December 2017


Elon Musk’s hats are selling out faster than you can say ‘boring’


Elon Musk is quite the hatter. 

Besides running a car company, a space company, a tunnel company and an AI company, he also managed to sell roughly $600,000 worth of hats, and the demand just keeps on rising. 

Musk’s Boring Company sold 30,000 hats adorned with the company logo since they launched in October, Musk tweeted Monday. Just a few weeks ago, Musk said the company has sold $300,000 worth of hats, meaning the sales have roughly doubled since that time. 

Over 30,000 hats sold!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2017

If you order the $20 hat right now, you’ll likely get it in 3-4 weeks. But you might want to hurry, as Musk says the hats will be limited to 50,000 pieces only.  Read more…

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All you wanted for your birthday is every ‘Street Fighter’ ever


Street Fighter is turning 30, so Capcom is releasing one heck of an anniversary collection.

Set for release in May 2018, the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will feature 12 games, including the 1987 original Street Fighter. Time to annoy your parents.

Along with the OG, you’ll get 11 classic games from Street Fighter II, through to Street Fighter III: Third Strike

Image: capcom/screenshot

Capcom released a rather emotionally charged video announcement for the collection, which celebrates over 60 SF characters and 40 million units sold in the last 30 years: Read more…

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Time’s up for the Ticker? Facebook appears to axe feed for tracking your friends’ activity

 As Facebook continues to tinker with its layout and services to spur more interactions and engagement, it seems that not even the most well-known or oldest features are spared. In the most recent development, it looks like Facebook has quietly removed the Ticker, the box that used to appear to the right of your News Feed to summarize what all your friends have been liking, commenting on,… Read More


‘Star Wars’ porg is available on Snapchat as your adorable AR friend


And you thought the dancing hot dog was the best thing ever.

Meet your new best friend on Snapchat: Porg. 

It’s creepy. It’s adorable. It’s an ad for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which held its premiere in Hollywood this weekend and arrives in theaters on Friday. 

When the camera is in selfie mode aka front-facing, the lens offers a face filter with a lightsaber. Reversing the camera (tapping on the screen) makes the porg appear wherever the lens is pointed. Turn the sound on if you want to hear some strange shrills and loud flapping of wings.  Read more…

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The Flying Eye and you and I

 It’s refreshing, in this difficult time, when technology and the tech industry seem trapped in a quicksand of endless ethical compromises and disconcerting emergent properties, to come across something tech-related of which one can say, awed, without complications or caveats: holy shit this is amazing. Which happened to me today! Let me share it with you. The Flying Eye Hospital,… Read More


Where Do We Draw the Line When It Comes to Women’s Sexual Harassment Allegations?

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. Recently, an extremely good-looking man put his arm around my waist. It was a completely innocuous gesture that lasted a few seconds, more of an organic reaction than anything else […]

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Weed and wine tours in California

With recreational use becoming legal in January 2018, visitors to the state can join trips matching cannabis with the more established grape-based legal high of the region

The wine was pale garnet, with notes of smoke and blackberry giving way to a lingering, slightly tart, finish. One sip sent my head spinning.

But then this particular vintage was more potent than your usual Californian red. The grenache, from Know Label wines in Arroyo Grande on the central coast, is infused with cannabis flowers.

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‘The Last Jedi’ first premiere reactions are here and – you guessed it – the Force is strong


Star Wars: The Last Jedi held its star-studded world premiere at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday night, and the credits had barely finished rolling before attendees hit Twitter to share their first reactions to Rian Johnson’s take on the Skywalker saga.

While spoilers and plot details are under strict embargo until Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. PT, that didn’t stop fans from weighing in on the tone of the movie, which has drawn inevitable comparisons to the second (and most critically acclaimed) film in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back.

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Santa on ‘Saturday Night Live’ has some thoughts about Roy Moore


Christmastime is here. Happiness and cheer. And sexual harassment and assault and NFL anthem protests and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Everything in the news was coming out of Santa’s bag on tonight’s Saturday Night Live cold open, and if their questions were any indication, the kids are not all right.

