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From Slate, a slideshow of strange maps that include California as an island, utopia in the shape of a skull, and other cartographic curiosities.
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I'm thinking about getting my bathtub redone. What do you guys think? Here are 11 more creative bathtubs.
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A partridge in a pear tree isn't what it used to be ... it's cheaper! The '12 days of Christmas' did get slightly pricier overall though, with the Christmas Price Index climbed an anemic 0.9% this year as plunging bird prices offset an increase in the cost of five gold rings.
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When Geeks inherit the earth, expect more everyday gadgets like these nerdcore wallets (actually, I can't wait!)
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Flossy Faithful Sarah (no doubt inspired by this article), found yet another strangely specific museum all about lace. Has anyone been?
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If you think the BCS bracket is a lot of mess and nonsense, they've got nothing compared to the fairness (or lack thereof) in Mortal Kombat. ("Wait, so she doesn't fight until Round 7? What does she do before then, get 6 rounds of byes?" "If that's what you want to call it ... yes.")
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Do you have lush acreage coveted by your neighbor? Or perhaps your apartment is going co-op and those adjacent to you are anxious to expand? Don't fall for the old Trojan Pig trick!
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Here's an end-of-the-year list that's actually worth reading: the Nat Geo News's Top Ten Discoveries of 2009 (including megamouth sharks, giant snakes, a transparent-headed fish, and rare species rescued from obscurity—then eaten).

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We've probably all had a case of Buyer's Remorse, especially on those occasional impulse buys. And even though the old adage goes "one man's trash is another man's treasure," I have a feeling anyone who buys products featured on Regretsy (bizarre or poorly constructed items on Etsy) will be feeling the sorrow sooner than later.
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Pretty cool purse ... but can it play music and video? I guess you need to radio or TV bag for that. You just might find them among these 50 extremely unique bags.
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A very cool traveling photo exhibition in the Karamoja Cluster: Researchers from Tufts University have been traveling around rural Uganda with an outdoor photography exhibition that features pictures they took during their previous fieldwork. They tape the photographs to minivans and hang them from trees, inviting people to come and look.
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Art is everywhere - from mind blowing guerrilla graffiti to corporate airplane creations, to digitally manipulated images that are pretty darn rad.
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I thought this was cute and worth a gander for any baseball fans (also I happen to be a big fan of simple rhyme schemes): Baseball from A to Z: The All-Star Alphabet Team.
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When looking for a job, "find your niche" they say. Well, if you enjoy hanging from ropes around alcohol, a job as a Wine Angel might be just the thing for you.
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A surprised kitten sports some amazing jazz hands.
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Oh my, there's really just a neverending supply of ugliest tattoos. Please, readers, see these are cautionary tales! But then it's ok to laugh. Do any of your out there have any regrettable tattoos?
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30 Rock fans will know that Tracy Jordan is now on a quest to become an EGOT winner (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). But that kind of achievement still pales in comparison to some of these 5 major overachievers (including the man who wrote over 200,000 books and the man with 20 post graduate degrees).
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Weekend Project 1: A coloring book dress you can wear! (ok this version is a little pricey, but it's a cool idea overall!)
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Weekend Project 2: How to Make a 3-D Origami Christmas Star. Report back if you managed it!
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A very big thank you and much love to everyone who sent me Birthday greetings last week, and for those (especially Jan!) who sent in a bundle of links as a gift! Don't stop now - send all your fabulous, funny or freakish finds to FlossyLinks@gmail.com. Have a great weekend!

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New AI-Driven Music System Analyzes Tracks for Perfect Playlists
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Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or recovering from a breakup, a well-curated playlist makes all the difference. If you don't have time to pick the perfect songs manually, services that use the AI-driven system Sonic Style may be able to figure out exactly what you have in mind based on your request.

According to Fast Company, Sonic Style is the new music-categorizing service from the media and entertainment data provider Gracenote. There are plenty of music algorithms out there already, but Sonic Style works a little differently. Rather than listing the entire discography of a certain artist under a single genre, the AI analyzes individual tracks. It considers factors like the artist's typical genre and the era the song was recorded in, as well as qualities it can only learn through listening, like tempo and mood. Based on nearly 450 descriptors, it creates a super-accurate "style profile" of the track that makes it easier for listeners to find it when searching for the perfect song to fit an occasion.

Playlists that use data from Sonic Style feel like they were made by a person with a deep knowledge of music rather than a machine. That's thanks to the system's advanced neural network. It also recognizes artists that don't fit neatly into one genre, or that have evolved into a completely different music style over their careers. Any service—including music-streaming platforms and voice-activated assistants—that uses Gracenote's data will be able to take advantage of the new technology.

With AI at your disposal, all you have to do as the listener is decide on a style of music. Here are some ideas to get you started if you want a playlist for productivity.

[h/t Fast Company]

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