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...
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.
You may remember John Moschitta, Jr., aka Motormouth, as the Micro Machines Man in those high energy toy commercials and all the other appearances he made in stuff throughout the 1980s.
John is famous for being the World's Fastest Talking Man, and he put his incredible oratory skills to good geeky use, like reciting Michael Jackson's BAD in under 20 seconds during a TV interview in 1987.
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!
The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson played host to many big names with equally big egos to match, but on June 4, 1991 one big head obscured the rest- Steven Patrick Morrissey, aka The Moz.
This star studded episode featured Bill Cosby, Beau Bridges and musical act Morrissey, and even though Cosby and Bridges were huge stars, they simply couldn't find their way out of Morrissey's shadow.
For Morrissey had just finished his first U.S. Tour after cancelling his last show in Austin because the crowds had grown too rowdy, and those who couldn't make it to a show descended upon NBC studios in Burbank.
The rowdy fans ruined Carson's monologue, making him mighty grumpy, but Cosby soldiered on by adding Morrissey references to his jokes, which won the Moz fans over for a minute- until it was time for Morrissey to perform.
As Morrissey performed Sing Your Life and There Is A Place In Hell the crowd went bananas, taking the show out of Carson's control.
When they inexplicably segued to Beau Bridges after Moz's performance it was clear the audience was lost, leaving Carson to get revenge the only way he knew how- by not thanking Morrissey for being his guest at the end of the show.
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
Back in the simpler days of “science” people often believed maladies were inflicted upon their bodies by witches, who used evil spells to terrorize the good Christian folk on behalf of Satan.
Belief in witchcraft was extremely common in the 16th century, and yet the Scientific Revolution was making people seek more concrete explanations for their afflictions.
German physician Georg Bartisch attempted to provide these answers with his illustrations, and he spent his whole life studying eye diseases and their cures and became a pioneer in the field of ophthalmology.
Georg also believed witchcraft was often the cause of eye disease, and thought horoscopes and astrological charts were an important part of diagnosing and curing these diseases.
Action figure sales started climbing in the 1960s thanks to the deployment of G. I. Joe, and by the 1970s the action figure industry was set to conquer the world of toys.
But as more kids got into collecting those action packed pieces of plastic, and more of their favorite franchises received toy treatments, their figures needed a place to play.
The epic playsets created by toy companies like Mego introduced the idea of using a colorful and highly detailed set to take action figure playtime to the next level, giving kids a stage so they can let their imagination run wild.
The Mego playsets were particularly popular because they were freakin' HUGE!
They were also faithful to the source material and full of little artistic touches for kids to discover as they took action figures on a tour of their new digs.
This wonderful video by OH! MATSURi concisely captures the feel of this rare festival, which is held near Lake Suwa in Nagano every six years and has supposedly continued uninterrupted for the last 1200 years.
I could see a festival like Onbashira catching on in the Pacific Northwest, only with less praying and more drinking.
There are lots of different games based on the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien, games that allow players to participate in classic battles from the books, such as the Battle of Five Armies from The Hobbit.
But there's nothing like the smell of nerdiness in the air as you and your costumed compatriots battle it out in live action, and LARPers in the Czech Republic don't mess around when it comes to re-enactments.
They staged an epic Battle Of Five Armies in a forest near the town of Doksy, Czech Republic, but this wasn't your average duct tape and cardboard LARPing crowd- these guys came to fight hard in detailed costumes and full makeup.
Photographer David W. Cerny was on the scene when the most epic battle in LARP history took place, and a good time was had by the several hundred who took part in the event, although it proved to be a bit too much fun for some.
People are horrified when they discover someone has been using their computer without their permission, so they install security software that takes a picture when an incorrect password has been entered too many times.
They expect to see some random sneak or sneaky relative caught trying to use the comp without permission, but Imgur user pigeonkitty received this shocking picture via text alert instead:
Using tax records from the 1427 Census of Florence all the way through the 2011 fiscal year Barone and Mocetti discovered the richest families in Florence have had the same surnames for the last 600 years.
This system wouldn't really work in most other cities in the world, but Florencian family surnames are "usually highly regional and tend to pass on linearly", so they're most likely part of the same rich families six centuries later.
The femoral artery and vein were transected and damage to the femur and soft tissue left a sizable cavity in the leg. After a self-applied tourniquet stopped the bleeding, the patient was transferred to an FST for evaluation and treatment. After proximal and distal control of the vessel was achieved, several hours were spent by the team trying to control residual bleeding from the bone and accessory vessels. Throughout the course of the roughly 7-hour surgery, multiple attempts at using bone wax and cautery on the bleeding sites were unsuccessfull and the patient received multiple units of blood and plasma. Eventually, the FST team opted to use XSTAT and applied a single XSTAT device to the femoral cavity— resulting in nearly immediate hemostasis. The patient was stabilized and eventually transported to a definitive care facility.
As far as fictional swords go Voltron's flame-spitting Blazing Sword is definitely one of the coolest in the cartoon galaxy. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it exudes fiery energy, an attribute that makes it seemingly impossible for fans to replicate.
Enter Man At Arms: Reforged, the geeky guys who forge the fictional swords we've dreamed about wielding since we were kids.
The Man At Arms crew managed to make a propane powered replica that is fully functional and always on fire, meaning it's actually capable of defending the universe.
Marvel made their mark on the comic book industry by creating complex characters with lots of depth and storylines adults would enjoy reading nearly as much as the youngsters.
Some of Marvel's characters are so complex it's hard to decide whether they're the good guys or the bad, or an anti-hero purposely bridging the gap between the two sides.
Take Professor X for instance- he's the founder and leader of the X-Men who is responsible for protecting mutants from mankind (and vice versa) so we naturally think of him as a good guy.
And yet we discover the Prof has a dark side when he tries to psychically murder Magneto and instead combines with him to form the super-killer Onslaught.
Plus, during the Deadly Genesis series, we find out Xavier "used the abduction of the original X-Men by the living island Krakoa as an instrument to discard the first-generation X-Men of 1963".
On the other hand, it's hard to tell if Nick Fury is a hero or villain because he walks a thin line between good and bad and never hesitates to put a bullet in anyone, hero or villain, who stands in his way.
But who could have known he would kill an innocent extraterrestrial being just to catch a villain?
Nick Fury's murder of the Watcher Uatu in the Original Sin series proved he is truly Marvel's most morally ambiguous character, a guy who's not afraid to get dark if it means getting his way.
The Shiba Inu has proven to be one of those dog breeds the internet adores, forever becoming part of internet culture with the appearance of Doge.
But the internet's a mighty big place, and there is plenty of room for another Shiba Inu star to shine, so please give a warm welcome to Zelda.
Zelda is a 4-year-old Shiba Inu who lives with her human Olivia (code name: Horsebalm), and thanks to her creative human's Photoshop skills she's riding a rocket to superstardom.
With Zelda's head Photoshopped onto famous photos the visual appeal is endless, and if you follow Zelda on Instagram you'll receive updates on posts that will make you feel like part of the Photoshopped adventure.
Oh Zelda, there's something about seeing your cute little mug in iconic and instantly recognizable photos that makes my heart sing!