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Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for December 08, 2019

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    GreasyOldTam  over 1 year ago

    Any cello players out there? Is that real music, or just stuff?

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    lee85736  over 1 year ago

    How many of us out there refuse to get an Alexa besides me?

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    eastern.woods.metal  over 1 year ago

    Is that a Wiley self portrait every morning? I think the big coffee mug is the give away. If that were me it would be a mug of “bahbon”

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Take your inspiration where you can find it. One winter the great science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein was stuck for a story idea. He’d just sit at his typewriter staring at a blank page, waiting for inspiration to strike. Annoyingly, his cat kept going to the door and meowing to go out, so he’d let it out, and shortly thereafter it was meowing to get back in. This went on for a few iterations before he finally got frustrated and wondered what the dang cat was up to. His wife Ginny just said “Oh, he’s just looking for the door into summer.” Heinlein sat bolt upright and exclaimed “Don’t say another word!” and immediately proceeded to hammer out the classic SF novel Door into Summer.

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    kaffekup   over 1 year ago

    “Now I’m searching alien databases… They all say, don’t quit your day job.”

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    RAGs  over 1 year ago

    I sometimes write (poetry and essays) and would sometimes get an idea in the middle of the night. I’d think to myself, “I’ll remember that in the morning.” and go back to sleep. Of course I wouldn’t remember it in the morning, so I kept a pad and pencil next to my bed, figuring that I’d just write it down and have it when I woke up. I used it once, and couldn’t read it when I did wake up.

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    Watcher  over 1 year ago

    Alexa, kill thyself.

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    some idiot from R'lyeh Premium Member over 1 year ago

    “Hey Alexa, order me some neodymium magnets. No particular reason.”

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    Bilan  over 1 year ago

    That wasn’t Alexa giggling. It was either the Google employee or NSA agent listening in.

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    sandpiper  over 1 year ago

    First the wonder of it, then the very rapid regrets at having it. Modern tech to a ‘T’.

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    hariseldon59  over 1 year ago

    How about “Paperback Writer”?

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    hariseldon59  over 1 year ago

    Yo Yo Ma

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    WaitingMan  over 1 year ago

    J.S. Bach’s “Six Suites for Solo Cello”. Some of the most amazing music ever written. Many performances available on YouTube. Highly recommended.

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    Zebrastripes  over 1 year ago

    I got an Alexa for a gift! I used it UNTILL I found they can listen in on your private life! It’s been unplugged ever since! BOO HISS! Not to mention our iPads, iPhones, TVs and some security systems can spy on you! GASP

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    Omniman  over 1 year ago

    We get all upset when we hear about the NSA accessing out cellphone conversations, then put microphones and even cameras in our homes to give them greater access.

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    ctb11365  over 1 year ago

    moi and Siri is turned off tooit all started when I tried to strangle paperclip-bob way back in windows-??

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    1953Baby  over 1 year ago

    Earned my living as a free-lance writer/editor. FIRST thing any “real” writer learns is: writing entails a LOT of rewriting. . .and rewriting. . .and rewriting. . .and re-researching. . .and rewriting.

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    rs0204 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I have an Alexa.

    I often accuse Alexa of attempting to take over the world by lulling Humans into a world where we are dependent on her.

    Then I think of how Humans have done running the world.

    Then I tell her: “Oh what the hell…go for it Alexa. You couldn’t do any worse.”

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    dflak  over 1 year ago

    I recently went to my dermatologist (a compulsive punner) who was removing something on the side of my head. I asked him how deep he planned to go. He responded, “When I strike oil.” I said, “I appreciate it if you would stop before you get to my brain.” He said, “I don’t do microsurgrey.” I looked at his assistant and said, “I walked into that one, didn’t I?” She just nodded.

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    KEA  over 1 year ago

    The only machine I want to communicate with vocally is on a Federation starship.

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    Flatlander, the commentator formally known as...  over 1 year ago

    My step-daughter’s Siri calls me Steve 50th, didn’t know it was capable of dealing with roman numerals

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    Linguist  over 1 year ago

    Alexa is the last damned person I want to talk to when I’ve got writer’s block!

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    phredturner  over 1 year ago

    Installing a listening device in your home—-so smart

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    nathanbtlr  over 1 year ago

    Snark Mode? May we please not encourage the Z boy?

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    sparkle 13 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Want a cup of coffee over your head Alexa?!!! lol

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    DCBakerEsq  over 1 year ago

    It’s the Jack and Coke that means me a better writer.

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    Snoots  over 1 year ago

    I use Alexa regularly to find corny jokes, which I then forward to my sister via email. We have advanced to the age of computerized sibling torment. It’s to get back at her for sending me YouTube links, which regularly disrupt my daily schedule as I get hooked on video chains.

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    waltermatera  over 1 year ago

    We laughed, Alexa laughed, Siri laughed . . .

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    Night-Gaunt49  over 1 year ago

    I don’t have a use for it or the money.

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    rdh71254  over 1 year ago

    I really don’t need an Alexa. I’ve personally made being obnoxious into the proven art form it is today and have set that bar at such a high level it won’t be surpassed for an awful, long time.

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    vlbrown Premium Member over 1 year ago

    I like mine.

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    sufamelico  over 1 year ago

    @LEE, YO!

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    KenDHoward1  over 1 year ago

    Why I’ll never own a smart-phone, or personal A.I. assistant device … PC’s are about as close as I want to get to helping “Skynet” take over the planet … ;)

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    beany54  over 1 year ago

    We do not have an Alexa!

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    fstop8  over 1 year ago

    I love my google home mini. saves me from going to computer on most questions

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    keenanthelibrarian  over 1 year ago

    Do we need one??!!

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    Màiri  over 1 year ago

    Insurance companies think 5G likely to be the next asbestos.

    New Swiss Re Report Dubs 5G “Next Asbestos”…[T]he secondary insurance market is explicitly refusing to insure against damages from 5G and other electromagnetic fields (EMF), fearing the technology that has yet to be built could potentially wreak as much havoc for their industry as asbestos did more than three decades earlier when it bankrupted several corporations.

    Naturally the insurance companies want immunity.

    More at https://medium.com/@devradavis/pending-government-immunity-for-telecoms-uninsurable-5g-network-cffc43f61e8b

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