Our first 3D printers only printed ABS and PLA plastic. Yeah, we heard about PVA for support structures, but no one could get them to stick. There was also polycarbonate, but you had to have an all metal hot end with a fan to print that stuff. Now there’s a lot of variety out there: flexible, wood and stone, nylon, PETG, and more.
If you are still printing with just the old standards, you might enjoy [all3dp’s] comparison chart of 30 different filament types–that’s enough for one day a month–well at least for four months. It is too many for February, and a day short for the rest of the months. In addition to a table, there’s a short write-up about each type of plastic, its characteristics, and its technical data. There’s even magnetic PLA (see video below) which, in addition to being magnetic, will actually rust in water which might be good for some artistic prints.
Of course, there’s probably more filament types out there. After all, there are new ones it seems every day. Still, 30 should keep you and your printer busy for a while.
We’ve looked at some exotic filaments before like carbon fiber, for example. The magnetic filament is from Protopasta, and we’ve seen that they make quite a few strange and wonderful filaments.
You can split today’s mainstream laptop market into four segments, more-or-less. The sub-$400 part of the market is where lots and lots of low-end, low-quality laptops live. There’s a midmarket segment that exists somewhere between $500 and $800, in which you can actually find some pretty solid computers if you’re willing to compromise on a handful of things. The $1,500-and-up super-premium market is mostly the purview of high-end Ultrabook configurations and halo devices like the Surface Book and MacBook Pro. And then there’s that $800-$1,200 spot where most of the PC OEMs’ “premium” efforts live.
Two or three years ago, it was enough to find the rare laptop with a good IPS screen, a decent chiclet keyboard, acceptable battery life, and a trackpad that didn’t make you want to murder someone. That describes most of 2012, 2013, and 2014’s best Ultrabooks—the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the Toshiba Kirabook, early Asus Zenbook Primes, the previous-generation Dell XPS 12 and XPS 13, and Acer’s Aspire S7 were all essentially competent Ultrabooks without particularly groundbreaking designs or extraneous frills.
01 – I Don’t Like Half the Folks I Love
02 – Mission Temple Fireworks Stand
03 – Snake Farm
04 – Pimps & Preachers
05 – Long Way from Tupelo
06 – Burn Down the Trailer Park
07 – Bull Mountain Bridge
08 – What the Hell Is Goin’ On
09 – What Have You Done to Lift Somebody Up
10 – Old Stray Dogs & Jesus
11 – I Have a Good Day Every Now and Then
12 – Rose City
13 – Intro (Live)
14 – A Lot of Good Reasons (Live)
15 – I Backslide on Friday (Live)
16 – I Hope I’m Doin’ This Right (Live)
17 – Hammer & Nail (Live)
18 – That’s Life (Live)
19 – Turnip Greens (Live)
20 – Don’t Let Nobody Rob You of Your Joy (Live)
21 – She Won’t Cheat on Us (Live)
22 – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Live)
mirandakatz writes: When the NYPD rolled out its Twitter presence a couple years back, it didn't go so smoothly: the @NYPDNews account tweeted a request: 'Do you have a photo with a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD,' and by midnight the same day, more than 70,000 people had responded decrying police brutality. At Backchannel, Susan Crawford looks at the department's attempt to use Twitter to rebuild community trust, noting that while the NYPD has a long ways to go, any opening up of communication is an improvement on the traditionally tight-lipped culture.
They're currently reaching about 10% of the city's population, tweeting pictures of "wanted" suspects and sharing information on recent criminal activity, as the police commissioner describes shifting their mindset from "warrior" to guardian.
An anonymous reader writes: Analysts at VisionMobile have begun conducting this year's "State of the Developer" Survey -- their perennial assessment of salaries, skills, and tools -- but this time with a twist. "Based on your responses, you'll find out what kind of character you'd be in a fantasy world: A mage? A fighter? A dragon slayer?" according to a blog post publicizing the event by Amazon's manager of developer marketing.
"As in previous years, you'll also receive your personal Developer Scorecard showing how you compare to other developers in your country, a free copy of the final State of the Developer Nation report, and a chance to win some cool prizes."
The survey presents a map of seven "kingdoms" -- IoT, Mobile, Desktop, Backend, Web, Machine learning, and AR/VR -- and invites developers to complete their "quest," awarding virtual badges and real-world prizes, which include an Oculus Rift headset, a Surface Pro 3, an Apple Watch, and a Pixel Phone. Along your "journey," a developer owl even dispatches encouraging geeky jokes. (Like "Whenever I see a door that says 'push', I always pull first, to avoid conflicts.")
