Today In Things I’m About Sick Of

Just a couple of unrelated things I’m annoyed by right now. If I’m paying to subscribe to your website, why is it still absolutely caked in ads? Short of trying to force harmful software onto my system or hitting my very modern computer with so many things to load that it falls over and dies, …

Welcome To The 90s, And To Insta-Cart

I don’t know what my favourite part of this video is. The deconstruction of the name “Insta-Cart”, the realization of where babies come from, the delivery windows that sounded a lot like what happened when Carin and I tried to use modern Instacart for the first time last year, the terms and conditions, the fees, …

Alexa, Send The Time Machine To 1988

Wow, 80s Alexa has come along way since the last time we checked in on her. This Amazon thing might make a few bucks one day. I feel like I’ve said this before with these videos, but that electronic voice is hideous. Yes, I’m aware that this is intentional. It just sticks out to me …

So Here’s A Bad Idea That Won’t Make Anything Any Better

Majority of Canadians say music streaming services should support CanCon: CRTC survey I find this somewhat surprising and more than a little stupid. Not the Canadian content bit so much, that I somewhat understand. I don’t think content quotas ought to be dictated to global services by any country’s government, but the desire to hear …

Twitter Contemplates Suicide

Twitter testing new feature that advises users to rethink ‘harmful’ tweets I’ve heard tell that people still sometimes use Twitter for other things, but without harmful tweets and complaints about harmful tweets, what’s left? I’m only half kidding when I ask that. I don’t use Twitter all that much anymore, but whenever I’m there I’m …

You Can Now Find Wheelchair Accessibility Info For Businesses Using Google Maps

Google will make wheelchair accessibility info more prominent in Maps This is probably old news to some of you, but I just found out about it and it seems like it could be a useful enough thing for now to be a good time to go with the if I didn’t know, you didn’t either …

Hey Robot Might End UP Being My New Favourite Party Game

This sounds pretty fun, and I’ll bet it’s surprisingly difficult. Everybody House Games has come up with an idea they’re calling Hey Robot. It’s a game where you’re given a word, and then you have to try to get your digital assistant (Google, Alexa, etc) to say it in a set number of turns. There’s …

I’m Not Making You A Memorial Page Until You Stop Talking

Maybe Microsoft has good intentions with this. It’s possible. But if they do, I’m struggling to figure out what those could be. It seems to me like making chatbots that try to impersonate your dead friends and family based on everything they’ve ever communicated electronically could only make things worse. How are we ever supposed …