#Woodworking: American Flag Made From 2x4s

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“I made a wooden flag out of 2x4s for my oldest friend from high school who works as a peace officer. I grinded and sanded it to look like it it blowing in the wind and used a torch to burn in the dark areas.”

From Redditoror and IMGURian GoodlyEarth.

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I made a waving wooden flag out of 2x4s for my peace officer friend who I’ve know since high school. I used a torch to burn the dark colors into the wood.

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Fan-Made: Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’ string art

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Love this wonderful rendition of the BeatlesYellow Submarine‘ album cover, in string art, which was of course so very much of the era of this record’s release.

From R/crafts, and by @meltsir — who mounted it on a piece of spray-painted wood.

What a wonderful reminder that patience can result in truly surprising beauty.

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Calling all hardware startups! Apply to Hardware Battlefield @ TC Shenzhen

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Got hardware? Well then, listen up, because our search continues for boundary-pushing, early-stage hardware startups to join us in Shenzhen, China for an epic opportunity; launch your startup on a global stage and compete in Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhen on November 11-12. Apply here to compete in TC Hardware Battlefield 2019. Why? It’s your chance […]

Delicious honeycomb slice beekeeping video

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Get a load of this delicious video of a beekeeper slicing that honeycomb down, from which to extract this year’s honey harvest.

It’s so sweet and sticky and amazing I literally can’t handle it!

“Is this what you people want

“And the 2019 honey season is in the bag,” says beekeeper and IMGURian chop655. “Pulled ~30-35 gallons (360-420lbs) for the year. Bee kind to each other.”

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Is this what you people want?

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Dear Democratic candidates: Yes, I have a Google

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Google Search Algorithm

Dear Democrats,

Look, I know being a politician means you mostly don’t live online (with the possible exception of Andrew Yang and #Yanggang). I just wanted to let you know: I have a Google.

Also, if Google search for some reason should fail, there’s Bing. There’s DuckDuckGo. If I am remotely interested you, I’ve learned how to spell your name — though the truth is, I probably don’t even need to do that correctly because these search engines are good enough that they can guess what I am doing.

So: You really do not need to say “WEBSITE DOT COM” in your statements. Just send us to your website! I mean, points to Kamala Harris for originality (she’s got a dot org) but seriously, I am perfectly capable of a Google search…

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Samsung Won’t Let Android Tablets Die, Announces the Galaxy Tab S6

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Samsung is one of the only companies still producing tablets to rival Apple’s iPad. Today the company announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, its latest high-end tablet, for $649. Pre-orders start August 23, and the device ships September 6. Samsung says there will be an LTE version available later. Ars Technica reports: The Samsung Tab S6 features a 10.5-inch 2560×1600 OLED display, a 2.84GHz Snapdragon 855, and a 7040mAh battery. The base version has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, with a higher tier of 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. For cameras, there’s an 8MP front camera, while the rear gets a 13MP main camera and a 5MP wide-angle lens. The device is down to 5.7mm thick and weighs 420 grams. This is Samsung’s first-ever tablet with an in-screen fingerprint reader. Interestingly, it’s an optical reader instead of the ultrasonic tech that the Galaxy S10 uses. Somehow, on a 10-inch tablet, Samsung couldn’t find room for a headphone jack. Even Apple, which ditched the headphone jack two years ago, still puts a headphone jack on iPads. Samsung is apparently declaring war on the headphone jack with this round of updates — the Galaxy Note 10, launching next week, is expected to dump the headphone jack, too.

The S-Pen comes with the tablet but doesn’t stow away inside the body; instead, a groove on the back of the tablet gives it a spot to magnetically attach to. Of course, don’t expect the tablet to sit flat on a table with a big pen attached to the back. As with other newer Samsung devices, the S-Pen now comes with a battery and some Bluetooth functionality, allowing it to do things like work as a remote shutter button for the camera. A new “Air action” gesture system lets you do things like change the camera mode or scroll through pictures with a flick of the pen.

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Here comes Big Boy: a children’s story

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After spending 50 years on display in a museum, the world’s largest steam engine is finally getting to stretch its wheels and blow the cobwebs out of its steam whistle for a journey across the Midwest. Big Boy, as the locomotive is known, is sparking delight in all the towns he visits. The Union Pacific Railroad restored the historic train engine to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

I have a two-year-old son, so as you can imagine I read a lot of books about trains. Often the same book about trains, over and over again, until it basically has scrambled my brain. Now I’ve been tasked with writing my own children’s story about trains, in honor of Union Pacific locomotive No. 4014, aka Big…

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The person who made this aesthetically pleasing charging station obviously doesn’t have a cat

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@aniacopian

Updated 2:22PM ET, July 31st: We heard back from Ani Acopian. She does not own any cats. That explains it!

This door-mounted setup can charge every device at the same time — and it’s one of the most elegant charging stations I’ve laid eyes on.

This setup, built by filmmaker Ani Acopian, provides more than just a tidy home for headphones, camera batteries, a drone and its controller, portable battery packs, and AirPods. This station can charge all of it at the same time, without any stray cables in sight. Each device is connected to the same power source, though it’s hard to tell because the cables are so masterfully hidden behind the mount.

I usually feel pretty good about my cable management habits, but this is some next-level sorcery….

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Amazon launches a personal shopper service that sends monthly curated clothing boxes

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Amazon announced today that it’s launching a new fashion-oriented service that’ll send Prime subscribers curated clothing options every month. The service, called Personal Shopper by Prime Wardrobe, allows Prime members to answer a survey about their fit and trend preferences and then receive clothing that fits their desires. The survey questions cover patterns they like, their measurements, budget preferences, and the clothing styles they prefer. That survey goes directly to Amazon’s stylist team which then curates items and brands based on each person’s answers.

Up to eight pieces of clothing will be included in every monthly box, which the subscriber can preview before it ships. Everyone gets a seven-day try-on period, and then, of…

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In Hobbs & Shaw, the Fast & Furious crew is basically the X-Men

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The Fast and the Furious series has undergone some profound changes since 2001 when the franchise launched with a film about LA car enthusiasts who fund their passion for illegal street races by boosting DVD players. (It was a different era.) The original film wasn’t exactly a low-key indie, but nothing about it suggested that it would eventually evolve into a globetrotting action franchise that pitted Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his ever-expanding crew against international terrorists and other nefarious foes.

The series has switched genres a couple of times, but at this point, it resembles nothing so much as the X-Men (not the superpowered mutants of the movies so much as the X-Men from the long-running comics, in which colorful…

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You can save $25 on Apple’s second-generation AirPods until later tonight

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AirPods, Apple’s truly wireless headphones, are $25 off of their regular $159.99 price at Rakuten until tonight at 11:59PM ET, July 31st. To get in on this deal, you’ll need to create a free Rakuten account, then paste HND24 in at checkout.

These AirPods are Apple’s latest model and come in the standard, non-wireless charging case. If you’re looking for what sets these apart from the first-generation model, it’s the H1 wireless chip. It allows hands-free “Hey Siri” voice commands and speeds up the time it takes to switch between, say, your iPhone and iPad, or whatever else you’re connected to. It also lowers the audio latency while you play games and adds an additional hour of battery life during talk time, totaling three hours per…

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