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grawlyx666:

Me.


naobro: I hear ya…

grawlyx666:

Me.

naobro: I hear ya…

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naobro: “Japanese Gal Warriors in Anime” PART 3; Cutie Kisaragi

If Major (see “Japanese Gal Warriors in Anime” PART 2; Major Motoko Kusanagi) pushes the limit as an extensively cyberized human being, Cutie Kisaragi does so from the reverse side.

Cutie in “Cutie Honey” is a humanoid machine with extreme biomedical enhancements; with mechanical inner workings and a biological outer shell. Created by Dr. Kisaragi in the image of his deceased daughter, Cutie finds out she is an android when her father is assassinated by the organization, “Panther Claw”.

Originally aired in 1973 – 1974, “Cutie Honey” might have included nudity and sexual innuendos more on the side of sexual harassment than displays of affection. However, the creators of the anime also gave Cutie many alter egos with various careers still popular today among girls.

* The top image created from a video on youtube.comwatchv=a5LElJe7E0U, the bottom image from amazon.co.jp.

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naobro: “Japanese Gal Warriors in Anime” PART 2; Major Motoko Kusanagi

Fujiko I blogged about (in “Japanese Gal Warriors in Anime” PART 1; Fujiko Mine), is one of the few Japanese gal warriors portrayed in anime as a lone wolf.

Think of Major Motoko Kusanagi in “Ghost in the Shell” as the intensified version of Fujiko in “Lupin the Third”. Since Major leads the special operations force Section 9, she should be the shining example of a team player, right? Ironically, despite her dedication to the team of ex-military & ex-cops, Major is set apart from the rest of humanity by the extensive cyberization of her body including the brain.

With a fully prosthetic body and her biological brain enhanced as the cyberbrain, Major literally embodies the next step in human evolution. She becomes the ultimate lone wolf as she begins to simultaneously manipulate multiple prosthetic bodies, eventually merging with other cyber/cyberized entities, both human and otherwise.

* The top image created from a video on youtube.com/watch?v=YQIqgxeNtl0, the bottom image from animevice.com.

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naobro: “Japanese Gal Warriors in Anime” PART 1; Fujiko Mine

Fujiko is the notorious femme fatal on the anime, “Lupin the Third”. The anime features the world-class thief and a half Japanese grandson of Arsene Lupin (the fictional gentleman thief created by the French writer, M. Leblanc).

Although Fujiko is not officially a member of Lupin’s gang, she is the femme fatal/nemesis and the soul mate to Lupin. And the girl takes care of herself; she is a world-class thief in her own right with skills aside from seductive charms.

The anime was first aired in 1971 smack in the middle of women’s movement, so as expected, independence is heavily featured in the character, Fujiko. However, the significance of the character probably lies in not only her independence but also her lone wolf personality. Today in 2014, female warriors in anime are not at all unusual but aside from a few, most of them remain to be portrayed as team players.

* The top image created from a video on youtube.com/watch?v=PkgZ1J4dwFU, the bottom image from profile.ameba.jp.

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Hi! madnessmethodx,

Just found this via nymfe on avenidadelospoetas’ page; thought you might like it. Bjarnarey Island of Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) in Iceland.

Hi! madnessmethodx,

Just found this via nymfe on avenidadelospoetas’ page; thought you might like it. Bjarnarey Island of Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) in Iceland.

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* The top image from businessinsider.com.

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naobro: “My SEM Addiction”

Here I go again with my addiction to Scanning Electron Microscope images.

SEM images can be colored in any fashion a scientist/artist pleases yet they do not cease to blow my mind…

The top image is the surface of a mint leaf, two blue spheres are mint oil! The next image is a leg of a mosquito, Anopheles stephensi, a primary vector of malaria in urban India.


* From the top to bottom: The images from flickr.com/photos/wellcomeimages/12652478865 (credit: A.Cavanagh), flickr.com/photos/wellcomeimages/12652944554 (credit: L. Holden). The bottom image, my Avatar, is created from that on jeffreycarr.blogspot.com.

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naobro: ROBOTICS FRONTLINE


The top 2 images are of PETMAN and the next 2 images are of ATLAS; both developed by Boston Dynamics (acquired by Google in late 2013) funded by DARPA.


Just imagine the brain behind these moves the robots are making…


Along with the senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell, we humans have proprioception: the sense of body orientation and movement.


Think of a tightrope walker. In order to avoid the fall, he may apply a force of a certain size and direction, to the rope he’s standing on; or he may spread his arms out tightening muscles in a certain way.


How does he manage to stay on the rope? In the case of a human, he does it utilizing proprioception aided by other senses, especially sight and touch. And of course, using spectacular human brain power. What needs to happen to make a robot do that?


(1) Create various efficient sensors to receive visual, tactile and proprioceptive (!) inputs.

(2) Link the sensors to transmit the sensory data to the robot brain, fast!

(3) Create the brain that not only can associate and analyze the data (!) to decide what body movements to make next, but do so really fast!!

(4) Link the brain to transmit the motor outputs (the instructions on how to move) to the servomechanisms, fast!

(5) Build efficient servos to make the right moves.


So you can easily see that squatting then rotating the upper torso while remaining stationary without falling on its behind or its face (the top image) is absolutely miraculous…


Take a look at the unprecedented move made by a robot in the 4th image from the top. ATLAS is bracing its arms against the walls and probing with its leg to secure a foothold. AWESOME…


Kudos to the engineers and scientists at Boston Dynamics!!


* From the top to bottom: The images created from videos on
youtube.com/watch?v=tFrjrgBV8K0, youtube.com/watch?v=mclbVTIYG8E, youtube.com/watch?v=SD6Okylclb8 & youtube.com/watch?v=FFGfq0pRczY. The bottom image, my Avatar, is created from that on jeffreycarr.blogspot.com.

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naobro:

World Traveler: I am the Chimera

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* The 10th image from the top, my Avatar, is created from one on jeffreycarr.blogspot.com.

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naobro:

World Traveler: I am the Chimera

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* The 10th image from the top, my Avatar, is created from one on jeffreycarr.blogspot.com.