Precious cherub No. 1 asked Santa (Kenan Thompson) for some toys, a laser tag game, the usual. Then he asked, “What did Al Franken do?”

Oh boy.

Santa punted, but the kid needed to know about Roy Moore. Whether he was on the Naughty List or the Nice List. Read more…

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*Don’t Fall for These 7 Myths About Car Insurance

Buying car insurance can be a complex process. But if you want to get the best value for your money, it’s important to get off on the right foot by having as clear an understanding of how buying car insurance in Singapore works. That’s why our team at ValuePenguin has compiled this list of the […]

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An 8-team playoff would solve most of college football’s biggest championship problems

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  • The College Football Playoff field is set and Alabama is in over Ohio State.
  • With an 8-team playoff, the major conference champs would receive automatic bids.
  • In this scenario, Alabama and Ohio State would settle their debate on the field.

The College Football Playoff field is set and there was one controversial decision — the committee took Alabama over Ohio State.

While our projection had Alabama in as the fourth team rather easily, many felt that Ohio State had he stronger resume based on bigger wins and the sometimes important conference championship. Playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt made it sound like the decision wasn’t that hard, calling the Buckeyes’ 31-point loss to unranked Iowa “damaging” and noting that the committee felt Alabama was “clearly the No. 4 team in the country.”.

The decision was also controversial because it means this year’s playoff will have no teams from the Big Ten and the Pac-12. Instead, it will have two teams from the SEC, including one team that did not reach their conference championship game.

Of course, all of that would easily be fixed if the NCAA would just move to the one thing most fans want — an 8-team playoff.

Here is what the 8-team playoff would look like this season based on the final rankings. The champions of the Power 5 conferences received automatic bids, and then we gave the final three spots to the highest ranked team from a Group of 5 conferences and two at-large teams.

8-team College Football PlayoffESPN; Business Insider

An 8-team playoff solves two of the biggest gripes against the current system: 1) winning a Power 5 conference would mean something more than just a tiebreaker between otherwise even teams; and 2) it would give a team like undefeated UCF a chance to prove they can play with the big schools.

It also doesn’t hurt that Alabama and Ohio State would settle their debate on the field.

Under this scenario, the top six teams in the current playoff ranking would be included in the playoff. The biggest loser would be 3-loss Auburn, ranked seventh, something that would be much easier to swallow than keeping out Alabama or Ohio State.

The talking heads would still have things to debate and scream at each other about. But instead of debating the merits of Ohio State vs Alabama, they might debate the merits of Wisconsin, Auburn, Penn State, and Miami for the final at-large spot.

The playoff could include a provision requiring the top Group of 5 team to have a minimum ranking, with the alternative being a third at-large team. That is not without problems though. If the Group of 5 team were on the cusp of the minimum ranking (e.g. No. 15), it could play into the committees discussion on where to rank them, if they prefer to include a third at-large team.

The bigger problem is adding yet another game to the schedule of the two teams that reach the championship game, making their seasons 16 games long. Then again, it is not unheard of for FCS teams to play 16 games at a level where there is already an expanded playoff format. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

In the meantime, an 8-team playoff solves most of FBS’ biggest problems when it comes to determining a champion. Other problems, like giving some of that newly found revenue to the players, well, that’s another topic for another day.


This was the year we turned on social media


With each passing day comes yet another reason to question the notion that the long arc of the universe bends toward justice. However, this year, in particular, has made it resoundingly clear that — regardless of the direction of that arc — the process by which it bends manifests with stuttering jolts and fits. Things seem one way to many people, until, for whatever reason, all of the sudden everyone realizes they’re not. 

It is a similar reckoning that has befallen the do-no-wrong darling of the tech industry: social media. Long heralded by its profits as a digital panacea for our fractured world, services like Facebook and Twitter have instead come to both represent and fuel our darker natures.  Read more…

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