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robots.. ROBOTS!
essentially this is a flying car (yes, skeptics, the futuretime is here, NOW!), however what makes it useful is that, more or less, they get a robot to fly it for you (it takes care of tricky aerodynamics, fast weight shifts, etc)

robots are almost human! (a newscientist special), followed with improvements in automated speech, two legged robots that are as graceful as humans, and the subtleties of digital dexterity

grr! argh! it's Enryu
(it means "rescue dragon", how goddamn cool) - and here's an article about it being used to rescue people from snow (ok, LOTS of snow)

it appears automated, therefore I deem it (today) to be a robot. Everyone should go here, the roflbrothel (yes, SFW, it's ascii, for god's sake)

an underwater robot is mapping an ancient greek shipwreck

ho ho, Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler", with half the parts played by live robots onstage! (live? robots? well, ok) - more detail here

and! and! omGEE! (thanks happyinmotion):

Robosaurus! It eats aeroplanes AND breathes fire. I mean, really, what more could you want from a robot?

but, you know, some people are just misery gutses.. they think robots are just not where it's at

and just because everything tesla is stunningly cool and interesting - his zero time reference generator, which when it's turned on, you can hear lock onto the rotation of the earth

and, you know, ha ha:

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notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: February 2nd, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: Can I be anal?

a) wow, he really did invent everything!

b) robosauraus MUST go on the front page (thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!)

c) oh yes, so much of tesla's stuff is so fantastical you're left standing there scratching your head and thinking "this MUST be bullshit".. but then, this is the guy who invented AC motors when the entire rest of the world said "no, that's impossible". This is the guy who invented a machine that caused earthquakes. There's some crazy, but, well, actually happening stuff there. Part of me just wants to make a stack of cash and then go ahead and get someone who knows this stuff to actually build a bunch of his crazy ideas, and check them out..
grist From: grist Date: February 4th, 2006 02:40 pm (UTC) (link)

Can i be constructive?

hmm, i think i could build that 0 time generator with tommy's k-nex set. shame he's in dargaville. :/
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: February 4th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: Can i be constructive?

really? oh man, that's be AWESOME! :)
tatjna From: tatjna Date: February 2nd, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC) (link)

Tesla was such a dude.

So much cool stuff. So, so much cool stuff.

By the way, don't watch the video entitled 'mutton bustin' that's in the margin of the page with the article about enryu rescuing people from avalanches. It's dumb.

When Tommy was 3, he found 20c on the street. The next shop I took him into, he walked up to the counter, plonked down his 20c and said "I'd like a robot, please."

By the time he's old enough to drive, it might be possible that he'll have one.

So, so much cool stuff. *happy sigh*
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: February 2nd, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: Tesla was such a dude.

20c? for a robot?

that's simultaneously incredibly cute and rather damn cool, I must say *smile*
tatjna From: tatjna Date: February 2nd, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: Tesla was such a dude.

At 3 he knew money was for buying things but didn't really get the concept of monetary value.

But yeah, it made me go all misty. Wow, listen to me - a heartwarming Tommy memory!

notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: February 2nd, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: Tesla was such a dude.

wow, it's almost like you're a proud mum. who'd a thunk it *grin*
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