Monthly Archives: June 2018

Potato Gun


This two-piece plastic gun is sold as a “potato gun,” a utility it fulfills in name only. This right here is an actual potato gun, the dangerous pipe-based contraption that, traditionally, you spray hairspray into and then hope that it doesn’t blow up. It’s probably more fun to make it yourself out of some PVC pipe rather than drop a hundred bucks on a pre-made “Moon Cannon,” but this is 2018, a time when achievement has been replaced by purchasing, and where Do It Yourself is interpreted as a punishment.

Lynx, the Amazon Alexa Robot


This $700+ bipedal robot links to Amazon Alexa and walks around your house recording video and audio. The manufacturer brags that “Lynx is always getting smarter,” which is definitely something you want and not the plot of a dystopian movie. But, hey, you can ask it what the weather is outside, and it’ll tell you, so it’s probably worth the money, loss of privacy, and its likely inclusion in the botnet that will comprise the AI that overtakes humans within the next 40 years.

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