Dogs almost human

I’m impressed that this sentence was published:

This suggests that without human evolutionary pressure, the singing dog lost its ability to read human minds.

That’s how the article ends. That’s all reporters do to spin stories though, take a quote out of context and run with it.

Remote project

Here’s an article on the the design and implementation of the TiVo remote control. I find it amusing because this was essentially the project I had to do for my human-computer interaction class last year. We were essentially told to redesign television — to come up with some sort of system, be it redesign remote, settop box, whatever.

My group came up with a remote that had a little screen on it, kind of like a pda, that could receive data about whatever channel you were on or channel that you’d like to be on. It was essentially taking one of the preview type channels and putting it onto the remote, so you could continue watching your show and browse at the same time. The biggest problem would have been cost. The other thing that we came up with was a page button, something all remotes should have, so you can page your remote when you lose it.

US debt irony

US Debt + AdI was about to click away from this relatively boring article about the US debt being over $7 trillion dollars when I notice the ad on the page. The ad is for some sort of credit card/debt reduction thing. It’s too bad there wasn’t an option in the selection box that said “sluggish economy, security and defense.” I guess it’s irony or comedy or whatever you want to call it. Regardless, it amused me. Oh, the US debt is also at $7 trillion, that’s a lot of money. Now, it’s all imaginary money, but it’s still a lot.