Three Ways to Define Functions in JavaScript

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Functions are one of the key components in programming. They are defined to perform a specific task and can be called again and again to execute that task. The main difference between functions in JavaScript and other programming languages is that in JavaScript, functions are first-class objects, which means that they behave like objects and can be assigned to variables, arrays, and other objects.

This post discusses three different ways to define functions:

Recently unearthed home movie of Disneyland from 1956

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In 1955, Disneyland opened. In early 1956, Sherman W. Carter, Jr. took his family to the park and shot this home movie. The video was just uploaded to YouTube on July 1 by a family friend.

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The first part takes place in Frontierland, one of areas of Disneyland that has changed the most over the years. And yet there are many familiar sights as well. The park looks almost unrecognizable with so many of the trees and foliage still essentially saplings. Today it’s a veritable forest in the middle of Anaheim.

Be sure to pause the video at 0:21 where you can see three Jungle Cruise boats docked in Fowler’s Harbor, currently home to the Harbour Galley restaurant. I knew the water systems for the Rivers of America and Jungle Cruise were connected, but were you ever able to sail from one to the other in the past? We later see The Jungle Cruise with no water in the moat, so this likely just temporary storage.

Some other fun highlights to keep an eye out for; watch at 1:05 for a glimpse of the old gun fight skit atop the Golden Horseshoe Saloon. Then right after that, the Jungle Cruise with no water in the moat. Just a few wonderful shots of Tomorrowland right at the end too.

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Master Adobe’s Creative Cloud with these training courses

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Looking for a career in design? Then you’re going to need InDesign, not to mention Photoshop, Illustrator and the other versatile pieces of software in Adobe’s Creative Cloud. These training bundles are a great place to jump in and learn how to use them like a pro – so you can earn like one, too.

The Adobe Photoshop CC Training Bundle

This expert’s guide to Photoshop is geared to fine-tune any artist’s understanding of one of Adobe’s flagship tools. You’ll get tips on how to create composite images, customize filters and take any photo from the shoot to a fully edited masterpiece – all from recognized Adobe masters working in the field. Not only will you learn to do a ton of new things you didn’t even think were possible in Photoshop, but you’ll also learn the shortcuts that will let you do them faster. Pick up the full Adobe Photoshop CC Training Bundle for $19.

The Complete Adobe CC Training Bundle

Whether you’re just starting out in design or need an overall refresher, this bundle is your walk through all the components of the Adobe Creative Cloud. Each of these seven courses is a beginner-to-advanced boot camp in a different platform: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Animation. When you’re done, you’ll be able to not only use each of them independently but see how they can enhance each other. Grab the Complete Adobe CC Training Bundle for $29.

The Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud Training Bundle

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End.Game: a synth album from 19A0

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End.Game is a dark, dreamy synthpop album, all swooping pads, punchy beats and mysterious retro auras. It’s the work of Luscious-235, a joint-venture between Sid Luscious (of 80s fame fronting The Pants) and “the artificial entity known as Unit 235”.

This album immediately seizes a special place in my heart because it was inspired by my short story Mixtape of Lost Decade and its mythology of the 19A0s: a forgotten era between the 1970s and 1980s so culturally traumatic that it erased itself from our collective memory. Artifacts from the 19A0s, the story goes, now leak out through the internet and other liminal spaces—and here we are.

You can’t expect an unbiased review from me, then, but obviously you should go and buy this album right away.

It is, after all, an act of archaeology.

End.Game. by Luscious-235
Nonetheless, I loved Luscious-235’s particular grasp on its aesthetic, especially the straightforward production and intense lyricism. End.Game ignores the self-consciously soulless nostalgia that immediately marks a lot of modern synth as contemporary to the 2010s, instead going to the source: cool tech, mopey vocals and sense of cultural asynchrony. It comes from the 80s side of the 19A0 divide. It’s the sort of music I was trying to reacreate with trackers on a Commodore Amiga as a kid–an impossible emulation of something already uncannily out of time.

And here I am listening to Ocean City and Midnight Drivn, wondering if that’s the same lamborghini tearing down the night highways around not-Miami I imagined back then. Read the rest

Jaybird’s Vista earbuds overcome the company’s true wireless problems

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Jaybird is back with another attempt at truly wireless headphones with the Vista, a redesigned model that looks to fix the various issues that held back the company’s Run and Run XT models. The new buds improve on the old ones in nearly every way, including more reliable connectivity, a lighter design, better battery life, and USB-C for charging.

