June 30, 2016

Drive a Honda or Acura? Read This

If you drive a Honda or an Acura, you should read this.

Feds warn more than 300,000 Hondas and Acuras pose grave risk of exploding airbags and should be parked until fixed.

Got that? I’m not going to go into specifics because all the info you need is on CNN.com. Check their site for model numbers and specifics. Link is below. But when I saw “exploding airbags” I said, “you know what? I’m going to do my part to let folks know about this.”

So, you know, Honda and Acura owners/drivers, check it out. Could be fine. But take a look. Just to be on the safe side.

Source: Stop driving these Hondas right now, says regulator (CNN)


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June 27, 2016

Getting a Stylus Unstuck From a 3DS Slot (Tips)

Having trouble getting a stylus unstuck from a 3DS slot? Me too! Not my 3DS, my kid’s. I don’t have a 3DS.

You know what? I did it! It’s a grand day in DaddyLand. How did I do it? Read on, true believer.

English: Two examples of styli that work with ...

English: Two examples of styli that work with the Nintendo DS Lite. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So. Something is stuck in the stylus slot of a 3DS, DSi, or any device that uses a stylus. (I would say Palm Pilot but then you would think I was old. Oh wait…)

I was having no luck using a bent paperclip.

paperclip no

This did not work

However! After deciding that my methods (which also included a pliers, screwdriver and a strange tool from my computer fixing kit) were insufficient, I turned to the Interwebs. There I found a post on the site fixya that suggested… a screw.

Success!

screw yes

The screw worked!

 

Here’s what I did that worked: I gently (VERY GENTLY, the opposite of writing in all caps) inserted the screw into the slot (oh, behave) and twisted, again, very, very gently. The goal is to get whatever is stuck unstuck, not break the device. That would be bad. After a bit of twisting and a bit of pulling — all very gentle — I managed to get the thing out of the slot.

Huzzah

Hopefully this tip helps any parents stuck (pun intended) trying to get a stylus or other foreign object out of their child’s Nintendo device.

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thank you to the fixya users at this post



June 23, 2016

Visual Thinking – Classic Muppets Video

Classic Muppets from… well, a long time ago. Here is… visual thinking.

Enjoy.

h/t The AV Club



June 15, 2016

Baby Groot is Still Cute

This “wood plush puppet” (not sure what that is but OK) proves that Baby Groot is still cute. From Entertainment Earth, not available until July 2016, because San Diego Comic-Con.

But look! Isn’t he sooo cute? $8.99. Don’t you want one? I kinda do. I mean, for the kids. Of course. Definitely for the kids. Toys. For kids. Or adults. Shhh! Don’t tell anyone!

Description from Entertainment Earth’s email:

Measuring a little more than 4-inches tall, this potted Groot wooden push puppet features hand-painting along with some decal elements. Designed similarly to vintage-styled push puppets, you can move the push puppet in various directions depending on how you push the hidden button on the bottom of the pot – providing hours of wobbly fun. And well, because it’s only right… this charming collectible celebrating the extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like creature is crafted out of solid wood, of course!

So it’s solid wood, and is somehow “similar” to plush puppets. “Hours of wobbly fun.” There’s a phrase for you.

If you need reminding, or just want to see Baby Groot dance to the full Jackson 5 song “I Want You Back”, someone did that and posted it to YouTube. Because we love people who do that type of stuff.

Source: Groot 4-Inch Wood Push Puppet – Convention Exclusive – Bif Bang Pow! – Guardians of the Galaxy – Novelties at Entertainment Earth



June 14, 2016

This is Live. No. Really. Sort of. (DaddyTube)

This video, of Hatsune Miku, a Japanese Vocaloid star (?), blew my mind. You have to watch long enough to really get the effect I got. I don’t want to spoil it but I will tell you that this is a live concert. Watch a bit of it. Hell, watch the whole thing, it’s under 3 minutes.

Did you see what I saw? Actual real-live musicians playing along with a hologram? In front of an audience of actual humans?

Wow. Just… wow.

On the one hand, it’s End Times stuff. But the technology behind it is fascinating. There is a Vocaloid Keytar! (Warning: the video is very strange and includes a person in a dinosaur suit, dancing.) It goes deep.

I haven’t found anything that indicates there are any English versions. However, listening to a couple of songs (literally a couple, I only checked out two, both by Hatsune Miku, who is not a real person but performs with a live band) I’ve decided that it isn’t as bad as some current pop music. Plus you don’t have to worry about lyrics like “brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack” because it’s mostly in Japanese.

Not too bad, right? I mean, for pop music. It depends on how you feel about that sort of thing.

