Watermelon Day Shortbread

Never underestimate the refreshment of a station wagon full of watermelons hurtling down the highway.

PC hardware and computing

  1. Logitech G413 mechanical backlit gaming keyboard review @ Legit Reviews
  2. Riotoro CR280 Mini ITX case review @ Tom's Hardware
  3. Unitek USB 3.0 hub + card reader review @ ThinkComputers
  4. Ryzen 7 1700 vs. Core i7-7820X: 8-core royal rumble @ TechSpot
  5. Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini 8 GB @ TechPowerUp
  6. Synology DS1817 DiskStation reviewed @ SmallNetBuilder
  7. LaCie 12big 96TB review (Thunderbolt 3) @ KitGuru
  8. Review: Sapphire Radeon RX 570 Pulse OC 4GB @ Hexus
  9. Asus GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX OC 11 Gbps review @ Guru3D
  10. A wireless mouse that never dies: the Logitech Powerplay Wireless Charging System @ PC Perspective

Games and VR

  1. It's easy to forget that Diablo III used to kind of suck @ Quarter To Three
  2. Birdly simulator features a "Man-Sized" VR controller in Ulm, Germany @ Upload VR
  3. State of the Art: the slimes of Slime Rancher @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  4. SIGGRAPH 2017: This controller changes shape to match virtual objects @ Upload VR
  5. Stardew Valley multiplayer expected in early 2018 @ Rock Paper Shotgun (be careful about marrying NPCs if you play this with your SO)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. A case for the desktop vinyl cutter @ Hack A Day
  2. How America's two greatest rocket companies battled from the beginning @ ArsTechnica
  3. Are creepy-crawly clothing robots the future of fashion? @ New Atlas (I suppose we'll never get to 'the future' if we don't do silly stuff like this first)

Tech news and culture

  1. Nvidia and Remedy use neural networks for eerily good facial animation @ ArsTechnica
  2. Windows adding eye control to boost accessibility @ ArsTechnica
  3. NASA is looking for someone to protect Earth from aliens—and the job pays a six-figure salary  @ Slashdot

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs (with a special guest appearance from a gaming chair)

  1. BBQ + cheese: Pitmasters doing riffs on combo Arby's made famous @ postandcourier.com
  2. Aukey KM-G4 RGB mechanical keyboard @ TechPowerUp
  3. Arozzi Vernazza gaming chair review @ HardOCP (oof, please buy a real chair, or do what I do)
Colton Westrate

I post Shortbread, I host BBQs, I tell stories, and I strive to keep folks happy.

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    • hasseb64
    • 2 years ago

    Made me think about that Greek Watermelon sales guy walking up down on the beach shouting “WAAATER MELONS”! while he was swinging that HUGE machete, no one dared not to buy, he made good biz on that Greek beach in the 80-ties

    • juzz86
    • 2 years ago

    Corona, or Datsun?

    Chrome light surround says Corona but tailgate says Datsun!

    Either way, I bet she’s been responsible for a bit of circlework in her time.

    Beautiful old girl.

      • Anonymous Hamster
      • 2 years ago

      Try early-mid 70’s Dodge Colt, which is actually a Mitsubishi Colt.

    • oldog
    • 2 years ago

    That “Birdly” demo made me think of an Onion article.


    • smilingcrow
    • 2 years ago

    Seems a good time to play Herbie Hancock/Headhunters and Watermelon Man:
    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bjPlBC4h_8[/url<] It's a slow start but it gets into a groove but not as much as Chameleon from the same album: [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbkqE4fpvdI[/url<] These jazz guys can groove like a mutha when they feel it. Word.

      • davidbowser
      • 2 years ago

      Any Herbie Hancock is good Herbie Hancock.

      • oldog
      • 2 years ago

      Hey Crow, are you a fan of Marcus Miller? No one does funk better.

      He’s played with everyone, including Herbie, Myles and heck anyone else you can name. Met him at my son’s little league game years ago. Still a fan.

