Crowdfunding Maximum Plunder, a collection of 1,100 gig posters by Mike King

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Chloe from Portland’s Reading Frenzy writes, “Mike King has made more concert posters than any designer in America. This book contains more than 1000 of them. Spanning three decades of music, Maximum Plunder gathers together Mike’s work into a comprehensive retrospective. A five-year project, the book presents nearly 1,100 of his remarkable posters from every period in nearly every musical genre, from country to death metal, jazz to punk. You’ll see striking examples of Mike’s work for both internationally famous bands to barely-known local artists.”

Internet, Web Enjoy One Final Day As Proper Nouns

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An anonymous reader writes: The Internet and Web will be downgraded to “internet” and “web” tomorrow with the new edition of the AP Stylebook. Therefore, today marks their last day as proper nouns. The AP Stylebook is a manual that many journalists follow, offering a comprehensive guide to the usage of words, style, spelling and punctuation. “The argument for lowercasing Internet is that is has become wholly generic, like electricity and the telephone. It never was trademarked and is not based on any proper noun,” writes Tom Kent, AP Standards Editor. “The best reason for capitalizing it in the past may have been that the term was new. At one point, we understand, ‘Phonograph’ was capitalized.” The two names will join the likes of website (formerly Web site) and email (formerly e-mail).

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How not to get Likes on Facebook

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You might think small business owners would realize after the 10,000th viral local news story that forcibly dictating social media etiquette of customers tends to backfire. And yet here we are again.

City Park Apartments in Salt Lake City, Utah finds itself crushed under a flood of vindictive online retribution for demanding its tenants “friend” the company’s unofficial Facebook page within five days. Clearly, the landlord was unfamiliar with the more recent term, “Like,” and chose the antiquated “friend” instead. But wait, it gets worse. Anyone who does not comply could be found in breach of contract, according to a letter found on tenants’ doors last week.

Another unsettling quirk: you had to let City Park Apartments post photos of…

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Verizon employees return to work Wednesday after reaching agreement to end strike

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Over 35,000 Verizon employees will return to work on Wednesday after reaching an agreement to end their strike. The two striking unions, the Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, said that they had reached an agreement that’ll have Verizon stop outsourcing call center jobs and instead add 1,300 new positions in the US. They also secured raises of 10.9 percent over the next four years, among other new benefits in the contract.

Members of both unions still have to ratify the contract after they return to work on Wednesday. But that appears to be a formality at this point, now that the unions are promoting their gains and ending their strikes, which began on April 13th. “This agreement…

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Apartment In US Asks Tenants To ‘Like’ Facebook Page Or Face Action

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An anonymous reader writes from a report via Business Standard: An apartment building in Salt Lake City has told tenants living in the complex to “like” its Facebook page or they will be in breach of their lease. Tenants of the City Park Apartments said they found a “Facebook addendum” taped to their doors last weekend, asking them to “like” the City Park Apartments Facebook page. The contract says that if tenants do not specifically “friend” City Park Apartments on Facebook within five days, they will be found in breach of the rental agreement. In addition, the contract includes a release allowing the business to post pictures of tenants and their visitors on the Facebook page. Currently, the apartment building has a 1.1 star rating on its Facebook page.

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Young Hodor made a beautiful ballad about being Young Hodor

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I’ve only seen the first season of Game of Thrones and as such miss out on a lot of memes. But fortunately, last week’s Hodor / hold the door revelation was so easy for even the uninitiated to understand that I was able to enjoy the endless stream of bad jokes that popped up on Twitter.

But what do I really know about Hodor? Nothing! I’ve just been laughing at bad puns on the internet — at least until approximately 30 minutes ago when I was introduced to a deeply emotional ballad sung by one Sam Coleman, aka Young Hodor himself.

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Depth-sensing walker monitors and connects the elderly and mobility impaired

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friwalk tablet The so-called Internet of Things is often underwhelming — who really needs a tweeting oven? — but inspiring applications of embedded sensors and ubiquitous connectivity still appear, and sometimes from the most unexpected places. Take this smart walker, for instance: the same tech that goes into tacky toys and frivolous appliances could help an aging generation regain its mobility. Read More

How to build a ukulele from scratch

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The folks at Dremel have been featuring different makers, and this month they asked me to be their Dremel Maker. I was happy to do it because I’ve been using a Dremel Moto-Tool since I was 12.

I participated in a Facebook Q&A, offered some tips on Twitter, and made a ukulele from scratch. To make it, referred to the free plans for the acoustic travel uke, available from Circuits and Strings. Here are my build notes. This could be a fun family project.


As much as possible, I like to use materials I already have at home. For the neck, I used a piece of wood that was destined for the recycling bin. I’m glad I didn’t toss it out. I think it is pine, but I’m not sure. It’s 1.5 inches wide, .075 inches high, and two feet long. I cut the end as shown, and glued another cut piece to same end, using wood glue. I clamped it and let it set while I went to work on the rest of the uke.

