The history of rock in 100 guitar riffs

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Alex Chadwick and his 1958 Fender Strat present one hundred great guitar riffs of all time in one 12-minute take. (The only riff here I can play is Blitkreig Bop, but fortunately, it’s the best one.)

From Open Culture:

So central is the riff to the catchiness of a song that one could write an entire history of rock ‘n’ roll in riffs, which is exactly what Alex Chadwick has done in the video above, opening with the groovy jazz lick of 1953’s “Mr. Sandman” and wrapping up with St. Vincent’s “Cruel.” Though the more recent riffs might elude many people—having not yet become classic rock hits played at hockey games—nearly all of these 100 riffs from 100 rock ‘n’ roll songs will be instantly familiar. The video comes from music store Chicago Music Exchange, where employees likely hear many of these tunes played all day long, but never in chronological succession with such perfect intonation.

The Quick Guide to Ruby Tools and Extensions

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Developers already know of Ruby as one of the most popular and beloved programming languages in the world. And while it’s not the hot new language anymore, it continues to power well-known applications like Twitch, SoundCloud, and Hulu, as well as the project-management tool Basecamp, open-source repository GitHub, and the hospitality marketplace Airbnb.

At its core, Ruby’s value is that it allows developers to write less code while accomplishing more than other languages and frameworks. The challenge is that Ruby on Rails, the primary framework for the Ruby language, is "opinionated software." It codifies under the assumption that there is "a best way to do things," and encourages users to design that way (and in some cases to discourage alternatives).

How Etak Paved the Way to Personal Navigation

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Our recent “Retrotechtacular” feature on an early 1970s dead-reckoning car navigation system stirred a memory of another pre-GPS solution for the question that had vexed the motoring public on road trips into unfamiliar areas for decades: “Where the heck are we?” In an age when the tattered remains of long-outdated paper roadmaps were often the best navigational aid a driver had, the dream of an in-dash scrolling map seemed like something Q would build for James Bond to destroy.

And yet, in the mid-1980s, just such a device was designed and made available to the public. Dubbed Etak, the system …read more

Netflix’s Kiss Me First has an unusually personal take on gamer culture

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In Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the bestseller Ready Player One, the lines between heroes and villains are clear, because the bad guys are faceless soldiers driving identical cars, while the good guys have shown off their creativity by customizing their personal avatars and rides. But the message of individuality over being part of a collective rings hollow in a world where the heroes are part of a monoculture imposed by the immersive game’s creator, who decreed that to learn its greatest secrets, players must consume and analyze all his personal favorite pop culture. The crowds of players look diverse on the surface, but they’re all sporting designs that would be pleasing to a white, straight American man who came of age in the…

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Fortnite ‘Playground’ mode almost ready

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After releasing and withdrawing their long awaited ‘Playground’ Limited Time Mode (LTM) due to server load problems, Fortnite is poised to bring it back.

Popularity of Epic’s massive 100 player Battle Royale tanked the Playground mode on release. Epic failed to realize just how popular a practice/friends only/clip making mode would be.

Playground mode will let players practice with their friends. Allowing folks to learn to aim and to build outside of a Battle Royale. 4 players get 1 hour to do anything they can imagine on ‘The Island.’ Resources are 10x, every spawn for loot will be populated, and players will respawn after an elimination.

Already a wild time, Fortnite just got a lot more competitive.

Maruman Mnemosyne remains my favorite note paper

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For note taking with a fountain pen, which I do, there is no better paper than Maruman Mnemosyne.

While there is a lot of variety in ink, and I like to swap between several colors and pens, Maruman Mnemosyne is the most reliable paper I’ve found to write upon with my fountain pens. It takes a lot of ink to bleed through, doesn’t feather very much, and allows my nibs to glide over the paper.

I like quad-ruled paper, as well. Makes it easier for me to sketch things, or to organize the page. College-ruled paper annoys me.

Mnemosyne was the Greek goddess of memory and gave birth to the muses. “Nemo” is right there in the middle. He’s my dog.

