Jeff Goldblum can’t cook, hosts cooking show anyway

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I am a sucker for anything with Jeff Goldblum in it. That lovable weirdo schtick of his works for me (and, bonus, we learn he doesn’t believe in astrology). Who makes a series about cooking if they can’t cook? Jeff Goldblum does, of course. Here’s the second episode of “Cooking with Jeff.” Last time Jonathan Gold was his special mystery guest. This time it’s Bryce Dallas Howard… who also doesn’t cook.

Qualcomm unveils first mmWave 5G antennas for smartphones

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There’s a lot of pieces that need to come together to get 5G networks to work on mobile devices — new standards need to be agreed on, new modems need to be developed, and new networking hardware for towers needs to be rolled out. But Qualcomm might have just cleared one of the major hurdles with the announcement of its new QTM052 mmWave antenna modules, the first that have been announced that will enable the high-speed swath of networking spectrum to work with mobile phones.

That’s a big deal, because not all 5G is created equal. As Qualcomm’s own simulated test results from MWC earlier this year showed, users will already get big jumps in speed with lower-bandwidth 5G solutions, but the truly impressive leap forward will come from the…

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Gentleman snatches ball meant for kid at game, but Cubs make it right

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During yesterday’s game at Wrigley Field, one of the coaches tossed a ball to a young boy sitting in the front row. But when it slipped through his hands and rolled under his seat, a fully grown gentleman sitting behind him snatched it up and handed it to a woman he was sitting with.

From USA Today:

When first base coach Will Venable tossed a baseball to a young fan seated in the first row, the ball got away and bounced beneath the seat. That was when a middle-aged man in the second row grabbed the baseball and gleefully handed it to the woman next to him. They all had a laugh at the kid’s expense. It was senselessly inconsiderate.

Thankfully, the Cubs took notice to these fans’ behavior and made sure the young kid not only got himself a baseball but also one-upped those Adult Baseball Fans.

The Cubs made it up to the boy by giving him two balls, one signed by player Javy Baez.

This isn’t the first time an adult has grabbed a ball from a child at a game. Take a look at the montage below.

Via USA Today

Image: @Cut4/Twitter

Fail Of The Week: ESP Walkie, Not-So-Talkie

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The ESP8266 has become such a staple of projects in our community since it burst onto the scene a few years ago. The combination of a super-fast processor and wireless networking all on the same chip and sold in retail quantities for relative pennies has been irresistible. So when [Petteri Aimonen] needed to make a wireless intercom system for cycling trips it seemed an obvious choice. Push its internal ADC to sample at a high enogh rate for audio, and stream the result over an ad-hoc wi-fi network.

The result was far from satisfactory, as while early results with a …read more

Samsung’s latest Galaxy S9 ads are, of course, all about the iPhone X

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Samsung has released a new series of quick-hitting Galaxy S9 ads, which feature exactly zero footage of the actual Galaxy S9. Instead, the world’s biggest smartphone company has concocted a simulated Apple Store where a long-haired employee with an Apple logo on his T-shirt provides customers with unsatisfactory responses to their spec-related queries about the iPhone X. All of which make the S9 look better by comparison.

One person asks about the missing headphone jack on the iPhone X, apparently having ignored smartphones since September 2016 when the iPhone 7 first ditched the jack. It’s an amusing skit making a fair point, but by now most people in the Apple ecosystem have adapted to the dongle life in one way or another. Another…

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Importing NPM Modules to the Web as ES6 Modules

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I’ve been working on a way to make it easier to push content into my static site and it’s been a fun little exercise that I will share more in another post. In this post, I want to share the rollup config that I used to import nearly any NPM module into a front-end project using ES6 Modules.

I needed a quick way to import a simple module get-urls into my project. The module is well tested and it does what I needed… ignore the fact that it’s pretty easy to implement in a couple of lines of JavaScript. The problem I had is that my project is built in ES6, uses modules, and I didn’t want to have to bundle up using CommonJS (require).

The Return of RadioShack?

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We’ve been following the ups and downs of Radio Shack for a while now, and it looks like another chapter is about to be penned in the storied retailer’s biography – and not Chapter 11 bankruptcy this time.

According to the ARRL website and major media reports, up to 50 of the 147 US locations of HobbyTown, the brick-and-mortar retailer of RC and other hobby supplies, will soon host a “RadioShack Express” outlet. Each outlet will be up to 500 square feet of retail space devoted to electronic components that would be of use to HobbyTown’s core customer base, as …read more

Festicket integrates with Spotify to help you discover festivals you’ll like

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Festicket, the U.K.-based online booking platform for festivals, has integrated with Spotify to help you discover music festivals based on the music you listen to. Dubbed “Festival Finder,” the new feature requires you to connect your Spotify account to Festicket using Spotify login. After doing so, the platform pulls in data on your favourite artists […]

Sony announces world’s highest-resolution image sensor for phone cameras

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Sony’s smartphone division continues to turn in unimpressive performance, but the company remains the market leader in image sensors. Its latest design, the IMX586, promises a leap in image quality by dramatically increasing the resolution to 48 effective megapixels (8000 x 6000), which Sony says is the highest pixel count in the industry.

Image quality isn’t simply a matter of adding more megapixels — that can be counterproductive, with smaller pixels leading to noisy photos in low light. The 0.8-micron pixels used in this sensor will be the smallest on the market, in fact. But Sony says it’ll get around this by using a quad Bayer color filter array and allowing each pixel to use signals from the four adjacent pixels, which supposedly…

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PWAs: Building Compelling Apps With the Latest Mobile Web Technology

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Have you ever asked yourself why all apps aren’t web apps? Well, this is actually already the case on desktops and most of the apps you use at home and/or at work. When it comes to productivity apps, Microsoft, Apple, and Google all have full-featured web apps that are just as capable as locally installed desktop applications. As long as you have good wired or wireless internet, you can do nearly all of your work in Chrome, Edge, or Safari. Apart from specific categories, such as graphics, video editing, software development, and high-end gaming, you can do nearly everything in a web browser.

Mobile, however, is a different story.

IHC badge: It’s Not (Quite) a Nokia

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Electronic conference badges are an integral part of our culture, and have featured many times here. The norm for a badge is an exquisitely designed printed circuit board with some kind of microcontroller circuit on it, often a display, and some LEDs.

This is not enough though for [Mastro Gippo], for he has given us an interesting alternative, the shell of a Nokia 3310 mobile phone fitted with a new motherboard holding an ESP32 module, and of course that classic display. It is to be the badge for IHC Camp, which initialism if you hadn’t guessed stands for Italian Hacker …read more

Stanley Kubrick explains the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Eyes on Cinema posted a newly discovered 1980 interview with Stanley Kubrick in which he explains the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Here’s what he told journalist Junichi Yaoi:

The idea was supposed to be that he is taken in by god-like entities, creatures of pure energy and intelligence with no shape or form. They put him in what I suppose you could describe as a human zoo to study him, and his whole life passes from that point on in that room. And he has no sense of time. It just seems to happen as it does in the film.

They choose this room, which is a very inaccurate replica of French architecture (deliberately so, inaccurate) because one was suggesting that they had some idea of something that he might think was pretty, but wasn’t quite sure. Just as we’re not quite sure what do in zoos with animals to try to give them what they think is their natural environment.

Anyway, when they get finished with him, as happens in so many myths of all cultures in the world, he is transformed into some kind of super being and sent back to Earth, transformed and made some kind of superman. We have to only guess what happens when he goes back. It is the pattern of a great deal of mythology, and that is what we were trying to suggest.

From Open Culture:

The mysterious nature of the interview clip itself, a piece of the footage gathered in 1980 for a never-released Japanese documentary, suits the nature of the revelation. We see only Yaoi as he interviews Kubrick over the phone, but not, according to Pixar director and Kubrick superfan Lee Unkrich, because the director wasn’t there. Unkrich posted to Reddit that, as the Warner Brothers publicist who toured the Japanese crew around told him, “Stanley was actually at the studio that day, but didn’t want to meet with the crew and be interviewed on camera.” So even though we hear his voice on the phone, “he’s actually just in another office!”

Look at these little statues of vomiting animals I bought in a Tokyo subway vending machine

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I saw a plain-looking white vending machine inside Obuko Station in Shinjuku. It was selling a variety of small works of art, including a series of white animals vomiting colorful streams of food. They were 200 yen each (about $2). How could I resist? I don’t know who the artist is, or anything else about them other than the fact that they are awesome. I need one more to complete the set – a tiger. But they are “blind boxed” which means I don’t know what I’m getting until I open the box.

DIY Tiny Dyno

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The geared DC motor has become the bread-and-butter of the modern-day beginner project. Unfortunately, with the advent of vast online catalogs peddling a wide assortment of these mechanical marvels, validating the claim that one DC motor will outperform the others is a challenge.

Such is the dilemma that our own [Gerrit Coetzee] faced as he set out to buy these geared motors in bulk. In his initial teardown, he quickly compares the change in design, from the original which possess the two-part clutch that extends on overloading, to the clones with the feature disabled altogether.

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HOPE XII: Chelsea Manning

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Saturday’s talk schedule at the HOPE conference was centered around one thing: the on-stage interview with Chelsea Manning. Not only was a two-hour session blocked out (almost every other talk has been one hour) but all three stages were reserved with live telecast between the three rooms.

I was lucky enough to get a seat very close to the stage in the main hall. The room was packed front to back. Even the standing room — mapped out on the carpet in tape and closely policed by conference “fire marshals” — was packed with people standing shoulder to shoulder. The …read more

Comic-Con 2018 trailer round-up: Aquaman, Godzilla, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and more

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San Diego Comic-Con wraps up today, and it’s been a busy week for pop culture news. While big names like Marvel and HBO skipped the show this year, the show nevertheless showcased a number of big trailers from the films and shows slated to premiere over the next year or so.

Warner Bros. stole the show this year with its massive, two-hour Saturday morning panel, during which the studio revealed its slate of upcoming films: Aquaman, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and Shazam. The clips and trailers served as the weekend’s highest-profile reveals, but also proved Warner is about to be more exciting than it has been in years.

Of course, there were plenty more studios in town to hawk some serious…

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