Embrace Your Geekness Day Shortbread

Please, I don't even have to try…​​​​​​

PC hardware and computing

  1. Sennheiser GSP 600 gaming headset review @ PC Perspective
  2. Razer's Blade is almost the perfect gaming laptop @ Engadget
  3. GIGABYTE Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi AMD Ryzen mobo review @ HardOCP
  4. Dell G5 15 (5587) review @ Hexus
  5. Core i7-8086K 40th anniversary CPU review @ HotHardware
  6. Antec HCG Extreme Series 1000W PSU review @ KitGuru
  7. HP Portable SSD P600 review @ Legit Reviews
  8. ASRock AB350M Pro4 review @ TechPowerUp
  9. The GIGABYTE B360 Gaming 3 WIFI review @ AnandTech

Games, culture, and VR

  1. Robo-programmer Gladiabots hits early access August 9 @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  2. Why didn't anyone say the mimics in Prey: Mooncrash can now wear hats? @ Quarter To Three
  3. Overwatch league to be covered on ESPN @ Rock Paper Shotgun

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. LEDs cut seabird death toll from fishing by 85 percent @ New Atlas
  2. Hold the salt and butter, this popcorn is for a robot @ HackADay
  3. Tech-support scammers know EVERYTHING about my computer, Dell customer says @ Ars Technica

Science, technology, and space news

  1. CERN chip enables first 3D color X-ray images of the human body @ New Atlas
  2. Researchers devise AI system to reduce noise in photos @ Slashdot
  3. 200-million year old monster pushes back the clock on giant dinosaurs @ New Atlas

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. Cheese Mayo is the condiment you need to make @ skillet.lifehacker.com
Colton Westrate

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

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    • phileasfogg
    • 1 year ago

    Loved the story about LED-illuminated nets drastically reducing the rate of trapped cormorants and turtles. Although we would love to see the rate drop to zero; this is a very clever approach and we all hope they achieve even better results and that fishermen everywhere in the world emulate this technique. I suppose they’ll need to re-charge or change the batteries regularly (didn’t read the paper yet) , it would be very cool if they are re-chargeable with sunlight.

    • Redocbew
    • 1 year ago

    I’ve begun to cultivate my own sourdough starter in my kitchen.

    I name it Slimer.

    • uni-mitation
    • 1 year ago

    Words in a vacuum are devoid of any meaning. Any movement that marches to its end is destined to fall victim to what it unleashes. It becomes another weaponized extension to batter someone to a regime of word crimes, and not actions. Thoughts, and even discussion of the same are outlawed. They become though crimes. Any idea, concept, maxim, axiom must yield to valid arduous critique to test its worthiness. When ideas are allowed free reign without any natural checking from opposing views in a free exchange, these ideas monopolize and metastasize to all aspects of society. Society is only served when all ideas are subject to the same level of critique. Never apologize for having the audacity to challenge an idea; stand tall among the giants that came before you.

    Please don’t forget [i<]1984[/i<]; this is how I celebrate my inner geek. uni-mitation

      • sweatshopking
      • 1 year ago

      Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism, as I understand it.”

      George Orwell, “Why I write” p. 394

        • uni-mitation
        • 1 year ago

        I am not a reliable expert on Orwell’s works & views. I do credit [i<]1984[/i<] & [i<]Animal Farm[/i<] for helping my young mind in High School. uni-mitation

          • sweatshopking
          • 1 year ago

          I appreciate his work too.

          R&p has a section.

            • Goty
            • 1 year ago

            [quote<]... when we use him as a defence of right wing positions we are doing it wrong.[/quote<] I feel as if that axiom is distinctly antithetical to the intended meaning of the passage. Also, who brought politics into this?

            • uni-mitation
            • 1 year ago

            1- I am glad to know there is another fan of these two works. I am not able to speak for his other works or writings for I have not read them.

