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Nintendo Labo: Innovative Fusion Between Tech and DIY

Cardboard and the Switch are involved in this, amazingly.

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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:

Arianna is a student at Western Governors University. She has written for various websites, including Thought Catalog and The Odyssey Online. Arianna also runs her own blog called Yoga With Mimosas in which she combines her passion for fitness and writing in hopes of inspiring, encouraging, and empowering others through her work. You can contact her at arianna@yogawithmimosas.com.

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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.

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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…

Posted by Savanah Lyon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

“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.”

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The Best Tweets About Fergie’s National Anthem

That was a really, um, interesting version.

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Fergie sang the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game Sunday and it was, um, a different version.

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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.

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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.

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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