Best of the Web: November 12, 2010
Star Wars Ships, Droids Look Right at Home in Dubai; Kiva Systems: The Rise of the Robots; Megabucks sex up Middle East art explosion.
November 12, 2010 12:07 by Rasha Reslan
Star Wars Ships, Droids Look Right at Home in Dubai
At some point or the other, you’ve called Dubai a place out of this world. What with the constant construction, abandoned cars and the cool deserts nights, the landscape makes for some great photographs. But to turn it into the setting for the next Star Wars battle scene? Now that is a pretty great idea. Check out this slideshow to see some really great and realistic photographs.
Kiva Systems: The Rise of the Robots
C3PO, R2 D2, Vicky, HAL, pick your favorite, but there is no denying that robots are downright cool. Business week writes about a group of uber impressive robots of the Kiva system that help out at warehouses. “The robots are squat contraptions that resemble fast-moving orange tortoises. They scurry around warehouses and bring shelves of clothing, electronics, car parts—whatever a retailer sells—to specialized workspaces called packing stations.” It’s the future, apparently.
Megabucks sex up Middle East art explosion
Art and the UAE; a good ten years ago it would be hard to find those two words in a sentence, unless of course it was sandwiched between ‘not enough’, ‘barley any’ and ‘shameful’. Like most things in the UAE the art scene has received something of a revolution in the past ten years, with film festivals, art gallery exhibitions and art houses springing up all over the country. So what is motivating it? CNN says, ‘”For some, in particular some Iranian collectors, spending large amounts on art is a way of gaining acceptance. Immaterial of where you come from, if you build a collection and establish a gallery, you become somebody.”
Top 10 Royals Who Would Have Been Terrible on Facebook
Kipp’s already blogged about the sheer pointlessness of the Queen Elizabeth Facebook page and was thus tickled by Time’s list of the top 10 Royals who would have been awful on the social networking site. For instance, if Marie Antoinette was on facebook, Times thinks her profile would read:
• “Let them eat cake.”
• “Tribulation first makes one realize what one is.”
Likes and Interests:
The royal prerogative, shopping, fashion, my kids, decorating palaces, repressing the mob.
Recent Status Updates
• “Marie Antoinette is about to lose her head!”
• “Marie Antoinette is feeling solitary in confinement.”
• “Marie Antoinette wishes she’d invited Charlotte Corday to one of her parties.”
15 Google Interview Questions That Will Make You Feel Stupid
If you have eight balls all of the same size, seven of them weigh the same, and one of them weighs slightly more. How can you find the ball that is heavier by using a balance and only two attempts at weighing? Don’t look at us for the answer; (there is a reason we don’t work at Google) [Ed’s note: I know] but this is just one of the many different and difficult questions potential candidates are asked during their interviews with Google. Business Insider puts together this list of 15 different interview questions candidates have been asked. Worth forwarding on to that annoying know-it-all in the office.