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Joe Mande’s Pandemic Hats

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In 2020, much of the world was locked down due to the COVID pandemic. For some reason, many, many people baked sourdough bread. Comedian Joe Mande went a different route. He started custom embroidering random words and phrases onto baseball caps. They’re tremendous. From multiple caps supporting “Tacos” to classing up a Miller Lite hat into “Literature”, each work is a wonderful bit of ridiculousness.

A large collection of custom hats
[Photo credit: Joe Mande]

Back in January, Uni Watch interviewed Mande about his work. It’s a great read, and it includes a slew of great pictures.

A sadly non-custom-embroidered hat tip is due to friend-of-the-site John M., who pointed me to this story.

Previously in amusing hat embroidery: Those Are Some Bad Hats, New Era

Link: https://uni-watch.com/2021/01/15/tv-writer-comedian-joe-mandes-awesome-diy-cap-embroidery/

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Look at Those Ears Go

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This site is well-known to be extremely pro-bat dog. Now, thanks to the Durham Bulls and their bat dog Ripken, it is also pro-GoPro-on-a-bat-dog. Just look at this:

[Photo credit: @RipkenTheBatDog]

That’s tremendous, and the world needs more of it.1 For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Golf Digest is the site breaking this crucial news, but I’ll take it.2 Here’s to many more bat dogs, and bat dog’s-eye view videos as well.


Footnotes:

  1. This wonderful video is archived here. ↩︎

  2. This article seems to be part of their “The Loop” section, which they describe as “the modern handbook to sports, entertainment and everything else”. OK. ↩︎

Link: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/durham-bulls-minor-league-baseball-bat-dog-gopro-camera

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Apple’s NeuralHash Algorithm Has Been Reverse-Engineered

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Apple’s NeuralHash algorithm — the one it’s using for client-side scanning on the iPhone — has been reverse-engineered.

Turns out it was already in iOS 14.3, and someone noticed:

Early tests show that it can tolerate image resizing and compression, but not cropping or rotations.

We also have the first collision: two images that hash to the same value.

The next step is to generate innocuous images that NeuralHash classifies as prohibited content.

This was a bad idea from the start, and Apple never seemed to consider the adversarial context of the system as a whole, and not just the cryptography...

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guilhermea
109 days ago
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People knew it was bound to happen, but this early? Wow.
London, England
jgbishop
109 days ago
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Got to love when Apple blows it!
Durham, NC
freeAgent
109 days ago
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I wonder if we'll see people creating false positives in order to frame others OR in order to jam up Apple's system with lots of false positives. Or both. Probably both.
Los Angeles, CA
zippy72
107 days ago
I can think of at least two governments that are probably working on the former. There's a few hackers on Twitter who claim to be working on the latter.
MotherHydra
109 days ago
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Clearly something that while helpful on its face has immense (possibly impossible) technical hurdles to overcome lest innocent people get flagged.
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Open Source and Mental Health

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A dear friend of mine and prolific Redox OS contributor, jD91mZM2, passed away in March of 2021, at the age of 18. He was involved in the Redox OS Summer of Code for 2018, 2019, and 2020. He was instrumental in developing all aspects of Redox OS, from the kernel, to relibc, to porting programs. His work was detailed in his own words in a number of news posts authored by jD91mZM2 at https://www.
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How about a free book?

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I’m excited to announce a new book release! Stone Cold Necromancy. It’s the newest in the Kari Hunter universe, technically book 2.5:

What happens when an infamous necromancer gets a prank call?

Mikelis Priedis is an immortal necromancer. Most people react to Mikelis with extreme fear and keep a wide berth… unless they have a death wish.

So when Mikelis gets a random call from the James River Slayer, he thinks it’s a joke and hangs up. Mikelis soon realizes the call was no mistake—the notorious serial killer has taken his closest friend and turned the situation into a sick game.

Armed with his talking sacrificial knife, Mikelis has 24 hours to rescue his friend and show a serial killer just how cold a necromancer can be.

You can expect action-packed comedy goodness and a lot of talking sacrificial knives. And the best part about this book? I’m giving it to my newsletter subscribers for free.

I know what you’re thinking: Hold up, Jen. Did you say free?

I sure did. Stone Cold Necromancy is an exclusive Kari Hunter story, only available through my mailing list. So, if you love my books and want to subscribe for new release alerts, sneak peeks, coming-soons, and so much more, then you’re in luck — because you can do that and get my new book for free.

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1982 concept art for a toroidal space colony

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1982 concept art for a toroidal space colony

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