Build a career in IT with this MCSE certification training

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As more companies leverage cloud technology to unite and streamline their operations, the need for capable IT pros increases. But, as any IT guru will tell you, demand alone won’t get your foot in the door to this lucrative field. If you want to cash in on the demand and build a thriving IT career, you’ll need to prove you have what it takes by certifying your skills. To this end, the Ultimate MCSE Certification Training Bundle can get you started, and it’s on sale now for $49.

This 4-course collection covers the concepts and skills you’ll need to master in order to ace the MCSA: Window Server 2016 and MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification exams, major stepping stones to netting a high-level salary as a cloud professional. You’ll develop skills in networking, remote access technologies, securing servers, and more as you prep to ace the requisite exams on your first try.

The Ultimate MCSE Certification Training Bundle usually retails for $1,196, but you can get it on sale today for $49. Read the rest

A banjo cover of the ‘Knight Rider’ theme song

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Remember when times were simpler? When a pre-Baywatch David Hasselhoff fought crime in a souped-up talking Firebird named KITT?

Youtuber Banjo Guy Ollie remembers. Now’s he’s covering that “high-tech” Knight Rider theme with his banjo (and his accordion and some other instruments). He reports that he’ll soon cover other eighties TV themes like Magnum P.I., Airwolf, and The A-Team.

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Burger restaurant owners take Gordon Ramsey’s criticism poorly

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“I can see the blood, but what’s in it?” asks cantankerous celebrity chef of a burger before taking a bite in an episode of Kitchen Nightmares. After he tastes it, Ramsey says, “that is hideous” and moves the plate away from him. The restaurant owners get mad at Ramsey, and even madder at their executive chef, after he serves a differently prepared burger to Ramsey which the show host declares “delicious.”

Get 2 right-angle, braided, MFi Certified Lightning cables for $15

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Lightning cables typically fray at the ends causing the wire to break. I wish Apple used plain old microUSB cables, because I have about 100 of them for other devices and they seem to last longer than Lightning cables. Instead, I have to constantly buy replacement Lightning cables. These Lightning cables have connecters at right-angles to the cable, which might reduce the wear and tear. The cables themselves are braided, too, for additional robustness. They are MFi Certified.

This is the best marble chain reaction video so far

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YouTuber Kaplamino makes ingenious chain reaction tricks with marbles and dominoes. His latest, Blue Marble 2, is loaded with delightful little mechanisms that release their stored energy when a marble comes into contact with them.

From Kaplamino’s comments:

The air canon with the balloon was a big challenge to make. The rubber band squeezes the balloon around the straw to release the air in a specific direction. Then the hardest part was to find how to stop the air and deliver it when I want. It was too difficult to put something like tape at the end of the straw because it was either too clingy or not enough.

The solution was to twist the balloon around the straw and block it in this position with a rope. In this position the air stays in the balloon until it untwists. I explain it because I think what exactly happened it’s not easy to get when you see the video.

Play a free text adventure game using Apple Shortcuts

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Space Alert is a simple and clever proof-of-concept text adventure game made using Apple’s new Shortcuts app for iOS 12. Demo video above. From creator Marcel Wichmann:

Apple recently released iOS 12 and with it Shortcuts, an app that let’s you automate a bunch of stuff on your iOS devices. I didn’t find any useful way of automating anything, so I built a game. A text adventure, to be precise. It’s short and kind of stupid but… it’s free?!

Space Alert (via WAXY)

Electromechanical “skin” turns everyday objects into robots

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Yale engineers developed “robotic skins” from elastic sheets integrating sensors and electromechanical actuators. The idea is that most any flexible object could be transformed into a robot. Professor Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio and her colleagues reported on their project, called OmniSkins, in the journal Science Robotics. From YaleNews:

Placed on a deformable object — a stuffed animal or a foam tube, for instance — the skins animate these objects from their surfaces. The makeshift robots can perform different tasks depending on the properties of the soft objects and how the skins are applied.

“We can take the skins and wrap them around one object to perform a task — locomotion, for example — and then take them off and put them on a different object to perform a different task, such as grasping and moving an object,” she said. “We can then take those same skins off that object and put them on a shirt to make an active wearable device.”

