OneMist8k, I up-voted yours as well, to see if maybe it was just something unique to my machine, and I didn't get the popup. I think either the campaign stopped running (or was stopped in response to my complaint) or else it's intermittent. And Scott, if you did stop it intentionally, thank you. I was never going to pay money for MacKeeper, but the ad itself was going to change how much I interacted with your site.
So in arabic countries where gays get stoned to death and non-believing women get raped, not a problem. In any other country where homosexuality isn't allowed but you don't get stoned to death, a big problem.
Hey, let's at least give Scott credit for pointing out anti-gay laws passed in third-world countries, too. Most of the gay rights movement seems entirely and single-mindedly focused on Russia. I have some guesses as to why, but we don't need to get into that here.
These kinds of laws are common in Africa and the Middle East, yet usually go ignored by the mainstream media, who are too busy telling us that Arizona is the single most evil and oppressive place in the entire world.
There are many injustices in the world. Horrible atrocities, almost unspeakable. Take the civil war in Syria, for example. More than 100,000 people dead. Persecution of Christians by Islamists in Egypt and other Muslim countries. Terror attacks around the world that leave hundreds dead or maimed. Atrocities in Nigeria by Boko Haram and Ansaru, countered by similar atrocities by the government.
And yet, the robot has focused on laws passed by third-world governments concerning homosexual behavior. I wonder why an asexual being is so concerned with the sexual preference of meat robots? One could argue that there are more important issues upon which to focus the robot's massive CPU power.
I liked today's comic. I didn't like that clicking the thumbs up button resulted in an unblockable popup ad for MacKeeper that not only couldn't be prevented from popping up, but also launched its own dialog window so that the MacKeeper window itself couldn't be closed until I hit either "OK" or "Cancel" on the dialog. That's hugely annoying. I know you want your blog to produce advertising income, and I don't want to cut you off from that by using ad blocking software, but that MacKeeper ad really sucks. I've seen it here a few times now, and I think I'm just going to stop voting on your posts.
At first glance, Scott's "RRN Number 10" fuses metal with chaos, hard lines with precarious text, laid in a rigid composition of squares. Closer inspection gradually reveals a set of rules governing the interplay of these shapes. The squared trinity is juxtaposed with a threatening lack of color. The artist is challenging the viewer to explore the rules encoded in the subconscious that shape our aesthetics, to consider why we cannot look away from this rendered metaphor of mankind.
A crescendo of visual appeal gives birth to a modern metal-man, destroying itself in the process. The artist's work both mocks and questions the concept of robotics. Scott has used emotion torn from the headlines to create a haunting subversion of a robots implied authority. This seemingly futile gesture is obviously intended to symbolize the pointlessness of all human endeavor.
Again, you didn't ask, and probably don't care. But, it makes me feel better when I pretend it makes a difference.
If you want Robots Read the News (RRN) to become popular, think about being more pro-populist with the judgments in the strip. Dilbert, against the bosses and management, is popular. Robots against the 99% is a tougher sell.
The Medieval court jester was not a clown, but was someone who could tell the truth to the King, often in a pointed or humorous way to soften the blow. The King needed someone who was not a yes man.
If you are going to tell the truth to the 99%, consider being even more shrouded in humor.
Since the strip is only text, there are no visual clues to the jokes, you might want to be very careful with the editing and choice of the words. The text and jokes needs to flow through our brains better.
(Or, sometimes you could create news graphics on the wall over his shoulder.)
Today in International News.
The Ugandan Government just outlawed Homosexuality.
Ironic, since all their leaders are F@%#ing A$$holes.
Humans created robots for many reasons.
But if robots came first,
would we have reasons to create humans?
Today, humans gave each other awards for doing useless things in impressive ways.
For every winner there were 10 losers, whose dreams were crushed on live TV.
This is entertainment.
[It's not my goal to make Robots Read News popular. I prefer systems over goals. Goals are too limiting. (More on that topic in my latest book.) -- Scott]
Not disputing the robot's point of view, but there is a lot of evidence that the position taken by Uganda's government is heavily influenced by a bunch of American f@%#ing @$$holes, the very same vocal minority trying to ruin our country as well. They meet a more educated opposition here, so they co-opt easily influenced African governments then try to use that as evidence that world opinion is with them and that America should follow suit.
PS: No offense, Africa. I love your continent. I've actually been there and met some really nice, well educated people. Including Ugandans. But wake up already!
[I read about the missionaries but I don't have enough data to assume they had a non-trivial role in the recent decision. -- Scott]