Half-Life: Alyx Causes Valve Index to Sell Out in the US and Canada

The Valve Index VR headset is experiencing stock shortages in the US and Canada after the reveal of Half-Life: Alyx. Valve revealed its new VR-only game Half-Life: Alyx on November 21. Now, just a week later, Valve’s own VR headset, the Index, is selling out in the US and Canada. RoadtoVR reports that from November 27 most of the Index packages listed on the US and Canadian Steam store pages are displayed with “Back in Stock Soon” messages. That’s three packages in total: the headset, controllers, and Half-Life: Alyx package; headset and Half-Life: Alyx package; and the controllers and Half-Life: Alyx package. The only Index package that is still available is the most expensive at $999 – which includes includes the headset, controllers, two base stations, and Half-Life: Alyx. However, the message displayed alongside it is that if you order now you can expect to receive it before December 25. Before Half-Life: Alyx was announced, all of the Index packages were available for immediate shipping in the US and Canada. The fact that these packages are now almost all sold out is the first indication of how popular Half-Life: Alyx might be. CD Projekt Red recently had to ...

31 Best First Anniversary Wedding Gifts Of All-Time

It’s been 365 days of sublime happiness! Well, maybe not. We’re sure you’ve had your ups and downs, but you are on the other side now. You have made it through a full year of marriage, meaning you are now a veteran, and that’s reason to celebrate your first wedding anniversary. While we hope you have many, many wedding anniversaries to come, the first one is always exciting. What better way to look back on how far you’ve come than with wedding anniversary gifts to show the one you love how much you still adore them? Whether you go for personal and sentimental, fun and exciting, or just useful, there are some pretty great and unique first anniversary gifts. A cooking class with The Chef & The Dish lets you video conference a chef based in Italy, Thailand, Japan, Spain, Turkey, New Orleans, and more places, into your home for a private cooking experience. Together, you and your chef whip up a meal authentic to that region.  RELATED: The Best Traditional Wedding Anniversary Gifts By Year (From Your First Anniversary To Your 50th) A keepsake memory box filled with custom-designed and printed personal messages and photos, this makes for an emotional ...

Blinky LED projects: we just can’t get enough of them. But anyone who’s stared a WS2812

Blinky LED projects: we just can’t get enough of them. But anyone who’s stared a WS2812 straight in the face knows that the secret sauce that takes a good LED project and makes it great is the diffuser. Without a diffuser, colors don’t blend and LEDs are just tiny, blinding points of light. The ideal diffuser scrambles the photons around and spreads them out between LED and your eye, so that you can’t tell exactly where they originated. We’re going to try to pay the diffuser its due, and hopefully you’ll get some inspiration for your next project from scrolling through what we found. But this is an “Ask Hacakday”, so here’s the question up front: what awesome LED diffusion tricks are we missing, what’s your favorite, and why? Look closely enough at an RGB LED and you’ll see three individual LED chips, not surprisingly in red, green, and blue. We all know this, and yet it’s still surprising how badly blended the colors can be, even from an LED unit like the WS2812, where the three diodes are ridiculously tiny and less than a millimeter apart. Somehow, even at desk-distance, you still get the feeling that you’re looking at a red LED and a blue LED instead of a blended magenta ligh...

Market Insights of Headboard Washers Market by Top Key Players, Size, Drivers & Market Dynamics Forces 2024

Headboard Washers market report examines the short-and medium-term economic and profitability outlook for Headboard Washers industry.. The Headboard Washers market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over XX% during the period 2019−2024. The global Headboard Washers market has been subjected to several regulatory compliances and crucial coding terminology over the years. Adherence to regulatory standards remains crucial for vendors. The study considers the present scenario of the Headboard Washers market and its market dynamics for the period 2019−2024. It covers a detailed overview of several market growth enablers, restraints, and trends. The report covers both the demand and supply aspect of the market. This research report on the Headboard Washers market covers sizing and forecast, market share, industry trends, growth drivers, and vendor analysis. The competitive environment in the Headboard Washers market is intensifying. The market currently witnesses the presence of several major as well as other prominent vendors, contributing toward the market growth. However, the market is observing an influx of local vendors entering the market. The study profiles and examines leading ...

