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Sunday, 30 April 2017

SexyCyborg's Guide to Sourcing Parts on TaoBao

quote [ For hardware aficionados and Makers, trips to Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei have become something of a pilgrimage. While Huaqiangbei is a tremendous and still active resource, increasingly both Chinese and foreign hardware developers do their sourcing for components on TaoBao. The selection is vastly greater and with delivery times rarely over 48 hours and frequently under 24 hours for local purchases it fits in nicely with the high-speed pace of Shenzhen’s hardware ecosystem. ]

Thanks to this article I've "discovered" TaoBao.com. It looks like they might have some decent deals on there if you can jump through the hoops of working with Agents.

How to use TaoBao!
[SFW] [do it yourSElf] [+1 Good]
[by steele@4:48pmGMT] [3 comments]

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Rich millennials paid thousands for Ja Rule’s Fyre Fest and are now stranded on an island in disaster-relief tents

quote [ Fyre Fest was supposed to be the most luxurious music festival ever. That’s not what happened. ]

Poor Ja Rule.

The more I read up, the more it sounds like the majority of people that made it there were people who got early signup specials for $500. Would've been a heck of a deal if they didn't get completely screwed over.
[SFW] [music] [+10 Funny]
[by steele@3:53pmGMT] [10 comments]

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Hacking Consciousness in VR Roundtable

Because it's the recording of a live stream it starts off rather slow as they try to get everything working, I think I skipped into about the 15 minute mark where they finally started talking.

If you've ever been subject to one of my VR/Religion/MemoryPalace rants, some of the stuff they discuss may sound familiar to you. The conversation centers around different types of Flow States but drifts outward towards each speakers individual experience models. Production wise, it's a jumbled mess, but there's some interesting ideas being thrown around.
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+2]
[by steele@11:49pmGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Taibbi on the New Book That Brutalizes the Clinton Campaign

quote [ Shattered is sourced almost entirely to figures inside the Clinton campaign who were and are deeply loyal to Clinton. Yet those sources tell of a campaign that spent nearly two years paralyzed by simple existential questions: Why are we running? What do we stand for?

If you're wondering what might be the point of rehashing this now, the responsibility for opposing Donald Trump going forward still rests with the (mostly anonymous) voices described in this book. ]

Haven't read the book yet, on my to do list.
[SFW] [politics] [+7 Interesting]
[by steele@4:28pmGMT] [4 comments]

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

RC KFC bucket aeroplane (magnus effect)

quote [ hey guys! well you requested it and here it is!!!!! The magnus force (effect) KFC bucket aeroplane. not sure why I chose KFC buckets though... they make poor rotating flettner wings! ]

Nifty. I had forgotten this was possible. Also, apparently you can just slap a plane together by cutting up a couple of pieces of foam now. Way different than all the gluing of little balsa pieces when I was a kid. #GetOffMyLawn
[SFW] [do it yourSElf] [+3 Interesting]
[by steele@6:26pmGMT] [0 comments]



Monday, 17 April 2017

We Made a Chainsaw Trike

quote [ I have a chainsaw.... I have a trike.... Uhhh Chainsawtrike ]

Vroom! Vroooooom! Vroooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom!!!
[SFW] [do it yourSElf] [+6 Funny]
[by steele@1:36pmGMT] [8 comments]

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Lil Dicky - Pillow Talking feat. Brain (Official Music Video)

quote [ Please, don't neglect the brain. ]

New one from Lil Dicky. 10 minutes long. Shit's cray cray.
[NSFW] [music] [+5]
[by steele@4:06amGMT] [4 comments]

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

How I Made My Own iPhone - in China

quote [ I built a like-new(but really refurbished) iPhone 6S 16GB entirely from parts I bought in the public cell phone parts markets in Huaqiangbei. And it works!

I've been fascinated by the cell phone parts markets in Shenzhen, China for a while. I'd walked through them a bunch of times, but I still didn't understand basic things, like how they were organized or who was buying all these parts and what they were doing with them.

So when someone mentioned they wondered if you could build a working smartphone from parts in the markets, I jumped at the chance to really dive in and understand how everything works. Well, I sat on it for nine months, and then I dove in. ]

more details @ StrangeParts.com

Interesting stuff. If I had a contact in Shenzhen I'd love to try and buy the parts to build a bad ass VR headset for cheap.

Unrelated, but I've been playing around with my friend's HTC Vive for the past few weeks and loving it. If you've got a Microsoft store doing demos near you, you should really check it out.
[SFW] [do it yourSElf] [+5 Interesting]
[by steele@7:19pmGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The A.V. Club interview with Thomas Frank

quote [ Look, Trump may screw up. Trump may get impeached, Trump is a fool. Trump-ism, is here to stay. This idea of populist nationalism. ]

Good interview, turned it on last night and couldn't turn it off. Whether you like the book or not, his arguments are still apt.
[SFW] [politics] [+4 Good]
[by steele@3:38pmGMT] [29 comments]

Monday, 3 April 2017

These Women Tried To Orgasm In Three Minutes Using The Womanizer And Holy O-Face It Was Amazing

quote [ According to a study by Brown University, it takes the average woman 10–20 minutes to orgasm. That's all fine and dandy... but what if you could get there in just three? Time is a precious thing, so we decided to try out "The Womanizer" to see if we could reach orgasm quicker ]

Yet another human job stolen by technology!

Hackers Can Easily Hijack This Dildo Camera and Livestream the Inside of Your Vagina
[NSFW] [people] [+7 laz0r]
[by steele@6:15pmGMT] [20 comments]



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