New Technology – Uber Self-Driving Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona

An Uber self-driving car struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona. It’s the first known pedestrian death linked to the technology. As a result, Uber has suspended self-driving tests pending an investigation.

The car was in self-driving mode with a human safety driver behind the wheel when it hit 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. The Tempe police says the woman was walking across the street but she wasn’t on the sidewalk.

Experimental phase

The tragedy is a reminder that self-driving technology is still experimental. Likewise, governments are still trying to figure out the rules surrounding it.

Uber and various carmakers and tech companies have started to expand the testing of their self-driving cars around the United States. Proponents say the vehicles will be safer than regular ones because easily distracted people aren’t behind the wheel.

Interestingly, while the technology is about a decade old, it’s only just starting to experience the unpredictable situations that motorists deal with.

Road rules

Since 2015, Arizona’s lenient rules have opened its roads to vehicles from Uber, Waymo, and other companies looking to take advantage of its sunny days and dry weather. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently gave an executive order saying that self-driving cars did not need human drivers on public roads.

Uber has been running its self-driving operations in the state since 2016. Since last year, customers in Tempe have been able to hail rides from self-driving cars.

The incident comes two years after the first known death related to a self-driving car. In 2016, a Tesla driver was killed in an accident while using the car’s self-driving feature.

Cook Like a Boss – Quick and Easy Corned Beef Hash

There’s nothing quite like the smell and taste of corned beef hash in the morning. It’s a type of dish with chopped potatoes and various other spices, and it’s glorious. Especially with coffee!

So here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1 (12 oz.) can of corned beef, cut into chunks
  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of beef broth


In a large, deep skillet, over medium heat, put in the potatoes, onion, corned beef, and beef broth. Stir the mixture.

Cover the skillet and let the dish simmer until the potatoes are of mashing consistency, and the liquid is almost gone. This should take about 30 minutes.

Mix the corned beef hash well, then serve.


  • You can chop the potatoes well ahead of time if you keep them in cold water so that they won’t brown.
  • Cut up the corned beef into about the same size as the diced potatoes.
  • For the perfect breakfast dish, top the hash with a fried egg. You can also sprinkle it with spring onions as a garnish.
  • You can also include other side dishes like toast, hash browns, home fries (i.e. fried potatoes), or biscuits.
  • To mix it up, consider using roast beef instead of corned beef.

Must-Play Games This Week – A Way Out

It’s been weeks since we’ve had a must-play video game but here we are, back for more.

Remember the charming Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, where you controlled the two titular siblings at the same time? Its director Josef Fares is working on a similar game titled A Way Out, a prison break type of game.

And guess what? It’s coming out today.

Gameplay trailer

Unlike Fares’ other creation, A Way Out is a split-screen co-op game with no single-player mode. Here’s a sneak peak at how it plays:


So here are some of the game’s features:

  • You play A Way Out with a friend either locally or online. And yes, it’s entirely split-screen.
  • Control either Leo or Vincent, break them out of prison, and continue their journey together beyond it.
  • The story is told simultaneously. There will be times when one can control their character, while the other watches a cutscene.
  • Some of the shenanigans you’ll do together: car chases, fights, shootouts, and sneaking around.

It’s not common to see a game like A Way Out. Plus, Fares really impressed us the last time with Brothers, which remains quite unique to this day.

A Way Out is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Instababe of the Week: Liz Katz

If you play video games, read comic books, and enjoy looking at cosplay, then you’ve probably heard of Liz Katz. She’s a professional cosplayer, lifelong gamer, and photographer, among other things. Did we mention she’s an absurdly hot?

Quick Notes on Liz Katz

Name: Liz Katz
Description: Liz lives for video games, comic books, and sci-fi films. She:

- Was raised in Randolph, New Jersey.
- Had severe social anxiety when she was still in school.
- Is a huge Magic the Gathering fan.
- Got into gaming at the tender age of 2.
- Has cosplayed many characters. Some of her notable ones include Catwoman, Lara Croft, and Final Fantasy VII's Tifa Lockhart.


One of the things we love about Liz Katz is how she makes the extra effort to communicate with her fans. Whether it’s on her YouTube or Instagram, you’ll see Liz interacting with followers. So if you do have Instagram, make sure you follow her.

