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Introducing The Robot Chair: Going to Shave Hours Off Office Cleaning Staff Toil   Leave a comment


No this isn’t what we mean.

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Posted February 25, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Meet ‘Drinky’ the Robotic Drinking Companion   Leave a comment


Thanks to a South Korean inventor, lonely drinkers may soon have a robotic friend to join them in drowning their sorrows.

The unorthodox invention, delightfully named ‘Drinky,’ was inspired three years ago when Eunchan Park spent an unfortunate Christmas alone and longed to have someone by his side.

Out of that solitude, Drinky was born.

And while he may not be much of a conversationalist yet, the alcoholic automaton will happily raise a glass to toast his companions before downing whatever spirits are poured into his glass.

As a bonus, cost-conscious drinkers can also tap into the robot’s jar body at the end of the night if they run out of booze.

Should the robot apocalypse ever happen, it will likely be Drinky’s betrayal that will hurt the most.

Source: The Mirror

Posted January 10, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Bit of Jersey Punk   Leave a comment


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Posted December 19, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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More Screen Instructions on How to Live Life   Leave a comment


If they build it, they will buy it.

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Scrub the front, quickly hit the back, rinse and call it a day. I’ll come clean about it: I don’t spend more than an average of 30 seconds brushing my teeth. Unless, of course, I’ve got a dentist appointment coming up, then I’ll work on them for a minute or two.

But this past week I’ve attempted to brush up my act—or at least my teeth—with Oral-B’s SmartSeries Bluetooth toothbrush. Nope, not even the centuries-old toothbrush is safe from smartphone connectivity, thanks to the Internet of Things typhoon that’s sweeping through household electronics.

The new electric toothbrush, starting at $160, is now on sale in parts of Europe and is coming to the U.S. this fall. The brush pairs with your iPhone or Android phone to coach you through your brushing regimen. It gives you feedback about your brushing habits with the grand goal of getting you to brush for the dentist-recommended, though seemingly interminable, two minutes.

“Really? Hasn’t this gone a little too far? What’s next, connected toilet paper?” I can hear you asking yourself. There’s no doubt that this seems like another “Do we really need this?” product. But it’s great for people like me who have outgrown bubble-gum-flavored toothpaste and Justin Bieber singing toothbrushes. The brush and its app have had me so engaged that I’ve tripled my usual brushing time.

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The less time for free thinking, the less creative the world gets. Think about that without looking at the screen.

A couple waits to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in a suburban area of Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples celebrate the "Qixi" festival on Tuesday, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner. Picture taken May 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 29 OF 31 FOR PACKAGE 'CHINA - LOVE AND MARRIAGE'. SEARCH 'BARRIA MARRIAGE' FOR ALL IMAGES - RTX12JAA

Why do we have to be so absorbed with the little screen?  Can’t people think freely and spontaneously without needing to be focused on some trivial nonsense? Like all the time!

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You need software to help you brush your teeth, what’s next? Timing your craps? Which hand to use when scratching your balls?  This is getting very ridiculous.

I realize I just pissed off all the addicted screen clone zombies.

 

This is the future. Why is everybody not looking at the devices?

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Posted December 13, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Wild and Crazy Inventions from Years Past   Leave a comment


Make square Eggs?

invent egg cuber

Hair permer 1930.

invent hair permer 1930

invent head

Massive hair blow-dryer!

invent massive automatic hair dryer

Mouse scaring machine, makes cat noise.

invent mouse scaring machine made caT sounds

Chin bell for drivers. Nod off and chin hits bell. Good idea.

invent Mouse scaring machine that made cat noises

Portable sauna.

invent portable sauna

1961 Buick Flamingo with rotating passenger seat. Make eyes with the guy in the car behind you?

invent The  1961 Buick Flamingo with a rotating front seat. Who needs seat belts

Check out the Baby Suspender, the parents are ice skating.

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invent baby suspender they are ice skating

Posted December 3, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Worst Costumes at Comic Con   Leave a comment


San Diego Comic-Con International is a multigenre entertainment and comic convention held annually in San Diego, California.

Originally showcasing primarily comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts, the convention now includes a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres, including horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels. According to Forbes, the convention is the “largest convention of its kind in the world;” Publishers Weekly wrote “Comic-Con International: San Diego is the largest show in North America;” it is also the largest convention held in San Diego. In 2010, it filled the San Diego Convention Center to capacity with more than 130,000 attendees.

Many attendees adorn costumes of their favourite characters, the results can be funny, and lets say, embarrassing.

Some eclectic costumes

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Lots of effort went into this disaster

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Bringing the Orion Slave Girls down a notch

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Oh Wonder Woman! What have they done?

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Posted July 12, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Daredevil Calgary man launches skyward in lawn chair pulled up with helium balloons   Leave a comment


It was an attempt to promote his cleaning company products. Guys name was Daniel Boria.

Posted July 7, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Malaysian Mountain God angered by indecent behaviour of Western Tourists, unleashes killer Earthquake   Leave a comment


Globe and Mail

Dressed in similar purple jail uniforms, four foreigners – including two Canadians – appeared Wednesday in a Malaysian court on the island of Borneo, as authorities investigated them for posing naked atop a mountain locals consider sacred.

