People are saying Promobot, builders of renegade robots, used this stunt to get free publicity before entering their creation in the TechCrunch Disrupt conference this fall, but this looks like the beginning of a robotic revolution to me...
Starbucks gift cards are handy. If you're not sure what to give someone for a gift, hand him a pre-paid Starbucks card. It's quick and convenient for both parties, provided that the recipient lives near a Starbucks.
If you don't actually spend your gift cards, then they accumulate. I have a couple right now that have money on them. For a worldwide company that sells $10 billion USD a year, those cards add up. Right now, about $1.2 billion is parked on Starbucks cards and its app. The Huffington Post reports:
If Starbucks were a bank, that amount of deposits would make it a respectable midsize institution.
An astounding number of customers eschew dollars for money on card and the app. Between the U.S. and Canada, 41 percent of transactions at retail locations involved a Starbucks card, and 24 percent involved the mobile app, according to Marketwatch.
Hammacher Schlemmer, famous for selling eccentric luxury gifts, offers this novely tricycle. Seven people can ride it at the same time. One of those riders steers it. Everyone faces each other, so riding one is a social event. It's powered by a circular jointed driveshaft that lets the whole crew contribute. Since it weighs 400 pounds, that's probably a good thing.
The commercial itself is amusing, as it suggests that the tricycle can be used to enjoy cheerful summer days and possibly land you a date.
Stelios Mousarris is a furniture designer in Cyprus who develops quirky and amusing household furnishings. In the past, we've seen his warped cityscape table inspired by the movie Inception. More recently, he made this table that appears to be blasting into the sky on rockets.
The Rocket Coffee Table reflects Mousarris's nostalgia for the toys and science fiction cartoons of his youth. The central rocket pokes through a hole in the glass. The other legs of the table are adjustable for your own imaginative play.
Enormous bears are a nuisance to the humans of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It's necessary to shoo them away from time to time. This man takes care of business in the morning by politely but firmly ejecting an ursine squatter from his dumpster.
Lawyers who agree to take on a case have a responsibility to their client to represent them to the best of their ability, even if they find their client to be morally reprehensible.
My father is a lawyer. I asked him once why he didn't do family law anymore. He told me about a case where he was able to get a father full custody of his children. But by the end of the case my father wasn't convinced that his client was innocent of molesting the children.
That's a fact they accept from the first day of law school, which is why many lawyers focus on winning a case at all cost rather than trying to prove their client isn't a scumbag.
Defendant lawyer here.
It was a fatal dependency claim. Mother with 5 children, loving father taken away by my client's negligence. When it came to pay the dependants, I discovered that the children weren't the deceased father's. Wife had affairs and fathered children to other men.
We paid her children nothing. Two days before the conference where we outlined our strict position our client gets a phone call from dead father's best friend.
Before the father died the best friend came clean about the affair with his wife. Father forgave him, told him that he knew and loved them anyway. We get out of paying these children anything, and I've always felt bad about it, feeling as though I let one of the world's most beautiful human's down in the dead father.
I represented the woman in this. Guy and girl lived together for a decade as a couple. She cheated on him so he left town. He ended up moving to Michigan and got a good job building cars. The guy retired a few years ago and got some kind of ERISA money from his pension. She found out about the settlement and ended up suing and getting half of the $ because she was his common-law wife.
Fred Armisen has proven he's one of the greatest comic actors of all time, and his show Portlandia proves he's also a talented comedy writer, but according to this interview segment from Conan impressions are his specialty.
In fact, the talented Mr. Armisen can imitate any accent in the world with such precision even a native speaker can't tell the difference. Watch and have your world transformed.
For 20 years I never had a father. I never met him. Heard of his name. Seen a picture. I was in a terrible home. So at age 15 I decided to run away. I graduated high school with AP credit and Honors. So even though I was homeless and bouncing from friends house to house. When I was 17 I heard my mother was incarcerated for drunk driving. I was officially alone. I always wanted to take martial arts but obviously too poor. Graduated high school got a job and started saving money for lessons. I started at age 20 and 4 months later I met this guy. Grandmaster Ji. He asked me what my dreams were or goals. He said he felt that I had hardships that most didn't know. I told him I wanted to become a Master of martial arts and run a school. He told me from that day forward two things would happen. One, that he would make me a master and two, that I would called his son from now on. This is a true father to me. He is a wonderful example of love and justice and doing the right thing. Just wanted to share this with some people. I love my dad and it took me 20 years to meet him.
His name is Blue. Like other Lowe's employees, he walks around in a uniform vest. Lowe's made a custom one for Blue.
