20 of the best deals we were able to find this week

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It’s a brand new year, and that means it’s time to hit those resolutions lists so you can take on both your personal and professional lives with a new level of tenacity and overall awesomeness. It also means, however, that it’s time to land some of the best deals on the best-selling items of 2019, and we’ve listed 20 of them right here.

1. FusionLens™ for iPhone

MSRP: $85 | Sale Price: $80 (6% off)

Your iPhone’s camera is already pretty impressive, but this clip-on lens will take your smartphone photography to the next level by allowing you to take HD anamorphic, wide-angle, fisheye, and 360-degree shots with the push of a button.

2. TaoTronics 120″ 16:9 Projector Screen

MSRP: $30 | Sale Price: $25 (16% off)

Transform virtually any room into a full-fledged movie theater with this 120-inch semi-permanent projection screen, which boasts a 160-degree viewing angle, premium PVC canvas, and 10 grommets that make it easy to quickly put up and take down.

3. Joan 6: Meeting Room Display

MSRP: $549 | Sale Price: $500 (8% off)

This Fortune 500-approved display provides a comprehensive overview of meetings, team availability, room information and more—all within a compact enclosure that’s easy to install on any clean surface. Used by more than 800,000 office workers globally, this display also allows you to quickly check the availability of up to nine rooms.

4. Blue Light Blocking Glasses

MSRP: $60 | Sale Price: $30 (50% off)

Protect your vision and sleep better through the night with these blue-light-blocking glasses, which feature comprehensive UV400 protection, proprietary tints, and a specialized filter to block out harmful blue light. Read the rest

Eric Raymond Stumped By Documentation’s ‘Reproduction’ Problem

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Eric Raymond has been working on a tool called reposurgeon for editing version-control repository histories — those “risky operations that version-control systems don’t want to let you do.” But this led to some interesting thoughts about documentation:

“Why doesn’t reposurgeon have easy introductory documentation” would normally have a simple answer: because the author, like all too many programmers, hates writing documentation, has never gotten very good at it, and will evade frantically when under pressure to try. But in my case none of that description is even slightly true. Like Donald Knuth, I consider writing good documentation an integral and enjoyable part of the art of software engineering. If you don’t learn to do it well you are short-changing not just your users but yourself…

If you go looking for gdb intro documentation, you’ll find it’s also pretty terrible. Examples of a few basic commands is all they can do; you never get an entire worked example of using gdb to identify and fix a failure point. And why is this….? High-quality introductory software documentation depends on worked examples that are understandable and reproducible. If your software’s problem domain features serious technical barriers to mounting and stuffing a gallery of reproducible examples, you have a problem that even great willingness and excellent writing skills can’t fix.

Of course my punchline is that reposurgeon has this problem, and arguably an even worse example of it than gdb’s. How would you make a worked example of a repository conversion that is both nontrivial and reproducible? What would that even look like…? Having identified the deep problem, I’d love to be able to say something revelatory and upbeat about how to solve it…. Unfortunately, at this point I am out of answers. Perhaps the regulars on my blog will come up with some interesting angle.

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These gorgeous roses can last for a year without any upkeep

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Valentine’s Day always tends to creep up on even the best and most thoughtful gift-givers—leading people to scramble to the flower store on the big day in vain. So this year for Valentine’s Day, give the gift of long-lasting roses that will both stand the test of time and arrive directly at your loved one’s door with these best-selling premium rose packages.

1. Rose Box™ Golden Box & Long-Lasting Roses

MSRP: $249 | Sale Price: $187 (25% off)

Make that special person in your life feel extra special this Valentine’s Day with this unique box of 9 to 10 long-lasting roses that will stay fresh for a full year without any maintenance.

2. Rose Box™ Velvet Gray Box & Long-Lasting Roses

MSRP: $199 | Sale Price: $150 (25% off)

Available in a variety of colors, this velvet box of roses comes with 8 to 10 flowers that will stand the test of time without any upkeep.

3. 24 Rose Square Box

MSRP: $350 | Sale Price: $215 (38% off)

Available in red, yellow, blue or pink, these 24 everlasting roses come wrapped in a luxurious black velvet box.