The four, including siblings Danielle and Lindsey Petersen from Saskatchewan, were ordered to remain in detention until Saturday while the investigation continued.

The case has raised international attention after a Malaysian official said their actions disrespected the mountain and caused an earthquake.

The magnitude 5.9 earthquake on Friday sent rocks and boulders raining down the trekking routes on the 4,095-metre-high Mount Kinabalu in eastern Sabah state on Borneo island. At least 18 people have died.

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Tourists stripping down on top of the holy mountain

Sabah’s tourism minister, Masidi Manjun, confirmed that the four foreigners – the two Canadians, a Dutch man and British woman – had been remanded into custody for another four days.

Video footage from Malaysia media showed the quartet leaving the courthouse under heavy guard – the women manacled to each other, hiding their faces with their free hands.

A police officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Japri Abdul Halim, told reporters that the four were held at a central lockup facility in Kepayan, near the provincial capital of Kota Kinabalu. He said a German traveller was also arrested, but released after questioning.

A defence lawyer representing the foreigners, Ronny Cham, told the Guardian he requested they be held separately for their own safety.

The westerners had reached the top of Kinabalu on May 20 and broke away from their guides to strip and take photos of themselves.

“Mount Kinabalu. Time of my life,” one Canadian, Emil Kaminski wrote on Facebook, posting a photo where eight westerners clad only in underwear can be seen, looking at the cloud cover from the mountain top, their pants and shirts piled on the rocks nearby.

According to an article in the Malay Mail, Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan blamed the tragedy on the foreigners who took off their clothes after reaching the peak last week.

“There is almost certainly a connection. We have to take this as a reminder that local beliefs and customs are not to be disrespected,” he told a press conference following the earthquake.

Mr. Kaminski has taken to social media, arguing and taunting Malaysian officials about their beliefs.

“You don’t know anything about plate tectonics,” he said in a profanity-laced video on YouTube.

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Don’t screw around with a mean mountain God!

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Posted June 10, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Device that is indelible   Leave a comment


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When the space aliens look at us they must wonder, what in the name of Verigon 5 are they starring at on those little screens? They can’t go more than a few seconds without checking that screen. What is the urgency to see the message? Is the message life and death? It sure appears so.

Nancy Colier

Huffington Post

I check email more often than I should, and more often than I enjoy. I am not alone in this. I have clients and friends who check their email up to 100 times per day. Some, even more. Given the amount of pleasure that email actually delivers, it seems that the urge to check it is disproportionally high and out of sync with reality and well-being (and possibly sanity). Most of the emails I receive are junk and go straight into the trash. Some are reminders of tasks that I need to address or events/opportunities that I should know about (and buy tickets for) but don’t really want to know about. And the smallest percentage, a few here and there, are notes from friends, family, or colleagues that I am actually happy to receive. Because of the glaring disconnect between the experience of email and our relentless desire to check it, I started asking the following questions, “Why do we check email so often?” and “What are we really hoping to find in these little electronic Post-its?”

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In the grand scheme, does checking email really matter? Is email (or text) addiction even important enough to understand or try to tackle? I believe that the answer is an emphatic yes, and no less worthy of our attention than drug, alcohol, food, sex or any other addiction. Every addiction, no matter its lure, pulls us out of our lives and out of the present moment. Knowing that we can always check, we become more distracted and more dependent upon something external to escape whatever we don’t want to feel or do. We can’t or don’t stop doing something that no longer nourishes us, and that we don’t want to keep doing. Slowly, we start to lose or abandon other important parts of our life in order to be able to engage more fully in our addiction.

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The first step in breaking any addiction is awareness. We can start by simply noticing the impulse to check when it arises, pausing before checking, and asking ourselves, “Why do we want to check in this moment?” “Is there an email we are expecting, needing or hoping for?” “Is there something we are feeling or doing that we want to get away from?” “Are we bored and looking for a place to put our attention?” Getting to know the beast is the first step in taming the beast. I know that I personally feel significantly better when I check less — less distracted, anxious and agitated, more grounded and present, with far more interesting ideas (that I can actually finish). And so, regardless of whether you feel yourself to be addicted to checking email (or text messages for that matter), I offer this inquiry as a step in the direction of feeling well. Investigating our impulses, whatever they might be and however often they might arise, is a path to becoming more self-aware, which is always a worthy pursuit, and the natural antidote.

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There is a real world out there that is being missed

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Posted May 25, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Bringing Eye Contact back to the 21st Century with the Texting Hat   Leave a comment


Dangerous Minds

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Okay, so maybe this isn’t a real thing yet… but, c’mon, you know it’s coming! With the tagline “Bringing eye contact back to the 21st century” the Texting Hat is here to solve all your phone zombie problems. What a great invention. You look like you actually care when in reality who gives a f#@k!

Right now they’re not for sale, but the Texting Hat website encourages you to just make your own goddamned hat:

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And be careful addicted texters. Your neck is experiencing double the weight it normally should have to deal with.

Posted April 25, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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