August 23, 2008

"Get me a robot arm that looks like the Terminator... but I'd rather have my arm back."

Video and news story about Devin Funck, the boy who lived — minus one arm — to tell the tale of his encounter with the 500-pound alligator they call Big Joe. In the video, he says that when he woke up in the hospital — it wasn't a dream — "I wanted to kill the alligator, but they already killed him."
On Sept. 6, he will be the guest of honor at a car show fundraiser being held at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell. He is going to receive Big Joe's stuffed head during the event.

"It takes my arm, I take its head, " said Devin.
I hope he gets a great Terminator arm... or series of arms (which he will need as he grows).

13 comments:

vbspurs said...

"It takes my arm, I take its head

There's a lad not in a funck.

chickenlittle said...

Anybody else thinking Amos Moses?

Meade said...

For his age, he is wise

He's got his mother's eyes

There's gladness in his heart

He's young and he's wild

My only prayer
is, if I can't be there,

Lord, protect my child

PatCA said...

When does the blowback from the animals rights people begin?

"He was in the alligator's territory."

Daryl said...

For starters, scientists should tap into the nerves that used to go to the hand, and intercept their signals. Then they could build a little box that takes inputs from the nerves, and outputs USB keyboard and/or mouse output.

So the boy could run a computer from his stump, as if he was typing on a keyboard, just by thinking about moving his fingers.

Further, any robotic limbs in the future could take similar input (what could be easier than teaching a robotic arm to take input from a USB port?) so he would be set for the future.

rhhardin said...

any robotic limbs in the future could take similar input (what could be easier than teaching a robotic arm to take input from a USB port?)

It's the new orifice that the jaded porn community is longing for.

Pornography-Desensitized Populace Demands New Orifice To Look At.

ricpic said...

He got into the water after he and his friends had spotted the alligator. Spunk or not doesn't that make him eligible for a Darwin Award?

Trumpit said...

"When does the blowback from the animals rights people begin?"

Humans are animals,too. Sometimes they act like the worst ones on the planted. What's the matter with you, Pat? Why are you such a hater?

chickenlittle said...

Oh lighten up trumpit. PatCa is just ridiculing the animal rights people- the same people who are attacking researchers at universities.

I grew up with healthy doses of Gein humor (google that if you're clueless). Wisecracking in the face of horrific terror can be healthy.

I have two young children (9 and 10). Nothing gives me more joy than making them laugh.

capnmariam said...

It could have been "The Life Semi-Aquatic: with Devin Zissou". He could have been his own Dr. Venkman!

PatCA said...

I'd rather live in Devin's World than in the world of the wimp in LA who refused to save the family dog when a mountain lion grabbed the dog and dragged him away. "I would never use violence, we are in his territory."

Outis said...

I hope he gets a great Terminator arm... or series of arms (which he will need as he grows).

No way! With modern alloys they can make an over-sized arm for him that won't weigh anymore than the missing limb. A gigantic robot arm would be much more frightening! Plus, his parents will save money as he grows into it.

Michael McNeil said...

It's highly likely that, as a result of the supposedly “useless” science of stem cells, the boy will be able to regrow his own, biological, arm before he's middle aged.