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Parents, get ready! Yo-kai Watch to ship worldwide in 2016

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Originally posted on RocketNews24:

On 13 February, American toymaker Hasbro announced they will begin shipping merchandise based on the anime/manga/game/toy phenomenon Yo-kai Watchall over the world next year.

This is fantastic news here at RocketNews24 because now we know how to spell the damn thing in English, but for many parents around the world it’s something to be concerned about.

Soon, you might wonder why your little one suddenly needs $300 to buy a plastic watch that holds pogs while also having a keen understanding of Japanese folklore. So, why not get ahead of the game and study up a little before it comes to your country and possesses your children. As a father who has lived through this I’ll try to share some tips in a brief parent’s guide to Yo-Kai Watch.

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February 18, 2015 at 11:31 am

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How-To: Now’s the right time to swap your old iMac’s hard drive for a fast new SSD

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Prices are coming down on SSD’s and even on the name brand ones. I noticed just today Samsung drives are getting cheaper. A 512GB EVO is ~$200 now with the 1TB EVO for just over $414. Not bad at all. But not all Macs are as friendly and upgradeable the old G4 and G5 Mac towers from years ago. Now instead you’ve got to use suction cups and gingerly pull out a bare 27″ LCD screen on the iMac. But thanks to the DIY spirit 9to5Mac has shared the steps to do a hard drive swap. Power to the people, we can do this!

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:


If you bought your iMac 3-5 years ago, there’s probably nothing so seriously wrong with the hardware that you need to consider replacing the machine. Sure, the new iMac with 5K Retina Display looks a little nicer, but at a steep $2,499 starting point, it’s still a luxury, not a necessity.

Yet there’s something you can do for $200 to $500 that will radically change your iMac’s performance: install a solid state drive (SSD) in addition to or instead of its original hard drive. SSDs use high-speed memory chips rather than the spinning platter mechanisms in traditional hard drives, achieving up to 5X benefits in speed while requiring no moving parts. Five years ago, SSDs were both expensive and limited in capacity, making them unlikely components for most Macs. Today, high-quality, capacious SSDs can be had for reasonable prices, and they’re surprisingly easy to install in iMacs. With limited expertise and only three tools, I…

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February 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm

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MIT Researchers: Crowdsourced Outlines Improve Learning from Videos — Campus Technology

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A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University are using crowd-sourced conceptual outlines to help learners get more out of educational videos.

via MIT Researchers: Crowdsourced Outlines Improve Learning from Videos — Campus Technology.

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February 12, 2015 at 12:26 pm

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Even The Name Is Cool!

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On the BBC show “Top Gear”, the host Jeremy Clarkson is heard to use the phrase, “A Concorde Moment”. He means to say the moment in time when British and French Aerospace Engineers designed, built and manufactured the fastest and most advanced civilian transport in the world. This followed only by the Apollo Missions in the U.S. to land a man on the moon. Add to this now another big accomplishment the SR-71 and it’s predecessor the YA-12. We’ve seen and now have seen pass the highest level of achievement in aeronautics we will EVER see. There’s no where else to go but an even plateau going forward or slightly downwards as time marches on.

Originally posted on Lillyteardrop:

One day several months ago, when I was still able to use Twitter, I was minding my own business when someone tweeted this photograph:


As a pilot it mesmerized me. I’d never before seen an aircraft that looked like it. I couldn’t stop looking at it. I thought it was something that had been designed for a film. I didn’t think it was a real aircraft, but I wanted it to be.

Later in the day I took over and showed it to my neighbour gentleman and said “I bet you’ve never seen anything like this before.”  He glanced at the photograph and said “Of course I have that’s that famous SR-71 Blackbird airplane.”


I now had a name and I rushed home and began researching it and what I discovered was nothing short of astonishing.

This aircraft was conceived, designed, built, tested and flown…

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February 9, 2015 at 1:46 pm

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The Question of Light: Tilda Swinton’s speech at the Rothko Chapel

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I have said before, and I still feel it’s true, Tilda Swinton is a time traveler visiting from the future. This speech is further testament to my magical thoughts.

Originally posted on Connerhabib's Blog:

tildaBelow is the only place to read Tilda Swinton’s moving and radiant speech at the Rothko Chapel in Texas.

Why do I have it?  A brief explanation.

Last year, actress Tilda Swinton was presented with the Rothko Chapel Visionary Award at the The Rothko Chapel, which is home to fourteen of Mark Rothko’s paintings.  It’s also a spiritual and human rights center whose mission is “to inspire people to action through art and contemplation, to nurture reverence for the highest aspirations of humanity, and to provide a forum for global concerns.”

One of her friends (writer William Middleton, mentioned in the unabridged version of the speech) sent the speech along to me and my boyfriend.  We read it aloud to each other, we paused, we marveled at the wisdom: art and light and compassion.  Then we read it again, inspired by its unfolding grace.  

When I tried to locate…

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February 7, 2015 at 11:43 pm

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Gorgeous neo-retro Mac Neue redesigns original Apple Mac as thin, metal silhouette


Homages can be a great thing, when they force one to reconsider the thing being honored. Parodies too, they can be useful as homage. Austin Powers forced the producers of James Bond to reconsider all that had gone on before. So they rebooted the franchise with Casino Royal and Daniel Craig, and the rest as one might say is history. Apple take note.

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Beautiful renderings from German site Curved/labs depict a stunning metallic ode to Apple’s original Macintosh computer. While acknowledging the enhanced functionality of Apple’s latest computers, such as the Retina iMac, Curved/labs suggests that the company often neglects its own design history when releasing new machines – the inspiration for this “tribute.”

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January 14, 2015 at 12:54 pm

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Human/machine partnership for problems otherwise Too Hard


Clippit asking if the user needs help

Clippit asking if the user needs help (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Agreed. I think insofar as a computer AI can watch and see what we’re doing and step in and prompt us with some questions, THAT will be the killer app. It won’t be Clippy the assistant from MS Word, but a friendly prompt saying, “I just watched you do something 3 times in a row, would you like some help doing a bunch of them without having to go through the steps yourself?” Then you got the offer of assistance, it’s timely and non-threatening. You won’t have to “turn-on” a Macro recorder to tell the computer what you want to do, and let it see the steps. It (the computer) will have already recognized you are doing a repetitive task it can automate. And as Jon points out it’s just a matter of successive approximations until you get the slam dunk, series of steps that gets the heavy lifting done. Then the human can address the exceptions list. The 20-50 examples that didn’t work quite right or the AI felt diverged from the pattern. That exception list is what the human should really be working on, not the 1,000 self-similar items that can be handled with the assistance of an AI.

Originally posted on Jon Udell:

My recent post about redirecting a page of broken links weaves together two few different ideas. First, that the titles of the articles on that page of broken links can be used as search terms in alternate links that lead people to those articles’ new locations. Second, that non-programmers can create macros to transform the original links into alternate search-driven links.

There was lots of useful feedback on the first idea. As Herbert Van de Sompel and Michael Nelson pointed out, it was a really bad idea to discard the original URLs, which retain value as lookup keys into one or more web archives. Alan Levine showed how to do that with the Wayback Machine. That method, however, leads the user to sets of snapshots that don’t consistently mirror the original article, because (I think) Wayback’s captures happened both before and after the breakage.

So for now I’ve restored…

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December 19, 2014 at 6:26 pm

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