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Alien skull seen in new Mars Rover image and other fun anomalies spotted on the Red Planet this week

The above extraterrestrial skull was spotted in the high-resolution 360-degree panorama image captured this week by NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. Cosmic Log presents a fun gallery of anomalies and curiosities folks have found in Perseverance’s postcards from the Red Planet. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/02/26/alien-skull-seen-in-new-mars-rover-image-and-other-fun-anomalies-spotted-on-the-red-planet-this-week.html
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Artists outfitted robot dog Spot with a paintball gun in commentary on futuristic killer robots, just as NYDP deploys the same robot

On Tuesday, the New York Police Department reportedly unleashed Spot, the state-of-the-art robotic dog from Boston Dynamics, to do reconnaissance at a home invasion crime scene in the Bronx. Then yesterday (coincidentally?), art collective MSCHF launched their “Spot’s Rampage” installation in which the robot dog was outfitted with a paintball gun that the public could control via this Web interface. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/02/25/artists-outfitted-robot-dog-spot-with-a-paintball-gun-in-commentary-on-futuristic-killer-robots-just-as-nydp-deploys-the-same-robot.html
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How to Play Music with Google Home

This wikiHow teaches you how to play music with a Google Home device by linking your preferred music service and then controlling the music using voice commands. You can link paid subscription accounts for Spotify, Google Play Music, and YouTube Red, or you can use the free versions of Spotify, Google Play Music, and Pandora with the Google Home.[1]

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Linking a Music Service

  1. Open the Google Home app. It’s the app with the icon that looks like a multicolored outline of a house. If you haven’t already, download it and connect your Google Home device.
    Play Music with Google Home Step 1 Version 2.jpg
  2. Tap . It’s the three-lined icon in the top-left corner of the screen. This opens the main menu on the left-side of the screen.
    Play Music with Google Home Step 2 Version 2.jpg
    • Before moving on, make sure you’re signed in to the correct Google Account, by looking at the top of this screen. You can change accounts by tapping the down arrow .
  3. Tap . This has a gray icon of a person to its left.
    Play Music with Google Home Step 3 Version 2.jpg
  4. Tap . This is the second selection from the top.
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    • On iPhone or iPad, tap Manage connected accounts at the bottom instead.
  5. Tap the music service you want to add. Tap the name of the music service you want to link to your Google Home.
    Play Music with Google Home Step 5 Version 2.jpg
    • Music services that don’t already have an account linked will have a plus sign “+” on the right-side.
  6. Tap . It’s in the bottom-right corner of the confirmation pop-up window.
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  7. Log in to your account. Enter your username and password associated with the music service you want to link to your Google Home device.
    Play Music with Google Home Step 7 Version 2.jpg
  8. Tap or . This option will differ depending on which music service you are linking. Once your account has been successfully logged in, the service is now linked to your Google Home. A blue circle with a checkmark will be displayed to the right of the music service to show that an account is currently linked. You can now play music from this service on Google Home.
    Play Music with Google Home Step 8 Version 2.jpg

[Edit]Using Voice Commands

  1. Ask Google to play any song, album, artist, genre, or mood. You can also specify which music service you would like to play music from. If you are using a free service, you likely won’t be able to play specific songs, but similar music or shuffled music by the requested artist will play.
    Play Music with Google Home Step 9.jpg
    • “OK Google, play Drake on Spotify.”
    • “OK Google, play 80s music on Pandora.”
    • “OK Google, play rap.”
    • “OK Google, play Dark Comedy by Open Mike Eagle.”
    • “OK Google, play happy music.”
  2. Ask Google Home to play your playlists. You can ask Google Home to play your playlists by name and by music service. For instance, if you have a playlist entitled “Dinner Party” on Spotify, you could say, “Hey Google, play my ‘Dinner Party’ playlist on Spotify,” to play it instantly.
    Play Music with Google Home Step 10.jpg
  3. Use voice commands to control the music playback. Use voice commands to control all the usual functions.[2]
    Play Music with Google Home Step 11.jpg
    • “OK Google, pause/resume.” Pause or resume playback.
    • “OK Google, next/skip.” Play the next song.
    • “OK Google, shuffle.” Shuffles the current album or playlist.
    • “OK Google, volume 8.” Adjusts the volume level from 1-10.
    • “OK Google, what’s playing?” Tells you the name of the current song/artist/album.

[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary

Source: https://www.wikihow.com/Play-Music-with-Google-Home
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Watch: “Flight to Mars” trailer from 1951

In the spirit of the recent Mars landing, check out this theatrical trailer for the movie “Flight to Mars”, made in 1951. The first graphic pops up saying “Fifty years into the future!” which would put them at 2001. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/02/19/watch-flight-to-mars-trailer-from-1951.html
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Pigs can play video games

Photo of pig playing a video game

A group of researchers has spent the last 20 years testing pigs to see how well they can play a computer game—in which the pigs use a joystick to maneuver a dot on-screen towards a target.

The scientists finally published a paper concluding that, yep, the pigs have some mad skills. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/02/20/pigs-can-play-video-games.html
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Clive Thompson

Cops playing copyrighted music to stop video of them being posted online

On several occasions, cops have started playing popular music when they realize they’re being filmed. The odd behavior has a point: they hope that copyright-strike algorithms on YouTube, Instagram and other social media sites will prevent the video being posted and shared. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/02/10/cops-playing-copyrighted-music-to-stop-video-of-them-being-posted-online.html
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Mathematicians analyze the geometries of the Pringle

A Pringle is a hyperbolic paraboloid. Mel Magazine invited several mathematicians to analyze the delicious geometry of the chip. From Mel:

Theron Hitchman, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa: Usually, the way mathematicians talk about this kind of thing is in an equation, but I think equations tend to scare people off, so, I guess you could say that a hyperbolic paraboloid is a kind of surface that, when cut one way, it looks like parabolas opening down, and if you rotate it 90 degrees, it looks like parabolas opening up[…]

[Software engineer and mathematician Varun] Vachhar: Hyperbolic paraboloids are really interesting.

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Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/02/09/mathematicians-analyze-the-geometries-of-the-pringle.html
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