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Keep The Tank Filled Up

Why You Shouldn’t Run Your Car Low On Gas

Sometimes it’s tempting to try to eke out as many miles from your tank of gas as possible. But you shouldn’t do it. This video showing the innards of a fuel pump will help you understand why.

Your car’s fuel pump sends gasoline from the tank to the engine. It’s a crucial component in getting your car running, but it has a tendency to fail and leave you stuck on the side of the highway—especially if you like to run your car low on gas.

my son seems to be in the habit of driving around until his car is basically running on fumes before turning into the nearest gas station and filling up… been telling him for years that it’s just a bad habit to get into, and one day he’s not gonna be so lucky — and getting stranded somewhere, even a few miles from the nearest exit or gas station really, really effin sucks.

so yeah, i sent him this link though i doubt he’ll pay much mind to it… damn kids… lol

PS. he’ll learn one day though, i’m sure!

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New Twitter Design

apparently twitter is rolling out a new look…

funny, but i don’t use twitter on my phone all that much, unless i actually want to post a tweet or something… most of the time i just open flipboard.

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Islamophobia is Racism

man, i remember when jayden turned me onto this chick like a year ago and i’ve been subscribed to her channel ever since… she’s fucking awesome.

amen sister!

#nods  #chuckle

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Get Lunch With Robert Downey Jr.

Get Lunch and Hang with Robert Downey Jr. on the Avengers Set

dude, how awesome would that be?!

#TotallyJelly

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My Next Monitor?

Samsung just unveiled the widest computer monitor you can buy — here’s how it looks in person

i’ve been joking for years about waiting and wanting a big ‘ole “fiddy” instead of having two 24″ monitors on my desk… well, that was before i switched over to the 27″ iMac and never looked back, but still… once i saw this monster it all came back.

i mean, g’damn… look at this thing!

PS. comes with one helluva pricetag too. ouch.

#lust  #crazy

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Random Sexiness

after a quick lunch and lots of meetings, think it’s time to dip out for a few, stretch, and go for a walk to starbucks for a mid-afternoon espresso doubleshot… been trying to cut back on all the caffeine of late, but sometimes you just gotta say “fuck it” and roll, y’know?

sexy bitches ;)

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Microsoft’s Mysterious “S” Logo

Microsoft trademarks mysterious S logo ahead of Xbox Project Scorpio unveiling

Microsoft has filed a trademark for a mysterious S logo today. The logo, discovered by a NeoGAF user, is related to “Video game consoles for use with an external display screen or monitor; video game interactive remote control units” and “Computer game software for use with personal computers and video game consoles,” according to the trademark filing. It’s not clear whether the trademark is related to a new game for Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles, or even Project Scorpio itself.

The timing of the trademark filing is significant. Microsoft just teased its Project Scorpio dev kit, and the company is planning to unveil its Xbox Project Scorpio console on Sunday at E3. Microsoft is expected to reveal the final naming, price, and design of the new Xbox console at E3. Microsoft’s Surface Studio naming was revealed in a trademark filing ahead of the company’s PC hardware last fall, and it’s possible we might be witnessing the logo for the new Xbox here.

Whether Microsoft chooses just Xbox Scorpio, Xbox S, or another name entirely will all be revealed on Sunday at 2PM PT / 5PM ET.

the first thing i thought of when i saw this “S” logo from microsoft was that it was for the new xbox “scorpio”… also, that it would be really effin cool if they actually stuck with the name and officially called it Scorpio — because that’s just cool.

my second thought? why the fuck is it slightly tilted?!?

did a double-take and stared at the damn thing for a good long minute… if legit, and they stick with that damn tilt, i just know it’ll drive me a little nuts.

PS. looking forward to E3 this next week! :)

#hmmmmm

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Meet 15yr Old Developer

Meet the 15-year-old developer making a difference one app at a time

Like many developers about to attend their first major developer conference, Amanda Southworth is looking forward to the week-long event. Besides Monday’s keynote, when Apple will unveil the next version of iOS, MacOS and maybe even some new hardware, there will be deep dives into new developer tools and countless networking opportunities.

That’s enough for any developer to get excited about, but Southworth is not like most other developers.

At just 15 years old, Southworth has the distinction of being among the youngest to attend Apple’s developer conference, which awarded her one of its WWDC Scholarships — a program that helps “talented students and STEM organization members,” travel to and attend the event.

