Artist paints their 5-year-old son’s fantastic sea monster drawing

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This is such an extraordinarily fun creative project.

A working professional artist takes a 5 year old kid’s imaginative scribble of a sea monster, and repaints it with an adult’s skill, faithful to the kid’s vision.

IMGURian roydenlepp says:

“I’m a professional artist and I finally got to do that thing where you paint over your kids drawings. Behold! My 5 year old son’s sea monster.”

I love it!

5 year old’s sea monster

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Halloween Costume: Lunar Module Costume: Big Sis Lunar Lander, Little Sis Astronaut (with flag)

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The photo is priceless.

The video, I can’t even.

“Lunar Module (Charlie) and Astronaut (Ellie) Costume 2019.”

From their proud parent:

With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Charlie and I had been reading about the Apollo 11 mission and Neil Armstrong — and I cannot recommend the book “I am Neil Armstrong” highly enough.

Charlie (age 5) is the lunar module itself, and her little sister Ellie (age 2) is an astronaut.

Charlie enters the costume by crawling underneath and there is a pair of shoulder straps that she uses to lift the entire costume. The costume looks heavier than it is — it’s almost entirely made of foam and foamboard. The front hatch magnetically closes and magnetically stays open, and doubles as a candy sample input port. The ascent stage (top part) separates from the descent stage (bottom part with landing pads) as you’ll see below.

Check out the embedded IMGUR gallery at the bottom of this blog post for the whole step-by-step, and lots more cute images of the kids.

Past costumes:

• 2017 Squid.

• 2018 Horseshoe Crab.

• 2018 (Ellie) Traffic Cone.


Lunar Module (Charlie) and Astronaut (Ellie) Costume 2019

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Apex Legends is launching a duos game mode for the first time

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Battle royale shooter Apex Legends is getting a unique game mode fans have been asking about for months: duos. The limited-time duos playlist goes live on November 5th, developer Respawn announced today, and it will break with the game’s strict three-person squad format. In the past, Respawn has added limited-time solo events, but it’s never before allowed just two people to team up. If previous events are any indication, it’s likely Respawn will stick to 60-person matches, so 30 teams per game.

With the launch of Apex Legends back in February, Respawn has stuck to its guns with a tight focus on three-person squads. The entire game — including how firefights are designed to play out and the way subclass abilities combine together — is…

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Artist surgically removes Xenomorph from his drawing of a man

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“Xenomorph Extraction Video Tutorial” Here’s an updated version of this animation because it’s always good to remember how to extract a xenomorph. • • • • • #scifi #darkartist #alienmovie #darkart #jamescameron #ridleyscott #handdrawn #dark #prometheus #traditionalart #xenomorph #darkartwork #blackwork #animation #instagood #alien #blackandwhite #alienart #animated

A post shared by Jf Lemay (@lemay.jf) on Oct 13, 2019 at 11:14am PDT

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Samsung’s newest rugged tablet is available now in the US, starting at $599.99

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Samsung announced today that the Galaxy Tab Active Pro, its newest rugged tablet designed for people who work outdoors or in industrial areas, is now available in the US for $599.99. (Previously, it was only available in select markets.) It’s primarily a business-focused device, so you can currently only buy it from Samsung’s channel partners, but Samsung tells The Verge it will be available on at some point in the future. According to Samsung, an LTE-enabled version that works with the four major US carriers will be available on November 15th for $679.99.

The Tab Active Pro has a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 screen, up from the eight-inch screen in Samsung’s previous rugged tablet, the Tab Active 2, and will max out at a…

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Outlook for iOS is getting iPad Split View, Do Not Disturb, and smart folders

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Microsoft is planning some useful updates to its Outlook for iOS app in the coming weeks. If you’re an iPad user, then Outlook is about to start supporting Split View, so you can open your email list alongside your calendar. Drag and drop support is also on the way, so you’ll soon be able to drag links or text from a browser window into an Outlook email draft.

