Lenny's Old Old Blog: April 2005

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More Russian Humor

Sunday, April 17, 2005

My dad tells me I have no sense of humor when he tells awful jokes, but he sometimes tells a gem. Here's another:

A man was quite the drunkard and would drink away all of his income. His wife eventually became so fed up with his drinking that she had to take the matter into her own hands. She decided to put a dead cat into his liquor to scare him away from the stuff for good. One day when the man was away, the wife went out, found some roadkill, put it into his vodka and went on her merry way. When she came home she saw her husband wringing the cat over his head begging "Kitty, just one more drop!"

HOWTO shamelessly copy my April Fool's vegetarian prank next year at college with new friends who don't know me

Sunday, April 03, 2005


How it goes:

The Truth About Robotics

Friday, April 01, 2005

We’ve kept it a secret just long enough. The time has come to reveal what the Oceanside Robotics Club has actually been working on for the past two months.

Skippy and FIRST had just been a diversion to prevent our secrets from leaking. But now that it seems to be stable, the world is ready to know: we have developed a small humanoid robot (“android”) that we hope can help with tasks around the school. We’ve already deployed it in a test physics class to help a disabled student.

I’ll be honest: Devin and Matt did the most work on this, which caused some tension, but I am proud of my contribution: the name. Our dummy bot was called “Skippy,” which isn’t bad, but I really wanted this name to be great. At first I thought “C-3PO,” but I figured that if we were going to take this to market, we have to avoid trademark infringement. That’s when it hit me, and I decided that it should be named as a tribute to an author that did so much to advance our field.

In honor of my favorite Shakespearian scholar, this new droid is called ISAA.

But what kind of unveiling would this be without some media to back it up? It would be no kind, so here is an exciting video of ISAA running. Enjoy the video as a symbol of the speed of technological advancement. By summer, we expect to have ISAA writing technical documents, and perhaps creative works such as April Fool’s jokes in another year’s development.

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