America’s first Third World state.
Why are there so many homeless in LA?
Roger actually did live in LA. In the South Bay where we live, it’s a problem, but nothing like downtown or Hollywood.
…from the worst column ever.
It would be interesting to see these morons respond to Charlie.
There are a bunch of new ones out as part of the fiftieth anniversary. Here’s a list (including some old classics as well).
I’m not sure I’m sufficiently into Star Wars to want to engage in audience participation.
Can now generate talking video of people from a single image.
We’re rapidly approaching the time, if we’re not already there, when we can’t trust video.
The technology continues to improve:
Realbotix has recently fitted its Harmony models with a new “vaginal sensor”. This enables the machine to respond to tempo and pressure before producing its own response. Brick previously told us: “Now they have developed a vaginal sensor for inserts they put in to the doll, the robotic body, and now as you thrust into the sensor when you’re having sex the sensor is a reactive strip, that sends the stimuli to the brain, to tell it how deep you’re going, how hard you’re going and how hard you’re thrusting. “Now you have all of that information coming into the AI and it’s calculating and responding appropriately.”
What could possibly go wrong with that?
Linda Hamilton returns.
How they ruined American cars:
Car homogenization has become something of an Internet meme. It turns out that all new cars more or less look alike. I had begun to notice this over the years and I thought I was just imagining things. But people playing with Photoshop have found that you can mix and match car grills and make a BMW look just like a Kia and a Hyundai look just like a Honda. It’s all one car. Truly, this cries out for explanation. So I was happy to see a video made by CNET that gives five reasons: mandates for big fronts to protect pedestrians, mandates that require low tops for fuel economy, a big rear to balance out the big fronts, tiny windows resulting from safety regulations that end up actually making the car less safe, and high belt lines due to the other regs. In other words, single-minded concern for testable “safety” and the environment has wrecked the entire car aesthetic. And that’s only the beginning. Car and Driver puts this as plainly as can be: “In our hyperregulated modern world, the government dictates nearly every aspect of car design, from the size and color of the exterior lighting elements to how sharp the creases stamped into sheetmetal can be.” You are welcome to read an engineer’s account of what it is like to design an American car. Nothing you think, much less dream, really matters. The regulations drive the whole process. He explains that the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards with hundreds of regulations – really a massive central plan – dictate every detail and have utterly ruined the look and feel of American cars. There is no way out, so long as the regulatory state is in charge.
Gee, someone should write a book about this sort of thing.
We need, somehow, to restore the lost consensus.