Someone made a robot to play Google Chrome’s No Internet Dinosaur Game

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If you use Chrome, it’s likely you’ve seen the 2-bit dinosaur that appears when your computer is not connected to the internet. It’s an infinite runner game. The object is to jump over oncoming cacti and duck under pterodactyls. To play it while you are connected to the internet, copy and paste chrome://dino/ into the address bar of Chrome. Spacebar starts the game, then use up and down arrows to jump and duck.

Here’s someone who taped a photoresistor to their display. When it senses a cactus, it triggers a servo to press the spacebar. What happens when it sees a pterodactyl, though? Read the rest

Kicking my cellphone out of bed has improved my sleep

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After I brush my teeth I am now putting my iPhone on a charger in another room and going to bed. I find I have stopped waking up at 4am and sleep much better.

Sleep is really important. The more sleep I lose, the harder everything else becomes and the easier it becomes to realize I’m fucking up. I have long known that I sleep better if I leave the cellphone out of my bed and just read a book… so of course I’ve spent the last few weeks reading news and texting friends around the world all hours of the night.

No more! We know what the foreseeable future holds. I have set what meager goals for myself I feel are healthy, and that phone is about as far from my bed at night as possible.

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Here’s a delightful ska medley of the Super Mario Otherworld music

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Jeremy Hunter A.K.A. Ska Tune Network is on a mission to make ska covers of everything. No exceptions. Like the Borg, ska will assimilate all. The latest — victim? Beneficiary? — of their quest is SUPER MARIO: OTHERWORLD, a popular ROM hack of the original Super Mario World for Super Nintendo.

And this time, they has steel drums to help them. None of us safe from the groovy smiles they’ll inflict upon us.

Just remember:

This Person Is Determined to Make a Ska Version of Every Song, Ever [John Ochoa / Noisey] Read the rest

Tiny Paper Shopping Bags, Nested Adorably

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Oh yes.

“I woke up this morning with an inexplicable and powerful need to make a tiny paper bag,” says IMGURian @thejeshire.

More:

I did not question this Quest From The Beyond, I merely performed the task which I was assigned, with much enthusiasm.

Behold: T I N Y B A G

I’m pleased as punch y’all appreciate tiny things as much as I do

T I N Y B A G

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What are these mysterious objects filmed flying close to the moon?

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This footage appears to be a telescopic shot of the moon in daylight. The camera zooms in on the sharply-lit crescent horizon. This reveals several objects apparently flying close to its surface, casting convincing shadows as they move from sunlight into darkness. The objects are clearly miles long, given the scale involved and the shadows cast. It’s the only video on the channel, named Jean-Michel Tenac.

Possibilities:

1) Fake. Too lucky, not to mention the ostentatious “I’m real!” camera shake and mic spike. Below are two recreations by animators Mendez Mendez and Kathryn Ross, respectively, each showing how it might have been created with CG using NASA data. They aren’t as convincing as the original, but are effective demonstrations of technology and technique.

2) Aliens. They’re sick of watching us do this to ourselves and are coming to help/destroy us.

The UFO people have already started making zoomier cuts with ominous music. Read the rest

Artist Jeff Koons explains his massive and wonderful Play-Doh sculpture

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Jeff Koons’s “Play-Doh” is a wondrous, 11-foot-tall sculpture. Inspired by a Play-Doh pile given to the artist by his young son, the sculpture actually consists of two dozen aluminum shapes that were cast in a plaster mold and lock together. After working on it for 20 years, Koons debuted the work at the Whitney Museum in 2014. Play-Doh is the largest piece in his Celebration series that also includes the iconic Balloon Dog and Tulips. One of the five unique versions of the sculpture sold at a Christie’s last year for $20 million.

