Monday, October 15th, 2012
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Robot Gets Worst Robot Job In The World

"And Court Street, where it passed through Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, was the only Brooklyn, really—north was Brooklyn Heights, south was the harbor, and the rest, everything east of the Gowanus Canal (the only body of water in the world, Minna would crack each and every time we drove over it, that was 90 percent guns) apart from small outposts of civilization in Park Slope and Windsor Terrace, was an unspeakable barbarian tumult."
Last week, a team of eager scientists at the NYU's Polytechnic Institute launched a solar-powered remote-control robot equipped with underwater cameras and sensors to measure the water's chemical make-up. Photos and data will be uploaded to website everyone can look at, and they're hoping to crowd-source observation and analysis. But, really, all they had to do was ask Jonathan Lethem. He knows what's in the canal.

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werewolfbarmitzvah (#16,402)

LIFE, DON'T TALK TO ME ABOUT LIFE. Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to measure the chemical makeup of the Gowanus Canal.

SkinnyNerd (#224,784)

With all that stuff in there, that robot will turn against humanity and destroy us all. One can only hope.

BadUncle (#153)

"You do not compute correctly. I could have had class. I could have been a contender. I could have been a Mars Rover. (beep. boop. beep.)"

I love that line from Motherless Brooklyn, and unashamedly quote it Minna-like to out of town guests (but mostly to myself on the F train).

Dave Bry (#422)

I do the same thing(s).

mmmcheese (#229,356)

Oh my god I love Motherless Brooklyn and Jonathan Lethem and this is the best thing to ever happen on The Awl waaaaaaaaaahoooo (runs flailing with arms akimbo)!!!

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