‘Gris’ is a gorgeous 2D platformer about personal loss


Gris might be the prettiest game I’ve ever played. The 2D platformer is set in a dream-like world filled with crumbling statues, towering temples and inky, shape-shifting birds. Even the trees — a typically unremarkable part of video game environments — are topped with luscious foliage that melts between square, triangular and completely invisible states. The titular heroine, a hopeful young girl, dashes and floats through the world with mesmerizing grace, her dress and blue hair blowing softly in the wind. Everything feels surreal and otherworldly, painted in watercolor shades of pink, blue, red and green. It’s totally unique, and I absolutely love it.

The game developed by Spanish outfit Nomada Studio has been shrouded in mystery since January 2016. Beyond some gorgeous concept art and the occasional video snippet, the team has shared little about the game’s premise, or how it actually plays. All we’ve known for certain, until now, is that it looks absurdly beautiful.

After playing a half-hour demo, I can tell you that Gris is a relaxing mixture of jumps, puzzles and light exploration. The various locales are peppered with white glimmering specks that zip around like fireflies. Pick them up and you’ll be able to form pathways that sit in mid-air like star maps. They’re also required to unlock new abilities that manifest through Gris‘ dress. One lets you perform a double-jump with a physics-defying glide at the end. Another allows you to smash open vases and stand firm against strong gusts of wind.

Triangular foliage allows Gris to reach higher ground.

There’s no HUD or on-screen text, save for the odd button prompt when you acquire a new technique. The camera zooms automatically, too, to frame an environmental puzzle or the floating obstacles you need to overcome next. These elements ensure that your attention is always fixed on the game’s exceptional art, created by Catalan artist Conrad Roset. He grew up in Terrassa, just north of Barcelona, and works today as a freelance artist for a range of commercial clients, including Adidas, Disney and Zara. His style, a mesmerizing blend of watercolor and Indian ink, permeates every screen of Gris.

The game doesn’t have a health system, so you can’t die from a mis-timed jump. There are some enemies, but they serve as sporadic puzzles rather than complicated boss battles. I met a giant bird, for instance, that pushed me around with an ear-piercing screech unless I used my heavy ground-pound ability. A few moments later, I had to jump in time with the warbler’s cries to carry myself across some large gaps. The creature never attacked me, though, and was friendly once I had progressed far enough through the level.

The bird will try to push you back with a powerful screech.

Gris is rarely challenging, but that’s by design. Adrian Cuevas, co-founder of Nomada Studio, said it’s supposed to be a "smooth experience" that anyone can play. Like Journey, Inside and Abzu, it’s the type of project that prioritizes atmosphere and emotion over gameplay complexity. There are some tricky platforming sections that force you to stop and observe the environment for a moment; a couple of buildings, too, can feel a bit puzzle-like if you haven’t fully grasped your abilities yet. Nothing in the game should make you feel flummoxed or frustrated, though.

"We just want people to know that it’s about a bad experience."

The game promises a subtle, dialog-free story about personal loss. In a press release, publisher Devolver Digital teased that the heroine is exploring "her own world" and trying to deal with a painful experience in her life. I noticed these themes toward the end of the demo, once Gris had returned to the statue where she started the game. The music rose to a fever pitch, and she suddenly curled up into a ball, ejecting a blue, ink-like substance that bled out into the world and triggered a gloomy downpour of rain.

Each level and its shifting appearance, I suspect, is a reflection of Gris and her emotional state. "We just want people to know that it’s about a bad experience," Cuevas told me, "and how you overcome any kind of bad experience."

Raindrops reveal invisible foliage in the forest.

Cuevas isn’t ashamed to talk about Gris‘ influences. You can see glimpses of Journey, for instance, as the character slides down a sandy mountain and turns elegantly in the dirt. "Journey was a personal change," he said. "It was like ‘wow, video games can be this as well?!’" The double-jump is similar to Xbox and PC exclusive Ori and the Blind Forest, and the restrained approach to storytelling mimics the wonderfully creepy Inside. "[Inside] is a bit more linear, a bit more simple," Cuevas said. "But the whole experience is so smooth and well done. That’s what we’re aiming for too."