Four months ago Polish law enforcement officers arrested Artem Vaulin, the alleged founder of KickassTorrents, who’s been held in a local prison since.
Polish authorities acted on a criminal complaint from the U.S. Government, which accused him of criminal copyright infringement and money laundering.
Over the past few weeks, Vaulin has been fighting a U.S. extradition request. However, facing serious back problems, he was recently transferred to a hospital for treatment and further research.
Initially, the court ruled that the health problems weren’t serious enough, but the prison director later decided that his facility doesn’t have the means for adequate treatment
According to defense attorney Aleksander Emil Kowzan, Vaulin’s back problems are severe. He further notes that several of the upcoming extradition hearings are postponed for now.
“The hearings that were scheduled for the coming days are canceled. Due to the state of his health, our client can not be transported to court,” Vaulin’s lawyer told the Polish press agency.
“Doctors have no doubt that surgery is necessary. What’s more, there is a slight paralysis, loss of sensation in the lower limb,” he added.
The defense team has asked an expert to determine whether their client is fit enough to take part in future hearings of his case. If not, they must look for alternative solutions. One thought that was raised is to hold the hearings at the hospital.
Despite his health problems, Polish authorities are keeping a close eye on the alleged KickassTorrent owner. Vaulin is continuously guarded by four officers, two outside and two inside his room.
This is a violation of his rights, according to the defense team, who plan to file a complaint with the ombudsman. The fact that the alleged KickassTorrent operator is cuffed to his bed at night is particularly worrying.
“Mr. Vaulin is under constant supervision of four officers – two in the room and two in the front hall. At night, when there are no doctors, there is – in our opinion – a shameful situation. He is handcuffed to the bed.”
“This is strongly opposed by the doctors, who explained that this might cause nerve damage,” Vaulin’s lawyer added.
Over the past months, Vaulin’s lawyers have pointed out several human rights violations. In addition to the current situation, he was also unable to meet with his U.S. counsel to prepare his defense.
For now, Vaulin remains at the hospital. Previously, the court prolonged his custody until mid-February, but if the case is delayed there could be a further extension.
We’re not sure why [lujji] would want to hack ST’s ST-Link programmer firmware, but it’s definitely cool that he did, and his writeup is a great primer in hacking embedded devices in two parts: first he unpacks and decrypts the factory firmware and verifies that he can then upload his own encrypted firmware through the bootloader, and then he dumps the bootloader, figures out where it’s locking the firmware image, and sidesteps the protection.
[lujji]’s project was greatly helped out by having the firmware’s encryption keys from previous work by [Taylor Killian]. Once able to run his own code on an intact device, [lujji] wrote a quick routine that dumped the entire flash ROM contents out over the serial port. This gave him the bootloader binary, the missing piece in the two-part puzzle.
If you’ve ever broken copy protection of the mid-1990’s, you won’t be surprised what happened next. [lujji] located the routine where the bootloader adds in the read protection, and NOPped it out. After uploading firmware with this altered bootloader, [lujji] found that it wasn’t read-protected anymore. Game over!
We glossed over a couple useful tips and tricks along the way, so if you’re into reversing firmware, give [lujji]’s blog a look. If you just want a nice ARM programmer with UART capabilities, however, there’s no reason to go to these extremes. The Black Magic Probe project gives you equal functionality and it’s open source. Or given that the official ST-Link programmers are given away nearly free with every Nucleo board, just buying one is clearly the path of least resistance. But a nice hack like this is its own reward for those who want to take that path. Thanks, [lujji] for writing it up.
There's a new reason you can be stopped by airport security: because the security officer who flagged you "was being secretly paid by the government...to uncover evidence of drug smuggling." schwit1 quotes The Economist:
For years, officials from the Department of Justice testified, the DEA has paid millions of dollars to a variety of confidential sources to provide tips on travellers who may be transporting drugs or large sums of money. Those sources include staff at airlines, Amtrak, parcel services and even the Transportation Safety Administration...
According to [a DOJ] report, airline employees and other informers had an incentive to search more travellers' bags, since they received payment whenever their actions resulted in DEA seizures of cash or contraband. The best-compensated of these appears to have been a parcel company employee who received more than $1 million from the DEA over five years. One airline worker, meanwhile, received $617,676 from 2012 to 2015 for tips that led to confiscations. But the DEA itself profited much more from the program. That well-paid informant got only about 12% of the amount the agency seized as a result of the his tips.