9 Surprising Benefits Of Rubbing Alcohol You Didn’t Know About

If you’re someone who can only make sense of storing alcohol in a liquor cabinet, think again. While others may store it in their medicine cabinet, not many know the how to fully use the potent properties of rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol.  Although alcohol may have been used as a disinfectant traditionally, it also has several health benefits that have gone relatively unnoticed. These are 9 benefits of rubbing alcohol that you may have overlooked.  Dabbing or rubbing alcohol on mosquito bites as soon as you notice them helps keep the itching at bay according to popsugar.com.  Holding a swab or sterile pad soaked in rubbing alcohol can help stop the stinging, prevent re-contamination and the spread of an HSV as stated by wikihow.com. It also states that 70% rubbing alcohol the ideal level of dilution for this treatment.  Turns out that rubbing alcohol spread over aching muscles and aching joints can help reduce pain and swelling. According to the Columba Online Encyclopedia, alcohol acts as an irritant on the skin and increases the blood flow to the area it is applied to, which enhances healing.  Use these ingredients as listed in wellnessmama.com to make your own hand sanitizer, ...

Global Dairy Starter Culture Market Technology Updates 2019 – Chr. Hansen, Danisco, DSM, CSK, Lallemand

The Dairy Starter Culture market report will provide one with overall market analysis, statistics, and every minute data relating to the Dairy Starter Culture market necessary for forecasting its revenue, factors propelling & hampering its growth, key market players [Chr. Hansen, Danisco, DSM, CSK, Lallemand, Sacco System, Dalton, BDF Ingredients, Lactina, Lb Bulgaricum, Anhui Jinlac Biotech, Probio-Plus], and much more. In addition, the key focus points of the report are services, analytics, billings, management, and system. The report offers a statistical analysis of every market aspect that would assist our clients in outlining business strategies and decision-making. Further, it will also aid them to jot down the future interest and accordingly execute their plans. The Dairy Starter Culture report moreover gives estimations dependent on the cutting edge business advancements and intelligent systems. The Dairy Starter Culture market report involves every minuscule detail, requirement, and data identified with present and future need that might boost the improvement. To get an exclusive sample of Dairy Starter Culture market report: http://www.marketnreports.com/request-fo...

A healthy, full-on palm-thunk may tell you something about that watermelon you’re eyeing, but a simple

A healthy, full-on palm-thunk may tell you something about that watermelon you’re eyeing, but a simple look at its skin is a better bet. And feeling a cantaloupe is OK, but not as good a sign as giving it a good snort. Using your senses of sight and smell when shopping for melons gives you more information (and is better for the melon and its next customer) than the inherited “wisdom” of the thwack. On a watermelon, for example, see if it sports a golden or gold-white spot. That’s where it lay on the ground. If the spot is still all white (or worse, if there’s no spot at all), that’s a sign that the melon was picked too early. It should feel heavy in the hand, of course, full of juicy water. But the spot is telltale. And for so many other melons, such as the very familiar cantaloupe and honeydew, feeling for “give” may more bruise the melon than do anything helpful for your kitchen — or the next shopper. Better to give either or both the stem and blossom end a good sniff. (Plus, it’s such a beautiful sensory experience, why pass it up?) If the melon gives off its perfume, it’s ripe, whether it feels soft to the touch or not. Some melons remain firm, even when ready-to-eat. In ge...

Piston Slap: Droppin’ Knowledge on Headlight Wiring Voltage Drop

A few weeks ago I installed a pair of 9003 Philips Vision Plus 30 bulbs in an attempt to improve my wife’s Tucson headlight output. The light down the road is pathetic yet the headlight lenses are clear and the reflectors are still mirror like, at least to the extent I can see from the bulb mounting opening. And the light patterns are well defined, both low & high beam, which also suggests the reflectors are okay. But no joy whatsoever from the new bulbs. I then did some voltage tracing down the headlight schematic. There is ~14.4 V coming from the alternator & battery into the SJB (smart junction box) that the Tucson uses to switch power to the bulbs. But only 12.5 V on the pins out to the bulbs. And then another couple of 1/10th V loss down the 0.5 mm2 (~20 AWG) wire to the headlamp connector netting 12.2 or 12.3 V at the bulb. The lead electrical tech at a local Hyundai service department says this is 2V headlight wiring voltage drop normal, even as much as 2.6V. BUT, by my calculations, this means that although DOT specs for 9003 bulbs indicate 910 lumens (+/- 10%) at 12.8V, my wife’s car will be generating a little less than 800 lumens at the voltage actually suppli...