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Lots to Love in Detroit

Just in time for Valentine's Day...

A list of 99 things to love about Detroit. Thanks to Real Detroit Weekly for coming up with many reasons reasons to adore the D.

Some favorites:
* Our NBA Hall of Famer and mayor Dave Bing
* Waking up in the wee hours of the morning on Fat Tuesday to rip open a fresh box of paczkis from our favorite Hamtramck bakery like kids on Christmas.
* 64,980 inland lakes and ponds. Take that, Minnesota.
* Feather bowling, mussels and Belgian brews at Cadieux Café.
* “Detroit is really a small big city with some of the friendliest, most amazing people you will ever meet,” says the Brazilian gal who's only lived here for 18 months.
* Introducing newcomers to the epic battle between Lafayette and American Coney Island.
* Opening Day. Yes, it is a religious holiday.
* Jimmy Fallon has a love affair with Detroit and continues to make sure his audience knows it. We didn't mind making friends with him either at random house parties in Woodbridge.
* Eleven Stanley Cup Championships, 10 American League Pennant Wins, four World Series Titles, three NBA Championships.

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 Arduboy Business Card Plays Tetris, Might Be for Sale - TIME
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Business Card Plays Tetris, Might Be for Sale Soon



The above video showcases a credit card-sized whatsit with a built-in screen, control pad and two buttons. It plays Tetris! If you’re not convinced by now that we’re either at or very near the pinnacle of human ingenuity, I’m not sure I’d ever be able to convince you otherwise and I’m not sure it’s worth your time to keep reading this. We should amicably go our separate ways.

For the rest of you, this project is called Arduboy. It’s about a millimeter and a half thick and apparently packs north of nine hours of battery life. Its creator, Kevin Bates, created the proof-of-concept you see in the above video and has plans to roll out a Kickstarter campaign to sell these things, complete with a website where people can share other types of software and games they create for Arduboy.

Bates writes on his site that he wants to use Kickstarter to raise $820 to cover licensing costs. I write here that he’ll probably be able to raise that amount faster than he can clear the first level of Tetris. He’ll also probably have to sell the cards without a game loaded onto them to avoid legal issues, though.

No word on how much a final version would cost, but you can visit Bates’ website to read more about how the project came together, complete with photos of the Qdoba and REI gift cards he used to test some of the early builds.

My business card plays Tetris [YouTube via The Next Web]

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 MIT Student Creates Connect Four Playing Robot for Course Final - TIME
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This Robot Would Very Much Like to Play a Game of Connect Four With You

Game on


When the singularity finally hits and artificial intelligence takes over everything, at least we know some of the robots will know how to have a good time — like this Connect Four-playing bot, programmed by MIT student Patrick McCabe.

Users can choose between four levels of difficulty and can even ask for a hint if needed. Head over to McCabe’s website for a detailed breakdown of how the machine works. In the meantime, watch here as the bot beats McCabe in the first round — and even taunts him a little bit before clinching the game.

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