The DEA had paid out $237 million to over 9,000 informants over five years towards the end of 2015, according to the report. The Economist writes that "travelers no doubt paid the price in increased searches," adding that the resulting searches were all probably illegal.
Security firm Forcepoint has discovered a DDoS competition which requires participants install a DDoS software which contains a backdoor. An anonymous reader quotes CSO:
A hacker in Turkey has been trying to encourage distributed denial-of-attacks by making it into a game, featuring points and prizes for attempting to shut down political websites... Users that participate will be given a tool known as Balyoz, the Turkish word for Sledgehammer, that can be used to launch DDoS attacks against a select number of websites... The attack tool involved is designed to only harass 24 political sites related to the Kurds, the German Christian Democratic Party -- which is led by Angela Merkel -- and the Armenian Genocide, and others... Forcepoint noticed that the DDoS attack tool given to the participants also contains a backdoor that will secretly install a Trojan on the computer.
Bob Dylan didn’t make the trip to Stockholm to accept his Nobel Prize in Literature. Instead, Patti Smith went on his behalf and performed a cover of his 1963 classic, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.” And midway through a beautiful performance, she simply forgot the words, paused, and said, “I apologize. I’m sorry, I’m so nervous,” and asked to start the section of the song again. Which she did.
The lyrics for “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” are difficult, by no means easy to remember. Add a case of nerves (which can beset even the most experienced musician) and you have the makings for a very human moment. Watch the video the whole way through. It’s touching on many levels.
Fitness trackers and wearable fitness technology are a rising trend for both serious athletes and individuals who like to occasionally exercise. Both types are caring more about their health stats these days, and VO2 plays a big role in that department.
For example, the Fitbit Charge 2 uses VO2 Max to display its Cardio Fitness score. The higher end Garmin devices are using it too, such as the Fenix 3 HR. So, what is VO2 Max, and how does it measure overall fitness? Can a fitness tracker or smartwatch be trusted to give a correct reading?
The maximum volume of O2 (oxygen) which is transferred to the blood, is what VO2 Max represents. When you exercise, this level increases, and VO2 Max is the level at which the amount of oxygen you processes hits its max and levels out. The milliliters of oxygen processed per kilogram of body weight per minute, is how VO2 Max is measured. So, if you are a serious athlete, more oxygen can pass through your body versus a less fit athlete.
Why VO2 Max is important in fitness
If you want to concentrate on improving your physical fitness, looking at your VO2 Max score is one of the best ways to do so. There are lots of fitness wearables to look at, if your VO2 Max is a big focus.
These include the Garmin Forerunner 735XT and the 630, along with the Fitbit Charge 2 and the Fenix 3 HR. Also in the mix are the Jabra Sport Pulse and the Polar V800.
There are several benefits to knowing your VO2 Max. Garmin’s Fitness and Wellness product manager, Shane Harman gives some insight.
“VO2 Max is displayed as a number, anywhere from 40-80 (the total millilitres of oxygen that you can process per minute). You can therefore understand in black and white your current level of fitness. By implementing training you should hopefully see that number increase. If it is not increasing, your training is not having the desired effect and you can look to make some changes,” Harman explains.
It is important to keep in mind that a normal medical VO2 Max test is done in a lab and requires an individual to wear a mask while performing an increasingly difficult treadmill run, and during that time, the volume of oxygen entering and leaving the lungs is measured. This level of accuracy is not within the capability of a wristband or watch. Therefore, wearable tech measurements are just a good estimate.
It is critical to enter your age, sex and weight correctly into your device, because that information determines many of the assumptions your device will make about you. The next important elements are heart rate and speed, which can both be measured accurately with wearable devices.
Improving your amount of aerobic exercise is the best way to improve your VO2 Max score, and this should be able to create a change in 4-12 weeks. Keep in mind, if you don’t train hard enough, your levels might decrease.
There are a few issues, however, with VO2 Max. When running uphill, your heart rate is usually higher, and your speed is slower. This can be measured as a lower fitness level. The same thing can happen for downhill runs too.
Garmin and Fitbit track your score over time, so if you’re changing your routes, the average should be pretty accurate. Just make sure to get out running several times before you start focusing on your scores.
We know it’s holiday time…but innovators working on creations in the IoT space using Bluetooth technology need to submit their idea and/or prototype for consideration for the Imagine Blue Awards by December 13.
This awards program is run by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Competitors will compete for cash prizes between $5,000 and $10,000, with a purpose of inspiring and drivng innovation using Bluetooth technology.
