Charles Phoenix’s accidental Astro-weenie ‘Tom Turkey’

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Pop culture historian Charles Phoenix, the culinary kitsch king behind the Cherpumple, accidentally created this Astro-Weenie Roast Tom Turkey Dog in his test kitchen a few years back.

His space-agey “bird” is made of “turkey meatloaf skewered and studded with turkey wieners, turkey kielbasa, ‘lil turkey smokies and fresh cranberries.”

He writes, “I didn’t mean to do this, it just happened. I didn’t think about it, I just did it.”

Previously: ‘Addicted to Americana,’ Charles Phoenix’s new book on ‘classic & kitschy American life & style’

Best Practices for Building Universal Web Applications with Sencha Ext JS and RAD Server [Webinar]

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Historically, web developers have approached app development from the desktop first, and mobile was a secondary goal. Now with the extraordinary growth of mobile users across the globe, that approach is being reversed.

Developers are building mobile first, and then making progressive enhancements so the app is available on desktop. No matter the design approach, as developers we should always think universal!

Smarter Phones In Your Hacks With TensorFlow Lite

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One way to run a compute-intensive neural network on a hack has been to put a decent laptop onboard. But wouldn’t it be great if you could go smaller and cheaper by using a phone instead? If your neural network was written using Google’s TensorFlow framework then you’ve had the option of using TensorFlow Mobile, but it doesn’t use any of the phone’s accelerated hardware, and so it might not have been fast enough.

Google has just released a new solution, the developer preview of TensofFlow Lite for iOS and Android and announced plans to support Raspberry Pi 3. On …read more

Learn About Blockchains By Building One

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What do we curious Hackaday scribes do when we want to learn about something? First port of call: search the web.

When that something is blockchain technology and we’re looking for an explanation that expands our cursory overview into a more fundamental understanding of the basic principles, there is a problem. It seems that to most people blockchains equate to one thing: cryptocurrencies, and since cryptocurrencies mean MONEY, they then descend into a cultish frenzy surrounded by a little loud of flying dollar signs. Finding [Daniel van Flymen]’s explanation of the fundamentals of a blockchain in terms of the creation …read more

Amazon’s Echo Buttons available to order in time for holiday trivia games

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Amazon unveiled its Echo Buttons at a big hardware event earlier this year, promising that the hockey puck-shaped buzzers would be ready in time for trivia games at Christmas. Amazon is now opening preorders for the Echo Buttons, available in the US in a two-pack for $19.99. The buttons will ship around December 19th, just in time for the holidays.

Each Echo Button will connect to an Echo device via Bluetooth to play single-player or multiplayer trivia games. Amazon is providing a number of games at launch, including music trivia, sound effect games, basketball trivia, and a football quiz. The Echo Buttons illuminate and can be used as buzzers to answer the questions that Alexa reads aloud. Amazon’s Echo Buttons are the first “Alexa…

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Functioning Technic SLJ900 Bridge Builder

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There is definitely a passion for detail and accuracy among LEGO builders who re-create recognizable real-world elements such as specific car models and famous buildings. However, Technic builders take it to a level the regular AFOLs cannot: Not only must their model look like the original, it has to function the same way. Case in point, [Wolf Zipp]’s version of a massive bridge-building rig. The Chinese-built SLJ900 rolls along the tops of bridges and adds ginormous concrete spans with the aplomb found only in sped-up YouTube videos. It is nevertheless a badass robot and a worthy target for Technicization.

[Wolf]’s …read more

Five Best Practices to Ensure Stellar Website Introduction

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People have been creating websites for the longest time. Some may say “HTML is HTML.” Well, not exactly: websites are now rendered on many different types of devices, browsers, form factors, etc. New technologies enable HTML5 to offer content and services according to the user’s context (location, time, etc.). At the same time, development cycles accelerate and Sprints are shrinking as organizations adopt Agile practices. This article will offer best practices to improve team efficiency and deliver high-quality products while maintaining velocity and a competitive edge.

Indian home healthcare platform Portea Medical raises $26M Series C

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 Portea Medical, one of India’s biggest platforms for home healthcare visits, has raised $26 million in Series C funding to expand its service range. The round was led by Sabre Partners and MEMG CDC, with participation from returning investors Accel (which led Portea’s Series B two years ago), the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation and Qualcomm Ventures. Read More

Teardown Of A Cheap Glue Gun

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A hot glue gun is one of those standard tools of the hardware hacker’s bench, called upon to provide adhesion between an astonishing range of materials, and to provide a handy filler and strain relief in the form of blobs of polymer glue. We’ve all got one, but how many of us have taken a look inside it?

