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VICE’s Noisey: Slim Jesus Played for 30 People at a Kentucky Strip Club

YouTube rap phenomenon Slim Jesus made his debut to the great state of Kentucky on his inaugural Young & Ignorant tour Friday night at a seedy strip club, or “gentlemen’s club” if you prefer, for a night of entertainment somewhere between slice of life and through the looking glass. It was almost poetic, until you actually got there. Trixie’s Adult Entertainment …

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LEO Weekly: Looneyville – The News of 2015 in Review

Read full issue at LEO Weekly. Kentucky elects Matt Bevin In every respectable poll, even up to the last week in October, Democrat Jack Conway held a comfortable, outside-the-margin-of-error lead. According to random samples and tried-and-true statistics, the reincarnation of Buzz Lightyear as an attorney general should’ve comfortably cruised to the governorship on Nov. 3. Then a funny thing happened on the …

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Intel: How big data helps first responders

Police officers and firefighters are leveraging big data to do their jobs more efficiently and more accurately. In a life or death situation, it’s discouraging to think that emergency services might not be able to locate someone in distress. According to a New York Times article, “The Federal Communications Commission estimates more than 70 percent of 240 million annual 911 calls …

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Bai: The future of the flavor with tastebud hacking

You don’t have to be Proust to know how smell invokes a memory – or how touch changes mood. Our senses are connected and clearly shape our awareness. Taste is no different and it’s all powered by the brain. Knowing this, scientists, psychologists, and restauranteurs are looking to engineer the way we enjoy food – taste hacking, if you will. …

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Bai: The quantified diet

Just as the connected home syncs all of our necessary and leisure devices together to our own personal harmonies, the quantified self movement helps keep tabs on all of behavior – from measuring our finances and sleep patterns to exercise regiments and eating habits. Per the latter, a number of hardware innovations like Garmin’s Fitness Band and Jawbone’s UP keep …

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Bai: Food and music pairings

If you’ve ever heard a sound and had it trigger a sense of color – or seen a color and suddenly tasted a flavor, you have synesthesia, a rare and often misunderstood neurological phenomenon in which one sense triggers another one. Less than 0.2% of the population experiences real synesthesia – for the rest of us, the closest we’ll get …

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Intel: Space weather predicts conditions on Earth

Studying weather in space helps researchers predict weather here on Earth.  The idea of studying weather might call to mind local meteorologists pointing at a big map, reporting school delays and igniting community ire when good science proves imperfect. But studying the weather can also reveal valuable lessons about life on our planet, and other planets too. The National Oceanic and …

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Intel: Can tech break the distraction addiction?

Using technology to become more mindful seems like a contradiction, but new apps try to cure our distraction addiction. You’re waiting in line at the grocery store with time to kill or at the bar waiting for a friend. Instinctually, you reach for your smartphone to catch up on cat photos in your Facebook feed or any given new outrage …

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Intel: A mobile device can predict my life

Several in-the-works applications combine sensors and computing to make smart, connected devices that dial in to our deepest emotions.  Any sci-fi fan, or really anyone familiar with the phrase “I’ll Be Back,” has cited the fictional Skynet from “Terminator” as the point at which technology becomes too smart. Well, we haven’t achieved sentient technology with its own set of emotions …

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Altered Zones: Artist Profile on Sun Araw

Sun Araw, the “sacred retreat” of Cameron Stallones, once again rides fleeting moments of spiritual clarity out to the end of the astral plane on his recently Zoned In Ancient Romans. Here, Stallones comes out guns blazing with his most sonically acrobatic and, depending on your taste, accessible material yet. It’s the type of work that, if our God is …