The History of Vanilla
- By and large, Americans seem to like vanilla ice cream better than chocolate.
- If pollination is successful, a fruit develops in the form of a 6-to-10-inch-long pod, filled with thousands of minuscule black seeds (the appealing specks in good-quality vanilla ice cream).
- Synthetic vanillin is at least twenty-fold cheaper than real vanilla, which explains why it’s manufactured and sold to the tune of 20,000 metric tons per year.
- If you’re nibbling on something vanilla-flavored or sniffing something vanilla-scented, chances are that you’re enjoying synthetic vanillin, not natural vanilla.
- What FOE is protesting is synbio vanillin, a product of the synthetic-biology industry.
- Synbio vanillin, claims a recent article in Mother Jones, “will compete directly with the premium-priced natural vanilla market now owned by farmers in places like Madagascar and Mexico.” Well, it won’t.
'Avengers: Endgame' is a mix of a heist movie and revenge tale that is even better than 'Infinity War'
- Disney And that fun factor comes from how the Avengers think they can win: through time travel.
- I'm not going to give a lot away about the movie, but as you've probably seen Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) in the trailers, you know he's returned from the quantum realm — which is where we saw him last in "Ant-Man and the Wasp" — which means you know from that movie the time-travel angle is out there.
- It's hard to not have fun with a time-travel plot.
- (Sorry, in the MCU time travel doesn't work like "Back to the Future.") Add a heist aspect — again, not going to get into details — and you have gold.
- The movie has one of the most fulfilling, all-out battle sequences that I've seen in a long time.
GamesBeat Summit 2019: Dean Takahashi’s opening speech on gaming communities
- We’ve kicked off GamesBeat Summit 2019, our event at Two Bit Circus in Los Angeles, and I talked about our themes, motivations, and speakers for the event in an opening speech.
- We’ve used some of our money from sponsors like Facebook to bring interesting people here, like Lual Mayen, who went from refugee to game developer.
- We can put an emotional talk like Lual’s story of making games for peace, or the Xbox Adaptive Controller discussion about how everyone wins when we all play, right next to the conversation of Google Stadia leader Phil Harrison and Amy Hennig about what’s coming next.
- These are some of the people who can inspire the next generation and bring more diverse gamers and game creators into the fold.
- I think about the privilege I’ve had in going around the world to hear people talk about games.
Now That Equinix’s SDN Fabric Is Inter-Region, How Does It Compare to Megaport?
- If you’re an Equinix customer and want to use its software-defined network platform to connect to partners, service providers, or your own infrastructure in other Equinix data centers, the company says you can now do that across metros.
- It’s some of the most premium colocation space on the planet, and some companies may find it more cost-effective to be in a cheaper colo while using a service like Megaport to remotely connect to a cloud on-ramp inside an Equinix data center.
- If you’re already an Equinix customer, can reach all the networks you need to reach from one or more Equinix campuses you’re in, and don’t need more than 10G per single connection, it’s hard to see why you would choose Megaport or another SDN fabric over ECX (assuming that ECX is at least competitive with the others on pricing).
Aircraft that turns into 'lighter-than-air' balloon just flew for the first time
- The Phoenix is designed to repeatedly switch between being lighter and heavier than air to generate thrust and allow it to stay in the skies indefinitely.
- Officially known as an "ultra-long endurance autonomous aircraft," it was developed by scientists in Scotland and flown over a distance of 120 meters (394 feet) during its first test flight in March.
- The blimp-like aircraft, which is 15 meters long and has a wingspan of 10.5 meters, has been designed for businesses and scientific use, and its creators hope it will revolutionize the telecommunications industry.
- Gas-filled dirigible-style aircraft have been making a return to the skies in recent years.
- The Airlander 10, a massive helium-filled airship claimed as the world's biggest aircraft, is hoping to make its commercial debut in the next few years.
The top-selling game consoles of all time, magnificently animated
- A couple of weeks ago, we put together a bar chart animation tracking video game console sales.
- Where we couldn’t find what we needed from those sources, we also got data from news reports, company blogs, and, of course, the most-righteous Wikipedia.
- We also combined the Game Boy and Game Boy Color into a single console, as this was an iterative upgrade, rather than a totally new product like the Game Boy Advance.
- On the topic of Nintendo, the company has been amazingly consistent with its hardware sales.
- There’s a basically ten year long stretch where the NES and the Game Boy were the top-selling consoles of all-time, and the DS did very well.
- Of the top ten selling consoles of all-time, Nintendo have four of them.
Mortal Kombat 11 is a game nearly 30 years in the making
- According to creative director and series creator Ed Boon, this desire to keep changing is one of the key reasons Mortal Kombat has managed to stay relevant for so long.
- MKX fast-forwarded the series 25 years into the future, giving fans a look at aging versions of classic fighters like Johnny Cage.
- In an age when fighting games are steadily moving away for storytelling to focus on the competitive side, MK11’s big-budget single-player campaign stands out.
- Recent games like Mortal Kombat 11 are a long-delayed fulfillment of this goal, interspersing gorgeous cinematic cutscenes with all of the bloody fighting action.
- With this idea of constant change and reinvention for the long-running series, Boon says that there are a few core constants that need to be in place for a game to feel like Mortal Kombat.
The best garden hoses you can buy
- But unless you'd rather spend your weekend hours carrying buckets of water to every square foot of your lawn and to the flowers and shrubs lining the property, and unless you love paying top dollar at the local car wash, life probably dictates that you go ahead and get a garden hose.
- For watering potted plants on a porch, balcony, or patio; for irrigating small patches of lawn or garden beds; or for spraying down a car in the driveway, this hose gives you reach and easy control, and then it coils itself right back up again when you don't need it anymore.
- It delivers plenty of water pressure for most common residential and light commercial tasks, from car washing to watering gardens to hosing off decks or driveways, and it has a 50-foot reach when in operation yet measures just 17 feet long when "dry," so it takes up minimal storage space.
Samsung Galaxy Fold review: Do not buy (this time)
- I feel bad for the people in my life because everywhere I've been for the past week, the sounds of opening and closing Samsung's Galaxy Fold have followed.
- Sure, all of the usual premium smartphone bits are here and then some: there's a high-powered Snapdragon 855 chipset with 12GB of RAM inside, plus 512GB of internal storage, six highly capable cameras, and a pair of batteries with a combined capacity of 4,380mAh. And to help make that whopper of a price tag a little easier to swallow, the Fold comes with a case and a set of Samsung's all-wireless Galaxy Buds in the box.
- That's where Samsung's App Continuity software comes into play: It ensures that whatever's happening on the phone's tiny outer screen keeps happening on the big one.
Lessons learned from starting a small conference
- Instead, I like to spend time talking to people that I don't see very often.
- This forces you to pick - you can either have a long conversation with someone or cut that short and attend the next talk.
- This is my biased experience with conferences, I also know folks who like to attend all the talks, absorb everything like a sponge and synthesise them later.
- I wanted to attend a conference that focused on the parts I like - longer meaningful conversations.
- This conference is designed to involve everyone in the discourse with short talks and plenty of time for discussions and follow-up conversations.
- Small group, meaningful conversations seems more like the experience I'd enjoy.
- If I'm creating the perfect conference experience, I'd love to have a diverse set of speakers.