Posts Tagged ‘robots’


Monday (Tuesday) Roundup 15!

10 February, 2009

Well, I’m one day closer to the day I should have posted than I was last week. Maybe next week it’ll actually be on Monday! That would be excited. So, I’ve got a bunch today, many of which were actually going to be in the roundup way back in March 2008, and I found the links I had saved, so I’ve brought them up to date!

[Random] Australia holds ‘pigeon smuggler’: I am impressed. So were the pigeons. Oh snap! Get it? Because the pigeons were sort of Smushed? Pressed? Impressed? Anyone? No one? I’ll go sit in a corner then…

[Entertainment] I LEGO N.Y.: Various scenes and parts of New York City made out of legos! Very abstract, very cool. Except for the fact that NYC is lame.

[Geeky] Mario Theme Played with RC Car and Bottles: I mean, it’s really just what it sounds like.

[Random] Best Rube Goldberg Ever: For those of you who don’t know, Rube Goldberg was this awesome cartoonist who, among other things, made these cartoons of really complicated machines that he invented to do simple things, like ring a doorbell, tie a show, things like that. They usually involved balloons popping, balls rolling, boots kicking, etc. Anyway, I used to be obsessed with these. Here’s a cool one in real life. I dunno if it’s the best, but…

[Random] Rural biblical plague disturbs Snakes On A Plane: Now, I have no idea where this article came from. It was in my folder of links for the March roundup, but it’s from 2006, so I don’t really know. It’s also one of the least well written things I have ever seen in my life. It makes essentially no sense. But, it’s entertaining.

[Random] 2 chickens break up rabbit fight!: Again, exactly what it sounds like.

[Tech] Boston Dynamics Big Dog: This robot walks really well. And you can kick it! And if you’re not paying attention, it looks like two guys in a robot dog suit. but it isn’t.

[Entertainment] Apple Mac Music Video: This is really cool. And must have taken forever…

[Current] 81% in Poll Say Nation is Headed on Wrong Track: This was more relevant a year ago, when it came out. Still, it’s cool to see how things change…

[Entertainment] Nunavut (Kronos Quartet and Tanya Tagaq: This individual video is not that interesting, it’s just sort of how they came up with the music. But Tanya Tagaq is awesome; she’s an Inuit throat singer. Go here for a full concert recording (I’m listening to it now…) as well as a bunch of other cool bands (I like Watcha Clan and Chicha Libre a lot too).

[Current] Barack Obama is tired of your motherfucking shit: This could easily be used for (hilarious) prank calls.

[Random] Wordle: Hopefully most of you know about this by now, but this is a pretty cool site where you can just put in an RSS feed, or copy and paste text, and it’ll make a cool picture out of the word frequency. More used words are larger. As an example, here’s one of my junior year paper i made last fall.

[Current] The Obameter: Tracks whether or not Obama has kept his promises, because somehow it kept track of every single one he made…

[Humor] David After Dentist: See, this is why I wanted laughing gas not just an injection when I got my wisdom teeth out.

[Humor] The Soup: It’s Me Or The Dog: Creepy.

[Current] Save the Words: A site that hopes to save words that are dying out of conversation. I hope this blog will be an igniparous agent to the fire of your helpfulness. Er, that was awkward. But I said I would use that word!

[Geeky] Muji Chronotebook: I’m always looking for better ways to keep organised. This seems like a good one.

[Current] Pic Shows Man Robbing Stores With Klingon Sword: Trekkies turned criminals? Who knew…


Monday Roundup 11!

24 March, 2008

I’m back from New York! It was the longest I’ve ever driven by myself (4 hours each way), but it was pretty fun, actually. I mean, being there was definitely fun, but the drive was fun too. I didn’t have to skip a single song on my playlist, which is really rare for me… So that was 150 odd songs in a row. I’m impressed with myself. And that’s why I didn’t update over the weekend. I went to a cave, which I’ll probably talk about later today or tomorrow. (Caves are awesome.) So, without further ado, the roundup. I’m trying to do this earlier in the day, as that gives it more of a chance of actually being Monday when you guys read it…

[Geeky] Wii Damage: This blog hasn’t been updated in more than a year (after people realised how to not destroy everything in their house when playing video games), but there are still some pretty impressive pictures of bad things that happened when people first played with their Wiis.

[Tech] RoadRunner Bluetooth Communicator: So, back in the day, I read a far-future sci-fi book series called the Hyperion Cantos, which was amazing for many reasons. But one of them was the fact that the first book was written in the 70s late 80s, and basically every technology in the book had not been thought of then but has been though of since (well, except for hypergates, but things like wireless internet and comlinks [in effect, iPhones]). And now, I can add another one to the list: sub-vocal communications. This has been around for a while, NASA is working on using it for guiding Mars rovers, but this is the first commercial application of it, that I’ve seen anyway. Woah, that was a lot of explanation. [EDIT: Awks. I should have actually read that wikipedia article, instead of just linking to it. 1989 was the date of the first book. I rely on my memory too much, I guess. In any case, my point still stands. Those things didn’t exist (although they were much closer to existing than I thought), and now they do. Dan Simmons is cool. That is all.

