These noise-cancelling earbuds adapt to block noise or enhance conversations

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In the course of any day, we encounter many different audio environments. If you are wearing earbuds, the ambient noise level can affect your listening experience.

The HUB wireless earbuds adapt to different surroundings using smart noise-cancellation technology. They can either block out distractions or enhance conversations. They are normally priced at $250, but you can get them now for $63.74 with the 15% discount code MerrySave15.

Wearing regular earbuds throughout the day means living in a bubble. Talking with friends is virtually impossible unless you take out an earpiece. In contrast, the HUB earbuds allow you to control the volume of the outside world. 

Smart Ambient Sound mode lets you reduce background noise, amplify speech, or enhance conversations at will. In addition, the HUB earbuds work seamlessly with voice assistants such as Google and Siri.

With the supplied wireless charging case, these earbuds offer 100 hours of battery life. The case also doubles as a power bank for your phone or tablet. Sound quality is excellent thanks to large 7mm drivers, and the HUB earbuds are water-resistant — ideal for sweaty workout sessions.

No matter what your day looks like, the HUB earbuds will provide a great soundtrack. Worth $250, they are now only $63.74 with the festive discount code MerrySave15. Read the rest

Man builds video store in basement

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This man replicated a 1990s video rental store in their basement, right down to giant bags of Sour Patch candy, foamboard drop ceiling and a bulky CRT television set. And, of course, thousands upon thousands of VHS cases–all real, with tapes. It looks so exactly like a real 1990s video rental store that you could shoot an indie movie set in a 1990s video rental store in it. The only “missed” detail is one you wouldn’t want to replicate anyway: half the store being dozens if not hundreds of copies of the latest blockbuster.

I just want to just take a second to thank everyone here for all of your extremely kind comments. It really makes my day each and every time I see someone new comment on how this video took them back to their childhood and reminded them of the fond memories of the 80s and 90s.

This project was something that evolved very gradually over time by just accumulating tapes over the years one at a time. When I made this tour video, I had no idea that so many people would find it cool or interesting. It’s mind blowing to me how many views this video of my basement has and continues to get.

Thank you for checking out the video and supporting Nostalgia Video! I’m truly grateful!

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Compare the fat joke in the Black Widow trailer with Daisy Ridley saying she was “taking in no nutrients”

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The new Black Widow trailer features David Harbour’s character being mocked as “fat.”

Meanwhile, this is from GQ’s brand new feature on Daisy Ridley:

By the time The Last Jedi opened, the wear was showing on Ridley. “I saw a picture of me at the London premiere and I was so skinny and my skin was terrible.” Internally, things were worse: she had developed holes in her gut wall, the result of stress. Her self-diagnosis is blunt: “My body was just fucked up. I got tests done and it turned out my body was taking in no nutrients. I was just like a little skeleton and I was just so tired. I was becoming a ghost.”

The feature also takes pains to detail Ridley’s current habits:

Ridley, who’s been in back-to-back photo shoots ahead of this month’s release of The Rise Of Skywalker, is famished. It’s mid-afternoon and she’s not eaten since dawn, but the menu is a bit mystifying to her.

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Now you can send shout-outs from Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman, to people you know

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Now you can send a PERSONALIZED message from my good pal PAUL REUBENS…!! Have him wish someone you know a “Happy Birthday!” or “Merry Christmas!” or “Get Well Soon (and stop missing so much work!)!” through @Cameo! Link in bio! cameo.com/paulreubens

A post shared by Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) on Dec 3, 2019 at 8:51pm PST

How cool is THIS? Paul Reubens (you know… the guy who plays Pee-wee Herman) will send a message to someone you know through a paid service called Cameo. You just fill out a short form that spells out your message request and pay up. Then your recipient will get a personalized video from a real legend. And no, he won’t be dressed in a grey plaid suit and red bow-tie.

Cameo is a lot of fun. I bought one of these videos for my brother last year. He loved CHiPs as a kid, so I got Larry Wilcox (“Jon Baker”) to wish him a happy birthday. We both laughed a lot over the whole thing and he said it was the best gift ever. No lie.