Gris will launch on PC and Nintendo Switch this December. The art alone makes it one to look out for, though if you place more importance on Mega Man-style difficulty or Metroidvania-level design, you might come away disappointed. The main question mark, for now, is the mysterious story. If the Spanish developer can deliver a tale that pulls at the heartstrings, this could be a truly special project. One that goes beyond its obvious video-game inspirations, and gives new meaning to Roset’s intimate art.

The world seems to unfold around this giant, broken statue.

Gris glides elegantly down a sandy slope.

A peek at later levels.

Eventually, the giant bird becomes your friend.

You can swim through water, including these floating blocks.

Source: grisgame.com

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Which Casino Games Have The Best (And Worst) Odds?

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Of all the ways to lose money in life, gambling is probably the most enjoyable (at least up to a certain point).

When you walk through the doors of a casino, you do so knowing your net worth is probably going to be lower by the time you emerge back into the blinding sunlight, but at least you can get a few free drinks for your troubles.

However, if you want to maximize the number of watered down adult beverages you receive while gambling, it’s important to know which games to play in order to ensure you don’t burn through your funds any quicker than necessary.

In order to do that, you need the answer to one simple question: Which casino games have the best odds?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Games of Chance vs. Games of Skill

Casino games are a lot like cryptocurrencies: you have plenty of options when it comes to taking a risk with your money but there are certain ways to gain an edge if you actually know what you’re doing.

If you don’t want to rely on a computer algorithm, a rolling ball, or a random person tumbling dice, there are a few other places where you might feel right at home.

For the purpose of this article, I’m going to assume you aren’t Rain Man or someone who enjoys the adrenaline rush that comes with knowing you could be hauled into a backroom at any minute if you get caught counting cards.

If either of those labels apply to you, then I doubt you need much advice in the first place.

Which Games Have The Worst Odds?

Before we address the best casino games to win money we should also examine the ones that rip you off the most.

Odds can vary from casino to casino and many of them actually have guides that can tell you which games will give you the best return on your investment. However, they’re a bit less likely to advertise which games are designed to screw you over more than others.

I’m more than happy to take on that burden.

3. Slots

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I know it can be tough to resist the urge of the flashing lights and the alluring gaze of Carrie Bradshaw radiating from The Sex and the City slot machine but you’re doing yourself a severe disservice if you don’t have the self-control required to not sit down.

Slot machines are great because you can sit there for hours on end while establishing a camaraderie with the person bringing you drinks, which the casino is more than happy to provide you with because you’re basically printing money for them.

Odds vary from machine to machine, but one analysis says the house edge can be upwards of 15%. That number will shrink as you play machines with larger betting amounts, but if you’re a penny slots diehard, you might want to rethink your fandom.

2. The Wheel Of Fortune

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There’s a pretty small chance you’re ever going to find yourself standing next to Pat Sajak on a set in Los Angeles, so for most people, this game is the closest they’ll ever get to actually playing Wheel of Fortune.

However, unlike actual Wheel of Fortune contestants, you don’t get to walk away with a food dehydrator or a new set of flatware if you lose— and there’s a very good chance you’re going to.

If you’re brave enough to bet on higher amounts, you should do so knowing the casino has up to a 25%  house edge. You’ll honestly probably have better luck if you just audition for the show.

1. Keno

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I’m not sure why anyone would play Keno at a casino when you can just go to a sketchy bar or a bowling alley— not to mention that it’s just an objectively boring (and entirely random) game.

You can spice things up a bit if you want to play glorified bingo surrounded by AARP members instead of staring at a screen but you’re not doing yourself any favors either way. Opting for the former comes with a house advantage of up to 16% but that number can balloon to 30% when it comes to the virtual version.

Thankfully, there are more than a few other games you can hit up for the best odds in the casino.

Which Casino Games Have The Best Odds?

