• Give the gift of security with this top-rated indoor camera, with free delivery by Christmas guaranteed

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    Running late on your holiday shopping? It's your last chance to get gifts in time. For example, when you buy this award-winning security camera by December 8, you can rest assured your order will be there under the tree in time for Christmas. The Bosma X1 usually retails for $99, but it's now available for just $39.99 with free shipping. That's 60% off, and no coupons are necessary to claim this deal.

    Here's why this camera is an excellent investment. You can place it inside your home, and it'll record any movement. In addition, you can rest assured it won't miss anything thanks to its 145 wide-angle view and 360-degree rotation. It even has night vision, so it'll clearly record no matter what the light situation is.

    You can watch everything the Bosma X1 picks up on your phone. Moreover, you can watch it live (in full 1080p HD, no less). Of course, there's no need to stay glued to the video feed, as the Bosma app will alert you if you need to see anything. Additionally, it provides two-way audio, meaning it'll also pick up any noise in the home. You can also communicate through the camera (that's one creative way to scare any mice creeping through your kitchen.) Lastly, the small, sleek design allows the X1 to blend into the environment without detracting from your home's aesthetic. 

    Naturally, the Bosma X1 has picked up scores of fans since its debut. It's a top-rated device on Amazon and won a Red Dot award in 2019. Simply put, it's an effective and affordable security camera that will make you feel safer and more secure in your home.

    During our Last Chance shipping event, you can buy the Bosma XL Indoor Security Camera for only $39.99. Just be sure to order by December 8 to ensure timely delivery by Christmas.

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  • Unlike Marjorie Taylor Greene, her identical twin doesn't fancy neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes (video)

    Someone who looks like Marjorie Taylor Greene, sounds like Marjorie Taylor Greene, and even acts like Marjorie Taylor Greene, just went on Twitter and said she doesn't know "why Kanye West would align himself" with neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes (see video below).

    But she can't be the same person as the Georgia Qongresswoman, because the real Madge aligned herself with the white supremacist last February when she not only attended, but spoke at his America First Political Action Conference.

    Later, after she received major backlash for aligning herself with the Holocaust denier, Greene β€” like Donald Trump (after inviting Kanye West and the same Nick Fuentes to Mar-a-Lago for dinner) β€” pretended she didn't really know who Fuentes was. Funny how amnesia hits MAGA cultists when it suits them.

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  • Scientists create observable "baby wormhole" simulation using new quantum processor

    In a recently published paper in the journal Nature, a team of researchers explain they used a quantum processor to create a successful (albeit theoretical) simulation of a functional Einstein-Rosen bridge, also known as a wormhole. From the abstract:

    We invoke the holographic correspondence of the SYK many-body system and gravity to probe the conjectured ER=EPR relation between entanglement and spacetime geometry through the traversable wormhole mechanism as implemented in the SYK model. A qubit can be used to probe the SYK traversable wormhole dynamics through the corresponding teleportation protocol. This can be realized as a quantum circuit, equivalent to the gravitational picture in the semiclassical limit of an infinite number of qubits. Here we use learning techniques to construct a sparsified SYK model that we experimentally realize with 164 two-qubit gates on a nine-qubit circuit and observe the corresponding traversable wormhole dynamics.

    […]

    Our experiment was run on the Google Sycamore processor. By interrogating a two-dimensional gravity dual system, our work represents a step towards a program for studying quantum gravity in the laboratory.

    Does this sound like a bunch of AI-generated pseudo-sci-fi nonsense? Yeah sort of. Does it mean that we've finally opened a portal to a parallel universe? That, at least so far, is a no.

    But, as the researchers explained in an interview with Reuters, this simulation is still a major step in understanding the cosmos, because it at least gives physicists somewhere to start with a working theory of how things could work:

    "It looks like a duck, it walks like a duck, it quacks like a duck. So that's what we can say at this point – that we have something that in terms of the properties we look at, it looks like a wormhole," [co-author Joseph] Lykken [of the US-based particle accelerator lab Fermilab] said.

    […]

    "But in the end, we're in experimental science, and we've been struggling now for a very long time to find a way to explore these ideas in the laboratory. And that's what's really exciting about this. It's not just, 'Well, wormholes are cool.' This is a way to actually look at these very fundamental problems of our universe in a laboratory setting."

    So…neat?

    Scientists build 'baby' wormhole as sci-fi moves closer to fact [Will Dunham / Reuters]

    Traversable wormhole dynamics on a quantum processor [Daniel Jafferis, Alexander Zlokapa, Joseph D. Lykken, David K. Kolchmeyer, Samantha I. Davis, Nikolai Lauk, Hartmut Neven & Maria Spiropulu / Nature]

    Image: Public Domain via Pixabay

  • Dog fed up with pup's loud squeaky noise properly puts an end to it (video)

    A frisky golden retriever didn't care that it was the end of the day. While everyone else β€” two humans and an older dog β€” was trying to chillax in the living room, the young pup wouldn't stop zooming around, excitedly squeaking his toy while he was at it.

