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The End is Near: Twinkies Do Have an Expiration Date

As a lover of all things sweet, I’ve always been intrigued by the Twinkie. Known for their yellow cake and creamy filling, Twinkies have been a go-to snack for generations. One rumor that has persisted since I was a kid is that Twinkies don’t expire. Is this really true? According to Shea Simmons over at…Continue readingThe End is Near: Twinkies Do Have an Expiration Date

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Rapper’s Delight

The roots of rap and hip hop are intertwined with past music. From the earliest releases to the latest hits, so many songs use samples of prior music. Puff Daddy made mega-hits of songs in the 90s based off 80s samples. So have Dr. Dre, The Fugees, and Eminem. The list goes on and on.…Continue readingRapper’s Delight

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Stamping Out Emissions

Slowly but surely, electric vehicles (EVs) are breaking through into the mainstream. As much as I hate to give credit to Lord Manchild, his company has been a difference-maker in this area. Now we’re seeing the government get involved here in the US. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is making strides toward electrifying its…Continue readingStamping Out Emissions

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The Missing Pet is Inside the House

When a pet runs away it can be a traumatic experience. A small neighborhood instantly transforms into a vast landscape of places they could go. Sometimes there are happy endings. For the Manuela family and their lost tortoise, theirs did too. However, it took 30 years. Stephen Messenger at The Dodo has more. Flash forward…Continue readingThe Missing Pet is Inside the House

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Fake Narration

In this ever-evolving world of AI drawing and chat and who knows what else, we find a new realm for computer-generated text-to-voice to apply its skills: audiobook narration. Leyland Cecco at The Guardian has more about how Apple is playing with fire in this experiment. The popularity of the audiobook market has exploded in recent…Continue readingFake Narration

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Like and Subscribe for Course Credit

YouTube has really taken over our world for entertainment in quick bites, personalities you get to know, and a wealth of knowledge on fixing and operating stuff. YouTube is everywhere and is an important archive of so much information. Now in a super interesting twist, YouTube has announced Study Hall, a collaboration with ASU to…Continue readingLike and Subscribe for Course Credit

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Competitive Excel

Forget about eSports and Pay-Per-View boxing. If you’re craving THE thrilling event of the 21st century, look no further than the Microsoft Excel World Championship. Yes, you read that right. Competitors from across the world compete against each other for who can be the winner in a knockout bracket challenge. Even crazier? It is televised…Continue readingCompetitive Excel

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Beavers At Work

Cute animals never cease to capture attention. And for good reason: they’re cute. With everyone having high-quality cameras in their pockets and the proliferation of cameras set up on people’s properties, there is never an end to seeing nature in action. Dr. Holley Muraco who studies animal behavior posted this gem from her backyard to…Continue readingBeavers At Work

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Dr. Amazon

For as much flack as I give Amazon for their practices, I will hand one thing to them: they take a page from Google and try lots of things to see what sticks. Not as many as Google but Amazon has its fingers in a lot of areas. Surprisingly, their AWS hosting service is the…Continue readingDr. Amazon

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Ask Me Questions At My Funeral

Mourning the dead is a process that differs by culture, geographic location, customs, and a myriad of other factors. One interesting turn of how technology may augment this process is the work of StoryFile. This company whose purpose is to memorialize Holocaust survivors has been employed at times to let the deceased “attend” and “answer”…Continue readingAsk Me Questions At My Funeral

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Book On A Bench

We’ve seen a boom in the availability of tiny libraries across the world. These small structures can be found in parks, outside people’s homes and in other public spaces. Often they have clear doors on the front and are stuffed with books to take. The idea is great and it’s also a wonderful way to…Continue readingBook On A Bench

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Barnes & Noble is a Success Again

In the late 90s and early aughts, it was thought that print was dead and the Internet would replace everything physical. That hasn’t happened and one company has stuck around to this day: Barnes & Noble. The bookseller has outlasted Borders, Waldenbooks, and B. Dalton Booksellers to be the last chain store standing. In the…Continue readingBarnes & Noble is a Success Again

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Farmers Finally Allowed to Repair the Stuff They Own

Let’s start with the end of this story first: John Deere sucks. That is the most important part to know because, like others, they have fought tooth and nail to stop people from repairing the stuff they buy from Deere. In a society that’s moving more toward renting everything, being locked out of fixing your…Continue readingFarmers Finally Allowed to Repair the Stuff They Own

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Obi-Wan Fighting Like A Youngin’

With the incredible computing power we all possess these days, it is infinitely fascinating to see how people can remaster, edit, and recut classic cinema into something more interesting and enthralling. From Thundercats to Terminator 2, there have always been great fan edits put out there. Now comes this 6-minute video from Scene 38 that…Continue readingObi-Wan Fighting Like A Youngin’

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Is Anyone Still “Trying to fall in love” with Horizon Worlds?

In yet more proof (like we needed any) that Facebook Meta is still falling quite short in making their virtual reality world Horizon Worlds a thing, Wired reporter Eric Ravenscraft tells his tale of trying to hold a holiday party inside that system. Spoilers: it was a big mess. For starters, organizing an event using…Continue readingIs Anyone Still “Trying to fall in love” with Horizon Worlds?

