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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bgY8lQMFy4There are plenty of ways robots can kill us. A computer could malfunction and send nukes to every nation in the world, or an errant Roomba could get fed up with this cat.
But the scariest robot takeovers are the ones in which a man-made AI
robot revolts. There is something terrible and poetic about a creation
turning on its master, and becoming the silicon overlord to all
Doctor Who returning to TV with its midseason premiere and Chuck
entering its final season, we're guaranteed some staple nerd
fodder on TV this season; but, as usual, all eyes are on the fresh crop
of pilots from the harvest. Though we're still mourning what's been
chucked and shucked (Locke and Key would have been amazing, wouldn't it?), we must now set our sights on the spread on the table before us.
When NBC announced that it had picked up The Playboy Club
pilot, the decision was controversial, to say the least. Former
undercover Bunny Gloria Steinem called for a boycott, and an NBC
affiliate in Salt Lake opted not to air the new program. Empowering,
it will not be. The network has received considerable flack from
family-values conservatives and feminist liberals for its gross
glorification of hypersexuality and hypersexism.
you smell it, Bostonians? Can you smell it in the air? That, my
friends, is the scent of the end of summer. Soon, the thousands of students
we have been missing (or perhaps not missing) will return; everything
will be open later, as summer hours will end; but so will the long
days, warm nights and dreamy endlessness of summer.
a bleak, bleak week in the US, Laser Orgians. With the economy
taking a nose-dive and the threat of double-dip recession (which sounds
more like JP Licks flavor of the month than a real thing but, woefully,
it is the latter) it is time to distract our burdened minds with some
finally here. People count down to this for months. As soon as the
weather starts to change, it's fresh in everyone's minds -- the ritual,
the camaraderie, the friends and families gathering together, all to
celebrate overlarge cartilaginous fish with rows and rows of
Remember that Harry Potter thing everyone was so crazy over?
There were a bunch of books, or something? Then some movies? Well, you
had better remember, because it is not going away. This week, Boston has
more than one Potter-based celebration. The Harvard Museum of Natural
History has an exhibit, and wizard rock band Harry and the Potters are
playing a free concert in Harvard Square.