4. Roulette

casino games with the best odds


When you consider roulette gives players the chance to basically bet on a coin flip, you’d think it would be one of the best games on the casino floor.

However, the inclusion of the green 0 and 00 actually gives the house a bigger advantage than you’d think. Unlike some other games, the odds never change, which means a casino will statistically have a 5.26% house edge.

There are a variety of different betting strategies that can theoretically increase your odds but there’s still a very good chance you’ll end up losing money in the long run even if you use them.

3. Craps

casino games with the best odds


There are a million different ways to bet on craps but if you’re new to the game you’re probably just going to want to bet on the Pass Line and yell “Seven!” a lot.

If you choose to adopt that strategy then the casino is looking at a house edge of 1.41%. Sadly, there’s no solid data on whether or not blowing on the dice before a roll impacts that number.

2. Blackjack

casino games with the best odds


You may not have perfected the art of card counting at MIT but blackjack is still one of the best bets you can make at a casino.

Even if you’ve never played a single game of blackjack in your life you still have a pretty good chance of coming away with a winning hand as long as you know how to do simple addition.

If you did, in fact, go to elementary school, the house only has a .5% edge whenever the cards are dealt. 

1. Video Poker

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Sure, video poker might not be as exciting as facing off against a guy rocking sunglasses inside with a pair of Beats over a pulled-up hoodie, but at least you don’t have to deal with the blow to your psyche if you end up losing to him.

If you can track down a Jacks or Better machine, you’re in a position to rake in more money than anywhere else in the casino.

Technically speaking, an inexperienced video poker player has the same shot at winning as a blackjack player does but there are a number of proven strategies that (if applied correctly) result in the house only having an advantage of .46%.

However, an expert at Deuces or Wild can theoretically gain a .7% edge on the casino, so if you happen to have some time on your hands, you might want to start studying up.

from BroBible.com http://bit.ly/2Mct9YZ

Omar Z Robles shoots amazing photographs of ballet dancers in the street


I don’t know about you, but for me, when it comes to photographing people, dancers make the absolute best subjects. They just have such control over every part of their body that allows them to produce the most amazing shapes. I don’t get to photograph them anywhere nearly as often as I’d like.

Somebody who does photograph them regularly, though, and extremely well is photographer Omar Z Robles. With a long history in performing arts, Robles now focuses exclusively on dancers. And in this video from SmugMug Films, we get some insight into how he works as he photographs dancers on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

Omar was always drawn to performance art, but as a kid, he studied engineering and graphic design to make his parents happy. But once old enough to pursue his own interests, design led him towards photography and performance. He then studied to be a mime with legendary Marcel Marceau, and he uses that experience he gained to guide his work today.

When you look at a dancer, they look different. They walk different. Their arms, their chest is open. Ballet is something that is ingrained in their bones in the most literal sense. It’s like they become their art.

When you see them move, when you see them leap, when you see them extend… That’s when you really understand how extraordinary they are.

– Omar Z Robles

Omar sees dancers as the ultimate subject, and it’s easy to understand why. No matter what surroundings you place them in, they just have something about them that’s so captivating.

Although Omar’s had a long history with performing arts, his dance photography work started out as a series of self-portraits. They were “stylised jumps” in the middle of the New York streets.

At some point in his journey, Omar says it just became too difficult to be both in front of the camera and behind it at the same time. This isn’t surprising, with his images getting more elaborate. He says he “outsourced the jumping”. He replaced himself exclusively with dancers.

Omar’s work is both fascinating and beautiful. The skill and abilities of the dancer combined with Omar’s vision is just perfect. I could sit and look at it all day long – and, thanks to Instagram I can!

If the video above has left you wanting to see more, you should definitely head over to Omar’s website and Instagram.

To accompany the video, SmugMug also interviewed Omar. You can read that on the SmugMug blog, where Omar offers some more insight into his thought process while he shoots. He also provides a few tips for others that can be applied to many styles and genres of photography.

