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February 21, 2009

Overnight Open Thread. Friday Night Slumber Party (genghis)

(Note: Thanks a lot Comcast...this post was ready to go 3 hours ago)

Like, you’re all invited! WickedPinto will be stopping by to braid all of our hair (he learned some new techniques when he was in juvi last fall). Here’s a couple of things some of my BFF’s sent today:

Item One: UCSD’s Einstein Robot Develops ‘Emotional Intelligence’”

”The research team chose Albert Einstein as the model for their emotionally intelligent robot "because he's an icon of creativity, intelligence and science; he's emotionally accessible; he's lovable and visually recognizable very easily around the world," says Hanson.”
I can’t possibly think of a cuddlier spokesbot for when they take over the world. He’s very reassuring…like your favorite grandpa, but with Terminators backing him up.

Item Two: The Green-Eyed Monster That Lives in Your Brain. No, you drunken fools, it’s not about the influence of Cthulhu but that scientists have discovered the “Jealousy Lobe” in the brain.

”Now the area of the brain which controls jealousy has been found, scientists have announced. It is the same part which detects real physical pain – perhaps explaining why feeling envious of your lover’s philandering ways hurts so much. The spot which makes people delight in others’ misfortune – called schaudenfreude – was also located by the team.”

“Envy is corrosive and ugly, and it can ruin your life,” Richard Smith, a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky told the New York Times. If you’re an envious person, you have a hard time appreciating a lot of the good things that are out there, because you’re too busy worrying about how they reflect on the self.”

“The scientific team also announced that they’d found a way to neutralize this “jealousy” node.”

“In related news, late Friday afternoon there was a flurry of activity at DNC headquarters as senior members of the party were called to an emergency meeting to discuss this scientific breakthrough and the party’s response. According to a source who wishes to remain anonymous “this could be a potential disaster for us as the entire basis for our party may be in jeopardy.”


It’s entirely possible I made those last two paragraphs up.
(thanks to “Special K” for the tip)

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