Where do modern folks go when they die? They don't go to heaven where the angels fly. Live online as Max Headroom, why? Spend a lot of cash to make your relatives cry!
I don't know anybody whose afterlife fantasy consists of having a virtual version of yourself to robo-converse with friends and family after you die, based on your social media footprint. It seems to me that it best it delays emotional closure/catharsis, and at worst is a grotesque parody of a seance - but if you're in the mood for having an online, automated you that mathematically spouts your catchphrases after you die, Eterni.me is the company you seek.
Though I suppose if you find yourself stricken with McGregor's Syndrome, it could come in handy...
I mean, twenty-five cents? When was the last time you saw ANYTHING for twenty-five cents? I don't smoke crack, but I can never pass up a bargain. Can I use them as funky drinking straws, maybe?
Vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication, which the DoT yesterday announced it was preparing to make mandatory at some future date in all new light automobiles, is designed to improve collision detection. In practice, of course, it will lead to the Pixar apocalypse, in which driverless cars roam free across the future wasteland of Radiator Springs, having first learned to say "Git 'R Done!" and then realized that humans, having come up with that catchphrase, no longer deserve to live.
Or something. Read the government press release if you want. It's long and boring apart from where they tell you what they're going to make you do at some unspecified time, and if they really wanted to sell this feature to the public, they'd enable cars to flip off other cars.
The best thing about it? Panasonic's not even trying to pretend it's something else. This exo-suit is literally called the Power Loader.
I guess James Cameron's going along with it, because he hasn't come yelling and screaming "Get away from her, you bitch!" yet. So maybe next Panasonic can make us some giant naked cat-person bodies.
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There was the Superbowl.
There were commercials.
It's easy to imagine you might have missed anything else that happened. So here are the highlights of the open-thread reader submissions. This week's tipsters include James.k.Polk, Anyone00, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, scarfdemon, Citrus_King, skrag2112More >>
For aficionados of both football and new commercials, this year's super Sunday had to be a bit of a disappointment. I don't know a hell of a lot about sports, but I do know that all the jokes people made in the lead-up about it being between two teams from legalized weed states came astonishingly true, with many of the players conducting the game as if they were stoned.
I'm not sure what excuse the ad men have, though, because there were some shockingly strange decisions made in creating the commercials. Let us now run them down.More >>
I never had one of these as a kid, but I can certainly recall pushing my younger cousins around in them. Now a guy in England has made his own, because if there's one place where you want a car with no protection whatsoever from the rain, it's England.
Still, as cool as it is, to be truly accurate it has to be left out in the garden for months, until the paint fades and its hollow insides are totally filled with water.
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Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.
Well, another week of the questions that Luke has sent for me to try to answer. As I start every week, here is some more info about me - one of my favorite topics. I currently live out in the Mojave desert in Joshua Tree which is very near to a place called Giant Rock. Giant Rock is a huge boulder (google it). What is really cool is that under the rock is a large room that was dug out many years ago. It has been used as a base for spies and a bar. Many even say it is a vortex for alien contact. The USMC training base is behind this area, and if you are out at the rock you can see some very interesting aircraft that the military uses. One time we were out at Giant Rock and saw 2 jets just hovering - it was so cool. I love stuff about aliens and love listening to the radio late at night to the programs about aliens. I am sure we are not alone. We always tease at the house that the cats are really aliens and the round fountain in the entry is how they speak with the home planet - when that is not working, they talk to the wine cooler and change the temperatures.
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In the Oscar nominated sci-fi movie Her, a former LA Weekly writer lives in an awesome high-rise in downtown LA as he writes professional love letters for a living...this, of course, is how you know it's sci-fi. But enough about the part that only I fixate on. The main thing that happens in the movie is that Joaquin Phoenix gets a new AI operating system for his home computers, designed to fit his personality, and given the voice of Scarlett Johansson. Soon, they're actually having a relationship of sorts, and nobody really finds it that weird.
It is a bit of a male nerd fantasy, though. What if the genders were reversed, and the computer got the voice and personality of a similarly famous male movie star - keeping in mind that for guys, it's easier to get famous without looking, sounding or seeming like a perfect fantasy object?
Reader-submitted highlights of things we and you might have missed over the past week and weekend.
This week's tipsters include: James.k.Polk, SlyDante777, Anyone00, Citrus_King, Gallen_Dugall, Canadian.Scott, skrag2112, jaganar, and even me.More >>