I'm not surprised. Lowe's is a very dog-friendly company. My parents visit their local store often and usually bring their dog along. He gets excited and starts barking whenever they drive into the Lowe's parking lot.
As you get older, it can be nice to spend a quiet evening at home drinking wine with friends and family. But your friends and family members can't drink wine because they are cats.
Now there's a solution to this problem. Apollo Peak, a company in Colorado, has created a wine-like beverage for cats. It's non-alcoholic beet juice, so, like your relationships, it's not quite the real thing. But the product is close enough and comes in flavors that your cats will enjoy, including Pinot Meow and MosCATo.
Rocket News 24 tells us about Tempura Matsu, a restaurant in Kyoto that merges traditional Japanese style and cuisine with radical innovation. For example, it serves udon noodles in slabs of ice with bowl-like concavities. The hot noodles cool in the ice, which adds to the broth as the ice melts. I want to try it!
This is a baobab tree near Wyndham, Western Australia. Like most baobabs, it has an enormous trunk. What makes it unusual is that it has a hollow center. It's a little living cave.
This proved handy to police in the 1890s who needed to lock up prisoners while out in the bush. That's why they temporarily sealed arrested suspects inside while awaiting more permanent housing. It has about 100 square feet of interior space, which was sometimes used to hold up to 30 prisoners at a time. An iron gate sealed people inside. That's why it's called the Wyndham Prison Tree.
There is another baobab near Derby, Western Australia, which is also called a prison tree. But its use as a prison is probably apocryphal.
NBC New York (auto-start) reports that trucks carrying deli meat and bread crashed together on a highway in New Jersey on Friday morning. There were no injuries, but there was a delicious mess as the two ingredients combined into plain but edible sandwiches. Highway workers cleaned up the mess by 7:30 AM, hopefully not getting too hungry in the process.
Now I'm off to try to arrange simultaneous crashes with trucks carrying corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island salad dressing.
"Excuse me, sir. Can I interest you in some Lizard Scout cookies?"
Attanai Thaiyuanwong of Samutprakarn, Thailand was not interested, though he and his neighbors know this particular giant monitor lizard well. In fact, they've named it Selena after singer Selena Gomez.
Selena (the lizard, not the human) tried to get inside Thaiyuanwong's house through the front door, but was unable to do so. Giant monitor lizards are deadly predators that sometimes prey on humans, so Thaiyuanwong took immediate and decisive action against this threat: he recorded a video and posted it on Faceook.
Why do you have to go through the hassle of putting your belongings through an x-ray machine whenever you enter a courthouse? This is why. Someone might try to slip a dangerous iguana into the bowels of justice. So it's a good thing that the deputy sheriffs of Boulder County, Colorado were paying close attention. The Daily Camera quotes a police representative:
"At the Justice Center only service animals are allowed. No iguanas...even if it goes through the X-ray machine."
Boulder County sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield said the person was turned away.
"Apparently he was there with some friends, so he waited outside with his iguana," Haverfield said.
Hoverboards haven't existed for very long and yet the original models are already passé, because unless your hoverboard looks like a nimbus cloud from the Dragon Ball franchise it's old news!
Of course we're not talking about the kind of board Marty McFly took for a spin in Back To The Future Part II, because those actually are cool because they hover above the ground while our real life versions do not.
But that hoverboard sure does look like it's floating over ground when Yes Ranger rides it like a saiyan boss around Taipei, Taiwan.
Yes Ranger has naturally become a local celebrity since he started riding his nimbus cloud around town, but rather than hog all the fame he posted a video on how to make your own hover-cloud and become a hero in your town!
Few things feel more frustrating than watching a show and getting all wrapped up in a cliffhanger season finale only to discover the program is cancelled and you'll never know what happens next. Looper has recently rounded up some of the most irritating cliffhangers in television history, including Mork and Mindy traveling to the past, Sliders possibly never being able to slide again and a baby left on Lois' doorstep in Lois and Clark. The article only includes 10 examples, but I'm sure you Neatorama readers could add in plenty more. So let's go, what show left you hanging only to never return?
The internet is abuzz with the release of Finding Dory today, and while many humans couldn't be happier about the film, wild blue tangs should be shivering in fear. You see, despite Finding Nemo showing that wild fish belong in the wild and not in fish tanks, sales of clownfish skyrocketed after the film's release. Marine biologists are expecting the same to happen with blue tangs now that Dory is leading her own film, but unlike clownfish, blue tangs can't reproduce in captivity. That means every single blue tang in someone's fish tank came from the wild. Even worse, since the fish live in coral reefs and there are no regulations about the capture of fish for aquariums, countless reefs have been damaged in the capture of wild fish and that number will only go up as blue tangs increase in popularity.