            [quote<] I just think it important to remember he was a moderate left leaning author, and that when we use him as a defence of right wing positions we are doing it wrong. [/quote<] 2- Allow me to disagree with you and give my reasons for why: 2.1- A literary work is able to stand on its own. An endorsement of a literary play, work, or an opinion does not necessarily imply a whole-sale endorsement of the author/speaker's views on other things. 2.2- I throughly enjoyed "The Crucible", a play by Arthur Miller. Does that mean that I am in agreement with the author’s views on a myriad of views, or for the purpose of his writing(which by the way was to provide for a poignant social critique to the era of McCarthyism]. I may even agree with some individual passages from Mein [s<]Kempf[/s<] [b<]Kampf[/b<] about the real causes of Germany’s precarious situation, yet does that make me a modern day Neo-Nazy? 3- My original statement was not aimed at defending the “right wing” except my own interests. I speak for myself; I owe no allegiance to any ideology. Instead, I prefer to be a jurist taking each case as it comes. I find in many areas agreeing with certain political factions, and in others I find these same factions’ solutions to be nonsense. 3.1- My high school professor told me that you must always accept the possibility that a particular position that you hold may be found to be wrong in whole, part, or misguided, or probably superfluous. Which is why he told me to never adopt anything whole-sale; to be comfortable with the idea that anything that you hold dear today may need to be discarded tomorrow for something better in part or whole. 3.2- To “identify” myself as a particular member of a faction would serve me to my detriment; I would feel the temptation to defend a particular ideology even when its take on a particular view is inferior to another. 3.3- As soon as I identify as a member of a faction all other people’s views, and opinions of what I write would be colored with the prejudice of their views on that particular faction for better or worse, instead of taking the fresh opportunity to weight the argument at its merits. [quote<] Not that you were doing this, but it's common. The man literally fought in the Spanish war against fascism. [/quote<] 4- Apply the above points to this too. It should be irrelevant what the author did. The works stand on their own. uni-mitation

            • VincentHanna
            • 1 year ago

            2.1 & 2.2 This is true to a point, but people have a striking tendency to not see the forest for the trees. If the 1 passage you “agree with” from mein kampf is irrelevant to, or at odds with the intent of the greater work, than the phrase “you’re doing it wrong” applies. Quoting Mein Kampf in a pro-immigrant, pro-humanist assay is not a good practice.

            I’ll take this moment to refer you back to your original quote.

            “Words in a vacuum are devoid of any meaning.”

            • uni-mitation
            • 1 year ago

            Thank you for the reply.

            [quote<] Quoting Mein Kampf in a pro-immigrant, pro-humanist assay is not a good practice. [/quote<] 1- Why would it be a bad idea? If indeed I am making an argument for in support of those goals, then I may quote Mein Kampf to compare and contrast. The decision to quote a particular statement accurately should be used as way to bolster your argument. If it is good practice or not is about the flow of your argument. Meanwhile it is done in an intellectually honest way, then it is up to the other side to choose how they will craft a rebuttal to that. I fail to see how it will always not be "good practice." 1.1- What I do agree with you is with taking quotes out of context of the whole work. 1.2- Case in point is the often-cited Franklin Benjamin quote: [quote<] Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. [/quote<] If this is taken in a “vaccuum” then it leads you to think it is about liberty, when in fact, this quote is taken from a [url=https://techcrunch.com/2014/02/14/how-the-world-butchered-benjamin-franklins-quote-on-liberty-vs-security/<] 1775 [/url<] letter he wrote talking about taxes, and nothing about Liberty. 1.3- I ask you to [b<]compare & contrast [/b<] the previous point with my usage of [i<] 1984 [/i<] to bolster my point of authoritarian factions’tendencies to use words, and though-crimes as those described in detail in this work to batter down opposition to diversity of opinions. How am I taking this out-of-context? That the author fought in the Spanish civil war is irrelevant. People that like Hemingway’s works like them for their literary quality irrespective of Hemingway’s leftist tendencies. Let’s separate the author from its work, and simply quote things in an intellectually honest way. I think you will agree with this point. [quote<] 2.1 & 2.2 This is true to a point, but people have a striking tendency to not see the forest for the trees. [/quote<] 2- Thank you for admitting my two points to that extend. I likewise grant you the tendency for the majority of people to not see the forest for the trees. It seems there would be nothing in my arsenal to convince them otherwise. 2.1- To the others that are more disciplined in seeing the grand scheme of things in an argument, then I would reiterate my previously stated points that what matters is the quality of your arguments, and not what the sources' opinions and views were. 2.2- So I think we have much similar points in agreement unless I have missed something. [quote<] I'll take this moment to refer you back to your original quote. "Words in a vacuum are devoid of any meaning." [/quote<] 3- Indeed. Which given the above points I am hopeful that you will see that my citations were not out-of-context. Meanwhile they are not, then it is to the judgment of those making the arguments to either employ them to bolster their points how they deem fit. There is no “one true defined good practice.” Many ways to skin a cat. uni-mitation

    • Redocbew
    • 1 year ago

    That is one cool cat.

      • thedosbox
      • 1 year ago

      A round of applause for both the video and this comment.

      [edit] And as I posted it late in the last shortbread, the best use of cat in a hardware review:

      [url<]https://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/3332-nzxt-h200-h200i-mini-itx-case-review-benchmark[/url<]

    • UberGerbil
    • 1 year ago

    Isn’t that every day for many of us?

    • sweatshopking
    • 1 year ago

    They’re confusing me. Is it duck fat or cheese mayo I need to make?

      • Captain Ned
      • 1 year ago

      Duck fat cheese mayo FTW.

      • UberGerbil
      • 1 year ago

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