Austin Man’s Endeavor to ‘Keep Austin Weird’ With Bright Pink House Is Annoying His Neighbors

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Barbie’s Dream House has been brought to life in an Austin, Texas suburb. As Austin’s local CBS News station reports, a local man decided to paint his entire house pink—from the exterior walls to the roof to the gutters. Why would anyone do such a thing? Because it’s his favorite color, obviously.

Homeowner Emilio Rodriguez was already covered in pink tattoos, so the home remodeling project (seen in the video below) seemed like a logical next step. He started with the back of the house, then moved to the front, covering everything he saw in a shade reminiscent of Pepto-Bismol or plastic lawn flamingos.

Not everyone in his Pflugerville subdivision is on board with his color scheme, though. Some of his neighbors reportedly hate looking at his home, but because they aren’t part of a homeowner association, there’s not much they can do about it. Their only recourse would be to sue Rodriguez for hurting their property values.

Rodriguez doesn’t appear to be worried, though. He plans to continue painting his fence and driveway pink. “I love this house. I don't know why people don't like it," he said.

He certainly isn’t the first person whose home—and, shall we say, unique aesthetic choices—have ticked off the neighbors. A judge ruled in 2017 that the owner of a candy-striped house in London could keep her red and white paint job, despite The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea demanding she repaint it. So-called spite houses also make headlines from time to time, including a 7-foot-wide house that was built solely to keep loiterers out of the adjacent alley.

[h/t CBS Austin]

This $49 Video Game Design Course Will Teach You Everything From Coding to Digital Art Skills

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If you spend the bulk of your free time playing video games and want to elevate your hobby into a career, you can take advantage of the School of Game Design’s lifetime membership, which is currently on sale for just $49. You can jump into your education as a beginner, or at any other skill level, to learn what you need to know about game development, design, coding, and artistry skills.

Gaming is a competitive industry, and understanding just programming or just artistry isn’t enough to land a job. The School of Game Design’s lifetime membership is set up to educate you in both fields so your resume and work can stand out.

The lifetime membership that’s currently discounted is intended to allow you to learn at your own pace so you don’t burn out, which would be pretty difficult to do because the lessons have you building advanced games in just your first few hours of learning. The remote classes will train you with step-by-step, hands-on projects that more than 50,000 other students around the world can vouch for.

Once you’ve nailed the basics, the lifetime membership provides unlimited access to thousands of dollars' worth of royalty-free game art and textures to use in your 2D or 3D designs. Support from instructors and professionals with over 16 years of game industry experience will guide you from start to finish, where you’ll be equipped to land a job doing something you truly love.

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15 Toughest Kennections Quizzes, According to Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings on the Jeopardy! set.
Ken Jennings on the Jeopardy! set.
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Two times per week, Jeopardy! GOAT Ken Jennings runs 'Kennections,' a quiz featuring seemingly unrelated clues where the answers have one thing in common. To celebrate his 400th Kennection, Jennings scoured the archives and selected 15 of his most challenging quizzes yet. See if you can figure them out.

1. A common denominator

See if you can figure out how ultraviolet-light seeing animals and chess pieces are similar

2. A few degrees of separation

The word for a group of crows and a 5th-century German tribe have one surprising link.

3. Not exactly polar opposites

Adam Sandler and an African island nation share an unexpected trait. 

4. A humerus connection

St. Paul and the Latin name for the city of Troy have more in common than you might think. 

5. A common thread

Stitch together the clues to see how the shape of Hermione Granger’s Time-Turner and an Owl City single are related

6. A tough sell

Aladdin’s magical object and poison-secreting creatures are the stars of this puzzle

7. More than just horse play

Follow the trail to see how a daily newspaper and a Catholic feast are linked.

8. A comedic connection

Deduce the link between a 1959 musical about a striptease legend and a minor prophet. 

9. A puzzle for a wordsmith

See if you can figure out how bridge is related to Richard Nixon. 

10. A proper difference

Frederic Chopin’s native language and a bustling Moroccan port city famed for its delicious oranges share a trait. 

11. An out-of-this-world theme

General George Custer’s middle name and a 1945 Benjamin Britten guide are clues to this astronomical answer. 

12. Sounds like a geographic challenge

A 1989 hit song by The B-52's and the name of Philadelphia’s arena football team will lead you to the correct answer

13. A lyrical link

See if you can figure out how the name B.B. King gave his black Gibson guitars and a beloved Disney Cocker Spaniel are related

14. An elite enigma

Find the link between the island Odysseus desperately wants to reach and the surname of the German royal family that took over the throne of England in 1714. 

15. Common characters

The edible resource you use to power up in Pokemon Go and the leaves often used in Christmas decorations have this in common.