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Robots are all the rage this week

tcr! · Jun 9, 2015 at 11:43 am

The machines that rose to DARPA's robotics challenge

The machines that rose to DARPA’s robotics challenge

The robot apocalypse has been postponed. At DARPA Robotics Challenge in California, where the world’s best and brightest robots came to compete, the machines were far from invincible. They moved at a glacial pace, stumbled and slammed to the ground and lay there motionless until their teams of humans came with a rig to pick them up. But their falls and flaws revealed how vulnerable they are, and actually made them seem more human in the process. These machines exhibited grit, intelligence and dexterity that could potentially make them stellar first-responders in disaster situations in the near future.

DARPA launched the robotics challenge as a response to Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. And the agency’s been putting robots to the test for the last couple of years. It’s their way of pushing robotics to create advanced machines that can go in as first-responders instead of humans. Despite their benefits, though, robots are often dreaded. But the machines at the two-day robotics challenge had the crowd cheering wildly, gasping loudly and jumping out of their seats in support and anticipation.

#robots

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Jun 9th, 2015 at 7:31:07 am

tcr! · Jun 9, 2015 at 7:31 am

Crashed UFO

If I had a farm, this would be on it.

#ufos

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tcr! tcr! · Jun 9, 2015 at 7:35 am

There would also be a herd of wild unicat to keep out the riff raff.

We believe in unicats

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keamoose keamoose · Jun 9, 2015 at 9:22 am

If they did a remake of ET, he’d use the speak n spell to download LOLunicats before texting home.

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tcr! tcr! · Jun 10, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Google, you have one job. :(

Google you have one job

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keamoose keamoose · Jun 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm

A sad day for the Great and Bountiful Google Empire.

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keamoose keamoose · Jun 10, 2015 at 2:49 pm

There, I fixed the Internet for you.

2015 06 10 13 47 03

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Often times I eat brownies right from the pan

tcr! · Jun 8, 2015 at 8:35 pm

often times i eat brownies right from the pan like an animal

#LIKEANANIMAL #photos #brownies

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Often times I eat ice cream right from the tub

tcr! · Jun 8, 2015 at 5:30 pm

often times i eat ice cream right from the tub like an animal

#LIKEANANIMAL #photos #foodies

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Cleaning the ocean

tcr! · Jun 8, 2015 at 1:43 pm

The Ocean Cleanup system

The longest floating structure in world history is about to hit the ocean to fix a very big problem.

Don’t worry — it’s not another super yacht or party barge or some other contraption that will further pollute the ocean.

It’s called The Ocean Cleanup, and it’s a 1.2-mile-long system designed to collect and remove plastic from the ocean.

For two years, it will hang out in the ocean hopefully to begin undoing what we’ve done for decades: polluted the heck out of the water with plastic trash.

Might need to add some miles to that system with the amount of bottled water we drink.

#positivechange

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keamoose keamoose · Jun 8, 2015 at 1:52 pm

I love this. Although my cynical side wants to say that people will figure they can now throw whatever they want into the ocean and this thing will scoop it up. Of course, they’re kind of doing that anyway… we’ll see.

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tcr! tcr! · Jun 9, 2015 at 7:54 am

Definitely a step in the right direction…but I think it needs bumped up in scale. It’s like those cars that get 50 miles per gallon for gas. Sure that’s awesome but we need cars that get 500 miles per gallon. Shoot for the moon and all…

But similar to what you’re talking about is where we should be focusing our energies — we should stop using plastic bottles in the first place. It’s not sustainable to be spending money cleaning up our messes. There will always be more people making said messes than people cleaning them up.

People are gonna buy cheap, portable water — there’s no stopping that now. So we should be spending money on bottles that deteriorate a few days after opening, something along those lines.

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keamoose keamoose · Jun 9, 2015 at 9:18 am

As far as the cars go, I think we need to move away from gas entirely. We’re eventually going to run out anyway. Though we’d run out slower at 500 mpg.

I like the deteriorating bottle idea. I think a 2-pronged approach would be good: make the disposable bottles less harmful, but also encourage people to bring a reusable bottle and make tap water available. It’s working for plastic bags up here (not sure what the situation is where you are, but here they started charging for plastic bags and the default behavior is now to bring reusable ones or do without, eg if you only have one item maybe you can just carry it in your hand). There are a few I ♡ Tap Water campaigns out there.

