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Am I Gross For Sucking Snot Out Of My Baby's Nose?

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Welcome to Am I Gross? A recurring feature in which we tell you if you’re gross. If you’d like to know if something you are doing is gross, email our columnist at AmIGross.Deadspin@gmail.com.

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Yes.

No Man’s Sky is finally getting multiplayer in July

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No Man’s Sky’s next major update is coming in July, and it’s bringing a much-anticipated feature to the game: online multiplayer. Developer Hello Games announced the release date for No Man’s Sky NEXT, which is described as the biggest update to the game yet, and it will also see No Man’s Sky make its belated debut on the Xbox One. (It’s currently available on both the PlayStation 4 and PC.) The NEXT update will hit all platforms on July 24th.

The big news for the update, though, is that full multiplayer support is finally coming, a feature that was talked about prior to the game’s launch in 2016 but was never actually implemented. No Man’s Sky takes place in a vast, procedurally generated universe that’s the same for all players, yet...

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Did Hello Games lie about having multiplayer at launch?

Here’s a $4,500 iPhone X with a solar charger on the back

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A Russian accessory maker named Caviar has started selling a solar-powered version of the iPhone X going for $4,500. Caviar is branding the phone the iPhone X “Tesla” and it initially announced its plans back in November, as spotted by AppleInsider.

Since Caviar makes neither iPhones nor Teslas, the iPhone X Tesla’s functions aren’t built directly into the device. Instead, the iPhone X Tesla is actually a pretty thick phone case that attaches directly onto the device, with a solar panel on the back that powers a secondary battery for additional juice. Caviar claims the case has IP67 water and dust resistance.

Caviar’s first unit of the iPhone X Tesla case has the engraving, “Made on Earth by Humans,” in honor of when Elon Musk sent a...

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Russians be crazy.

Poppy’s legal-battle woes are years in the making

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<br><br>Poppy (center) and Mars Argo (right)

Everything you need to know about the lawsuit enveloping Poppy, Mars Argo and Titanic Sinclair

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I can boil this down even further... Here's everything you need to know about this:

Nothing.

BN Works Twiist 2-in-1 Pen Review

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BN Works Twiist 2-in-1 Pen Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

There's at least one universal truth in regards to the machined pens market: It's never dull. Every time I look up, it seems like there's a new metal machined pen making a debut in our little corner of the internet. The most recent one to come across my desk is the new BN Works Twiist 2-in-1 pen. Why 2-in-1? Well, aside from the pen refill, it also features a silicon stylus tip in the top of the pen instead of a finial.

BN Works Twiist 2-in-1 Pen

Like the name implies, you twist the pen to extend and retract the refill. Likewise, you twist the top cap area to extend and retract the stylus. When not in use, the stylus stows away nicely, which is something I really appreciate. I've never liked the look of the large silicone stylus tips, and if pen manufacturers insist on including them on their pens, providing an option to hide it is best. This stylus works well enough, but I honestly don't use them much. One downside of this design is that lint and dust are attracted to the stylus cavity when it's retracted.

BN Works Twiist 2-in-1 Pen Stylus

After tearing in to the minimal packaging, the BN Works Twiist immediately catches the eye. It's a good-looking pen, and it will make a nice gift for most people. Along with the pen, BN Works include a Schmidt P8126 refill and two additional stylus tips in case the included tip wears out. The stylus tip simply unscrews from the pen if you want to replace it or remove it. Inside the pen, there's a Schmidt P900 ballpoint refill. As for the clip, it's incredibly strong. It's so strong that I might call it a down-side. It works well in most cases, but you might experience some trouble when trying to slide the pen into a pocket or sleeve sometimes if the material is just thick enough.

BN Works Twiist 2-in-1 Pen Clip

The twist operation of the pen refill is smooth and sure. It really is a pleasure to use, and it feels well-made. The twist mechanism for the stylus tip can be a bit tight, but it's still easy to use. The pen is made of copper and aluminum, and from what I can tell, the copper makes up the foundation and the aluminum is used on the outside to provide a nice texture and color. There are four total options in regards to pen body colors: Silver and Black, Rose and Black, Black and Copper, and Black and Silver. It seems confusing, but just remember that the first color in the name indicates the color of the top portion (the part that includes the clip) of the pen. Price-wise, all four pens come in at $85 each.

BN Works Twiist 2-in-1 Pen Open

At first glance, this is a gorgeous pen that feels great in the hand and has a nice design aesthetic. Once you pick it up and start writing, the good times keep rolling. The finish on the silver barrel on the model I have has a very pleasing texture that offers a great grip while writing. The matte black half of the pen compliments the silver grip perfectly. There's a bit of weight due to the brass body, but it's not so heavy that it makes it difficult to write. It still has a good balance that makes long writing sessions enjoyable.

But, the Twiist is not without its problems. My main complaint involves the included refill. I've never used a Schmidt P900 refill before, so I did some research. From what I can tell, the P900 predates the EasyFlow 9000 refill that Schmidt is known for. When it comes down to performance, the P900 just can't compete with the EasyFlow. The P900 leaves a light, skippy line that has trouble starting. Compare that to the dark, smooth, gel-like EasyFlow, and you can see why I'm confused with this choice. The makers obviously know a good refill when they see one, because they chose to also include a P8126 in the box (as a reminder, this is the refill that Retro51 Tornados ship with). I'm not sure if there's a large cost difference between the P900 and the EasyFlow 9000, but I think BN Works would have a much better product on their hands if they chose the better refill as the default.

BN Works Twiist 2-in-1 Pen vs Parker Jotter

My other complaint is a simple one: this doesn't feel like an $85 pen. To reference Retro51 again, the manage to pull off a similar design for a much lower price. That's not a completely fair comparison, but it's also hard to ignore. Knock off $20 or $25 from the price, replace the P900 with an EasyFlow 9000, make shipping free, and then you've got a great deal.

Overall, this is a great pen. It features a unique aesthetic, it feels great in the hand, it's made extremely well, and it would make a great gift for a graduate. If you enjoy the look, don't mind the price, and know your way around alternative Parker-style refills, I'm sure you'd enjoy it for many years. BN Works is a fairly new player in the stationery world, and I look forward to seeing what they come up with next.

(BN Works provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Hard pass on stylus pens.

Ticketmaster could replace tickets with facial recognition

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Someday in the not-so-distant future, you might be able to walk into a concert venue without waiting in line for your ticket to be scanned — because instead, the venue will automatically scan and identify your face.

That’s the experience that Live Nation and Ticketmaster suggested they’ll try to develop last week, when announcing an investment in Blink Identity. Blink is a brand new company that claims to be able to identify people walking by in “half a second,” even if they aren’t looking straight at a camera.

“We will continue investing in new technologies to further differentiate Ticketmaster from others in the ticketing business,” Live Nation wrote in a note to investors last week....

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mellangatang
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Great, now we'll get charged a 'face' fee, too.
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