“Last year’s winners – an advanced Bluetooth beacon used to improve food safety and a smart flood sensor designed to alleviate natural disaster fallouts – prove that the power of Bluetooth is only limited by the imagination. The applications we’ve received so far this year demonstrate the amazing scope of the tech, highlighting the technology’s ability to inspire creators to build the next generation of technology that will transform our day-to-day lives,” said Katy Scheck, Director of Marketing, Bluetooth SIG.
There are two categories participants can enter: Prototype and student.
For the prototype category
The Prototype category is for businesses and individuals that have a working prototype. Entries can’t be products that have already come to market, or will come to market prior to the end of the contest in March, 2017.
Finalists in this category will have their prototype showcased in the SIG’s booth at Bluetooth World. The conference takes place March 28-29, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA.
There, they will have the opportunity to present their prototype to a judging panel that will review their creation, selecting a winner at the end of the conference.
Winners receive $10,000 to help them bring their product to market and encourage continued innovation.
For the student category
This category is open to currently enrolled high school, college, or postgraduate students. A prototype is encouraged, but not required. Like the prototype category, participants will need to create a 1-2 minute video describing their creation. They’ll need to explain how it works, and showcase why it is better with Bluetooth.
Participants will also need to provide a headshot, photos or renderings of the product, and a letter of recommendation from their teacher or professor.
Student finalists will have a blog entry written about them on Bluetooth.com. The winning student receiving a cash award of $5,000.
All online entries must be completed by December 13, 2016. All prototype and physical entries must be in their hands by 16 December 2016.
The Internet of Things is projected to grow to as much as 20-30 billion connected devices by 2020. The amount of data being created and subsequently sent to the cloud is therefore set to increase exponentially as a new set of devices achieves connectivity.
Storage and computing power increases according to Moore’s law, that is they double about every 18 months, yet bandwidth is increasing at a far slower pace. Some estimates place bandwidth growth at less than 40% per year. The implication is of course that there will be more data wanting being sent to the cloud then there will be bandwidth. Enter the fog computing paradigm.
Fog computing refers to decentralized computation at the edges of the network, as opposed to being centralized in data centers. By distributing computing to the edges, the results will be sent to the cloud, not the raw data itself. This shift in paradigm will tremendously reduce the need for increased bandwidth and computational power in the cloud.
Centralized computing in the cloud has provided several benefits for enterprises. Scalability, easy pricing schemes and minimal upfront cost are among the big ones. However cloud computing have certain disadvantages. Foremost latency and delay jitter, as well as there being a higher probability for security breaches when large amounts of data is moved through networks.
Fog computing greatly reduces the amount of data being sent to and from the cloud, reducing latency as a result of local computation while minimizing security risks.
Companies using cloud computing for analytics often need it fast. The most relevant data is often the most recent data, and most companies need to be able to act on that insight in real time. You will not need to wait for data to be sent around the globe, analyzed in the cloud then sent back. We should then ask what computations can be done closer to home, and what should be in the cloud.
What data do we actually need?
Airplanes are equipped with important sensors that are meant to prevent system failure. These sensors can produce up to 40TB of data per hour of flight. If we multiply that with the numbers of flight hours per day the data generated by the industry is staggering. These sensors serve important functions in flight, but the data not being used for analytics on fuel savings and other efficiencies would not benefit from being aggregated in the cloud. Not to mention the amount of data we can expect a fleet of self-driving cars to generate.
So, in addition to making us think about what computations should be done by the device, it also forces us to think about what data is really useful, and what data is essentially useless after its shelf time has expired, which for many applications is short.
As the fog computing paradigm continues to evolve and an exponentially increasing amount of devices achieve connectivity we will see more choices being made regarding what data should be used where and subsequently stored. The cloud has given us us several advantages in terms of scalability and cheapness, but we will now need to make more decisions on how we treat the exponentially growing amount of data we are generating for IoT infrastructure to perform optimally.
Welcome to a new series of photo essays at the Atlantic titled Americans at Work. Every Saturday, until the end of February, we will be presenting a new original story portraying the breadth and variety of the landscape of work in America today.
Our inaugural story about educators in Chicago from more than a dozen schools comes from Chicago-based documentary photographer Marc Monaghan: “When I started this project I expected I would see teachers, administrators, and support staff engaged in meaningful ways in their work. I imagined that I would see the consequences of their efforts in the physical set up of the classrooms, the pacing of lessons, in classroom management and in the engagement of students. I saw all of that. I witnessed care, dedication and professionalism, minute after minute, hour after hour, throughout the full day I spent with each of most of the teachers.
