” is an old-school tattoo design which pops out in a plastic toy capsule and is then inked on your person. If you aren’t cool with the design, don’t throw a fit because for another $20 you can buy yourself another spin. No one is forced to put the design on their body; however, there are no refunds.

Boogie, a shop employee, told the Dallas Observer, “All of these tattoos I would price out between $160 and $180 … maybe $250.”

Tattoos will be completed on a first-come, first-served basis. If there’s no line, you can get yours right away. If all of the artists are booked, you may have to make an appointment.

The shop’s co-founder and Ink Master star Oliver Peck writes, “Not a bad design in the bunch.”

(Teen Vogue)

Previously: Tattoo artists snark on celebrity tattoos

Understanding Ruby Metaprogramming and DSLs

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A DSL, or Domain Specific Language, is a language that has a specific purpose rather than a general purpose, like C or Java. One of the most popular DSLs is SQL because it’s the standard for querying a relational database and its syntax is specific to activities such as sorting, filtering, and displaying data.

SQL falls under the category of external DSLs, which means it requires its own parser and implementation of all of the necessary components. Other examples of external DSLs are Gherkin, for writing feature files, Make Files, for building C and C++ applications, and HTML, for declaring webpages).

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