Noisecast roundup: special collector’s edition

Well, it’s my last day of doing these roundups. Before we go our separate ways, enjoy one of my favorite songs of all time by one of the greatest bands in the world.

Oh Freddie, you were taken from us much too soon. Anyway, what were we doing here again? Oh, right. Tech news!

President Obama is going to start doing his own tweets. Sort of. It doesn’t seem like the entire @BarackObama feed will come directly from our commander-in-chief’s fingertips, but the occasional tweet will (which will be signed “-BO”).

In other presidential news, guess who thinks the war on drugs is stupid? Jimmy Carter, that’s who.

Microsoft is one step closer to buying Skype. I look forward to this endeavor. Skype fucking sucks and I think Microsoft may just be able to bring it around. Hopefully.

Next time someone tells you to eat shit, maybe you can. Some Japanese scientists have figured out a way to turn poop back into food. That’s… kind of gross. The idea is supposed to be to prepare for a world where we have too many people and not enough food, so we have to turn to alternative sources. But what ever happened to Soylent Green? At least that solves both problems at the same time.

A villiage in India has renamed itself But before you go thinking this is some marketing gimmick like the Golden Palace fiascoes of the past, this is actually something else entirely. It turns out Snapdeal (a service similar to Groupon) had recently adopted the town and donated infrastructure for drinkable water. The town then decided to rename themselves purely out of appreciation.

For the upcoming Batman Live stage show, DC commissioned the same guy who designed the infamous McLaren F1 to do the Batmobile. Personally I think it looks a little more Tron than Dark Knight, but it’s still pretty cool.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of their national mint, the Dutch are putting QR codes on coins. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought QR codes were on their way out? I don’t know why the hell you would want to do that in the first place, but there you go I guess.

Researchers are working on technology in hopes of being able to communicate with dolphins. It seems stupid at first until you realize that the porpoises could warn us of the impending destruction of Earth. So instead of sticking around like idiots, we can hightail it out of dodge right along with them. Just don’t forget your towel.

And finally, here’s a cat that thinks it’s a dog.

Silly killy.

There you have it, folks. Hope you’ve enjoyed this week we’ve spent together as much as I have. Maybe we’ll do it again sometime. Hasta la vista, compadres.

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