    Finally, the older pooch, not able to take another minute of the ruckus, decided enough was enough. And the way he handled it β€” not by snapping but by kindly (yet firmly) taking matters into his own hands, er, mouth β€” was a lesson all parents and caregivers could learn from. (See video below.)

    Via Newsweek

    Front page thumbnail image: LauraVl / shutterstock.com

    More videos by TikToker naomiblk1 here.

  • As Hallmark fails to provide appropriately misogynistic holiday cards, evangelicals make their own

    Holy smokes! Imagine opening up a holiday greeting card to find this from your friends or family! I would call their local law enforcement to ensure these women aren't being trafficked or further abused.

    I really do not understand how this sends any message these people find appropriate. It takes a sense of humor for these to be considered a joke, which seems out of bounds.

  • Scientists create facial recognition network to mass surveil seals

    From AP News:

    A research team at Colgate University has developed SealNet, a database of seal faces created by taking pictures of dozens of harbor seals in Maine's Casco Bay. The team found the tool's accuracy in identifying the marine mammals is close to 100%, which is no small accomplishment in an ecosystem home to thousands of seals.

    […]

    Cataloguing seal faces and using machine learning to identify them can also help scientists get a better idea of where in the ocean seals are located, Ingram said.

    "Understanding their dispersal, understanding their patterns really helps inform any conservation efforts for the coast," she said. "For mobile marine mammals that move around a lot and are hard to photograph in the water, we need to be able to identify individuals."

    SealNet is designed to automatically detect the face in a picture, crop it and recognize it based on facial patterns such as eyes and nose shape, as it would a human. A similar tool called PrimNet that is for use on primates had been used on seals previously, but SealNet outperformed it, the Colgate researchers said.

    On one hand: neat! Seal conservation is a good thing! On the other hand, I'm usually pretty skeptical about anyone who says "this mass surveillance facial recognition network is here to protect you."

    Facial recognition can help conserve seals, scientists say [Patrick Whittle / AP News]

  • Masaki Fujihata and DJ Spooky in conversation at Japan House LA, on December 6, 2022

    Our friends at Japan House Los Angeles are hosting a conversation with Masaki Fujihata and DJ Spooky on December 6, 2022. Tickets are free, but you need to reserve in advance and I'm sure the seats will fill up quickly!

    Visionary Japanese media artist Masaki Fujihata and composer, multimedia artist and writer DJ Spooky β€” two of the world's most consistently innovative artist-thinkers β€” come together to discuss the power of art and of technology as a vehicle for storytelling in a contemporary world beset by history.

    This talk will be moderated by Michael Emmerich, director of the Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities, and the Executive Producer of the exhibition, BeHere / 1942: A New Lens on the Japanese American Incarceration exhibition, created by Masaki Fujihata, currently on view at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM).

    BeHere / 1942 is one of the most extraordinary and poignant exhibitions presented here in Los Angeles marking the passage of eighty years since the U.S. government's mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. The exhibition brings carefully curated photographs from the National Archives and other collections together with video work and two cutting-edge augmented reality installations, one of which is unprecedented in its scale.

    This program, presented in conjunction with the exhibition at JANM, is an opportunity for JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles to highlight the rich work of Japanese artist Masaki Fujihata and create a platform for the exchange of ideas surrounding the relationship between art and technology and how this relationship will come to influence the future of storytelling and our engagement with history. Join us for a wide-ranging conversation that takes the exhibition as its point of departure, but certainly doesn't end there.

  • Under court order, Arizona county officials certify election results

    Conservative officials in Cochise County, Arizona, didn't like how locals voted in last month's midterm elections. Moreover, it was such a close-run thing they realized they could overturn the statewide outcome simply by refusing to certify their own jurisdiction's returns, creating a Republican victory from the remaining counties. This plan met a problem in the form of Judge Casey McGinley, who ordered them to complete the official canvass within 90 minutes.

    The Republicans made clear they have no compunction at all over trying to flip the election and that the only reason they were backing down is the immediate prospect of legal sanction.

    Two Republicans on Cochise County's three-member board of supervisors balked for weeks about certifying the election, even as the deadline passed on Monday. They did not cite any problems with the election results.

    "I am not ashamed of anything I did," said Supervisor Peggy Judd, one of the two Republicans who twice blocked certification.

    The board members had to represent themselves in court because no lawyer could be found willing to take the case, reports the AP.