Nature’s greatest con-artists: the parasitic beetles that trick ants into barfing into their mouths

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Myrmecophiles are parasitic beetles that use chemical cues to fool ants into bringing them into their nests and regurgitating food into their mouths, diverting the colony’s bounty of semi-digested ant-chow from the queen and her babies to their own hungry guts. Ant Lab shows us how a Xenodusa beetle can con Camponotus ants into a lifetime of free meals and cuddles. For further reading, check out Behavior and exocrine glands in the myrmecophilous beetle Lomechusoides strumosus (Fabricius, 1775) (formerly called Lomechusa strumosa) (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae) in PLOS One. (Thanks, Adrian!)

The Institute of Gremlins 2 Studies, an interview with the founder

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The Institute of Gremlins 2 Studies publishes “world-class commentary and analysis of the film Gremlins 2: The New Batch” on its Twitter account @G2Institute and, allegedly, a scholarly publication titled The Quarterly Journal of Gremlins 2 Studies. Joe Dante, director of Gremlins and Gremlins 2, seems to dig it. At The Quietus, Robert Barry interrogates the anonymous director of the institute:

What prompted you to start this account?

What prompted me to found the prestigious Institute of Gremlins 2 Studies? That’s obvious. If you look around at the world today, you will probably feel like someone trapped in an over-the-top parody of past events. Only one film fully captures this feeling. Just look at how other accounts have attempted to imitate us using other films. Inevitably they all fail. Nobody holds a candle to the great work our Institute is doing. The reason for their failure is simple – only Gremlins 2 can be exhaustively returned to, combed over, analyzed in this way. What “genius” people may see in the Institute is only a reflection of the genius of Gremlins

Why Gremlins 2?

There are many reasons why Gremlins 2 remains relevant, even twenty-eght years after the film’s release. One important reason is the way the film adapts the cartoonish ethos of Looney Tunes, which allows it to treat reality with a certain playfulness and plasticity. In recent years this has become popular again – surreal humor and elaborate descriptions of cartoon violence are mainstays of internet humor, perhaps reflecting a media and political environment that has become unmoored from reality.

Gremlins 2 was aware of this connection (between mass media and unreality), which is why the film takes place in a skyscraper that houses the Clamp Cable Network studios. This is also reflected in the nature of the Gremlins themselves – the more they reproduce and multiply, the more absurd and novel the types of Gremlin must become.

The delirious, exaggerated atmosphere of the movie sequel has invaded every other aspect of our culture. The demand for ever-escalating novelty – in products, movies, television, news – can only end in one place. Gremlins 2: The New Batch is the inevitable terminus of this culture.

Joe Dante’s Inferno: Inside The Institute Of Gremlins 2 Studies(The Quietus)

What is dubnium and why is it interesting?

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Before I watched this video and you had asked me if dubnium was a real element or not, I would have had to guess. It turns out dubnium (Db) is on the periodic table with atomic number 105. It is a synthetic element that you can make by smashing an americium atom (atomic number 95) with a neon atom (atomic number 10). One interesting thing about dubnium doesn’t have anything to do with the element itself. Instead, the interesting thing is how the way it was named set the standard for naming new elements in a way that didn’t ruffle the feathers of particle physicists.

Serial season 3 has launched: “A young woman at a bar is slapped on the butt. So why’s she the one in jail?”

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A new season of Serial is out. I really likd the first season, about the murder of Baltimore high-schooler Hae Min Lee, and unanswered questions about her convicted murdered Adnan Syed. I thought the second season was OK, but I didn’t finish it. Now the third season is out, and it is the story of one year in a Cleveland courthouse, told week-by-week. I’m going to give it a try. Two episodes are available.

Start making iOS 12 apps with this developer bootcamp

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iOS 12 is finally here, which means now is the best time for aspiring developers to throw their hats into the app development game. While app development can be tricky for some, you can take an intuitive, beginner-friendly approach to understanding app creation and Apple’s latest iOS platform with the iOS 12 & Xcode 10 Bootcamp, which is on sale for $15.

Led by a bona fide development guru, this course skips the fluff you’d find in other training and uses hands-on projects to get you creating apps with Swift 4 and Xcode 10. The training boasts 12 hours of instruction and is designed to be taken over the course of ten days. As you progress through each module, you’ll refine your skills with the dev tools of the trade and create projects, like a Bitcoin tracker, to-do list app, and more.

You can start your app development journey with the iOS 12 & Xcode 10 Bootcamp, on sale today for $15.

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