Maruman Mnemosyne Inspiration 5 mm Grid 6.3 x 8.3″ via Amazon

When The Going Gets Tough, These Wheels Transform To Tracks

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When we want to build something to go where wheels could not, the typical solution is to use tracks. But the greater mobility comes with trade-offs: one example being tracked vehicles can’t go as fast as a wheeled counterpart. Information released by DARPA’s ground experimental vehicle technology (GXV-T) program showed what might come out of asking “why can’t we switch to tracks just when we need them?”

This ambitious goal to literally reinvent the wheel was tackled by Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center. They delivered the “Reconfigurable Wheel-Track” (RWT) that can either roll like a wheel or travel on …read more

Nintendo’s NES Classic is getting a new wireless controller in time for its relaunch

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Nintendo is relaunching the miniature NES Classic today, but that’s not all retro fans have to get excited about. 8BitDo has also announced a new, redesigned wireless controller for the micro console, which is available today for preorder. The company previously made the best wireless option for the NES Classic back in 2016, and while the new version isn’t a huge shift, it does include a few notable improvements.

The biggest change is the addition of a dedicated home button, something Nintendo still hasn’t added, even with the SNES Classic follow-up. The gamepad also features a slightly different layout, with the four main face buttons arranged in a square, as opposed to a cross, and a new darker color scheme. Other than that, the new…

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After 16 years of war, Battlefield V is a turning point

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Battlefield 1942 came crashing out of nowhere in 2002, and introduced war gaming fans to the thrilling experience of huge multiplayer battles on large maps, filled with chaos. You’ve probably seen at least one “Battlefield moment”: someone jumping out of a plane and hopping in another one mid-air, or three soldiers riding a horse with flamethrowers. And yet, despite the spectacle, after 14 Battlefield games and all kinds of advances in technology, the experience largely feels the same. But after playing an alpha preview of Battlefield V this week, I’ve seen signs that the series is finally at a turning point.

The most visible change leading up to this point has been the inclusion of (totally rad) women, leading to one of the most…

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The history of the S’more

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When my son was very young, he referred to S’Mores as “ores,” as in, “I really want an ore. Can we make some ores?” We always laughed but apparently the original name is indeed a “Some More,” at least according to the 1927 edition of the Girl Scount manual “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts” where the treat was first mentioned. From Smithsonian:

The oldest ingredient in the s’more’s holy trinity is the marshmallow, a sweet that gets its name from a plant called, appropriately enough, the marsh mallow. Marsh mallow, or Althea officinalis, is a plant indigenous to Eurasia and Northern Africa. For thousands of years, the root sap was boiled, strained and sweetened to cure sore throats or simply be eaten as a treat.

The white and puffy modern marshmallow looks much like its ancient ancestor. But for hundreds of years, creation of marshmallows was very time-consuming. Each marshmallow had to be manually poured and molded, and they were a treat that only the wealthy could afford. By the mid-19th century, the process had become mechanized and machines could make them so cheaply that they were included in most penny candy selections.

Let Us Tell You S’more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat(Smithsonian)

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Linux Fu: Scripting for Binary Files

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If you ever need to write a binary file from a traditional language like C, it isn’t all that hard to do. About the worst thing you might have to deal with is attempts to fake line endings across Windows and Linux, but there’s usually a way to turn that off if it is on by default. However, if you are using some type of scripting language, binary file support might be a bit more difficult. One answer is to use a tool like xxd or t2b (text-to-binary) to handle the details. You can find the code for t2b on …read more

Fortnite’s big Saturday event will only happen once, in real time

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Fortnite is gearing up for a big season event this weekend, and the word is that it will be something you can actually miss if you’re not careful.

If you’ve played recently, then you know that Fortnite is hinting that something is happening soon. For one, there’s a timer that is displaying on certain in-game TVs — and it’ll reach zero at 1:30PM EST, this Saturday.

You may have also heard that the game is blasting a siren near its evil super villain lair. This location was introduced in season four, but as of yet, Epic has yet to do anything with it.

We do know, however, that…

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TrendKite expands its PR analytics platform by acquiring Insightpool and Union Metrics

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TrendKite is making its first two acquisitions — according to CEO Erik Huddleston, they give the company “the last two components” needed for a complete PR analytics platform. Until now, TrendKite’s main selling point was the ability to look at the articles written about a company and measure things like the audience reached and the […]

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