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November 15, 2022

Now you can watch my YouTube shorts on your TV

I'm so excited.

Now I'm everywhere you don't want to be — wait a sec, that's not right.

Never mind.

Long story short ... YouTube found itself behind the TikTok 8-ball and quickly trotted out Shorts — 16-second-long vertical videos meant to be recorded and viewed on smartphones.

Van der Rohe was spot-on: less really is more.

I get way more views on some of my Shorts than my regular videos, while my marathon livestreams, which can stretch to over seven (!) hours, rarely attract more than a single viewer at a time.

November 15, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

s l o w r o a d s — 'Endless driving zen'

YouTube description:

Slow Roads offers a chill, endless driving experience in your browser.

This free meditative driving game with no strings attached might help you escape the grind.

A few days ago, an Edinburgh, Scotland-based developer named Anslo announced Slow Roads, a free, easygoing driving game with procedurally generated scenic landscapes that runs in a web browser.

It's available at slowroads.io and requires no logins or installs to play.

Many driving video games lock you into rules that can make driving feel stressful, which is great if you're in a competitive mood.

But sometimes you might want to just relax and enjoy the ride.

That's where Slow Roads comes in.

In the game, you can't crash, fail, or lose.

The road stretches on forever as scenic landscapes zip by.

If you steer off the road, press "R" to reset your car's position onto the pavement.

Even roads are optional: Drive off-road or underwater if you want.

The game runs in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge browsers.

The driving controls in Slow Roads are simple.

Use the standard WASD keys or the arrow keys on your keyboard to operate your vehicle.

"W" (or up arrow) is accelerate, "S" (or down arrow) is brake.

"A" and "D" (or left and right arrows) handle the steering.

You can give your car a boost by holding Shift or double-tapping "W".

Additionally, "C" changes the camera angle, and "Q" and "E" cycle through available weather and lighting conditions.

And if keyboard controls aren't your thing, you can switch to mouse-based steering instead.

Anslo built Slow Roads using a 3D JavaScript library called three.js, and the developer goes into detail describing the game's technical back-end in a Medium post, including generating the infinite map on the fly and handling physics.

It's a fairly sophisticated technical demo that also happens to be fun.

Upon first playing, it's obvious that graphics aren't the point of Slow Roads, and that works to its advantage.

It features minimalist visuals and sound effects in part because the game can be taxing for some machines.

"The engine is pushing the boundary of what is reasonable for a browser game," writes Anslo in a Slow Roads FAQ. "Though optimizations are consistently being added."

If Slow Roads is sluggish for you and you have a good GPU in your machine, make sure GPU hardware acceleration is enabled in your browser.

For example, in Chrome, click the ellipses (three dots) button and open Settings.

Next, click the "System" menu in the sidebar, then flip the switch beside "Use hardware acceleration when available" into the "on" position.

Anslo considers the game essentially complete but is soliciting donations that might fund feature additions such as improved weather effects (such as rain), more vehicle types, and controller support.

There are no plans for an open source release now, but it has not been ruled out.

In the meantime, Anslo is committed to keeping Slow Roads "freely available and free from adverts," according to the game's About Page.

                                           "Enjoy this as a respite from run-away capitalism."

Visit the inventor's website.

[via DenseDiscovery]

November 15, 2022 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

All my Ti

Everything in my home that's made of titanium (Ti in the periodic table, atomic number 22).

2 Snow Peak cups: one double-wall, one single-wall

2 Snow Peak utensils: folding fork and folding spoon

Apple Watch Yellow Ocean Band with titanium buckle and clasp, made for Apple Watch Ultra (which is in fact made of titanium) and which also fits my 45 mm Apple Watch 7 as you can see above

Yes, I've got a Ti jones: it's so light and so strong it's almost extraterrestrial.

Using the fork and spoon is eerie.

FunFact: in a documentary about what really went down at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, one of the people interviewed said he'd actually handled a piece of material from the wreckage at the crash site.

He said it was as thin as the foil in a cigarette pack — and unbendable.

FunFact #2: Bill Clinton said one of the first things he did as president was ask to see the entire dossier on the Roswell Incident.

Long story short: he failed — whoever's got all the UFO/UAP-related information/artifacts locked down slow-walked the request and eventually made it disappear into bureaucratic hell.

You? What's your Ti?





November 15, 2022 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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