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How a Self-Taught Programmer Came to Create Mugsy, an Automatic Coffee Maker

Matt Oswald, creator of Argyle Labs, has been on a mission to create Mugsy, a fully open-source and “hackable” pour-over coffee maker. It can learn how to make coffee from its users as they dial in the settings manually, allowing people who just want a quick cup of coffee to be left with a very satisfying brew. Continue reading How a Self-Taught Programmer Came to Create Mugsy, an Automatic Coffee Maker

TADA68 Keyboard Build Log

Keyboard are different for everyone. Some people may need a numpad, others, don’t want the function row. For me, I’d been searching for what the community calls ‘endgame’. The final keyboard you will ever purchase because it has everything you want. For some that can be a HHKB, for others it can be a JM45. For me personally, I was looking for a 60% keyboard with arrow keys. After more research, I decided on the TADA68, and the search for a kit was on. I found a kit here, and a week and a half later, it arrived. Here is a build log of the board. Continue reading TADA68 Keyboard Build Log

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Vulfpeck’s New Single Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh

Ann Arbor, Michigan based band Vulfpeck released their second single “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” from their upcoming album Mr. Finish Line. This single falls in line with the vibe of their other single “Birds Of A Feather“. The album releases their third official album on November 7th, be sure to check it out.

VULFPECK /// Baby I Don't Know Oh Oh

For the uninitiated, Vulfpeck are a funk-rock/ R&B group from Ann Arbor, Michigan. They released a couple EPS, and two albums, Thirll Of The Arts and The Beautiful Game. Thrill Of The Arts was my introduction to the group and I fell in love with the catchy single “Back Pocket“. The group is a revolving door of musicians, but some notable mainstays have been bassist Joe Dart, Jack Stratton, Theo Katzman and Woody Goss.

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Concert Review: Perturbator at (Le) Poisson Rouge

Aside from hip-hop, no genre has grown more in the past ten years than electronic music. House, trance, EDM and synthwave are just a few of the genres that are growing in the internet age. One genre that made a resurgence is synthwave, with artists such as Perturbator, Carpenter Brut, GosT, and Dance With The Dead at the forefront of this movement. On September 28th. my friends and I decided to go to NYC to catch Perturbator along with Das mörtal and Protector 101. While I enjoyed the headlining act, the opening acts left a little to be desired.
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V Moda Fader Earplugs Review

As a musician, hearing loss can be a death sentence. Mixing and mastering can take a big hit, as can live performances. But that doesn’t stop me, or others from attending shows. When attending, it is always important to wear ear plugs to ensure your hearing takes as little damage as possible. The orange earplugs that you can sometimes buy at merch booths can be annoying to secure in your ear. To combat that, California-based headphone company V-Moda has their Fader earplugs. Continue reading V Moda Fader Earplugs Review

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Is BROCKHAMPTON Paving The Way For New Hip-Hop

Hip-hop groups have always been popular since the birth of the genre back in 1973. From Grnandmaster Flash And The Furious Five to NWA, Wu-Tang Clan, and Odd Future, groups have always created some very diverse music. Maybe it’s because of the variety of voices, or the addition of new creative idea, but I’ve always personally been interested in the content groups release. One of the most popular groups that has gained a lot of traction this year is BROCKHAMPTON, a self proclaimed boy band based in Los Angeles but primarily from Texas. And I think they’re the future of hip-hop Continue reading Is BROCKHAMPTON Paving The Way For New Hip-Hop

Dishonored – Death Of The Outsider Review

When Dishonored 2 was announced at E3, my world stopped. I had played Dishonored 1 for the first time the winter of 2014 and was hungrily waiting for the sequel to a game the community said would never come out. Returning to the world of Dishonored, after the death of Jessamine Kaldwin was exciting and fresh. The trailers were flashy and yet, still left a lot to the imagination. Once the game released in November, I eagerly played it, and yearned for DLC. Dishonored’s DLC was amazing and really expanded upon the story of the first game. Fast forward to this year’s E3 Trailer of the expansion, and cue more of the world stopping. With that, let’s get under way of the review of Dishonored – Death Of The Outsider. Warning: There will be some spoilers. Continue reading Dishonored – Death Of The Outsider Review

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Nintendo Switch Accessory Review – Silicone Joy-Con Covers

I purchased my Switch with grey Joy-Cons, which I came to regret over time. The blue and red Joy-Cons give the Nintendo Switch an iconic look akin to the Gamecube purple. Unfortunately, the blue and red Joy-Con set is frequently out-of-stock and also expensive. The consequence of fitting all those gyros and sensors into the controllers is $80. There is, however, a cheaper way to decorate my Joy-Cons: silicone covers. Silicone joy-con covers are popular and all over Amazon. They come in a variety of styles and even sport an ergonomic shape for comfort. I purchased a red & blue pair of Mayskey Joy-Con Gel Guards for $8 because it had positive reviews. Truthfully, I could’ve picked up a set from anyone.
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Nintendo Switch Accessory Review – Kungber Case Cover

We put cases on our smartphones because they are fragile and expensive pieces of portable technology. Shouldn’t we follow the same philosophy for the Nintendo Switch? While I don’t think people walk around with their Switch like a phone, it is more likely to be in the hands of young children. So, with that in mind, it pays to invest in the system’s longevity with a protective case of its own.

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Nintendo Switch Accessory Review – FASTSNAIL Joy-Con Grips

I appreciate Nintendo’s Joy-Con design. With L and R buttons on the side, a single Joy-con becomes a controller for certain games. This allows consumers to play with a friend straight out of the box. Innovative? Yes. But I doubt many will describe using one as comfortable. They are too small for the hands of most young adults and above to play effortlessly. This discomfort can impact performance and overall enjoyment. I have played with many friends who bemoan the instances of having to use only one Joy-con.

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