Lamar Odom Opens Up About His Near-Death Experience, Addiction And More In Brutally Honest Interview

Lamar Odom Kevin Hart Interview

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Two-time NBA Champion Lamar Odom has had a rough go of it in his post-basketball life. But over the last year or so, Odom has seemingly turned things around and has been very open in detailing the events that led to his near-death experience following his infamous visit to the Bunny Ranch brothel in October of 2015.

In 2018, Odom has launched his own line of marijuana products and in July announced that he was heading to China for a return to professional basketball.

This week, Odom sat down (in a freezing cold ice tub) with our favorite drunk Super Bowl victory party crasher Kevin Hart on the season two premiere of his sports-themed interview series, Cold As Balls.

Previously, we have seen Hart talk to such sports luminaries as Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas (who skewered him) as well as sports dad of the century LaVar Ball (who Hart skewered for his basketball “exploits”).

This episode, however, while full of many funny things, took a right turn into Odom’s dark past, with at one point in the interview Hart expressing this reaction to what Odom was telling him.

Lamar Odom Kevin Hart Interview Cold As Balls

YouTube – Laugh Out Loud Network

Some highlights of this episode include…

• Lamar giving Kevin a hard time about his ongoing beef with Dwyane Wade that started during the 2018 NBA playoffs. (2:48)

• Lamar showing off his two NBA Championship rings from his time with the Lakers and lets Kevin try them on for size; noting “there’s one for Ben (Simmons) and one for Joel (Embiid)” in reference to the two Philadelphia Sixers who have yet to win a title of their own in the league. (3:40)

• Then later in the episode, Lamar opens up about his struggle with anxiety, dealing with the media backlash during his difficult time, and what it meant to have his ex-wife Khloe Kardashian show up for him after he suffered a six heart attacks and a dozen strokes following his well-documented visit to the Bunny Ranch.


It’s official: minijack connections are now kosher for MIDI


For years, manufacturers have been substituting small minijack connectors for MIDI – but there wasn’t any official word on how to do that, or how to wire them. That changes now, as these space saving connections get official.

Our story so far:

MIDI, the de facto standard first introduced in the early 1980s, specifies a really big physical connector. That’ll be the 5-pin DIN connection, named for the earlier German standard connector, one that once served other serial connections but nowadays is seen more or less exclusively on MIDI devices. It’s rugged. It’s time tested. It’s … too big to fit in a lot of smaller housings.

So, manufacturers have solved the problem by substituting 3.5mm “minijack” connections and providing adapters in the box. Here’s the problem: since there wasn’t a standard, no one knew which way to wire them. A jack connection is called TRS because it has three electrical points – tip, ring, and sleeve. There are three necessary electrical connections for MIDI. And sure enough, not everyone did it the same way.

In the summer of 2015, I had been talking to a handful of people interested in getting some kind of convention:

What if we used stereo minijack cables for MIDI?

That in turn was based on a 2011 forum discussion of people making their own adapters.

Some manufacturers even used that diagram as the basis for their own wiring, but since no one was really checking with anyone else, two half-standards emerged. KORG, Akai, and others did it one way … Novation, Arturia, and ilk did it another.

The good news is, we now have an official standard from the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA). The bad news is, there can be only one – the KORG standard beat out the Arturia one, so sorry, BeatStep Pro.

Wiring diagram. The “mating face” is also what I put on when I start a flirtatious conversation about TRS wiring.

That said, now that there is a standard, you could certainly wire up an adapter.

The recommendation document here isn’t specifying a required size – any TRS jack will do. In the past, that’s been 3.5mm minijack. But to avoid confusion, here the document calls for 2.5mm — far less likely to be confused for anything else. (A 1/4″ jack in particular could cause problems, though 3.5mm minijacks have so far been okay.) The MMA document adds that you should use specialized cables with shielded twisted pair internal wiring. Shhh — audio cables probably would work, but you might have signal quality issues. Specialized cables will work better.

Twisted what? That’s literally twisting the wires together and adding an extra layer of shielding, which reduces electrical interference and improves reliability. (See Wikipedia for an explanation, plus the fun factoid that you can thank Alexander Graham Bell.)

The recommendation is made by the MMA together with the Association of Musical Electronics Industry (AMEI), and was ratified over the summer:

MMA Technical Standards Board/ AMEI MIDI Committee
Letter of Agreement for Recommend Practice
Specification for use of TRS Connectors with MIDI Devices [RP-054]

News and (for members) link to the PDF download on the MMA blog:

Specification for TRS Adapters Adopted and Released

Updated: I feel specifically obligated to respond to this:

Actually, no, not really.

