Posts Tagged ‘Science’

This is not unholy a new subject but I was asked to cover this one by a friend and so here goes! Tara is an android, a robot who can be found by looking around on the general internet. The most often is a cut down clip of her singing “I feel fantastic”. Tara is a blond-haired an blue eyed female android and my friend asked me to look into the rumours and the information about her.

In advance I’d like to say I do not really find it all that creepy to watch her. I found Tara to be an interesting project, someone who is passionate about making robotics and used the internet to show off their work. The creator is John Bergeron and he posted Tara and other projects in the website androidworld.

Tara is a full-body project but on his original site he had a hand, which in my view, explains the building process on a smaller project size. The hand is mostly metal on the inside, it has a removable glove, made of synthetic rubber in order to try and create a fleshy look. The hand has DC motors and uses analogue chips and at the time of undertaking it I think it looked like a rather cool project. Videos of both Tara and his other two hand-styled robot projects that were all made available on VHS.

John Bergeron seems to have been a creative man on his side, he has since taken it down although its being geocities it’s pretty much a defunct server. At one point on the site he had offered up the purchase of a robotic voice for use to greet visitors for something like theme parks or reception type affairs. If you had a personal computer you should link this up and create the messages you wanted for your guests. The software program could be used to create an interactive experience for the guests and you could download a sample of the voice.

You could make an offer to buy the project too, there was no listed price but as someone who works in the bespoke product market this should not necessarily be seen as something unusual. However you would get the following things for the purchase:

  1. Robot you can use for display as the “greeter”, for indoor use only.

  2. Intelligent chat program.

  3. Tech Support to set up the software.

You would have collected this directly from Bergeron as it was a heavy set of equipment, and he was listed in the Vermont, USA area. To me this also goes to show you that Bergeron is an electronics type of gent with a vision that is nothing dissimilar to ChihiraAico by Toshiba. If you haven’t seen her before here is the relevant video:

 and yes I have deliberately picked the version of her singing, Creepy or cool? Same kind of scenario here.

So what about Tara and why is she on this blog? I think it helps to see what other information is out there, not to mention there is a Creepypasta so of course it’s already a bunch of fiction. As I said I don’t think that she is creepy, I think that she is an interesting project on a scientific level.

  1. Tara was made by a serial killer who dressed her in his victims clothing. The killer loved the noises his victims make, to the point of having her sing about it hence “I feel fantastic” and the shots of the gardens are of places his victims are buried. When the robot stopped singing the victim was dead or the cries were transformed into her singing (take your pick).

  2. The creator of Tara had put up that he was in the process of doing some upgrades and when he finished she killed him. The reason he went quiet is because Tara killed him and now she is out wandering around somewhere.

Well let us be fair both are wrong, John Bergeron is very much alive and has been contacted, and understandably refused to discuss the project with random strangers. I am sorry to say this to those people out there that have rang him, you are quite invasive to expect a man to take a call and just explain away what is obvious nonsense. If I am ever proven wrong well I will (if alive) redact that statement.

Tara’s listing can be found on www.androidworld.com/prod10.htm and explains that she was built for about $2,000 and is 5 Feet and 10 inches, she is described as anthropomorphic. It says that Tara cannot walk about, so how is she wandering amongst us now unless she’s had a very serious overhaul? She can also be found on a 15 minute long DVD with five songs on it.

You can purchase it on androidworld but I am not that big on the idea of buying it, I think for me a plushie of a BB8 robot is my limit on these types of matters.

There is zero proof that the creator is a serial killer, the clothes are most likely just ones he has brought for the purpose of cover over the androids body and if there was sufficient grounds for concern about it the police would have been involved. Most of this is utter speculation and fiction, the only truthful part I can find is the project of building her, the garden is probably just something on a VHS Video that was on there. VHS was not as easy to manipulate and clip as modern software…

To me this is just people using the android for a medium of scare factor, incorrect assumptions and in some cases just outright misinformation. So I hope that this helps you and if you can prove me wrong I’d like the actual evidence not just an extract from a creepypasta or listverse style click-bait.

Enjoy!

 

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Lazarus Colloredo and Joannes Baptista Collerado were conjoined twins from Genoa, Italy. The records are of suggestion that they were born around 1617 and died sometime around or after 1646. They toured Europe exhibiting their condition in order to make a living. Their exact date of death does not appear to have been recorded.

The upper body of Joannes and his left leg stuck out of his mobile brothers torso. Joannes did not speak, his eyes were kept closed and his mouth was always open. An account from an anatomist, later on, said that if his breast was pushed it would make him move his hands, ears and lips. Another visitor noted that Joannes had three fingers on each hand, six toes on one foot and seemed only to survive because of the nourishment from his brother.