I bought a 6-pack of 6 x 12 x 0.125 inch plywood on Amazon for $11. I used it for the body of the guitar and the fretboard. How did I know how to space the frets? I just held another uke against the new fretboard and marked the spacing with a pencil. If you don’t have a uke on hand, here’s a fret spacing calculator. Using a square – like the one shown – against a piece of wood’s factory edge is a good way to ensure parallel and perpendicular lines.

fretsYou can see that I used square toothpicks for frets. They work great, and are easier than fret wire. I removed the protruding ends with nail clippers and rounded them with my Moto-Tool.


Here’s a photo of the freshly glued frets and how I clamped them for drying.


The body is made from the same craft plywood. At first I tried to make a square body but then I realized it would be too short for the bridge. This was one of many mistakes I made along the way. I ended up making a rectangular body. The cut-out on the left is for the neck.


When gluing the body together, I used a bunch of scrap pieces of wood with right angles for bracing.


Instead of regular tuners, I used zither tuning pegs. C.B Gitty sells a 4-pack for $4.19. (Don’t forget to buy a tuning key!)


Here’s a block of wood glued to the inside of the body for the zither pegs to fit into.


Back to the neck: I used a rasp to quickly round the edges of the neck, followed by sandpaper. I made a bridge with a few scrap pieces of plywood glued together and shaped it with the Moto-Tool.


After gluing the neck and body together, I painted a geometric fireball on the front. I then sprayed many coats of acrylic sealer on the uke, then strung it. Here’s the finished instrument (see if you can spot the glaring mistake):




If I make another one like this. I’m going to use regular tuning pegs. It’s a bit of a hassle using the zither key to tune the ukuele.

Here’s a sample of the sound. (It sounds better than I can play.):

Many thanks to Dremel for sponsoring this build!

Panasonic To Stop Making LCD Panels For TVs

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AmiMoJo quotes a report from NHK WORLD: Japanese electronics maker Panasonic says it will stop making LCD panels for televisions, giving way to fierce price competition. The pullout from TV LCD manufacturing follows the company’s withdrawal from plasma TV production 3 years ago. They say they will continue to manufacture LCD panels at the plant for products other than televisions, such as medical equipment and cars. They say the company will keep making Panasonic-brand televisions, using panels supplied by other manufacturers. After Panasonic pulls out, Sharp and its Taiwanese parent firm Hon Hai will be the only producer in Japan.

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It’s time you learned the truth about geese

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Think about all the instances of geese you know and love from popular culture: Mother Goose, the Drake-approved OVO x Canada Goose collab, Grey Goose (got you feelin’ real loose). Take all of these warm, happy thoughts from your mind and throw them in the trash, where they belong. Because what I’m about to show you is going to change everything you know about geese.

Last weekend I went to Central Park and saw something peculiar:

I’ve never known geese to be violent, but this goose was mad. You can barely make out its tiny gaping mouth in this photo, but that goose is mid-hiss at the crowd that had formed around it and its goslings. You also can’t see the two other goslings just out of frame in this photo,…

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Samsung’s new 512GB SSD is incredibly small

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Samsung announced that it has begun production on its latest SSD, a 512GB NVMe PCIe fitted in a ball grid array package, making this hard drive smaller than a US postage stamp. Designed for the next generation of super-thin ultrabooks, the PM971-NVMe comes in at 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm, and weighs a gram. It will also “triple the performance of a typical SATA SSD,” Jung-bae Lee, Samsung’s senior vice president of memory product planning & application engineering team, said in a statement.

With read / write speeds of up to 1,500MB/s and 900MB/s, respectively, and the ability to transfer a 5GB video in three seconds, the PM971-NVMe is no slouch. Samsung says it will manufacture the SSD in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB…

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Nearly 1 In 4 People Abandon Mobile Apps After Only One Use

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An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: According to a new study on mobile app usage, nearly one in four mobile users only use an app once. TechCrunch reports: “Based on data from analytics firm Localytics, and its user base of 37,000 applications, user retention has seen a slight increase year-over-year from 34 percent in 2015 to 38 percent in 2016. However, just because this figure has recovered a bit, that doesn’t mean the numbers are good. Instead, what this indicates is that 62 percent of users will use an app less than 11 times. These days, 23 percent launch an app only once — an improvement over last year, but only slightly. For comparison’s sake, only 20 percent of users were abandoning apps in 2014. On iOS, user retention saw some slight improvements. The percentage of those only opening apps once fell to 24 percent from 26 percent last year, and those who return to apps 11 times or more grew to 36 percent from 32 percent in 2015. In particular, apps in the middle stage of their growth (between 15,000 and 50,000 monthly active users), saw the strongest lift with retention and abandonment, the report also noted. This is attributed to these apps’ use of push notifications, in-app messages, email, and remarking. While push notifications have always been cited as a way to retain users, in-app messages also have a notable impact — these messages improve users retention to 46 percent, the study found. 17 percent will only use app once if they see an in-app message, but those not using messages see 26 percent of users abandoning the app after one session.

