Slime after Slime, a slime-making parody of Time after Time

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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.

Thanks, Heather!

Meet crypto authors Michael Casey and Paul Vigna in New York next week

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 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

Interactive tool showing how sound waves work

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Josh Comeau, a software developer at the Khan Academy, has created a superb interactive tutorial showing how sound-waves work.

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!

Get a 1-year all-access pass to this 50-course business library

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Going back to school isn’t necessarily an option for everyone. Between the time commitments and steep tuition rates, there are obstacles aplenty as far as furthering education is concerned. However, that’s not to say it’s impossible to learn new skills. Excel with Business lets users access thousands of hours of online learning in Microsoft, business, technology, finance, and even personal wellbeing to get ahead, and one-year subscriptions are on sale for $99 in the Boing Boing Store.

With a one-year plan, you’ll get unlimited access to more than 50 courses as well as members-only classes and Q&As. Plus, you can earn CPD UK Accredited Certificates of Attainment for each course you complete, validating your training. What’s more, you can continue to boost your skills with access to all future courses added during your subscription.

A One-Year All Course Access subscription to Excel with Business normally retails for $348, but it’s available today for $99.

One-star ratings have worse grammar and spelling than five-star ones

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The folks at Priceonomics crunched some data and found that one-star product reviews online are more likely to have incorrect spelling and grammar than five-star ones. As they note:

According to our data, negative reviews have a higher rate of misspelled words and a higher rate of incorrectly used apostrophes. They tend to be longer and have more details as well. Five-star reviews typically are shorter and often don’t include punctuation. Across the board, reviewers make a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes – only 61% of reviews passed all our quality checks.

From our findings, we can say that when people are writing negative reviews, they create longer and more error-filled prose than those who are sharing positive reviews.

One could, of course, shake one’s head and conclude that trolls who like to tear things down are more incoherent than people who are trying to praise something. And that’s probably not entirely wrong, given the bimodal review-wars online. But the data here are actually kind of intriguing, because it turns out that the reviews with the highest incidence of spelling errors are actually the three-star reviews …

… and when it comes to using apostrophes, it’s the four-star reviews that have the most errors, followed by three-star; here, the one-star reviews are quite good, quite close to the precision-rate of the five-star reviews:

So it looks as though the less-well-appointed grammar is coming out the middle of the review-pack, not the bimodal head and tail.

But! As the Priceonomics folks point out, spelling and grammar aren’t necessarily always the best index of coherence. Artful writers — and idiomatic ones — violate the rules of spelling and grammar all the time, for aesthetic reasons. As Ben Crair pointed out a while ago, people have begun leaving out periods at the end of sentences so frequently (specifically to create an air of casual breeziness) that ending a sentence with a period can seem aggressive. And Gretchen McCulloch, my favorite Internet-age linguist, has tons of fun essays musing on the way language is morphing in our intertubal age.

(CC-licensed image above from Pixabay)

Eclectic Method’s newest remix: ‘Han Solo Song’

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Based in Barcelona, DJ and music producer Eclectic Method has pulled in the Star Wars universe once again for his newest remix, “Han Solo Song.”

He writes:

With the Han Solo movie on the horizon and The Last Jedi in the rear view mirror I thought it was time to remix everyone’s favorite space rogue pirate smuggler war hero. Han Solo Song is a rhyming remix through the 4 movies of Han so far. Rhymed mostly by Han himself with a Han Solo solo on laser blaster. This is my 10th Star Wars Remix.

You can check out all 10 of those remixes here.

The Legends Of Tomorrow filmed a disco music video in their spare time

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One benefit of starring in a show about time travel is that you get to try out looks from a whole bunch of different eras. And while decked out in their 1970s best for the recent third season episode “Here I Go Again,” Legends Of Tomorrow stars Caity Lotz, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Brandon Routh, and Nick Zano decided to put their outfits to good use in a disco-inspired music video set to the Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive.” Lotz uploaded the hilarious and perfectly choreographed disco tribute on her Instagram:

[Photo: DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow; Robert Falconer/The CW]

Procedurally-generated hairy balls

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Etienne Bouteille made a twitter bot that “renders hairy balls” every three hours. They’re not naughty, unless you benefit from extraordinarily versatile perversions, but they are all very hairy and very balls.