[Random] Discardia: For those of us who need motivation for spring (/fall/summer/winter) cleaning… A holiday? Eh, why not. I like the varying lengths of the “celebration” (from the equinox or solstice to the following new moon).

[Current] An Enduring Test of Fitness: The Simple Push-Up: This almost motivates me to do push-ups. Almost.

[Random] Beer Cupcakes: Sound good to me! In (belated) honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I guess.

[Current] Australian Man Gunned Down in Driveway by Killer Robot: Ok, so he created and programmed the robot to do just that. But still, this makes me uneasy that it worked. I don’t like robots. Especially ones made to kill people, regardless of whether or not it’s suicide. I have to hand it to the guy though; he certainly picked an inventive (and time-consuming) way to go.

[Humor] Barack Obama-sistible: The Fake Steve Jobs finds amazing videos.

[Entertainment] Peeps Show II: The Washington Post ran a contest where people recreated movie scenes (for the most part; some are from other sources) with Peeps. Some are pretty cool. More fun things you can do with Peeps here.

[Science] Four Online Telescopes Serve the Stars to Interstellar Paparazzi: You can get pictures of whatever you want in the sky. This is pretty cool. (Especially if  you combine it with one of those Name-a-Star things.)

[Entertainment] Name That Film: Some of these are really hard, and others are really easy. People upload stills from movies, and the game is to identify them. See how well-versed in cinema you really are…

[Random] Elite Forces Utility Comb: Definitely look at the headline, if nothing else. Some things in this world I will never understand.

[Tech] A flashlight that hides a submachine gun is terrifying: The title says it all. Another tool combined with a weapon.

[Science] Capture Lightning in a Block: I would totally do this, if I had time.


Monday Roundup 7!

28 January, 2008

No real need for introductions, so here are the links!

[Random] Origami Spaceplane to Launch from Space Station: This is cool.

[Science] NASA Photo Shows Humanoid Figure on Mars: So, turns out it’s about 6cm high. But that’s okay, it just looks like a tiny person, instead of a normal one…

[Random] Knitted, dissected froggy: Exactly what the title suggests.

[Entertainment] Man Imitates America’s Army, Saves Lives: See? Video games are good for people.

[Entertainment] Sculptures and furniture of weapons: And guns can be too.

[Science] Lazy option is best when waiting for the bus: I have always wondered about this.

[Random] The Stone Face: Don’t read the text. Seriously. Just look at the pictures, they are much less lame.

[Science] Robots Evolve and Learn How to Lie: This is what I was afraid of…

[Current] Honour sought for ‘Soldier Bear’: Bears are good for people, too. I’m unclear on why they had to enlist him, though.

[Current] More writer’s strike stuff: Mock debate between writers and execs, played by the writers of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report (before Congress, no less…).

For the record, art is included under Entertainment. Have a good week!


Monday Roundup 4!

10 December, 2007

I’m just barely getting this in while it’s still Monday, but that doesn’t make the links any less interesting…

[Humor] How much punishment can a robot dinosaur take?: This is pretty hilarious. One of the newest toys out in time for Christmas (I believe) is Pleo, a robot dinosaur. The people over at DVICE want to break it. It reacts pretty much like a real creature, which is half funny and half scary. Decide for yourself.

[Current] US Opposes Climate Text at UN Conference: Another example of the US being stupid about global warming.

[Random] Sassy red automobile bares all: Ever wanted to see every single part of a car laid out? No, eh? Well, you still can. Here.

[Humor] Top 14 spurious productivity surveys: What it sounds like. Strange estimates like coughing costing Britain £875 million a year. Read through to the end, the guy’s sign off is funny.

[Humor] Hindu gods get summons from court: Another strange but awesome judge story.

[Entertainment] The Vegetable Orchestra: Well, you’ll see what it is. Further investigation of Youtube led me to the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain. They are what you think they are, although a bit smaller. However, they also (although being kind of bad singers) do what is arguably the thing I like most in music, singing different melodies (from pop tunes, mostly) on top of each other and having them fit in. Here are their performances of David Bowie’s Life on Mars, and a medley starting with Handel (Hotel California is a bad choice, but the rest is good).

[Geeky] MacHeist: I really like macs. And, I really like scavenger hunts, both on and off line. However, most of the online ones require you to have a PC. Not this one. Also, you get free software! Everyone wins! Check it out, it’s only just begun, and it’s pretty fun.

[Current] Al Gore – Nobel Lecture: This is Al Gore’s speech that he gave when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize today. Incredible speech, in my opinion, and clearly an important topic to me (and the world). You really should read it, if just to please me. (I can see what you click on, you know.)

[Random] Mysterious mammal caught on film: These little guys are awesome. They can jump around like nothing else, and have huge ears. Strangely, their massive tails are not mentioned in the article, but nevertheless they are at least three times their body length.

[Science] Making Skin Cells Into Stem Cells Minus the Cancer: An update on the story I posted a few weeks ago.

[Science] Getting a Grip: Building the Ultimate Robotic Hand: A really interesting article on robots and how they learn. More captivating than you would think.