The Pulse - 2009w08
February 18, 2009
Are we too self involved in here?
Ever since we celebrated ourselves in the magnificent birthday bash, this site has seen a lot of navel staring activity. Hasn't it? There was a lot of debate going on about us and our fav hangout. We made our site prettier. And we started a scrapbook, priding ourselves on the recognition we receive from the outside world.
We sure like ourselves a lot. Reminds me of a certain Greek youth I once knew. Whose name still echoes faintly along the waterfront whenever I see the daffodils in bloom.
So much has happened in the past few weeks, that I find it very hard to write a compilation. Some people mentioned that they need my little recaps to catch up on all the cool stuff they missed. And that they keep missing posts simply because there are sooo many of them. Last time I sat down behind (in front of?) my computer after a long two days AFK, I was blown away by the sheer number of unread posts.
I cannot any longer promise The Pulse to be a complete overview of LMR. If it ever were complete. I must also emphasise that my Pulses are a very personal selection of subjects and trends. And remember, my observations or comments can get quite opinionated. Read on at your own risk!
Show your cat on LMR
This trend surely is mention worthy: more and more cats show up in pictures on LMR. There is almost a club for it now! I wonder how long it takes before some really lewd member (...) makes the all too obvious pun.
So for the record, do we love cats or splat cats?
Take the helm, Mr Robot!
Some time ago there was daydreaming about an LMR bot that would visit shore dwelling members one by one. An ocean going autonomous vehicle that could travel across the globe. On its own. Northcove built something like that. And it is pretty and yellow!
I doubt he will let it loose on the oceans though. It cost a fortune and it is meant to serve as a test platform for instruments he develops professionally.
This minisumo is so funny. And the pictures provided by builder noise0 are sooo pretty! But not yellow.
Imagine a swarm of these!
Pictomatix takes the cake
More pretty pictures by Oddbot here. He built a robot to take pictures for him. Pictures of robots.
And pictures of feet.
And The Narcissus Award 2009 AD Goes To...
The robot that loves itself so much, it does nothing but admiring its own image. Through a digital camera lens of course. We live in modern times!
This robot parks its detachable camera trailer in a photogenic location, poses in front of it and then smiles wide while the camera snaps another picture.
The only visible evidence (so far) that this design is in actual fabrication, is a short video demonstrating the Smiling Subsystem. This video is so hilarious, that it was immediately syndicated across the blogosphere.
Another one for our scrapbook Frits! Doncha just love it?
(Painting by Michelangelo de Caravaggio,
Every robot needs shoes!