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This is an actual place, per the brochure:



METRO DETROIT'S FASTEST INDOOR KARTING & AXE THROWING EXPERIENCE

So, some important notes from the dedicated axe throwing page. Pay attention:
-Groups of less than 4 maybe mixed with other walk-ins.
No problem. I'll just throw axes with complete strangers. No problem.
--Guaranteed Private Lane with 4 or more.
What's the Public Lane look like? Wait, don't even tell me.
--Everyone in Axe Arena Floor MUST wear closed toe shoes.
[insert the obligatory sandals joke HERE.]

Oh, and full bar service. Drinking and axe throwing. That dude on the brochure holding up his index fingers? Those are the only ones he has left.
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Belfong
8 days ago
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This is so bizarre and funny!
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Google Photos adds a time-traveling version of Stories, plus more sharing and printing options

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Google Photos is getting its own version of Stories. But instead of focusing on what you’re doing now, as Stories on other platforms like Instagram and Snapchat offer, Google Photos is adopting the format to help you take a trip down memory lane. The feature is one of several updates coming to the photo-sharing service that focuses on helping you reconnect with your old photos that often get forgotten after upload.

Its unique take on Stories is, perhaps, the most interesting update, as it’s the first time we’ve seen the format used as a way to rewind time.

In Google Photos, the feature is more appropriately called “Memories,” and is designed to help users relive their life in a more meaningful way.

Memories

The company said it came up with the idea by watching user behavior on its app.

“We see users browse their photos and scroll all the way down to look at pictures from five years ago,” explained Google Photos lead, Shimrit Ben-Yair. “We see them searching for moments and having a good experience with that. But we thought, how can we make that even easier?”

The Memories feature, she continued, is meant to accomplish that by helping users “better reminisce digitally.”

Most users will already know how to use Google Photos Memories, given the broad adoption of Stories across various platforms, including Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Messenger, YouTube and even surprising places like Netflix. As with some other implementations, the feature places small, rounded icons at the top of the Google Photos gallery, which you can tap to launch and advance through.

Except, in this case, each Story circle is taking you back in time — for example, a year ago, two years ago, three and so on.

Memories

 

However, the feature isn’t just a variation on “Rediscover this Day,” because it’s not as tightly tied to a particular date. It’s more like a showcase of what you were doing around the same time as in years prior — like around the same week. It lets you look back without having to swipe through the badly shot photos and duplicates.

To help users from reliving more sensitive memories — like deaths they’re still grieving or breakups they’d rather forget, for example — you’ll also be able to block certain people or places from showing up in the Memories feature, to better personalize your highlight reel.

Another key difference is that Google Photos’ Memories are not put on public display.

“Even though it is the Stories format — which we lean into because we feel it creates a more immersive experience for reliving your life — this is only your library. It’s your private content,” noted Google Photos Engineering lead James Gallagher, when demoing the feature, pre-launch, to TechCrunch.

In a few months’ time, however, Google Photos plans to let you share these old photos — or any others you come across in your library — in a more direct and more personal way. Through an enhancement to the sharing feature, you’ll be able to send a photo directly to friends or family, where it’s then adding to an ongoing and private conversation that will eventually become a stream of all your chats and shares.

Photo prints

And Google Photos is expanding its options for getting photos off your phone and into the real world.

It’s partnering with Walmart and CVS for 4×6 photo prints that can be picked up in about an hour at more than 11,000 U.S. locations. These prints will cost the same as if you ordered through the retailers directly ($0.25 from Walmart and $0.33 from CVS). You’ll also be able to turn photos into wall art of various sizes, in the U.S. This follows Flickr’s recent expansion into the area of prints and wall art, which rolled out last month.

Photo prints

In Google Photos’ case, you’ll be able to select canvas prints in three different sizes, 8×8 ($19.99), 11×14 ($29.99) and 16×20 ($44.99), which can be customized with either black, white or photo wrap borders. The canvases also come with a wire hanger on the back to make mounting easier.

This feature will generate revenue, though Google outsources the actual work to a network of printing partners across the U.S. It joins an existing feature that lets users turn photos into photo books in just a few steps.

Canvas prints

One final feature, though not necessarily related to reminiscing, is an improvement to search that will now help you find photos or screenshots with text — like a recipe.

This feature, prints and the Memories feature are rolling out now. Direct sharing is coming in a few months.

The additions are part of many enhancements to Google Photos since its spin-out from Google+ just over four years ago. The company has rapidly improved its photo-hosting and sharing service with AI functionality to clean up users’ vast photo libraries and automatically create photo edits and mini-movies, among other things. And it continues to improve with features like support for Lens’ visual search and an expanded array of AI-powered photo fixes, for example.

Thanks to these features and its integration with the Android operating system, Google Photos now has more than a billion monthly users.

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Belfong
37 days ago
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Apple Photos have some serious competition!
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An incredible gift

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I received an astonishing gift recently, and I want to share the story with you. When I showed my wife, it made her cry — more than once.

I’m a novelist. I’ve written two technothrillers in a series, with the third in progress. I have a background in tech, and I have a membership/patronage programme on my site, where kind readers can support my writing. I write to them every week, with a story or an essay.

On Thursday of last week, a mysterious package arrived. Heavy. Solid. But I have no particular enemies at the moment, I opened it with curiosity. And I saw… this. It’s a custom-built mechanical keyboard, and I do mean custom. Let me tell you more about it.

