Now owners are scrambling to save their friend, explain its death to their children, and come to grips with the mortality of a robot designed to bond with them, not to die.
I'm less than five days away from the start of my retirement, and I feel I've been pretty lucky for most of my life, except for the times I made bad decisions. Let's hope I'm not actually playing a bit part in a bad action movie!
[quote]Retirony is a way to make the audience feel sorry for a character's death without having to actually give him more than ten minutes of screen time. Anybody in a dangerous job who's only a few days away from retirement or flying one last mission before going home to marry their childhood sweetheart is absolutely doomed to death by Retirony, whether that takes the form of a cold-blooded criminal, an ace German fighter pilot or a great big robotic monster.[/quote]
The definite place for discussions of modular synthesis and modular synthesizers.
No Kids in Cages
Posted by potatono in government 38 days ago
I saw two cage installations in Brooklyn today. One outside the Park Slope YMCA, and another at the York St stop. They are 4 x 6 cages with a realistic doll wrapped in a mylar blanket inside. A sign on the side leads to this website. I presume they're all over the city.
You should be able to observe Jupiter and its four brightest moons—Io, Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede (you can see these on many clear nights)—with a pair of binoculars. And with a telescope, you could be able to see a few of the individual cloud belts on Jupiter, and perhaps even the Great Red Spot.
Linkfilter Discord
Posted by potatono in destinations 44 days ago
Linkfilter discord server. For the chats.
I don't know why I have this idea of mid-19th century American silversmithing being clunky. This is some really nice stuff, some quite modern looking.
Via Miss Celania.
In 2018 the number of people older than 64 years old surpassed the number of children under 5 years old. This was the first time in history this was the case.

Posting this in links so the few folks who drop in will see it.

I'd like to do the following:
* Reset all the posts and everything to zero.
* Change to a private, invite-only community.
* Open it up so anyone here can invite folks.
* Add a few features and clean it up a bit more.


Is that something anyone would be interested in?
Like the title says - a demonstration of how to use Powerpoint to make 2D fractal images.
Sounding Islam in China
Posted by Darwish in gods 103 days ago
The aim of this project is to cut through the polarised debates which dominate contemporary discussions of Islam in China, and provide clearer insights into the nature and ideology of religious practice in China today. [...] Sounding Islam in China proposes to map the Islamic soundscapes of contemporary China.
[quote] I’ve been in the hospital since tuesday. A couple different infections and kidney issues. Thankfully, my congresswoman called the VA ... [/quote]
Jo Cameron gave birth to a child without needing pain killers, it "felt like a tickle". She has unintentionally injured herself due to not being able to feel the pain.
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Scientists are also intrigued by Ms. Cameron’s extraordinarily low anxiety level. ... She cannot recall ever having felt depressed or scared.
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In retrospect, she sees how her genetic disposition may have aided her at work. After years as a primary-school teacher, she retrained to work with people with severe mental disabilities. Erratic, aggressive behavior never riled her, she said.
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But though having this mutation may sound like a dream, there are downsides. One is that she is quite forgetful; prone to losing her keys and her train of thought midsentence. The other is that she’s never felt the “adrenaline rush” that other people talk about, she said.
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Yup, Mueller delivers his report!
Is it the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?
Grab a jumbo tub of popcorn and watch the world burn.
LONDON — Police officers and counterterrorism officials in Britain were investigating attacks on five mosques Thursday, including one in which a man took a sledgehammer to smash the windows of a house of worship in Birmingham, England.