I was surprised at how fully the teachers supported the work I was doing. They let me do what I needed to do. They gathered releases from parents and guardians, contacting them after hours and on weekends. They read my caption notes for accuracy. In their help, I felt their desire to be seen and understood.
The teachers I observed exhibited superb executive functioning skills, inquisitive minds and care for their students; they got tired during the day and they worked diligently. During the process of photographing these classrooms and schools, my understanding of the work teachers, administrators and support staff do and my respect for them as professionals was reinforced and deepened. I hope this is revealed in this collection of images.”
Principal Beulah McLoyd has a discussion with a student about Jim Crow laws in a Seminar class at Dyett High School for the Arts, in Washington Park, on Chicago's South side, on October 26, 2016.
Every weekend, Windows Central livestreams an Xbox One or Steam game for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!
Tonight at 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT) on Beam, we'll be playing Dead Rising 4, the Xbox and Windows 10 exclusive from Capcom and Microsoft. Dead Rising 4 pits Frank West against thousands of zombies, with only silly weapons, vehicles, and outfits to protect him. It's a silly, bloody good time. We're also giving out 9 game codes for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam! Read on for quick impressions and contest details.
Just follow us at Beam.pro/WindowsCentral, enable email notifications, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win. After the stream ends, be sure to check back for the YouTube replay video and contest winners.
Tip: If watching the stream in another window, close this one to avoid audio echoes.
Last week, 11-year-old Cruz became the latest Beckham to taste fame with a charity single, leading some to wonder if the family are developing a dynasty to rival the WindsorsAt the top of a steep, snowy slope on Hampstead Heath a few winters back, so the story goes, a disparate group of north London parents were expressing mild concern to one another about their unruly children, tobogganing down the ice together on assorted tea trays and sledges. “It’s an accident waiting to happen,” agreed one slim man in a grey beanie hat, looking round good-naturedly. In response the other parents started edging away, as of one mind, and the friendly banter froze in the frosty air. Yet there was nothing visibly wrong with this father. Far from it. In fact, he was near perfect. He was also, they had realised, David Beckham.
For all the vast, enviable wealth revealed last week in the joint Beckham family bank account, each of its members – father, mother, three sons and a little daughter – are condemned to walk a strangely isolated path through the world. High levels of grooming, good looks and international fame ensure that David and Victoria, his wife of 17 years, and their children rarely pass among us without provoking, at most, a paparazzi frenzy and, at least, a moment of social awkwardness.
Tonight a new name will be etched on the MLS championship trophy. Toronto play Seattle at BMO Field, and since neither side has ever won US soccer’s biggest prize. A chance to make history for two upwardly mobile clubs who were off the pace in the regular season, but who have peaked at just the right time.
Toronto have their Big Three ready to rock in the biggest game in TFC history: much of their play is expected to go through Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco, and the well remunerated trio have the calibre to test the Sounders’ defence. Seattle have the wily Nicolas Lodeiro, and Ozzie Alonso remains a forceful presence, but Clint Dempsey, still sidelined with an irregular heartbeat, is a big miss. That said, Brian Schmetzer’s done a terrific job after taking over from Sigi Schmid midway through the season. An MLS Cup final appearance only five months into the post isn’t bad going for a who’s done some outstanding work in the Pacific Northwest for many years. Schmetzer deserves his moment.
Tim will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s Graham Parker’s match preview:
The key to this game well be which team gets its wide players up in support while retaining defensive shape. Steven Beitashour and Justin Morrow are part of that experienced supporting cast brought in to provide a platform for the team’s stars, but with Toronto moving to three at the back in recent weeks, they’ve also been charged with getting forward and overwhelming opponents with supply from out wide.
The FA’s chairman has admitted clubs were ‘sleepwalking’ in the 1980s and 1990s but Barnsley’s confirmation they hired an academy physio in 2011 without full checks poses wider questions for the sportIt hasn’t been an easy few weeks, to say the least, for what we used to know as the good old days and no doubt there are plenty of us who desperately want to believe football has wised up and everything is different now. It just isn’t easy to be entirely sure when, in the last few days, a letter from the solicitors of one club has been brought to my attention that makes it absolutely clear there are still holes in the system, still people winging it and still the overwhelming sense that the modern‑day sport likes to operate by its own rules.
The letter is from Brabners, the law firm where Maurice Watkins, the chairman of Barnsley, is a senior partner and it contains a candid admission that the club employed a full-time physiotherapist to work in their academy without bothering to make the standard Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks – now known as the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – that would ordinarily be mandatory for anyone working in junior football.
