Robo Rousing

15 Jun


So in case you didn’t you didn’t know, robots are the new space race. Not only do we have the U.S. Government pouring money into developing newer more advanced technology in this field, but we’re starting to see robots pop up everywhere! One could say as far back as those robopets…but I’m talking about advanced machinery that can be seemingly integrated into your everyday life.

You’re looking at Myon, a friendly cyclops developed by Studio Frackenpohl Poulheim and the Neurorobotics Research Laboratory at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Not only does Myon have advanced humanoid motor skills, but has nifty LED Lighting illuminating its joints for easy visual location in the dark. Kind of makes me think of a smaller, friendlier looking terminator. 😀 Just kidding.

Robotics are something I’m a bit excited about due to their high potential to help solve various problems plauging society. They have incredible potential to save lives during natural disasters, care for the elderly, and aid in educational institutions. However one must also remember that with the creation of something new, new problems are certain to arise. So I suppose the question is, is Humanity ready for the age of Robots? How far is too far? When will the regret start to set in? Only time will tell. But for now we have Myon!


via: Yanko Design

15 Jun

green bomb
I had no idea gardening could have such a nice angsty edge to it! Thanks to the brilliant mind of Tony Minh Nguyen, you can guerilla garden in style! Due to the fragile nature of their design, these green grenades are only available in the EU where they’re manufactured by Snowhome. Folks in the U.S. will have to wait and see if growing interest brings this fresh new take on gardening state side. Personally, I would use them creatively in my own garden…since I’m just too lazy to landscape. (POLITICAL PURPOSE FAIL.) It would be interesting if they made some that grew fresh herbs. I think then they would gain a little more practicality, however I’m in love with this concept!

via: Inhabitat

Vote of Confidence

15 Jun
Benson: Dude, why are you doing this?
Alex: Because I think it’s a good idea.
Benson: Seriously?
Alex: Yes.
Alex: Look, I’m not saying this blog is a cure all for my financial woes here! I just think its a really good way to get my ass in gear. Besides, I haven’t found anything creative to be committed too since leaving college. I mean, I’m an artist for god sakes! Its about time I started acting like one! This blog is the perfect way for me to find some motivation!
Benson: So you’re saying you need an audience to get…motivated? Geez, you’re such an attention whore.
Alex: omg! Its so not even like that!
Benson: You’re even talking like one.
Alex: Hey, didn’t you need me to help you install that that ceiling fan in your room or something tomorrow?
Benson: Oh yeah, I forgot about that.
Alex: Yeah, that’s not even happening.
15 Jun

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

— Albert Einstein

The Boat I’m In.

15 Jun


It Begins!

10 Jun

Imagine being in debt about $140,000 because you wanted to get a decent education and help work towards contributing something towards society. Alright then, imagine you took out three different loans, all of which you cannot consolidate, and are at a fixed interest rate of .8%. To make matters worse you cannot defer these loans without claiming forbearance or staying in school.

You decide to stay in school to help protect your credit. But oh wait! There is more!

Unfortunately, the current loan company you borrowed from, (Lets call them “Sally Day”) will only let you defer those loans for up to 48 months while in school!

So, way to be ME.

The Challenge: raise $140,000 in 48 months to make sure that I am debt free. Thus freeing my family from co-signer hell and of course myself, who has really yet to start my life. All in all avoiding credit and financial ruin.

The Contender: Alexander Daniel Vance. The double life living renegade artist who is on a quest to become a man of principle, wit, will, and integrity. Changing his form from blah boy to BAMF. Working his way through a seemingly impossible time, he is risking it all to fight the evil corporation known as Sally Mae. The faster he pays off his loans the less money they will make off of him. Armed with pen (rumored to be mightier the sword) and paintbrush her marches on.

I’m not sure what will come of this, however I figure it can’t hurt. Others have blogged their way out of credit card debt spent on shopping and other frivolous matters. I figure, why not blog my way out of educational debt. I’m enrolling in community college tomorrow, and so begins my my 48 month quest.

Wish me luck!