I, For One, Welcome My New Robot Ninja Apex Carnivore Overlords

Can’t stand the news anymore.  The FAA, Boeing, and the Trump shutdown — enabled by the GOP Congressional Kopromat Caucus — all contributed to the deaths of the Ethiopian Airlines 737-Max. Trump, risibly, fantasizes about thugs crushing…well, you and me.  41 GOP senators saying, “yup. Let’s gut the Constitution and abandon the American experiment so that a wig-wearing, orange-faced, not-quite-good-enough-to-make-it-in-the-Mafia faux Don can dream walled dreams, all the while the world burns and the Trumpanzees seek only to throw coal on the flames…

Hell, the sheer erosion of my synapses is wearing me out.

Thus it was a relief to realize there is an alternative, a new leader to acknowledge and follow.

Ladles and Jellyspoons, my fellow jackals…

I give you Robot Cheetah, with backflips:

Happy Pi-day, everyone, from the omphalos of Nerdistan.

Open thread.

Image: A hunter on horseback, with a cheetah trained for hunt on the back of the horse (Detail of Khubilain Khan Hunting, painting attributed to Liu Guandao, about 1280)



23 replies
  1. 1
    hueyplong says:

    That was Crackeresque.

  2. 2
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    I want to see that thing up against a Border Collie.

    Love the back flip!

  3. 3
    Baud says:

    Reminds me of the replicators on Stargate.

    Not good.

  4. 4
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    You know the Strandbeest, I assume?

  5. 5
    Kristine says:

    I find those scuttlebots amazing and creepy as f*ck at the same time.

  6. 6
    the antibob says:

    Oh great. Betty obvs didn’t see Black Mirror: Metalhead.

    “Beware of Dogs”

  7. 7
    Tom Levenson says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Oh yes. They even showed up at MIT one day.

  8. 8
    Steeplejack says:

    @the antibob:

    Link fixed: “Black Mirror—Metalhead.”

    Gotta close that link or it eats the Reply button.

  9. 9
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Tom Levenson:

    They even showed up at MIT one day.

    Beyond cool! (Although, actually, unsurprising.)

  10. 10
    Juice Box says:

    I think it was the lack of a head that made it a little disturbing.

  11. 11
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    O/T, there’s an efgoldman update downstairs at (I think) #147 or thereabouts.

  12. 12
    Steeplejack says:


    Link: efgoldman update at #47.

    ETA: Oh, hell: front-paged upstairs.

  13. 13
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    #47, #147, who’s counting?

    (Thanks. And thanks to AnneLaurie for turning my comment into a Proper Thread.)

  14. 14
    trollhattan says:


    Gunshots have been heard near the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, local media report, as police warn of a “critical incident”.

    Witnesses told local media there were several casualties inside the building. Police have warned people to avoid the area. Christchurch hospital and all of the city’s schools have been placed on lockdown. Eyewitnesses have reported running for their lives to escape a shooter.

  15. 15
    Aleta says:

    It can’t sneak up on prey. Worse, the hares, the impalas, the warthogs, the gazelles, the wildebeest, antelope, and jackalope can hear it miles away.

    But then it doesn’t need to eat does it. Could be a contender at the zoo.

  16. 16
    CaseyL says:

    @trollhattan: JFC. In Christchurch! Not only is Christchurch a sweet sweet town, but it’s already been through hell when the massive quake hit there a few years ago. I am heartsick for the people there, and for the whole goddamned country.

    White supremacy needs to be uprooted, smashed, and burnt. What a disgusting ideology.

  17. 17
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    As it’s an open thread:

    Judge sets Nov. 5 trial date for Trump confidant Roger Stone

    Somehow, I feel pretty confident that Judge Amy Berman Jackson is well aware that November 5th is Guy Fawkes Day and is having fun with the symbolism.

    Remember, remember,
    The Fifth of November,
    Gunpowder, treason, and plot.
    We see no reason
    Why gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot.

    LOL. Good for ABJ.

  18. 18
    Aleta says:

    @trollhattan: From your BBC link:

    A reporter following the Bangladesh cricket team, who are currently in New Zealand, tweeted that the team had “escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters”.

    Player Tamim Iqbal tweeted that the “entire team got saved from active shooters”.

    Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team had gone to mosque by bus and were about to go inside when the incident took place.
    “They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel,” he told the AFP news agency.

    💛 🕌 💛

  19. 19


    White racist assholery is global. think of the Norway terrorist. these neo-Nazis want to spark a revolution on the backs of murdered innocents. It’s bad here in the U.S. thanks to our lax gun laws and a Republican Party that refuses to admit there’s a Far Right terrorist movement among us. But in other countries like New Zealand this is horrifying.

    The gunman has a fcking video and a goddamn manifesto out there. Deny his infamy. Don’t even say his fcking name.

  20. 20
    Aleta says:


    The national public broadcaster Radio New Zealand reported that shots were fired at a mosque near Hagley Park, and that a second mosque on Linwood Avenue, also in Christchurch, was also attacked.

  21. 21
    joel hanes says:


    The guys who produced it should partner up with Survival Research Laboratories;
    we could have some real-life Special Effects.

  22. 22
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Oh god

  23. 23
    Jay says:


    Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, documents how under the guise of being Pro-Oil, and Koch funded, Yellow Vests Canada radicalizes it’s members with a constant stream of Islamophobia, Racism and Death threats on Facebook.

    Facebook refuses to censor or ban Yellow Vests Canada pages despite constant violation of Facebooks content rules.

    They did ban the Yellow Vests Canada Exposed Facebook page.

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