Bloodborne is a critically acclaimed PlayStation 4 exclusive. Released in 2015, it has since gone on to sell millions of copies and is considered one of the greatest PS4 titles.
In Bloodborne, you play as a character known as a “Hunter.” These hunters roam around the city of Yharnam, ridding the city of beasts. As the story unravels, many of Yharnam’s mysteries are revealed and Bloodborne’s story becomes increasingly fascinating. This is a game that you won’t be able to stop playing, no matter how frustrating its many bosses and even regular enemies can be.
If you’re a fan of Bloodborne, you’ll definitely want to check out these top ten t-shirts inspired by the brilliant game.
For those beer drinkers out there, you’ll probably immediately recognize Blue Moon’s logo, except this time, instead of Blue Moon, it’s Blood Moon. Relax, crack open a beer, and play Bloodborne. (Or maybe skip the beer part, you’ve got to be sober if you even want to attempt a game like Bloodborne.)
Bloodborne Brainsucker T-Shirt
The brainsuckers are my least favorite enemy in the entire game. I’ve died to them more than I have to certain bosses. They’re incredibly frustrating, but when you finally kill one, it’s one of the most satisfying feelings. Wear one of these bad boys and show ’em what you’re made of! (Or die a thousand times and lose all your insight like me.)
Bloodborne Father Gascoigne T-Shirt
Good old Papa G, is one of the first bosses in the game, and the first mandatory boss. He’s definitely not as easy as you’d expect an early game boss to be, but remember, this is Bloodborne, and never at any point, is it really “easy.” Father Gascoigne is an awesome fight though, and your first taste of what fighting another hunter is like. He’ll probably kill you a few times, but conquering him is so much fun.
The doll is one of the few genuinely good characters in this game, and she’s not even really alive. (Or is she?) You’ll love her, for she is the one who grants you precious level-ups, and helps you get through this bloody and difficult game. She’s also super adorable and cute, why wouldn’t you want to walk around wearing a picture of her?
Bloodborne Madman’s Knowledge T-Shirt
Madman’s Knowledge is an item pickup in the game that grants you with insight, a very useful tool for beating certain bosses. If the brainsuckers get to you enough, you’ll probably lose your insight and Madman’s Knowledge will provide you with some more. (Screw those brainsuckers.)
Bloodborne Hunter’s Dream T-Shirt
The Hunter’s Dream is the only safe haven in the entire game, and your source for items, level-ups, and weapon upgrades. You’re going to be spending a lot of time here with its inhabitants, the doll, and Gehrman, a wheelchair bound hunter. They’ll quickly become some of your few friends in the desolate world of Bloodborne, so feel their comfort with this t-shirt!
Hopefully, you’ve found some of these t-shirts to be fun and cool. Remember to check out more! There’s so many great t-shirts out there, you’ll be bound to find the perfect one for you!
Toys, for adults or kids, make Christmas better for everyone. This holiday season, the DC Super Hero Girls line of action figures is something worth paying attention to.
A toy line by DC and Mattel that also has its own web series (Super Hero High), Super Hero girls is on a special sale for Christmas, whether it’s on the action figures themselves or some awesome accessories that go hand in hand with Supergirl, Batgirl and the rest of the gang. Check out our best picks for you:
Apple tablets aren’t the most affordable on the planet, but Christmas is an excellent time to get one for a terrific price.
Heading into the best holiday when it comes to presents and deals, there are two Apple tablets that come with a significant discount: The Apple iPad Air and the Apple iPad 2. Through the upcoming days we’ll let you know about more deals from Apple and other tablets, and you can always do the tedious work of looking for a discount yourself. However, right now, the two Christmas deals we present to you are probably the best to be found:
seemingly harmless prank by teenage girls takes a horrific turn in producer/director
William Castle’s 1965 production “I Saw What You Did”, recently released on Blu-ray by Shout!
Factory as part of their Scream! Factory line of horror titles. Libby and Kit (Andi
Garrett and Sara Lane) are baby sitting Libby’s little sister Tess when they
come up with a game taking turns choosing random phone numbers out of the phone
book and making prank calls stating, “I saw what you did, and I know who you
their first recipients is Judith Marak (Joyce Meadows). Libby asks seductively
to speak with Steve, Judith’s husband. When Judith informs Steve (John Ireland)
of the call, Steve reacts by savagely stabbing her to death. Later, he answers the
phone to hear, “I saw what you did, and I know who you are!” Steve engages the
girls and asks to meet Libby. Libby and Kit have no idea Steve has just murdered
his wife and after a few more calls agree to meet Steve still thinking they’re
engaged in a harmless game.
