Prodly announces $3.5M seed to automate low-code cloud deployments

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Low-code programming is supposed to make things easier on companies, right? Low-code means you can count on trained administrators instead of more expensive software engineers to handle most tasks, but like any issue solved by technology, there are always unintended consequences. While running his former company, Steelbrick, which he sold to Salesforce in 2015 for […]

Dreading 10x engineers, virtual beings, the fate of Netflix, and Salesforce’s acquisition

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The dreaded 10x, or, how to handle exceptional employees The reality (myth?) is that there are engineers who are ten times more productive than other engineers (some would argue 100x, but okay). Jon Evans, who is CTO at HappyFunCorp, dives into the strengths and weaknesses of these vaunted people and how to manage them and […]

Save with group discounts and bring your team to TechCrunch’s first-ever Enterprise event Sept. 5 in SF

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Get ready to dive into the fiercely competitive waters of enterprise software. Join more than 1,000 attendees for TC Sessions Enterprise 2019 on September 5 to navigate this rapidly evolving category with the industry’s brightest minds, biggest names and exciting startups. Our $249 early-bird ticket price remains in play, which saves you $100. But one […]

Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse looks amazing

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I loved Robert Eggers’ The Witch. It was a moody, masterfully shot masterpiece of slow-simmering tension, mistrust and the gentle hand that moves desperate people to make terrible decisions. I bought it and ripped it to watch on all the screens I own, as soon as it was released to video. Today I learned that Eggers’ second film, The Lighthouse, first broke cover at the Cannes International Film Festival, a few months back.

The trailer for the movie dropped earlier today and holy crap, am I ever invested.

I’ve watched it a few time today and I’m sucked in further with every viewing. Read the rest

Already regretting assigning Bret Easton Ellis to review Minecraft’s photorealistic texture pack

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My name is Herobine. I am twenty-six years old. I live in a data entity resembling an ultramodernist residence at x: 68;y: 73; z: 636 in the seed -98734659879863346. I believe in taking care of myself, in a balanced diet of fish, bread and cake, and a rigorous exercise routine of jumping up voxel hills.

In the morning, if my face is a little pixelated, I’ll put on a diamond helmet while farming my generators. I can get 100 levels a day now. After I remove the diamond helmet, I eat four apples. In the cave below my house, I clear out any mobs, then collect and throw all the rotten meat into the small lava pond beside it.

Then I apply a potion of regeneration which I leave on for ten minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use antidote potions with little or no alcohol because alcohol dries your textures out and makes you look older. Then elixir, then eye drops, followed by a final moisturizing tonic potion…

There is an idea of a Herobrine, some kind of abstraction lost in the thousands of hours you have abandoned to this game, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can see me fleetingly from a distance and feel fear gripping you and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.


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The Outer Worlds is coming to the Nintendo Switch

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I’d kill to see Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, or any of the Borderlands games come to the Nintendo Switch. They’re some of my favorite titles to turn to at the end of a long, stupid day when my brain is in desperate need of a bit of numbing. Sadly, so far as I know, there hasn’t been a reliable peep on the possibility of a port for any of them. Happily, Engadget plopped out some news today about a game that could be the next best thing to the titles on my wish list.

From Engadget:

Obsidian had already revealed its Fallout-esque sci-fi RPG The Outer Worlds will debut on PC, Xbox One and PS4 October 25th. Sometime after that, it’ll land on Switch too. Nintendo’s console is less powerful than Sony and Microsoft’s ones, and won’t pack as much punch as a typical PC, so it remains to be seen how well The Outer Worlds will run on the hybrid.

For this version, Obsidian is teaming up with Virtuos, which has helped bring the likes of Dark Souls Remastered and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age to Switch. There’s no firm release date as yet for The Outer Worlds’ arrival on Switch, but the UK eShop pegs the release date for sometime this year.

Obsidian was responsible for Fallout: New Vegas. From what I’ve seen in the trailer for The Outer Worlds, much of the humor of that old chestnut has made it alive into their space game. Read the rest

Houstonites! Come see Hank Green and me in conversation tonight!

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Hank Green and I are doing a double act tonight, July 31, as part of the tour for the paperback of his debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It’s a ticketed event (admission includes a copy of Hank’s book), and we’re presenting at 7PM at Spring Forest Middle School in association with Blue Willow Bookshop. Hope to see you there!

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Spot famous folks’ scrawls in the backstage “Autograph Room” at this legendary San Francisco venue

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Earlier this week, I bought tickets to see a concert in September (Gogol Bordello!) and wanted to see the view from our seats. I discovered that the venue, San Francisco’s legendary Warfield, has a terrific 360-degree virtual tour of the entire theater, backstage and all. It’s a bit of a rabbit hole but totally worth a look. Not only can you see the view of the stage from anywhere in the theater but you can also visit its green room (spacious), “Jerry’s Room” (Jerry Garcia’s “second home”), and this Autograph Room. The theater calls it a “hidden gem” and it sure is! Zoom in closely to the walls (and ceiling) to try and spot the Sharpie-d art and autographs of famous people you know. I was able to find both Penn and Teller’s and Beck’s fairly easily.

