Pac-Man Fever

A new (perfect) record on the classic game.

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Some games never die.

A new record was set on the Pac-Man arcade game.   The winning player, David Race, ate every dot, fruit, and ghost to nail a perfect maximum score of 3,333,360 in 3 hours, 41 minutes, and 22 seconds, according to USA Today.

As the story points out, the original Pac-Man king was Billy Mitchell, a BBQ sauce entrepreneur who was immortalized in the awesome documentary, The King of Kong.

If you haven't seen that film yet, I highly recommend it.  It's basically like geek Rocky. 

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Deep Learning Could Bring the Concert Experience Home

The century-old quest for truly realistic sound production is finally paying off

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Stuart Bradford

Now that recorded sound has become ubiquitous, we hardly think about it. From our smartphones, smart speakers, TVs, radios, disc players, and car sound systems, it’s an enduring and enjoyable presence in our lives. In 2017, a survey by the polling firm Nielsen suggested that some 90 percent of the U.S. population listens to music regularly and that, on average, they do so 32 hours per week.

Behind this free-flowing pleasure are enormous industries applying technology to the long-standing goal of reproducing sound with the greatest possible realism. From Edison’s phonograph and the horn speakers of the 1880s, successive generations of engineers in pursuit of this ideal invented and exploited countless technologies: triode vacuum tubes, dynamic loudspeakers, magnetic phonograph cartridges, solid-state amplifier circuits in scores of different topologies, electrostatic speakers, optical discs, stereo, and surround sound. And over the past five decades, digital technologies, like audio compression and streaming, have transformed the music industry.

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