It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Twitch is running a Mister Roger’s Neighborhood marathon that will be showing all 886 episodes of the exceptional children’s program. The marathon is a fundraising effort to celebrate the positive influences of PBS. Feel free to use the donation panel on the linked page to donate to your local PBS station.
The Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Marathon features the most comprehensive collection of episodes available, including many that only aired once and are unavailable elsewhere online. We will be playing the episodes back to back starting at 12PM Pacific on May 15th.
The marathon is expected to take about 17 days to run all the way through. PBS has more information on the Twitch-PBS partnership here.
Manufacturing as a whole in America has been suffering. Add to that the fact that video game consoles have entered millions of homes since the early 90s and you have a perfect storm that has resulted in the shuttered and faltering sales of major pinball manufacturers for decades. A great pinball machine requires a vast amount of craftsmanship, and one of largest producing places you’ll find that kind of work happening today is at Stern Pinball. Last month Popular Mechanics went inside of Stearn Pinball manufacturing facility to see how a 21st-century pinball machine comes together. It examines the process by dividing it into four main sections:
While there won’t be anything new in the article for enthusiasts, it is an excellent primer on pinball manufacturing in America. What pinball machines and manufacturers has sold the most over the years? The table below could give some insight.
A list of all pinball machines that have sold 10,000 or more units, Source: IPDB
The Highest Selling Pinball Machines Of All Time
|Year||Name (Click to display that game)||MFG||Prod.||Rating|
|1992||The Addams Family||Midway||20,270||8.2|
|1976||Capt. Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy||Bally||16,155||7.8|
|1991||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||Williams||15,202||8.0|
|1979||Harlem Globetrotters On Tour||Bally||14,550||7.5|
|1992||The Getaway: High Speed II||Williams||13,259||8.0|
|1978||Strikes and Spares||Bally||12,820||7.6|
|1993||Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure||Williams||12,716||8.3|
|1993||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Williams||11,728||8.3|
|1982||Mrs. Pac-Man Pinball||Bally||10,600||7.1|
|1992||Star Wars||Data East||10,400||8.0|
|1992||Lethal Weapon 3||Data East||10,350||7.5|
|1978||The Six Million Dollar Man||Bally||10,320||7.2|
|1975||Spirit of 76||Gottlieb||10,300||7.6|
Retailer TopShop is selling clear, plastic, jeans for a meager $100. I would argue that they are really selling clear, plastic, capri pants but whatever. TopShop says,
Think outside the box with these out-of-the-ordinary clear plastic jeans – guaranteed to get people talking. In a straight leg cut, they feature classic pockets detailing and are cropped at the ankle bone. Ideal as a statement piece for a festival or costume party, take the look to the extreme with a bikini and sequin jacket or dress down, layered under an oversized jumper or asymmetric hem dress.
If these are your style have a look at TopShop’s pink, vinyl, jamie jeans.
via Boing Boing
Lyrebird has created a voice imitation technology that uses deep learning and artificial neural networks to create fascinating and somewhat scary results. It relies on deep learning models developed at the MILA lab of the University of Montréal.
Lyrebird will offer an API to copy the voice of anyone. It will need as little as one minute of audio recording of a speaker to compute a unique key defining her/his voice. This key will then allow to generate anything from its corresponding voice. The API will be robust enough to learn from noisy recordings. Lyrebird will offer a large catalog of different voices and let the user design their own unique voices tailored for their needs.
Users will be able to create entire dialogs with the new or mimicked voice. Inflection, emotion, and content can all be tailored as necessary through a developer API. The demos are fairly impressive but still distinctly robotic. Check out some Trump/Obama examples below.
I’m interested to find out how accurate this will be for non-english and non-human verbal communication.
Sheboygan is a small city of approximately 50,000 residents – a population that seems to provide an endless stream of dumb criminals and weird, small-town crime. Maintained by an anonymous user since February of 2009, the @sheboyganscan twitter account has tirelessly transcribed entertaining communications that come through the Sheboygan, Wisconsin police scanner. Here are a few gems I’ve cherry picked for you:
2715 n 15th st – man dressed in black climbed onto roof, followed by clanging sound
— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) June 18, 2011
12th st & wilson ave – bus driver reports bad b.o. smell, thinks he knows who did it, wants air freshener
— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) January 18, 2017
1xx kay ave, falls – domestic disturbance; she hit him
— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) February 25, 2013
3212 saemann ave – female stuck in couch; lifeline operator couldn't hear if she was injured b/c tv was too loud
— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) October 7, 2014
car is in trees
— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) January 19, 2017
plymouth – male on 3-wheeled tricycle took light bulbs or something
— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) January 11, 2017
landlord's son was issued a disorderly conduct earlier due to his karate noises
— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) June 1, 2012
13xx stahl rd – people trying to sell dog detergent door-to-door for last 2 days
— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) January 25, 2017
fairgrounds – female passed out near nacho stand
— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) June 28, 2014
[7:45] 32xx s 10th st – woman can't get out of car b/c dog is leaning against door
— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) February 14, 2012
elkhart lake – man passed out again
— Sheboygan Scanner (@sheboyganscan) January 29, 2017
In a recent XKCD comic, Randall Munroe suggests in the Alt-text that, “If used with software that could keep up, a scroll wheel mapped to send a stream of 'undo' and 'redo' events could be kind of cool.”