More Than 120,000 DeWALT Drills Recalled Due to Shock Hazard

The image shows a similar model of drill, but the ones affected by the recall have cords.
The image shows a similar model of drill, but the ones affected by the recall have cords.
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If you have a yellow-and-black DeWALT drill in your closet or tool shed, you may want to double check the model. The Maryland-based power tool company has recalled about 122,000 drills because people could get shocked while using them, according to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

If you’re not sure which model you own, check the label on the right side of the drill. The affected models are two types of 3/8-inch VSR drills that have a power cable on one end. They include the DWD110 (UPC 885911037518) and the DWD112 (UPC 885911057319).

Drills that are subject to the recall also have a date code of 2017-37-FY through 2018-22-FY, which can be found below the label, etched into the drill. However, if yours has an X after the date code, it’s safe to use because it has been inspected, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

If you own one of these models, stop using it immediately and contact DeWALT for a free inspection and repair. The wiring inside these drills could possibly come in contact with some of its internal moving parts, creating an electric shock. No injuries have been reported yet, though.

DeWALT announced the recall on January 10, but some consumers might not have learned about the issue until this week, when the CPSC posted its recall alert. The delay was due to the government shutdown, according to the CPSC.

[h/t The Atlanta-Journal Constitution]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

Funko
Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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What Movie Do You Want to Watch? This Website Analyzes Film Critic Reviews to Help You Choose

She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
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Much like sommeliers can detect subtle notes of who-knows-what in a sip of wine, film critics are fantastic at identifying influences and drawing parallels between movies. Cinetrii is a handy website that crowdsources all that movie knowledge to help you find your next favorite film.

Basically, you enter the name of a movie you enjoyed in the search bar, and the site will show you a node graph with film recommendations splintering off the search query. Click on one, and you’ll see a quote from a critic (or critics) who referenced the films together. This way, you get a list of recommendations based on different aspects of the movie, and you get to decide for yourself what you’d like to see more of.

If, for example, you were blown away by the special effects in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, you might like Doctor Strange; according to Variety, it boasts “a staggering visual effects innovation, in which the building-bending seen in Christopher Nolan’s Inception is taken to an extreme that would blow even M.C. Escher’s mind.” If what the Chicago Tribune calls an “elegant brain-bender” quality appealed to you more, The Matrix might be a perfect fit.

Films above your search query were released before the movie you typed in, while films below came out after it. The shorter the line, the more closely the films are related, as calculated by the website’s algorithm. And, as Lifehacker points out, that algorithm doesn’t give any special treatment to massive Hollywood blockbusters, so Cinetrii is an especially great way to find hidden gems. Because it shows you the critics' actual quotes, you’re not left to wonder why a certain film landed on the recommendations list—which can’t always be said for “Watch next” lists on streaming services.

You can explore Cinetrii here.

[h/t Lifehacker]