(Joan Crawford) is Steve’s neighbor and shows up shortly after Steve’s wife is
murdered. Apparently they’re having an affair and Steve had plans to leave his
wife and marry the wealthy widow. Amy figures out what has happened due to Steve’s
strange behavior surrounding the calls from Libby pretending to be “Suzette.”
Amy attempts to blackmail Steve into marrying her and that leads to further
dramatic deveopments. With Crawford relegated to a distinctly supporting role,
the movie relies heavily on the performances of the three young actors.
Fortunately, they come through and the sincerity of their performances gives
the film a slight edge- of -your- seat feeling, but one never gets the notion
that the girls are in any real danger. We move from prank call to concerned
parents trying to call and check on the children as we watch Steve plan his
next move. The movie features a strong supporting cast of veteran actors in
addition to Crawford and Ireland including Leif Erickson as Dave Mannering
(Libby & Tess’ father), Patricia Breslin as Ellie Mannering (their mom),
John Archer as John Austin (Kit’s father) and John Crawford as a state trooper
who comes to their inevitable rescue.
the three young actors at the center of the movie had very short careers in the
entertainment industry. Andi Garret (Libby) appeared in four episodes of “The
Wild Wild West” from 1966-68 and an episode of “Baa Baa Black Sheep” in 1976
before retiring from acting. Sarah Lane (Kit) was a regular on the TV series,
“The Virginian” from 1966-1970 appearing in 105 episodes as Elizabeth Grainger
followed by appearances in the movies “Schoolgirls in Chains” in 1973, “The
Trial of Billy Jack in 1975 and “Billy Jack Goes to Washington” in 1977 before
retiring from acting. Sharyl Locke (little sister Tess) appeared in “One Man’s
Way” and “Father Goose” in 1964 prior to “I Saw What You Did” in 1965. This was
followed by an appearance on “Burke’s Law” in 1965 and “Bonanza” in 1966 after
which she, too, retired from acting.
music by Van Alexander is entertaining, but a bit too cheerful for a thriller.
The score feels out of place and would better suite a 1960s sitcom and perhaps
it’s used as a way to underscore the innocence of the young girl’s prank. It’s
still distracting and more befitting a Haley Mills teen comedy like “The Parent
Trap” and “The Trouble with Angels” or one of the many “Beach Movies” of the
by Universal in the summer of 1965, the movie’s poster declares, “William
Castle Warns You: ‘This is a motion picture about uxoricide!’” Uxoricide is the
killing of one’s wife, but I think the word sounded more exotic than murder. This
enjoyable black & white shocker looks terrific in its widescreen
presentation with great sound and running a brief 82 minutes. Extras on the
Shout! Factory release include the cool trailer featuring producer, director
and showman William Castle informing the audience that the theater will provide
seat belts so the viewer will not be shocked out of their seat. There’s also a
photo gallery and the regular release trailer. Highly recommended for fans of
William Castle, Joan Crawford and 1960s shock thrillers.
Every year, NASA showcases how the technology it develops for exploring space and studying other worlds has applications here on planet Earth. It’s what known as Spinoff, an annual publication that NASA’s Technology Transfer Program has been putting out since 1976. Since that time, they have showcased over 2000 examples where NASA technology was used for the sake of creating products that had wide-ranging benefits.
For Spinoff 2017, NASA selected 50 different companies that are using NASA technology – which included innovations developed by NASA, those made with the help of NASA funding, or those produced under contract with the agency. With examples ranging from GPS and satellite imaging, to light detection and ranging (Lidar) and biomedical devices, the list of commercial applications for this year is quite impressive!
For over 50 years, the NASA Technology Transfer Program has share NASA resources with private industries, a process which is colloquially referred to as “spin-offs”. In finding the widest possible applications for NASA technology and leveraging partnerships and licensing agreements with industry, they ensure that the large investments made in space exploration find additional uses that benefit humanity here on Earth.
Spinoff is an annual publication exploring the many applications NASA technology has. Credit: NASA
In the past, spin-offs have included memory foam, freeze-dried food, emergency thermal blankets, Dustbusters, cochlear implants, and numerous other application that have benefited the computer, medical, transportation, manufacturing and safety industries – thought not Velcro or Tang (contrary to popular conception). As they describe their mission in this year’s “Executive Summary“:
ach year, Spinoff features dozens of commercial products derived from NASA technology that benefit everything from medical care and software to agricultural production and vehicle efficiency. The companies featured in this year’s publication span a broad range of industries and geographic locations, showing the diverse benefits our Nation enjoys from its investment in aeronautics and space missions.”