  • Comedian mimics White Lotus star Jennifer Coolidge to a tee (video)

    Impressionist Mary Elizabeth Kelly is known for her montages in which she perfectly imitates many celebrities β€” including actress Jennifer Coolidge β€” all in the same sketch. But as a special treat, in the video below, Kelly focuses on Coolidge and just Coolidge, mimicking the hilarious comedian's lines from Legally Blonde, Best in Show, American Pie, A Cinderella Story, and more. If you need a Coolidge fix in between White Lotus episodes, here you go!

    Front page thumbnail image: lev radin / shutterstock.com

  • Learn all you'll ever need to know about pans in this 20-minute video

    How much do you know about pans? Before watching this video, I felt like I knew almost nothing about them. After watching it, I feel like my pan-knowledge is in the top ten percentile. I now know the difference between a French fry pan and an American one, and the difference between a saucepan and a saute pan. I also learned that there is something called a rondeau, which is like a big saute pan and is good for frying, searing, and braising. And it turns out stainless steel pans aren't very good conductors of heat, but they aren't as reactive as aluminum.

  • President Biden's message on holocaust deniers Gates of Jewish Memorial at Dachau in Winter

    It is beyond scary that the President of the United States of America must remind us that the holocaust was real. Millions of Jews, Roma, gay people, and other minorities were rounded up and exterminated. People admiring Hitler are sick.

  • Edward Snowden is now formally a Russian Snowden now a Russian

    Edward Snowden has taken an oath of fealty to his new homeland and is looking forward to the stability and security granted him by becoming a Russian citizen. He is now in possession of a Russian passport. Snowden's wife, Lindsay Mills, is also in the Russian naturalization process. Both intend to keep their US citizenship, living life as dual citizens.

    Washington Post:

    "Edward received a Russian passport yesterday and took the oath in accordance with the law," lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said, according to Russia's Interfax news agency. "He is, of course, happy, thanking the Russian Federation for the fact that he received citizenship," he continued. "And most importantly, under the Constitution of Russia, he can no longer be extradited to a foreign state."

    Snowden, 39, is wanted by Washington on espionage charges. He argues that his actions were in the interests of the United States. In any case, his revelations exposed the breadth of U.S. digital spying programs and altered the public's understanding of technology, privacy and digital security.

  • Dig these freaky experimental dancers and robots modulating to Moog music in 1971

    In 1971 when this video was aired on UK's ATV network, the sounds of the Moog synthesizer were still strange and otherworldly to most ears. This was the era of Wendy Carlos's "Switched-On Bach," Jean-Jacques Perrey's "Moog Indigo," and Gershon Kingsley's "Music to Moog By." I dig these experimental dancers modulating their bodies to a wide spectrum of Moog grooves. Don't miss the industrial robots! Far fucking out.

  • As his cars burst into flame, Musk still thinks people will trust his brain chips

    Not well known for quality control or well-researched decision-making, Elon Musk insists Neuralink is just six months away from embedding a chip in a human brain. A lawsuit against Neuralink and UC Davis brought by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine alleges the mistreatment of animals who purportedly suffered infections and died due to the use of unauthorized substances.

    Perhaps Elon's implant will help him start winning at this game of Umpty Dimensional Chess his fanbois keep telling us he is playing.

    The Guardian:

    Elon Musk said on Wednesday he expects a brain chip developed by his health tech company to begin human trials in the next six months.

    During a presentation by Musk's company Neuralink, Musk gave updates on the company's wireless brain chip. In addition to forecasting clinical trials, Musk said he plans to get one of the chips himself.

    The chip interface that targets motor cortex could be tested in humans as soon as six months, the company said.

    The company does not have permission from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell the device, but Musk said on Wednesday that most of the FDA paperwork for approval to implant the device into a human being had been submitted.

  • This is Pantone's color of the year as "created" by Midjourney's AI

    Pantone's color of the year for 2023 is a bright red dubbed "Viva Magenta." At least it's not called MAGA Magenta. From the New York Times:

    The shade was selected by human trend prognosticators who survey fashion and design, then interpreted by the A.I. tool Midjourney to create what Pantone described as an "endless new ecosystem to be explored, called 'the Magentaverse.'" In a news release, the company called Viva Magenta, a.k.a. Pantone 18-1750, "an unconventional shade for an unconventional time."

    Here is what Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, had to say about the new hue:

    In this age of technology, we look to draw inspiration from nature and what is real. PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta descends from the red family, and is inspired by the red of cochineal, one of the most precious dyes belonging to the natural dye family as well as one of the strongest and brightest the world has known. Rooted in the primordial, PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta reconnects us to original matter. Invoking the forces of nature, PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta galvanizes our spirit, helping us to build our inner strength.

