Weirdly compelling game: Which domain name is more expensive?

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The Domain Name Pricing Game is surprisingly addictive and rather surreal. I’m terrible at it though.

Martin O’Leary created the game based on an idea by Holly Gramazio.

“Please don’t buy any of these domains,” O’Leary writes. “They’re all terrible and you’d be supporting asshole domain squatters.”

By the way, the correct answer to the above is at $1895 compared to at $1500.

The Domain Name Pricing Game (via Waxy)

Here’s another example:

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A list of all the booze in Casablanca (surprisingly long!)

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Bruce Sterling cataloged all the onscreen booze in Casablanca, producing a surprisingly long list (Sterling: “ranted, they’ve all got plenty to drink about, but gee whiz.”)

A French 75 sounds a little sweet for my taste, but I might just have to try one the next time we’ve opened a bottle of bubbly without managing to finish it.

Wine – English couple in the opening scene are drinking wine at the outside cafe when robbed by a sly pickpocket.
Cocktail – A desperado is waiting, waiting, waiting and drinks while lamenting that he will never get out of Casablanca.
Cocktail – Man tries to negotiate a passage out of Casablanca.
Wine – Man buys passage on a fishing vessel
Wine – Women trying to get more money for her jewels

Cocktail – Englishmen are served by Sascha in Rick’s bar, and toasting cheerio.
Wine – Women gambling at Rick’s while drinking
Champagne glass (already empty) – In front of Rick as he is toying with a chess problem
Wine – Ugarte drinks while bargaining with Rick.

Brandy (Boss’s Private Stock) – Sacha serves the good stuff to the spurned Yvonne, because Yvonne is Rick’s private stock
Brandy – Captain Louis Renault drinks at Ricks. He’s a steady customer, since the bar also has loose women.
Brandy – the Italian Fascist Captain Tonelli drinks while harassed by Lieutenant Casselle in Rick’s.
Brandy – Rick gives some free brandy to Renault in Rick’s office.
Veuve Cliquot 1926 – The top French champagne that Renault recommends to Strasser as the Nazi crassly gobbles caviar.

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This case turns your iPhone into a point-and-shoot camera

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These days, there isn’t much our iPhone camera can’t do – except feel like an actual phone. Despite years of steadily increasing resolution and image sensing technology, we’re still taking shots awkwardly with two hands, fumbling for the shutter button. Leave it to an avid photographer to design Shuttercase, a versatile iPhone case that solves that problem and more.

Most significantly for photographers of any experience, the Shuttercase moves the shutter button to the side – just like the classic 135 point-and-shoots. It further replicates that feel with the case itself, which supplies enough heft that you can grip it and shoot with one hand. It also packs an embedded stand, and – because long photo sessions can drain your phone like nothing else – a 3,000 mAh battery that will charge as you go. Now you’re set to unlock the full potential of your camera, whether that’s panoramic vacation shots or perfectly composed family photos.

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Sci-Fi Sundays: Analog, December 1962

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2019 started off with a rather interesting tweet from Elon Musk. He was showing off the “Starship test flight rocket” from SpaceX. This thing evokes a strong bit of imagery that has been so deeply integrated into our culture through science fiction for so many years that it just feels… right.

Just look at that thing! Well, as you can imagine, seeing that beautiful piece of work inspired me to yank out some retro science fiction and look at the old illustrations. There are so many examples that you could just swap the test rocket into and they’d seem nearly untouched. The issue I’ve chosen for today’s Sci-Fi Sunday is one of these.

Publication: Analog Science Fact – Science Fiction

Issue: December 1962, Vol: LXXX, No. 4

Cover Art: Schoenherr for Blind Man’s Lantern

When I scan one of these, I’m always curious what the public was thinking and seeing about space. NASA has a convenient website where you can go and see details on major events. In December of 1962, the public was hearing about how Mariner 2 had flown by Venus, which was a pretty huge deal considering this was the very first time we had “conducted a planetary encounter”. Just picture that for a second. When someone was relaxing and reading this issue, we had not yet put a human on the moon. Read the rest

Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!

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Neil Gaiman says Edgar Allan Poe should be read aloud, and he’s right: he recorded this video of him reading “The Raven” in 2016 as part of Pat Rothfuss’s Worldbuilders charity drive. It’s Poe’s birthday today, and I can think of no better way to celebrate it than to listen to it again.

Other ways to celebrate this magnificent torch:

* The spectacular pop-up edition

* The 50s hipster argot edition

* The 1969 rock-and-roll version

* Vincent Price and Boris Karloff’s Raven-inspired magic duel

(Reposted from last year)

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Hit those fitness goals at home with these virtual trainers

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Still determined to keep those New Year’s health resolutions? If you’re going to stick with the exercise plan, it’s enough of a challenge to budget your time. No need for your financial budget to take a hit, too. Here’s a more convenient – and cheaper – alternative to a gym membership or Peloton bike: Two of our favorite virtual fitness clubs, tailor-made for any schedule and any income.

Live Streaming Fitness

The wealth of content on this streaming service should be enough to keep you sweating well into your fitness goals and beyond. Along with daily exercise challenges, there’s 24 /7 access to on-demand workouts in yoga cardio, strength training and more. And because it takes more than sweat, this service offers peer support through their Live Streaming Fitness community, plus meal plans, cooking shows and recipes made by certified nutritionists.

