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What Were The Earliest Vibrators Like?

by on February 3, 2014

They were steam-powered, coal-fired, belt-driven and studded with vibratodes as Rachel Maines, technology historian and author of The Technology of Orgasm explains. I thank her for introducing me to the term “vibratode,” and to the phrase “hedonizing technology.” She gives an eye-opening account of the social, medical and technological history of self-pleasure, replete with self-deceptions, hypocrisies and rooftop Chattanoogas.

But in any case, there’s the connection with hydrotherapy and


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Shopping By The Stars: New Year’s Edition

by on December 16, 2013

In this new installment in what future generations will one day refer to as ‘Paltry Wisdom,’ we provide helpful shopping tips for you, the consumer. Many of us will soon be awash in the drunken, regretful spectacle that is New Year’s Eve. Maybe you’ve been invited to attend a New Year’s party. Maybe you’re the kind of conscientious party guest who plans ahead and brings a gift for the host. …
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Do Androids Need Buddhist Non-Attachment? (And A PowerWasher)

by on August 9, 2013

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The Blue Fairy from A.I. Artificial Intelligence

1. The robot who loved his ‘mom’ too much

2. The robot who loved whoever came into the room, too much

Robot Programmed to Fall in Love with a Girl Goes too Far

Kenji was part of an experiment involving several robots loaded with custom software designed to let them react emotionally to external stimuli. After some limited environmental conditioning, Kenji first demonstrated


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Maywa Denki – Dedicated To Whimsy

by on May 14, 2013

Innumerable species play, and many – certainly many primates – laugh and tease and jest. But are we alone in our ability to grasp, appreciate, and delight in the absurd? How stands the octopus on Dada? (On his head-foot, of course.) As this video of the Maywa Denki group illustrates, true nonsense requires a most subtle and flexible mind, and whimsy takes dedication.

Via Laughing Squid

Originally posted May 24, …
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Paul Root Wolpe – Ethical Boundaries For Bio-Tech

by on March 29, 2013

Paul Root Wolpe, of Emory University, does not spend much time making an argument for clear ethical boundaries for the conduct of bio-technology, rather he just lists off some of the more startling greatest hits of the field, and the argument more or less makes itself: bio-luminescent monkeys, bug-bots, robo-rats, animals as donor part farms (mouse ears), computer chips comprised of self-aggregated rat neurons, creatures with neural implants that …
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Top 10 Most Powerful Nuclear Bombs In History

by on March 23, 2013

Via Democratic Underground
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Answering To The (Rivet) Guns Of Brixton

by on January 31, 2013

Robots of Brixton

Robots of Brixton from Kibwe Tavares on Vimeo.

Brixton has degenerated into a disregarded area inhabited by London’s new robot workforce – robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do. The mechanical population of Brixton has rocketed, resulting in unplanned, cheap and quick additions to the skyline.

The film follows the trials and tribulations of


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Compressorhead ~ Ace Of Spades

by on January 6, 2013

No Sleep ‘Til… …well, just no sleep

Compressorhead is:

Stickboy (drums) was created to exacting specifications. 4 arms, 2 legs, 1 head, no brain. he plays a Pearl 14 piece kit with double kick. stickboy junior, the bastard child of an unknown mother takes control of the hihat shuffle. inception date 2007

Fingers (guitar) joined stickboy in 2009 and brings 78 purpose built fingers, enough to play the entire fret


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Mars 360 (Through Curiosity Eyes)

by on September 21, 2012

Click, pan and zoom the martian landscape through the lenses of the Curiosity rover.

Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover in New Mexico

h/t Alex Evstr…
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Dept Of Zilla

by on August 25, 2012

Recorded live in Boston, 1969 with a mic apparently tucked inside Lou Reed’s amp, this version of What Goes On is frankly awesome. Stick with it, there is a cumulative effect.

Untitled from Django's Ghost on Vimeo.

And if you’ve got time for the drift and a penchant for parties with the likes of Ratzo and Joe Buck, there are also Heroin and Sister Ray paired with some …
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The Curiosity Has Landed

by on August 6, 2012

Earlier today the nuclear-powered Curiosity Rover successfully completed its 9-month space journey and touched down safely on the Red Planet. Images to be posted here as they become available.

Live screen-capture from NASA TV

What’s so special about the Curiosity?

Well for one thing, it’s the first Mars rover whose tweets you can follow. Make sure you follow the Curiosity avidly and retweet often; it requires regular infusions of trendium …
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Red Ribs

by on August 6, 2012

A Slice of the Soviet Music Underground

For almost as long as rock and roll has been played in the West, it has been heard in Russia. Soviet youth received its first large infusion of Western styles and sounds during the Seventh International Festival of Youth and Students,  which took place in Moscow in 1957: “Thousands of real live young foreigners flooded into virginal Moscow. Among them were Jazz musicians,


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