9 new trailers you should watch this week

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I recently got around to watching one of the standout films of last year’s Sundance: A Ghost Story. Around the time the film was coming out, I remember someone commenting on one of these trailer roundups that it looked like a parody of an artsy indie movie, with its square aspect ratio, dreamy shots, and a ghost made up of someone draped in a white sheet.

The trailer definitely fell into that trap. I’m not going to say the film entirely avoids it either, but after watching the whole thing, I do understand how such a seemingly airy, goofy premise adds up to something moving enough to elicit wonderful reviews.

What works so well in the movie is how much it’s able to do through visuals and juxtaposition. It’s a quiet film with almost no…

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Samsung Galaxy S9 bundles, Microsoft Surface discounts, and more tech deals

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The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are now out, and to celebrate its launch, Samsung is blowing it out big time. When you purchase an S9 or S9+, you can get The Samsung Ultimate Bundle, which consists of Samsung Gear IconX Wireless Headphones, Gear VR, and a Wireless Charger for $99, nearly a $400 value. Samsung is also offering more than $100 off on a power bundle. Outside of the Samsung’s deals, Verizon is doing a buy one get one free deal on S9 phones and S9s are 50 percent off at AT&T. These come with more strings than Samsung’s deal, but they’re still great deals.

Samsung may be leading the day in terms of discount news, but Microsoft and Pioneer are also bringing a lot of deals this week. Surface Pro i5 models are still $150, putting the 128GB…

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Ticket presales for Avengers: Infinity War have already surpassed Black Panther’s record

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In January, movie ticket company Fandango reported that Black Panther set a record for ticket presales for Marvel movies (beating out 2016’s Captain America: Civil War’s previous record), setting up it up for a massive box office haul that’s since surpassed $1 billion. Tickets for Marvel’s upcoming Avengers: Infinity War just went on sale on Friday, and Variety reports that the ticket sales for the film have already blew past Black Panther’s record — in just six hours.

Marvel released its final trailer for the superhero team-up movie yesterday in conjunction with the start of ticket sales, which comes out on April 27th. Variety says that Fandango released results from a user survey that showed a high level of excitement for the film,…

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Launch a design career with help from this huge bundle

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Creative designers play a pivotal role in engaging target audiences and customers, and while companies are eager to bring more of these professionals on board, you’ll have a hard time getting your foot in the door if you’re not using the industry’s best tools. From Adobe to Maya, the eduCBA Design & Multimedia Lifetime Subscription Bundle familiarizes you with the design tools of the trade, and it’s on sale in the Boing Boing Store for $19.

This collection delivers lifetime access to more than 700 hours of training spread across 200 courses. You’ll learn animation from courses on Mocha, Keyshot, Maya, and Nuke and tap into other creative tools, like Adobe, Unity, and CAD. You can validate your training with online quizzes and tests, and certificates of completion are awarded for each course you finish. 

The eduCBA Design & Multimedia Lifetime Subscription Bundle is available today for $19 in the Boing Boing Store.

3D Printed Stethoscope Makes the Grade

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On the off chance that initiatives like the Hackaday Prize didn’t make it abundantly clear, we believe strongly that open designs can change the world. Putting technology into the hands of the people is a very powerful thing, and depending on where you are or your station in life, can quite literally mean the difference between life and death. So when we saw that not only had a team of researchers developed a 3D printable stethoscope, but released everything as open source on GitHub, it’s fair to say we were pretty interested.

The stethoscope has been in development for several …read more

There’s a “Weird Al” Yankovic remix of Portugal. The Man’s “Feel it Still”

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If I had a hit pop song that was fresh off a Grammy win, I would follow Portugal. The Man‘s lead and do all the things.

First, I’d want to perform on Ellen like they just did. But that’s not big enough, I’d also want to bring the USC Marching Band onstage with me, like they did Thursday.

Then, just because I could, I would get “Weird Al” Yankovic to performing a rousing remix of my Grammy-winning song, like they just did with “Feel it Still.”

Then I’d continue touring with my new album, like they are with “Woodstock.” ‘Cause: “Go big or go home.”


Balloons and Bubbles Make for Kid-Friendly Robot Deathmatch

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Because nothing says “fun for kids” like barbed wire and hypodermic needles, here’s an interactive real-world game that everyone can enjoy. Think of it as a kinder, gentler version of Robot Wars, where the object of the game is to pop the balloon on the other player’s robot before yours get popped. Sounds simple, but the simple games are often the most engaging, and that sure seems to be the case here.

The current incarnation of “Bubble Blast” stems from a project [Niklas Roy] undertook for a festival in Tunisia in 2017. That first version used heavily hacked toy …read more

How to make those fancy geometric pies by lokokitchen

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Seattle-based self-taught baker Lauren Ko of Loko Kitchen was inspired to start making her now-viral geometric pies after seeing some cool ones on Pinterest.

For Pi Day, Tasty posted this video of Ko telling her story while showing us step-by-step how she does her thing. It’s so satisfying to watch, esp. that sped-up crust-weaving part.

Be sure to follow her pie-making adventures on Instagram. Since she started it in August 2017, she’s gained over 150K followers, including Martha Stewart.