[Andrew Lorimer] bought a super-cheap eBay glue gun, and subjected it to a teardown. As you might expect, he found it to be a pretty simple device with only a trigger mechanism and a dumb heating element, but his write-up is of …read more

Digital Panel Meter Tear Down

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[Big Clive] had some 22mm digital AC voltmeters, made to put in a panel. There was a time when this would have been a significant pain, since it required you to make a large square hole. Of course, in a world of CNC and 3D printers that isn’t as big a deal as it used to be, but the ones [Clive] has are nice because having a round footprint you can drill a hole for them with a hole saw or a stepped bit. Of course, he wasn’t satisfied to just use these inexpensive meters. He had to tear one …read more

DJI’s latest pair of drone goggles are designed for racing

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Drone maker DJI has released a new version of its DJI Goggles for drone racers. They’re called the DJI Goggles RE, short for racing edition. The original DJI Goggles went up for presale this past April and, like those, the DJI Goggles RE look a bit like a VR headset and let you control a drone with just your head movements and see from the device’s point of view, so long as the goggles are in head-tracking gimbal mode. While the original goggles are white, these come in matte black with red leather on the headband.

These new goggles are also compatible with non-DJI branded drones and third-party flight controllers like the F3 and Naze. The DJI Goggles RE support Sphere panoramic viewing and video streaming with the OcuSync Video…

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The rise of SPACs

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 Every few years efforts to redefine the IPO emerge, and as night follows day, investors get hurt and calls for tighter regulatory reform echo in legislative chambers and cable TV studios. The last significant “re-invention” emerged in the height of the dot-com boom when online brokers started selling newly issued shares directly to retail customers. We all know how that ended. Read More

Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Greatest Successes and Weaknesses With Wine (Software)?

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wjcofkc writes: As a distraction, I decided to get the video-editing software Filmora up and running on my Ubuntu box. After some tinkering, I was able to get it installed, only to have the first stage vaporize on launch. This got me reflecting on my many hits and misses with Wine (software) over the years. Before ditching private employment, my last job was with a software company. They were pretty open minded when I came marching in with my System76 laptop, and totally cool with me using Linux as my daily driver after quickly getting the Windows version of their software up and running without a hitch. They had me write extensive documentation on the process. It was only two or three paragraphs, but I consider that another Wine win since to that end I scored points at work. Past that, open source filled in the blanks. That was the only time I ever actually needed (arguably) for it to work. Truth be told, I mostly tinker around with it a couple times a year just to see what does and does not run. Wine has been around for quite awhile now, and while it will never be perfect, the project is not without merit. So Slashdot community, what have been your greatest successes and failures with Wine over the years?

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Trinket Chills Your Drinks

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Who wants warm drinks? Well, coffee drinkers, we guess. Other than them, who wants warm drinks? Tea drinkers, sure. How about room temperature drinks? No one, that’s who. It’s silly to buy a refrigerator to cool down a single drink, so what option are you left with? Ice cubes? They’ll dilute your drink. Ice packs and a cooler? Sure, they’ll keep your drinks cold, but they’re hardly cool are they? No, if you want a cold drink the cool way, you build a thermoelectric cooler. And if you want to build one, you’re in luck, because [John Park] has a …read more

The best streaming shows to binge-watch this Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is upon us, and for a lot of people, that means that we have an extended break from work to enjoy family and friends. It’s also a great time to finally get around to one of those shows that you’ve been meaning to binge-watch. There’s a glut of really fantastic shows out there. Here are our recommendations for something to stream while you’re sitting on the couch in a turkey-induced stupor.


Marvel’s The Punisher (Netflix)

Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, is out for revenge after the events of Daredevil. From the start of the season, Castle is a recluse, carrying massive emotional baggage from his time in Afghanistan. Drawn out of his shell by a string of compelling characters played by Amber Rose Revah, Ebon…

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How Hulu’s Runaways took its fresh look at superheroes directly from the comics

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Superheroes are a huge part of the 21st century pop culture landscape, but the characters spotlighted in TV and film generally weren’t actually created in the 21st century. Virtually every major DC and Marvel superhero project has been built around characters or teams created before the new millennium. They’re mostly older, well-known properties, which encourages showrunners and filmmakers to stick to old formulas and familiar character points. The resulting products can look fairly homogenized. Netflix’s Marvel series and The CW’s DC lineup have their individual charms, but they don’t deviate much in tone or structure.

But the exceptions have been memorable. When Jessica Jones debuted in the pages of Marvel Comics’ Alias in 2001, she…

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The Galaxy S9 will reportedly be a more iterative update and could show up at CES

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All the major smartphones of 2017 are out in the world, but it’s never to early to start thinking about next year’s flagships. Samsung is reportedly starting earlier than ever, with the company reportedly previewing the S9 and S9+ at CES in January, according to Evan Blass at VentureBeat.

The S9 and S9+ are said to be more iterative updates on the existing S8 and S8+ than the radical redesign Samsung offered this year. According to Blass, the new phones should see upgraded processors — likely Qualcomm’s forthcoming Snapdragon 845 — for an extra speed boost, but the biggest change is said to be Samsung moving the fingerprint sensor back below the camera, instead of the…

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