This thing could actually make scrapbooking kind of cool.
Telemarketing Robot Won’t Admit She’s A Robot
So, apparently this is a thing that telemarketers are doing now. This chick totally sounds like a real person… until she starts sounding like a robot. Creepy stuff.
The phone call was recorded by TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.
When Scherer asked point blank if she was a real person, or a computer-operated robot voice, she replied enthusiastically that she was real, with a charming laugh. But then she failed several other tests. When asked “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she said she did not understand the question. When asked multiple times what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained repeatedly of a bad connection.
Over the course of the next hour, several TIME reporters called her back, working to uncover the mystery of her bona fides. Her name, she said, was Samantha West, and she was definitely a robot, given the pitch perfect repetition of her answers. Her goal was to ask a series of questions about health coverage—”Are you on Medicare?” etc.—and then transfer the potential customer to a real person, who could close the sale.
The robot voice’s name is Samantha West and the company behind the calls denies that she’s a robot.
It’s all very weird and just makes me think of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey and you should read the whole and listen to more calls over on the TIME website.
This Is What It Looks Like When A Dead Sperm Whale Explodes
How much do you think the average whale exploder guy makes per hour? Do you think they let him keep that whale-poking sword forever? Do you think he has to clean the mess up too, or maybe there’s a different guy for that?
The above pic was taken from the video below. Check it out if you have the stomach for it.
“Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you no man ask for
That burns a building down
Splits a sperm whale in two
Puts entrails on streets”
We salute you, sperm whale exploder man. You truly are the master exploder.
How To Always Win In Connect Four
In a nutshell: always go first, always drop it down the middle on your first move, and as long as you don’t play like an idiot the game’s all yours. Math.
Water Surface Interface Turns Your Bathtub Into A Touchscreen Computer
Using a PC, projector, and a Microsoft Kinect, you can have a bathtub that would make even Tony Stark a bit jealous.
A Brief History of Physics
This animation is from BBC Science Club, hosted by Dara O Briain, and terrifically directed by Åsa Lucander. Fascinating and features well executed animation.
Sounds Like A Bargain: Have Your Dead Ashes Tossed Into Low Earth Orbit For just $2,000.
Elysium Space are sending people to space for an obscenely cheap rate, but there’s a minor stipulation: you must be dead as shit and in cremated ash form. And they mix your ashes with a bunch of other peoples, so I hope you like sharing. Oh, and it’s not really space per se, but “low earth orbit,” which is basically space’s less attractive and less hip sister that you’d probably get it on with anyway if you were dead as shit and in cremated ash form.
This Is What It Looks Like When Clouds Get Thirsty
This is a huge waterspout vortex that formed in Tampa Bay, Florida on Tuesday. Super creepy.
News footage with more pics below.
Watch This Girl Build Her Own Prosthetic Leg Out Of LEGO Pieces
It’s awesome watching this girl scavenge for all the right pieces (a feeling I’m sure we’re all familiar with), and become increasingly delighted at her progress. See for yourself.
The uploader, AmputeeOT, says:
Someone in my research lab jokingly suggested I make a prosthetic leg out of legos.
Please don’t do this yourself, I don’t want you to fall and get hurt!
Sometimes, you just need to be silly.
Could you imagine a world where half LEGO cyber amazon warrior women roam the Earth? Sounds like a plot for an action-packed, sexy pulp comic/my dreams come true.
Let’s Watch Neil Patrick Harris Inhale Sulfur Hexaflouride
Helium’s evil twin makes for great Buffalo Bill impressions. Science.
Motion-controlled Holograms Are A Real Thing Now
If Minority Report and Iron Man have you pining for a future where we can control glowy blue holograms with the flick of a wrist, pine no more, my friends because the future is now! Robbie Tilton created a gesture-controlled hologram using a computer monitor, a prism and Leap Motion.
Check it out in action below:
Fingers crossed that we’ll all have sweet Tony Stark computer setups within the next two years.
So, NASA Found A Space Invader
Prepare the laser canons! NASA’s Hubble Telescope scoped out a harbinger of death and destruction headed right for Earth!
NASA explains that the gravitational field surrounding the galaxies works like a magnifying glass, brightening and stretching light from far away. So you’re seeing stretched and mirrored images—a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing—that just happens to look like a space invader.
That’s what they WANT you to think!
Awesome Macro to Micro Science Sleeve
Whether or not you dig tattoos, you have to acknowledge the fact that there are some amazing artists out there providing great artwork that is personal to those who receive them.
This fantastic piece by Deanna Wardin at San Francisco’s Tattoo Boogaloo celebrates the wonder of life from the greatest to the smallest. It is a really beautiful piece that took 31 hours spread over 8 sessions. An impressive feat for both canvas and artist.
(Spotted on Reddit)
Check It: More Tattoos on Albotas
Buy It: Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed
Arcade Machine Hacked To Control RC Cars
Take a close look at the Sega Rally arcade cabinet pictured up top. Those aren’t the game’s graphics on the screen. It’s a live feed from a camera mounted onto an RC car that it controlled by the arcade. There’s even an option to switch between 1st and 3rd person views!
The cabinet is hooked up to an Arduino and I’m sure there’s all sorts of sciency stuff involved that I won’t ever understand, but it’s all pretty dang fresh.
The whole project was developed for the SAPO Codebits VI conference in Portugal.
Check out some footage of the Sega Rally Championship RC Cars Project below.
Today Is International Cephalopod Awareness Day
Let’s celebrate with a classic video of the most awesome cephalopod of them all (aside from our beloved Albotapus mascot), the Mimicking Octopus.