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Oscar, the Bionic Cat

Posted in Embracing the Future, Nature gone amok with tags , , on June 25, 2010 by Eric S.

What, you may ask, does it take to dig a retired blogger out of retirement after almost two years? As much as I might have hoped for verifiable signs of extraterrestrial intelligence and/or sightings of a school of flying sharks, it turned out to be a peg-legged cat:

As reported by (from whom I appropriated the above image), absent minded Oscar was lazing around the family farm one afternoon when he suddenly found his rear feet being lopped off by a harvesting combine. How a combine is less intimidating to a cat than a vacuum cleaner I’ll never know, but there you have it.

And while I imagine Oscar is bound to get a lots of heckling for his chicken legs, he’ll probably get less pummeling than this similarly disabled English bulldog:

No, Oscar’s legs are almost as cool as the pair track star and uber hottie Aimee Mullins wore in the 1996 Paralympics…

…though not as cool as the glass pair she sported in that Matthew Barney film:

Incidentally, if you’re interested in the oft-overlooked upside of prosthetic limbs, have a look at this lecture by a 6’1″ Ms. Mullins (who, as she says in the video, usually stands 5’8″), which WordPress is going to make you go elsewhere to see. Anyway, there you go: putting the art in artificial limbs.

Case of the living sweater

Posted in Embracing the Future, Roadside attractions, Travesties of nature with tags , , , on May 13, 2008 by Eric S.

Artists just live to stir up controversy. First, Guillermo Vargas’s alleged starving dog in Central America (note to I believe that one needs its status updated to ‘hoax’).

Now, as found on Gizmodo and embellished by The Art Newspaper (all three of us apparently use the same photographer), a couple of guys at the Museum of Modern Art have used stem cells to grow a living, mouse skin jacket.

Sadly, the jacket was growing too big, too fast, leaving the unfortunate curator to make the tough call to pull the plug. Says the poor curator:

I’ve always been pro-choice and all of a sudden I’m here not sleeping at night about killing a coat…That thing was never alive before it was grown.

Still, though, better she be wracked with guilt than the alternative, in which the overgrown mouse sweater is fended off by angry torch-and-pitchfork weilding villagers.

Finally; here’s your friggin flying car

Posted in Embracing the Future with tags , , , , on May 7, 2008 by Eric S.

You know all of those pesky problems the average American faces getting to work? Traffic jams? Environment-slaughteringly low mileage vehicles? Mediocre radio programming? As reported by the BBC, the solution to two of these problems is so simple that if it were a snake, it’d’ve bit you: flying cars.

The solution to gridlock on our overcrowded roads is to take to the air in a plane-car hybrid that will revolutionise the way society works.

Sadly, the simplicity of the solution ends just about there. No mention is made of how fuel efficiency will actually be boosted into the 100 MPG range (both on wheels and awing), nor how this alleged hybrid vehicle will convert from flight to drive mode, nor how having a sky full of impatient, untrained pilots buzzing through Times Square will be any better than what we’ve got now.

But that sort of of skepticism in unhealthy at this juncture. If Boeing and/or reporter Maggie Shiels have a dream to make the world a better place, I’m not going to stand in their way. I wish everyone involved the best of luck.