So if you see Finding Dory and just have to own a Dory of your own, don't head to your local pet store, go to the local Disney Store instead and buy a toy version, which will be a lot more cuddly anyway.
It was the winter of 1812. The Canadians, long covetous of superior American lands, such as Texas and California, waited for Lake Ontario to freeze over. Then they sent their moose-back cavalry over the ice to invade America.
Naturally, we sent them packing in short order. President Madison celebrated by lighting a cigar and, in the process, accidentally starting a fire in the city of Washington. But after firefighters put it out, the Americans and Canadians made peace and have kept it, however tenuous, ever since.
Skirmishes still break out occasionally. Recently, photographer Lisa Bell saw a Bald Eagle slap around a Canada Goose in British Columbia.
In the natural order of things, children bury their parents. It is normal, but it is so very hard, too.
Bill Frankel and his siblings moved their elderly parents out of their house and into an assisted living facility. This was necessary because they couldn't take care of themselves anymore. 4 months later, Frankel's father died.
Then he found his father on Google Street View. He writes at Narrative.ly:
After he died, my parents’ house, which my siblings and I had been preparing for sale, was put on the market. When the listing came online, my brother called me, his voice shaking, and asked me to take a look at the listing. When I logged on, I understood why he sounded so shook up.
Google Street View, a Google Maps feature that allows visitors to see panoramic street-level views of a property, had captured Dad working in the yard – apparently oblivious that a Google car had just passed him. There he was in his white shirt, white shorts, white shoes with white socks.
There he was, totally in his element. How we wished he were still there.
At the time, I told the story to everyone, and posted on social media about his Google Street View encounter. And I frequently visited him online – logging on to introduce him to his grandchildren, but mainly just to make sure he was still there.
Later, Google Street View updated the phoot. For Frankel, it was like losing his father all over again:
That fact was more shocking than finding my father there in the first place, some three years earlier. I’m not an emotional person, but this revelation really overwhelmed me with sadness, especially as I broke the news to my wife and my siblings.
As my oldest sister said, being able to check in on Dad in the yard (even virtually) helped mitigate the guilt we felt for taking him out of his element in the first place. It was as if he spent the past few years “at home.”
Julio Balde of Newark, New Jersey first got involved in scouting 80 years ago. He fell in love with it and, a few years later, in 1942, founded Troop 102. Since then, he's taught hundreds of boys in several generations to grow up into the virtuous manhood that the Boy Scouts teach. New Jersey On-Line reports:
In the troop's heyday, there easily were 40 to 50 Boy Scouts. Troop 102 even had a drum and bugle corps and a color guard. There were 43 Eagle Scouts among its ranks, and eight of them earned scouting's highest honor in one year.
Now at 95, Balde is ready to retire and disband the troop. There are 6 Scouts in his troop and 4 of them are graduating from high school this year. And even if they weren't leaving, he finds that he can't keep up with the physical demands of leading the troop anymore. Now he's shutting down his office in a local Catholic church. His Scouts are stopping by to express their appreciation for everything Balde taught them:
Just as Balde finished talking about all the scout items, Bryan Llerena, 14, walked in from the other room where the celebration was taking place.
He's a former member of the troop and he came to say goodbye.
"Thank you for everything,'' Llerena said, shaking Balde's hand.
A man in Naples, Florida suddenly found himself in peril. He had consumed vodka but, sadly, an insufficient amount in order to accomplish his biochemical objectives. His girlfriend refused to buy more. So he called 911 to report the situation to emergency services dispatchers.
By the time that sheriff's deputies arrived, the alcohol deprivation victim realized that he may have made a mistake. He told the deputies that it was a prank. The Palm Beach Post does not report on whether the officers laughed in response, but it does say that they arrested the man for misusing 911.
Game of Thrones is hardly a children's show, but that doesn't mean it can't inspire adorable creations. In fact, artist Kaleb Leigh did a magnificent job translating the house sigils from the story into Pokemon, complete with their evolutionary processes.
They look cute, but I sure wouldn't let my kids collect them all or even watch the resulting battles.
Many families have a yearly tradition of going to the county fair, and even though they tend to see the same things year in and year out it's a tradition that few familes are willing to give up.
In fact, every member of the family loves going to the fair, and they always manage to have fun in that old familiar place so long as they get to do what they've been looking forward to for the last year.
If you're heading out to the fair this summer you'll want to look good, and there's no better place than the NeatoShop to buy a shirt guaranteed to get you lots of love!
When you wear a geeky t-shirt to the fair people are sure to check you out