Boston Dynamics Robots Offshore

Most every title about this has a silly pun.

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One of their robots is being used to do some of the slightly more routine tasks on one of the more dangerous jobs in the world.

Cool looking pic of the city of Boston. | “Boston Harbor at night” by Manu_H is licensed under CC BY 2.0

It looks like they have an ad campaign in full swing with what look like native ads and cross promotional tie ins.

Boston Dynamics has just recently, on November 11th, released a new version of the Spot robot.

Although they sporadically release youtube videos of their robots when they do new things, as of this writing, they have not put out any new video associated with this.

Glitchcon is a fully virtual event going on this weekend.

Boston Dynamics does not currently offer a robot intended for personal use.

By Michael Carver
November 14th, 2020 11:22 AM

Featured Image Credit: “Boston Harbor at night” by Manu_H is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Is Boston Dynamics in Boston?

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WSJ Decision, Trust, Pay

Morgan Stanley to Buy E*Trade; so fresh

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This ad’s text is triggering some people. They think it’s about the currently controversial presidential election.

In reality, it’s far too vague, and that’s almost certainly intentional. Likely, it’s even meant to take advantage of emotional people on the topic of the election, but they didn’t say that.

It then appeals to Trust and tries to fool you into thinking you haggled the price down a whopping ~90%.

But you better not think about it, because it’s a limited time offer; and you don’t want to miss out on that 90% discount, do you?

As of September, around 9% of people trust mass media according to polls. (lol)

At the time of writing, 9 people had said they liked this ad.

By Michael Carver
November 11, 2020 4:42 PM

Featured Image Credit: “Wall Street Journal” by kevin dooley is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Act now, while supplies last

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Landscaping Comes to the Front

Lovely gardens are often places where nice announcements are made, but this feels different.

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Victorian era gardening is an ornate refinement of the English garden. Often, divided into cute little garden “rooms”.

An almost-pink flower on a field of leafs | “Flower” by oatsy40 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Landscaping in general requires an understanding of the land and what the area is intended to be used for.

The Horticultural Society of London was founded in 1804 and was a response to growing interest in little private park like gardens.

Modern American landscaping has become quite commercial and often includes things like snow removal.

Even hotly contested presidential elections get landscaping companies involved.

Landscaping Network does still suggest not limiting yourself to pastel colors.

By Michael Carver
November 7, 2020 9:19 AM

It’s a pretty flower

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Nintendo Reaps the Benefits of Lockdowns

Not really their fault, so don’t blame them for making a buck.

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Nintendo is making a bunch of money off of gaming driven by pandemic lockdowns. They expect this to continue with Pikmin 3 Deluxe

Fictional creatures at something like 200x scale frozen in time | “Pikmin statue” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

They expect the good times to keep going with this release. It’s slated to be all of what Pikmin 3 was with all the DLC included and some additions.

The first Pikmin 3 came out about 7 years ago in 2013.

Pikmin 4 was “almost done” in 2015, so we’re not really sure what’s up with that.

For those unfamiliar, Pikmin are kinda like onions, a valuable commodity and useful food.

The collective noun for cute pikmin is a “crop”.

By Michael Carver
November 5, 2020 4:30 PM

Can’t stop a crop.

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Chloroform Use Discovered

Looks like an American made some earlier, but didn’t know what it could do.

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Although it had been known to have anesthetic properties for many years before, a Scottish man proved you could use it on humans

Chloroform is often administered by rags in fiction | “Masked Rag Doll busker – Bourke St Mall” by avlxyz is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

This stuff can form unintentionally when trying to disinfect stuff, so caution should be used when cleaning things and keep the area well ventilated.

Oregon just decriminalized drugs, so presumably, it wouldn’t be a crime to carry some for exceedingly dangerous recreational use. Please don’t do stuff like that.

Oddly enough, the people advocating for this there think it will save lives, so who knows.

Portugal, where they also decriminalized drugs in 2000, may have concerns about Trump being reelected.

Left in the air, chloroform becomes really poisonous.

By Michael Carver
November 4, 2020 5:53 PM

Wikipedia is a hell of a drug.

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Very Hairy Baby Girl

A little bundle of cute floof.

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A baby chimpanzee was born at the STL Zoo. Zoo officials announced the event about 5 hours after it happened, which was around 3:30 AM.

Baby chimps spend the first bit of their lives bonding with their mom and multiple generations of family.

The mother was born in Florida in 2001 and came to STL in 2007.

A rare thing, this is being considered a pick-me-up, rather light hearted news

Food service positions are available for the fall/winter season.

All mail to the newborn should be addressed at 1 Government Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63110

By Michael Carver
October 30, 2020 2:34 PM

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Nice Coffee by the Pandemic

Is it surprising that Consumer Reports has a coffee recommendation?

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The COVID response has affected the coffee sales industry in America. Perhaps counterintuitive, about half of it is McDonalds.

CGP Grey zooms about coffee.

Coffee trade itself has been down over the course of the year as well as retail coffee consumption in the US.

There is some suggestion that a trend to drinking coffee from alcohol caused or encouraged the Enlightenment.

The pandemic response from governments has people thinking of coffee consumption in different ways now.

Despite all this, billions of cups of coffee are still being drunk.

Car based coffee preparation systems are almost exclusively 12v machines.

By Michael Carver
October 28, 2020 11:06 AM

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