(The seats I nabbed have a fantastic view, by the way.)

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Nintendo Switch Lite is available for preorder

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Nintendo’s smaller, cuter, more portable new console is coming September 20th, and now you can pre-order one. It comes in yellow, teal, gray or
white with scribbles and it costs $200. Those are Amazon links; daddy gets paid if you order through them.

The Verge:

“Nintendo says there’s no performance difference between the two models, and you can still use the same accessories with the Lite, including Joy-Con controllers, the Switch Pro Controller, and the Poké Ball Plus. The Switch Lite still supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC, and has built-in gyro controls.”

But you cannot connect it to a television, a thing people are just not seeming to understand about it. This is a fair assuption, as the whole point of calling the Switch “Switch” was that it could switch between a living-room and portable console. So calling this one the “Switch Lite” is an example of branding inverting meaning in the halls of high capitalism. They should, of course, have called this new portable-only device the Nintendo Snatch. Read the rest

Bond villains ranked

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There are, in Esquire’s counting, 104 Bond villains as of July 31, 2019. It categorized and ranked them, creating the perfect tour of the franchise’s best bits.

59. Nicknack

The Film: The Man With the Golden Gun
The Actor: Herve Villechaize
The Basics: Dedicated and diminutive manservant

If Herve Villechaize wasn’t such a spirited performer, Nick Nack would be near the bottom of this list. The loyal right hand to Francisco Scaramanga, he spends the bulk of The Man With the Golden Gun going above and beyond the call of duty, even attempting to avenge his deceased employer in an extended, unnecessary, and hugely embarrassing epilogue. He may be at the center of one of the worst Bond movies, but Villechaize makes it watchable.

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Summing up the Democrats’ debate: Colbert’s scorching monologue

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“It’s hard to sum up what happened tonight. But most of it was a bunch of guys with no chance to win the Democratic nomination yelling Republican talking points at the people who can. It was like watching the seven dwarves offering Snow White a poison apple.”

Stephen Colbert Hits Long-Shot Dems for Spewing ‘Republican Talking Points’ at CNN Debate [Matt Wilstein/The Daily Beast]

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Best Quality CBD Gummies for Wellness

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Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Unlike the more well-known cannabinoid THC that gets you “high,” CBD can be extracted from industrial hemp, which is legal nationwide under the Hemp Farming Act included in the 2018 Farm Bill.

The science is developing, but people use CBD widely with claims that it acts as an anticonvulsant, analgesic, anxiolytic and a gentle sleep aid. With and without the presence of other cannabinoids, CBD is used to help with PMS, and as a support for focus, and against anxiety.

Pet owners are now dosing their pets with veterinary formulations of CBD to calm them down during thunderstorms or when traveling. (Editor’s Note: DO NOT GIVE YOUR PETS THC, or CBD products that are formulated for humans. Talk to your veterinarian first.)

If you want to find the best quality CBD gummies, oil, vape or edibles though… good luck. The market is flooded with junk.

Unhealthy CBD Products

If you take a look at the vast variety of CBD products available on the market now, it’s difficult to rationalize how you could think of most of them as health and wellness products. The market is full of CBD infused candies packed with sugar more suited for a trick-or-treat bag than an item you might find in a medicine cabinet. Read the rest

Middle-age woman has been using face filter to fool her large audience into thinking she is young

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Up until a couple of days ago “Your Highness Qiao Biluo” was a popular blogger in China, with 100,000 followers on the live streaming site Douyu. She appeared as a stylish young woman. But a technical glitch removed the filter she’d been using, revealing her to be much older than her filter made her look.

From Oddity Central:

Your Highness Qiao Biluo stopped streaming right after the now famous glitch, but the scandal only made her more popular. Her currently inactive Douyu account has over 650,000 followers, compared to around 100,000 before the incident, and the 58-year-old is already making plans for a comeback. She’s started taking advertisements for beauty cameras like the one she used to fool her followers, and is planning to launch a music video.

This makes me think that the technical glitch might not be an accident, but a carefully thought out strategy. Her Douyu account is on hold, but her subscriber account has lept to 650,000.

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ASP.NET Core Health Checks Quick Start

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ASP.NET Core comes with built-in support for health checks that allow us to monitor system health. It’s not about logging or advanced monitoring — it’s about giving quick information if the system is okay or not. This blog post shows how ASP.NET Core health checks work.

Health Checks at a Glance

A health check is a quick check for system health. It can be a simple yes-no style check, but it can also check multiple components. It’s like visiting a doctor for a regular checkup; the doctor performs a few tests and tells you if everything is okay or not. If something needs more attention, then there will be a follow-up appointment. If everything is fine, you’ll see the doctor again in the next six months or so. 

10 Powerful Node.JS Frameworks to accelerate the Web Development

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Node.js has several frameworks that make web app development more convenient and efficient. Let us have a look at some of the most powerful Node.js frameworks that can accelerate web app development for your 


Hapi.js is one of the most powerful frameworks of Node.js. It is feature-rich and powerful. It is used to build an application that interfaces with APIs and other software applications.

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