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Robert Henke’s Laser Installation Spline #MusicMonday

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From Robert Henke on vimeo via CDM:

120 meters of thin fabric are suspended from the ceiling to form a curved curtain. Four lasers in the corners of the room each project sixteen sharp beams of light onto it. The curtain’s shape has been calculated using the mathematical principle of spline interpolation. By tracing the surface with the laser beams, a complex geometric figure of 64 intersecting lines emerges, built of light and fog.

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Republicans claim 1st Amendment right to send you robo-voicemails

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Enlarge / The FCC is being asked to decide whether this ringless voicemail technology should be subject to anti-robocall rules. (credit: Stratics Networks)

You might start getting many more voicemails if Republicans get their wish.

A marketing company called All About the Message recently petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for a ruling that would prevent anti-robocall rules from being applied to "the delivery of a voice message directly to a voicemail box" without ringing the recipient's phone. These ringless voicemails are already happening, but their legal status is unclear.

That petition was filed in March, and last week the Republican National Committee (RNC) asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve the petition. The petition asks the FCC "to declare that the delivery of a voice message directly to a voicemail box does not constitute a call that is subject to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ('TCPA') and its implementing rules," the RNC wrote. "The RNC supports this clarification, which is consistent with the language of the TCPA."

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Fuck them! How the hell could they possibly argue that anyone would want this?
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Felipe Pantone’s Art in the Public Space #ArtTuesday

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We’re loving Felipe Pantone‘s murals! From Colossal:

Argentinian-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone creates public murals that integrate black and white patterns with bright sweeping color spectrums. His tag “Pantone” is an evolution of his original name “Pant” chosen when he was just thirteen, a complete coincidence despite his color-rich works. His mash-up of grids and glitch-like 3D forms imbue the pieces with a throw-back digital futurism, an aesthetic that feels extremely grounded in 80s graphic design.

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Screenshot 4 2 14 11 48 AMEvery Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!
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Viacom may introduce a $20 TV bundle later this year—with no sports

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(credit: Photograph by Aurich Lawson)

In efforts to compete with streaming TV services, some networks are looking to make their own "skinny" TV bundles. At the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media, and Telecom conference in Boston this week, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish explained the company is in talks with at least one multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) to be part of an entertainment-only, slimmed-down TV bundle that would cost between $10 and $20 per month.

This type of package would include entertainment channels only and exclude sports entirely, gearing it toward customers who want a cheaper TV bundle and don't care about sports programming. Bakish criticized current TV streaming offerings for not being "transformational" since they still require customers to pay for content they don't want, namely sports networks. According to Bakish, the true transformational plan will be one that provides customers with "a new entry segment at a much lower price point" with optional sports programming.

Live sports is a huge deal for most OTT streaming services, as well as social media outlets that have been focusing more on live video. Services like YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV highlight the number of sports networks included in their $35 to $40 price tags, while Twitter and Facebook have obtained rights to stream various sports broadcasts over social media in the past couple years.

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Holy shit, they've been talking about doing this since the 90's with the "a la carte" cable bill, but it got shot down by the major networks, as nobody wants the million new "special" channels they shove in there and make you pay for now. Consumers have ALWAYS been asking for this. Though I haven't been a cable subscriber since 2001, so I'm not in their market regardless.
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NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit HUZZAH32 – ESP32 Feather Board

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NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit HUZZAH32 – ESP32 Feather Board


Aww yeah, it’s the Feather you have been waiting for! The HUZZAH32 is our ESP32-based Feather, made with the official WROOM32 module. We packed everything you love about Feathers: built in USB-to-Serial converter, automatic bootloader reset, Lithium Ion/Polymer charger, and just about all of the GPIOs brought out so you can use it with any of our Feather Wings. We have other boards in the Feather family, check’em out here.

That module nestled in at the end of this Feather contains a dual-core ESP32 chip, 16 MB of SPI Flash, tuned antenna, and all the passives you need to take advantage of this powerful new processor. The ESP32 has both WiFi and Bluetooth Classic/LE support. That means it’s perfect for just about any wireless or Internet-connected project.

Because it’s part of our Feather eco-system, you can take advantage of the 50+ Wings that we’ve designed to add all sorts of cool accessories.

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The ESP32 is a perfect upgrade from the ESP8266 that has been so popular. In comparison, the ESP32 has way more GPIO, plenty of analog inputs, two analog outputs, multiple extra peripherals (like a spare UART), two cores so you don’t have to yield to the WiFi manager, much higher-speed processor, etc. etc! We think that as the ESP32 gets traction, we’ll see more people move to this chip exclusively, as it is so full-featured.

Please note: The ESP32 is still targeted to developers. Not all of the peripherals are fully documented with example code, and there are some bugs still being found and fixed. We got all of our Featherwings working under Arduino IDE, so you can expect things like I2C and SPI and analog reads to work. But other elements are still under development. For that reason, we recommend this Feather for makers who have some experience with microcontroller programming, and not as a first dev board.

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Here are specifications from Espressif about the ESP32:

  • 240 MHz dual core Tensilica LX6 microcontroller with 600 DMIPS
  • Integrated 520 KB SRAM
  • Integrated 802.11b/g/n HT40 Wi-Fi transceiver, baseband, stack and LWIP
  • Integrated dual mode Bluetooth (classic and BLE)
  • 16 MByte flash
  • On-board PCB antenna
  • Ultra-low noise analog amplifier
  • Hall sensor
  • 10x capacitive touch interface
  • 32 kHz crystal oscillator
  • 3 x UARTs (only two are configured by default in the Feather Arduino IDE support, one UART is used for bootloading/debug)
  • 3 x SPI (only one is configured by default in the Feather Arduino IDE support)
  • 2 x I2C (only one is configured by default in the Feather Arduino IDE support)
  • 12 x ADC input channels
  • 2 x I2S Audio
  • 2 x DAC
  • PWM/timer input/output available on every GPIO pin
  • OpenOCD debug interface with 32 kB TRAX buffer
  • SDIO master/slave 50 MHz
  • SD-card interface support

Comes fully assembled and tested, with a USB interface that lets you quickly use it with the Arduino IDE or the low-level ESP32 IDF. We also toss in some header so you can solder it in and plug into a solderless breadboard. Lipoly battery and USB cable not included (but we do have lots of options in the shop if you’d like!)

Check out the Adafruit learn guide for documentation, pinouts, schematics, Fritzing objects, Arduino setup, and more!

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This actually IS the ESP32 board I've been waiting for. I'm a fan of the Feather line, but the biggest negative is trying to actually buy them. I've had them go out of stock by the time I've typed in my credit card info.
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duerig
3 days ago
I've seen these 'feathers' on Adafruit periodically, but it is not clear to me what they are for. Are they a more powerful kind of Arduino? Do they have special hardware that makes them particularly suited for some projects instead of other microcontrollers?
jprodgers
3 days ago
@duerig They aren't more powerful or anything, just generally well designed and documented. For me it's the little features like auto-reset and LiPo management that's on-board. Plus, you can swap between the micros if you suddenly need more power and want to change them out. So for me it really comes down to size, extra features, and general good design.
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Genetic Testing Results

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That's very exciting! The bad news is that it's a risk factor for a lot of things.
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jprodgers
4 days ago
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Heh, i just got my 23andMe reports today, so excellent timing on this one.
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4 days ago
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That's very exciting! The bad news is that it's a risk factor for a lot of things.
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4 days ago
<3
bodly
3 days ago
The mortality rate approaches 100%.
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