Sci-Fi Soul

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The Queen of Soul

Happy Birthday, Lady.

She has one of the most beautiful voices ever recorded
(no shouting, shrieking or vocal contortionism required).
Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting your light shine!

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Ava 500: A Freelancer’s Dream

Ava 500 by iRobot

Just worry about what shows up on camera…

Hey, hey, hey. After years of careful research and painstaking development, you can finally attend meetings in your underwear.

iRobot’s Ava 500 is a “virtual collaboration gadget” — i.e., a next-level telepresence robot that will bring you to a room when you’re not even in the building. She has a 21.5” LCD screen that puts your face up in the place (translation: throw on a nice shirt, lipstick, comb your hair — but from the waist down, anything goes), plus Ava sports juiced up cameras and mics that send audiovisuals back to the user.

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Hanging with Ava

Ava 500 can navigate on her own thanks to 3D, sonar and laser sensors — and even has a neck that moves. According to maker iRobot, Ava 500 offers “freedom of movement, spontaneity and physical presence.” And, she’ll only set you back $70K (or about $2,500/month in a 3-year lease).

Yes, Ava is pricey. But on the other hand, not having to actually go to meetings…..priceless.

Feminist & Proud….Because Women Are the Bomb

People sometimes ask me what being a feminist means to me. I say it means that I know that women and men are EQUAL not the same — but of equal value.
(Which is why it takes 1 egg and 1 sperm.)
For me, everything else follows from that premise of equality….
from the spiritual to the personal to the social to the political.

Happy International Women’s Day to women & girls everywhere and to those who love us!

(Music: Zap Mama)