      Try, [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHf7DvVpeiU[/url<]

        • smilingcrow
        • 2 years ago

        I heard Mr Miller play live with Miles in 81/82 but don’t recall his playing specifically.
        He’s very good but maybe a bit smooth for my tastes.
        I also heard the Headhunters when Herbie rejoined in the late 90s and Anthony Jackson killed it on bass.
        But Jaco is still one of my favourites for electric jazz bass and I missed the chance to hear him in the early 80s with Weather Report. 🙁
        Solo live:

      • oldog
      • 2 years ago

      Just found this one for you.


        • smilingcrow
        • 2 years ago

        Try this for some early 70s funk/jazz and the bass is great in places:

          • oldog
          • 2 years ago


    • ermo
    • 2 years ago

    Re. the Techspot R7 1700 vs i7 7820X test, my i7-3770k@4.4GHz/DDR3-2400 achieves a cb single threaded score of 163 where the R7 1700@4GHz/DDR4-3200 scores … 164. It’s worth noting that the official cb R15 benchmark includes a score of 165 for the i7-4770k@4.4 GHz, which would mean that Ryzen in fact has slightly better IPC than Haswell (!)

    It does look as if the R7 1700 scales a bit better in multithreaded tasks than ye olde 3770k, but in games that don’t benefit from more than 4 cores w/SMT, it looks like I’m still better off waiting until Zen+ or Coffee Lake lands.

    Who would’ve thought?

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      There’s a website that reports about Technology that has scores for you:

      [url<]https://techreport.com/r.x/2017_03_01_AMD_s_Ryzen_7_1800X_Ryzen_7_1700X_and_Ryzen_7_1700_CPUs_reviewed/cine1T.png[/url<] I'd take TR's results more seriously.

        • ermo
        • 2 years ago

        The TR scores (obviously) don’t benefit from the newest AGESA updates and therefore don’t support DDR4-3200 speeds, which demonstrably affects Ryzen performance positively, which is easily seen when you compare the synthetic benchmark numbers in Techspot’s tests with the TR tests.

        That is the backdrop against which I draw my conclusion.

        Granted, if you normalize the TR cb R15 single-threaded 4790k scores to (40/44)*180 =~ 164, then that suggests that Ryzen’s IPC is at least on par with Haswell’s (and not necessarily superior as I suggested above, given cb R15’s included 4770k score).

        TR’s 4790k likely runs the multithreaded cb R15 score at 4GHz when all cores are active and scores 858, which suggests slightly poorer multithreaded scaling than the R7 1700’s Techspot score of 1765 (since 1765/2 = 882.5).

        In TR’s test, the 1800X scores 1628@4(?) GHz/DDR4-2933.

        • sreams
        • 2 years ago

        The 4790K in that chart runs at a higher clockspeed than the Ryzen CPU it is compared with. A more valid comparison would be R7 1800X vs 4790 (non-K). Both run at 3.6/4.0GHz. Ryzen has a higher Cinebench R15 single-thread score when compared to Haswell clock-for-clock:

        [url<]http://hwbench.com/cpus/amd-ryzen-7-1800x-vs-intel-core-i7-4790[/url<] 162 vs 158.5

    • Voldenuit
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]It's easy to forget that Diablo III used to kind of suck [/quote<] Meh. Torchlight 2, Van Helsing, Path of Exile, never looked back.

      • nanoflower
      • 2 years ago

      All too true. Loved Diablo I, II, Lord of destruction expansion, but never went for Diablo III. The always on requirement along with the real money auction house turned me off even trying the game and even though they’ve changed the game since the introduction I’ve not been tempted to try it.

      • geniekid
      • 2 years ago

      IMO, T2 and PoE are better if you enjoy the ‘RPG’ part of ARPG and D3 is better if you enjoy the ‘A’.

      Never played Van Helsing, but it looks very interesting. Might have to give this a try in the future.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    BBQ + cheese has this quote:

    [quote<]“People like cheese, especially if it’s liquefied,” Lewis Barbecue’s John Lewis says of his Friday-only version of the fast food chain’s iconic Beef n’ Cheddar. Lewis' sandwich regularly sells out before dinnertime.[/quote<] Words to live by!

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