How long do you think it’ll take Google to re-index everything on my site? How do you think it’ll take _me_ to remember all the little places where I need to update my information? Oh, I think I just unleashed a monster…
Technology really is coming a long way. I’ve recently started tuning in to Gizmodo in my Google Reader ((I had Engadget there for a while, as well, but the two tech news services cover pretty much exactly the same news and the redundancy was annoying me.)) and have, as such, been keeping abreast with a lot of the latest and greatest in the tech industry. This article highlights a very lifelike robot that has the ability to interact with real people and track them visually. It’s a stunning bit of technology that indicates that something along the lines of androids may not be as far into the distant future as we think. The video is pretty neat to watch. For something powered by batteries and software, Jules waxes quite the philosopher.
From a psychological and social standpoint, I kind of thought that the behaviors of the people interacting with him were a bit disturbing. It could be it was all scripted for the sake of the video, but they certainly sounded genuine enough. It was just kind of weird seeing real, live people interacting with a non-living object as though it were actually sentient. Strange. It certainly calls up some interesting questions should such robots ever actually be created.
I’d love to know more about the project and get an idea of the scope of the software that makes Jules work. The level of programming involved in making that thing look and act so authentically is staggering. I may have to find time later to go check out the website and read up a bit. I’d be curious to hear your comments on Jules.
Apparently, business casual dress for women now requires they display a minimum of two inches of cleavage, with three to four inches being preferred. This is actually rather annoying.
I just love it when I’m right. I had predicted that Linderman was himself special, hence his fascination and connection with every single one of our heroes in this show – and I was right! Granted, the man is also a stark, raving lunatic, but I do believe his _intentions_ are good. But it is not just his former core group of friends who have lost their way. Linderman has lost his, as well, if he believes his plan will really cede the results he desires.
And Kring must have heard his fans speak – this week’s episode had a voiceover, albeit from Linderman himself. Of course, with the kind of break they just came off of, the voiceover was more or less necessary to bring everyone back up to speed on what’s happening.
I must admit to being somewhat dissatisfied with the show as a whole right now, though. There’s been some commentary that Kring doesn’t seem to really know where he’s taking the show, and that it’s showing up in the hodge-podge manner of the overlapping story arcs. I’m ok with this, to some extent, because a lot of novelists don’t know where there books are going until they are done. What I’ve noticed, however, is that Kring’s writing seems…. shallow – a necessary evil for so many story arcs in one show, I admit, but in my opinion several story arcs does not necessarily mean that the writing need be any less rich. But I do get the impression that Kring isn’t quite sure what to do with all these special people, and so he’s started writing them more shallowly and thinly, spreading them out and never really letting the audience get to see or know any one of them for more than a few seconds. We know what they can _do_ but we still don’t, for the most part, know who they _are_ – and I, for one, would like to get to know these characters a lot better than I already do.
Along those same lines, I get the impression that Kring is getting impatient with his own storyline – and that’s never a good thing. The previews for next week suggest that at least one or two of the remaining chapters will be spent exploring the world of five years future, a world that none of us will like. I suspect that we’ll get to see our heroes with their developed abilities and that Kring will then try to tie that back into the bomb that will level New York. This _could_ be done with such aplomb and flare as to leave us breathless with the beauty of it, but I suspect it will end up being just more shallow writing. There is so much potential here to make this a stunning final few episodes. I just don’t know if Kring has what it takes to write these episodes with that kind of artistry and skill.
I was _very_ disappointed in the fight between Peter and Sylar. That had the potential to be epic, and instead it fell flat on its face. Literally. Twice. It was, in a word, _pathetic_. I can understand Kring not really wanting these two characters to truly face-off yet, but it certainly could have been better than it was. Heck, Peter had more than ample warning about what Sylar was planning to do, and yet he still fell victim to the trick. And why the heck was his _back_ to Sylar, especially when he started out facing him?
I’m trying very hard not to be disillusioned by the way _I_ think this show should be written, but honestly, I almost think I could make a better show of it than Kring is doing right now. I see narrative shortcuts taking place that serve to move the story forward but that do so very awkwardly. I’d even be ok with the fact that most of his characters have been blatantly ripped off from other sources, since for me it’s more about the way the _story_ is told – but as you can see, I’m not altogether satisfied with how the story is being handled and would like to see Kring do some better things with it.
Anyone think he’d hire me on as a staff writer for the show? I’ll continue watching to the end, just because there _are_ enough redeeming factors to keep it interesting and fun – and I’ll hope that the writing improves from here on out.
Before I forget again and the deadline passes by _completely_, Jason Evans is running another of his really short fiction contests over on his blog. This one is called “The Endless Hour”:http://clarityofnight.blogspot.com/2007/04/endless-hour-short-fiction-contest.html and follows the same rules as all his others – 250 words based on the picture he’s provided. Deadline is this Wednesday by midnight, I believe, so run over there and write something for him. Looks like his participation numbers are down this time around, so add yours to the list of contributors. I don’t think I’m going to get anything written for this one – I’ve had much time for writing lately. Jason runs a fun little contest, though, so make sure you check it out.
I love this weather! If you need me, I’ll be out drilling fencepost holes for an arena.
My Xbox 360 “is a liar”:http://www.360voice.com/blog-view.asp?id=19145484 – I spent a couple of hours yesterday playing Halo 2 on Live. Apparently all _it_ cares about is 360 games.
It must be the “hat”:http://open-dialogue.com/blog/2007/04/16/equine-affaire-finds/. I stepped into the Union Newsstand this morning to grab a bottle of water and checked out with the lady who manages the place. I’ve talked to her a few times before but today she asked me, “Horses? Or cattle?” Mind you, I’m wearing business casual with my Purdue fleece and my barmah hat. Apparently, the presence of such a hat causes people to immediately assume ‘livestock.’ And not just _any_ livestock but a specific subset of livestock. There followed a conversation about horses, as her family works with paints, but I was amused at the instant assumption. Fortunately for her, I didn’t buy the hat just because I liked it and her assumption played out correctly. It certainly would have been embarrassing for her, otherwise.
“Heroes”:http://www.nbc.com/Heroes is back this coming Monday, and does anyone actually remember where we left off? This ultra-long break has left me, for one, very disconnected from the _Heroes_ storyline. They had better give us a nice, long montage at the beginning of this week’s episode to refresh fans on what’s happening in the various storylines. I still don’t know what NBC was thinking, but it’s terrible form to string their audience out on a line like this. They do this with Season 2 and chances are good I simply won’t watch – DVD releases make it much more convenient to follow a serial plot than this start-and-stop method they’ve been doing.
No. I’m not bitter. Whatever would have given you _that_ impression?
Bad form, NBC. Shame on you.