Images used with permission

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Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is crowdsourcing $50,000 to bring a giant orb to Burning Man


Burning Man Orb

Danish architects Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange want to bring a giant orb to Burning Man later this month.

Ingels and Lange have launched an Indiegogo fundraiser to crowdsource $50,000 for the project, raising more than $22,400 as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Burning Man festival, an international spectacle that began as a bonfire among friends more than 30 years ago, is held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. More than 65,000 people gather each year to celebrate the counterculture event featuring surreal art installations , wild fashion , musical acts, and celebrity sightings .

Lange and Ingels’ Orb, which reflects its surroundings like a mirror, is scaled to 1/500,000 of the Earth’s size. The Orb is nearly 100 feet in diameter.

SEE ALSO: A Russian architect is building a giant NASA space blanket to protect Burning Man festival attendees from the sun

SEE ALSO: Surreal photos from Burning Man take you deep inside the madness

The Orb, which is visible from most of Black Rock City, is meant to help festival attendees navigate the desert.

At night, the Orb will blend with the surrounding environment.

It has been designed to deflate easily after the festival ends, which adheres to a core Burning Man principle — leaving no trace.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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This 24-year-old is hitchhiking across America and live-streaming the whole thing on Amazon’s Twitch for his thousands of followers


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Trevor Daneliuk first started hitchhiking about four years ago, when he was still a college student studying accounting. Today, the 24-year-old Canadian has hitchhiked in 25 countries, and says he’s been picked up by generous drivers close to a thousand times. 

His current trip will take him across all 50 United States  he’s been to 48 at the time of publishing  and is being funded with the money he makes through Twitch, the Amazon-owned video livestreaming service, which he uses to broadcast nearly all of his waking hours on the trek.

On day 118 of his journey, Daneliuk took a short break from "twitchhiking" (his term for hitchhiking on Twitch) in Salt Lake City, Utah on his way to Las Vegas, Nevada, to talk with Business Insider about his adventures, his online following, and how he got started hitchhiking.

SEE ALSO: People in a new study struggled to turn off a robot when it begged them not to: ‘I somehow felt sorry for him’

Since beginning his current trip across the United States, Trevor Daneliuk has been using Twitch to live-stream his rides, meals, errands and practically every other moment of his adventure. He has about 700 viewers at a time, on average.

Trevor has roughly 21,000 followers on Twitch, the Amazon-owned live video platform.

In recent years, Twitch has become known as a hub for video game streams, and is the virtual home of Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, the best Fortnite player in the world, as well as plenty of other e-sports and gaming celebrities. 

However, there’s a growing community of streamers on Twitch who don’t post gaming content at all. Daneliuk is one of them.

His travel expenses are covered with the money he earns through Twitch. His fans pay a monthly subscription fee, and often donate directly to support his journey.

Twitch uses a "cheers" system, which allows viewers to donate money to their favorite streamers with the on-platform currency, called "bits." The text in the top left corner of Daneliuk’s video feed is a list of recent donations. American dollars are converted to bits at a rate of one cent per bit.

It should also be said that getting free rides from strangers isn’t a particularly expensive way to get around. 

On top of saving on air fare, Daneliuk travels with only what he can carry — while prioritizing his heavy streaming equipment  eats fast food for most meals, and often sleeps in a tent on the side of the road. 

Still, Daneluik said this has been one of his most luxurious hitchhiking trips, and has included more hotel stays than he’s used to, thanks to help from generous viewers.

While this reporter was watching his stream earlier this week, Trevor mentioned needing to find a room for the night, and within minutes, a generous viewer donated $140 to cover his stay. Shortly afterward, another viewer donated $25 with the message, "Don’t forget about dinner."


Daneliuk says he first got started hitchhiking simply because he got tired of taking buses from city to city in college, and he says it’s not nearly as dangerous as people might think.

"It’s great, because I never know where I’m going to end up at the end of the day," Daneliuk told Business Insider. "You just end up in really cool situations that you would never get to experience otherwise. At the end of the day in a new city you get to sit there and go, ‘How did I end up here?’"