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Quarantine DIY: build your own motorized drift trike

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Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be installing a number of upgrades into my shotgun and converting my iPod classic to use SD cards for storage and a 3,000 mAh battery. Both projects will allow me to get a lot more use out of the stuff that I already own. That said, I’m feeling kind of bummed that I don’t have the parts on hand to build my own motorized drift trike. Read the rest

Babbel’s deal on a lifetime of language training is back, just in time for your quarantine

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There are plenty of productive ways to spend time while stuck indoors. While it’s undoubtedly fun to binge all 15 seasons of Supernatural or sink days of playtime into an Overwatch campaign, learning something new is definitely a more meaningful and long-term beneficial use of  open hours.

And if you’re going to invest time in learning something new, you better make sure it sticks. More than half a million Apple App and Google Play users have given the Babbel Language Learning system a 4.6 out of 5-star rating for its innovative and impactful methods in helping students learn a new language. So you know it works.

Right now, they’re making their award-winning services available again at 60 percent off the regular lifetime subscription price, just $159.

With this deal, you can learn 14 of the world’s most popular languages at your own pace with Babbel, the top-grossing language learning app around the globe.

Developed by over 100 linguistic experts, Babbel even says they’ll help you start speaking confidently in your new language in only 30 days. Just choose the language you’d like to learn, and you’ll immediately get access to more than 8,500 hours of high-quality language education.

Before you get overwhelmed, all those hours are broken down into easily digestible 10- to 15-minute lessons, so you can also find time to fit them into your day naturally.

The focus of the Babbel method is building your basic conversational skills, working you through real-world scenarios on real-world subjects like your family, your business, ordering a meal, booking transportation and more. Read the rest

9-year-old girl given big “Hamilton” surprise in Zoom, thanks to John Krasinski and friends

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ICYMI, Actor John Krasinski has a new web show made up entirely of positive news stories aptly called, Some Good News. It’s resonating with folks, its first episode came out a week ago and already has 13M views. Episode 2 dropped Sunday and included a big surprise for Aubrey, a 9-year-old girl who missed out on going to see Hamilton for her birthday because of the coronavirus situation. I won’t spoil it, but it’s a lot of fun and totally 100% heartwarming. I may have cried.

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The internet is having a field day with the Queen’s “green screen” dress

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In a live broadcast Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II spoke about the coronavirus situation. It was a serious and reassuring speech. But, she wore a green dress, a green-screen-green dress. The internet, starting with Peter Chiykowski, took it from there.

One commenter quipped that the dress was the Queen’s “‘Easter egg’ to provide entertainment to the quarantined masses.” Unlikely, but fun to think about.

THIS ONE:

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Ruth Asawa postage stamps have been announced

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It brings me, and my future sheltered-in-place mail art projects, a lot of joy that Ruth Asawa postage stamps have been announced. Sadly, USPS hasn’t revealed the release date just yet. So, instead, I’ll just be over here clicking “refresh.”

Showcasing Asawa’s wire sculptures, the pane includes 20 stamps, with two each of 10 designs, featuring photographs by Dan Bradica and Laurence Cuneo. The selvage features a photograph of Asawa taken by Nat Farbman in 1954 for Life magazine. Ethel Kessler served as art director and designer.

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YogaDownload brings your yoga studio to your home instantly

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Yoga studios are closed nationwide. The irony is that between the anxieties of the outside world and those popping up inside your very own home with everyone trapped indoors, there’s probably never been a time where yoga’s calming zen was more vital and needed.

Rather than just throwing in the yoga mat and subjecting family members to very un-zen-like displays, a one-year subscription to YogaDownload can help restore the relaxed, centered you that you need to be to survive all this.

Offering up everything from increased muscle strength and athleticism and improved energy and vitality to a more balanced metabolism and a more ordered, peaceful mind, the healthy benefits of yoga were established literally centuries ago.

With Yogadownload, you can achieve all those benefits right from home with access to over 1,5000 top-rated online yoga and fitness classes to help tone up your body and tune up your mind whenever you need the attention.

Whether you’re a beginner or already an experienced practitioner, you’ll find a course that syncs with your skill level anytime you could use a session. And the sessions really do run the gamut, including courses in nearly 20 different disciplines.