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tcr! tcr! · Jun 9, 2015 at 11:07 am

My pick would be solar hover-cars. Imagine the money we’d save if we didn’t need to pay for gas or tires.

San Francisco banned plastic bags outright. I imagine other cities will follow suit if they haven’t already. I also think that the governments should heavily tax any retailer, what have you, if they use said plastic bags.

There should also be a heavy tax on non-eco-friendly containers. If you want to buy your Dasani bottles — go for it. You’ll just be charged $15 a pop.

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The Goonies are 30

tcr! · Jun 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

The Goonies movie poster

The Goonies Turns 30: They R Still Good Enough

Thirty years ago today, one of the more important movies ever made specifically for kids was released. And yeah, it’s The Goonies. Hear me out. Richard Donner’s 1985 adventure film (how often do we describe films as such anymore, by the way?) about a band of misfit preteens and teenagers negotiating the perils of malfunctioning secret weapons, on-the-run mafiosos, aggressive land redevelopment, an unseen octopus, a lost pirate treasure, a series of life-threatening booby traps, a basement-dwelling, caramel- and peanut-loving man-creature, friendship, and puberty, among other things, stands as one of the best examples of a movie that you love as a child and then are pleased to learn is actually still good when you’re an adult.

#movies #thegoonies

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Jun 8th, 2015 at 7:15:38 am

tcr! · Jun 8, 2015 at 7:15 am

The cheetah robot can now jump.

#videos #robots #cheetahbot

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keamoose keamoose · Jun 8, 2015 at 2:38 pm

They need to put a head on that cheetah, it’s a little freaky. The jumping is super cool though.

I think “controlled by thought” is a little misleading, I mean it’s just intercepting the electrical impulses the brain is sending to muscles that are no longer present. Saying it’s thought-controlled implies to me that it can be controlled remotely, like telekinesis. I actually think the truth is pretty interesting.

Apparently I’m feeling a little persnickety about language this morning.

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tcr! tcr! · Jun 9, 2015 at 7:37 am

True. The writers tend to put more fiction in this kind of science.

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Keaton trash talks a Pirate’s heckler

tcr! · Jun 7, 2015 at 10:54 am

Michael Keaton confronts Andrew McCutchen heckler in Atlanta

Michael Keaton confronts Andrew McCutchen heckler in Atlanta

Friday night was a pretty wild night at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Not only did the Pittsburgh Pirates walk away with a big 10-8 victory against the home standing Braves, one of their biggest fans, actor Michael Keaton, was on hand to lend his support and at one point even bothered to trash talk a heckler who has been on Andrew McCutchen’s case all night long.

Keaton, we should hang out sometime.

#baseball #advancedsoul

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jun 7, 2015 at 4:25 pm

as my mom would say, “put that in your pipe and smoke it, smarty pants!”

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jun 7, 2015 at 7:38 pm

seriously, there’s nothing better than being right and backing it up. don’t say much, just point and smile. it usually comes into play when the cards play the cubs:), lol.

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tcr! tcr! · Jun 8, 2015 at 7:21 am

Totally… the truth needs little explanation.

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An exoplanet’s 93 million mile rings

tcr! · Jun 7, 2015 at 8:34 am

A Super Saturn with Super Rings

A Super Saturn with Super Rings

When the University of Rochester’s Eric Mamajek tells other astronomers about the object he and his colleagues discovered about 430 light-years from Earth, they tend to be skeptical—very skeptical. And no wonder: What he’s found is a giant ring system, sort of like Saturn’s, but some 200 times bigger, circling what may be an exoplanet between ten and 40 times the size of Jupiter. If you put these rings in our own Solar System, they’d stretch all the way from the Earth to the Sun, a distance of 93 million miles (150 km). And what’s more, there’s evidence that the rings are sculpted by at least one exomoon—something that also happens at Saturn, but not remotely on this scale.

#cosmos

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Jun 7th, 2015 at 8:06:12 am

tcr! · Jun 7, 2015 at 8:06 am

Maple helicopter clump

So these Maple helicopters were clogging my downspouts this morning.

I really dislike them…there were hundreds flying about a month ago and they sprout everywhere you don’t want them to.

#photos #homeimprovement #naturerocks

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tcr! tcr! · Jun 7, 2015 at 11:08 am

Seriously, the Maples grow anywhere and everywhere.

Maples grow anywhere and everywhere

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