Lot’s of people ask him if he’s ever worried about his safety while hitching for rides, but Daneliuk isn’t too bothered by the risks involved. In the thousand or so times he’s been picked up, he says he’s never met a bad person.

"People who pick up hitchhikers are some of the kindest, most generous, and most amazing people you’ll ever meet," he says. "Plus, they’re usually local, which is great because they can help you get around and tell you where to go. Sometimes they even offer you a meal, a guest bedroom, or things like that."


See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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This 50-Foot-Tall Tornado Made Of Fire Is Proof That Nature Wants Us All Dead


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In 2016, the Sharknado franchise was beginning to stagnate and they realized the next film needed something to really bring it to the next level. That x-factor was the ‘firenado‘.

A firenado is one of the most Heavy Hetal phenomenon found in nature. It’s beyond terrifying.

The firenado is exactly what it sounds like, it’s when a tornado catches fire. This happens when a tornado picks up some sort of flammable items into the vortex of doom like burning gasoline and voila, you’ve got a firenado.

Earlier this week, the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue in England captured footage of a 50-foot firenado reigning terror upon the world. The fire broke out at a plastics factory Derbyshire where there were no reported injuries, but according to Mashable the fire was so massive it could be seen up to 26 miles away.

Footage of this 50-foot firenado has taken the Internet by storm. It’s an awesome sight to behold, and one that’s racked up over 400,000 views on Facebook and hundreds of thousands more on YouTube:


We here at BroBible have a rich history of appreciating the firenado for being one of the most awesome spectacles in nature.

One instance that comes to mind was this firenado at the Jim Beam factory which was filmed over two years back:

That all went down when a booze-filled lake caught fire on the property. So not only are we looking at a glorious firenado there but it’s also one fueled by Jim Beam.

I’ve never been fortunate enough to see a firenado in person…yet. That’s certainly an item to add to ye olde bucket list.

I have seen countless waterspouts out in the Gulf of Mexico and in The Bahamas. One time, I was on the beach in the Siesta Key Village when a tiny tornado popped up out of nowhere, grabbed our cooler and chairs and gear, threw our stuff in every direction (including about 100 empty beer cans), and we were all left running in every direction.

That was a wild experience but it still has nothing on seeing a firenado in person.

from BroBible.com http://bit.ly/2MdbYGQ

The live feed of Microsoft’s underwater datacenter is strangely soothing


Microsoft has a pretty nifty way to store data: In an underwater datacenter, located off the coast of Scotland, capable of holding 27.6 petabytes of information. It’s part of Project Natick, the company’s testbed for the feasibility of underwater datacenters powered by offshore, renewable energy. 

The datacenter was sunk in June 2018, but now Microsoft has installed two underwater cameras that provide a live view at the sunken datacenter, as noticed by The Verge

Yes, you can now observe fish and other sea creatures swimming around a tank that contains a lot of data. 

Don’t expect to see anything wild; it’s basically fish frolicking around a big tank, and you have to trust Microsoft’s word that it holds 12 racks containing 864 standard Microsoft datacenter servers with enough storage for about 5 million movies.

That's a reasonably big fish.

That’s a reasonably big fish.

But there’s something calming about watching fish carelessly swim around something that, just a few decades ago, would’ve seemed like alien technology. That, and sometimes a fairly big fish enters the camera’s view, which is sort of cool. 

Microsoft put up the cameras to observe the environmental conditions around the datacenter, which is deployed within 12 nautical miles of land at a depth of “no more than 328 feet.” But let’s face it — they probably did it just because they can. 

Check out the cameras here and do let us know if you see a submarine hauling away the entire thing or anything fishy like that.

from Mashable! http://bit.ly/2MwvhYy

How To Avoid Getting A Beer Gut Without Giving Up Booze

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Most hardcore beer drinkers are under no illusion that their favorite sudsy beverage is a diet food. After all, this cult of can clenchers does not imbibe in white trash libations for its health benefits – even though there are some. No sir, they suck these mothers down with vicious intent in hopes of forgetting that their bloated guts are starting to expand enough to make the prospect of never seeing their dicks again a real possibility.

