March 31, 2004


Robots, I've discovered, dance far better than I do, and with better balance. Watch this clip to see what moves this year's stylish and coordinated robot uses to impress the ladies. Then try them yourself, but don't be surprised if the ladies roll their eyes and walk away. No biological meat-machine has ever been this cool.

I want a robot. I want four of them to dance gracefully for my pleasure. Then I want sixteen more to go on walks with me, play cards, carry on conversations, sit around drinking tea and watching movies, help out around the house and garden, play with the cats, talk about my favorite books, and eat cookies all day. I want artificial lifeforms to live my life better and more stylishly than I ever could. Is that so wrong? Posted by dianna at March 31, 2004 10:40 AM


i think all you really need here are some geishas and some cheerleaders.

Posted by: michele at March 31, 2004 11:09 AM

That was so great, I might have to put my robot shirt on and watch it again, just to feel slightly as cool as those guys.

The best part? Definitely when the robots APPEARED TO BE DOING THE ROBOT.

Posted by: Arianna at March 31, 2004 03:05 PM

Their plastic hearts cannot love, but their plastic hips are fully equipped for shimmying. It's not too bad of a trade-off, really.

Posted by: dianna at March 31, 2004 03:20 PM

By the way, I hope you've all been watching with your sound on, because it's vastly better that way.

Posted by: dianna at March 31, 2004 03:25 PM

I know I should have been awed and a little frightened by the implications of robots who can do human things so well, but all that was going through my head was, "Do the Roger Rabbit!"

Posted by: jason S at March 31, 2004 03:47 PM

Have you ever read any Issac Asimov?

3 laws safe, baby.

Posted by: Chris at March 31, 2004 08:40 PM

In addition, Mike Doughty asks, "Dou you like robots?"

Posted by: Chris at March 31, 2004 08:42 PM

1. Yes, yes I have. In fact, I pulled Robot Visions off my bookshelf to look up the 3 laws before I clicked on your link. However, I still had to click to see what the hell you were talking about.

I think I'm excited about the movie. But mostly I think it's just going to make me sad because I don't have a robot, 3-laws-safe or not. Does it seem to anyone else like that phrase should have hyphens in it?

2. YES. I really do. I kind of want the shirt even though I haven't heard word one about the album in question.

Posted by: dianna at March 31, 2004 08:58 PM

Damn that's awesome! They're, like, the next generation of boy bands! While there were no dancing robots at the convention exhibition hall, there WAS a robot that gloated like hell after it whooped your ass at Connect Four.

Posted by: Erik at March 31, 2004 09:21 PM

harumph. anyone have an idea why my ibook won't open the robot link? all i've got is a page full of weird symbols.

Posted by: erica at March 31, 2004 11:00 PM

erica- It is a Windows Media format video and Mac OSX doesn't come with a native program to decode these bad-boys. Solution: Download the Windows Media Player (inaccurately named, being available for OSX...), install, and thrill at the robots' antics!

Posted by: Erik at April 1, 2004 02:20 AM

Man, if I had a mac, I would NEVER download any microsoft filth onto it.

Posted by: Chris at April 1, 2004 08:55 AM

Chris- While I would generally agree with you I found it necessary to get three M$ apps to get full productivity: Office v.X (as much as I hate Word, there just isn't any worthwhile replacement), Windows Media Player (for videos of robots dancing, etc.), and Remote Desktop Connection Client (think being able to control my work desktop from my While installing each I was seriously waiting for the whole system to crash with a: Microsoft Detected error. All three apps have been behaving well.

Posted by: Erik at April 1, 2004 09:09 AM

i just want a robot so i can poop and not have to flush

Posted by: Brendan at April 23, 2004 12:15 PM