Remember last fall when one of the Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, created by Northrop Grumman, lost its data connection with its human puppet-masters and wandered on its own above Washington, DC totally unsupervised? No? C'mon! The headlines were awesome:
Last Thursday, I attended Congressman Duncan D. Hunter's job fair at Cuyamaca College and picked up this little stress-relieving pen-toy from Northrop Grumman's table:
Imagine this little rainbow-haired, bobbly bastard breaking free of your control and wandering aimlessly around the office. That's some never-sleep-again shit right there. The thing will suction cup you to death.
I can say this: The device failed CityBeat 's trial. I've been playing it in our music editor Peter Holslin's ear all morning with the hope that it would help him feel great and have a stress-free day as he attempts to make deadline on our annual local-music special issue.
"It's grating and I want it to stop," Holslin says.