Mechanical keyboard in padded zip case

The casing is a TOFU65, milled from a single billet of aluminium, then anodised. There’s a brass weight plate on the bottom. It is SOLID. The layout is a “65%” 69-key ISO, with a TADA68 PCB running QMK firmware. It’s programmable. So far, so amazing. But get this: the key layout and functions were custom-made for me, based on the features I’ve said I most use and need. The key stabilisers were hand-lubricated and installed. The switches were hand-soldered to the board.

The switches themselves are worth mentioning too: they’re Kailh BOX whites, based on my professed love for Cherry MX Blues. They’re just the most beautiful, subtle, solid, clickety-snickety switches you can imagine. The key action reeks of precision engineering. Made for me, based on my Strong Feelings about typing.

Mechanical keyboard on desk, viewed from angle emphasising the textured keycaps

The keycaps are textured, for the ultimate tactile feel. The italicised typeface was chosen because of my oft-mentioned nostalgia for the Apple Extended Keyboards I used as a young man.

Mechanical keyboard viewed from above, showing the italicised boldface sans-serif typeface on the keys

Then there’s the cable. Custom-made again, braided, and in purple with orange connectors at each end. Purple is the cover colour for my first novel, CHANGER, and orange is the colour for my second, TOLL.

Keyboard cable in purple with orange connectors, in a pouch

Finally, and this is the point where my wife went from teary-eyed to being openly in tears, you flip the keyboard over to see its underside. In CHANGER, my first book, chapter 1 is where the protagonist — an avatar for myself in some ways — is suddenly thrown into adventure. For me, it represents not just the beginning of a series, but also (I hope) a career. Stepping away from the safe, and daring to do something comparatively extraordinary. That chapter takes place here in Edinburgh, in a place I used to frequent.

So, you flip the keyboard over… and on the brass plate, the first line of chapter 1 of CHANGER is engraved there.

Underside of keyboard, with a brass plate bearing the engraved first sentence of chapter 1 of my first novel, CHANGER.

I mean, what a thing. It’s not even the time, and the money, and the effort involved, all of which are considerable. It’s the thought; the care and attention, and the damned appropriateness of it. A beautiful, unique writing tool for a writer. There aren’t enough words!

This whole thing was the brainchild of dear Rys Sommefeldt, with input from Lloyd Nebres and on behalf of my beloved site members and patrons. I am utterly touched. This is a huge deal. It’ll be with me, physically and emotionally, for a very long time to come. Thank you so much.

My desk, with the keyboard and my iPad Pro set up for writing. The wallpaper on the iPad is of my dog Whisky.

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Belfong
39 days ago
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Such a wonderful gift!
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Introducing eero Secure — digital security and parental controls, delivering peace-of-mind for only $2.99/month

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Digital security that protects you and your connected devices from online threats Parental controls that prevent kids from accessing violent, illegal, or adult material

eero Secure, Security and parental controls for $2.99 a month.

Today, we are happy to announce the availability of eero Secure, digital security for $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year. With eero Secure, you receive advanced security for every device connected to your home WiFi network, content filtering, ad blocking, and insights through eero’s in-app activity center.

Digital security that protects all of your devices

eero Secure is an always-up-to-date security service that protects you and the laptops, phones, and smart home devices connected to your eero WiFi networks. Advanced security keeps you from accidentally accessing millions of sites associated with harmful content, like malware, ransomware, and phishing attacks.

eero Secure automatically applies intelligence from the analysis of over 12 billion daily website visits to enable protection against internet threats. And unlike the built-in protections included in a browser or email client, eero Secure’s threat database automatically and constantly updates. If you visit a website that eero has never seen, we instantaneously test the website to check that it is safe before you navigate there.

Advanced parental controls

While every eero customer can enable Family Profiles (which allows parents to manage devices, set schedules, and pause the internet), with eero Secure, you easily control what your kids can access — and, more importantly, what they can’t. Parental controls allow you to filter adult, illegal, and violent content for specific profiles on your network. 

eero Secure filters new content in real-time. And, whereas most parental control products only work for one device, eero Secure works for every device connected to your network.

Signing up and product offerings

All new eero customers automatically receive 30 days of eero Secure for free. To purchase eero Secure for $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year, visit account.eero.com. Android users can also purchase via the eero app. eero Secure is only available to customers with an eero WiFi system.

eero Secure+—previously eero Plus—is still available and includes all eero Secure features combined with a password manager (1Password), endpoint antivirus (MalwareBytes), and a VPN (encrypt.me). Its price remains the same at $9.99 per month or $99 per year.

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Belfong
49 days ago
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Does this work outside of US now?
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Americans Are Making Phone Farms to Scam Free Money From Advertisers

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Netflix thought I was four different people. I was being paid through an app to watch its trailers over and over again, racking up digital points I could eventually trade for Amazon gift cards or real cash. But rather than just use my own phone, I bought four Android devices

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Belfong
75 days ago
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I have heard about this before but seeing these phones on a rack is insane !
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$60,000 Pokemon Card Goes Missing In The Mail

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In August 2018, someone on eBay paid $60,000 for a very rare Pokemon card. It’s now almost a year later, the card still hasn’t arrived, and nobody knows where it’s got to.

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Belfong
101 days ago
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Hobbies are just so weird.
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