Check out Etienne’s guide to creating similar bots with Blender and a Raspberry Pi.

In total the system is composed of four different parts :

A Blender file?—?It contains your beautiful composition, material, lighting, etc.

• A script to run in Blender?—?This is were you will add procedural elements for your bot, that will be different in every picture

• A script to post your images on twitter?—?No point in rendering images if you don’t post them! This script will do that for you.

• The “crontab”?—?This is a little file on your Pi that will run your script at regular intervals

Learning The 555 From The Inside

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One way to understand how the 555 timer works and how to use it is by learning what the pins mean and what to connect to them. A far more enjoyable, and arguably a more useful way to learn is by looking at what’s going on inside during each of its modes of operation. [Dejan Nedelkovski] has put together just such a video where he walks through how the 555 timer IC works from the inside.

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Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 845 VR reference headset

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Qualcomm has revealed a new reference design for a Snapdragon 845 VR headset today. The headset uses the similarly named mobile Snapdragon 845 system architecture that the company announced last month, which can be used for VR and AR.

The Snapdragon 845 headset is capable of displaying two 2400 x 2400 pixel screens at 120 frames per second, which is considerably higher than most existing headsets. (HTC’s Vive Pro headset only offers 1400 x 1600 resolution per eye, for instance.)

Qualcomm has also incorporated foveated rendering with its new headset, which uses an eye tracker to figure out where the user’s eye is focused, and lower the resolution of the peripheral vision areas. The effect is that the focused areas can be rendered at a…

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Google debuts AdSense ‘auto ads’ with machine learning to make placement and monetization choices

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 Google is today unveiling a new ad unit for AdSense that taps into the company’s big push to add more artificial intelligence into its business, and to potentially bring on more publishers who might consider ramping up their advertising efforts but don’t have the time or other resources to manage them. Google is debuting “Auto Ads” — not commercials for cars, but… Read More

Ampler returns with three improved e-bikes for daily commuters

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Ampler Bikes is the plucky electric bicycle startup founded by a trio of childhood friends in Estonia. The company has shipped more than 800 smart bikes to 21 countries since the conclusion of its successful Indiegogo campaign in 2016, according to Ampler’s founders. Now they’re back with three new pedal-assist models that incorporate customer feedback to improve the overall commuting experience. The Curt, Stout, and Stellar models are all handmade in Tallinn with an estimated range of 70 km (43.5 miles) on a single charge from a integrated 336Wh battery and 250 watt rear motor.

The sporty Ampler Curt with deep rims and straight handlebars is my favorite model, available in both single- and 10-speed versions with an optional Gates Carbon…

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An Especially Tiny And Perfectly Formed FM Bug

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It used to be something of an electronic rite of passage, the construction of an FM bug. Many of us will have taken a single RF transistor and a tiny coil of stiff wire, and with the help of a few passive components made an oscillator somewhere in the FM broadcast band. Connect up a microphone and you were a broadcaster, a prankster, and probably set upon a course towards a life in electronics. Back in the day such a bug might have been made from components robbed from a piece of scrap consumer gear such as a TV or …read more

DIY Peristaltic Pump Keeps the Booze Flowing

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A few months ago we showed you a bar bot built by [GreatScott] that uses peristaltic pumps to food-safely move the various spirits and mixers around behind the curtain. The bar bot uses three of them, and at $30 each for pumps with decent flow rate, they added a lot to the parts bill. These pumps are pretty much the ideal choice for a bar bot, so what do you do? [GreatScott] decided to see if it was worth it to make them instead.

Peristaltic pumps are simple devices that pump liquids without touching them. A motor turns a set …read more

Dungeons and Dragons TV Tabletop!

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With little more than pen, paper, dice, and imagination, a group of friends can transport themselves to another plane for shenanigans involving dungeons and/or dragons. An avid fan of D&D and a budding woodworker, Imgurian [CapnJackHarkness] decided to build gaming table with an inlaid TV for their inaugural project.

The tabletop is a 4’x4′ sheet of plywood, reinforced from underneath and cut out to accommodate a support box for the TV. Each leg ended up being four pieces of 1’x4′ wood, laminated together with a channel cut into one for the table’s power cable. An outer ledge has dice trays …read more

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