March 10th, 2002


bearcubs (sorta) in the news

first item is from News of the Weird:

Matsushita Electric Industrial runs a state-of-the-art retirement home near Osaka, Japan, and according to a BBC News report in February uses robotic companion bears to comfort the residents (average age: 82) and also to continually check health signs. Among the fur-covered bears' skills: They can respond to voice command and can monitor residents' alertness by timing their responses to spoken questions. [BBC News, 2-21-02]

This is the perfect metaphor for a desirable geek boy; cute, cuddly, and full of practical applications!

And the third and final news item: I got a lovely birthday postcard from Devil's Tower National Monument , which I visited with JS last month on the way out here. I must have made quite an impression on it, because the card it wrote was quite sweet. It's not every day I get hit on by a National Monument (National Parks, sure. We all know how THEY are). It is a little suspicious that the card was postmarked from JS's home state instead of Wyoming, but I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation. And how does this fit the topic, you ask? Indian mythology gives the structure the name...Bear's Lodge.
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fun with coincidence/six degrees

quelqueparte pointed out this nifty app that will do a six degrees of seperation thing between you and a random user. You can also use it for LJ users you know, but chances are if you know their names, they're either on your friends list or you recognize them from comments in other friends lists.

! Enter your username in the left box, someone
else's username (or a * for a random one) in the right box, and press the button!
-> Coded by sachmet

And something I was curious about, since I just had a birthday:

There are 38 people on my friends list; of those who have revealed their birth years, the oldest is 5 years older than me, and the youngest are 12 years younger. The really wacky thing, though, is that not only are there 2 people with this same birth year (as you might imagine, I don't have that many LJ or real life friends that are over 10 years younger than me, so this is interesting enough), but they have the -exact- same birthday. Whoa.

And speaking of, happy birthday palecur!