The deep dream generator lets you upload images to be manipulated in some painstaking ways…like inserting animal fractals and so on. Here’s a sample.
Hermit crabs can trade shells in a chain?
“Several hermit crab species, both terrestrial and marine, have been observed forming a vacancy chain to exchange shells. When an individual crab finds a new empty shell it will leave its own shell and inspect the vacant shell for size. If the shell is found to be too large, the crab goes back to its own shell and then waits by the vacant shell for anything up to 8 hours. As new crabs arrive they also inspect the shell and, if it is too big, wait with the others, forming a group of up to 20 individuals, holding onto each other in a line from the largest to the smallest crab. As soon as a crab arrives that is the right size for the vacant shell and claims it, leaving its old shell vacant, then all the crabs in the queue swiftly exchange shells in sequence, each one moving up to the next size.”
Had a headphone jack go out on your PC? Plug this into your USB port and you’re good to go!
Today we went to Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return.
It’s a crazy art/sci fi mystery house in Santa Fe. Some parts of it were very Santa Fe…overall, it was very interesting to go through…like seeing hundreds of quirky pieces of art and electronics put together with an overarching story. My only recommendation is that if possible, don’t go on a weekend. It was so crowded that we could barely move in many spots and could barely hear some very quiet audio cues in the story. Here is a dramatic reenactment.
Oh, and pro-tip…be sure to look in the toilet.
There are so many food mysteries out there, but here are a couple for today.
Do you like beef? So you’d probably like hot beef tea? That’s the idea behind Britain’s Bovril anyway. You drink it during winter soccer games.
And you’ll find this one in Filipino bakeries. “Look! We’ve made a delicious sweet and buttery muffin! What could we top it with? Cinnamon? Cocoa powder? Honey? I know! GRATED CHEESE!” What? Next thing you know, they’ll be putting hot dog slices in their spaghetti. (They do.)
Living in the desert
Free magnetic dirt like you find in the Wooly Willy toy. (Look for black dirt in dry gullies.)
Cleaning up 7 bags worth of tumbleweeds in your front yard
I think it’s funny that I spent all those years getting cranky when someone would touch my PC screen. And now after having a touch screen laptop, I impulsively touch other peoples’ laptop screens.
If you’re into Google products, as a sort of digital will, you can set up Google Inactive Account Manager in case of your demise. After a set number of months of inactivity, it will give access to someone of your choosing.
I’m re-watching Deep Space 9 and noticed this guy as a character. I looked him up because I know he’s been several different Star Trek characters…five, apparently. Data’s mom (Fionnula Flanagan) has played three characters. Anyway, it got me curious as to who has played the most characters in Star Trek. The Star Trek wiki mentions five actors who’ve played seven characters each; Enterprise’s Degra guy, DS9’s Brunt/Weyoun/Enterprise’s Shran guy, DS9’s General Martok guy, Enterprise’s Admiral Forest guy and DS9’s Kira’s dad guy. Honorable mention to Babylon 5’s Lyta who played many uncredited Star Trek roles and was also a stunt woman. Who knew?
Microsoft just announced the free Visual Studio Dev Essentials program:
Things that caught my eye:
• Pluralsight training video site (6-month subscription)—(Available through December 31, 2015 or while supplies last)
• Azure credit ($25/month for 12 months—coming soon)