Well, this is neat. For years, we’ve seen OBD-II scanners that can read Check Engine light codes from your car at home, but Automatic goes much further by working this into a smartphone app. Automatic constantly monitors your fuel consumption, speed, and trip data while you drive and offers up tips to improve your driving style and use less fuel. If it detects an accident, it can even call the authorities for you.
Source: Automatic – Your Smart Driving Assistant via Wired
Let’s try an audio post again. WayForward’s music composer Jake “virt” Kaufman has a series of great chiptune albums. FX4 plays like an adventure movie soundtrack with orchestral stylings and guitar riffs, but in authentic NES sound. If you can’t see the Bandcamp player, there’s a YouTube player below that should work for everyone, even Facebook.
And now, the blog’s first block quote! From the source:
INTO THE RIFT
Despite the hazards of deep-sea exploration and growing diplomatic unease, the salvage operation begins. The surface team is protected by a small fleet of hired mercenaries. Hours into the dive, they are suddenly attacked by an unknown military force, far better equipped than any provincial warlord. The attackers suddenly retreat, however, as soon as the news breaks that the wreckage has been secured.
Source: Journey into the Rift | Jake Kaufman
Most Tetris games made since 2001 let you twist blocks into gaps that seem impossible. Some of these setups can be used to help correct mistakes, and others are just for fun. Even if you only learn the T-Spins, you’ll be able to send garbage faster than just back-to-back Tetrises all day. If you want to play around with twists, try King of Stackers, a turn-based Tetris battle sim where you can use every trick in the book to make the most of your seven pieces per turn.
Source: Chopin's Twist Guide – YouTube
I like a good half-baked design every now and then, and this modular cell phone caught my eye. Each of my past few cell phones have met their end from just one component failing. With a Phonebloks phone, you could simply replace the bad component and be good as new. Motorola’s on board with this now, and I hope the project continues to gain traction. How about blocks for buttons and a D-pad?
Source: Phonebloks – YouTube via WebUrbanist
The first CD I ever owned was Weird Al Yankovic’s album Bad Hair Day. The wisdom tooth pain and root canal I’ve been recovering from for the past week remind of the track Cavity Search, so thought I’d make that the first song I post to the blog. Trouble is, I can’t find a decent way to embed the song that’s in any way legal, but you can play it on Spotify if you don’t mind getting an account there.
For the rest of you, you can still watch Weird Al shred.
Source: Weird Al SHREDS!!! – YouTube
Pro wrestling is good dumb fun, but it’s hard work. It’s easy for someone to do a move wrong, receive a move wrong, say something wrong, or have a table fail to cooperate. Those mistakes are called botches, and Botchamania is a highlight reel of botches. It’s about the only wrestling I watch anymore.
Botchamania has to bounce around to different hosts due to copyright claims. Maffew’s feed is the best way to get new Botchamanias as they’re uploaded. If this video breaks, let me know and I’ll find it again.
I like to keep this blog work safe, but Botchamania contains some NSFW language.
Source: Botchamania 238 | Botchamania
Sinfest is a web comic veteran with new newspaper-style comics almost every day since 2000. It’s up to 4787 strips, or almost four 8-Bit Theaters. Sinfest covers topics that come up a lot on Facebook, so I’m sure you’ll like it.
Oh cool, you’re reading the full blog post now. Here’s a GIF I wanted to post, but I can’t find who this is or where it came from. If you know the real source, please tell me.
Source: Sinfest and yjiefcs.gif via Us Vs Th3m