With technology advancing at an exponential rate, from the early days of dial-up internet access in the 80s to the 3D printers and drones of today, it is difficult to imagine emerging technology as anything but metal, screws, and screens. Nintendo has gone back to basics with the Nintendo Labo by creating a fusion between DIY and tech.
As children, many of us brought inanimate objects to life through the power of imagination. The Nintendo Labo takes this concept and puts a spin on it by taking DIY cardboard projects and incorporating the Nintendo Switch, a console/handheld hybrid that was released on March 3, 2017.
There are endless possibilities that the Nintendo Labo presents, including a functional cardboard 13-key piano and a cardboard fishing reel. The Nintendo Switch then acts as the brain of the project. For example, it produces the sounds of the piano or creates the digital fish that you physically reel in.
When assembling the cardboard toys, instructions videos will be found on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo adds a unique touch with its precise detail that results in a surprisingly elaborate toy with a homemade feel.
The most impressive aspect of the cardboard toys is its likeness to its real-life counter part. The keys of the cardboard piano goes down as you push; the reel of the fishing pole will turn as you use it.
The first look at the Nintendo Labo was released on Nintendo’s YouTube channel on January 17, 2018.
This is a huge step for the Nintendo Switch as it was considered a risk when it was launched. However, the Switch sold over 2.74 million units a month after its release, creating a profit for a company that had been falling short as a competitor in handheld gaming during an era of smartphones.
The Nintendo Labo line is set to release on April 20th with two products: a variety kit for $69.99 and a robot kit for $79.99.
And of course, the Internet is having a blast with this:
Sony: We've invested millions in VR!
Microsoft: We've invested BILLIONS on making a 4K capable console!
Nintendo: We spent a few dollars on cardboard and we're selling it back for $70! #Labo
Sony and Microsoft: pic.twitter.com/xr5oK0d7jr
— 🦇Jack The King Ophe🇲🇽 (@BlackIceSheep) January 17, 2018
— Ned Gotobed (@nedgotobed) January 17, 2018
UC San Diego Refuses to Cancel Course on Woody Allen Films
University of California, San Diego refused to cancel a course on Woody Allen films despite a petition with over 20,000 signatures.
The University of California, San Diego is refusing to cancel a course on “The Films of Woody Allen” despite a petition with more than 20,000 signatures.
The UC San Diego Academic Senate announced that they “conclude that canceling or removing this or any other course for the reason that it contains the study of controversial material, or even material widely regarded as morally problematic, would undermine both the value of free inquiry and the associated rights of faculty to engage in such inquiry by choosing their course content” in a press release.
The Senate also defined the subject of the press release as “Academic Freedom at UCSD”.
The petition, which currently has 21,895, was created by theater student Savanah Lyon, who said she “emailed all of the people in charge in an attempt to appeal to their sense of reason, humanity, and morality to stop this class and take it off the books so that no one can teach this class again.” Lyon’s emails have been met with dismissal, unprofessionalism, and dehumanizing rhetoric, according to the petition.
“They believe they have a right to teach this class due to academic freedom. They do not care about the statement it makes to survivors everywhere. They do not care that Woody Allen is on his way out of Hollywood,” Lyon also said in the petition.
“They do not care that the class is less than 1/3 full, making it an unpopular class that has no reason to be taught. They do not care that there are thousands of other directors who could teach the same film basics that they use Woody Allen to teach, directors who haven’t raped seven-year-old girls.”
Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen’s adoptive daughter with Mia Farrow, had accused him of molesting her when she was a seven year old. Allen is currently married to Mia Farrrow’s other adoptive daughter Soon-Yi Previn. He claims the affair with Previn started when she was 21 years old.
In a Facebook post Lyon said she tried as hard as she could but the odds were stacked up against her from the beginning.
I tried, I tried as hard as I could, and the people around me and across the globe tried as well. The odds were stacked…
“It’s hard to believe what would’ve been enough to get them to remove it from the books. Over 3,700 emails weren’t enough. Over 14,500 signatures weren’t enough. Various news clips and articles weren’t enough. The students weren’t enough, but the way the system works, I have a hard time believing we ever will,” she said.
“I don’t know if free speech and academic freedom will ever stop protecting oppressors. But, we can keep trying. Trying is radical and it will make them jump back every time. You get enough people pushing for change, it’ll start to happen. Don’t be discouraged by this.”
The Best Tweets About Fergie’s National Anthem
That was a really, um, interesting version.
Fergie sang the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game Sunday and it was, um, a different version.
— Jason Herron (@Jherron84) February 19, 2018
This All Star opening is confusing me. WTF is going on? Anyone?
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) February 19, 2018
Her notifications have got to be a damn disaster. #fergienationalanthem
— Mrs. Saukko🕊 (@firesepticeye) February 19, 2018
That’s all. pic.twitter.com/asSm7xPbxO
— Matt Griffiths (@Griffyboy93) February 19, 2018
— BuckInTennessee (@BuckInTennessee) February 19, 2018
On a positive note, peeing her pants on stage in 2005 is no longer Fergie’s most embarrassing performance. #fergienationalanthem
— Joey W (@snarkyjomama) February 19, 2018
The TRUE heroes of the night? The basketball players who kept straight faces #fergienationalanthem
— Chelsea (@CDallas921) February 19, 2018
— Carey Elizabeth (@itsmeclawry) February 19, 2018
— Dru Gatsby (@AStandUpGuy) February 19, 2018
— Ä̤ℓ вσω⚓️ (@BowersAllie) February 19, 2018
— Shelby Guillory (@ShelbyGuillory1) February 19, 2018
Man Who Tricked Emory University Into Paying for Fake Migos Concert Faces Charges
Emory paid $37,500 to a man who had no connection to the hip hop trio.
26-year-old Octaveon Woods has been arraigned by federal officials for falsely claiming to represent musicians and entertainers, and collecting thousands of dollars for events that never took place. Both Emory University and the University of Missouri fell victim to the scheme.
A U.S. District Court in Georgia handed down five counts of wire fraud and six counts of money laundering.
The Emory Wheel reports that the school paid $37,500 to and organization Woods fronted for a Migos concert last spring. Shortly before the show was to take place, the university realized it had fallen victim to a scam and scrambled to book Ty Dolla Sign as a last-minute replacement.
— HYPEBEAST (@HYPEBEAST) February 17, 2018
According to the indictment, Woods claimed “he was a booking agent for famous musicians such as Migos, Lil Yachty, and Lil Uzi Vert.”
“Woods allegedly convinced others to pay him thousands of dollars to ‘book’ these artists for concerts and festivals—when he had no relationship with the artists at all,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “Woods immediately laundered the money to try and conceal his fraud.”
Much of the $66,250 Woods fraudulently collected came from Emory.
Woods pleaded not guilty to all charges and posted a $10,000 bond earlier this week. His fate will decided at a trial later this year. If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison and substantial fines.
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