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The Robot Invasion is NOW!

02 May

I think it goes without saying that having Arnold call you and trying to sell you a seven day vacation package for FREE would be entertaining but still difficult to understand exactly what he was saying.  Well the next call you receive may be from a different model terminator, a robocaller!  I’ve been doing something that I haven’t done in years, answering calls from numbers I don’t recognize.  I have been greeted by the most happy well spoken, dare I say well acted people.  One person even had a very pronounced Southern accent.

They don’t give you much of a chance to talk, when they do I always ask the same thing.  “May I talk to a LIVE person?”

The lady actually chuckled and said I am a real person, when I inquired further I was abruptly disconnected.  Just today I received a call on my cell phone from 800-654-8429.  Again during my first oportunity to speak I asked for live person.  They responded that they were a real person.  I then asked, “What is 4 times 4?”  Click!  Seriously?  Math is what computers are best at!

Sitting in your office you may think that you’re an extra in a World War II movie when you over hear a phone conversation.  You co-worker asking the person on the phone, “Who won the world series?”   Yes the first wave of robots don’t come  with guns or even a napkin draped over their mechanical arm, but as a human wanna be on the phone.

I worked for a couple of years at a call center, where a hundred, or so people found part time work calling people on the phone.  Trying to talk them into taking a survey.  Hell they even offered them money to do it.  They weren’t making anywhere close to $15 an hour.  Now robots are taking over those jobs.

So the next time you get a call from a weird number, answer it and play the game… Is it a human or a robot?  Seriously ask the person (or robot) a question a human would easily be able to answer and see what happens.  Report back here!

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FourSquare and Gun Control

16 Jan

Well after a couple of years, I’m off of FourSquare.  I like trying Internet things, and even though I didn’t like the idea of being a willing participate in tracing myself, I joined.  I was always forgetting to check in.  Eventually, with enough self abuse, I started to remember to check into places.  Work I was able to become Mayor pretty quickly.  In a building with 1000 employees there were 3 people checking into FourSquare.  Then to my surprise I was ousted!  I was checking in daily.  Slowly I went from 1 day away from becoming Mayor to 2 then 3.  I was really confused since I was checking in EACH AND EVERY DAY.  A little Google research and I figured it out, CHEATER!

I started looking for ways to report the cheater.  Many people had the same problem as I.  I know what’s the big deal, but it was the principle!  Apparently FourSquare could care less about cheaters, so they don’t do anything about them.  I thought about it and then it dawned on me.  Fine!  I’ll just check in on weekends, holidays, etc…  Soon I was Mayor again.

If you are a kid of the 60’s you may get this reference.

Are you a Mayor more often but enjoying it less?

It was clear that with my many FourSquare friends (none of which were within 700 miles of me) that all I was doing was remembering to check into places.  I found NO benefit from using the service.  So about a week ago I deleted my account and deleted the app off my phone.

FourSquare had about as much interest for me as following professional sports.

What in the world does FourSquare have to do with GUN control?  Nothing, well nothing I can think of.

It is truly a sad situation with a crazy person takes a gun and attempts to or does kill people.  This is especially horrible when it is a child.  Every child should be able to grow and experience their lives.  Sadly this is often not true.  I believe it was in Darfur that 750,000 men women and children were slaughter.  Not with a gun but with a cheap, inexpensive, machete.   Okay, I’m sure they used more than one.  Evil exists in this world.  It takes on many forms.  The gun control nuts believe that removing the number of bullets one can carry in a clip is going to save lives.  They believe that removing guns from society will save lives.  This is illogical, it’s stupid, and it’s dangerous.

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I’m Not Exactly Normal…

30 May

Years ago it became very apparent to me that, well, I’m not exactly normal.  Peer pressure really REALLY pisses me off.  I would rather have people dislike me than to be controlled by their wishes.  As you can imagine this has caused all sorts of issues, but in a way I’m pretty happy with the results.  I think I could have been much more successful in my jobs, relationships, but I wouldn’t have been very happy with myself.

I credit my bizarre behavior in keeping me from smoking, anything.  Drinking alcohol, especially beer.  I’ve never tried drugs, and I doubt I would have done it even had I been a slave to peer pressure.   I learned early on that because of this lack of peer pressure concerned gene I’d never be very popular.  Being a relatively positive person I spun this to “well at least the popular people know my name”.

Over the last several years the social media explosion has occurred and I’ve been using it.  Facebook is fine, but it’s more of a people that you know, and family thing.  Not that there is a problem with that all those people are very nice to interact with.  What has been different for me is Twitter.  Twitter is used by many celebrities.  Living in Houston, and not traveling very much, or often, there is little likelihood that I would ever meet someone that I see on TV or movies.  It may seem silly but what I like best about interacting with celebrities is to let them know just how much it has meant to me for their entertainment.

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Carrying Cash It Just Doesn’t Make Cents!

16 Apr

Ahhh you see what I did there (in the title) with the clever use of CENTS instead of sense?  Yes hard to believe I’m not a professional writer isn’t it? 😀  For some time now it has stuck me funny when I see people paying with cash.  I understand there are some people that just don’t trust banks, love the feel of money in their hands, or just don’t feel comfortable in the brave new electronically connected world.  It’s all what we get used to I guess.  I mean that $1 bill isn’t worth anything but a promise.  Still if you have one you know that there is a very high likelihood that someone will accept it in exchange for something.  Although it wouldn’t be much of anything these days.

I work at a company that has literally thousands of employes and that’s just at this location.  They are professionals and I see at least half of them paying with cash.  I haven’t carried cash in five years, or longer.  I just don’t see the need.  There are places I find from time to time that won’t accept a debit, or credit card.  When I find those places I just say thanks and leave never to return.  Usually it’s places that sell food.

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A Comet Landed On My Road

26 Jan

From a very young age my mother would tell me about all kinds of wondrous things.  Astronomy was one of them.  She really enjoyed reading and would often tell me about celestial events that were going to occur.  When I was only five or six years old she was excited that a comet would be visible in the early morning hours.  She, naturally, told me about it.  I had only ever seen a comet in drawings, or zipping through a cartoon sky on Saturday morning television.  I was very excited about seeing a real comet!

I’m sure one of the reasons I woke up on this particular evening/morning was due to this excitement in part, but apparently I had a habit of getting up after bedtime.  My Mother had told me on an earlier occasion, probably at 3am, “If you wake up in the middle of the night, don’t wake me up.  Just go back and get in bed.”  This night, when I woke up to a completely dark and silent house what my mom had told me was the furthest thing from my mind! 😀 Read the rest of this entry »





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