  • Rescued cruise passenger "woke up" in the ocean without the ship, says he didn't know how he got there

    The 28-year-old Carnival cruise passenger who was rescued on Thanksgiving day, 20 hours after he fell overboard, can't remember how he ended up in the water. What he does remember is playing in an air-guitar contest β€” and winning β€” on his first day on board the ship. And then, "I was in the water with no boat in sight."

    James Michael Grimes told ABC News (video below) he must have passed out after a few drinks. How he stayed afloat until he regained consciousness is a mystery to him, but once he "woke up" he was determined to stay alive.

    "I wanted to see my family and I was dead set on making it out of there," he said, explaining how he willed himself to tread water for as long as it took. "I was never accepting that this is it, this is going to be the end of my life. I'm 28 years old. I'm too young. This is not going to be it."

    From Daily Beast:

    That unbelievable determination led him to tread shark-invested water for 20 hours, where he says he battled jellyfish and rip tides. …

    Grimes was rescued by the Jayhawk crew after a mariner spotted him in the water. "We are beyond grateful that this case ended with a positive outcome," Coast Guard search and rescue mission coordinator Lt. Seth Gross told ABC in a statement.  …

    The statement went on to imply that perhaps Grimes breached the safety barrier. "Cruise ships have safety barriers in all public areas that are regulated by U.S. Coast Guard standards that prevent a guest from falling off," the statement says. "Guests should never ever climb up on the rails. The only way to go overboard is to purposefully climb up and over the safety barriers."

    Grimes, who was on the five-day cruise to Cozumel with 18 members of his family, did admit to drinking but said he has no recollection at all of how he managed to fall off the ship. 

    When ABC's Eva Pilgrim asked if he'd ever go on another cruise, he said, "I'd definitely be open to going on another cruise, because I didn't really get to go on this one."

  • This man took 25 hits of Molly (MDMA) every day for four years

    A gentleman referred to in a scientific study as "Mr A" took 40,000 pills of MDMA (Molly, Ecstasy) in nine years. At his, er, peak, he was gobbling an average of 25 tablets per day. Guess what? It messed him up. In 2006, psychiatrist Christos Kouimtsidis published a case report in the journal Psychosomatics. From The Face:

    Mr A didn't just use MDMA, he had a history of polydrug use ("solvents, benzodiazepines, amphetamines, LSD, cocaine and heroin") and was still smoking weed when he got help. Can we be sure that the pills alone caused this? β€‹"It's very difficult to establish a cause in medicine," Dr Kouimtsidis says. β€‹"You cannot say 100 per cent, but we can safely attribute the memory difficulties that he had experienced when I'd seen him to the heavy use of ecstasy for a prolonged period of time."

    When the researchers did memory tests with Mr A, they concluded that he was suffering from β€‹"disorientation to time, poor concentration and short-term memory difficulties". He had to repeat activities several times and β€‹"his concentration and attention were so impaired that he was unable to follow the sequence of the tasks required". When he toned the weed down it β€‹"led to both the disappearance of his paranoid ideas and hallucinations and a reduction of his panic attacks". But the other symptoms remained[…]

    What happened to Mr A in the end? β€‹"We were trying to get him into a residential unit for people with memory problems," Dr Kouimtsidis recalls. β€‹"And then he left that unit and disengaged from the services. That was 20 years ago."

  • Check out the trailer for James Gunn's MCU swan song with Guardians of the Galaxy 3 GotG3

     In their hit song, It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday, Boyz II Men said it best, "it's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday." Since his introduction to the Marvel cinematic universe with Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn has become one of the brand's most innovative and visionary filmmakers. With his quirky humor and eccentric style, Gunn was able to transform a group z tier Marvel characters into one of the premier superhero teams around the world. Hell, one could even argue that Gunn's success with Guardians helped shape Marvel's tonal identity post-2014. 

    Now that David Zaslav has appointed the talented director as the head of DC's new and improved multimedia division, James Gunn won't be able to come outside and play with Marvel fans anymore. In the trailer linked above, you can check out Gunn's triumphant return to the MCU with the final installment of the franchise he helped incept with Guardians of the Galaxy 3. 

  • Red Cross anti-vax nurse who gave 8,600 elderly patients saline instead of Covid vaccine spared prison

    A 39-year-old nurse at a vaccine center in Germany was sentenced to six months probation for administering 8,600 shots of saltwater instead of the BioNTech Pfizer vaccine. She lied to the patients she injected, who were hospital employees, educators, and doctors above the age of 70.

    From MSN:

    [She] posted several social media posts where she openly emphasized her skeptical views regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

    When questioned by police, she admitted to using saline solution but had said she only did it because she had accidentally broken a vial containing six shots and was ashamed to tell her colleagues.

    She had also claimed that it was a one-time incident, but was immediately sacked after antibody tests that were carried out on the affected people confirmed authorities' suspicions.