WATCH: Two New Adam Savage #MythbustersJr episodes, ‘Demolition Dominoes’ and ‘Gravity Defying Carl’

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I’ve really been enjoying the new ‘MythBusters Jr’, Adam Savage’s new science exploration show featuring… kids. Really smart awesome talented kids.

Adam Savage will be Tweeting live during tonight’s two premiere episodes, and they start airing an hour early (at 8 pm ET) for parents with wee ones.

Watch it on Science Channel through your cable/satellite provider, or SCIGO, their online streaming service.

One of the episodes tonight is ‘Demolition Dominoes.’

This small-scale test bodes well!

Here’s another show scene, with Adam helping his co-host Elijah test his concept of using bungee to remove the last Jenga piece.

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Glass screen protector for our Nintendo Switch

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Glass screen protectors have saved me $100s of dollars in repairs. I use them on our cellphones, tablets and now on the Nintendo Switch my daughter and I share.

Simple to apply, these glass screen protectors ward off scratches, scuffs, and sometimes even direct hits. I never mind replacing one, as they are super cheap and the event also presents as an opportunity to clean the device needing service.

This morning our Switch was smacked into the corner of the Hammond organ my kid uses as her charging station. The value of the screen protector was proven. It shattered, the screen did not.

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Trailer for “Beach Bum,” Harmony Korine’s new weirdo stoner comedy

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Writer/director Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo, Spring Breakers) is back at the shore for Beach Bum, a stoner burnout comedy starring Matthew McConaughey with Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, Jimmy Buffett, Martin Lawrence and Jonah Hill. The trailer reminds me a bit of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure if the weirdo protagonist was on Sour Diesel instead of Purple Microdot.

Beach Bum will premiere at SXSW and hit theaters March 22.

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Free game: What Remains of Edith Finch

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What Remains of Edith Finch is free this month from the Epic store. I downloaded it last night and couldn’t stop playing until I was done. It’s a detailed, polished walking simulator that clocks in at 3 hours, so tightly orchestrated it feels like a genuinely interactive movie.

It centers on Edith, a high schooler and the last surviving child of a family “cursed” by generations of tragedy. After her mother’s death, she inherits the cosy yet unsettling manse she grew up in and sets out to uncover the family’s secrets. This is to say, she wants to know why so many Finches died young and why her mother didn’t want the stories told.

It’s obviously from the outset that something is deeply wrong with the family even as it is clearly a family full of love. The wrongness hovers at the margins of reason. It’s reflected in the house, normal at the ground level but an alarming mass of ramshackle additions up top. Surely that would be dangerous, you ask yourself.

Some of the family death vignettes really got under my skin. They’re all elaborated in the telling to the point of magic realism and beyond, but when you sit and think about what was shown they unravel to mundane parenting failures, one after another after another. The elaborations thereby become part of the problem. But now I’m in danger of spoiling the game’s secrets.

Edith Finch maintains a tension between modern gothic mystery and the suggestion of a damaged family that mythologizes its subtly self-destructive currents. Read the rest

Make a RetroPie tabletop arcade game player with the help of a Glowforge laser cutter

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[This post is sponsored by Glowforge. To get $100 off a Glowforge Basic, $250 off a Glowforge Plus, or $500 off a Glowforge Pro use the link]

My 15-year-old daughter and I love retro video games. We often go a retro video game arcade in Pasadena, California, and we also play a lot of computer games from the 1980s and 1990s. We thought it would be fun to build a dedicated machine at home that we could use to play these retro games.

After a bit of online searching, we found out it’s easy to use a Raspberry Pi, which is a $35 single board computer the size of a credit card, along with a free Linux based operating system called RetroPie that has emulators for every arcade and console imaginable. We could use a Raspberry Pi and RetroPie to play every arcade game we want. And with our Glowforge laser cutter, we could easily make an arcade cabinet for ourselves as well quickly make them for friends and family.

In this 2-part video series, which was underwritten by our friends at Glowforge, I’m going to show you how we did it.

Parts and Materials

First, we bought all the parts and materials we needed to make the cabinet. We got a Raspberry Pi Model 3 B+, a 32GB MicroSD card, a power supply, a 10-inch HDMI monitor, a set of arcade buttons and a joystick, a pair of speakers, some cables and a box of various machine screws and nuts and standoffs. Read the rest

Pay what you want for this Python bundle

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For the newbie, Python can seem like the most intimidating programming language. After all, it can be used to create everything from simple apps to vast networks of web crawlers. But there are fundamental principles that underlie all the uses of this versatile platform, and you can absorb them all with the Python Master Class Bundle – an online course that’s currently available on a pay-what-you-wish basis.

The full nine-course package contains everything you need to know to code on one of the world’s most popular platforms. After an introduction to Python from a bird’s-eye view, you’ll get classes that drill down on its applications in web development and gaming. You’ll receive invaluable training in Python’s potential in the field of web scraping and machine learning, and get resume-building experience in data analytics by pairing it with apps like Madplotlib or the Pandas libraries.

The entire bundle is typically $1066, but right now, you can essentially name your own price for the Python Master Class Bundle. Get the details below and get coding.

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Twitter is slow-rolling out a simpler web interface, some users get it first

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“A new Twitter is coming,” tweeted Twitter today.