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Samsung Starts Mass Producing New 512GB NVMe SSD That’s Smaller Than a Stamp

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An anonymous reader writes from a report via PCWorld: Samsung announced late Monday night that it has begun mass producing a new SSD that is tinier than a postage stamp. PCWorld reports: “The PM971-NVMe fits up to 512GB of NAND flash, a controller, and RAM into a single BGA chip measuring 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm and weighing just one gram, the company said. Samsung says the PM971-NVMe will hit 1.5GBps read speeds and 800MBps write speeds. The PM971-NVMe is built using 20nm NAND chips and includes 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM as a cache. The NAND is triple-level cell but uses a portion as a write butter. The drive will come in 512GB, 256GB and 128GB capacities.” While on the topic of hardware, Intel unveiled its Broadwell-E family, which consists of an “Extreme Edition” Core i7 chipset that has 10 cores and 20 threads.

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OkCupid is now matching people by their ‘flavors’

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Curation is hot right now, so OkCupid is going to curate dateable humans by their “flavor.” Are you a hardcore cuddler? A cunning linguist? Maybe a kinky nerd? (Note: due to some confusion over whether I was making these group names up, no; these are the real “flavor” choices.)

Users can define themselves by specific flavors and subsequently swipe through those users. Here’s how OkCupid describes its new match-making feature: “Flavors is kind of like turning vanilla ice cream into a sundae. You add the fixings like cherries and chocolate goo, and end up with something more satisfying.”

Hmm. I actually don’t understand that metaphor at all, but maybe I’m missing something? Oh wait, maybe I get it. We humans are all bland faces blending…

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Mophie releases an iPhone battery case with wireless charging

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Mophie has released a new line of battery cases for the iPhone that will allow users to wirelessly charge their smartphones. The new Juice Pack battery cases come with a wireless charging base that will recharge your iPhone while magnetically holding it in place, making it usable on vertical surfaces like in a car, or on a stand on your desk. The new Juice Packs are compatible with the iPhone 6 / 6S and 6 Plus / 6S Plus providing an extra 1560mAh and 2420mAh, respectively. (There’s also a version of the case for the Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge.)

The company is calling its new line of wireless products Charge Force, and is offering a desk stand and vent mount right out of the gate. But it’ll cost you if you want…

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7 of the internet’s best animated 404 pages

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androiddev101 Gone are the days where a humorous picture or phrase will get your site’s 404 page noticed. In a version of the internet where GIFs are the new text and videos are the new photos, it’s going to take a lot more than a witty phrase to stand out amongst the crowd.
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PayPal To Suspend Business Operations In Turkey Following License Denial

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: PayPal has announced the suspension of its business operations in Turkey as of June 6, citing failure to obtain a new license for its service in the country. Turkey has made recent efforts to promote its own domestic tech sector, advancing censorship laws and other regulation to push large international companies out of the market. PayPal, as the latest victim on this trail, posted a statement on its local Turkish website today: “PayPal’s priority has always been its customers. However, a local financial regulator has denied our Turkish payments license and we have had to regretfully comply with its instruction to discontinue our activities in Turkey.” The denial of PayPal’s license, by local financial regulator BDDK, comes following the introduction of new national rules in Turkey which require IT systems to be based within the country itself. PayPal runs its global business from a large portfolio of IT centers around the world. Turkey isn’t the only country tightening its grip on the Internet. The Iranian government has given companies behind popular messaging apps one year to move their data onto servers in Iran.

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No surprise, Google Home is based on Chromecast, not Android

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When Google announced its Home speaker to take on the Amazon Echo, I made a big assumption: it was essentially a super-powered Chromecast device at its tiny little heart. Making assumptions is a stupid thing for a tech reporter to do, but turns out this one was accurate. Amir Efrati at The Information has confirmed from “a person with direct knowledge of the plan” that Google Home will be based on the Chromecast.

It’s not a surprise at all: Chromecast and the Cast standard it uses are both one of the rare hardware success stories in Google’s recent history. It also makes sense because of what Google Home is mostly meant to do: grab information off the internet and tell it to you in a conversational way. Sending and receiving bits of…

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The Bachelorette, illustrated: welcome to The Chad Show

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The Bachelorette producers wasted no time in setting up this season’s villain — Chad, a protein powder-guzzling alpha male, embodying the misogyny of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, and the daily caloric intake of Michael Phelps.

Tell me, have you ever met a Chad who wasn’t a total douchelord? I dare anyone to step up with even just one solid example of a good guy named Chad.

Go away Chad

The dude is obviously overcompensating for something, because we start off the episode with a shot of him doing pull-ups with a luggage bag full of whey protein powder chained to his waist. There are a lot of things to unpack (lol) about this.

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