Tuesday, January 15, 2019

More Katelyn Ohashi: she and a WNBA player try out each other's training regimens

James McAvoy and his trainer discuss how he got in shape for Glass

God Emperor of Dune is $1.99 today

At Amazon. (I picked it up, even though I've only read the first book.)

Also, there's a big sale on Terminator comics. I enjoyed The Terminator: Death Valley #0, featuring art by Guy Davis and a cover by Geof Darrow. 99 cents right now.

"EA Cancels Open-World Star Wars Game"

"The game, announced alongside the shutdown of Visceral Games back in 2017, had been in development at EA’s large office in Vancouver."

Alias is a teachable “parasite” that only unlocks Alexa when you whisper its wake word

Project Alias:

Alias is a teachable “parasite” that is designed to give users more control over their smart assistants, both when it comes to customisation and privacy. Through a simple app the user can train Alias to react on a custom wake-word/sound, and once trained, Alias can take control over your home assistant by activating it for you.

When you don't use it, Alias will make sure the assistant is paralysed and unable to listen by interrupting its microphones.


Alias acts as a middle-man device that is designed to appropriate any voice activated device. Equipped with speakers and a microphone, Alias is able to communicate and manipulate the home assistant when placed on top of it. The speakers of Alias are used to interrupt the assistance with a constant low noise/sound that feeds directly into the microphone of the assistant. First when Alias recognises the user created wake-word, it stops the noise and quietly activates the assistant with a sound recording of the original wake-word. From here the assistant can be used as normally.

Ten funny tweets

Movie Mysterio

Also, Spidey-fan:

Monday, January 14, 2019

China's "infamous maximum security jail for fallen political elites"


Former security tsar Zhou Yongkang was once one of China’s most powerful men. Now, he grows fruit and vegetables


Bo, for example, is said to enjoy practising his calligraphy in letters to the authorities seeking to get his case reopened

Gallery of concept art from The Art and Making of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Posted here. (The book is 40% off at Amazon.)

"More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela"


Brud, the company behind the virtual celebrity Lil Miquela, is now worth at least $125 million thanks to a new round of financing the company is currently closing. Meanwhile, new venture-backed companies like the superstealthy Shadows, SuperPlastic, and Toonstar are all developing virtual characters that will launch via social media channels like Snap and Instagram, or on their own platforms.

Five Nightmares (Updated with a sixth nightmare)

The spider video explained.

They form a spider crawling on the ceiling