This year’s spinoffs were certainly numerous, but some are particularly worthy of mention. For instance, there is the metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor that was developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Since its creation, it has become one of NASA’s most ubiquitous technologies, leading to the development of DSLR cameras, camera phones, and digital cameras that are available on every handheld device on the market.
And then there’s the GPS technology NASA began developing back in the 1990s, which included software capable of correcting for GPS signal errors and enabling incredible accuracy. John Deere recently acquired this technology and used it to develop a popular class of self-driving farm tractors. Today, as much as 70% of North American farmland is cultivated by self-driving tractors that rely on this technology.
Aerial photograph of a forest in Connecticut (left), and bare-earth lidar image beneath the overgrown vegetation (right) showing the remnants of stone walls, building foundations, abandoned roads and what was once cleared farm land. Credits: NASA/Katharine Johnson
And then there is the spinoff involving NASA-developed laser imaging and ranging technology (Lidar). This technology allowed the Pheonix Lander to detect snow falling from the skies of Mars, and will be used to OSIRIS-REx mission to land on an asteroid in the coming decade. And recently, this same technology was used by a team of archaeologists to map prehistoric sites in North America where hunter-gatherers hunted bison en masse.
In addition, “Robotics Spinoffs” get a special mention in this year’s report, with homage being paid to missions like Curiosity and Juno (which have explored the surfaces and atmospheres of other planets) and space-based observatories like Spitzer, Chandra and Hubble – which have looked deep into the cosmic field. The technologies used by these missions has also had an impact in virtually every sector of the world’s economy.
The publication also includes a section called “Spinoffs of Tomorrow“, which highlights 20 technologies that are especially well-suited for commercial adaptation. These include thin-film piezoelectric and composite materials that could be used in wind turbines to generate more electricity and improve electrode durability, as well as in personal devices to generate power from mere movement.
There’s also the new Armstrong wing design that lower drags, which could make airplanes and wind turbines more efficient. The Glenn Research Center is also cited for their development of a suite of materials and methods that optimize the performance of nanomaterials by making them tougher, more resistant, and easier to process. This could be used to build super-resilient fabrics and consumer products.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft launched on August 6, 2011 and should arrive at Jupiter on July 4, 2016. Credit: NASA / JPL
Then there’s an underwater vehicle developed by JPL that uses thermally-generated changes in buoyancy to generate electricity and recharge its batteries. This technology, which enables submarines to remain underwater for years at a time, could lead to the creation of nearly self-sufficient undersea drones – something that has applications in everything from sea exploration to pipeline monitoring.
The section also makes mention of an easy-to-use device that separates DNA, RNA, and proteins outside a traditional lab environment. Originally intended for use aboard the ISS, this device could be a boon for developing nations where medical infrastructure may be limited. And there’s also a system that autonomously detects faulty wiring and reroutes around it.
As always, the development of cutting-edge technologies can have applications that go far beyond the purpose for which they were originally intended. Whether it is robotic landers or probes, miniaturized cameras, improved electronics, or advanced materials, commercial industries here on Earth have always benefited from the research, development and exploration efforts of the space industry.
And as our efforts to send astronauts to Mars, return to the Moon, and explore the outer Solar System andbeyond continue, who knows what commercial applications will emerge as a result? And in the meantime, be sure to enjoy this video which explains how NASA technology is licensed through the TTP:
If WALL-E lost his wheels but gained an intimate knowledge of memes, we’d end up with this precocious bot.
Peeqo, created by Abhishek Singh for his thesis project at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, communicates with its human companion via animated GIFs. “My thesis is an attempt at designing a robot around emotion, expression and movement to make it more relatable,” he writes. Robotics are widely adopted for industrial use, but in the home, the Roomba remains the closest we get to a robo-friend.
Singh calls it the “love child of Amazon Echo and a Disney character,” made to live alongside desk-dwellers. It responds to questions and statements using voice recognition from Google Speech API and API.ai, and runs on six modified RC servos. It’s 3D-printed body is built on the premise of the Stewart platform, giving it freedom to swag and twist like a human neck, which helps it emote.
The bot is also a task master, using a Chrome extension to scold you via gif if you stray to an unproductive website while working. He notes that he’s working on Spotify integration so that Peeqo doubles as a speaker, displaying images of the musicians and grooving to the beat.
Singh logged the entire build in detail, and plans to make the coding open-source for roboticists looking to build their own little BFFs.