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21 Hours Ago   When you're learning to play a musical instrument, you have to play the same songs and scales over and over again. YouTube's algorithm doesn't seem to know this, and so it demonetized a piano tutorial channel for "Repetitious content." We just found out that our channel was demonetised for "Repetitious content" and we believe that this is an error, possibly decided by an algorithm, and now the biggest part of our livelihood has been taken away.

23 Hours Ago   Comfy Jr is selling a set of five Paperback Paradise postcards, including: Incel From Another Planet Here They Come: The Bats That Kicked My Ass Whose Cat is This?

23 Hours Ago   Need a song for the third act of your indy film? Here you go: Image: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock Read the rest

Yesterday   The non-profit research organization, Open AI, developed a system called GPT-2, which "generates synthetic text samples in response to the model being primed with an arbitrary input.

Yesterday   I bought this nifty little lapel pin of a video arcade machine for my daughter's birthday. It uses two pins to keep it upright. It looks cool!

Yesterday   Eric Bradly says: An unopened copy of Super Mario Bros., the classic video game released by Nintendo in 1985, set a world record for a graded game when it recently sold for $100,150.

Yesterday   A man identifying himself as "Michael from Florida" called into Infowars when federal indictee Roger Stone was a guest on the show. Michael first told the host he was angry that Trump's tax cut has increased his annual taxes by over $4,000.

Yesterday   Joe Pinsker, writing for The Atlantic, interviewed more than a dozen people who used the decluttering process described in Marie Kondo's best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Yesterday   In 2017 the private credit information of 143 millions Americans was stolen from Equifax. But the records have never been offered for sale on the black market, which is highly unusual.

2 Days Ago   Kashmiri saffron is the best in the world, selling for $1550 a pound. But as a result of "ongoing regional violence, droughts, and the still-unfolding effects of climate change on the land, Kashmiri saffron has slowly begun to disappear," writes Sharanya Deepak for Eater.

2 Days Ago   The following essay was written by Dr. Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP, a renowned pediatrician, associate professor at NYU, and prominent leader in children’s environmental health. He's the author of a new book, Sicker, Fatter, Poorer: The Urgent Threat of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Our Health and Future .

2 Days Ago   I've bought a lot of Tacklife tools in recent years, and have always been happy with them. So when learned Tacklife was selling this feature-filled cordless drill at a great price (when you use promo code I9AEAS92), I bought it without hesitation.

2 Days Ago   More than 7 million Americans are over 3 months behind on their car loan payments, a new record since the metric began being tracked 19 years ago.

2 Days Ago   The Toronto woman who tossed a chair from a 45th-floor balcony into traffic last week turned herself into police today. Marcella Zoia, 19, is charged with mischief endangering life, mischief involving damage to property, and common nuisance.

2 Days Ago   In 2009, 35-year-old Caesar Ray Cruz, a father of five, was on his way to pick up his kids from school when five Anaheim police officers shot and killed him.

3 Days Ago   Lately, I've been re-reading some of the books that profoundly affected me the first time I read them (A few on my list: The Selfish Gene, Influence, You Can't Win, Sister Carrie, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre).

3 Days Ago   I posted about this tiny Bluetooth speaker last year, and shortly after that, it was no longer available on Amazon. It's back now at a great price.

3 Days Ago   "An empty presentation delivered by a charismatic speaker can impress even an experienced audience," says Greg Ross of the Futility Closet, in his post about the "Dr.

3 Days Ago   How does a $50 drone compare against a $1,400 Mavic 2 Pro? Well, I was hoping this test would reveal that the $50 knockoff was about half as good as the Mavic.

3 Days Ago   Just 40 years ago, Shenzhen was a fishing village next to Hong Kong. Today it's a high tech city of 13 million people and known as both the "factory to the world," and the "Silicon Valley of China." After watching this Bloomberg video, I think it's the other way around -- Silicon Valley is the Shenzhen of the United States.

4 Days Ago   This guy has a lot of security cameras, and he put them to good use to make a mini-documentary about tracking down a porch pirate. First, we see a black-and-white security camera view of a young woman walking up his driveway.

4 Days Ago   Lovesync is a pushbutton system for romantic partners. Each partner gets a button. When one of the partners wants sex, they push the button. Nothing happens unless/until the other partner pushes their own button within a specified time window, then both buttons glow green.

4 Days Ago   Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, the corrupt law enforcement chief who was fond of giving himself awards, campaigning against marijuana legalization, encouraging prison rape, wrongfully imprisoning people, locking up nonviolent people who possessed drugs, and horribly mistreating inmates, lost his court appeal for obstructing justice and lying to federal authorities.

4 Days Ago   [I wrote this review in 2010. I now have a newer model, the ix1500 and have edited the following to include the new features -- MF] I once left a box of important files out in the rain and wasted a lot of time drying them a sheet at a time, then filing them in cabinets.

4 Days Ago   Toronto police are asking the public to help them identify a woman who threw a chair from the balcony of a tall building, where it fell into traffic.

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