You can choose from the synchronizing breathing and physical demands of Anusara yoga to the strength training of power yoga to the calm of restorative yoga to more specialized training like prenatal or beginner’s yoga. Heck, there’s even kids yoga to help those tiny terrors burn off some of that excess energy with a hearty, kid-centric routine. Read the rest

Amazon Web Services and Azure control half the cloud market. This training can help you handle both.

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The workers aren’t inside their physical business space anymore. So why should business technology still be under that roof either?

In fact, more and more businesses have been making this migration for a while now, moving all their digital infrastructure to the world’s two largest cloud services platforms, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft’s Azure.

In addition to the convenience of moving all that hardware off-site, an overwhelming 87 of companies have seen a major side benefit, reporting their businesses have accelerated after adapting to the cloud services model.

Being the person who knows exactly how a company, its staff, and their entire communication and service infrastructure can work in the cloud is a valuable talent right now — and with The Beginner Cloud Architect Professional Training Bundle ft. Azure and AWS training, you can be well on your way to being one of those valued IT pros.

Across seven courses with more than 30 hours of in-depth instruction, you’ll get a full introduction to how AWS and Azure work and what it takes to migrate, manage, secure and grow a company’s entire digital system in those cloud-based environments.

After getting a feel for the basics with the Getting Started with Cloud Computing course, the remaining six courses focus on the two rival platforms.

With AWS Cloud Essentials, you get the Amazon-approved best practices for using and understanding everything, from AWS terminology and concepts, tips for navigating the AWS Management Console, key security measures, and how to use all of AWS’ primary foundational, database and management services. Read the rest

Read the first 10 chapters of my serialized Comic-con satire novel

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In the early 2010s, I wrote a play called True Believers that was kind of a send-up and a love letter to comic-con culture. The play had a full production in Boston in 2012 (closing on the weekend of San Diego Comic-Con, when they first announced the Guardians of the Galaxy, which totally ruined the meta-level “I Am Groot” gag in the script), as well as staged readings at fringe festivals across the country, from New York to Chicago to Valdez, Alaska.

I later tried to turn that script into a novel. It was an interesting writing experience — trying to adapt your own work across mediums, from one that’s explicitly external to one that’s largely internal is a weird challenge, to say the least — and ultimately, nothing really came of the manuscript.

But now that we’re all quarantine, and now that comic books themselves have also been quarantined for the foreseeable future, I’ve decided to serialize it on Medium, broken down into digestible chunks. The first 10 chapters are out now, and they each take (by Medium’s calculations) about 4-9 minutes to read. I’ll be adding new chapters every day through the end of the month. If you’re looking for some nerdy laughs and nostalgia, it could be a delightful way to pass the time right now.

Here’s a fuller synopsis of the story, in case you’re not convinced:

It’s the weekend of the big annual comic book convention, and Chad Mailer is a young professional comic book writer who hit his career peak five years ago with a series that he never actually finished, and he now wishes to re-ignite his career.

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This is New York City in 1993… in HD

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This footage was captured from a demo tape used by home entertainment dealers showing off the high quality of the new D-Theater (D-VHS) digital video recording. Enabling the recording and display of HD content, D-Theater/D-VHS was the VHS videocassette format’s last gasp. From Youtube Pedant:

In 2002 D-Theater launched in the US – the dealers needed a demo tape of HD footage. JVC reused some HD video that had been shot as a demo for the Japanese HD market back in 1993.
This footage would have most likely been originally used for a HiVision MUSE demo (an HD Broadcast, Tape & Laserdisc format).

You can determine that the year is 1993 by the adverts in Times Square – The Radio 501 CD that’s advertised on a billboard came out in 1993 and Paper Moon is playing at the Marquis Theater.

(Thanks, UPSO!) Read the rest

Excellent way to make a simple bandana DIY mask without cutting or sewing

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While I have nothing against the classic cowboy robber bandana mask, this technique, while it does require two hair rubber bands, is genius.

How to Fold a No-Sew Bandana Face Mask(Make:) Read the rest

Oculus product design manager makes a facemask with LED display

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Chelsea Klukas is a product design manager at Oculus and she made this cool facemask with a color LED display.

Here’s a tutorial!

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