Ken Jennings honors Alex Trebek in his first episode as guest host of Jeopardy!

January 12, 2021

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In the first episode of Jeopardy! without Alex Trebek, guest host Ken Jennings said a few words in honor of the late host. Ken Jennings always seemed like the obvious choice to take over the hosting position after his legendary run, but this just solidifies it. Clear, concise, and just the right amount of sincerity to get me choked up without crying himself. And then the absolute perfect segue to actually get the game going. I'll take, "What is the perfect way to honor Alex Trebek for $1,000." And then I'll take an actual $1,000 because I'm poor.

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Compilation of insane first-person POV parkour

January 11, 2021

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This is a 7 minute compilation of first-person POV shots from professional parkour team STORROR. They get bonus points for the smooth transitions and extra bonus points for the running and jumping over things and then even more extra bonus points for the stuff that isn't even parkour, just standing around really high, scary places.

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Using AI to create baking recipes

January 8, 2021

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The folks at Google used the power of AI to create a cakie (cake/cookie) and a breakie (bread/cookie) recipe.

We started off by collecting hundreds of cookie, cake and bread recipes. Then we converted all of their ingredients to ounces and whittled them down to a few essential ingredients (yeast, flour, sugar, eggs, butter and a few other things). Next we did a bit of reorganizing, since according to Paul Hollywood, treats like banana, zucchini and pumpkin bread are really more cake than they are bread.

Then we used a Google Cloud tool called AutoML Tables to build a machine learning model that analyzed a recipe's ingredient amounts and predicted whether it was a recipe for cookies, cake or bread.

Our model was able to accurately tag breads, cookies and cakes, but could also identify recipes it deemed "hybrids" -- something that's, say, 50% cake and 50% bread, or something that's 50% cake and 50% cookie. We named two such combinations the "breakie" (a bread-cookie -- "brookie" was already taken) and the "cakie" (a cake-cookie) respectively.

This seems like an awful lot of work when they could've just used my personal recipe for a cakie: buy a cake, buy a cookie, and then eat them both at the same time. I don't have a breakie recipe, because why would you eat bread when you can eat cake?

Keep going for the recipes and a video of their results and check out their blog post describing the project here.

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This guy made a functioning Wunderwaffe DG-2 from Call of Duty

January 7, 2021

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Nick Martinelli spent 6 months building a functioning Wunderwaffe DG-2 from Call of Duty. Well, "functioning". It doesn't behave like a Wunderwaffe DG-2 actually does because then he'd probably be in jail, but it does have a built in flame thrower and taser. It's also one of the best looking props I've ever seen so it's only a minor complaint that it can't actually electrocute/murder groups of zombies at a time.

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DALL-E is a neural network that generates images from text captions

January 6, 2021

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Researchers at OpenAI have created a neural network called DALL-E (named after Pixar's WALL-E and artist Salvadore Dali) that creates images from text captions. As long as the concept is expressible in natural language, the AI can spit something out.

DALL-E is a 12-billion parameter version of GPT-3 trained to generate images from text descriptions, using a dataset of text-image pairs. We've found that it has a diverse set of capabilities, including creating anthropomorphized versions of animals and objects, combining unrelated concepts in plausible ways, rendering text, and applying transformations to existing images.

It's worth taking a look at the site and checking out their examples because this is impressive and insane. You basically throw in a prompt like "A crocodile sitting in a car drinking boba" and the neural network will generate exactly that. Or at least an approximation of that. It's obviously not perfect, but the generated images are amazingly accurate. If I told you to picture "the exact same cat on the top as a sketch on the bottom" you'd be a little confused, but then you see what DALL-E spits out and it seems obvious:

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This damn thing is better at creating images from the prompts than my own imagination. I don't even know what the intended purpose of this technology is, but I guarantee within 24 hours of its release it'll be used for porn.

The happiest hamster on Earth living in a penthouse

January 6, 2021

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This is a video from a Korean show of the happiest hamster on Earth that not only has a hamster-sized penthouse, but a personal chef that cooks handmade hamster-sized dishes.

Golden Hamster who lives in a penthouse her first sister built for her, eats handmade dishes her second sister cooks for her. (Jealous..)

Not 100% what that translation means, but the hamster gets handmade banana pasta and mini macarons prepared by a personal chef. Obviously this is adorable, but it's also disheartening to see a hamster living so much better than me. Although to be fair, a person living under a bridge who eats out of a garbage can is also living better than me. My life decisions have been...bad.

Keep going for the full video, as well as the video that probably inspired this: SIMI making a mini bowl of pasta for a hamster.

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Bright blue UFO filmed crashing into ocean near Hawaii

January 5, 2021

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A bright blue UFO was spotted crashing into the ocean near Hawaii.

Multiple videos show the object flying in the night sky near Haleakala Avenue in Nanakuli.

Her investigation ended three miles later when the blue light, which she described as being larger than a telephone pole, appeared to fall into the ocean. It crashed through the water without making a sound.

That's when Sape and her husband called 911. When officers arrived, they all spotted a second light in the sky.

The FAA said it did not have any aircraft disappear off the radar nor any reports of overdue or missing aircraft.

As usual, the footage is blurry and it's impossible to make out what we're looking at, though the most convincing evidence that it isn't extraterrestrials is that it's glowing bright blue. If you want to spy on somebody you generally wear camouflage, not glowing LED lights.

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Timelapse from Rotterdam to Amsterdam in 10 minutes

January 5, 2021

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This is a soothing 10 minute timelapse of a water transport from Rotterdam to Amsterdam, giving a view of the old Dutch waterways from 30 meters high. The camera was attached to the ship pictured above.

Images were shot with a Canon 550d at an interval of 3 seconds, totalling around 30.000 pictures taken. In 2013 the film couldn't be published right away due to restrictions. After a few years it was forgotten. Till now.

The most satisfying part is seeing how all the different drawbridges work. Each time the ship approached one I pretended I was using my mind to lift it the same way I do whenever I approach an automatic door. Does my mind operate like that of an 8-year-old? Yes. Yes it does. It's also why my diet consists exclusively of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

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