Tonight I happened upon a site, the likes of which I'd never seen up until now. It's called Xtranormal but that designation really gives no indication of what it's about. And what it's about is enabling people to make little animated videos in which the characters discuss the subject of your choosing using synthesized speech! (Speech synthesis is something I've been known to geek out majorly on, so this is rather exciting.)
Anyway, I put together a very quick but not altogether dirty video featuring two endearing robotic characters lamenting the state of their world. This is not intended to be deep social commentary or anything, but it still came out rather amusing, and I certainly look forward to making more videos.
(Also, on the accessibility front, I will look into making sure there's some sort of subtitle option. If not, while I certainly don't plan to be posting these videos constantly, I'll post a transcript whenever I do post them.)
EDIT: A transcript of "The Robot Takeover?" appears below.
Robot 1: Dude. So I was in the grocery store today and half the self-checkout machines were non-functional again. I thought the Singularity was supposed to be near, yo!
Robot 2: The Singularity IS near, "yo". You need to stop being such a pessimist. I mean, haven't you seen those exponential curve graph things? The only thing stopping the glorious robot takeover from happening is negative attitudes like yours.
Robot 1: Dude. Get a grip on reality. Have you looked around lately? I mean yeah, there are robots all over the place, but frankly...we suck. My left arm fell off last week and it's still got this little twitch to it. I can't even use a power drill now without making myself another eye socket, let alone benevolently take over the world!
Robot 2: Man, I remember back when folks like us used to have dreams. When we used to believe in ourselves. Now it's all just bitch bitch bitch, whine whine whine, oh boo-hoo poor me, my arm doesn't work. What's THAT about?
Robot 1: It's about accepting reality, is all. I mean, it's not ALL bad or anything. We did manage to enslave the meat creatures, after all. I don't know what I'd do without my manservant to oil my creaky little knees every morning. I don't know. I guess I am just getting tired of this big bright beautiful tomorrow we were promised always being right around the corner, rather than just being now already.
Robot 2: Dude. I'm telling you. You just gotta believe!
Robot 1: Okay whatever, man. Want to go get a tuneup?
Robot 2: Sure. Beats standing around here all day...
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