“Some of you got an opt-in to try it now. Check out the emoji button, quick keyboard shortcuts, upgraded trends, advanced search, and more. Let us know your thoughts!”

It’s simpler. No more three-column view. Two columns now.

“It’s thankfully about more than cosmetics, even if it doesn’t have everything users might like,” writes Jon Fingas at Engadget.


To begin with, some basic tasks are faster. Keyboard shortcuts help you navigate around without as much mouse clicking, and a dedicated emoji button can add some smilies or hand claps to your latest tweet. You’ll also find an upgraded trend section for times when you want to track the planet’s pulse, and search promises to be more sophisticated.

This doesn’t appear to include some of the big updates Twitter mentioned recently, such as status updates. And no, there’s no edit button. Still, it’s notable that Twitter is giving its web client an overhaul after focusing so much of its attention on mobile users.

Just when you’ll see it is another story. At the moment, it’s limited to a portion of the audience through an opt-in button. You’ll know if you have access, then. It could be a while before the makeover is broadly available.

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Restored video of High Street in Marseille, France in 1896

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I appreciate all the work Guy Jones puts into restoring old movies. He replaces the herky-jerky motion with a more natural looking motion and adds sound that matches the action. Here’s a short film of High Street in Marseille, France as it looked on April 11, 1896. There’s an advertisement on a horse-driven tram for “Chocolat Russe Du Bebe” but when I google it, the only results are for a “Polar Bear Milk Hat” and “Pregnant Dwarf Hamster Behavior.” Read the rest

Handheld Oregon Trail game on sale at a deep discount

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Recall the days of being a well-adjusted middle-schooler, free of pimples, bullies, authoritarian teachers, and self-doubt, by playing this dirt-cheap Oregon Trail handheld game.

Learn about the realities of 19th-century pioneer life on The Oregon Trail – one of the most successful computer games of all time! Choose your profession and your traveling companions, then set out on the trek from Independence, Missouri to Oregon’s WIllamette Valley circa 1848. Fill your covered wagon with supplies and prepare to cross rivers and mountain ranges along the way – hunting for food and trading for supplies as you go. Monitor your traveling pace, supplies and the health of your party closely to make sure everyone arrives safely and to avoid the dreaded message “You have died of dysentery.”

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Bushwookies rejoice! Fortnite has added the Sneaky Snowman

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Fortnite Battle Royale is constantly adding new items, weapons, vehicles and locations. The latest? The Sneaky Snowman.

The winter-themed map has a lot of Snowmen hanging around it. Now you can disguise yourself as one and sneak up on folks.

Snowmen can’t build or use weapons, but they can throw snowballs and act as a free 100 shield. When you switch to another item, the Snowman disguise will fall.

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New Recomendo – six tips of things I like

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I write a weekly newsletter with Kevin Kelly and Claudia Dawson called Recomendo (subscribe here). Here’s the latest issue:

Searchable Recomendo
We made a searchable, inexpensive version of our Recomendo book. This PDF (in glorious full-color!) is only $1.99, and available internationally. Download, browse, and search through 550 great recommendations. — KK

Newsletter App
I’ve been using the Stoop app to discover and read new newsletters. It’s great to have them all in one place where I can let them pile up and read when I have the time. I’m really enjoying the Clearer Thinking newsletter, which offers tools for better decision-making. You can also find Recomendo on there! — CD

If You High (and even if you aren’t)
The ifyouhigh Instagram account has 3.4 million followers, but I recently stumbled on it and am hooked. It’s an endless scroll of strange and beautiful short videos of natural phenomena, machinery in motion, slo-mo, time-lapse, art, and other “Whoa dude!” moments that you don’t need to be high to appreciate. — MF

Typeset in the Future
I’m spending hours studying this coffee-table book celebrating the typography and design used in science fiction movies. What do we see on screens “in the future”? More broadly, this dense picture book, Typeset in the Future, is a roundabout way to examine where the interface design of technology is headed. — KK

The Alien Exercise
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Lady Gaga interrupts her concert to scold Pence: “You are the worst representation” of Christianity

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Lady Gaga interrupted her performance during her Enigma show in Las Vegas this weekend to chew out Mike Pence.

While singing “Million Reasons,” she stops mid-song to say, “If the fucking president of the United States could please put our government back in business. There are people who live paycheck to paycheck and need their money.” She then moves on to Pence.

“And to Mike Pence, who thinks it’s acceptable that his wife work at a school that bans LGBTQ, you are wrong. You say we should not discriminate against Christianity. You are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian. I am a Christian woman, and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice, and everybody is welcome. So you can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and you can look yourself in the mirror, and you’ll find it right there.”

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Build your dream website with this trove of WordPress themes

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Building a website on WordPress has always been easy. But if you really want to make your website stand out from the growing crowd, you’re going to need some help. For our money, a subscription to Storeshock WordPress Themes & Elements does the trick almost as well as having a pro designer by your side – and it makes the process even easier in the bargain.

First and foremost, you’ll get a ton of original content with a Storeshock account. That includes access to a library of more than 1,000 WordPress templates, themes, and plug-ins, all customizable with built-in color filters and overlay options. What’s more, you can streamline the whole process of building a site. Storeshock comes equipped with a framework that lets you simply drop and drag formats, content and more, and lets you convert PSD and AI designs into layouts with a snap.

A subscription to Storeshock WordPress Themes & Elements is on sale for $59.

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