I always dread the afternoon I set aside to clean my oven. The built-in cycle releases toxic fumes into my home, and I imagine it can’t be healthy for anyone who’s still inside while it’s running. But without it, how else do you get rid of the burnt-on bits from hundreds of meals? Well, all you really need is a bathtub, a towel, some dishwashing soap, and baking soda!
No toxic fumes or need to scrub for hours? This is the best cleaning hack ever!
1. Last year, Rihanna announced she’d be releasing a “concept album” based on DreamWorks’ upcoming animated family film, Home.
She’s also voicing the main character, Tip.
2. Now, a full year after it was announced, the first taste of the album has made its way online and it’s good! Titled “Towards The Sun,” the song manages the tricky feat of being both family-friendly and distinctly Rihanna.
4. According to a now-defunct Amazon listing, the soundtrack is due out March 17 and is rumored to feature three more new Rihanna songs, as well as new tracks from Charli XCX, Jennifer Lopez, and Kiesza.
1. “Red Balloon,” Charli XCX 2. “Run to Me,” Clarence Coffee Jr 3. “Dancing In the Dark,” Rihanna 4. “Peaceful Holiday,” James Clark 5. “Boov Death Song,” Jim Parsons 6. “Towards the Sun,” Rihanna 7. “As Real As You And Me,” Rihanna 8. “Deck the Halls,” The Platters 9. “Slushious,” Stargate & Balkan Beat Box 10. “Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna 11. “Cannonball,” Kiesza 12. “Drop That,” Rihanna 13. “Feel the Light,” Jennifer Lopez
5. Fans are already clamoring for a video and it doesn’t look like they’ll have to wait long — last week, the pop star spent her birthday on a music video set.
Michael Garnier is proud to claim that he lives in the world’s largest tree house. Even though it’s not official, it’s an exciting idea, and seems plausible as the enormous 1,800 sq ft home is supported in the air by seven huge oak trees. The video is featured on LaughingSquid, FairCompanies, and TheBlaze.
Here’s a longer video of more of Michael’s amazing treehouses and wood inventions featured on BoingBoing.
Losing a pet is one of the most difficult experiences we go through. And finding a new four-legged friend can be daunting. But a new iOS app wants to make it easier for you to find replacement pets— provided you’re looking for a near-identical match.
PetMatch uses image recognition to find adoptable cats and dogs that look like pets in any given picture. Though Superfish, the company behind the app, isn’t exactly touting it as a search engine to replace dead pets— the company describes it as a tool to find your “picture perfect pet” — the app will no doubt prove useful to parents who don’t want to tell the kids what really happened to Fluffy.
When users upload a photo of a cat or dog, the app compares the image to photos of nearby animals currently up for adoption. The results supposedly display photos of lookalike animals as well as relevant shelter or adoption agency info. Users not looking for an exact match of a former pet can also browse the app’s gallery of adoptable pets.
“Our sophisticated algorithms (and our registered patents) allow us to analyze every picture and provide similar and near identical images in real time – no text tags, no human involvement,” the company writes on its website, adding that their platform can handle up to 2,000 searches a second.
Right now, the free app seems to be more conceptual than practical. A search for a white kitten from the app’s gallery, for example, turned up several other white cats — all at shelters hundreds of miles away.
The app also seems to rely heavily on the pet being positioned in the center of the frame. I uploaded a photo of a friend’s cat, who happens to be all black, and the app turned up photos of other black cats sitting in a similar position as the one in my photograph— none of which were closer than a few hundred miles away. Another search based on an adult grey tuxedo cat returned ginger and tabby kittens.
Superfish has another image-based search app in the works, WindowShopper, which allows users to upload photos of products in order to find similar items in online stores.