Mostly it was seeing the real musicians performing alongside a hologram that freaked me out.

h/t to the folks who showed this to me, one of whom was Lucas Gonze and the other of whom was Tom.



June 6, 2016

HBO Will Show 2013 Film MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT

Here’s the press release. I know I want to see it.

RIP Ali. The Greatest Of All Time. My childhood hero. And I wasn’t even much of a boxing fan.

English: Bust portrait of Muhammad Ali, World ...

English: Bust portrait of Muhammad Ali, World Journal Tribune photo by Ira Rosenberg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

            HBO will remember Muhammad Ali with encore plays of the HBO Films drama MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT, which will be presented on the main HBO channel this Wednesday, June 8 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and Friday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m.

            Debuting on HBO in 2013, MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT goes behind the closed doors of the United States Supreme Court as the nine Justices – Chief Justice Warren E. Burger (Frank Langella), Hugo Black (Fritz Weaver), William O. Douglas (Harris Yulin), John Harlan II (Christopher Plummer), William Brennan Jr. (Peter Gerety), Potter Stewart (Barry Levinson), Byron White (John Bedford Lloyd), Thurgood Marshall (Danny Glover) and Harry Blackmun (Ed Begley, Jr.) – decide the outcome of Muhammad Ali’s landmark 1971 case for being a conscientious objector. Justice Harlan, a respected jurist with 15 years on the Court, finds himself at odds with the status quo after his perspective is challenged by the contemporary ideals of his new clerk (Benjamin Walker). Executive produced by Frank Doelger, Tracey Scoffield and Jonathan Cameron; directed by Stephen Frears from a script by Shawn Slovo.



June 6, 2016

Enough With The Gorilla Thing

I’m calling it – enough with the Gorilla story.

Enough With The Gorilla Story

What prompted me to write this? I suppose it’s because this is still a news story.

(Full disclosure: I sometimes write for The Daily Beast.)

Now: OF COURSE the parents won’t face charges! That would ridiculous. If for some reason the zoo didn’t have the proper fencing in place, that’s who would face charges. However, by all accounts that I’ve read, the zoo DID have the proper barriers up. Unfortunately, a small child got through them and landed in the gorilla’s area.

Here’s some video. It’s not that shocking but if you don’t want to see it for whatever reason, you’re not missing much, in part because half of it is blocked by a tree. But it doesn’t feature the gorilla getting shot, or the child being harmed.

Here’s Jack Hanna, animal expert, defending what the zoo had to do, which is kill the gorilla.

It’s sad that the gorilla, named Harambe, was killed. But what were they going to do? Let the kid get killed? The gorilla was dragging him around like a sack of potatoes.

By the way, this isn’t the first time a child has fallen into a gorilla habitat. I don’t think this particular gorilla was a Silverback, but that’s only because I don’t know stuff like that. (It appears to not be a Silverback because it doesn’t have a silver back, but I’m color blind, so who knows.) Here’s a video from — wait for it — 2015. You know, a year ago.

This incident worked out much better because EVERYONE was OK. Not saying the circumstances are the same. However, in the 2015 video above, you can see the barrier and in theory it should be enough. It wasn’t.

Oh look! Here’s another time a kid wound up in a gorilla habitat at a zoo. In 1996.

As Kimberly Harrington pointed out on Medium, “do accidents happen anymore? Especially when a kid is involved?” (That’s just a quote from the headline. The whole article is worth reading.) Kimberly posted a lot of memes/tweets that resulted from the Harambe incident, but these two really horrified me.

I mean… wow.

Here’s a quick quote from Ms. Harrington’s excellent article:

This is the perfect (shit) storm for the Internet, especially the American variety, because it involves: a) kids, b) animals, and c) parenting. All of the things that the Internet likes to flip its collective wig over. All of the things that allow the Monday morning quarterbacking to gush forth in a rage orgy. Someone needs to pay! She’s a woman? Let’s call her horrible names! This is our chance, Internet!

Yeah. That pretty much says it all. In 1996, maybe all the Prodigy and Compuserve chat rooms were aflame with enraged parents and animal rights activists digitally duking it out. But I sort of doubt it.

Bottom line: everyone needs to take a breath and calm down. Jack Hanna says the choice was between a human life and a gorilla life (paraphrasing here) and the zookeepers chose the child. It is absolutely sad. But there’s no excuse for the kind of vitriol shown above. You can see much more at the link below.

Me? I say enough. No más. It’s over, Johnny.

Except that these are the Interwebs. It’ll never be over. Well, maybe when something else shows up to outrage people.

See also: Hey America, do accidents happen anymore? Especially when a kid is involved? — Be Yourself — Medium