Fascination used to be a popular arcade game at carnival boardwalks around the country. It's like a cross between Bingo and Skee-Ball. Players compete against each other to roll balls down a table with holes in them. The first player to drop 5 balls in a straight line is the winner. The games disappeared from arcades and today only one play-for-cash arcade remains, in Massachusetts. Tom Scott paid it a visit and squared off against the owner in a friendly game.
Adam King, a machine learning/AI engineer, built a web-based demonstration of a neural network that autocompletes a text prompt. I tried it with “Throw out this vegetable now.” Here’s the result. Throw out this vegetable now. It’s nothing but a mess. And I don’t need another salad. Just a little bit of broccoli! We could […]
I don’t know French, but that didn’t prevent me from being able to play this web-based game. The goal is to get the ball from one pillar to the next by holding down your finger (or mouse cursor) for the right amount of time. If you don’t hold down long enough the ball will fall […]
(VIDEO LINK) Michael Hearst, composer of the classic “Songs for Ice Cream Trucks” and author of the excellent Unusual Creatures, shares this delightful video of seemingly quite dangerous rides at Coney Island in the 1930s and 1940s. These sanctioned affronts to safety remind me of the fun I had rolling around with my brothers in […]
Heads up: The clock is winding down on a free-entry contest to win not only one of the best smartphones on the market but a handy pair of earbuds. A simple sign-up is all you need to be eligible to win a 256 GB iPhone XS Max, along with AirPods. And while “free” is tough […]
Kudos to those of us who have chosen a less wasteful third option to “paper or plastic” at the supermarket or club stores. Tote bags are reusable, but they can be a pain to tote around. Here’s an upgrade to that planet-saving measure. The Club Cart Lotus Trolley Bag is that rare tote you’ll want […]
Looking for a career in IT, gaming or software development? In the ever-changing world of the internet, versatility is your biggest asset. In other words, mastering Java might not cut it in an interview if you don’t know C#. However, there’s a bundle that covers the essentials in most any language. The Legendary Learn to […]