A nice video introduction to the Linux terminal

If you have a Macintosh, you can enter the Unix terminal by opening Terminal.app. (There's a way to do it in Windows, too, but I don't know how.) From there, you have command-line control of your computer. If you are a Raspberry Pi aficionado, you probably know about the Linux command line. This episode of Explaining Computers has a great introduction to the Linux terminal, and shows you some of the useful things you can do in it.

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Picking the lock on a weird tire-deflating anti-car theft device

You can buy a little anti-theft device that locks to the valve stem of a car tire. If the car is driven faster than 17 miles an hour, the air leaks out of the tire. The device is made of bright green plastic so that a would-be thief will spot it and be discouraged from stealing the car. It's a neat idea, but the LockPickingLawyer was able to pick the lock in a jiffy using a "low-skill raking attack." And that means professional car thieves already know how to pick the locks on these things, too.

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What is the meaning of this unusual sticker spotted on a jeep?

Forest Casey asks, "Still thinking about this absolutely bonkers decal I saw on both sides of this Jeep in LA. What could it mean?"

Best guess so far:

A new startup is disrupting the scrotum-washing industry

Ballsy is a new specialized scrotum soap that has somehow managed to from starting up to seven digits in sales in just seven months. From their website:

As with all good ideas, this one started in the shower. As I grabbed that same tired bottle of men’s drugstore body wash, and poured that neon blue liquid into my hand it hit me. Why am I using a $4 body wash that has more chemicals and words that I can't pronounce than I care to admit?

I deserve better, my body deserves better, my boys deserve better than this. And that’s when I decided to create a product that I wanted to start my day with, a product that makes me feel great and smells great in the process.

Don't just the founder's word for it; ask Hollywood's Pauly Shore, who is definitely a huge fan of this product and not just being paid to pimp it out on Cameo!

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Wiser words have never been spoken from The Weez! #paulyshore #keepyourjewelsjolly

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Don't get me wrong; the knockoff-Old-Spice-Guy marketing looks like the kind of made-to-be-viral sensation that would drive some VCs wild. I'm just genuinely surprised that so many people are actually spending $20-plus dollars on ball soap, and that the company already offers such a wide variety of products. There's a charcoal-activated bodywash; a "Nut Rub" cologne that comes in several different scents; a "sack spray" deodorant; some Goldbond-wannabe soothing cream; and a "Goodhead" shampoo and conditioner, which is presumably for your skull and not your pubes, but I'm not sure.

Anyway, you can get a "Ballscription" if you want.

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Beloved, abandoned dog with the crazy eyes has finally been adopted

In 2018, a dog breeder surrendered this Siberian husky, named Jubilee, to an animal shelter because, they claimed, his "weird" eyes made him unsellable. According to vets at Matawan, New Jersey's Husky House shelter, her wild eyes are the result of a congenital deformity and "does not affect her in any way or slow her down one bit. She is happy and healthy." From CNN:

But for the past two years, Jubilee has struggled to find a loving family to care for her.

Husky House took to Facebook on Tuesday with a heartbreaking doggy plea for her adoption.

"I came from a 'breeder' who couldn't sell me because he said I was 'weird' looking," the shelter wrote.

"Huskies are majestic looking dogs and I don't know why I don't look like them."

"I wish I was beautiful so someone would want me to be their dog."

Caretakers at Husky House were worried the plea wouldn't work, but to their surprise it went viral.

More than 150 people applied to adopt Jubilee, the Husky House representative told CNN.

On Saturday, Jubilee went off to his forever home. And Husky House is now selling Jubilee t-shirts to help raise funds for their shelter!

