The Future

Skynet to Deliver Your Amazon Shit in 30min or Less

It’s difficult to imagine a world where flying packages are routine.  Then again, it used to be difficult to imagine a world where a computer would fit in your pocket.  It’s only a matter of time before the FAA figures out the rules for this shit, but I think Amazon Prime Air is the way of the future.

Certainly, you’d want to be home when Batteries Not Included shows up with your DVDs or send the shit to your workplace.  It would also be kind of cool to have a little delivery ledge for Amazon’s Hunter Killer if you work a few stories up.  And if more companies adopt a delivery drone model, it’s easy to imagine Reaper delivered pizza.  It would certainly change the meaning of a delivery person.  They’d have to hire a skilled drone pilot instead of a high school kid looking to score some extra cash.  Or that high school kid would have to play nothing but flight sims.

However, a few hurdles come instantly to mind.  I foresee a lot of people trying to down the drones in transit either by chucking rocks or worse, firearms.  They would have to fly at a height that’s out of rock throwing range, but low enough so that they don’t interfere with airplanes.

If multiple companies adopt a similar program, they would have to coordinate with each other to ensure drones don’t crash into one another.  Or maybe they’d all have some sort of early warning proximity system installed.

Weather would also be a factor.  Under extremely windy conditions, quadcopter Charlie would get blown way off course or just crash.  Windy conditions.  You’re just gonna have to get your shit tomorrow instead 30 minutes from now. Deal.

There could be some privacy concerns.  After all, Taka Candroid will undoubtedly have a camera or two or four to see where it’s going.  OR TO SPY ON YOU.

I also seriously doubt that Washington, D.C. would allow drones to fly anywhere near the White House or the Capital so D.C. residents, don’t get your hopes up.

Still, I kind welcome our new delivery fin funnels.  It’d be fun as hell to see them wiz back and fourth delivering all kinds of weird shit to people.  Once they figure out the kinks, I could easily see them as something we take for granted.  And who wouldn’t want a pizza delivered by a Flying Shark!

Form 1, High Resolution Desktop 3D Printing

This Techrunch review of the Form 1 from Formlabs is soooo drool worthy! I’ve been eyeing desktop 3D printers for a while now and the Form 1 looks like it’s the one for me. I love the fact that it uses freaking lasers to do the printing instead of those plastic spools like the Makerbot. I never liked the layered look of pieces that come out of a Makerbot which makes the Form 1 even that much more appealing.

Of course, the price tag is a bit too much for me right now.  Clocking in at $3,299, the Form 1 is a pretty substantial investment.  If I had a library of models ready to go and print, it might make sense.  But I think I’ll spend some time building a line of things and then see where I’m at.  Who knows, by then, the Form 1 might be old news.  The desktop 3D printing scene is pretty damn exciting and I think the Form 1 is pushing things even further.

Google Glass Could Kill Your Love Life

Though this sketch presents a humorous take on dating with Google Glass, I kind of feel like this is pretty accurate if the technology becomes as widespread as smart phones. Already, I have friends who bury their faces in their smart phones when we’re hanging out.  It’s actually quite annoying.  If I’m that fucking boring, why do you bother hanging out with me in the first fucking place?  And as much as I hate it, I’m totally guilty of doing the same damn thing.

Google Glass makes digital distraction so much more seamless.  It’ll be more difficult to tell whether or not your friends are really hanging out with you or surfing the net while you’re pontificating about the finer points of Kamen Rider Kuuga’s Ultimate Rising form.

Although, your friends will probably tune out anyway if you spend your time talking about Ultimate Rising form.  Hmm… maybe that’s why they always bury their face in their phone when they hang out with me.

Okay, Glass, Show Me Things

Sure, the glasses still look really goofy, but this first-person view of what Google Glass looks like when you’re wearing it is all kinds of awesome.  I would guess that some Google engineers are fans of Warren Ellis’s Transmetropolitan because these are Spider Jerusalem’s glasses made real.  Actually, if they looked like Spider’s I’d buy them in a heart beat.  The HUD looks quite elegant and intuitive although you’ll sound like an absolute twit to anyone around you when you talk to your glasses.
If you’ve $1500 to spare, you can apply to be an early adopter.  In 50 words or less, tell Google what you’d do with glass.  If you’re chosen, you’ll have to get out to New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles to pick up your Glass in person.  I would use Glass to stream me working on comics and other art projects.  And Art Fights.  But I don’t have a free $1500 lying around so I’ll just have to wait for a consumer version that’s affordable.  Or that looks like Spider’s glasses.