Alongside the iPad additions, Outlook for iOS is finally getting the Do Not Disturb feature. This has been available on Android for what feels like forever, and its introduction on iOS will include the ability to customize work hours and days. Do Not Disturb will silence email notifications on a scheduled basis, or even just by selecting an option like “Until Tomorrow” if you’re…

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Update your iPhone 5 before November 3rd to keep email, web, and GPS working

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If you’ve managed to hold on to your 2012-era iPhone 5 until now, you should probably update it before November 3rd.

You’ll need to update to iOS 10.3.4 in order to keep important functions including the App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing working, according to Apple. If you’re not sure which version you’re running, Apple has a support page about the issue, which also explains how to check which version you’re using.

Your phone needs the update because of the GPS time rollover issue. Basically, GPS devices measure date and time using a week counter, which is only able to count up to week 1,024, after which the counter resets back to zero. Since GPS requires accurate time data to function, the reset can disrupt location data, too….

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Vice suggests Millennial video game enthusiasts suck it up and admit they are old

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What is all the hubbub, bub? Gen X is doing just fine playing video games while it appears some Millennials are unable to keep up with the kids.


Those who grew up playing games online know just how easy it is to blame poor performance on factors outside of your control. That person who’s just absolutely wrecking you? They’re obviously hacking. And now, as Millennials grow older they have yet another convenient excuse at their disposal: I’m just getting too old for this shit.

But it’s the more likely scenario that’s the hardest to accept: It’s not that you’re getting worse at video games, it’s that everyone got a lot better. As a younger, bigger, and more-skilled generation has finally emerged to take your spot among the leaderboards, you cannot “git gud.” In our slow march towards oblivion, we must choose: get owned, or go play something else.

I have been playing games for so long that I must ‘invert-look’ on all games or I am unable to control them. Perhaps this learned up-down response from the days of the Atari 2600 is what keeps my play ‘trash.’

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The 2019 Halloween Candy Hierarchy

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It began, as all things do, with a geology joke. We ranked candy based on their location in various geological strata, both real and imagined. The strata, not the ranking. In 2006, we compiled years of lived experience into a hierarchy of candy preference for Halloween. Not all candy. Not all times. But for trick or treating purposes. 

Let’s talk candy rankings, then, which have become a kind of cottage industry in the last decade’s social-media age of the internet. In fact, candy rankings and arguments over their perceived accuracy might be the perfect distillation of what a certain kind of internet is good for. It lets people argue over opinion; its conclusions thus have to be constantly modified and adjusted; also there are no conclusions, of course, because it is a fickle game of idle speculation; it’s low stakes fun; and reasonable people can disagree with unreasonable arguments. These are great things for hashing out the enjoyment of various shapes of sugar. Good on you, social media. They are not necessarily great things that go beyond idle speculation, for actual democratic society, for governance or policy or the protection of human dignity. 

Candy, though. And Halloween. There will be rankings (immediately below), then deliberations on history (further below) and a beautiful chart (furthest below). There is a hierarchy. We are making our priority claim.


The Candy Hierarchy (2019)

Any full-sized candy barReese’s Peanut Butter CupsKit KatTwixSnickersCash, or other forms of legal tenderPeanut M&M’sRegular M&MsNestle CrunchTolberone something or otherMilky WayLindt TruffleRolosThree MusketeersHershey’s Dark ChocolateYork Peppermint Patties100 Grand BarSkittlesStarburstHershey’s Milk ChocolateHeath BarJunior MintsCaramellosNerdsMilk DudsHershey’s KissesJolly Ranchers (good flavor)Cadbury Creme EggsSwedish FishGummy Bears straight upSmarties (American)LemonHeadsGlow sticksMint JulepsVicodinPixy StixLicorice (not black)LaffyTaffyLollipopsMint KissesMinibags of chipsBottle CapsSmarties (Commonwealth)

