For anyone wondering how this miracle of technology came about, Brian Barrett has a nice write-up about the Frinkiac over at Wired, and one of the search engine’s three credited creators spills some of the technical specifications in a blog post. Essentially, the brilliant Frinkiac automatically slices each Simpsons scene into 100 parts, using changes in color to determine when to take a new screencap. The resulting images are then coordinated to transcriptions of the dialogue, via timecodes. Season 11, sadly, has some technical issues along these lines at the moment, but Seasons 1-10 and 12-15 should be good to go. Once the user selects an appropriate screenshot, they can then click on it, choose the “make meme” option from a button at the right, and see the chosen quote added, in Simpsons font, to the screen capture. As Jasper Beardly once eloquently put it, “What a time to be alive!” … [Read more...] about The Frinkiac search engine can find screencaps for that
The killer’s secret lair is the old, abandoned Hotel Argento, which provides one clue about the influences at play in The Collection. Another comes from the villain’s mask, which resembles that of the Italian pulp anti-hero Diabolik, memorably brought to the screen by Mario Bava. But the nods to classic Italian giallo are largely just that: nods. Mostly The Collection plays like a throwback to a more recent, but fast-fading into memory, horror-film era set into motion by Saw, one in which elaborate contraptions clank into action in ways designed to impale and dismember, no room is complete without unsavory-looking stains on the wall, and no door can be opened or closed without threatening to blow out the low-end of even the most state-of-the-art multiplex sound systems. In the Hotel Argento, every room is a death trap, and there’s always something squishy on the floor. … [Read more...] about The Collection
Although he’s been acting since 1996, Michael K. Williams’ career is largely synonymous with a single character: The Wire’s Omar Little. Nearly every role Williams has taken on since he started playing Omar in 2002—from criminal roles on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and The Night Of, to comedy turns in shows like Community and The Spoils Before Dying—have had some element of the famed stick-up man looming over them. So when The Atlantic asked Williams whether he was typecast, he took the question seriously. … [Read more...] about Michael K. Williams asks himself: Is Michael K. Williams typecast?
But eliminating those cables altogether is still the ideal solution. Formats like WirelessHD, WHDI, and WiGig let you send HD and even 4K video feeds to your TV without the need for cables connecting the two, so long as you’re willing to spend the extra cash on that hardware—but your TV’s unsightly power cord’s days might finally be numbered, too. As spotted by LetsGoDigital, Samsung’s patent details a setup that works similar to how your phone is able to wirelessly charge when sitting on an inductive charging pad, but at a slightly greater distance. … [Read more...] about Samsung’s All-Wireless TV Concept Is the Real Cordcutting Solution I Want
For the final leg of our tour, Neistat brings us into his studio within a studio, where work and play collide. From a old-timey fire extinguisher, to a foldaway speed-bag, the miscellany extends from floor to ceiling, reflecting the same personality that comes across in Neistat’s movies. … [Read more...] about The Wildly Functional Studio of Video Wizard Casey Neistat: Part III
If you’ve ever had your game controller die in the middle of a game, you know true pain. In 2019, this should be a thing of the past, but shit happens and people forget to charge their controllers or change batteries. You don’t have to worry about this issue if you have a Nintendo Switch Pro controller, thanks to Amazon. Right now, you can get an AmazonBasics Charging Dock for Switch Pro Controller with USB Cable for only $5. Now, hopefully, you’ll remember to dock your controller when you’re done playing for the night. … [Read more...] about E3’s Best Gaming Deals [Updating]