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Archive for Sorry to Hear That
More Lego Coolness – This Time Talking to A Cell Phone and Setting Records for Real World motion: Solving Rubik’s CubeFrom Electronic Products
At LEGO World 2014 in Copenhagen, the third edition of the CubeStormer robot was unveiled, solving the Rubik’s Cube at a lightning pace.
The LEGO Mindstormes kit bricks are intelligent and programmable, powered by AA batteries. It runs a Linux operating system on an ARM-centered processor. The screen on the blocks is a monochrome LCD. There is an added SD card slot on all Mindstormes to expand the memory capacity and a USB port to add Wi-Fi connectivity.
Editor’s Note: What is basically a child’s toy manipulating a another child’s toy and solving a puzzle that most humans (adults) can’t solve at all. I had a really tough time deciding which category describes this story, Robotics, Distractions, or Sorry to Hear that, the latter category usually being reserved for stories of situations detrimental to society or the loss of a notable person. In this case, all apply, the notable person being the American worker.
As things tend to happen around here, my other half was editing pictures of a grandchild’s birthday party earlier today to post to Facebook. One of the children at the party, a particularly photogenic girl of almost 3, happens to have her own Facebook account and Brenda “tagged her” for the photos of her. Well, in the same photo album on Facebook is another photo that was taken in the early twenties and showing a women and three girls aged about 2, 4, and 6. It was posted by Brenda (my other half) to try to identify some of people in it, possibly relatives since the print was in her mothers photos. Facebook picked up on the youngest child in this nearly century old photo and wanted to tag the account of the current almost 3 year old. And, by golly, there is a bit of a resemblance, at least enough to make the Facebot image system notice it. Then, we realized there is at least an even chance the birthday party girl is related the “old” girl. All of which adds both a haunting feeling for how strong genetics can be and a haunted feeling that Facebook can make that kind of a connection. They aren’t perfect at recognizing faces, though, it also wanted to tag one of the teenagers as the fuel oil tank. So another category is being added, Serendipistickity, where somebody drew a good conclusion based on really bad science..
At the same time, a PBS documentary was running in the background about the The New York shirtwaist strike of 1909 also known as “The Uprising of the 20,000”. Workers, mostly Jewish women, led by Clara Lemlich and supported by the National Women’s Trade Union League of America (NWTUL), the strike began in November 1909. In February 1910, the NWTUL settled with the factory owners, gaining improved wages, working conditions, and hours. The end of the strike was followed only a year later by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which exposed the plight of immigrant women working in dangerous and difficult conditions. Hence, now that ecen toy robots can solve complex movement tasks at lightning speed, garment workers can begin their traing as robot maintenance personnel, and a few will even still work. Watch the video and tell me this thing can’t be taught to make shirts 24/7.
Featured image: Landfill in Poland, 1999. CREDIT: Cezary p SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.)
Published on Dec 27, 2013
A new report called, “The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America,” describes our expiration-date labeling system here in the US as convoluted, confusing, inconsistent, ineffective, disorienting, ambiguous, and dizzying. It doesn’t think much of the system, in other words.The Resident (aka Lori Harfenist) discusses.
Dig a LITTLE DEEPER ~ THEI.us Archive “The Resident”
September 2013 REPORT R:13-09-A
The Dating Game:
How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America
Image: Shelf life. This pack of diced pork says ‘display until’ 7 May and ‘use by’ 8 May. CREDIT: Edward Betts. SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Edward. This applies worldwide.)
The waste of edible food by consumers, retailers, and manufacturers poses a
significant burden to the American food system. Wasted food costs consumers
and industry money; squanders important natural resources that are used to
grow, process, distribute, and store America’s food supply; and represents a missed opportunity to feed the millions of food insecure households in the United States that are struggling to access healthy, affordable food. Misinterpretation of the date labels on foods is a key factor leading to this waste. . . . Read Complete Report
Featured Image: Patch of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), worn on the sleeves of LASD uniforms. SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons. (This image is a work of a State of California employee, taken or made during the course of the person’s official duties, and is consequently in the public domain.)
Published on Dec 23, 2013
The scandals keep piling up for one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the US. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca had to admit that his department gave preferential treatment when hiring dozens deputies. Some of the deputies had troubling criminal histories. Then there are the 18 deputies facing federal charges for abuse in the jail system. RT’s Ramon Galindo explains the litany of problems LA County’s top cop is facing.
Dig a LITTLE DEEPER ~ THEI.us Archive “Cops”
Published on Dec 22, 2013
Featured Image: a pile of old books. SOURCE: clipartpal.com (Public Domain)
Published on Dec 12, 2013
Out of Print: The dark side of the digital book revolution.
Featured Image: Buddy Holly publicity picture for Brunswick Records. SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (Public Domain)
Published on Aug 7, 2012
I also found this little gem in my old pile of DVD TV recordings. I love the uploads of this show and will add this one to my playlist. I read Buddy Holly’s Bio., there is a little mystery to his death; although it might sound a little exaggerated.
Buddy Holly – Rare footage compilation.
Buddy Holly’s ’58 Impala
Uploaded on Aug 16, 2006
Submitted by Rick Osmon
I received word earlier tonight of the passing of Lloyd Pye.
I worked with Lloyd on several shows (Oopa Loopa Café), and he was always the gracious guest and dedicated researcher. His association with the “Starchild Skull” and his pursuit of its genetic makeup consumed his research for nearly a full decade.
Lloyd, we’ll miss you.
~~In Remembrance of a lifelong truth-seeker from THEI~~
Lloyd Pye Starchild Skull
Published on Aug 25, 2012