Candy Corn

Now’n’LatersDotsKinder Happy HippoGoo Goo ClustersFuzzy PeachesHard CandyGood N’ PlentyLicorice (yes black)Reggie Jackson BarChicletsTrail MixHugs (actual physical hugs)Bonkers (the candy)MaynardsSweetums (a friend to diabetes)Healthy FruitBlack JacksPencilsThose odd marshmallow circus peanut thingsJolly Rancher (bad flavor)Spotted DickGeneric Brand AcetaminophenBox’o’RaisinsWhole Wheat anythingAnonymous brown globs that come in black & orange wrappers (Mary Janes)Creepy Religious comics/Chick TractsKale smoothieWhite BreadDental paraphenaliaGum from baseball cardsCandy that is clearly just the stuff given out for free at restaurantsBroken glow stick


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It’s “Evil Week” at Lifehacker. Check out their sneaky tips

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Lifehacker’s “Evil Week” tips aren’t necessarily evil, or even unethical. They are all a bit sneaky, though, but could come in handy under the right circumstances. For example, if you have to make a phone call and don’t want to get stuck talking to the person tell them your phone’s battery is almost exhausted. Instead of buying new plants, snip cuttings from plants belonging to others. If you want to get a better deal on your credit card (like getting points or skipping the annual fee) call and say you want to cancel your card. The credit card company will usually give you a retention offer so you change your mind.

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SiriusXM is coming to Google Assistant smart speakers and displays

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Starting next week, SiriusXM’s hundreds of channels will be available to stream using Google Assistant, making them easily accessible on smart speakers like the Nest Mini or smart displays like the Nest Hub. The feature will be available in both the US and Canada, and you’ll be able to request channels with commands like “Hey Google, play Howard 100 on SiriusXM,” or “Hey Google, play The Beatles Channel on SiriusXM.”

SiriusXM has been available on Alexa for a little while now, and the two companies even partnered last year to offer three months of the service for free to anyone who signed up using Amazon’s portal. This time, Google is offering a similar three-month SiriusXM trial for anyone who purchases a Google Nest speaker or Smart…

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Create Dynamic Rows With Custom MultiSelect Dropdowns In Angular 8

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In this article, we will learn how to create dynamic row and custom multiselect dropdowns, using Angular 8

How It Will Work

Angular’s multiselect dropdown component for web applications is easy to integrate and use. It can bind to any custom data source. A multidropdown checkbox is already available in Angular, as  ng-multiselect-dropdown, but, here, we are not using that. We are creating our own, plus we will add  functionality to select only two values in a checkbox.  This means that when we try to select more than two values, it will remove the first value and a select third.

Xbox Game Streaming hands-on: turn your Xbox into a game streaming server

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Xbox Game Streaming. | Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge

Microsoft is now allowing Xbox One testers to stream any games from their console to an Android phone or tablet. It’s part of a new Xbox Game Streaming feature that should make its way to all Xbox One consoles soon. While this might sound like Project xCloud, Microsoft’s preview of cloud-based game streaming, it’s a separate option that’s designed to turn your own Xbox One console into a streaming server.

Microsoft has offered a similar feature to stream Xbox games to Windows 10 PCs, but it’s now extending this to Android phones. I’ve been testing Xbox Game Streaming today, and it feels like an early glimpse at the future of Microsoft’s xCloud service.

Much like xCloud, Game Streaming uses the same Android app to access your Xbox One…

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Sonos launches trade-up program for its oldest products

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Sonos CR100 and CR200 Control

Sonos is letting people who own its oldest products trade them in for a more modern replacement. The new program offers a 30 percent discount to those who want to trade their Connect, Connect:Amp, ZP80, ZP90, ZP100, ZP120, or the first-generation Play:5 for something newer. Unfortunately, the Play:1 isn’t part of the list, as it was still available for sale relatively recently, even after being succeeded by the Sonos One and One SL.

If you have more than one of the eligible products, you’ll get the 30 percent discount for each one you trade up. You can register for the program on Sonos’ website where the company will also help customers find ways to responsibly recycle their old hardware.

The program comes as Sonos faces mounting…

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