DARPA’s Hell Puppy In Action

We’ve seen videos of DARPA’s Legged Squad Support System, the LS3, running on treadmills and walking around basketball courts. I’m just gonna call it Hell Puppy because it terrifies me greatly. Now we see Hell Puppy negotiating some rocky terrain rather effortlessly.

I often wonder why they bother making robots with legs when wheels and treads would do just fine. And then I see how fucking creepy Hell Puppy looks and I understand that part of DARPA’s (Skynet’s) goal is to terrify.

I, for one, do not welcome Hell Puppy. Hell Puppy scares the ever loving shit out of me and brings us one step closer to Skynet’s evil plot. Fuck you, Hell Puppy, and your rock climbing limbs you creepy robot you.

One More Time

Election night was an emotional nail-biter. But it didn’t last nearly as long as I expected. I full anticipated going to sleep and waking up without knowing who was going to lead our country for the next four years. I was watching a surprisingly hologram-free CNN while refreshing twitter, Facebook, the Washington Post like a mad fiend. And then they called it. At around 11pm, the major networks projected that Barak Obama had won re-election! I teared up like the hippie liberal commie freak that I am. And then I stayed up until 1am until I heard Mitt’s concession speech. I honestly wasn’t sure whether or not he’d want to drag this thing out. It’s been a long fight with some pretty hateful words from both sides. Wasn’t really sure how it would all play out after the call.

The Roundup

The biggest news for me was that Maryland and Maine have legalized same-sex marriage by popular vote! Washington and Minnesota are still counting votes on their ballot measures so we don’t know whether or not they’ll join us in the new damn millennium. But for the first time, same-sex marriage was approved by the people through popular vote! And we’ve just chosen to re-elect a President who is now very vocal about his support for same-sex marriage. I don’t think we’ll be hearing much about this in the 2016 election campaign, because by then, I damn well expect same-sex marriage to be legal in all fifty states.

The other thing that really surprised me was Washington and Colorado approving recreational marijuana use. That’s a good sign for the convenient stores and restaurants of those states. And I bet they’re going to be collecting a shit ton of tax money. This one is a little tricky because marijuana is still considered an illegal narcotic Federally. But I think it’s clear that we’re getting tired of the drug war. It might take longer than same-sex marriage, but I can totally a see a pot smoking nation in my lifetime.

Can’t forget some historical women coming to a new Congress. Illinois Representative-elect Tammy Duckworth is the first disabled female veteran to go to the House. Texas Representative-elect Mary Gonzalez is the first openly pansexual to go to the House. And Hawaii Senator-elect Mazie Hirono is the first Asian American woman to join the ranks of the Senate. I long for the day when we don’t mark these moments with qualifiers like “first woman” or “first Asian American” or “first pansexual” and just leave it at their names. But we’re getting there. And these ladies are helping pave the way.

Also, with the defeat of Aiken and Murdouck, America proved that if you say legitimately stupid shit about rape, the electorate has way to shut your shit down. Seriously guys, it’s the new damn millennium. If a woman doesn’t invite you, stay the fuck out of her vagina.

A Return to Civility?

This is wishful thinking on my part, but I hope there will be less Congressional gridlock in the next four years. Midterms are coming up in two years so it’s doubtful the election cycle of madness will ever end. But I do wish Congress would work the fuck together instead of catering to the extremes on both sides of the aisle. I just want them to work more on governing and less on re-elections. They spend more of their time campaigning and fund-raising than in their offices. It’s like their job is to keep applying for their job. That’s fucking crazy.

It’s been a long, horrible, loud campaign. I’m glad it’s finally over. But if this is the new normalcy for how these things will go, 2016 is going to be a goddamn nightmare. Still, I am hopeful about the direction the country is heading. And I think that even if Mitt had won the Presidency, I think Maryland and Maine would still have approved same-sex marriage, recreational pot would still have been legalized in Washington and Colorado, and dumb fucks would still be defeated for saying horrible shit about rape.

The FORM 1, High Resolution 3D Printer

What was once a pipe dream for 3D artists, desktop 3D printing is now becoming an affordable reality. If you’re looking for a one-off print of your piece, there are a number of websites that will take your file and print it for you. It can get a little pricey, but the resolutions of the prints are pretty good at a lot of these commercial sites. If you plan on printing more than one thing, the best solution would be to print from home. Unfortunately, the affordable desktop printers don’t have the best layer resolution. Your parts will have these rough edges that require a lot of filling and sanding to get what you want.

FORM 1 wants to change that:

The project is already funded so now it’s a question of getting in on what is essentially a preorder.

If you can’t wait there’s always Makerbot which just released their highest resolution printer ever:

I do so desire one of these units. I have many toys that I wish to create.

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