Jaybird already released a pair of truly wireless headphones this year in the form of the Run XT, but they were a lightly updated version of the company’s original truly wireless Run model from 2017. They also stuck with the same design and all of the same problems that the first-generation model had.

I’ve been using the Vista for about a week as my main headphones, and so far, they have held…

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LG updates Apple-endorsed UltraFine 5K Display with iPad Pro support

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LG has announced an updated version of its 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display, the monitor that Apple endorsed as the best option for the current generation of MacBook Pros but which has been unavailable for some months. The new model boosts power delivery to 94 watts and now offers USB-C connectivity as well as Thunderbolt 3. That means it’ll work with the 2018 iPad Pro over USB-C, though it’s not clear what resolution will be supported.

Otherwise, the product appears to be basically identical to its predecessor, so our buying advice will likely remain the same. LG’s UltraFine Displays have extremely good panels and excellent native support for macOS features, even including True Tone when hooked up to a compatible laptop. But their…

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Quentin Tarantino talks about the sounds in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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One of the things that really stood out for me in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is how he captured the sounds of the late 1960s. Everything from AM car radio speakers, to the way people talked, to KHJ Boss Radio disc jockey airchecks, to TV interstitials, to the rumble of gas-guzzling car engines, added to the perfect visuals of 1969 Los Angeles. In this podcast, Tarantino talks about how he got the sounds for the movie. One of his main sources of information was fan recordings of KHJ radio from the late 1960s.

Here is a great “rapid-fire salute to 93/KHJ Boss Radio in Los Angeles utilizing jingles and other production elements.”

And ere’s Alison Martino’s article for Los Angeles Magazine, “KHJ, L.A.’s Coolest AM Radio Station, Is Basically a Background Actor in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’” Read the rest

Mark Cuban says Facebook’s Libra is ‘dangerous’

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Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban called Facebook’s launch of Libra and its foray into cryptocurrency a “big mistake” in a recent interview with CNBC. This week, he joined Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel to further discuss his views on Libra and why he regards the new venture as “dangerous.”

Patel and Cuban also discuss artificial intelligence, net neutrality, breaking up Big Tech, investment opportunities that Cuban’s excited about right now, and more in the latest episode of The Vergecast. Below is a lightly edited excerpt of the conversation.

Nilay Patel: So let’s start with Libra because you literally were on CNBC recently and said, “It’s a big mistake, and it’s dangerous.” I actually agree with you, but go ahead and explain…

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Google Chrome 76 arrives, makes it harder to use Flash and easier to dodge paywalls

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Google Chrome’s last big feature was dark mode in Chrome 73 and 74, and version 75 didn’t bring much of note, but Chrome 76, out in stable form today, has some sneaky features you may want to know about.

While Adobe Flash won’t truly die till 2020 and has been blocked by every major browser in one way or another for several years now, Chrome 76 is taking it one step further. Not only are individual Flash items blocked by default, but now the entire browser feature is off by default as well. If you opt into the beta and head over to chrome://settings/content/flash, you should see the with the little “Ask First” setting flipped off instead of on, according to 9to5Google.

Another somewhat covert tweak: Google Chrome developer Paul Irish s…

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“Superflat” artist Takashi Murakami writes about himself

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Over at CNN, fantastically creative and influential Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is CNN Style’s latest “guest editor.” Along with commissioning a series of articles “exploring the theme of identity,” he wrote his own insightful and inspiring essay about his life as an artist. From CNN:

As a child, looking at paintings was absolutely boring. One standout memory was when, around the age of 8, I had to wait in line for three hours with my family, just to see the Spanish artist Francisco Goya’s painting at a museum in Tokyo. The work depicted Titan Cronus (or Saturn) eating his own children. The image was haunting and kept me up for many nights after. I think this profound experience, or trauma, formed the basis for my act of painting to this day. It taught me that if my work doesn’t move people and induce a “wow!” then it’s all for nothing.

Once I started grade school however, reading manga and watching TV anime became more important to me. No longer forced by my parents to go look at paintings, I became obsessed with “Ultraman,” robot anime and sport-themed manga about boxing and baseball. I believe these experiences have a lot to do with how I now make films and animations, alongside paintings and sculptures….

In seventh grade, I fell into a hole in the ground and broke my skull and some bones in my right hand. I couldn’t go to school for a month and subsequently failed to catch up academically.

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