Preview videos are available ahead of time so you can get a feel for it.

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“Fuzz and Pluck” is a beautifully absurd series that belongs in your comic collection

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If you happen to have the 2009 or 2018 issues of The Best American Comics lying around like some of us do, flip to any excerpts in there by Ted Stearn. Hopefully the appeal is instant. But for those who are limited to search results and the attached images above and below, let’s dive a little deeper. Reading “Fuzz and Pluck” is a bit like being stuck in a semi-lucid dream where you suspect something is a bit off but the world carries on as it was, indifferent to your suspicions. Flip to just about any page and you’ll find speech bubbles caressing character’s heads, panels cascading into each other and a cantankerous plucked chicken (Pluck) bullying his best friend (Fuzz) into doing mostly horrible favors for him. More often than not, these errands result in grievous, though by the next chapter, reversible cartoonish bodily harm to Fuzz.

While Fuzz and Pluck is Stearn’s best-known and most highly acclaimed work, the “The Forgotten Dream of a Melancholy Chef” from Zero Zero is also worth taking a long look at. All of Stearn’s work is lovingly rendered in pen and ink and utilizes an impressive academic application of hatching, crosshatching, and masterful linework. The whimsical design of the characters provide a really funny, offbeat contrast to the absurd and sometimes disturbing storylines.

Unfortunately, Stearn passed away earlier this year. He left behind a great body of work that was much loved by Matt Groening, Chris Ware, Gary Panter, and hopefully you, too. Read the rest

Become an in-demand web developer with this 6-course training bundle

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It’s no secret that web developers are in increasingly high-demand throughout multiple industries, but you don’t need to invest an exorbitant amount of time or money in a traditional tech education in order to get the skills you need to join this lucrative field.

The Ultimate 2020 Web Designer & Developer Bundle will teach you everything you need to know in order to start building pro-level websites from scratch, and it’s currently available for $29.

With six courses and over 90 hours of expert-led training, this bundle will introduce you to the most important and relied-upon programming languages and platforms in the world of web development.

You’ll learn how to use Python in order to build dynamic UI experiences, how to work with MySQL and PHP in order to manage large data sets, how to implement languages like HTML and CSS in order to enhance the functionality of your sites, and more—all through instruction that uses easy-to-follow lessons and tutorials.

Start building pro-level websites with the Ultimate 2020 Web Designer & Developer Bundle for just $29—over 95% off for a limited time.

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JOHN WILCOCK: Paul Krassner and the Birth of the Political Prankster Group, YIPPIE!

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A 1967 acid trip during a hurricane at Ramrod Key, Florida, leads Abbie Hoffman, his wife Anita, and Paul Krassner to see the upcoming 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago as a hugely visible moment for political protest.

When home from the vacation, the group has a celebratory smoke, leading to Paul’s coining of the term Yippie, for politicized, radical, or activist hippies.

From John Wilcock, New York Years, by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall.

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Make: a non-patent-infringing enclosure for your 3D printer

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3D printing is a dumpster fire of stupid, obvious patents, but thankfully many of these are expiring; this year, the stupid patent on putting sides on a 3D printer (extrusion printers are very sensitive to errant breezes and just a puff of wind can ruin a print that took hours, just minutes before it completes).

Now that the stupid patent has expired, the 3D printing world is tinkering with many possible designs for cases for 3D printers. Among them is Jay Doscher, a 3D printing enthusiast who’s trying to figure out how to do 3DP at scale.

Doscher writes, “I was really inspired last year with Doctorow’s book, Walkaway and it has had me thinking differently about making ever since. Part of that progression is this project- learning how to do small scale fabrication. I used waterjet parts, but many parts are 3D printed, and all of the designs are licensed under Creative Commons. I hope you like it!”

Learning to Scale – Rapid Manufacturing with Enclosures [Jay Doscher/Back7]

(Thanks, Jay!)

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What does “incognito mode” really do?

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Chrome’s incognito mode is useful if you don’t want your browsing history saved to your account, don’t want websites to access your cookies, or if you want to troubleshoot your browser. But it doesn’t do much to protect your privacy. Your ISP can see what websites you visit, and services like Twitter can figure out who you are even without cookies.