Here’s a taste:

Previously: These deliciously geometric pies are almost too pretty to eat

Comic book bouquets and boutonnieres

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Ooo, betrothed comic book nerds, this one’s for you. Mallory McKenney of Wisconsin makes wedding bouquets and boutonnieres by cutting up upcycled comics. From Batman to the Wolverine, and just about any character in between, the Milwaukee crafter can whip up something super for your big day.

Before you get all up in arms about the comics she’s chopping up, Mallory’s husband Nick explains her source, “…she actually buys damaged comic books for super cheap from a couple comic book stores here in Milwaukee, so she’s definitely not using ones that anyone would want otherwise. The only real exceptions are if people request really specific comic books or characters that aren’t super popular and didn’t appear in too many issues.”

She sells her creations in her Etsy shop, glamMKE. Prices start at $10 (for a single flower) and go up to $200 (something for the entire wedding party).


Lockheed Shares Satellite Connectivity Options

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In an unusual turn of events, Lockheed Martin has released technical “payload accommodation information” for three of their satellite busses. In layperson’s terms, if you wanted to build a satellite and weren’t sure what guidelines to follow these documents may help you learn if Lockheed Martin has a platform to help you build it.

An opportunity to check out once-confidential information about satellites sounds like a perfect excuse to dig through some juicy documentation, though unfortunately this may not be the bonanza of technical tidbits the Hackaday reader is looking for. Past the slick diagrams of typical satellites in rocket …read more

Amazon Alexa’s ‘Brief Mode’ Makes the Digital Assistant Way Less Chatty

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A new update is rolling out to Amazon Echo devices that gives users the option to make Alexa respond with a short, beeping sound rather than her customary “OK.” Reddit users reported seeing the new feature this week. CNET reports: You access the Brief Mode in the Amazon Alexa app’s Settings Menu under “Alexa Voice Responses.” You can also ask your Alexa-enabled device to turn on the Brief Mode. Once the setting is enabled, you can ask Alexa to control devices to which she is connected and she will respond with beeps rather than “OK” to let you know that she received and completed the task. Don’t want to completely quiet Alexa down? Amazon also rolled out a “Follow-Up Mode” last week that’s designed to let you will let you talk to Alexa more naturally. That mode will let you make successive requests without needing to use Alexa’s wake word between each command.

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CSS Float: A Tutorial

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One of the basic and the most important properties every web designer should learn is the float property. It is most commonly used for floating text around the image or creating the two column layout. The float property can cause a lot of frustration and confusion if it’s not fully understood, so we’re here to make those confusions disappear with this short explanation.

Also, be sure to check out our articles on some other properties, other than CSS float, that often cause confusion like CSS columns or relative font size.

3D Printed Antenna is Broadband

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Antennas are a tricky thing, most of them have a fairly narrow range of frequencies where they work well. But there are a few designs that can be very broadband, such as the discone antenna. If you haven’t seen one before, the antenna looks like — well — a disk and a cone. There are lots of ways to make one, but [mkarliner] used a 3D printer and some aluminum tape to create one and was nice enough to share the plans with the Internet.

As built, the antenna works from 400 MHz and up, so it can cover some …read more

Ireland lost a musical giant this week

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Irish music lost one of its legends this week, with the passing of Liam O’Flynn.

A player of the Uilleann pipes, O’Flynn, or as he was known by the Gaeilge iteration of his name, Liam Óg Ó Floinn, was born in 1945 to a family of musicians. In his youth, his piping earned him prizes at county and national levels, but it wasn’t until he was in his thirties that he really hit his stride. As one of the founding members of Irish trad super group Planxty, O’Flynn helped to breathe new life to traditional Irish music by showing that it could be every bit as exciting and full of life as rock and roll. Without Planxty, there may not have been a Dexy’s Midnight Runners; No Waterboys, Pogues, or Dropkick Murphys. We’d all be poorer for it. Plantxy’s music left me with the impression, as a kid, that the tunes I played on the instruments I grew up with were cool. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. O’Flynn at a musical festival I was covering for a magazine back in the 1990s. He was pleasant and seemed genuinely pleased to make my acquaintance. The encounter left me feeling giddy for days afterwards.

One of my favorite songs by Planxty, Raggle Taggle Gypsy, has a tune lashed on to the end of it called Tabhair dom do laimh, which roughly translates as Give Me Your Hand. O’Flynn’s rendition of the tune has been one of my happy places for decades. The Uilleann pipes are a difficult instrument to play competently. When he’s in charge of the bellows, the music that comes out is emotional, and as full of love as the tune’s title.

It makes me sad that the world has to go on without him, but I’ve his music as consolation.

Cracking an Encrypted External Hard Drive

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As far as hobbies go, auditing high security external hard drives is not terribly popular. But it’s what [Raphaël Rigo] is into, and truth be told, we’re glad it’s how he gets his kicks. Not only does it make for fascinating content for us to salivate over, but it’s nice to know there’s somebody with his particular skill set out there keeping an eye out for dodgy hardware.

The latest device to catch his watchful eye is the Aigo “Patriot” SK8671. In a series of posts on his blog, [Raphaël] tears down the drive and proceeds to launch several attacks …read more

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