Lonely Robot Dating Service

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LRDS marches forth!

Posted by The Mary on March 4, 2009

Exactly how we came up with the concept of a dating service for robots is lost in the proverbial mists of time. It would be nice to say that we had some elaborate concept cooked up, but most likely we were just blowing off mental steam at the coffee shop between classes, stumbled upon that combination of words and liked it. Read the rest of this entry »

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More robot-related media

Posted by The Mary on January 3, 2013

As long as I’m here:

7 Robots Who Have No Function Other Than to Sell Things

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Useless machine

Posted by The Mary on January 3, 2013

Yes, there are some new shirt designs on our Zazzle site, but I’m still decompressing after the semester. (Hey, I figured out how to log in, though!)

In the meantime:

I really, really want one.

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New shirt! “I Dopamine You”

Posted by The Mary on July 22, 2012

“I like you, but I don’t love you.” Or, “I love you, but I’m not in love with you.” When you’re breaking the bad news about the future of your relationship, why not do it with science? Dopamine is sometimes called the attraction hormone, and oxytocin the bonding hormone. Both are awesome, but for everyone’s sake let’s be careful not to confuse the two, eh? (And fer cryin’ out loud, let’s be REALLY careful not to confuse oxytocin and OxyContin!)

“I Dopamine You” T-Shirt available for purchase at Zazzle.

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Seafóid #4: Idea-Bulb

Posted by The Mary on May 20, 2012

Seafóid: The Most Useless Irish Flash Cards, now in t-shirt form!

This installment — Idea = Broken Light Bulb. Oh, really?…

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About this design
I’m sensing a cross-over between our Irish and grad school themes, but then my brain’s never been the same since higher education. Is that what artist Wes Koster had in mind here? Well, you could ask, but I suspect he would just point at the image and tell you it speaks for him.

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io9: “These life support machines work to keep each other alive”

Posted by The Mary on May 20, 2012

These life support machines work to keep each other alive (concept art)

“What do life support devices do when there are no humans left to support? These plucky little machines have found a solution: when no human is available, they work to keep each other alive instead.”

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Sad consumer robots

Posted by brian on April 22, 2009

Consumer robots struggle to gain acceptance, affection.

Robot makers have been hit by a double whammy: A recession-inflicted downturn in consumer spending and a lack of mainstream acceptance of robots by American consumers. Those factors combined put the industry in a zone of pain.

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At Carnegie Mellon, robots learning social skills

Posted by brian on April 16, 2009

There’s another unusual thing about Tank: He’s a robot. He looks like a Shop-Vac with a flat-panel monitor for a head. But his face is human and expressive, and his eyes move from side to side.

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Robot learns social skills

Posted by brian on April 7, 2009

Japanese Child Robot With Biomimetic Body Learns Social Skills.

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New shirts!

Posted by The Mary on April 3, 2009

New shirts! Scroll down or click on these links:

Seafóid #1: Pig-Ham (or go straight to Zazzle!)
Seafóid #2: Cabbage-Dinner (or go straight to Zazzle!)
Seafóid #3: CandyBar-Lunch (or go straight to Zazzle!)

Seafóid is our new line of designs, based on our imaginary set of best-selling flashcards. What’s that name all about? Well, seafóid means “nonsense” in Irish, and when you see the designs you’ll know why.

Don’t forget these instant classics! (a.k.a. the not-so-new shirts)

The Lonely Robot (or go straight to Zazzle!)
Ignoring Better Advice (or go straight to Zazzle!)
Arrowfordshire Assembly (or go straight to Zazzle!)
Not Graduating (or go straight to Zazzle!)

If you order on or before April 6, you can use the code FRIENDS15OFF at checkout to get 15% off your order!

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Seafóid #1: Pig-Ham

Posted by The Mary on April 3, 2009

liamhasSeafóid: The Most Useless Irish Flash Cards, now in t-shirt form!

Pig = Ham. Oh, really?…

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About this design
When one has studied a language for a long, looong time, it’s natural that word-play skills in that language start to develop. Or so it seems — we’re convinced that your brain just gets wacky. And, when that language is Irish, we’ve noticed that the wackiness tends to run towards the puckish….
So, this. Pro-vegetarianism rhetoric? Probably not. A visual ode to the awkwardness of reaching for one word and grabbing exactly the wrong one? Maybe…all we know is the rumor that artist Wes Koster scanned a REAL PIG to get just the right color for the background. Or was it a pack of hot dogs? We don’t know — he won’t let us into his home. Is it because we use phrases like “visual ode”?…

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