iPhone And Windows Sounds, The A Cappella Edition

Here’s a minute and change worth of a cappella renditions of iPhone sound effects because hey, why not? The group is called Maytree, they’re from South Korea, and their versions are hilariously accurate. They even made me jump and cringe when the damn alarm went off even though it’s the middle of the afternoon and …

Shut Up And Take My Money, Automatic Wrapping Paper Cutting Machine

As much as I enjoy giving gifts, I hate wrapping the damn things even more. I have all of the crafting ability and coordination of…um…something that has about zero of each, so if I can avoid it, I never do my own wrapping. At times that aren’t Christmas and even plenty of times that are, …

If You’ve Ever Wished Your Windshield Wipers Would Work In Time With The Music You’re Listening To, This Is The Video For You

There are exactly 0 things about any of this right here that are either simple or practical, but I absofrigginlutely understand why someone would want to do it. Next, can we make one that works for the clicking of turn signals? You would be doing a great service to those of us who go weirdly …

I Deeply Apologize For This Impossible Accident

I’m not an expert on Ottawa’s municipal politics, but I feel fairly comfortable questioning the judgement of the city’s deputy mayor, George Darouze. He strikes me as the sort of guy who either is legitimately stupid or thinks that everyone else is. First things first, it’s never a good sign when even before you get …

Hey Google, What Song Is This? Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

The ability to use a smartphone to tell you what a certain song is has been around for years. Siri can do it thanks to an integration with Shazam, and before that I used to use an app called SoundHound that did the job pretty well. But until now, you could only identify songs that …

It Only Takes About Five Seconds For AI To Mimic Speech Now

I’m not going to go through the whole lecture again, because if you don’t understand by now why this sort of technology is scary as hell and doesn’t bode well for the future, chances are you won’t until you find yourself a victim of it. This video is a couple years old, by the way. …

Wherever I Go, I’ve Got Beams In My Ears

I read about the idea of Sound Beaming technology and I couldn’t decide what my predominant initial reaction was. I had two extreme reactions: one of thinking this was the most awesome thing ever and one of the shivers. Imagine a world where you move around in your own personal sound bubble. You listen to …

The Dumbest Smart Laundry System Ever

Ten years ago, I wrote this frustrating rundown of trying to refill my laundry card. That was 10 years ago! And the sad thing is very little has changed. We have made some improvements, but the system still has some pretty big flaws in it, and the flaws are brain-snappingly stupid. Back in November, for …