Though she’s been teaching herself to code for the better part of six years she says it wasn’t until the seventh grade when she really began to throw herself into her coding projects and other “nerd stuff.” Soon, she was spending as much as 30 hours a week to her various projects: first building robots and programming micro-controllers; then picking up web and iOS development.

She was 12 and working on all this on top of her schoolwork. So after about two years of a lot of coding and far too little sleep she decided to leave public school and take up home schooling, which would allow her to spend more time on coding without sacrificing her health.

“Now I do coding about five hours a day and schoolwork for about two hours of the day,” she says.

just stumbled across this article on mashable and thought it was pretty damn cool… and being that i have 6 neices, went ahead and fwd it along to both my sisters for them to share — you never know, right?

#inspire  #hopefoo

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HomePod, by Apple

Apple announces the HomePod

wasn’t sure if they were actually going to announce or even come out with this siri-driven speaker thing, even though many of the mac rumor sites have been talking about it for awhile now… so yeah, guess this is a thing.

still think i’ll stick with my Echo, though ;)

the new $5K iMac Pro sure looks sexy as fuck, though that price… g’damn.

PS. can i just have that wireless 101 keyboard now? purty please?

#blink  #wince

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WWDC 2017, Today

Apple WWDC 2017: live stream, start time, and schedule for today’s keynote

WWDC 2017 is finally here, and it’s almost time to see what Apple has in store for this year, with everything from a new version of iOS to brand-new hardware possibly making an appearance.

Google and Microsoft had their turns in the past few weeks to show their visions of the future of computing, and now it’s Apple’s turn. As has become tradition, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the stage to kick off the conference with a keynote that will highlight what the Cupertino company has planned for your Apple hardware and software.

funny, i almost completely forgot that the WWDC was today.

well after all the depressing news of late, i have to say it’s a nice change of pace and i’m actually looking forward to just chilling out and watching the live stream later this afternoon… 1pm EST if i’m not mistaken.

PS. bring it on Apple, surprise me with something cool! :)

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F*ck You Facebook

been quite awhile since i’ve been over to Daring Fireball, but just happened to stumble across it last night and his lastest post got my attention — Fuck Facebook

Dave Winer, “Why I Can’t/Won’t Point to Facebook Blog Posts”:

1. It’s impractical. I don’t know what your privacy settings are. So if I point to your post, it’s possible a lot of people might not be able to read it, and thus will bring the grief to me, not you, because they have no idea who you are or what you wrote.

2. It’s supporting their downgrading and killing the web. Your post sucks because it doesn’t contain links, styling, and you can’t enclose a podcast if you want. The more people post there, the more the web dies. I’m sorry no matter how good your idea is fuck you I won’t help you and Facebook kill the open web.

I’ve made exceptions a handful of times over the years, but as a general rule I refuse to link to anything on Facebook either, for the same reasons as Dave. Last week I linked to screenshots of a Facebook post to avoid linking to the original. The original post by Marc Haynes was public, which I know because I do not have a Facebook account, but here’s what it looks like for me without being a Facebook user — a full one-third of my window is covered by a pop-over trying to get me to sign in or sign up for Facebook. I will go out of my way to avoid linking to websites that are hostile to users with pop-overs. (For example, I’ve largely stopped linking to anything from Wired, because they have such an aggressive anti-ad-block detection scheme. Fuck them.)

You might think it’s hyperbole for Winer to say that Facebook is trying to kill the open web. But they are. I complain about Google AMP, but AMP is just a dangerous step toward a Google-owned walled garden — Facebook is designed from the ground up as an all-out attack on the open web. Marc Haynes’s Facebook post about Roger Moore is viewable by anyone, but:

It is not accessible to search engines. Search for “Marc Haynes Roger Moore” on any major search engine — DuckDuckGo, Google, Bing — and you will get hundreds of results. The story went viral, deservedly. But not only is the top result not Haynes’s original post on Facebook, his post doesn’t show up anywhere in the results because Facebook forbids search engines from indexing Facebook posts. Content that isn’t indexable by search engines is not part of the open web. (Even if I wanted to link to Haynes’s original post, how was I supposed to find it? I wound up with the original post URL via a Facebook-using friend who knows I prefer to link to original posts as a general rule.) The only way to find Facebook posts is through Facebook. Continue…

good post and he makes some damn good points.

PS. went ahead and fwd’d this to a couple guys at work.

