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:: Saturday, November 01, 2003

Party like a rock star

Slash and Deborah Harry, photo by BitBoy

Several robots reported an unusual sighting Thursday night - a massive white stretch limo crammed with 12 legends of rock on a barbaric rampage through the bars, clubs and streets of San Francisco. Indeed, this hell on wheels was none other than a twisted celebration of Axl Rose's birthday, otherwise known as Paradise City Tour - Part Mutha F*ckin' II. Celebrities who came out to wish the wiry metal star a happy birthday include Slash, Deborah Harry, Madonna, Joan Jett, Tina Turner, Duff McKagen, Nikki Sixx, Jam Master J, Pat Benetar, Pink, Justin Timberlake and more. After meeting up with the tour at SF's newest trendy watering hole, Fluid, I managed to finagle my way onto the limo and partake in the debauchery, as well as snap some great pictures, which I will post more of soon.

And, if you’re looking to party like a rock star yourself, our friends at Re-Volt and The Clap have an evening of techno and electro that will rock your body. Just head over to the newly painted Amnesia tonight and Sunday night and tell them BitBoy sent ya. Cover is a Measly $3 on Saturday, and FREE on Sunday! Also, check out Smoking Gun design & code. They're the the mad geniuses behind all the great flyer artwork for Re-Volt, The Clap, Tokyo Electric and more. Nice work!

Also, Sacramento area robots. Don't forget tonight, and every first Saturday of the month is Vicious at Old Ironsides. Tonight, you can partake in their ghoulish Disco Bloodbath and get reduced admission of just $1 when you show up in your favorite sick and twisted costume. Check out clublipstick.net for more information.

:: Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Robot Report from the Future

Ah, the not-so-good ‘ol days. Remember when you actually had separate computers at work and at home? Or when “mobility” was defined by carrying around a “laptop” which in some instances included a power supply, keyboard and 17” flat panel screen? No wonder bad backs were so commonplace in the first half of the 21st century.

Of course, that all changed when Antelope Modular Computing launched their Computing Core halcyon days of late 2002. Despite all the haters who said it'd never come out, the Antelope MCC arrived on the scene and revolutionized the entire computing industry. For those of you who have a hard time remembering the days of yore, the MCC was about the size of a deck of cards and was a full fledged 1GHz computer with 256MB of RAM and a 10 or 15GB hard drive (substantial horsepower for its time) that ran a full version of Windows XP (before the mass exodus to Linux and Unix based operating systems, like Mac OS X, windows was the dominant OS in the marketplace). The revolutionary idea sparked by the MMC was that users would simply pop the MMC into a wide variety of docking stations with a screen and keyboard if you want to use it like a desktop, or into a smaller PDA-type shell if you need something more portable. The rest, is of course, history.

More about the Antelope Modular Computing MMC can be found here or here.

:: Tuesday, October 28, 2003

A pumpkin carving robot? You bet. From BoingBoing.

:: Monday, October 27, 2003

Electrical engineers Sigurd Wagner and Stephanie Lacour at Princeton University have developed a kind of connector incorporating broad metal strips that, unlike wires, can stretch up to twice their length and still conduct electricity. They think it will be ideal for use in robot skin. More here.

For your listening pleasure, DJ Hell's Tokyo set (Real Audio required). As always, thanks to Christoph for the link.

Satellite photography of the raging Southern California fires here.


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