This is why they say alcoholism is a progressive disease. What begins as a few beers once or twice a week to unwind with the boys eventually ends in the daily guzzling of a case of domestic piss water just to feel like a human being.

This is the level of drinking needed, of course, to make up for the fact that you are now bald, fat and riding a motorized scooter along the shit-covered highway to cirrhosis and a colostomy bag.

We hate to say it, but beer, while man’s best friend in the early days, has a way of eventually ripping away at his soul, leaving him to rot on the proverbial couch of life a mean, fat, fifty-something-year-old failure with a second hand sobriety chip in his pocket.

Unfortunately, while there is nothing BroBible can do to prevent you from having your back hairs ripped out by the fiendish claws of alcoholism, we can pass along some sage advice to keep you drunk bastards from packing on a beer belly too early in life. Consider it a public service for those of you with a metabolism on its way to an early grave.

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Eat Better Food, Drink Shittier Beer

One of the most crucial methods for avoiding a beer gut is first understanding that these flesh-covered barrels of “you ain’t ever getting laid again,” are the result of a man’s entire diet – not just his beer consumption.

Even if you kick a beer habit and continue to eat pizza, nachos and every other variety of processed shit food available on planet, that nice side tattoo of the Virgin Mary that you got when you turned twenty-one is going to start looking like Kathleen Turner by the time you reach thirty-five.

Dietary experts say if a man drinks in moderation while also maintaining a healthy diet, as well as getting in a fair share of exercise, a few beers every once in a while will not make him look as if he swallowed the keg. But all of these components must be in place for the system to work. And if you are one of those guys who enjoys craft beer (200-500 calories per 12 ounce serving) as opposed to the domestics (100-150 calories), you might as well plan on quitting your job right now, building a home gym and paying some ruthless personal trainer to bust your balls everyday. Because that is what it is going to take to keep you as lean, mean and drunk as a man with no job can be.

But even when taking into account a strict diet and plenty of exercise, a man cannot really cut loose with his beer drinking activities and stay fit. Moderate beer consumption is considered two beers (at only 5 percent ABV) a day, according to U.S. dietary standards. That’s not much. Hell, we haven’t hit the bottle like that since we were in seventh or eighth grade. And if you’re reading this article, chances are you haven’t either.

So what can a desperate man do to fight the bottle and the buldge? Well, some of those less enthusiastic about maintaining the drunkard lifestyle say it is important to cut carbs in other areas so you can allow yourself to have the occasional beer. But this means giving up pizza, French fries, and about everything else a man craves after a long night of, well, beer drinking. Oh, and remember, you must refrain from these foods while also only consuming two beers a day. It’s insanity. And it’s a regimen that we are refusing to embrace.

There is also a bizarre movement where brew house are mixing beer drinking and exercise. Anyone who has ever tried to bench press, run, after having a few understands why this is as stupid idea. Even science shows the concept of booze and working out doesn’t mix.

Get Shit-Faced on Vodka Daily And Never Gain A Pound

Vodka is that one alcoholic beverage that you may have had an evil encounter with back in the day. Chances are too many shots of Dark Eyes put you face down on the bathroom floor, covered in puke and self-loathing on more than one occasion. It happens to the best of us. In fact, it is the violent repercussions that often stem from drinking vodka that leads most of us to almost exclusively being a beer man. But while this hellish liquor may not deserve it, any guy wanting to cut enough calories to prevent himself transforming into a sorry sack of flab in the future may want to consider giving vodka a second chance. It has fewer calories than beer (64 calories per 1.5-ounce shot), so there is none of this nonsense about trying “to limit consumption to two drinks.”

