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9.17.2005

Finally there's a robot who keeps most of his brainpower on a larger computer and communicates with it wirelessly, Maru.

While some researchers are building bigger and smarter robots, nanomachines are also still being more and more heavily developed. For example, this is now the world's smallest mobile robot. It works pretty much like a caterpillar and is smaller than a human hair.

Do-it-yourself satellites are becoming popular. Only $40,000 to make and $40,000 to launch.

9.16.2005

This Fashion SWAT at SomethingAwful takes a look at the bad outfits found in video games. It's hilarious as usual.

9.15.2005

Some guy got it in his head to create a Powerpuff Girls comic. So he draws them all anime style, which is pretty cool. But, then he decides to throw in Dexter, anime style. Alright, I can dig it, they're fairly related.

But get this, the dude throws in Invader Zim and who knows how many other cartoons from Cartoon Network into the mix. The scary part? He does it well. This is actually some quality animation. Torrent of the comic is here. I recommend Cdisplay to view comics.

The new Nintendo Revolution controller looks like a cross between an iPod Shuffle and a remote control.

More info here:
- Controller is held in one hand. Attachments in the other.
- Attachments connect to the bottom of the controller. Iwata shows analog stick attachment.
- Thinking about packing Revolution with the main controller and attachment, Iwata says.
- Controller acts like a mouse in real-space 3D. Pefect for FPS games!
- Future attachments planned.


Don't worry, if this all seems too drugged out, you can always plug a normal Gamecube controller into the thing, "Is this all too much or just too odd to really believe? Purists shouldn’t worry too much, as the Revolution features four GameCube controller ports in the top for more, shall we say, standard third-party games that dare not operate outside the functionality of a normal controller."

I do however, like the fact that you can hold it sideways and it becomes much like an NES controller. That should make playing emulated NES games much more fun.

I think I want the analog stick attachment cable to be longer:(

9.14.2005

"Sometime in the next few years or decades, humanity will become capable of surpassing the upper limit on intelligence that has held since the rise of the human species. We will become capable of technologically creating smarter-than-human intelligence - perhaps through enhancement of the human brain, direct links between computers and the brain, or Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Because a smarter-than-human intelligence could apply the tools that were originally used to create it to further enhance its own intelligence, this unique event could result in a positive feedback spiral of self-enhancements. This event is called the "singularity" by analogy with the singularity at the center of a black hole - just as our current model of physics breaks down when it attempts to describe the center of a black hole, our normal model of the future breaks down once the future contains smarter-than-human minds.

Because of the unique leverage that benevolent smarter-than-human intelligence could offer in confronting the world's humanitarian problems, the non-profit Singularity Institute is attempting to create such a mind through the chosen path of Artificial Intelligence.

Please consider the Singularity Institute's arguments, and help us ensure that the first smarter-than-human intelligence is also kinder-than-human.
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http://www.singinst.org/

I have no idea what this all means, but it's crazy. It's from the forum comments on that Bush note.

"Jimmy Carter is a son of a biatch!"

"One time I was with Jimmy Carter in the back of a pickup truck, along with a live deer. Jimmy Carter goes up to the deer and says, 'I'm Jimmy Carter! SAY IT!' Then he manipulates the deer's lips in such a way as to make it say, 'Jimmy Carter' ... It wasn't exactly like it, but it was pretty good for a deer!'"

"I once saw him eat a whole live rabbit.

"Jimmy Carter once showed me a video of him making love to my wife, and it was the most beautiful thing I ever saw!"

"He'd eat a homeless person if you dared him!"

"He poops Trail Mix"

"He once breast-fed a flamingo back to health."

"He hated Southerners! And he was half Southern! .......And he hated irony!"

"He sheds his skin once a year."

"He makes brooms somewhere in Georgia, but is allergic to peanuts."

"Jimmy Carter is the father of every kid in this town!"

"He did 3 tours in 'Nam...... I was in Corpus Christi on business a month ago. I had this eight foot tall Asian waiter, which made me curious. I asked him his name. Sure enough it's Ho Tran Carter!

"His favorite movie is 'One on One' with Robby Benson."

"He sleeps eight hours a night! ........ well, he was pretty normal when it came to that."

" Jimmy Carter was a two ton man-mountain who could palm a medicine ball!"

"Did I ever tell you about the time Jimmy Carter took me out to go get a drink with him? We go off looking for a bar and we can't find one. Finally Jimmy Carter takes me to a vacant lot and says, 'Here we are.' We sat there for a year and a half and sure enough someone constructs a bar around us. The day they opened we ordered a shot, drank it, and then burned the place to the ground. Jimmy Carter yelled over the roar of the flames, 'Always leave things the way you found em!'"

"His poop is used as currency in Cuba."

Usually I try to avoid politics, but this was funny. "His use of capitalization is inconsistent. Is this typical of alcoholics or just retards?" Original comment was here.

I recommend this Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children movie. It's got pretty amazing animation, basically dreamlike in its realism. Oh and in case you want different subs get this. Unfortunately, it looks like it won't be released for sale in the US until December.

This Every10Minutes Contest is pretty interesting. Apparently you enter codes from some sort of Pepsi product(yuck) and you can enter into drawings for an Xbox 360. There is a drawing for multiple hours on a day broken up into 10 minute increments. So for example, you'd select today, choose an hour, and then within that hour choose a 10 minute increment to enter your point into.

The odds are probably better than most contests, so it's worth a shot. I think the odds are much better than that eBay contest too, since they're variable in this one and the most I've seen was 1 in 1024 so far.

Also, you can enter multiple points for a time slot, up to 500 (who would have that many sodas on hand?). So give it a shot if you're feeling lucky. Or if your school happens to be sponsered by Pepsi and they don't sell any other products there...

20 things they don't want you to know

iSwarm, the ant-like swarming robots.

I could really use a deskside supercomputer for emulating neural networks...anyone want to spring for one? Only $109,000!

Looks like we're in for more hurricanes.

The Work Blind is a way for you to look like you're working from a faraway glance when you could be totally in a different place.

9.13.2005

These Firefly lights let you feel like there are fireflies out year-round.

25 Stupid Quotes said about Hurricane Katrina.

9.12.2005

Adult Swim will soon allow you to watch shows online for free. At least someone is finally getting the right idea.

This ninja flash movie has some pretty cool Matrix-style effects.

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