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Contamination-seeking drones - IBM Patent 9447448.

Stay back and let the drones do the dirty work. Patent 9447448 makes cognitive drones able to inspect and decontaminate places so humans don’t have to. The drones’ on-board AI system can collect and analyze samples, so it can identify and clean up any bacteria or outbreak. Meanwhile you get to hang back, safely out of harm’s way.


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this is the opposite of a problem

It always baffles me when people use Time Traveler’s Pig as an example of Mabel’s “selfishness” because to me the whole thing is about Dipper being selfish to the point that it becomes really creepy and uncomfortable.

He doesn’t want to keep repeating time because he feels guilty that he hurt Wendy. If he had, that would have been a much more understandable motivation. His problem isn’t that he hurt her; it’s that she agreed to date Robbie. And we all know that Robbie is kind of a jerk, but also at this point Wendy genuinely likes him. Dipper is trying to undo something that his friend is happy about because he thinks that if she doesn’t date someone else he might have a chance with her. That’s really creepy! I don’t think we acknowledge that enough!

And the ending sequence is absolutely about Dipper realizing how important Mabel’s happiness is to him, but it’s also about him realizing that he can’t predict what makes people happy! He thinks that Waddles is one of Mabel’s flash-in-the-pan interests, and he’s wrong! For all his math and planning and attempts to control things, he’s going to be wrong about people, and they won’t behave in ways that he wants or expects, and he needs to acknowledge that! He assumes that because Wendy agreeing to date Robbie made him upset, it’s an objectively bad thing that needs to be fixed, and it isn’t! Wendy can make her own choices, and there are things about Robbie that she likes even if Dipper can’t understand it. 

The episode takes Dipper’s tendency to deal with the uncertainty of life through obsessive planning and list-making and takes it to its logical extreme, showing that even if he gets a near-infinite number of tries to put his plan into action, he can’t create a perfect day if he doesn’t takes the wants and needs of other people into account.

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Enjoy these registered patent labels for products created for and marketed to women! From the shoe-damaging perils of driving a car to keeping your hands clean while cooking patty-shaped foods, inventors know what ladies need.

All of the labels are from Record Group 241, Records of the Patent and Trademark Office. These patent labels have been digitized and will soon be available in the National Archives Catalog (archives.catalog.gov)