May 19, 2007

Blogging Is Hell

A little inside baseball for a tired moving weekend. The past few months have been crazier than usual, as far as meta is concerned, on the liberalesque Scoop/Ajax blogs like Daily Kos and its blogspawn. Lotsa people being banned and leaving in a huff and sniping from the outside, with rending of hair and gnashing of teeth and much, much more melodrama than necessary. Generally, everyone is taking themselves too goddam seriously.

Well, when in Rome, I say, so instead of doing more healthy creative things, I wrote a diary on DKos merely to have some fun with everyone in a Dante sort of way. Thankfully they took it as such, on several sites (MLW asked for a crosspost), as my ego hoped they would, so I guess that means I'm now a bonafide attention whore. Yeah, big surprise, hmmm?

Anyway, there are way too many inside jokes in that thing, so not everyone's gonna get it if they've been outside living their lives instead of being glued to the internets, but that's ok. We all have our indulgent addictions to overcome. Or not.

May 02, 2007

Does Khalil dream of electric sheep?

jbox at Gaslamp Ball says yes, and supports himself with charts & graphs:

I figured out what makes Khalil so creepy. They made him too realistic! Have you heard of the Uncanny Valley? When you're making a humanoid robot, the more realistic it is made the more familiar it looks to the human eye. You get a positive feeling because even though you can tell it's a robot your brain picks out the human characteristics and you have empathy for the machine. That is until you reach the "Uncanny Valley". This is the point where the robot looks a little too realistic so the eye finds all the non-human characteristics and flaws. This tends to creep people out. Check out this graph from Wikipedia:
While extremely persuasive, this argument ultimately fails for me, for two reasons:

1) Why would anyone design a shortstop-android that injures its hands and fingers all the time?

2) Why would anyone design a shortstop-android that looks like Spicoli?


Oh, and 3) the Padre fan in my house says "that's just not very nice." And here I thought she had a sense of humor.

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