Monday, October 16, 2006

Monday Links

Lots to read, no particular subject.

Here's a very cool article from the BBC about a remote controlled zebra--sort of.
Experts behind a pioneering device aiming to give lions in captivity the thrill of hunting their prey are hoping to put it into production.

The LionDrover, an all terrain vehicle which has been decorated with zebra stripes, was designed to replicate many aspects of a carnivore hunt.

...The small remote-controlled vehicle, which has a top speed of 30 MPH, is an upgraded design of a previous model, the Lionrover.

The original concept was the brainchild of Stirling University psychology graduate Mark Kingston Jones, who will spend a year using the LionDrover to continue a research project on social and predatory behaviour.

..."I believe this LionDrover will improve upon the results from the first study, which saw the females hunting and catching the Lionrover before the rest of the pride settled down around the device replicating the behaviour of lions on a kill in the wild," he said.

What a great idea, and if you have cats, you know how wildly lions would react to this thing (which isn't really zebra-sized--it's about the size of a VCR or DVR). I'm sure morale has picked up considerably.

"So, you want to stalk the, um, thing?"

Here's the full story, with a funny picture as well.

Gamers With Jobs has a very clever article on the front page titled Xbox 9000. Stephen Failey wrote it and you can read it here.

Jeff Mercer sent in a link to a VG Cats comic that explains Sony's business strategy very well, and you can read it here.

Kwadwo Burgee sent in a link to a hilarious excerpt from a Japanese game show. Believe me, you don't want to be on this show, and you can watch it here.

Donna Kidwell sent in a link to a video demonstrating an absolutely amazing sketchboard developed at MIT. It's insanely cool, and you can see it here.

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