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He’s Baaaaa-aaack

by Richard

Like McArthur to the Philippines; like the Governator to the police station, like that iffy taco I ate last night to the bowl, Sarcasmo has returned to North Carolina from Costa Rica. And we’re all really glad about it.

For the most part.

It’s been a tough bit-more-than-a-week, let me tell you. When Zippy the Monkey Boy and Speed Racer were off to camp for two weeks, it wasn’t all that bad because I could access the camp website and, possibly, see pictures of them and I could, definitely, write them e-mails and know they would get them the next morning. With Sarcasmo? Not so much.

I talked to him on the phone when he reached Houston and had found his group leader. And that was it until I got a mass e-mail from Rustic Pathways, telling me that the students had arrived in Costa Rica. Then, about four days in, I received an e-mail from Sarcasmo, using an eddress I’d never heard of before. (Apparently the program helped each of the students create a new eddress on Yahoo so they could e-mail home.) That was all the communication I got while he was gone.

While I missed him terribly, I couldn’t have been happier that he didn’t communicate with us. He really was on his own, without family for the first time in his life. We wouldn’t be there to rescue him if there was trouble. We couldn’t help him to figure stuff out if he got confused. He was — for the most part — on his own.

And he survived! Woo-hoo!

It’s when stuff like this can happen to your little dude that you learn whether or not all the beatings and lock downs (kidding. kidding)  have been effective. I’m not sure whether or not the maturity bug really has bitten Sarcasmo. That’s something we’ll find out in the next few days as he eases back into his routine. I’m going to try and let him do for himself without interfering. At least until I feel like I have to step in when he begins gargling razor blades or something.

Still, it’s good to have him home. I can’t wait to find out what he’s learned and what he has to teach us.

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Iron Man

Honestly? think there are people in Japan who are deliberately trying to mess with my head. And not in a good way. It seems there’s a company there named Cyberdyne, Inc. that’s building a robotic exo-skeleton. That’s very close to robots and we all know about Cyberdyne and robots, right? Seriously? Cyberdyne designed the Skynet computer system that brings about Judgement Day in the Terminator movie franchise.

Yeah, truth really is stranger than fiction. Or at least much, much scarier.

So the fictional Cyberdyne makes Skynet, which goes rogue, which then causes nuclear armageddon, which leads to a war of extermination against the remaining humans, which leads to the Governator going back in time to kill the mother of the leader of the resistance before that leader can even be born. “Ah’ll be bock” and all that. Which leads to another Governator coming back in time to save the leader of the resistance as a young teenager (Hasta la vista, baybee), which leads to a really bad movie, which leads to the reboot of the franchise with Batman playing the part of the leader of the resistence. (See, not so complicated.) So, yeah, call me more than a little freaked out. It’s like they know the feelings behind the name and are doing it to mess with, well, me.

The (so far) not-so-fictional Cyberdyne, however, seems more interested in copying Iron Man than in copying the Terminator. They’ve built a slick-looking white exo-skeleton that representatives say will actually increase human speed, strength and endurance, while also, possibly, filling in for missing limbs. Here’s a look at it.

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A prototype of the exoskeleton suit is designed for the small in stature, standing five feet, three inches (1.6 meters) tall. The suit weighs 50.7 pounds (23 kilograms) and is powered by a 100-volt AC battery (that lasts up to five hours, depending upon how much energy the suit exerts).

Sure, this all sounds well and good, but it’s still made by an evil corporation that’s destined to end the world in nuclear fire and unleash killer robots on us all. Maybe not such a good thing. I have to go now as the microwave is starting to make some rather unsettling demands.

— Richard, who’s toaster is making some very suspicious noises.

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