Revenge of the Nerd Mexican Illegals

This reads like the script to a circa 1984 “slobs vs. the snobs” comedy, except this time the “snobs” are the nerds and our merry band of scrappy misfits are illegal aliens: Wired 13.04: La Vida Robot.

[T]he team from [MIT] scared him, too. There were 12 of them – six ocean-engineering students, four mechanical engineers, and two computer science majors. Their robot was small, densely packed, and had a large ExxonMobil sticker emblazoned on the side. The largest corporation in the US had kicked in $5,000. Other donations brought the MIT team’s total budget to $11,000.

As Luis hoisted [their robot] Stinky to the edge of the practice side of the pool, Cristian heard repressed snickering. It didn’t give him a good feeling. He was proud of his robot, but he could see that it looked like a Geo Metro compared with the Lexuses and BMWs around the pool. He had thought that Lorenzo’s paint job was nice. Now it just looked clownish.

It’s so perfect there are even a dorky nickname (“Stinky”) for the jury-rigged fruits or their labors, repeated references to “hooters”, and an unexpected last-minute save involving the use of tampons.

(As a side note, while I sympathize with their plight, I suggest that if they want to take advantage of the privileges of U.S. citizenship, they should first try to become U.S. citizens. With that in mind, I wish them luck.)

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