From Tech Talks:

The easiest way for web applications to track users is to use cookies. But it is not the only way they can track you. Other bits of information can point to your device. For instance, I’ve seen some users use the Incognito window to browse Twitter, thinking that it will preserve their privacy and hide their identity. The premise is, since Incognito doesn’t carry over their browser cookies, Twitter won’t be able to associate their activity to their account.

But Twitter also keeps track of IP address, device type, device ID and browser type and version. Technically, it will be able to use all those factors to link your activity to your account. Facebook goes further and even tracks your activity across other websites when you’re not logged in to your account.

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This Pocket-Sized Smoking Tool Holds Everything You Need for a Quick Hit

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For many of us, smoking provides relief from the stress of everyday life and a good excuse to take a break. At home, getting a quick fix is pretty easy. But when your schedule involves dashing from one place to the next, you may end up missing out.

The Allin1E Smoking Tool is designed for smokers on the go. This smart little device contains a lighter, a one-hitter pipe, a grinder, and a cleaning poker — everything you need for a quick hit.

The tool is actually more like a small canister, made of aerospace-grade aluminum. Flip the cap at one end, and you will find a Bic lighter on one side and a cig-shaped pipe on the other. The pipe is made from quartz glass, and it holds up to two grams of ground-up tobacco.

At the bottom of the Allin1E is a two-piece grinder. This grinds directly into the built-in storage chamber, ready for action. Once you have got your fix, the stainless steel cleaning poker helps you prepare the pipe for next time.

The Allin1E is a neat little kit to take around with you, and it makes a great gift for smokers. It is normally priced at $59.99, but you can get it now for $30.99 — that is 48% off the MSRP.

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Big Bird put through a lie detector test

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As a way to promote a movies and other projects, Vanity Fair sometimes puts celebrities through a jokey lie detector test (see: Jennifer Lawrence). The polygraph itself is real but the questions are humorous. This time Big Bird is in the hot seat and he gets grilled on on all sort of things by the interviewer and a few of his Muppet pals. In short, we learn the 8-foot-tall Sesame Street icon cannot lie.

Which Bird is better at basketball? Big Bird or Larry Bird? Does he ever Google himself? Is Oscar the Grouch a good neighbor? Who is Big Bird’s best friend? Does Big Bird have it in him to tell a lie?

Sesame Street is celebrating its 50th anniversary of helping kids everywhere grow up smarter, stronger and kinder. Sesame Street’s 50th season is currently running on HBO and will premiere on PBS in the summer of 2020.

(The Awesomer)

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The most disturbing horror film of the season is Peloton’s new commercial

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It’s gratifying to see the correct takes pouring in that Peloton’s new bicycle advertisement is deeply disturbing. I think it looks like an ARG advertisement for HBO’s Westworld series, where everyone in the house is a host.

Vice:

tell me this shit isn’t wildly sinister. Her grim motivation that pushes her to drag herself out of bed combined with exclaiming at the camera how blatantly, inexplicably nervous the Peloton makes her paint a bleak portrait of a woman in the thrall of a machine designed to erode her spirit as it sculpts her quads.

AVClub:

He smiles and she looks at him with the sort an expression that manages to convey duty and fear, mixed with a dash of Stockholm Syndrome, all at once.

Decider:

Here’s what I do know. This commercial is not the Peloton’s fault. Oh no, you may think this ad is about how a Peloton coaxed a woman into madness. I’m here to tell you this is a false read. As someone who jokes that she loved Midsommar so much she joined the cult of cycling clubs this year, I can tell you that cycling doesn’t make you crazy. Much like Captain America’s supersoldier serum, it just amplifies whatever crazy you already have. For me, that’s making jokes about Midsommar whenever possible. For this woman, that’s talking to no one on her iPhone, her eyes full of constant dread, and obsessively filming her every workout just so she and her husband can watch it together.

