English filmmaker Alex Garland has the right to demonstrate a bit of creative ego. After finding success with his debut novel The Beach at age 26, he moved to screenwriting, scripting the genre favorites 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Dredd. He seamlessly transitioned to directing with Ex Machina, a cerebral, thought-provoking look at artificial intelligence, personal agency, and what it means to be human. But at a Beverly Hills interview about his newest film, Annihilation, he came across as confident but surprisingly humble. He characterizes his successes as the result of creative collaboration a far cry from the solitary writing that launched his career.
Adapted from Jeff VanderMeers novel of the same name, Annihilation follows a…
Truly wireless headphones are the holy grail for Bluetooth headphone companies, but with the exception of a couple of models like Apples AirPods it seems like most of the industry is still trying to figure out how to get them to work.
Facebook Messenger now allows you to add more friends and family members to your audio and video chats while theyre still in progress. With a new feature introduced today, you can add people to an ongoing audio or video call while youre still talking, rather than having to hang up and manually add people into a conversation before restarting the call.
To add someone while youre on a video or audio chat, tap on the screen and select the new add person icon, then tap on the people you want to add. After youve hung up, you can message everyone in the conversation in an automatically created group chat in your Facebook inbox.
Its winter in New York, and heated jackets exist. Even heated jackets with apps exist. But until now, there hasnt been one that claims to be intelligent and able to automatically adjust to a wearers habits. Ministry of Supply launched a Kickstarter campaign today for its Mercury Intelligent Heated Jacket, which it says will learn wearers behavior over time and adjust its heating patterns in turn.
The jacket has three heating elements: one in each pocket and one in the back. Those are powered by a 10,000mAh (swappable) battery that charges over USB Type-A. Overall, the jacket produces 10 watts of heat and can reach up to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The heating elements turn off automatically if they exceed that temperature, Ministry…
Sequels are hard. For hit games, its even harder: following up something that was beloved by millions of people involves a balance of expanding your idea while also maintaining the stuff that made people love it in the first place. You only need to look at the lackluster receptions of recent big-budget gaming sequels that have dashed themselves to pieces on the rocky shores of fan expectations, like Destiny 2, Star WarsBattlefront II, and Middle-earth: Shadow of War.
A site like Buttrcup [NSFW] is hard to explain. Because the world is awash in “risqué” photography, why should we pay creators? And why does the world need another site dedicated to “sexy, risqué and yet not too explicit” content? Sure, because good, well-lit content that can actually benefit models is almost impossible to find. Created by Molly Murphy and Michael… Read More
Alexa-controlled toilets are a thing in 2018 but cost thousands. An enterprising person can make their own by following these instructions. It takes a bit of work, multiple components and about $750 (plus the cost of the toilet) but the end result is a voice controlled toilet and everyone needs that in their life. The trick is buying a bidet that has an IR remote and then using a Adafruit… Read More
Alto’s Adventure could be my most-played game on iOS. I spent countless hours on flights getting lost in the serene landscape offered in the game. To me it’s a satisfying mix of adventure and mindless pleasure. The sequel is now available on iOS and it’s even better than the first. As Darrell explains here, the new game has the same magic as the original but this time Alto… Read More
Netflix’s original programming is some of the best content out there, but an upcoming reality special called The Push looks bizarre at best and disturbing at worst. The company just released a trailer detailing the premise of the show, which you can watch below. According to host Derren Brown, a mentalist and illusionist (who, in the words of his website, has become “synonymous… Read More
My daughter tried several different ways to have the Seaworld dolphins come to her. She tried different toys, a cell phone, tapping the glass, and different movements, none of these worked consistently for her. She did some online research and found the comb method and thought shed give it a try. The next time she went to SeaWorld, she played the comb for the dolphins and they loved it!
Clever, but SeaWorld? Seriously…? Are we still taking our kids there?
A room full of young children got the opportunity to ask former Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher nearly anything they wanted.
They quizzed him with questions like, “What’s your favorite Disney movie?” (Finding Nemo) and “What instruments do you play?”(none).
When one boy called him “naughty,” Liam wasted no time bringing up his estranged brother Noel, calling him “naughty.”
It just got more beautifully awkward from there when one rosy-cheeked boy asked the hard-hitting question on everyone’s mind, “What’s your favorite fart?” (loud ones). Gallagher’s sage advice for the young’uns: “If you wanna be a rock star, look out the window, stare at the clouds and do loud farts.”
Parents know, kids can get really obsessed with making slime. She’s not that into baking but give my daughter some Borax and glue and she’ll spend hours mixing up batches of slime in our kitchen. She got so into it at one point that I started buying gallon jugs of Elmer’s glue just to keep costs down.
YouTubers The Holderness Family understand. They turned Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 Grammy-winning song “Time after Time” into “Slime after Slime,” a silly parody about this messy hobby.
By the way, this process is often described as scraping data with a browser.
A reminder that I’m going to have Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, authors of The Truth Machine, onstage with me next week at Knotel, a co-working and event space in Manhattan. I’d love for you to come. You can RSVP here and space is limited. It’s happening on February 28 at 7pm and will feature a 35-minute talk with two of the top writers in crypto. These guys literally wrote… Read More
It’s really, really good. I’ve used synthesizers for years, but never fully understood the soundwave mechanics behind “subtractive” and “addictive” synthesis — and while I generally understood the idea of noise-cancelling headphones, I couldn’t entirely visualize the physics of what was going on.
This tutorial walks you through the grit of how the sound waves are interacting with each other in each case, presenting you with interactive gewgaws to tweak so that you build up a sensual, intuitive appreciation for what’s going on. It’s really worth 10 minutes of your time — check it out!
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Without changing anything else in their daily routines, three people set out to discover how much they could strengthen their bodies just by doing 100 squats every day for 30 days. For those inspired to start their own 30-day challenge after watching this video, heres the proper way to do a squat: