Leafcutter Designs’ mini mailbox is made for the tiniest of letters and packages

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Leafcutter Designs of Oakland, California now has adorable mini metal mailboxes ($18 each) made to stuff full of their tiny letters and packages. Wee key included. You may already know that Leafcutter’s founder Lea Redmond is behind the popular World’s Smallest Post Service.

This mailbox “bank” is perfect for sending tiny mail within your household, or for use as a keepsake box. Children and adults alike can have fun redistributing tiny mail by way of this super cute, sturdy collection box.

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19 Typography Tips That Will Change the Way You Design for the Mobile Web

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More than 90% of all information on the web consists of text. Although designers spend a lot of time deciding the graphics, interface, and style of the page, an equal amount of time is required for choosing the perfect typography. Especially when it comes to mobile devices, the typography of the mobile web requires special attention since it comes with two major challenges – available space and typographic size. This article will relay 19 typography tips that will help you unlock an impressive UI for your mobile web design.

Give Some Space

Mobile typography is not about arranging letters on the screen; it is about arranging them in a way that will make them easily readable to users. Utilize white space properly and give adequate room between the letters, lines, and paragraphs so the user can read the content properly without the need to zoom in.

See you in Poland next week

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I’m heading back to Europe to hang out in Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland. Are you ready? I’ll be at a Wroclaw event, called In-Ference, which is happening on December 17 and you can submit to pitch here. The team will notify you if you have been chosen. The winner will receive a table at TC Disrupt in […]

Intel’s Architecture Day 2018: The Future of Core, Intel GPUs, 10nm, and Hybrid x86

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It has been hard to miss the fact that Intel has been vacuuming up a lot of industry talent, which brings with them a lot of experience. Renduchintala, Koduri, Keller, Hook, and Carvill, are just to name a few. This new crew has decided to break Intel out of its shell for the first time in a while, holding the first in a new tradition of Intel Architecture Days.

Through the five hours of presentations, Intel lifted the lid on the CPU core roadmaps through 2021, the next generation of integrated graphics, the future of Intel’s graphics business, new chips built on 3D packaging technologies, and even parts of the microarchitecture for the 2019 consumer processors. In other words, it’s many of the things we’ve been missing out on for years. And now that Intel is once again holding these kinds of disclosures, there’s a lot to dig in to.

Edit and merge PDFs easily with this game-changing Mac app

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Businesses of any size continue to use PDFs despite – and perhaps because of – their stubborn resistance to simple editing. But for those who need a little flexibility on their documentation, the search is over for alternative software. PDF Expert for Mac is the catch-all solution for wrangling those PDFs, and it’s available at a one-time low price.

PDF Expert for Mac is Apple’s Editor’s Choice for good reason. It makes editing PDFs as easy as it should be, with a smooth interface that allows you to open and read large files in a jiffy. Sign your documents, edit images or text, change links, add outlines or annotations – it’s all at your fingertips. When you’re done, the app makes it simple to share your PDFs across multiple devices, and you can even password-protect specific documents for added security.

The top paid app in the Mac App Store, PDF Expert for Mac is currently 75% off at $19.99 – the last time you’ll see it at this price. Read the rest

102-year-old woman breaks record for world’s oldest skydiver

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Irene O’Shea of Athelstone, Australia just broke the world record for the oldest female skydiver. She’s 102 years old. This isn’t her first jump though. This badass centenarian started two years ago when she turned 100.

ABC reports:

Sunday’s skydive, which broke the world record, “went smoothly,” SA Diving said, describing her as “an absolute joy to have in the dropzone.”

O’Shea’s daughter died of motor neurone disease years ago, according to SA Diving. She saw this year’s skydive as the “perfect opportunity” to raise money and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of South Australia.

O’Shea jumped from 14,000 feet at SA Skydiving’s Langhorne Creek Dropzone with instructor Jed Smith, a 24-year-old paramedic who she made her previous jumps with. The pair fell at about 136 mph before the parachute was deployed, according to SA Skydiving.


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A Pi Cluster to Hang in Your Stocking with Care

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It’s that time of year again, with the holidays fast approaching friends and family will be hounding you about what trinkets and shiny baubles they can pretend to surprise you with. Unfortunately there’s no person harder to shop for than the maker or hacker: if we want it, we’ve probably already built the thing. Or at least gotten it out of somebody else’s trash.

But if they absolutely, positively, simply have to buy you something that’s commercially made, then you could do worse than pointing them to this very slick Raspberry Pi cluster backplane from [miniNodes]. With the ability to …read more

LG to unveil home brewing hardware at CES 2019

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Being able to dance and dodge my way out of attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas every January is one of the most important acts of self-care I commit to all year long. While it’s always nice to catch up with colleagues at CES, the crush of human misery, drunk assclowns looking to cheat on their partner while they’re off the leash in Vegas, and the multiple viruses that make the rounds each year at the event are a few of my least favorite things. This year, however, I almost regret turning down the opportunity to eat at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill every day for a week in between appointments and trips to the Las Vegas Convention Center: LG Electronics is said to be unveiling a fancy new home beer-brewing kit.

From Tom’s Guide:

Similar to other home brewing systems, the HomeBrew uses capsules that contain everything you need—malt, yeast, hops, and flavoring—which you insert into the machine, add water, and press a button.The machine then sets the correct brewing temperature and time, and in about two weeks, will produce up to 10.5 pints (1.3 gallons) of beer.At launch, five packets will be available: American IPA, American Pale Ale, English Stout, a Belgian Witbier and a Czech Pilsner. The HomeBrew also has a self-sanitizing process, to ensure that your batch of beer isn’t skunked. An app will also let you monitor the progress of the brew. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of making beer at home.

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Here’s a sneak peek of ‘Documentary for the Recently Deceased: The Making of Beetlejuice’

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A feature-length documentary about the making of the 1988 cult classic Beetlejuice is in the works. The film is being made and directed by French Beetlejuice superfan Fred China and produced by Adam F. Goldberg (The Goldbergs) and Lee Leshen (Back in Time, Ghostheads).

Here’s its trailer:

They’re currently running a second crowdfunding campaign to cover the cost of more interviews. (To note: For €25 you can get the doc’s movie poster –shown above– which was created by Kyle Lambert, the creator of Stranger Things art.)

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Toast Printer Prints Tasty Images And Weather Forecasts

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Electrical Engineering degrees usually focus on teaching you useful things, like how to make electronic devices that actually work and that won’t kill you. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun on the way. Which is what Cornell students [Michael Xiao] and [Katie Bradford] decided to do with T.O.A.S.T: The Original Artistic Solution for Toast. In case the name didn’t give it away, this is a toast printer. The user supplies an image and a bit of bread, and the T.O.A.S.T prints the image onto the toast. Alternatively, the printer can show you the weather by printing …read more

FPGA Hack Becomes An Atari Game Genie

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The Game Genie is a classic of the early 90s video game scene. It’s how you would have beaten the Ninja Turtles game, and it’s why the connector in your NES doesn’t work as it should. They never made a Game Genie for the Atari 2600, though, because by the time the Game Genie was released, the Atari was languishing on the bottom shelves of Toys R Us. Now though, we have FPGAs and development tools. We can build our own. That’s exactly what [Andy] did, and his Game Genie for the 2600 works as well as any commercial product …read more

Sensu Go Is Here!

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Sensu Go is now in General Availability (GA)! Sensu Go features human-centered design by making it easier to use Sensu; we went from operations having to do the heavy lifting to creating a user-centric, self-service, and highly scalable product.

The agent in Sensu Go is smaller, which makes it easier to maintain total visibility by having Sensu everywhere. Additionally, the workflows are greatly improved: sensuctl, the new Sensu command-line interface, lets you deploy monitoring checks à la Kubernetes (e.g., sensuctl create -f http-service.yaml) along with deploying check plugins using Sensu’s newly released assets. What’s more, Sensu Go makes it easier to integrate metrics into your monitoring event pipeline, supporting aggregating metrics in a variety of industry standard formats such as Prometheus, StatsD, InfluxDB, and Nagios, to name a few. We baked all of these changes (and more!) into this latest, open source version of Sensu as part of our vision for empowering operators through sharing of tools, techniques, and knowledge.

Apple’s HomePod at $249, one of the best deals this year, is back at B&H Photo

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In case you missed the few opportunities around Black Friday to find the Apple HomePod for $249 — $100 off of its usual price — here’s another one. B&H Photo is offering a limited supply of the HomePod in both its black or white color options for $249. For perspective, $249 for a new HomePod is still $50 cheaper than Apple offers for refurbished models.

There are a lot of smart speakers on the market from the likes of Google and Amazon, but Apple’s debut to the space is unique in a few ways. It’s tailor-made for those who are all in on Apple products and services (though, not super friendly to those outside of that walled garden.) It’s small, yet it can fill most rooms with clear, detailed audio, and it’s compatible with AirPlay 2.


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Improving Depth Of Field With Only 5 Phones

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The hottest new trend in photography is manipulating Depth of Field, or DOF. It’s how you get those wonderful portraits with the subject in focus and the background ever so artfully blurred out. In years past, it was achieved with intelligent use of lenses and settings on an SLR film camera, but now, it’s all in the software.

For the Pixel 2 smartphone, Google had used some tricky phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) tricks to compute depth data in images, and used this to decide which parts of images to blur. Distant areas would be blurred more, while the subject in the …read more

This live action Super Smash Brothers video is the best thing you’ll see all day

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There are few things finer in 2018 than being able to hunker down with a few friends, in person or online, and beat the living crap out of each other over the course of an hour playing Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. For those without a Nintendo Switch, this live action video featuring professional stunt actors beating each other down Super Smash style is the next best thing. Read the rest

Eclectic Method’s latest remix asks ‘Is it illegal if you take just one note?”

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Barcelona-based Eclectic Method is most known for his remix songs that are based on pop culture (previously).

Now he’s trying something new, an experiment that’s a little risky. He writes:

Here’s a video remix made from samples no longer than 0.5 seconds from 107 different artists. Madonna won her court case over the use of a 0.23 second horn stab in “Vogue”. Sabrina Setlur won her courtcase for unauthorized use of 2 seconds of Kraftwerk. So I have been wondering how long is too long when it comes to sampling. This video remix is to test out the algorithm. Will YouTube’s copyright ID system take offence at Taylor Swifts voice appearing for 0.14 seconds and her face occupying 18% of the screen… Who knows?

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