You can knock this stuff back all night without gaining a stinking pound as long as you’re not some half sissy who requires a fruity mixer. This is where the typical vodka drinker goes wrong. They combine this low-calorie beast of a buzz with orange or cranberry juice, both of which contain substantial amounts of sugar and carbs. Even a vodka tonic ranks in at 150 calories and 20 grams of sugar. So, if you can’t drink it straight, like a real Russian baddass, try mixing it with La Croix or some other carbonated, no calorie beverage to water it down. Just don’t do this in Russia. They will kill you.

Mike Adams is a freelance writer for High Times, Cannabis Now, and Forbes. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

from BroBible.com http://bit.ly/2B6SM9t

Turn Off Autocorrect, You Coward

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When was the last time autocorrect made your life easier? Reach back in your memory and try to conjure up a time that autocorrect really nailed it. I know we only notice technology when it’s not working, but if you can’t think of one, it’s time to accept that autocorrect is bad.

To be clear: by “autocorrect,” I mean software that automatically replaces what you’ve typed with what it thinks you surely meant to type. I have no beef with predictive text and spell-check, which are super helpful for people with dyslexia and dysgraphia, or anyone who sends important emails from their phone. Many accessibility functions, like swipe-to-type and custom keyboard shortcuts, wouldn’t exist without predictive text algorithms. The technology behind autocorrect isn’t the problem, but the execution kinda sucks.


I’ve had autocorrect disabled for years, and there are two big reasons I’m never going back. First, it’s easier to get my point across without it. A few transposed letters make a message harder to parse, but one auto-replaced word can change its entire meaning—especially when your phone keeps shoving that word into subsequent messages. Second, I like things I write to sound like I actually wrote them. We all have a unique way of expressing ourselves with words; autocorrect is so hell-bent on correcting us that it makes all of our messages read the same. I sound very different in professional emails than my soccer shitposting group chat, and my autocorrect-free phone keeps it that way.

If you’re starting to come around, it’s very easy to disable autocorrect. iOs users can access keyboard settings from the keyboard itself; Android keyboards have a gear icon in the top right-hand corner, which brings up a menu with “Smart typing” and “Restore to defaults” options. The former holds menus for predictive text, spell-check, auto-replace, and custom keyboard shortcuts, and the latter lets you clear cached dictionary data. (Apple, for reasons I’m sure are totally legit, hides the dictionary reset feature in the “General” settings menu instead of with the other keyboard settings.) Play around in the settings and see what appeals to you.

Of course, this advice won’t work for everyone. Maybe you’re among the dozens of people who feel that autocorrect flawlessly anticipates their every keystroke. For the rest of us, though, disabling autocorrect is like taking the training wheels off a bicycle—if the idea makes you uncomfortable, all the more reason to get it over with already.

from Lifehacker http://bit.ly/2vxs04F

The SEC wants Tesla to explain Elon’s 420 tweet


Elon Musk, billionaire founder of Tesla, startled the Twittersphere yesterday by announcing he wanted to take the company private at the price of $420 per share. While some speculated the tweet was a joke or a marijuana reference, others took to the market. The tweet sent the stock soaring up 11 percent, causing a halt in trade for a portion of the day.

Now, the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into the matter.

Wall Street Journal sources say the SEC has since made inquiries to Tesla to find out whether Musk’s tweet was truthful and why he chose to announce such a move on Twitter instead of through a regulatory filing. Musk could be held legally liable if regulators determine he was intentionally trying to boost the stock price with his tweet.

Musk later explained in a letter to employees going private was “the best path forward” as it would shield the company from “wild swings in our stock price that can be a major distraction” and relieve pressure from quarterly earnings cycles that aren’t necessarily in the best long-term interest of the company. We’ve reached out to the SEC and Tesla for more information on the matter.

Musk also indicated in the tweet he’d secured funding for the startling move, though it’s unclear where the funding would be coming from at this time as he has yet to disclose those details. The tweet appeared shortly after news broke that a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund bought a $2 billion stake in Tesla and, according to the WSJ, Musk spoke with a group of Tesla’s board members last week about taking the company private.

from TechCrunch https://tcrn.ch/2M6RArE