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May 20, 2020

Unreal Engine 5 Revealed | Next-Gen Real-Time Demo Running on PlayStation 5

This blew me away.

It garnered over 11 million views on YouTube within five days of being uploaded.

I've never played a videogame — truth! — but that lifetime moratorium may come to an end when this puppy is released.

I watched it full screen on my mid-2011 MacBook Air with 1440 x 900 resolution: not even a Retina display.

I cannot imagine how good this game, rendered in 4K, will look on a 4K monitor.

But I may find out in the near future.

Just. Wow.

May 20, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

"... the purely accidental quality of each lived instant, a quality the poet identifies as 'love.'"

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Above, my favorite sentence of the week, from a book whose cover is my favorite so far this year.

The quote is from Joel Broewer's review of "In The Pines," a collection of poems by Alice Notley.

Now I'm not sure if I should get a book of Broewer's poems or Notley's.

Probably best to invoke my old adage when in doubt about things book-related, to wit: get both.

Bonus: My Crack Research Team©® found a treasure trove of recordings of Alice Notley reading from her work, including 21 poems in Buffalo, New York on April 10, 1987, and a video of a reading from November 6, 2006.

May 20, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Study in Gray

May 20, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"The Returned"

I only happened on this Amazon Prime series (two seasons, eight episodes apiece, in French with English subtitles) while reading an interview with French author Emmanuel Carrère, whose book "The Kingdom" I featured this past Monday.

Carrère mentioned in passing that he co-wrote "The Returned," which brings the biblical Resurrection into the present day.

What if dead people were reborn years later, taking up their lives at the moment they'd died, with no memory of anything that had happened once they originally lost consciousness?

This series explores just that scenario, in a surprisingly matter of fact, unhysterical manner, quietly and thoughtfully.

Religion doesn't apply.

Yet again, as is so often the case with excellent foreign series, the cast is simply superb, comprised of actors none of whom I'd ever seen before.

Highly recommended.

May 20, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Huawei Honor 5 Smart Watch

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Constant readers will know I've been banging on and on for years about what to me is a near miracle of technology: the progress of pulse oximeters from super expensive ($5,000), rationed (in the operating rooms at the University of Virginia in the early 1980s) devices that weighed 20 pounds and were the size of IBM Selectric typewriters, notwithstanding the fact that they were super finicky and stopped working if there was any movement in the finger their probe was attached to or if the patient had low oxygen saturation.

Now you can buy a self-contained one that slips onto the end of your finger for $35.

You could look it up.

That's all well and good but who wants to carry yet another item?

We want something that's built into stuff we already have with us and use.

Like a watch.

The upcoming Apple Watch 6 is said to have pulse oximetry built-in; many knowledgeable individuals say that hardware has been in place in for years in previous versions of the watch, but that Apple for whatever reason, perhaps because it wasn't accurate enough, chose not to activate it until now.

Already there are several sports watches by the likes of Garmin and Polar that feature pulse oximetry, but those cost several hundred dollars.

Now comes Huawei with a stunning advance in this technology: the watch pictured up top, so light you almost don't know you're wearing it, with pulse oximetry that's built-in and yields a reading almost instantaneously.

Is it accurate?

For sure, it's good enough to sort out people with asymptomatic Covid-19 who arrive at the hospital only to learn that their oxygen saturation is so low that with other conditions, it would mandate immediate endotracheal intubation.

Huawei's device also has a heart rate monitor which yield exactly the numbers shown on my Apple Watch on the same wrist, but again almost instantaneously compared to the Apple Watch's 3-5 seconds until a readout appears.

Huawei's watch has lots of other functions built in that I haven't bothered to explore.

Tell you what: there's a reason the Western world has got its baggies in a twist about Huawei's 5G technology, which is ready now and much less costly than the yet to be fully deployed versions coming from the major U.S. carriers.

This company is no humbug and it is prepared to take its place at the very top of the tech food chain.

Oh, yeah, one more thing: the watch was fussy to set up and took me a while to get it going: there's no manual in the box so you have to go online to find out how to get it working.

Or you can have read this far, in which case you can click here for understandable, TechnoDolt®©-friendly directions.


May 20, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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