Tuesday, November 27, 2018

I'm just posting this to see you all lose your minds.

This really should just be a vine video. But I am always interested in prosthetics because when I was a kid we had a family friend who got drunk, fell asleep, and pinned his arm between the bedpost and the wall. He woke up to a dead arm and had to get a prosthetic back in the days when you just just had a claw.

So I initially clicked this because I was interested in the prosthetic aspect of the story. But when I saw they had attached this to the robot dog I about died laughing. Because that isn't going to freak anyone out.

So enjoy!


  1. OK, that's officially weird.

    Now they need to use a 3-legged dog (single hind leg, centered), and put Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent puppets on the hands.

  2. I'm pretty sure Mrs S. is not Sci-Fi nerdy enough to get that. But I am and I do. :-)

    Mr. S.

  3. Seriously Mr S.? This is what it takes for you to come out of the woodwork? You literally have commented on this blog like 3 times total. That has to be some serious sci-fi nerdyness.

    But he's right I'm basically a sci-fi hostage. And that one you had to pull from the way back machine. I'd never heard of it, so I had to look it up.

    Welcome to the blog Eric!

  4. Well... when watching the video, the term "centaur" came to mind, and then I recalled a half-baked scheme a friend and I had, many years ago, to build a robot Puppeteer to take to cons.
    So I just couldn't resist.
    (And, just to show how randomly my synapses are firing today, I'll note that "scheme" and "cons" go together if you use enough parentheses. No, I haven't been at the brown rye mold.)

  5. > I'll note that "scheme" and "cons" go together if you use enough parentheses

    Or as we used to call it:

    Long Incomprehensible String of Parentheses.

  6. And I will name it G30RG.3 and I will hug it and squeeze it and pet it and upgrade it ...

    Oh, you think that's bad?

    It's better than "HEADLESS ROBOT CENTURION, FINISH HIM!" :-)


    And ... he tells really horrible Lisp jokes?!

    Well then ... (cdr (car('BAH 'HUMBUG) cdr('PTHBBBT 'HAHAHA)))!


  8. Hell ya he reads me. I'm interesting.

    Honestly I'm really nervous about this whole development. There is a thin line between horrible Lisp jokes and horrible puns. And then I think I lose control of my blog. I don't know how to pretend I can't hear you here.

  9. Losing control of your blog over LISP jokes is a real possibility; it could be declared critical habitat for the Antillean Green-Tailed Quux.

  10. Ok, now I'm curious -- what do you guys do using Lisp?

    I originally learned Lisp so that I could write custom extensions to the Interleaf word processor. Then later to write custom EMACS extensions.

  11. I don't actually do much with LISP.
    Originally learned it freshman year of college, along with ALGOL, because those were the languages used for Freshman Programming. I think PDP-11 assembly was a different class.
    Undisclosed years later, I spent most of a day writing a sort of minimum usable implementation in 6809 assembly, with the vague idea of turning it into a product for the Trash CoCo.
    After that, basically nothing until... 2006? Anyway, a client had a GUI program, used for testing, that talked to their gadget over a serial port and displayed returned status; this had been written in LabView by some earlier consultant, I didn't want to mess with LabView, and they didn't have the development environment anyway. They needed a new version for a new product. So...
    I looked around hastily, and decided to use Scheme and whatever GUI widget set was handy. This led to a quickly-cobbled-together program that got the job done, and a determination on my part to learn some other general-purpose scripting language, which ended up being Ruby, in which I've written all the subsequent variations on that test program.
    (The choice of a new language was driven by a combination of PHP's relative specialization at the time, my dislike for Perl (which has too much syntax, where LISP has not enough syntax), and a randomly-encountered article entitled "Why Ruby is an acceptable LISP.")

  12. Back in the 90's ("I was in a very famous TV show...") I was working as a Defense Contractor, and we had to deliver software to Mil-Std 2167a, which requires *mountains* of documentation. I decided to automate some of that process by writing Interleaf extensions to fetch source code from the revision control, generate documents from that source code and generate UML-ish diagrams from that source code.

    The source code itself was in Ada.
    The UML-ish diagram generator I wrote in C + Lex. (but no Yacc)
    The Interleaf extensions were in Interleaf Lisp.

    Regarding Scheme: at that time, one of my coworkers was doing quite a bit of work in Scheme/Tk. He seemed to like it.