Archive for November 27th, 2008

Quote Of The Day

From an NYT story about how Scandinavians aren’t nearly as oversexed as we supposedly think they are:

Suddenly we are very proud of our native prostitutes.

If you can’t be proud of your prostitutes, what can you be proud of?

November 27th, 2008 at 07:35pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes

Great Moments In Robot Acting

Ohhh dear:

First there were dancing robots, then house-sitting robots and now a new breed of acting robots is making its big debut on the Japanese stage.

The play, which had its premiere at Osaka University, is one of Japan’s first robot-human theatre productions.

The machines were specially programmed to speak lines with human actors and move around the stage with them.

Playwright Oriza Hirata says the work raises questions about the relationship between humanity and technology.

The play, called Hataraku Watashi (I, Worker), is set in the near future.

It focuses on a young couple who own two housekeeping robots, one of which loses its motivation to work.

In the play, the robot complains that it has been forced into boring and demeaning jobs and enters into a discussion with the humans about its role in their lives.

So far, the play is only 20 minutes long but it is hoped to become a full-length production by 2010.

This can only end badly.

(h/t Engadget)

November 27th, 2008 at 05:30pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Art/Architecture,Technology,Weirdness

Nathan Petrelli For U.S. Senate!

There’s a lot of speculation about who enigmatic NY governor David Paterson will pick to replace Hillary Clinton as New York’s junior senator, with Andrew Cuomo currently leading, as Gail Collins puts it, “in several polls as The Only Person on This List We Have Ever Heard Of.”

But what about Nathan Petrelli? Let’s weigh the pros and cons.

Pros: Young, charismatic, idealistic, can fly.

Cons: Illegitimate daughter, supervillain father; may be pawn in plot to destroy the human race.

It’s a toss-up, really.

(Yes, I am aware that Heroes sucks now, thank you very much.)

November 27th, 2008 at 02:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,TV

What I’m Thankful For

o That America finally and decisively rejected the Republican politics of hate and fear to put an intelligent (albeit not progressive) Democrat back in the White House after eight years of corruption, incompetence, and outright malevolence.  (Parenthetical Note: Anyone who describes Obama as The Most Liberal Senator Evar automatically and permanently forfeits their right to be taken seriously.  This is not subject to appeal.)

o That our intelligent (albeit not progressive) Democratic president will have a Democratic Congress to work with for the first time in fourteen years.

o My totally awesome girlfriend who loves cheesy horror and action movies.  Also ninjas, pirates, robots, monkeys, Vikings, and Omar Sharif.

o The Giants won the Superbowl!

o The Giants and Jets are both Superbowl contenders, which is not only awesome in itself, but also means they’re on TV a lot more often.

o That technology keeps getting smaller, cheaper, and more powerful every year.  My cellphone is roughly twice as powerful as my first PC, by almost any measure.

o The opportunity to frontpage regularly at Firedoglake, where I can be read by more than 20 people.

o My excellent and intelligent readers here and at FDL.

o My camera.

o This commercial:

Yes, it still cracks me right up.

November 27th, 2008 at 12:20pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Uncategorized

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