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Developers Take $70B On App Store

Developer earnings from the App Store top $70 billion

Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that its global developer community has earned over $70 billion since the App Store launched in 2008. The App Store is home to the most innovative apps in the world and in the past 12 months alone, downloads have grown over 70 percent.

daaaaaaaamn… i knew it was a lot, but i guess i just never realized just how much money developers have earned from the App Store.

$70 billion is no joke.

#gdamn

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Plex DIY TV Streaming

Plex becomes a low-cost, DIY streaming TV service

Plex is doubling down on its support for capturing over-the-air signals from digital antennas this morning, with the announcement that it will now not only let users record TV programs, it will also allow them to watch live TV. The result is a low-cost, do-it-yourself version of a live TV streaming service – a popular new category in the streaming market, which offers a pay-TV live experience over the internet.

To be clear, Plex only offers channels that you can get over the air – that means, broadcast stations like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, CW, Univision, etc.

not exactly sure why you’d go with something like this instead of just signing up with Hulu/Netflix and maybe something like Playstation Vue or Directv Now to watch all the other channels — but i’m sure it hits a niche, and Plex has always been pretty cool… might have to mention it to my dad, who’s really into this sorta thing.

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Food Porn

holy hell, is that some kind of optical illusion?

…or is the pizza really that big?

#wow  #impressive

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Pic of the Day

well it’s finally Memorial Day… maybe it’s just me, but feels like it’s been a pretty long and busy last few days, like i already chilled out and celebrated it… and now here it is again…. dunno, weird.

had a shitload of BBQ this weekend, but i don’t care… time to put my grill to work and see what kinda damage i can get done… have a mini-competition going with my neighbors (eric & fletch) on some BBQ wings — so yeah, this is some serious shit mang.

wish me luck! :)

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Random Sexiness

man, what a busy day today’s turned into… coding, meetings, an afternoon guinness break with a couple games of foosball thrown in… also found out it’s one of co-workers last days (super bummer), so had to go out for some delicious sushi… g’damn, so good.

sexy bitches ;)

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Online/Web Science

The Birthplace of Mankind is… Europe?

Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find…

The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa.

Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the next five million years before venturing further afield.

But two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and Greece, dating to 7.2 million years ago.

The discovery of the creature, named Graecopithecus freybergi, and nicknameded ‘El Graeco’ by scientists, proves our ancestors were already starting to evolve in Europe 200,000 years before the earliest African hominid.

whoa… what the shit?!

i’ve always heard that the cradle of mankind was in africa, and that we slowly started to migrate out from there eons ago… but now they’re saying that the birthplace of modern day humans is in europe?

huh.

i’ll be damned.

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Smart Lighting @ IKEA

HomeKit light bulbs to start from $12 as Ikea announces smart lighting compatibility

The ability to use Siri and a single app to control your smart home technology makes HomeKit compatibility almost a must these days, but so far that has not come cheap – as both Zac and myself discovered. Smart bulbs from the market leader Philips mostly cost $30 per bulb for white and $50 for color, a price that soon adds up if you’re looking to fit out your entire home (though there is a $15 option).

But all that is set to change in the summer as Ikea has announced that its smart lighting system will be HomeKit-compatible as of the summer. Ikea’s smart bulbs start at just $11.99 …

dude, that’s fucking awesome! seriously man, being able to get some nice cheap Homekit enabled smart lightbulbs would be great… as soon as these badboys are one sale, think i’ll have to make a pitstop at IKEA.

PS. almost never get out of there in under an hour.

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Robocop In Dubai

Robot cop begins patrolling the streets of Dubai tomorrow night

A robotic police officer is making its debut on the streets of Dubai tomorrow night — and I hope everyone there has watched Robocop.

The uniformed bot greeted visitors to the Gulf Information Security and Expo Conference. After the conference wraps on Tuesday, it will be deployed to the streets of Dubai.

The robot rolls around on wheels. It can salute, bow, speak in multiple languages, and recognize hand gestures from up to 1.5 meters away, according to the Khaleej Times. It also has a tablet lodged in its chest which civilians can use to report crimes, according to The Daily Mail. It was designed by the Dubai police, with assistance from IBM’s Watson and Google.

not exactly the Robocop from the 80’s, and it really does seem rather silly to me… more of a publicity stunt than anything, but still kinda cool in it’s own way… personally, i’m just surprised the dubai beat japan to the punch.

‘Westworld’-style robots could live among us by 2027

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Random Pics

no particular reason, it’s just fun… and it’s monday.

…and it’s raining.

all day.

again.

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