The most likely use case would be users plugging in minijack headphone adapters. But part of the reason to use 2.5mm minijack is, those other examples – microphones and guitar jacks – don’t typically use the smaller plug.

Anyway, to the extent that people would do this, presumably they were already doing it wrong on gear from various manufacturers that use these adapters. Those makers helpfully include adapter dongles in the box, though, and as the MMA/AMEI doc recommends, manufacturers may still want to include electrical protection so someone doesn’t accidentally fry their hardware. (And engineers do try to anticipate all those mistakes as best they can, in my experience.)

Really, nothing much changes here apart from because there’s an official MMA document out there, it’s more likely makers will choose one system of wiring for these plugs so those dongles and cables are interchangeable. And that’s good.

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How to Add a Dock Shortcut for Any macOS System Preference Pane

Screenshot: Brett Terpstra

If you frequently access the same System Preferences pane on your Mac, you can add a shortcut directly to your Dock. Here’s how:

All of the default preference panes are located in /System/Library/PreferencePanes/, and you can get to that folder easily in Finder by typing Shift-Command-G to open the Go To Folder dialog and entering (or pasting) the above path into the field. When you hit “Go,” you’ll see a list of all of the preference panes you’d otherwise find in System Preferences. Drag one to your Dock (on the right side, with files and folders), and presto!—a Preference Pane shortcut.

If you want to add shortcuts for third-party panes, those are found in your User Library folder: ~/Library/PreferencePanes, so just follow the above instructions and substitute that path in the Finder Go To Folder dialog.


If you’ve been using a Mac for a while, you probably know that there’s more than one way to do anything—including accessing System Preferences. Head over to TidBITS to see the full rundown of all the quirky ways you can pull up your system’s settings.

macOS Hidden Treasures: Secrets of the System Preferences Window | TidBITS

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The Chuck bookshelf is unique, simple, dynamic, and an artpiece in itself


The Chuck, a Red Dot winning bookshelf, ticks all my boxes for innovation and design. It’s simple in its construction, easy to use, fun to interact with, can store books/media of different types and sizes, has the capacity to look strikingly different every time you make a change to it, and is very capable of being the most interesting piece of furniture in your room. With two metal members on either side holding together six strips of wooden veneer, the Chuck bends and flexes as you place books on/between the veneer sheets, creating undulating waves of wood that store your books, CDs, plaques, and objets d’art.

The way these items are placed on the wooden slats affects the overall form of the bookshelf, literally turning it into an installation that transcends traditional furniture, and that’s unique to your arrangement style. Items can be placed vertically, or horizontally, or sometimes even diagonally on Chuck, giving you the freedom to express yourself not only with your book collection, but also with the way you arrange them. The Chuck also has no defined constraints for how big or small the books need to be, giving you more freedom and flexibility (literally too) to use the storage it provides, and in doing so, create a piece of art from a humble piece of furniture!

Designer: Natascha Harra-Frischkorn

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These Samsung TV Ambient-Mode themes are blowing our minds!



Earlier this year, Samsung revealed their line of QLED TVs, but what was more interesting was a feature that relied on the QLED’s accurate color representation and an algorithm that literally made your Samsung TV disappear into the wall behind it. Aptly referred to as Samsung’s Ambient Mode, this feature allowed the TV to go from being a big black square when switched off, to a subtle, elegant frame that was barely visible. The algorithm created by Samsung could exactly generate an image of the wall behind it, creating a believable illusion that the TV could practically ‘disappear’ when not in use. The Ambient mode featured a gallery of themes to choose from, allowing the screen to display floating weather updates and even scenery that complimented the space around it. Partnering with Dezeen, Samsung launched its Ambient Mode Design Competition to crowdsource a few more themes. Here are a few that blew us away!

These themes all capitalize on the QLED technology that allows for near-accurate color representation. The designs create illusions of floating objects and extended spaces, giving your smart television much more than the ability to be a screen that plays back TV shows and movies. Some of the Ambient Mode themes turn the television into a painting, some into art pieces that give notifications or tell the time, while others transform the screen into a whiteboard of sorts. Some even allow the TV to behave like a mirror or a window into an imaginary room, showcasing how far televisions and displays have come in the past few years! The entries for the Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode Design Competition will be on display at IFA 2018 in Berlin.












Designs Courtesy: Dezeen x Samsung TV Ambient Mode Design Competition

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