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Library Robot Coming to Welsh University

Something to watch. Don't know how/if/when it will have an effect on library service but it's interesting. 

“Hugh is useful for automating or simplifying tedious and mundane tasks. Things that both staff and users don’t want to spend time on,” said Pasi Chidziva, a member of the team working on developing Hugh’s AI. “As more powerful actuators are combined with human-friendly safety measures, maybe we’ll see a cousin of Hugh doing reshelving in the library.”


The rise of American authoritarianism - Vox

Fascinating (terrifying?) article about the rise of authoritarian America, Republicans and Trump. Worth your time to read. 

For decades, the Republican Party has been winning over authoritarians by implicitly promising to stand firm against the tide of social change, and to be the party of force and power rather than the party of negotiation and compromise. But now it may be discovering that its strategy has worked too well —and threatens to tear the party apart.


Mr. Joe Explains 14 Must Haves for New 3D Printer Owners |

Putting this here so I can take a look at it later

Over 600 power outages caused by squirrels and the government has done nothing to protect us from this threat! 


Puppy Cam! Puppy Bowl! Locker Room camera!

I saw this post about Animal Planet's annual Puppy Bowl earlier today and wanted to save this link to the puppy cam so I can show it to the kids later. They LOVE the Puppy Bowl

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve



#WheresRey and the big Star Wars toy controversy, explained - Vox

From the post:

The idea is that Hasbro wants to cater to a female audience, but it's concentrating those efforts on princesses rather than diversifying its existing "boy" brands to be more friendly to girls.

What this logic ignores, of course, is the notion that female fans of Star Wars or Marvel heroes, who finally got to see something of themselves in Rey or Black Widow or Gamora, might want to own an action figure that reflects as much.

It ignores the notion that both girls and boys can like superhero toys, as well as Disney princesses.

And it ignores the fact that reinforcing the myth that boys won't play with female action figures is harmful and outdated, not to mention a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Yes, at the end of the day, we're talking about toys. But the toys in question are an important extension of a bigger problem. People are justifiably upset over the exclusion of female characters from Hasbro's action figure sets because — as Rey, Black Widow, and Gamora have proved in just the past few years — they're another example of female franchise characters not getting the same meaningful consideration as their male counterparts. If campaigns fighting for their inclusion can get some answers — and even force action like did with The Force Awakens monopoly — asking where the women are is always a worthwhile question.

As a dad of two girls this kind of stuff is more important to me than ever. 


Hyundai’s augmented reality app helps idiot-proof car maintenance | The Verge

Really neat app. Wonder when we'll see similar ones from other companies?