Tips for dealing with Donald Trump that also work with a toddler

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Donald Trump is a man whose behavior follows the whim of his impulses and tantrums, much like a toddler, and the world is scrambling to accommodate it. 

Officials in the White House and from governments around the globe have tailored aspects of governance to the new president to fit his notoriously short attention span and need for praise. 

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While most toddlers don’t have access to the nuclear codes, the advice for dealing with the president can also work for your kids at home.  Read more…

Please keep your speeches really brief

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Uber vs Google: And now, the self-driving car war gets nasty

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Even the biggest, most powerful companies in the world are at the mercy of a grade-school concept: supply and demand.

That’s how a person like Anthony Levandowski can get paid $120 million by Google, leave to start his own company, watch that company get acquired by Uber just months later, and then find himself barred from working on self-driving car technology by a U.S. court.

That goes to show just how important Levandowski—and other engineers like him—truly are to the arms race around self-driving cars. 

“It’s not like [you] can hire any one of the thousands or tens of thousands of people who have a particular certification,” said Nidhi Kalra, who heads the RAND Corporation’s self-driving car policy work. “They’re looking for people who are innovators in the fields of machine learning, deep learning, LIDAR design—and there aren’t a lot of those people out there.” Read more…

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Stunning photo series celebrates the complex identity of LGBTQ Africans

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An ongoing photo series tells the complex stories of LGBTQ Africans, encouraging the celebration of two identities too many believe are at odds with each other.

Queer Nigerian-American photographer Mikael Owunna created Limit(less) to debunk the myth that it’s “un-African” to be LGBTQ. The photographs also highlight queer African style, an essential point of self-expression for the community, according to Owunna.

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For the past three years, Owunna has photographed 34 LGBTQ African immigrants for the project, most living in North America. The photos are paired with extensive interviews with each participant, exploring themes of homophobia, race, African identity, abuse, and healing. Read more…

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13 of the best Stephen King short stories you’ve never read

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I haven’t managed to read all of Stephen King’s novels yet — I’m still working on that — but I have read all of his short stories. All of the published ones, anyway.

While many authors release a collection or two early on and then switch their focus to novels, King has written short fiction throughout his epic 50-year career.

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At the time of writing he has well over 100 short stories published across six different collections (and that’s before you even get started on his novellas, which definitely warrant a separate post of their own). Read more…

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Joe Biden’s Clinton ‘diss’ wasn’t so bad

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Headlines everywhere popped up Friday morning proclaiming that former Vice President Joe Biden had called out Hillary Clinton at a conference Thursday night. 

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Twitter certainly noticed.

“‘I never thought she was the correct candidate,’ Biden said at the SALT conference”

Fitting, Biden got salty at the SALT conference.

— Dave Dinoff (@ddinoff) May 19, 2017

This was pointless. No one comes out of this looking better than if Biden had simply kept his mouth shuthttps://t.co/nwThXIIb5H

— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 19, 2017

But if you look a bit closer at what Biden said at the SALT conference in Las Vegas and include the context — not just the portion where he says, “I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate,” — it’s less of a diss and more of an analysis of the 2016 election. Read more…

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Anderson Cooper DGAF, literally talks about Trump taking a dump on his desk

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We’ve all marveled at Anderson Cooper’s brutal eye roll. But now he’s slinging some serious … well, you’ll see. 

On Friday, the Coop was talking with conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord. The topic, naturally, was the news that Donald Trump told Russian officials at the Oval Office that firing that “nut job” James Comey took pressure off the FBI’s investigation. 

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“I don’t care what he says to the Russians. I mean, he’s the president of the United States,” Lord said. 

Then Cooper responded with this:

Yes, he said, “If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it.” Read more…

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AI is absolutely horrible at naming paint colors

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Tired of your boring eggshell walls? A new AI experiment recommends colors like “Sink” or “Bank Butt.”

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Researcher Janelle Shane trained a neural network to come up with paint names, and it resulted in gems like “Stoner Blue” and “Turdly,” she wrote in a blog post.

She conducted an experiment by using a training data set of about 7,700 paint names from Sherwin-Williams along with the RGB (red, green, and blue color values). 

She then had the network generate new colors and names for those colors. The results were hugely varied, including colors with Gray or Blue in the name that had nothing to do with those colors, or completely abstract and awesome names like “Stanky Bean.” Read more…

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Watch millions of people use Google’s quirky sketch game in these addictive GIFs

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Google introduced Quick, Draw! last November at our productivity’s great expense. We spent hours in the office toying around with the image maker, resulting in some next-level sketches and a firm lecture from our bosses about “proper time management,” whatever that means. 

The tool wasn’t just meant to help us waste time, though — Quick, Draw! was actually a clever crowdsourcing effort from Google’s A.I. Experiments team to train its neural network. As people played the game, the system learned how to identify exactly what they were sketching more accurately.  

Google did us all a solid and released the data gathered from the program to give us all a look at how 15 million people have used Quick, Draw! since November. The cache has over 50 million drawings spread out over 345 different categories, so there’s clearly been plenty of time spent doodling away online — which is great for the AI, as we saw at the company’s recent I/O developers conference. By releasing the dataset, Google hopes to give everyone a chance to use the crowdfunded sketches, especially developers trying to train neural networks of their own. Read more…

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‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 aims for ‘bulletproof dopeness,’ says showrunner

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Getting secrets about a Marvel/Netflix series out of one of its creative forces can often be as tough as getting a bullet past Luke Cage’s invulnerable skin. 

But when a showrunner is as schooled in musical metaphors as Cheo Hodari Coker, a former music journalist, he can slip you some valuable clues in hip-hop analogies. And that’s what Coker did during a quick chat with Mashable at a recent For Your Consideration event to promote Luke Cage for Emmy nominations. Everything you need to know right now about Season 2 of Luke Cage — and its relationship to the upcoming crossover series The Defenders, uniting Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Iron Fist — can be decoded in a quick study of the Wu-Tang Clan. Read more…

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Virtual reality helps people empathize with women visiting Planned Parenthood

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It’s hard to understand what it feels like to be confronted or bullied outside a women’s health center — until it happens to you. 

I’d never had that experience until last year, while reporting on the Supreme Court case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Before visiting the Whole Woman’s Health clinic in San Antonio, I expected some type of encounter. 

What I couldn’t anticipate was the surge of adrenaline and mild panic I felt when, after I opened my car door, a middle-aged man wearing sunglasses thrust pamphlets at me and said, “There’s a lot of killing that goes on in there.” 

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