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I got to see @paulgiret present his documentary on circuit bending at @verbatim.books tonight and it was inspiring—science/art/engineering/electronic music wondrousness! Thanks Paul for sharing your work!
New Bot Day! Chromedome was built by Shredder to defeat the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. From 1987 tv, he’s a powerful robot ninja and a boss to human ninjas. He was pulverized by the Turtles but his remains were not recovered. Will he return? I don’t know, but I’m gonna enjoy this cafe au lait in the meantime.
Finished my antibiotic prescriptions for my stingray encounter Monday. Maybe overkill, but better safe than sorry. It’s striking how absolutely nonsensical that not everyone has free and easy health care in the USA.
New Bot Day! Happy Mini Tin Robot by Schylling was presented to me last week by my nephews and he fits in great with my bot collection. Here he’s hanging out with toy animal molds I scavenged from the sand at the beach!
“While the internet might tell you that the refractive index of water is 1.33, it is actually a function of the wavelength of the light, as well as the salinity, temperature, and pressure of the water.” Also I look psychedelic underwater.
Morning bodysurfing session at South Mission Jetty interrupted by the need for my brand new Stingray Emergency Response Kit. Inadequate foot shuffling. Calling my doctor, I think I need to go in. Got some of the lil’ ray’s barb out but I’m no surgeon. HURTS! My first time. And how’s your Monday going?
On the afternoon of July 5th I lost my phone while bodysurfing. Today, 68 hours later and 0.35 miles north it was found tangled in seaweed in the water. It was so tangled it had to be cut out of the case. In the meantime I used my older phone and got a new case and waterproof envelope. It defied the odds and I’m a lucky son of a gun and my phone is back and faith in people and in the sea is renewed. #stoke
New Bot Day! SpotBot™ comes from around 1988 and was made by Tomy, Japanese maker of many cool toys. He has a battery, and when turned on spins around and “barks” cutely. A robot to brighten your desk!
Crystal Pier is behind me. It’s along this few hundred yards of beach where I believe I first rode a wave. I was 3 or 4 years old on an inflatable rubber mat guided by my father. Worrying my mother. Encouraged by my aunties and uncles. It’s a vivid memory. Surfers call the intense good feeling riding waves “stoke.” The current was strong and the waves not great for bodysurfing today but I got the feeling. Lean into whatever gives you #stoke. It’s important.
New Bot Day! Marvin (the paranoid android) first appeared on radio in 1978 in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and in books, tv, and film. This iteration is from 2005. It’s a solid design, but my favorite is the 1981 television version. Marvin is super-intelligent, with “a brain the size of the planet” but is nevertheless depressed. #h2g2 #marvintheparanoidandroid
New Bot Day! Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots was developed by Marvin Glass and Associates in the 1960s. Originally the toy was meant to represent human boxers, but the death in the ring of of Davey Moore in 1963 the project was scrapped. But the toy was fun. The company “de-humanized” the figures. They were robots that fall apart, not a person that falls over. They have science fictional backstories: “Red Rocker” from Soltarus II fights “Blue Bomber, pride of Umgluck.” I wonder when we started using robots to stand in to let us enjoy entertaining violence? Endless streams of battle droids are shot, dismembered, and crushed in Star Wars movies and animation, to comical effect. Contrast that with the moving death of K-2SO in Rogue One. We are selective about which robots we choose to think of as worthy of dignity. Empathy turns out to be a creative choice not just for the creator but for the viewer. It’s worth interrogating our hearts when we cheer and laugh about violence being done to others. Sometimes, it’s just a toy. Sometimes, not.
New Bot Day! Daimos is from 1978 anime 闘将ダイモス (“Fighting General Daimos”); 3rd of Toei “Robot Romance Trilogy.” Voltes V & Combattler V came first. It transforms into a giant road vehicle in “Tranzer” mode! Daimos knows karate and defends Earth from alien invaders!