A lifetime subscription to all of this through Live Streaming Fitness is now $99.99.

Fitterclub Personal Training

For a more traditional touch, Fitterclub replicates the personal trainer experience with all the convenience of streaming. Answer a simple questionnaire, and the service builds you a workout regimen and nutrition program suited to your goals and body type. From there, it’s on you: Access your daily, curated workouts and enjoy the flexible, tailored meal plan. Fitterclub tracks your progress and adjusts your plan every month using complex data analytics, so things never get too hard or easy.

Fitterclub Personal Training is a full 91% off for the new year – that’s $49 for a five-year membership. Read the rest

Twitch Presents is streaming classic ‘Doctor Who’ thru most of January

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I stopped watching Doctor Who after the War Doctor episode. I’ve never watched again, and I wasn’t going to — I completely lost interest. I just happened across Twitch Presents streaming some old Tom Baker and it is too good to pass up.

K9! Don’t overstrain your databanks!

An encore presentation of the Classic Doctor Who Marathon on Twitch begins January 5th at 10AM PT / 6PM GMT!

Event runs from January 5th to January 25th. We’ll be broadcasting 11 to 12 hours of new episodes per day (~27 episodes), repeating once so you can catch Doctor Who nearly 24 hours a day, every day with the global Twitch community.

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Learn web design and development from all the angles with this bundle

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Want a career in web design? It’s true that these days, most anyone can throw up a page or two. But for true workhorse web design, you’ll sometimes need to match the platform to the project. Enter the Complete Front-End Developer Bundle, an educational grand tour around the best tools for the web.

For beginners, the package includes a bare-bones introduction to those old reliables, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. With the fundamentals in place, anyone will be able to pick up valuable creative tips in lessons about Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CC, both of which are essential for providing visual distinction to any site. For designers brushing up on the latest, the bundle includes in-depth tutorials on newer tools like Bootstrap 4 and React, and even an overview of app design through Sketch 3.

All in all, it’s over 65 hours of training and resources, geared to turn the most casual coder into a working web designer. The Complete Front-End Developer Bundle is now $41 for lifetime access. Read the rest

Those rectangular foam snow brooms are trash

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We got one of these gadgets from The Lakeside Collection and it broke on the first use. It turns out the screw neck is made of the cheapest plastic known to man and is doomed to failure upon contact with anything harder than snow, such as ice, wipers, mirrors, roofracks, antennas, and so on.

Worse, for the few minutes it was working, it was conspicuously less effective than a brush.

So I’m going to just get a decent, big-ass brush. I’m going to give the Hopkins Snowbroom [Amazon] a try because it’s slightly more expensive than everything else, looks sturdy, has great reviews, and because I don’t want to be the type of person who ends up buying three different snow-removing gadgets. Read the rest

Making a song from the Tropic Thunder “I’m a Dude” quote with Teenage Engineering’s amazing OP-1

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It’s a very expensive wee gadget, the Teenage Engineering OP-1 [Amazon link; a used one from eBay is much cheaper]! Yuri Wong is an expert with its sampling and sequencing tools, and this video he uploaded is a fascinating illustration of how powerful and approachable they are.

Download the mp3: [Logic Project download link below] I’m a fan of Tropic Thunder, especially Robert Downey’s character of Kirk Lazarus and his brilliant line, “I’m a dude, playing a dude, disguised as another dude.” Thought I’d play around with my Teenage Engineering OP-1 and see what comes out. I’m making the Logic Project for the full track downloadable. Here it is: Have a play around with the project, and if you feel like uploading anything from it, just credit my YouTube channel, thanks.

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America’s most honest used car salesman explains AS-IS

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Cash Cars in Kansas City will take very little cash for very crappy vehicles. They are sold AS-IS, and yet Desmound Logan here must still explain to customers that when you pay $3,000 for a Tahoe, you can take it on an extended test drive but you are not getting a warrantee.

“When you come to us, we are your last motherfuckin resort,” says Logan.

In the following video, Logan presents a Cash Cars KC “You figure out what’s wrong with it” special.

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Watch Miley Cyrus belt out Temple of the Dog’s “Say Hello 2 Heaven” at Chris Cornell tribute

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At last night’s “I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” concert in Los Angeles, Miley Cyrus belted out Temple of the Dog’s “Say Hello 2 Heaven” backed up by Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam and Josh Freese and Brendan O’Brien. By all accounts, Cyrus’s surprisingly fierce performance was a highlight of an incredible and emotional evening.

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Say Hello to Heaven… had a heavenly experience with you tonight, Chris. We felt you and heard you…. your words and spirit filled the room…. there was an overwhelming feeling of so much love… we miss you deeply … tonight was an honor…. #chriscornelltribute

A post shared by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Jan 17, 2019 at 1:38am PST

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The Mortal Kombat 11 official game play trailer is actually quite violent

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I haven’t paid attention to Mortal Kombat since the 1995 movie. There was a time it was my go-to coming down off of hallucinogenic drugs film. This game trailer would have made my eyes explode out of my head.

I do not put a lot of stock in the whole “video games are making kids violent” thing. Kids can’t develop magic superpowers that allow them to flash freeze the freshly-ripped-from-a-body-with-the-eyes-still-a-blinking-skull and then grind it to dust in front of their remaining opponents. They just can’t.

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