Storeon: An Event-Based State Manager for Corvid

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In the article, “State management in Corvid,” Shahar Talmi brings up a question about controlling app states in Corvid. If you’re not familiar with Corvid, it’s a development platform running on Wix that allows you to quickly and easily develop web applications.

Accurately controlling the state of any app is a really big problem. If you have many component dependencies or need to handle constant user interactions, you’re going to suffer a bit when you want to eventually add a new feature or scale your application.

Save on an Amazon Fire TV Cube in time for the Super Bowl

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Super Bowl LIV is happening Sunday, February 2nd. So if you’re hunting for a device upgrade that will get you the best picture quality, there isn’t much time left to have orders delivered by game day — but you can still make it happen. We’ve pulled together a few relevant deals, as well as some general deals you should know about.

Assuming you already have a 4K TV that’s compatible with HDR10, the only set-top boxes that will stream the Super Bowl in glorious 4K HDR (well, it’s upscaled from 1080p, but it should look good nevertheless) are Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K and the Amazon Fire TV Cube. The more affordable option, the Fire TV Stick 4K, is $15 off of its usual price. That makes it $34.99 — likely for a limited time.

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Vergecast: iPad turns 10, Apple’s first quarter earnings, and Google’s Search redesign

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Here is your weekly reminder that every Friday, The Verge releases a tech news audio roundup via RSS feed for all to listen to at no extra cost.

This week on The Verge’s flagship podcast The Vergecast, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller discuss the iPad’s place in the world after ten years on the market, the results from Apple’s first quarter of the fiscal year 2020, and the changes Google made with the design of their flagship Search product.

There’s even more in between all of that — from Paul’s weekly segment “The cloud, but for kids” to the latest update in the ongoing streaming wars — so please, listen through to get it all.

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Adafruit Clue: A Micro:bit Form Factor Smorgasbord

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Limor, the brains behind Adafruit, has been inspired to explore the Micro:bit form factor and the result is this versatile board called the Clue. This is designed to be a logical next step after you’ve explored the basics on your Micro: Bit. Packed with sensors and a full color TFT […]

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Mattress shopping with a bad back

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The world is now filled with an insane variety of things you can sleep on. I ended up with a Purple 3 mattress, but holy cow — what a ride!

A while ago I moved all my stuff into storage except my 10+-year-old mattress. One marriage, one Great Pyrenees and who knows how many people who briefly tried to ‘relate’ to me later, that mattress had run its useful service life. As I re-emerge from #vanlife it has become time to purchase a new mattress.

I bought my first mattress in 1994. It was cheap. I gave it to my parents for a guest bed when I moved from Los Angeles in 1999. My parents still keep it in one of their guest bedrooms. I know this because I have slept on it an awful lot in the last few months, and my body hates me for it.

I move around a lot when I sleep and there is conjecture that this is because I am uncomfortable. I try to sleep on my back as it is ‘the best’ for my lower back problems, and I got problems. I invariably move from my back to sleeping on my right side, where I have damaged my shoulder from my last bed being too firm. After a while, I involuntarily roll to my left side where I was damaging my shoulder but now am on a bed far too soft for that. As the Beach Boys sang, I get around.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer includes the first look at cross-dressing Cloud

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One of Final Fantasy VII’s most memorable sequences happens early in the game. Cloud, in an effort to save one of his friends, disguises himself as a woman to gain access to the house of a lecherous mafia-like figure, complete with a very Bachelor-esque moment. Since Square Enix announced Final Fantasy VII Remake, many fans have wondered if, and how, the developer would reimagine the trip to Wall Market. The latest trailer for the game briefly addresses this, and the answer is, flamboyantly.

Much like in the original, the game will send Cloud to the Honey Bee Inn for some makeup and pampering. As a unknown character in the trailer explains, “true beauty is an expression of the heart, a thing without shame, to which notions of gender…

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A witch reviews the third season of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” and talks about what the show gets right and wrong

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My friend Peg Kay Aloi, a modern practicing witch, has two articles out on the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” In the first one, on Arts Fuse, she reviews the third season of the show and discusses the importance of the season’s plot arc (spoilers aplenty).

Also at the end of Season Two, Sabrina’s Aunt Zelda (the excellent Miranda Otto) renounced her marriage to Faustus, who turned out to be a misogynist patriarch. The coven of Satanic witches who preside over the shadow side of Greendale are a sort of elite society with their own boarding school. The daytime Greendale is all Scooby-Doo high school hijinks (with some intersectional activism and coming-of-age drama thrown in). Because of her duel nature, witch and mortal, Sabrina straddles these worlds. In Season One, her Sweet Sixteen Party was also her Dark Baptism, the ritual when witches must proclaim their allegiance to the Dark Lord. The Satanic antics are all rather arch and fantastical (Aunt Zelda’s smiling “Praise Satan” is now a popular meme), making this all rather fun and entertaining.

In her second piece, for Refinery 29, Peg compares the show’s TV hocus-pocus to modern, real-world witchcraft.

RIGHT: Sex can be part of witches’ magical workings

The show’s emphasis on sexuality keeps it firmly in the “adult” genre while also portraying a fascinating yet sometimes controversial aspect of modern witchcraft. Many of the seasonal holidays of Wicca have their origins in ancient rites performed by Europeans — including the rather erotic ritual of Lupercalia seen previously in Season 2, episode 3.

