Years ago, I read a bit of advice in The Whole Earth Catalog, which said a great way to get up to speed on a subject you are interested in is to read a children’s book about it. It’s excellent advice, and I’ve made use of it many times over the years.
The best children’s books are the ones that were published before 1970. After that, the illustrations started to get crappy, and the writing took a nosedive, too. There are exceptions, but I find it to be the rule.
Here’s a winner from 1964: Why Satellites Stay in Orbit, by Sune Engelbrekston and illustrated by Lee Ames. It’s a very short book that does a terrific job of explaining precisely one thing: why satellites stay in orbit. This is the kind of book an eight-year-old can read and appreciate.
Netflix now lets you protect your profile with a PIN, keeping other people on your account from accessing your home screen and personalized experiences. This new feature was announced as part of the services updated parental controls and should prevent young viewers from finding their way into a parents profile where mature content is accessible.
But PIN protection can be used even if you dont have kids and simply want to prevent someone else on your account friends, family, a significant other, etc. from messing with your Netflix recommendations and viewing history. Before this new feature was enabled, it was a trivial matter to switch between profiles, so this new extra step should help stop people from accidentally watching…
A local hospital called a Seattle makerspace to ask if anyone could help out to provide them with masks and visors. A bit of a scramble ensued to figure out who could do what. Rory Larsen, a maker with a mechanical engineering background, jumped in and spent the night iterating […]
Name: Michael Albert Where are you located? White Plains, NY What is your day job? American Pop Artist / Author/ Businessman (I started & own a juice & jam company called Sir Real) Personal Website | Art Website | Pinterest | Facebook What kinds of stuff do you make? I […]
In celebration of Passover, I suggest watching The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 epic silent film version of the biblical Exodus story (plus a related modern story that I never bothered to watch.) The parting of the Red Sea sequence is absolutely magnificent and worth the cost of admission alone.
As you may recall, just a few years ago archaeologists excavated the “Lost City of DeMille,” the Egyptian set for the film buried for almost 100 years in the sand dunes of Santa Barbara County, California.
Google’s video game streaming platform, Stadia, is now free to anyone with a Gmail address, the company announced on Wednesday. To sweeten the deal, Google is also giving new users two months of Stadia Pro — including access to nine games — for free. From a report: Existing Stadia Pro subscribers won’t be charged for the next two months of the service, Google said. Previously, access to Stadia required purchasing the $129 Google Stadia Premiere Edition, a bundle that includes a Chromecast Ultra, a wireless Stadia Controller, and three months of Stadia Pro, the service that offered free games and video streams up to 4K resolution and 60 frames per second with HDR lighting.
Google is launching the free version of its Stadia game streaming service today. Anyone with a Gmail address can sign up, and Google is even providing a free two-month trial of Stadia Pro as part of the launch. It comes just two months after Google promised a free tier was imminent, and it will mean anyone can get access to nine titles, including GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection, and Thumper, free of charge.
Even existing Stadia Pro customers will get two months of the service for free, as Google is not charging existing subscribers for the next two months. Fourteen countries will be able to access the free trial of Stadia Pro, and users can buy and keep individual games on the service.
Google’s game-streaming service Stadia is now free for anyone with a Google account, the company announced today. Assuming you’ve got a compatible device and controller and good internet in one of the 14 supported countries you can sign up right now and get the “Pro” edition with a handful of built-in games for […]
What started out as some ‘adults’ looking for other ‘adults’ to play Fortnite with has turned into a fairly large and active community of age-appropriate Gen X video game enthusiasts.
Killer Queen Black, Pummel Party, World War Z, Fortnite and Overwatch are a few of the games I’ve enjoyed since the pandemic shut me in! Still largely focused on Fortnite, this group helped me build a gaming PC and pick a BBQ.
The people are nice. In almost 2 years of hanging out online with this ever-growing gang of senior players, I have never heard anyone be discouraging.
You can join the discord here. Chat at anyone with a FOF in their handle, they’ll help you find the games you are looking for!
“When the #coronavirus lockdown is lifted, we’ll be closer to living in the world envisioned in the 1990s by the likes of @EFF, @WIRED, @stewartbrand, @rossetto, @janemetcalfe, @kevin2kelly, @2000_mondo, and others,” says Nick Gillespie of Reason. Here’s a video he made to explore the idea that “we may realize that life is mostly better in the cloud, where it’s possible to learn faster, work better, and generally get what you really want delivered directly to your door, and for less money.”
I definitely agree with learning faster online part. For me, video learning is the best thing to come out of the Internet. My 16-year-old daughter devours coding, math, and science videos, and when I watch some of them with her, I realize they quality of the teaching is superior to any class I took in high school.
With much of the world staying at home at the moment, keeping track of our sanity and the day of the week is a bit of a challenge, especially without the normal daily routine to hold onto. To help with one of these problems, [phreakmonkey] has built a Day Clock. …read more
If you are a fan of the book Thinking Physics, you might like this episode of The Action Lab, in which the Action Man tests “the laws of physics to show what happens if you fire a bullet backwards and you are traveling at the same speed forward. Will the bullet just fall to the ground?” Read the rest
The world around us is a scary place, with a lot of visible and invisible dangers. Some of those invisible dangers are pretty obvious, such as that of an electrical shock from exposed wiring. Some are less obvious, for example the dangers of UV radiation to one’s skin and eyes …read more
If an Apple Watch Series 5 has been on your tech wishlist, Amazon and Best Buy are offering the best deals yet on both the 40mm and 44mm sizes of Apples latest smartwatch. Mind you, these are technically the lowest prices weve seen, but its only a hair more affordable than the stellar Black Friday deals we saw a few months ago.
For a bit of background, the Series 5 is Apples first smartwatch that has an always-on display. It has a similar look to the Series 4, but youll no longer need to move your arm toward your face to see the time. Whats even better about the feature is that it isnt much of a drag on battery life.
The GPS-only version of the 40mm Series 5 Watch is $349 at Amazon and Best Buy. Amazons selection is a little on…
The next-gen console rollouts from Sony and Microsoft this year have been, for lack of a better word, soporific. But after weeks of spec comparisons and hardware boasts, Sony finally gave things a shot in the arm with the reveal of its new DualSense controller. Its the most interesting announcement surrounding a next-gen console yet, and for Sony, in particular which has barely updated its controller design in over two decades the most exciting controller yet.
The DualShock line of controllers has long been one of the constants of the video gaming world. The original PlayStation controller set the standard for modern controller design, and its successors the 1997 Dual Analog Controllers and the rumble-equipped generations of…
Opportunitys a hot currency, and every early-stage startup founders on the lookout for it. Anything and everything that can help bring the dream to fruition, right? Youll find three days packed with opportunity at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2020 on September 14-16. Care to know how you can super-size your Disrupt opportunity? We’ll get to that […]
Filmmakers often say the last thing they want is for people to watch their movies on a phone. Now, as Quibi launches, some are hoping they do exactly that. It may be the boldest cinematic experiment in memory.