How to do like this $2,500,000 wristwatch? "This look like a Burger King watch"

It's hard to argue with Loafer connoisseur's assessment of the Richard Mille Blue Sapphire Skull Tourbillon, which costs $2,500,000: "This look like a Burger King watch"

Here's a  Burger King Sponge Bob Watch Display Set for sale on eBay:

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Australian Open tennis player scolded for asking ball girl to peel his banana

Courtside at this weekend's Australian Open, French tennis champ Elliot Benchetrit requested that a ball girl peel his banana. Apparently Benchetrit felt that he couldn't peel the banana himself due to his finger bandages. Chair umpire John Blom wasn't having it and gave Benchetrit a real what-for. The tennis player then appeared to start peeling the banana with his teeth.


Update from CNN:

Now Benchetrit has offered his account of events, and insists he's amazed at the furore.

'At 6-5 in the final set, during the changeover, I asked the ball girl to peel the banana for me as I had put some cream on my hands in order not to sweat," he said.

"She had done it once before at the beginning of the match. But the second time the chair umpire stepped in and told me that the ball girl was not my slave and I had to peel the banana myself.

"I could not believe that the umpire said that and I find incredible how this situation got out of control on social media without people knowing what really happened on court."

"Murder House Flip" is a house-renovation show set in homes where people were murdered

The renovation show genre has reached its zenith in this forthcoming masterwork of bald bad taste: Murder House Flip.

“We are excited to partner with Quibi to deliver a spin on a home makeover show in unique short form content,” Berman said. “‘Murder House Flip’ combines home renovations with the intriguing elements of a true crime series. Bringing healing and solace to families living in the aftermath of tragic events by transforming dark places into healthy spaces.” Each episode will be short and make perfectly consumable mobile content.

Dearly hope they hit up 112 Ocean Avenue. Above, a Colbert segment about the show; below, a post promoting it on Instagram.

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This is the first house to be shown on a new makeover show to be streamed on Quibi by the producers of CSI. It’s called Murder House Flip! Interesting angle when you thought these makeover shows had run their course. Each week they take a run down house where someone has been murdered and not only refurb it nick knowles style they get the spiritual healers in to cleanse the house. What next? #bonkers #whatnext #murderhouseflip #willyouwatchit #makeover #property #propertyadvice #propertyphotos #interestingproperty #unusualproperty #realestate #realestatephotos #propertyphotography #propertymarket #architecture #home #investment #aficionado #business #expert #authority #specialist #commentator #passionate #passion #knowledgeable #propertyconsultants #advice #helpingpeople

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Idle Idol, a frenetic free clicker-management game

Idle Idol, by Daniel Moreno, casts you as a huge immobile statue in the middle of an island. You will attract followers, but if the island gets overpopulated and things run amok, they'll destroy you in the chaos. Better give them something to die for, then.

Idle Idol is a clicker (sort-of) and resource management game about a goddess and her followers. Building temples or destroying obstacles will cost you some followers, but the temples will generate more over time. Manage your limited space around the statue to place temples.


Left Click: Select/Build/Destroy
Right Click: Cancel build (if in Build mode)

By the end, you'll be furiously bouncing from that last icon on the right to empty spots on the lawn and back again: it's not a game for RSI sufferers!

iPad stand for digital artists

The Sketchboard Pro wouldn't look like much if you didn't know what it was: a stand for the iPad Pro designed for digital artists, holding it at a perfect angle and providing more ample arm-resting space around the display. It's fifty dollars on Indiegogo and ships in March. [via Digital Arts]

The Sketchboard Pro features strong legs that easily fold out to create a comfortable 20-degree angled drawing surface. This allows you to have a drawing desk experience virtually anywhere in landscape or portrait orientation. ... Sketchboard Pro combines what you love about drawing on iPad with the traditional physical experience of making art. You are now able to use your full arm while drawing to achieve a more elegant, flowing look to your lines and bring your drawings to life.

Sonant makes generative music you can leave on

Unlike most generative music apps, Kjetil Golid's Sonant isn't obviously just a machine slapping notes on some formulaic pattern for however long you can stand to listen to it. It's nice! But it's also fixed to a sonorous xylophone sample and background strings. Sliders control various elements of the music; I like them all maxed out, suggesting the rising crescendo of a song just before its ending, but never escaping that moment.