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This Could Have Been an Email

Meetings suck. They’ve always sucked. Generally they go longer than they need, key people can’t attend, and they can easily become unproductive which is the exact opposite of a meeting’s purpose. If you’re an employee of Shopify, your calendar is about to get a lot more open. Because in 2023, Shopify is telling everyone to…Continue readingThis Could Have Been an Email

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Forbidden Island

Even though it’s 2023 and we think the world is extremely connected, there are still parts of the globe that are not only disconnected but visiting these locations could be deadly. YouTube channel RealLifeLore documents Sentinel Island, an isolated piece of land that is part of the Andaman Islands, and the local population is one…Continue readingForbidden Island

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Dead or Alive, You’re Coming With Me

When science fiction becomes science fact, it can be awesome. Other times it can be really bad. In the case of “Asimov’s Laws of Robotics”, it has become reality to examine the first law “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” because, in…Continue readingDead or Alive, You’re Coming With Me

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Library: The Streaming Service

One of the greatest achievements in the past decade has been the ability of local public libraries ability to shift to offering more and more digital items. In a world where many of our books, movies, music, and other things are digital they have kept up. Now in a very cool twist, some libraries have…Continue readingLibrary: The Streaming Service

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The Smartest Dog

We all know dogs get excited when they see us, but is that because they miss us or know we’re going to feed them? It’s been speculated that dogs are pretty damn smart, but we need the science to back that up. So leave it to 60 Minutes’ 2014 story about Chaser: the smartest dog…Continue readingThe Smartest Dog

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Finally, Apple Competes With Spotify Wrapped

You know we’re firmly in December when you begin seeing the plethora of people sharing their year-end Spotify Wrapped. This compilation of listening stats has been awesome to see but has always made me, an Apple Music subscriber, a bit sad that I haven’t had anything similar. Apple has finally fixed this egregious error by…Continue readingFinally, Apple Competes With Spotify Wrapped

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The Aliens Will Protect Us

While weather and natural events can be unpredictable, modern meteorologists have done a good job of predicting storms and natural disasters. But the residents of Miramar Beach, Mexico don’t listen to the experts. Why should they? Natural disasters pass them by all the time. And for those who live there there’s a simple explanation: the…Continue readingThe Aliens Will Protect Us

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I’m Sorry I Got Caught

Autographs and original works of art are always collectible. For fans of Bob Dylan, his new book The Philosophy of Modern Song had a special edition: For $600 you could buy an autographed copy complete with a certificate of authenticity from the publisher Simon & Schuster. So imagine people’s ire when they found the autographs were…Continue readingI’m Sorry I Got Caught

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Bob is Dead. Long Live Bob

In one of the most public about-faces in recent history, Disney is admitting they’ve screwed up. Late on Sunday night, they announced CEO Bob Chapek was out as head of the company to be replaced by Bob Iger. There wouldn’t even be a transition. Iger is back in control immediately. More from Mike Calia and…Continue readingBob is Dead. Long Live Bob

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It Looks Like You Need a Sweater

Does anyone like Clippy? For anyone who’s initial response is “Who?” let’s rewind. Back in the mid 90’s, Microsoft introduced an assistant into Word named Clippy. It was an animated paperclip with eyes. It would monitor what you were doing and interrupt your work with suggestions. It was… annoying. Dipping into the nostalgia well, Microsoft…Continue readingIt Looks Like You Need a Sweater

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Roof Shark

Sometimes art can be subtle and other times it is expressive. Then there are the statement pieces that become icons. One such art installation is over in Oxford in the UK where a house has a shark crashing through a roof. Yes, you read that right: a shark crashing through a roof. Prolific YouTuber Tom…Continue readingRoof Shark

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California Platin’

It only took fifteen years for e-ink to find another use besides the driving technology behind the Kindle and other eBook readers. A bill was signed into law recently in California allowing this tech to do something that will make life easier for everyone: be a license plate. Jonathan Gitlin at Ars Technica has more.…Continue readingCalifornia Platin’

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Good Sport Stallone

There are few movie stars that have endured and worked as hard as Sylvester Stallone. The man we all know as Rocky and Rambo has never left the business of entertaining us. It also seems the man who seems like a tough-guy action star has a great sense of humor. This clip from the Jonathan…Continue readingGood Sport Stallone

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Notepad of Doom

Doom is one of the most well-known and earliest entries into successful PC gaming. Id practically invented the FPS (First Person Shooter) genre with Wolfenstein and then Doom. For years, the joke is asking if a piece of technology runs Doom. Now, we get the ultimate Doom: running in Notepad. Chris Kerr at Game Developer…Continue readingNotepad of Doom

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Twit Show

In the words of Ian Malcolm: Well, there it is. The long-running saga of if shitposter extraordinaire Elon Musk would own Twitter is now over. It comes as no surprise that a man who impulsively signed a purchase agreement could not get out of it, no matter how much he tried. As of last Friday,…Continue readingTwit Show