4. 24 Roses Round Box – Red

MSRP: $350 | Sale Price: $200 (42% off)

Perfect for a significant other or a family member, these long-lasting roses come in a variety of colors and are handpicked by local farmers.

5. Red Everlasting Rose

MSRP: $155 | Sale Price: $105 (32% off)

Perfect for lovers of Beauty and the Beast, this gorgeous rose comes with its own beautiful crystal glass case that will protect it for months to come. Read the rest

Take your gaming to the next level with these Nintendo Switch accessories

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The latest Nintendo Switch console is undeniably awesome, but these nine best-selling and top-rated accessories will take your Switch gaming experience to the next level. From wireless controllers to projectors, you’re sure to find something here that will change the way you play for the better.

1. 8BitDo® SN30 Bluetooth Gamepad (Red)

MSRP: $30 | Sale Price: $24 (20% off)

Play your favorite games in unparalleled retro style with this Game Boy-inspired Bluetooth gamepad that comes in a variety of colors.

2. Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Audio Adapter

MSRP: $60 | Sale Price: $40 (33% off)

Connect your favorite wireless headphones to your Switch for a more immersive, wire-free gaming experience with this simple audio adapter.

3. Nintendo Switch Battery Charger Case

MSRP: $60 | Sale Price: $40 (33% off)

This charger case will give your Switch twice the battery power when you’re on the move—ensuring that you’ll never have to take a break from your favorite games.

4. Wireless Controllers for Nintendo Switch

MSRP: $50 | Sale Price: $38 (24% off)

These unique controllers will dramatically expand the functionality of your Switch, by allowing you to customize and configure each button and control. They even feature an accelerometer and gyro-sensor for added awesomeness.

5. GameCube Controller Adapter For Wii/PC/Nintendo Switch

MSRP: $20 | Sale Price: $10 (50% off)

Play your Switch (or even your Wii or PC) with the convenience and functionality of a GameCube controller with this external adapter.

6. Nintendo Switch Dual PokeBall Charging Dock

MSRP: $15 | Sale Price: $10 (33% off)

Charge your Switch in style with this PokeBall dock that offers a sleek and stylish design along with overcharge protection for your gear. Read the rest

Here’s how to plan for a trip to Japan

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I’ve been to Japan at least 8 times, so I feel like I am pretty good at knowing what I need to do before I go. This video, “Must-Do Things Before Flying to Japan” has a number of useful tips, like how to book a good restaurant in advance, how to get a SIM card, how to book tickets to Disneyland, how to get a rail card, how to get a visa (most countries give you 90 days with no visa required), and which medications not to bring with you. Read the rest

The Root on that PETA ad, the NFL, and frustration with it all

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Michael Harriot’s take on why the NFL rejecting PETA’s ridiculous ad is so notable is the best I have read.

…On one hand, PETA gentrifying the movement for social justice by likening the “human prejudice of fur coats, trained circus tigers and ribeyes” (yes, they actually said that), to the institutional racism that permeates America is despicable but expected. It’s just the next logical leap from Black Lives Matter to White and Blue Lives Matter. We know that whites are always gonna white, especially at the Super Bowl. I’m sure, somewhere in the PETA office, there’s someone explaining that “this is what MLK would have wanted.”

On the other hand, I am not on the NFL’s side either. The NFL might contend that they don’t want to invite such a divisive political statement during the most-watched television event of the year. But you know what else is white as fuck?

The Donald Trump ad claiming America is stronger, more united and more prosperous, which is scheduled to air during the Super Bowl. Or the $11 million Michael Bloomberg ad that will air during the Super Bowl. Or—and I just like to list things in groups of three—perhaps the whitest of them all:

The Super Bowl itself.

So, yes I’m conflicted. I can’t decide if my position of “Fuck PETA” is strong enough to overcome my “Fuck the NFL” stance. It’s like watching that time when white supremacist Richard Spencer lamented that Donald Trump isn’t racist enough. Or if Chris Cilizza played a game of Stupid Jeopardy!

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New machine learning algorithm produces “near-perfect” fake human faces

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Face-synthesizing algorithms often struggle with facial details like eyes and teeth. These features sometimes get pinned to a fixed spot as a head turns, resulting in an uncanny valley dweller.

