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Robots Need Love Too

October 4, 2009

Since this blog apparently focuses too much on places down the block from me that are about to serve epic pizza and beer, I have decided to make an effort to branch out a bit.  Our new topic: ROBOTS.

Best song with ‘robots’ in the title:

Dan Magdan – Robots (Need Love Too) (iTunes)

(Note that this is our best defense against SkyNet and the Animatrix.)

Best album with ‘robots’ in the title:

The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

(Japanese version!)

Best band name involving ‘robots’:

Fembots – Good Days

(These guys are awesome – Ice Cream and Transit Song are also good songs.)

Best iPhone app involving robots:

Bebot

Seriously, buy this app, it is ridiculously entertaining.  It’s basically a multi-touch four-channel synthesizer with auto-tune, and a cute little robot that dances and sings along.  I got it for my 13 month old daughter but its awesomeness has led to epic iPhone control battles. I can make the little robot talk — he can say “What?!” “Woah!” and “Wow!” (Please note that this is equally entertaining to myself and someone 34.2 times younger than me.) Best $2 I’ve spent in a long time.

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpgxd8bljtg]

There’s also a loop/echo feature so you get your very own delay stompbox. (I suggest setting the echo to fade a bit otherwise you get the dreaded dutch concert effect.) A more detailed demo video is on the Bebot website.

Best blog post on the social implication of having a robot double

Mock Duck – Robot Doubles

(Roboganger? Note also that significant research on the effects of readily available organic duplication was conducted in the late 80s by Professor B. Watterson of C&H University.)

Best robot picture on Flickr

Plug1 – I, Robot

UPDATE – and it turns out I have already done a robot post. So much for originality.

UPDATED UPDATE:

Best unreleased TV pilot based on the Adam Sandler skit about a robot who lives in a fraternity and discovers he is gay after a wine cooler is spilled on his circuit board:

Gay Robot

Best comic drawn in 24 hours about robots:

Robots Don’t Know Anything About Twitter


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8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2009 7:52 pm

    Have you seen the band “Captured! By Robots”? http://www.capturedbyrobots.com/

    Hard to explain, but it’s one dude with a band of “robots” who’ve made him their rock-n’-roll slave.

    Yeah, I guess that wasn’t so hard to explain.

  2. October 4, 2009 9:03 pm

    It is encouraging to see robots that have respect for human culture. Rock and roll will never die! (But rust never sleeps, so I think things even out.)

    And I completely forgot about Gay Robot!

  3. Dan permalink
    October 4, 2009 10:47 pm

    Thanks for the ping. Robots are indeed a staple of fine blogging everywhere.

    By the way, did you know that ‘robot’ is a Czech word? Safe to assume it’s Czech’s only contribution to English. Comes from Czech proto sci-fi writer Karel Capek, who used it to describe android-like worker drones.

  4. October 4, 2009 11:21 pm

    http://robotsdontknow.qlnk.net/
    best local zine about robots?

  5. October 4, 2009 11:22 pm

    oh and best radio podcast? http://www.drownradio.com/2007/02/07/drown-pirate-radio-3-robot-friends-model-001.html
    I’m very proud of that one.

  6. October 4, 2009 11:52 pm

    RUR!

    Mockrát děkuji, Pan Roboti!

    (Ahhh, imagine the possibilities if Styx had sung in Czech…)

  7. Dan permalink
    October 5, 2009 6:20 am

    Cztyx

  8. October 6, 2009 10:58 am

    You forgot “best robot genitalia in Pacific Heights”:
    http://buboblog.blogspot.com/2006/01/goliath-robot.html

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