For the record, I’m pretty keen on robots. I don’t think they’re evil (unlike some people). Even still, I’d balk at this many-limbed ‘bot reaching for my noggin with an electric razor. A man identified only as “Tim” decided to sit down in the barber chair, and, boy, did he ever get a unique haircut.
The robot barber is a Multi-Arm Unmanned Ground Vehicle built by Maryland-based Intelligent Automation Inc., or IAI. When it’s not being used to play parlor tricks for us pesky humans, it can also be found performing a wide variety of tasks such as “backpack inspection, tool handling, shovel manipulation, door breaching, knot tying, and tackling IEDs,” according to IEEE Automaton’s resident bot junkie and Panda Express regular Evan “Bagpipes” Ackerman (nickname origin withheld to protect the innocent).
Here, the MAUGV isn’t autonomously cutting Tim’s hair, but assisting an operator, who in turn is looking through the ‘bot’s cameras and trying to give Tim the perfect, um, hair “style.”
Besides reassuring hair-cutting professionals that their jobs are safe, the video below has a second purpose: to raise money and awareness for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which helps fund the search for a cure against the development of childhood cancer.
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Newlyweds John and Frances Canning were informed a while back that a VIP would be at Manchester’s town hall on the day of their wedding.
When later they learned that the very important person would be Queen Elizabeth II, they decided to send her a “lighthearted” invitation. They didn’t expect to hear back from the Queen, much less see her at their wedding.
But that’s exactly what happened.
“When we had our ceremony, the staff asked us to wait for a moment in the corridor and just a few minutes later the queen arrived,” Frances Canning told the Manchester Evening News. “She knew both our names and apparently we had been especially added to her rota.”
Mr. Canning said the monarch congratulated them and asked them how they were feeling, while her husband inquired about their Italian honeymoon plans.
The Queen and Prince Philip were in town as part of HRH’s Diamond Jubilee tour.
In related royal news, a significant number of MPs from all three major parties have proposed renaming Big Ben in honor of the Queen on the year of her Diamond Jubilee. The proposal is gaining traction after being backed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Labour leader Ed Miliband, London Mayor Boris Johnson, and even Prime Minister David Cameron.
A middle school in New Jersey has come under fire for banning hugging among students.
According to a CBS New York report, Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School Principal Tyler Blackmore made an announcement last week following “incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions” reminding students that Matawan-Aberdeen was a “no hugging school.”
Students say they risk detention if caught embracing.
School Superintendent David Healy commended Blackmore for acting responsibly, saying the students needed to learn about “appropriate interactions.” Still, he said the announcement was being blown out of proportion and students caught hugging would not be suspended.
“It’s stupid, I’ve never heard of such a thing,” said one parent. “Why can’t you hug? That’s how we grew up, with affection.”
Seriously, what’s next? Banning best friends? Oh, wait.
If you’re proud of Obamacare and tired of the other side using it as a dirty word, complete this sentence:#ILikeObamacare because…
For some reason liberals keep coming up with new hashtags despite the long history of conservatives hijacking their hashtags in order to mock them. Today’s misguided attempt to establish a liberal hashtag came from President Obama himself. Apparently he wants people to tweet out why they like Obamacare.
Conservatives obliged and have completely taken over the hashtag. The vast majority of tweets being tagged with #ILikeObamacare are actually people mocking the program. Here are the best.
#IlikeObamacare because I’d rather my grandma have to take a pain pill instead of getting the surgery she needs
#IlikeObamacare because if I like my plan I can keep it. Oh, wait, my plan doesn’t exist now. Oh.
#ILikeObamacare because SHUT UP YOU RACIST.#p2
I wonder how much those people in the new VOLT commercials got paid for saying just how damn much they love their car? Or even if they are real owners?
(USA Today) — Volt owners are getting another lesson in what it means to be on the cutting edge of auto mobility — many will need to bring their cars in for a beefier extension cord.
General Motors has announced it is replacing the cord and charging device that lets owners charge the car from a 120-volt household outlet, according to a report by Reuters.
GM spokesman Randal Fox told Reuters that the replacement for the charger that comes with the $40,000 car has a beefier cable and will “offer a more consistent charging experience,” though it won’t make it charge faster. The program covers all 2011 Volts and some 2012s — the 120-volt cords, 240-volt cords are not affected.
“It’s not a safety recall,” Fox said. “It’s more of a customer-satisfaction program.”
According to Consumer Reports, some Volt owners have complained that their 120-volt charger “overheats during use and have even documented online videos of melted 120-volt chargers.” CR said it has not had the problem in its testing of the car, which is on its “recommended” list.
This is one of those wtf is in the head of some people. But it is said that Fatman Gore cried when he heard the verdict.
Climate alarmists have lost a major court case that had the potential for turning every weather emergency into endless litigation. It’s a victory for the law, for science and for common sense.
On Tuesday, Federal Judge Louis Guirola Jr., in the Southern District of Mississippi, dismissed the case of Comer vs. Murphy Oil for lack of standing. Gulf Coast property owners had sought to hold a grab bag of energy companies responsible for damage they suffered from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The plaintiffs claimed the power companies knowingly had endangered them by emitting unsafe levels of carbon dioxide. The case was dismissed in 2007, then resurrected by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2009. The latest ruling should put an end to it.
For the property owners to be able to claim damages, the court would have had to accept some vast logical leaps. First is the highly speculative argument that carbon-dioxide emissions contribute to cataclysmic weather. There is no statistical evidence that hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones or other extreme weather events have been increasing in frequency. Nevertheless, after every disaster, climate alarmists exploit the suffering by claiming it is an example of “global weirding.” Because warming has stopped, this vague notion – which can encompass just about any weather fluctuation – is all they have.
Second, the court would have to link Hurricane Katrina specifically to carbon-dioxide emissions. It would have to accept that the timing, intensity and route of the hurricane were caused by – or at least unduly influenced by – emissions enough to have caused the disaster. This would be speculative to the point of absurdity. Hurricanes have always been with us. Climatologists still have an incomplete understanding of what causes them and the factors that determine their life cycle. Even uber-alarmist Al Gore said days after the Katrina tragedy that “no single hurricane can be blamed on global warming.” This may be the only thing about the climate he has gotten right.
by Black & Right
Please don’t mistake this as overconfidence, but I firmly believe what I told Michael Coren on Sun News a couple days ago: President Obama will not be reelected, will be beaten badly, and here are five reasons why….
1: The 2010 MIDTERM MOMENTUM HAS NOT SUBSIDED
Can anyone show me one indicator that proves Republican-conservative-independent anti-Democrat sentiment has cooled since November 2010? [snip]
2: THE MEDIA SAYS THE RACE WILL BE CLOSE. WHAT ELSE CAN THEY SAY?
The liberal media needs the appearance of some kind of drama to sell newspapers and commercials on their cable and network broadcasts. [snip]
3: OBAMA’S BEING ABANDONED QUICKER THAN SOILED TISSUE
Oil speculators and OPEC aren’t doing much to lower politically-murderous gasoline prices, the campaign dollars aren’t flowing in as predicted, flaky college students made history in 2008 and now find that so yesterday, potential foreign conflicts are not observing the presidential campaign schedule-time out period, and those in his closest circles started looking for the exits months ago.
4: HAD ENOUGH!
President Obama was sold to the American people as the great unifier, but he and his supporters seem to believe if they insult us enough, we’ll just all throw up our hands in surrender and pledge to vote Democrat for life. [snip]
5: OBAMA IS ACTING DEFEATED
In listening to his campaign speeches, he’s not trying to convince the few that are still on the fence to join his side. He’s lashing out.
Good night and enjoy something like this.