It is said that Lazarus was a handsome man and when not exhibiting he would cover up his brother with a cloak. Later accounts have him married, siring several children and none of them experienced any unusual medical conditions.

One account suggests that Joannes made non-verbal noises and often at shows was seen to heavily salivate. It seems that Joannes was mainly considered to be a parasitic twin as he hadn’t got fully developed organs. It seems if he had any cognitive abilities that they were very limited and mostly based on responses to it being touched or prodded.

A letter from Dr Augustin Pincet, of Genoa, stated the brothers were born 20th March 1617 to parents Baptista and Pellegrinna Colloredo. Lazarus ate and had normal bowel movements, but Joannes did not suckle but if her milk hit his lips he would lick them as if he was attempting to swallow it. Their mother apparently died in 1620.

In 1638 they toured France and it was recorded that Lazarus had said Joannes head had been much smaller, now it was twice as large as his own. It seems they had also been unwell on more than one occasion, Lazarus had been subject to 20 bleedings but medics never hazarded purgation. They worried it might be too much for the two men sharing the one digestive system.

Another story is that Lazarus had been so fiercely teased in a pub that he struck the man a fatal blow. The man had been killed but Lazarus said that if he were sentenced to death it would in turn kill his innocent brother.

There doesn’t seem to have been any talks about separating them either, perhaps because from the descriptions they would have shared a liver and other vital organs. The area of joining may well have had several main arterial points too. Today it is highly likely they would have separated them early on to give Lazarus a chance at a normal life, the 17th Century techniques however would not have been capable of dealing with such a complicated matter.

Lazarus and Joannes Baptista Colloredo

The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, is a fascinating natural occurrence that has people travelling from all over the world to try and catch a glimpse. Most often the best country appears to be Norway however with the right night’s sky views they can be seen in other countries fairly clearly too.

Cruises for Norway can also be booked and thanks to websites you can sign up for alerts to tell you when they can be seen, or even if they are going to be seen in areas as far reaching as Scotland and sometimes parts of England.

Electrically charged particles from the sun, caught in the earth’s magnetism that slowly filter down and collide with oxygen particles that make them glow. Solar flares produce more of these events and the largest Aurora was recorded 2nd September 1859, it also coincided with magnetic and electrical storms.

I could go on and on about how stunning they are but instead, if you have been you can tell us here in the comments!

 

It’s not really something paranormal but it’s certainly interesting. Detected in 1997 by US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Bloop is an ultra-low frequency and powerful underwater noise. The sound seems consistent with the types of noises generated by icequakes, or large icebergs scraping the bottom of the ocean floor.

NOAA’s Dr Christopher Fox did  not feel that this was man-made, like a submarine, but there was speculation about how it could sound like a living creature. It was however louder than any living creature recorded and has now pretty much been identified as the icequake/scraping noise on the floor.

The Bloop has been used in popular culture too, in The Loch by Steve Allen the Bloop is used to describe the presence of the Loch Ness Monster.

One of the writers favourite suggestions is that it’s rough point of origin is that around the area suggested by H P Lovecraft as to where R’lyeh is situation. Cthulhu may have turned over in his sleep.

10th September 2013, saw the Frictional Games release of the second Amnesia instalment, following the initial success of the older Amnesia, The Dark Descent. Without going into the plot this writer will tell you that the Machine really is about Pigs, it’s not misleading there!

Essentially for the horror enthusiasts this game is a survival horror, you play the part of a rather wealthy British Gent who is trying to rescue his two children. The story takes the player through a series of underground chambers, creepy parts of the house, into the streets overrun with monsters and predominantly an exploration into the character’s sanity (or lack thereof).

A mixed reception has come from the players, original fans of the series have been said to feel that it was not as scary as the original, perhaps also that it did not have the same interactive level. Others felt that this was a wonderfully constructed exploration into fear.

So why did I pick this for a blog?

What the games hold, that many others perhaps have missed out on, is that unknown fear and the glimpses of the creatures in the dark. One of the things that keeps me as a gamer engaged with survival horror is the unknown fear. H P Lovecraft’s stories have engaged me for many years, and with this instalment of the game it seems well placed amongst that type of genre. The scientific horror seems well placed for fans of H G Wells or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The game has monsters that are freakish and grotesque, their lumbering half man and half beast nature captures the essence of freak pretty well.

So for me, yes Machine For Pigs was a good game. Not the scariest thing I have ever played but again that’s something personal to each player. If you pick it up I hope you enjoy it, if you have already played it feel free to leave your comments.

Images taken from my playthrough on Steam.

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