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.
When you can scoop anything you like, as our best buddy (in our unsurprisingly robot-heavy dreams) the PR2 now can, you've got some major choices to make. Genetically modified salmon, or the next Android superphone? Spend the weekend thinking about it, and get back to us.
We've been looking in all the wrong places for the creator of bitcoin. All the evidence (read: this Baarbarian illustration) points indisputably toward one culprit: the kraken. The truth is out there, people. Spread the word.