Look, world's longest ongoing experiment. You're impressive. We won't deny that. But the fact that nobody has ever seen your tar pitch actually drip in person, after 85 years, is infuriating. Just ask this trio of impatient folks: Ms. Hawk, Admiral F-35, and Dr. Whiskeybottle are all waiting for something, anything, to happen.
Good thing all that noise about SOPA and PIPA worked, at least a little. Otherwise you might not get to see this week's great Baarbarian illustration--we might've had to replace all of our images with big black censored bars.
The PopSci staff has been darting all over the country this week--Las Vegas, Detroit...I guess that's it, but still, those are two places more than we usually go. And at those conventions, surrounded by tens of thousands of people, we often get to wishing we were undetectable, able to drift through the crowds silently and unseen, snapping our photos and then getting the hell out of there. This week's roundup illustration speaks to us.
As we say goodbye to the year 2011, we reminisce on what came before us, and look forward to what is still to come. In order, according to this Baarbarian illustration, that is: Stonehenge, and giant robots.
We're in for a weird one, you guys. Surfing, sandwich-eating mammoths will surf in the mountaintops. The threatened American crocodile gets saved by nuclear power plants. At least the future won't be boring.
The lesson behind this week's This Week in the Future illustration: when you're stoned and driving an amphibious boat-tank, always stop at the red light. Just because you can't see the crabs crossing the beach doesn't mean they're not there. They might be transparent.
We're loving this week's Baarbarian-inked This Week in the Future illustration. It's got everything you'd want in a t-shirt: obese apes, aggressive polar bears, passive observing rattlesnakes, guerrilla artwork. And you can win this very t-shirt, for free! Just follow the instructions below.
Well, we've all made it through the week. Our reward? An eyeball-centric This Week in the Future, which will raise eyebrows and secure eye-glances for the lucky PopSci reader who wins this week's free t-shirt.
And thus concludes Data Week, that most amazing of weeks. We've been working our asses off, and we hope you've enjoyed our explorations of all things data. Before we all collapse into our pillows and dream of zeroes and ones, here's this week's This Week in the Future contest.