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A discussion and commentary on technology news and other futurey things.
IEEE Spectrum: Telepresence Robot & Bomb Disposal Robot
Tiny helicopter: spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/roboti…h-british-troops
Ergonomic Keyboard: www.anandtech.com/show/6682/first-…hanical-keyboard
Don’t shoot the Puppy: www.addictinggames.com/funny-games/d…tthepuppy.jsp
Weird hunk of metal on Mars:
Weightless cats: www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9XtK6R1QAk
Big Dog: www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1czBcnX1Ww
Little Dog: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUQsRPJ1dYw
Hexapod Dancing: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXMnbNoccgA
Asteroid will not destroy Earth: www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/201…-next-week/61191/
VillainSupply Planet Kabangers: web.archive.org/web/2003120221421…com/doomsday.html
Gif of same: web.archive.org/web/2003061515511…day_kabangers.gif
DNA backlog: www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/201…inventions/61187/
Reading the robot news, both Evan Ackerman and I were surprised that the FDA is regulating medical robots.
I did a little research and it turns out it’s for a great reason: The FDA regulates medical devices, because their claims may be immensely inaccurate or damaging.
Of course, that’s only for things that are provably medical devices, you’re free to release and buy anything that makes ridiculous claims.
So let’s sum up, then: X-Rays, CAT scans, care robots: Medical devices.
Pieces of silicone, crystals, expensive water: Unregulated.
Just to link from it here, in case people come here, all my standup sets I record get on my Soundcloud. Available at that link.
I prefer audio to video, just because I personally find it easier to hear. Enjoy!
In the Cap City Comedy Club Mish Mash Mini Open!!
You should go to this Facebook page, or email the address in the picture, and vote for Ethan Horn, Paul Harrison, and Wes Corwin. We’re all awesome, and hey, until the competition, might as well work together, eh?
If you are not sure if I am funny, since you haven’t seen me perform, consider your previous interactions with me, and ask yourself: If that were on a stage, would you laugh, rather than cringe? Or both? These are reasons to vote.
When I’m travelling or wandering any kind of distance I usually have 3 devices on me: A laptop (Unix, either Mac OSX or Ubuntu), a tablet (current an Asus TF700T), and a phone (a Galaxy Nexus).
All are computers, and functionally, all can do the same things that I need them to. I can write on all of them, I can connect to an SSH tunnel from all of them, and I can browse the internet on them. Why the hell do I have all 3?
I need to find a better tracker for my usage, but it all seems to be context. The laptop requires a desk, and at work I use a second monitor to get a bigger overview of the usually several ssh sessions and monitoring windows I keep open. Also, when I’m seriously having a conversation over IM, Twitter, or Facebook, it’s easier to do on a full computer, entirely due to the quality of the software.
Even mobile Tweetdeck doesn’t replicate this “mission control” style thing.
The tablet gets used as a consumption device. Google Reader, Google Currents, and Pulse. For some reason, it feels better to do this on the larger screen. Pictures are better, I feel better about opening videos, and it seems like it just is a more immersive news experience.
The phone, when not being used just for communication over text, twitter, or email, delivers audio to my ears. I listen to about 4-6 hours of podcasts a day, usually news and comedy. While it often doesn’t have my full attention, it gets me through the day.
Other than that, it’s the convenient device. Immediate research, voice searches, maps, all that kind of thing get pulled up, since it’s what I have on me at all times, no matter what. I never have considered getting a 7-inch tablet since the 4.65 inch Galaxy Nexus feels like more than enough screen size to get the job done.
If you enjoyed this thought dump, let me know in the comments what you carry. I’ll post some bag photos later with my hand-cranked charging rig!
I’ve used the term futureproofer to describe (most of) my career and interests for a while now.
To me, it’s thinking about the shape of the future and trying to arrange things so that when it does arrive, it slides into place. It’s the tetris game of mind and life, arranging things so that the line piece that’s coming can be accelerated into the slot.
To me, it means seeing disruptions to your life or business coming, and preparing to meet them, and embrace them, rather than complain or be swept aside by them.
To me, it means helping others adapt without expectation of reward, and without any judgement about their lack of knowledge. We’re all in this together. Most people aren’t children (though children are children, but should still be treated as people who can learn).
My love and dedication to comedy is a part of my essential Platonic being, but even that is a disruption-based thing. Trends ebb and flow, popularity waxes and wanes. It has a core of how it’s expressed, and what the end result should be. New people bubble to the surface of success after doing what they want in obscurity for years, and some up-and-comers immediately find themselves on the top of the world.
Relevancy is the only currency that really matters anymore. Whatever way you can to get your thoughts out there, your work out there, will help. Doing things, doing favors for people, will both make you feel better, and get you by. This is the post-crash world, I think we can thrive in it. And be funny, and wonderful, along the way.