"Move sliders over time" would be an excellent feature to add.

National Archives admits censoring Trump criticism from photo of Womens' March

A photo of the 2017 Womens' March published by the National Archives was altered to remove criticism of Donald Trump from marchers' signs, reports the Washington Post.

“Doctoring a commemorative photograph buys right into the notion that it’s okay to silence women’s voice and actions,” Kline said in an email. “It is literally erasing something that was accurately captured on camera. That’s an attempt to erase a powerful message.”

The altered photograph greets visitors to “Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote,” an exhibit that opened in May celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified in 1920, prohibits the federal government and states from denying the right to vote on the basis of sex.

The National Archive, the agency of the United States government tasked with preserving government focumentation and historical records, wrote that it had "made a mistake".

We made a mistake.

As the National Archives of the United States, we are and have always been completely committed to preserving our archival holdings, without alteration.pic.twitter.com/VTWOS4R7GY

— US National Archives (@USNatArchives)January 18, 2020

Conservative politician shared office with "Sugar Daddy" website

Jamie Wallis, a U.K. member of parliament for the Conservative Party, is having trouble explaining why he shared an office with a website that hooked up young folk and older folk with money to spend on them.

The newly-elected Bridgend MP has distanced himself from Sugar-Daddy.net. A Labour MP has said this was "clearly" contradicted by company records. James Cleverly told Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday it was not his job as the chairman of the Conservative Party to investigate any claims linked to "business arrangements". One ex-staffer said he "was aware" the site was being run from the office, while another said his denial "totally lacks credibility".

Buzzfeed news is less equivocal than the BBC, putting Wallis plainly at the heart of matters.

A website run by newly elected Conservative MP Jamie Wallis promoted a “sugar daddy” service offering students financial relationships with wealthy “sponsors”.

Sugar-Daddy.net, which is now defunct, asked potential clients: “Are you a student, a single parent or just short of money? 1000s of wealthy executives, international businessmen and diplomats are eager to sponsor you through these difficult times. Typical sponsorship can be £2,000 - £25,000 per year.”

Remember, there is no bottom. "Conservative pimps in parliament" is another rotten false floor on the way down.

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This smart golf simulator lets you practice your swing at home

Winter can be a difficult time of year for golfers. Between the freezing temperatures and frequent snow showers, maintaining your handicap can seem almost impossible.

When the fairways are frozen solid, the PhiGolf simulator lets you practice at home. This device captures every nuance of your swing to provide virtual coaching. Better still, you can play simulations of the world’s best courses via the WGT Golf app.

Measuring just 29 inches long, the PhiGolf Swing Stick is easily short enough to swing indoors. In fact, it is small enough to pack in your luggage. However, this device has the grip and metal shaft of a real club. 

When you make a swing, sensors record the exact arc and trajectory. You can view this data via the PhiGolf smartphone app (iOS/Android) and hit balls on a virtual driving range. For a better view, you can cast from your smartphone to your TV.

The other app that works with this device is WGT, the popular golf game. With photorealistic graphics and 15 million players to challenge, this should keep any golfer busy through the winter months.

Overall, the PhiGolf simulator is a great tool for any frustrated golfer. You can order now for $199.20 when you use the 20% discount code GOLF20 at checkout.

Unboxing video from 1995 of a $3K desktop computer

Twenty-five years ago, three grand could buy you a sweet desktop computer, complete with 8MB (not GB) of RAM.

In 2017, Gilbert Arciniega posted this home movie from June 1995 of his family opening that $3,000 computer, with the caption:

This is a computer my brother decided to buy back in 1995. As he had always wanted one. VERY EXPENSIVE back in this day! It was a Compaq Presario CDS. He went to Good Guys to buy it. I think it had 75 mhz and 8 mb ram. And a CD rom drive. I do remember he said he paid about $250 for the printer! And $500 for the monitor.

Talk about a time capsule!


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