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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Happy Monday, GN; gaaaaaaaaah!

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Today’s thread GIF reminds me of what happens to cars in YankeeLand due to salt. 👿

(Sure glad I don’t live there anymore.)

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Florida deputy shows up at woman’s workplace, takes her tea away from her, Tases her when she tries to get it back, tells his employer he “accidentally discharged his device into a pillow at his house.”

Deputy then texts photo of poorly-decorated “Sorry I Tased You” cake:

Woman is now suing; full story here: http://globalnews.ca/news/2973847/woman-suing-officer-who-tried-to-apologize-with-sorry-i-tased-you-cake/

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Sven --

Given the hype surrounding “Westworld”, I’m not surprised by your review.

The original film was certainly a POS, as it never explained how the guns were suddenly able to shoot warm-blooded targets…among other ginormous holes in teh plot. (Such as the control center locking-in all of the technicians when they cut the power which then caused them to asphixiate, IIRC. That’s some seriously half-assed engineering.)

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
4 years ago

True, but the original movie was not pretentious--it was just a good fun flick. The HBO series is going to examine “big things” and concepts about the nature of humans and AI and whatever. And with huge amounts of nakedness, sex, and gore.

The original was a straight survival story--expect HBO on the other hand to lecture us and be “deep”.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Younger guy sees nixie tubes; thinks they’re cool. Finds out they’re not being made any more. Learns how to make them; starts artisinal nixie tube business:

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
4 years ago

Happy Monday, indeed. Hi, GN and Fatwa!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Hai, Sven!

The HBO series is going to examine “big things” and concepts about the nature of humans and AI and whatever.

At risk of being repetitious: gaaaaaaaaaah!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
4 years ago

Happy Monday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Sven!

Westworld -- yet another reason not to spend money on HBO.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Hai, Paddy and Mac!

Glad you liked the video, Mac. I thought it might be a little long, too, but found it quite fascinating. Appreciated all of the precision and the glass work most of all.

(If I had to put on all those teensy ceramic insulators between the cathodes, I think I’d run out of curse words very quickly.)

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
4 years ago

There was another thing about Westworld and that was I didnt care at all about any of the characters. My bet is that the direction it goes is that the AIs are more human and moral than the humans.

When I was a kid, like around 12 or 13 years old, or maybe even younger, I read Philip K. Dick’s great novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. It was later made into the movie Blade Runner, which was hugely disappointing. I’ve only watched it once, in a theater which was across the street from the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. That would have been 1981 or 1982 or so. Anyhow, from what I recall of the film, it sides with the idea that the androids are sentient beings, capable of nobility and morality. That was completely at odds with Dick’s view in DADOES, which as I recall, was that nope, the artificial intelligence creatures lacked empathy and were nowhere near human--they were machines. Period.

There’s been several movies that have touched on this sci-fi theme, really good ones. Sadly, I don’t think Westworld will be one of them, but I’m sure it will be greeted warmly by the critics and renwed for another season.