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Sunday Open Thread: I Am Not A Robot

For as much as moose love to engage in serious political and philosophical debate, frivolity is a favorite pastime of ours as well. Longtime moose have always known this, and it looks like the newcomers have cottoned onto our penchant for silliness pretty quickly.

Since we’ve been waxing serious off and on the last couple of days, I thought it was time for a totally mostly pointless, completely bizarre, and unmistakably silly…

Open Thread.


Greetings, Moose. It has been an interesting week here with so many friends (both old and new) stopping by to lend their voices to our ongoing conversation. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the banter, the new views, the shared experiences, and the overwhelmingly positive vibe that has accompanied it all.

I know that it may only have been a week’s vacation for some, and that come Sunday midnight they may turn into pumpkins (sorta fitting, the color of pumpkins, no? /grin). However, I hope that the majority of our new Moose will continue to show up in purple long after Sunday midnight.

Now for a few things that have caught my eye:

Technology is amazing, isn’t it? Look how far we’ve come. The scientists over at the Cornell Creative Machines Lab have done something pretty interesting… they pitted two Cleverbot “chatbots” against each other and let them have an “AI” conversation without human input. Chatbots are made to mimic human conversation, but it looks like there are still a few… kinks to work out. Seeing them interact with each other is kind of a trip. The results are amazingly funny, although this just goes to show that… well, we still have a long way to go when it comes to artificial intelligence.

I wonder if Weekend at Bernie’s is on their Netflix account:

I’m not sure why scientists are busy trying to create intelligence in machines when there are still plenty of humans who fail to demonstrate any intelligence. In a news story that proves that real life is stranger than fiction (or at least as strange as the worst of it), two men have been accused of toting their dead friend’s body around town while bar-hopping and then taking $400 from his bank account. (No, seriously, this really happened.)

According to a family member of the deceased, one of the two men came home to find Jeffrey Jarrett, with whom he had been living, dead of undetermined causes.

Instead of calling for help, Robert Young called his friend Mark Rubinson. Together, they put the body in the back seat of Rubinson’s SUV and went to two bars, where they paid for drinks with Jarrett’s ATM card, before returning his body to the house.

They then continued on to a Mexican restaurant and a strip club before withdrawing another $400 on Jarrett’s card. It was only after that, at 4:00 AM, that they flagged down a police car and reported the death.

“I’m horrified,” a family member told CBS Denver. “I’m absolutely – I can’t even put into words. I can’t imagine anybody thinking that maybe their friend’s in trouble, not calling nine-one-one. … It’s just something that we really are having trouble coming to terms with.”

Raw Story


I’d like to say, “You just can’t make this stuff up,” but… well… Yeah.

This has been out for a while now, but, it is bedtime story that is right up my alley (don’t worry, we don’t have kids….yet). /grin

The eagles who soar through the sky are at rest

And the creatures who crawl, run, and creep.

I know you’re not thirsty. That’s bullshit. Stop lying.

Lie the fuck down, my darling, and sleep.

Go The F**k To Sleep by Adam Mansback


Last but not least, come Monday, invites to the Moose Group on dKos will be going out. If your username differs from the one you use on dKos, and you want an invite, let us know in comments (or you can just request an invite on dKos via messages).

I can’t wait to get to know all you new Moose…I said elsewhere in a comment, but, will repeat it here:

I have a feeling some of our new Moose are gonna be teachin’ us old Moose a lot.

I like that.

A lot.

I am not a robot. I am a unicorn.


Ok, Mooses…Open Thread…have at it.


  1. Moozmuse

    Need some instruction on how to embed a video from Youtube, thanks. I will comment more in a bit, but now I’m in the middle of this operation and STUCK! (like the mooz in the tree after eating too many fermented apples)

  2. Moozmuse

    the Open Thread. However, it’s nearly 11:30 a.m. CET already, and I have to get some work done today, so I’ll be in and out.

    Anyhow, the two guys toting around their dead friend sounds like a lot like what the Republicans are doing with Ronald Reagan. Kind of creepy.

  3. wordsinthewind

    it’s been really nice finding you for many reasons but the biggest one for me is reading the comments and not being embarrassed by the company I’m keeping. Thanks so much. I’m not a prolific commenter or poster as I tend towards the prevailing ethos out here of the less said the better, hard habit to break.

  4. dirkster42

    in a room with crappy internet connection.  

    Crashed at a friend’s last night after we watched “I Could Never Be Your Woman,” which might best be described as “Waiting for Godot” in drag as a romantic comedy.  If you are ever in the unfortunate position of absolutely not being able to get out of seeing this movie, make sure to secure a peanut gallery that takes snark to new levels of virtuosity, or you will be resenting the Big Bang, God, or whatever prime cause you subscribe to for allowing those minutes to be sucked away from your life.

    I walked back home this morning, unshowered, thinking about how I probably looked like someone making his way back home after a one-night-stand, but I hadn’t gotten laid.

    I should be getting my ass to church, haven’t been in a few weeks, and I’m getting kind of grouchy about that.  I have a feeling that the coffee won’t kick in soon enough for me to override being out of the habit though.

  5. bubbanomics

    an interesting non-luddite take on the negatives of technology.  Your title made me think of this book.

    And, for sunday morning…

  6. bubbanomics

    I find that I get logged out frequently.  It seems to happen when I click one of the home links, at which point I see the text boxes for username and password reappear. Is there a “feature” I’m missing?

  7. Shaun Appleby

    Nuclear power in Japan these days:

    An AP-GfK poll showed that 55 percent of Japanese want to reduce the number of nuclear reactors in the country, while 35 percent would like to leave the number about the same. Four percent want an increase while 3 percent want to eliminate them entirely.

    Malcolm Foster – Thousands march against nuclear power in Tokyo AP via Huffington Post 19 Sep 11

    We’re clearly doomed as a species.

  8. louisprandtl

    a Moose BOT. Kysen, it doesn’t matter how strong you may proclaim to be otherwise, the result is the same.


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