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Execution by robot?

Posted Friday, January 4, 2008, at 6:59 AM

Haven't done a Friday Five in awhile, so five quick thoughts:

*An Associated Press story about unmanned aircraft being used to kill insurgents in Iraq made me wonder if executions in the United States could be carried out by robots.

How ironic that would be. A human being executed for an inhumane act by a non-human.

*The Tennessee Titans (and their fans) had better be glad kicker Rob Bironas is around. Without his foot, they'd be at home -- and off the field -- this weekend.

* What happened to radar detectors? While driving from Shelbyville to Tullahoma a few days ago I didn't see any in oncoming cars (yes, I was watching the road...)

During the 1980s and 1990s it seems like nearly every car -- including police officers' personal vehicles -- had radar detectors.

*On Christmas Eve we heard Chuck Berry's "Run, Rudolph, Run" (which is actually sung "run, run, Rudolph") on a newsroom radio.

Too bad we never hear Chuck's other songs the rest of the year. One of rock's early innovators, to whom today's guitarists owe a debut of gratitude, has been forgotten...

*Speaking of rock's innovators, remember former Moore County resident Little Richard?

On Fergie's new hit, "Clumsy," you'll hear a sample of Little Richard's song, "The Girl Can't Help It" from 1956.

Listen for the "hook" in the background: "Girl can't help it, the girl can't help it..." That's from his song -- but he's not heard, just some background singers. And I'd bet few people know it.

Recognizing uses of sampling is one of the advantages of listening to lots of new music (actually, I like my new rock a little harder-edged than Fergie) while still listening to the old stuff many people ignore. It's all good ... well, most of it, anyway...

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Didn't know he had been a Moore County resident. Details please.

-- Posted by devan on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 11:43 AM

I was actually thinking Little Richard lived in Tullahoma. That's what I was told by his nephew who used to work at Crocket's.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 12:10 PM

Little Richard lived in Moore County with another family member for several years and was a regular visitor at KFC here. I've been told he's since moved to Nashville because too many people found out where he lived.

-- Posted by David Melson on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 12:46 PM

I didn't know Little Richard lived in Tennessee at all. I do remember hearing that James Brown had money in a bank in Manchester. Someone had seen him and some bodyguards go in the bank there.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 3:47 PM

I remember he came to town for a funeral a few years back.

As for the robots, "they" are saying OTHER things we can do with robots also. Gross!

-- Posted by mmp84 on Fri, Jan 4, 2008, at 10:17 PM

Good read, regarding robots, by the year 2029 according to Moore's Law, robots will have the intelligence of humans, wonder if that means they can sin and make mistakes too?

And as a side twist, by the same year, our brains will have the capacity to interface with computers via a bio-tech connector.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sat, Jan 5, 2008, at 1:03 AM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.