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10 Cyber Monday Deals on CBD Oil, Candies, Pet Products, and More

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Many people turn to CBD as an all-natural remedy for aches, pains, anxiety, insomnia, and more. You can take the extract in many forms, but the products can be expensive. Now is a good time to stock up, with prices falling on a wide variety of CBD-infused products.. This Cyber Monday, you can save an extra 20% on everything below when you use the discount code CMSAVE20.

Holiday CBD Premium Gummies

Each containing 10mg of high-quality CBD from organic hemp, these gummies are delicious and powerful. Tested by a third-party lab, they contain no THC — so you won’t feel any psychoactive effects.

MSRP: $39.99 

Sale Price: $32

Price with CMSAVE20 code: $25.60

CBD Gummies 500mg

Another tasty option, these colorful gummies are made with CBD hemp isolate that is 99.99% grown in the USA. The pack contains sour strawberry, sour apple, sour tutti-frutti, and sour blue raspberry flavors, with 25mg of CBD per rainbow belt.

MSRP: $40

Sale Price: $29.99

Price with CMSAVE20 code: $23.99

FOCUS 750mg Broad Spectrum CBD Tincture + Peppermint

This tincture is made with hemp that is farmed, extracted, formulated and packaged in Colorado. Along with CBD, it delivers a refreshing hit of peppermint to provide an additional punch. 

MSRP: $90

Sale Price: $71.99

Price with CMSAVE20 code: $57.59

FOMO Bones CBD Dog Treats

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There are no humans in Star Wars, so what are the creatures we are watching?

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From 2013, but new to me, Max Gladstone makes some close observations regarding the odd world of Episodes 1-6.

The title card tells us that the story takes place long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. So the characters aren’t actually human or even necessarily from a human-like society, they’re just played by human actors.

What can we learn about the creatures true nature from studying the first six movies?

I think a few important context clues present a very different picture of the dominant race of the Original Trilogy.

Gender is the most important clue. The Original Trilogy has a shortage of women when considered by the standards of a two-sexed mammalian species. Leia is the most prominent female, and the only one to feature in all three movies. Aunt Beru and Mon Mothma also have named speaking roles. Aside from these three, I can’t think of another definitely-female-definitely-‘human’ in the series. In RotJ Leia describes her mother, who is obviously a queen. These females all possess at least local political and social authority.

Family is a second important clue—or, rather, the absence of family. With one notable exception, people in the series don’t talk much about parentage. No non-Force sensitive male ever describes his family, if I recall correctly. Han, Lando, Wedge, Biggs, Tarkin, Dodonna, and so forth, all might as well have sprung from the brows of their ships. In six+hours of film about war, I would expect to see someone to drop at least a single reference to parents of some sort.

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I chatted with Danny Elfman about his new MasterClass, and his ventriloquist dummy “Buddy”

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You may remember I recently blogged about Danny Elfman’s new “music for film” MasterClass (which launched on Halloween, naturally). A day or so after it posted I got an email from someone on his team asking if I wanted to interview him. My response, “Uh, who could say no to that…?!” I soon found myself Skyping with the founder of Oingo Boingo, the father of the Simpsons’ theme, and one of the most prolific film composers of all time — Happy Mutant extraordinaire, Mr. Danny Elfman.

Here’s what we chatted about:

Rusty: Hi there, Danny. I’m thrilled to speak with you today.

Danny: Hello, thank you.

Rusty: I wanted to share a couple of things we have in common real quick before we get into it. One… we’re both redheads.

Danny: I was just going to say that. That’s got to be the first thing.

Rusty: Right? Well, it’s obvious. Two… we both collect strange and unusual objects.

Danny: Ooh…

Rusty: Just saw an article about your strange and unusual collection and they shared a picture of you with your creepy ventriloquist dummy.

Danny: Buddy!

Rusty: Yeah, Buddy! Well, I wanted to tell you, you must know Archie McPhee…

Danny: Yeah.

Rusty: So, a couple of years ago, they made my likeness into a product. I’m a creepy ventriloquist dummy toy, a finger puppet.

Danny: Really…?!

Rusty: Yes.

Danny: Wow… Oh my god, that’s so cool. What an honor. You should be honored.

Rusty: Oh I am.

Danny: Wow. Well, you have to go look at my nine episodes of “Danny and Buddy.”

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