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This unique espresso maker belongs in every coffee-lover’s kitchen

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The morning coffee routine is a wonderful thing—offering ambitious people a chance to rid themselves of sleepiness and fatigue so they can confront the day’s challenges head-on. But if you’re looking to add some style to what’s probably by now a drab and somewhat boring caffeine routine, check out this Alessi Pulcina 3-Cup Espresso Maker, which delivers a perfect brew in a supremely sleek package.

Ideal for lovers of coffee and great architecture, this espresso maker will put some pep in your step and some modern style in your kitchen.

Crafted by the renowned architect Michele De Lucchi, this high-performance coffee maker is designed to stop dispensing your morning brew just before the coffee begins to develop that bitter aftertaste—allowing you to enjoy every sip at your own pace.

Its unique V-shape makes for a perfect addition to the home of any lover of great design, and you’ll be able to make and serve up to three cups at once.

Add some style to your coffee routine every day with this Alessi Pulcina 3-Cup Espresso Maker for just $49.99—over 55% off MSRP today. Read the rest

Incredible microscope video of an otherworldly green algae colony

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First discovered in 1700 by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the microscopic spheres in this video are Volvox, a genus of chlorophyte green algae. If you enjoy this video, its creator Shigeru Gougi posts absolutely astounding microscopy images on his Flickr stream. Want to explore the Volvox realm yourself? From Microbehunter Microscopy:

Microscopists who are interested in observing Volvox should try to investigate water samples from ponds and puddles. It is also possible to grow Volvox at home. Volvox likes to grow in nutrient-rich water. Dilute some plant fertilizer in water and add some pond water containing Volvox (or other green algae that you want to grow). Place the container on the window sill for several days but prevent direct sunlight as this may cause overheating, and drives out the CO2 for photosynthesis from the water. Alternatively, you can also use a plankton net to catch the colonies.

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An Earthship meets a tiny house

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When I was a teen, I lived for the Whole Earth Catalog, homesteading, building geodesic domes, solar power, communes, and other hippie fever dreams. But even back then, when I was literally making my own granola, Michael Reynolds’ concept of the “Earthship” seemed too crunchy granola. I suspected that building a house out of garbage — tires, cans, bottles, hay bales, rammed earth, etc. — seemed a bit much; likely fraught with issues.

But there were parts of the Earthship concept that I thought were smart then and still think so today — things like passive solar heating, ground convection cooling, berming, rainwater collection, greywater reclamation and re-use.

In this video on the excellent YouTube channel, Living Big in a Tiny House, host Bryce Langston visits an off-the-grid Earthship in Adelaide, Australia. This Earthship, while utilizing all of the Reynold’s concepts, also touches on another niche building idea that is currently all the rage: The tiny house. This Earthship is a tiny(ish) 750 sq. ft.

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That time a ninja turtle starred in pickle advertisement

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This ad features Raphael, the teenage mutant ninja turtle, brandishing pickles. It’s not a perfectly on-model Raph — one commenter at YouTube describes it as “my sleep paralysis demon” — but he’s perfect for the mood of the scene.

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Android Jetpack Tutorial: How to Implement Android Navigation Component in Your App

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From this Android navigation component tutorial, you will learn:

  • What is Android jetpack’s navigation component?
  • Benefits of the navigation component.
  • When to use navigation component.
  • How to implement Android navigation component in your application.

You must be hearing a lot about Android Jetpack, which is a set of components, tools, and guidance to make great Android apps.

How to Create a Simple Gantt Chart Using CSS Grid

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A Gantt chart is a handy type of bar chart that is used in project management for showcasing the schedule of tasks. This chart visualizes project activities as cascading horizontal bars, with width depicting the project’s duration. 

As a front-end web designer or developer, you can make use of Gantt charts to manage projects and enhance the productivity within your team. In this article, I’m going to show you how to create a simple Gantt chart using the CSS Grid Layout system — no external libraries or other fluff, just pure CSS. 

Prevent Users From Losing Unsaved Data

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There are many instances where a user fills some input in a form, edits that input, and then might attempt to leave the page that they’re on. However, often, we’ll want to secure the form in such a way that if someone navigates away or closes the browser tab, they should be prompted to confirm that they really want to leave the form with unsaved data.

Whenever these kinds of instances occur, you will see an alert appear on the top of your browser like this:

The DudeRobe puts the traditional boring bathrobe to shame

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Whoever said style, comfort, and function couldn’t coexist in the same garment within the same universe clearly hasn’t seen the DudeRobe—an unapologetically unique men’s hooded bathrobe that’s guaranteed to keep you both comfy and cool wherever your awesomeness may lead you.

A modern twist on the boring and underwhelming old bathrobes that tend to adorn so many closets throughout the world, this effortlessly sleek and practical robe has been re-engineered into something that guys today actually want to wear.

The DudeRobe combines a classic hoodie fit and style with a sweatshirt look on the outside and a supremely comfortable robe on the inside—making it perfect for lounging around the home or attending your friend’s pool party in unparalleled style.

It’s made with a 100% cotton exterior and a 100% French Terry interior, and a Never-Lost Belt™ is permanently attached to the waist—meaning you’ll always be able to cinch up on the fly.

Treat yourself to a rare combination of eye-catching style and comfort with the DudeRobe: Luxury Men’s Hooded Bathrobe while it’s available for 20% off MSRP at just $76.

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