I really want this street-legal bumper car!

Plus, the dead have their day.
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Every trick Microsoft pulled to make you browse Edge instead of Chrome | The Verge

“It’s the default browser in Windows these days, so it’s the primary way you’d download a different browser onto a new PC. You’d open Microsoft Edge, type the name of your new browser into Microsoft Bing search, and nab Chrome or Firefox or Opera (etc.) that way. But Microsoft has repeatedly taken advantage of that to redirect you to Edge instead — and some of its Windows Updates have even launched the browser and pinned it to the desktop and taskbar without permission. Windows still doesn’t wholly respect your default browser choices, either.”

“Close enough” doesn’t cut it. Get exact color matches with Nix Mini 2 | StackSocial

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Pinterest Hits Record-Breaking Numbers Thanks to Gen Z | Gizmodo

“Pinterest’s monthly active users grew by more than 7% for every quarter in 2023, and Gen Z’s incessant mood and vision boarding may be responsible. Management sees a ‘strong product market fit with our recent cohorts, who save 2x more content in their first year on Pinterest, relative to older cohorts.’ At Pinterest’s investor day in September, the company revealed that Gen Z made up 42% of its users, calling the demographic an ‘emerging powerhouse.’”

I tried out Dall-E 3. The AI images are bolder, more detailed and more fun | CNET

“If you want to inject some new energy into your generative AI images, turning text prompts into zany art, a new option arrived last month, as OpenAI released its Dall-E 3 technology to paying customers. The new artificial intelligence model is designed to better understand what your text prompts mean, produce detailed images and sidestep the legally fraught area of aping living artists' styles.”

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This giant bumper car is street-legal and enormously delightful | Popular Science

“‘I always build things,’ says Dan Hryhorcoff. Case in point: Hryhorcoff has constructed an absolutely delightful giant bumper car, a project that he says began during the pandemic. The rest of us may have baked bread as COVID came down the pike, but Hryhorcoff, who lives in northeastern Pennsylvania and has also built a submarine, constructed an enormous blue bumper car. It gets its propulsion from a repurposed Chevrolet engine and is street-legal.”

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The final of the three autumnal celebrations for spirits and the dead

The final of the three autumnal celebrations for spirits and the dead

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), from the History.com website: “The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31-November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 1-2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families for 24 hours. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.”

The Sugar Skull Tradition, from mexicansugarskull.com: “Sugar skulls represented a departed soul, had the name written on the forehead and was placed on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments.”

All Souls’ Day: Traditions, legends, and beliefs, from the Farmer's Almanac: “Do you believe in ghosts? Did you know there’s an actual holiday a few days after Halloween that’s dedicated to honoring the faithfully departed? While such a day might sound spooky, this day — All Souls’ Day, November 2nd — has little to do with scary things and nightmares. It’s a Catholic holiday when the living remember our beloved deceased family and friends. In the Mexican culture, All Souls’ Day is known as Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead. (All Souls’ is not to be confused with All Saints’ Day — the Holy Day on November 1st when the Catholic Church honors its saints and martyrs).”