elodieunderglass:

It also just goes to show that all the dudes who have fretted about the Robot Apocalypse for generations needed to hang out outside with dogs more

trebornosnibor:

Well this is just beguiling

gallusrostromegalus:

While I can’t fault your reasoning on robot taxonomy, apparently we’re both wrong:  Arwen, as much as she is a high-prey-drive animal, is foremost, a herding dog, and has decided that the Lawn Roomba is a SHEEP.

What happened is the lawn roomba belongs to the guy that does most of the maintainence on the neighborhood park, and he had it out grazing on a different section of lawn when my parents came down for a walk and Arwen was siezed by 200 years worth fo Kelpie Instincts, rolled out of her Harness and proceded to herd the shit out of this tiny, oblivious robot.  

Everything was on display- mock-stalking, intimidating eye contact, barking, running in front of it to try to get it to balk, the scariest barking she can muster (which is actually.  pretty scary if you’re not used to Loud Dogs), looking back at my parents for directions.  or rather, looking at my Mom while Dad tried unsuccessuflly to capture her.

After about ten minutes they realized she wasn’t biting it, and decided to let her play Sheep Simulator 5000 for a while. She eventually figured out that 

  • It  doesn’t respond to Yelling, Posturing or Aggressive Eye Contact
  • It does respond to having it’s wheels or bump hazards hit 
  • It would respond to its side being nosed or slapped by moving in a different direction

Conent that this was apparently some kind of blind, deaf and particularly stupid sheep, she could now manage the robot by smacking it if it got too close to the creek bed or fence for her liking, and was eventually content to sit on the highest point of the field and Supervise ™ it.

“Hey.” Said Roger, owner of the robot. “Do you think if I put the ramp down she’ll herd it into the back of my pickup?”

Arwen was mostly asleep in the afternoon sun as roger put the ramp down but woke right up when mom Whistled, then pointed at the truck.  She immediately went after the robot and did something that wouldn’t have occured to me, an allegedly more intelligent being: the robot is roughly triangular, and when it hits an obstacle, will change direction so that one of its other sides (rather than points) is now the ‘front’.  So to get it to move in a straight line in the direction she wanted, Arwen would smack the two sides of the robot that she didn’t want it to go in in quick sucession, and got it across the field, over a small hill and up the ramp as fast as it’s clumsy little wheels could go.

“I didn’t know you had a fully-trained sheepdog!” Said Roger

“Me either.” said Mom.

So Arwen now has a Semi-Weekly Appointment to play with Sheepbot.

theodorepython:

Of course it’s a prey animal it fucking eats GRASS

gallusrostromegalus:

So one of my neighbors has a lawn Roomba or whatever they’re called, and this thing trundles around looking like a background robot in the background of the original trilogy, and ABSOLUTELY BAFFLING THE DOGS.

They have concluded, I think, that it’s some kind of prey animal because right after this video ended they decided to crouch down and stalk it, which means I’m 90% sure I’m going to have to stop Arwen from eating it at some point.

misandryad:

this is my fidgety sitter dream

inqilabi:

gets better. It’s actually designed for people who sit cross legged… not just for squatting lol. It’s called Soul Seat

inqilabi:

this is the next level

Wait what?

This exists? Holy crap I need three.

landers53:

posting because some people see the united states as a monolith run by a crazy person (that part is true), but we also have individual state governments trying their best despite all that.

Report COVID-19 Quits or Work Refusals when Work is Available

thebeachboys:

The state of Ohio has set up a snitching website where employers can report employees who don’t come back to work in the middle of a pandemic and it’s being used to kick people off of unemployment benefits, giving them the option to either risk their lives by coming to work or face starvation or homelessness. 

i strongly urge everyone if you have the time to fill out as many fake submissions as you can/want to in order to sabotage this process and save lives. it’s a pretty short process. joke ones are fun to make but also ones that at least appear serious on the surface will probably waste more time for these fascists

also as of a few hours ago the forms were being sent to ucbenprotest@jfs.ohio.gov

whihumph:

twitblr:

Mary go round at home ?

Forget what she’s wearing, are we just going to ignore the sheer strength she displayed? Sis is holding herself up extended her torso to an obtuse angle and did a situp with a child and didn’t slip a millimeter. ???