A new algorithm, StyleGAN2, fixes this problem and produces “eye-poppingly detailed and correct images.” It can also generate never-before-seen cars, churches, and animals.

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Volunteers needed to cuddle pigs

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Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary in Leesville, South Carolina is seeking volunteers to cuddle pigs and, eventually, adopt the animals as pets. The organizations rescued more than 200 pigs from a Kentucky property about a year ago. After suffering abuse and neglect, the pigs need more human time before they are ready for their forever homes.

“These pigs weren’t socialized because they lived in such large numbers,” said Joshua Carpenter Costner, the sanctuary’s director of operations. “We noticed how quickly a lot of them were coming around when we spent time with them, and in order to find them homes, we thought it was a good idea to have people start coming out.”

According to the ad posted on Facebook, “belly scratches, cookies, sitting with, and even just talking to our pig friends can get them ready for their new home.”

(CNN)

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Save on Amazon’s 4K Fire TV devices, the Pixel 4, and more

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Super Bowl 2020 will broadcast tomorrow on Fox Sports, and kickoff will happen at 6:30PM ET. Whether you like American football or not, the occasion presents a chance to save on Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube. And if you want to watch the game in 4K HDR, these are the only devices that will get the high-fidelity stream through the Fox Sports app.

For a quick breakdown of the prices, the Fire TV Stick 4K is $34.99, which is $15 less than its usual cost. Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is considerably more expensive at $99.99, though the hike up in price comes from its extra features, including its ability to work like a smart speaker and to control other devices in your entertainment system with its built-in IR blasters. Links for both…

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7 new trailers you should watch this week

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I finally got to see Sorry to Bother You the other week since I am, temporarily at least, a Hulu subscriber again, and that’s where it’s currently streaming. It’s a great movie with a tough political viewpoint that feels all its own, at least among (arguably) mainstream films. It’s all the more impressive considering that it’s the debut feature from Boots Riley.

One thing I particularly appreciated was, after the fact, getting to read some of Riley’s writing offering insight into how he saw his characters and why his movie was crafted the way it was. So often, stories are left out there like singular, pristinely drawn objects that could only ever have existed one way. In a (since deleted) note on Twitter, Riley spoke to other ways the…

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This Week in Apps: Apple’s record quarter, dating apps under investigation, Byte launches to problems

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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to […]

This Bodum pour-over coffee maker works great and looks pretty cool

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This Bodum pour-over coffee maker with a permanent stainless steel filter works great and is one of the cheapest I found.

This thing works to make pour-over coffee and costs less than $20. If you want pour-over coffee this is a pretty good way to get there. I started drinking pour-over a few weeks back and prefer the smooth taste.

I also prefer hot coffee to cold so there is that.

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Intentionally distressed sweater looks like a cat’s ripping it up

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Straight from Latvia comes a sweater that, when worn, looks like a cat is hanging off your back and holding on for dear life with its claws. A red heart and the simple word “cat” are there to possibly remind us that our feline friends are to be loved even when they’re ripping up our stuff. Made by Etsy shop Rata Blanca Sweaters and is currently sold out.

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This accessory is perfect for conquering a wide range of odd jobs both indoors and outdoors

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Anyone who works in the great outdoors or in a variety of fields that require the use of a good old-fashioned blade every now and then needs to have a good knife handy at all times. But walking around with a blade in your pocket all day simply isn’t practical (or safe) for most of us.

Enter the Higher Objects© Sawyer Utility Bracelet, which makes it easier than ever to safely and discreetly carry a blade in any environment.

Perfect for police, construction workers, campers, fishermen, and pretty much anyone else who needs to be able to get themselves out of a bind quickly and safely, this wearable multitool lets you fashionably carry a sharp knife and a handy screwdriver right on your wrist.

This practical and stylish accessory is perfect for conquering a wide range of odd jobs both indoors and outdoors, and it’s so light that you’ll barely notice it on your wrist when it’s not in use.

It also features a genuine leather strap that fits all wrist sizes and is made to stand the test of time—regardless of whether you primarily use your blade on camping trips or in your tool shop.

Outfit yourself with this practical and fashionable utility while it’s available for over 35% off MSRP at just $24.99. Read the rest

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