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Tablet Translates For The Deaf

This is one of those things I was surprised wasn't already done. This tablet claims it can interpret motions from sign language and translate it for the non-hearing-impaired. While it's accuracy and reliability have been called into question (even established voice recognition technologies such as Siri and Cortana get it wrong with some frequency), what isn't being called into question is it's potential. This is a device that has a use, whether it's in this prototype or a more advanced device down the line. (via arstechnica)

Video From Last Night

Guys who don't take themselves seriously are a perfect fit for our show. We love when these guys hang around.

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PSA: Live show over at our Ustream Sunday at 8pm central. Our friends from the House of Goats will be stopping by to hang. Come talk with us! The stream will be embedded here prior to show time if you don't feel like hunting for it. Lazy bum.

Most adults look back on the music of their childhood with fondness and reverie. I am no exception to this. The so-called "Alternative" movement (I never cared for the name) was a welcome breath of fresh air, especially considering the age of ostentatiousness that it followed. Alternative wasn't about being over-the-top. It was about being overly subtle. Most bands associated with the era, I like to refer as artists of the simple. There was no shredding Iron Maiden guitar solo, but rather a few particular chords presented in just a slightly different way that you hadn't heard before.

There was certainly a lot of garbage as well. There's no denying that. I am likely pretty biased towards the movement as a whole based on pure nostalgia, though.

The previous generation tends pick out a few artists they don't like, label the entire genre based on a handful of popular bands, and then feels comfortable talking about the good 'ol days while looking down their noses at the young'uns and their "noise". This is nothing new. It's been happening for generations, and I doubt there's anything that can completely stop that trend.

The one encouraging thing that I have seen is that (bear in mind, this is just my personal corner of the world here) generally speaking, the generation coming up seems to be more open to music from the past. I've seen kids with Rolling Stones shirts, as well as kids sporting black leather jackets over their Ramones shirts. This wide embrace of music as a whole as opposed to singling out one particular era is cautiously encouraging.

I've largely ignored the Alternative bands on the Friday entries, and I'm going to make an effort to change that, starting here. No, not every week, just more frequently. The Meat Puppets' Backwater is a perfect embodiment of the Alternative movement. There's nothing in the song you haven't at least heard hints of in others' work. It's subtle. It's not flashy. It's there, and that '90s groove is unmistakable.

Have a good weekend, everybody. See you Sunday.

D'awww Moment: Baby Sea Turtles

Rough first half of the week? How about some baby sea turtles crawling for the ocean? Am I going to do this entire post in questions? Will I take a stand and say something firm? How obnoxious is this? Could I write headlines for local news sites for clickbait?

New Record Firework

Weighing in at 460kg (or just a bit over a ton for my fellow non-metric people), the new world record for largest detonated firework has been set. It was set off in Konosu, Japan and has been ratified by the people at Guiness. At what point does it stop being fireworks and start being a bomb?

Embedding has been disabled (Boooooo) so you can feel free to check out a video on YouTube or the BBC has it on autoplay as well

As far as the picture below, I found it on imgur and I can't help myself.


I feel like the song in this Friday entry could be used as an intro to a sports "They conquered adversity" story when they're showing the preparation before the actual game highlights. Or you could just look at it as a nice, mellow piano tune. Take your pick. Either way, enjoy your weekend.

Raining Blood: Sock Parody

Thank you, Internet, for giving me things I never knew I wanted. Long live Stayner.

You probably have to be familiar with Slayer's Raining Blood to understand this.

Game Boy Start Screens. All Of Them.

Feeling nostalgic for some retro gaming? Do you have nearly 3 hours to spare? If so, you can watch every start screen for every Game Boy game ever made. My screen never looked as clear as the one in the video. I have distinct memories of having to tilt the screen to be able to make out images periodically.

Overtone Singing

While I was somewhat familiar with overtones before today, I was completely unaware that it was possible to have this level of mastery of the concept through vocals. Overtone is another way of saying (in this case) that you're hitting 2 notes at the same time. This is not at all uncommon in the world of guitar playing.

This almost sounds digital.

This guy claims he can teach you how to do it yourself if you feel up for attempting it.

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