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Weekend Links: Type Like a Movie Hacker

You know how in Hollywood people just bang on a keyboard and suddenly they've broken into a top secret database? Yes well now you too can at least look like a pro with this handy Type Like a Hacker in a Movie tool.

A nice little distraction of a game that's somewhere in between strategy and PacMan. Did anyone beat the 30 levels?
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This one I stole from the fantastic Colin Hanks on Twitter (@Colin_Hanks) - an engaging video about how bikers, pedestrians and motorists interact in one intersection in NYC (hint: badly!! It reminds me of Atlanta), and how urban design needs to come to the rescue.
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This is my new absolute favorite website: Retronaut. According to the site, creator Chris Wild finds these amazing pictures and relics as a consultant for archives, museums and digital history (and makes up a few of his own along the way). (I think someone should edit this picture into the "this lady is wearing a crab hat, your argument is invalid" meme).
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How to build the best paper airplanes from 12 great designs. It starts off easy but gets progressively harder!
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Out of the mouths of babes: a Reno boy's science fair project on saving money through water conservation actually has businesses noticing.
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A really unbelievable trick on the eye explained by the Discover Bad Astronomy blog (which if you don't have bookmarked already … do it now!). Seeing is not believing!
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What those numbers on your credit card really mean, plus a related mathematical party trick with which to impress your friends, and what!
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A big thank you to everyone who sent in links this week, especially links-faithful Jan - keep it up! Send your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com. And don't forget to follow me on Twitter (@FlossyAlli), where sometimes I go on and on about beautiful bicycles.

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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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