Still not convinced? Here are a few reasons why you should:

Painted up hussie #makeup #skincare #somanyfilters

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Going to dirty everything on the top up a bit, and need to modify the hat (it's way to high on top and the trim should go to the edge) the wig was modified by me… but I quickly learned that it is not even the slightest bit heat resistant (oops!) even with the burnt plastic bits being cut off I'm happy with how it turned out! I'll post some boots progress photos soon! jacket by @castlecorsetry I need to get a whole FFXV cosplay crew together this fall for some shoots! #cindycosplay #finalfantasy #ff #ffxv #finalfantasyxv #finalfantasycindy #finalfantasycosplay #finalfantasyxvcosplay #cosplay #cosplayer #lizkatz #ffxvcosplay #hammerhead #CindyAurum #castlecorsetry #finalfantasy15 #finalfantasy15cosplay #videogames #videogamecosplay #squareenix #comiccon

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#tbt to Princess Peach in the Hollywood Castle

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Thirst-Day – The classic Martinez cocktail

The Martinez cocktail is the granddaddy of the martini. It combines sweet vermouth, maraschino/curaçao, gin, and bitters, resulting in a beverage sweeter than the classic elixir.

Hazy history

But despite being viewed as the martini‘s precursor, the Martinez cocktail’s history is pretty unclear. It’s said to have been created sometime in the 1860s or 70s at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco.

As for the name, the hotel patrons came from the nearby town of Martinez, or maybe the cocktail was first created by a bartender from that town. Whatever its origin, the Martinez cocktail was first published in O.H. Byron’s The Modern Bartender, in 1884.

Here are the ingredients for making yourself a glass.

UFC 219: Cris Cyborg vs Holly Holm

On December 30, 2017, UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Cristiane Justino (aka Cris Cyborg) faced Holly Holm, the former bantamweight champ. The fight was UFC 219’s main event.

The difference between fighters

Because of her MMA record (17 knockouts as of this writing) Cyborg has earned quite a reputation. She usually bombards her opponents with a deluge of punches.

Holly Holm, on the other hand, is more of a tactician and counter-puncher. She looks for openings and exploits her opponents’ weaknesses – like how she handled Ronda Rousey.

If you missed Cyborg and Holm’s UFC match, now’s your chance to see it in its entirety.

Weekly Eye Candy – Blondes have more fun

Every week, we put together a gallery of photos that will blow your mind. Last time, we looked at a gallery of face-melting redheads. So much so that it felt like summer.

Today, we bask in more hotness with blondes, who are scientifically proven to have more fun.

What happens when you light a ball of 42,000 matches?

Have you ever tried gluing matches together? No matter how hard you try, they won’t be perfectly aligned. That’s because a match’s head is a bit wider than its body. Keep sticking them together, however, and they will eventually form a sphere.

However, this will take some time and quite a bit of match sticks.

Fortunately, artist Ben Ahles pursued the project so that we won’t have to. His purpose: to find out how many match sticks it would take to create a sphere. It ultimately took 42,000 of them.

Now that you have a globe covered with green match heads, what do you do? You light it, of course. And film the proceedings.

Gear Lust – The 2018 Lexus LS

Meet the Lexus LS, a full-size luxury car. Its predecessors came with V8 engines and were largely rear-wheel drive. The latest model, however, says goodbye to the V8 edition. Is the fifth-generation 2018 Lexus LS500 like the old LS cars we remember?

Let’s take a closer look.

V8 no more

Unlike its V8 predecessors, the new Lexus LS uses a V6 engine. The standard engine is the 24-valve V35A-FTS direct-injected, twin-turbocharged DOHC 3.4-liter V6. It’s tuned for torque production, and it cranks out 442 lb-ft from 1600 to 4800 rpm. Its 416-horsepower peak happens at 6000 rpm.

The new model is about 30hp higher compared to the previous LS460’s 4.6-liter V8. More importantly, it outperforms the V8’s 367 lb-ft of peak torque, whose torque peak was 4100 rpm. The turbo V6’s extra 75 lb-ft is greater in quantity and delivered over a lower, broader rev range.

Under the hood

The 500h’s hybrid power train is similar to that of the LC500h and uses a naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6. It also has a shorter, 83-millimeter stroke. Lexus rates it at 295 horsepower before adding in the electric motors.

To Lexus, those electric motors are Motor Generator 1 and Motor Generator 2. Both are water-cooled, permanent-magnet units responsible for both propulsion and regenerative braking, and they’re powered by 84 lithium-ion cells. Combine them with the V6 engine and you get a system output of 354 horsepower.


The first thing we noticed when looking at the Lexus LS is its spindle grill, whose pattern is rather mesmerizing. The F Sport version of the LS comes with a different grill design but its just as detailed, but it doesn’t seem as visually interesting.

The spindle’s gaping gullet accentuates the car’s front, and there are many other interesting details in the styling. Combined with the side-view mirrors, the LS looks like a mix between a Maserati and Mercedes. It’s quite singular in that aspect.

That said, the best design is inside the car itself. The regular LS interior is trimmed with leather and wood like a conventional luxury car. The Executive interior looks a bit different.