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Voice Recognition

Voice Recognition

Yes, I use Two-Factor Authentication on as many accounts as I can, but I use Google Authenticator and Authy rather than a fob based system.  I have used fobs before, and they work OK most of the time, but it is one more thing to carry and I already carry my phone.

Low-cost biometric ID is still in it’s infancy, though, so I avoid it.  I still try it, but mostly for the novelty of seeing how long it will take to fail on me.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?:

Me:  Hal Noble

It:  Voice not recognized

Me:  How-well No-bull

It:  Voice *still* not recognized

Me:  Hall Nabool

It:  Really? You think that’s going to fool me?

Me:  Why you plastic piece of @#&&))$^)_!! Let me in, I need to make a phone call! Urgh! I’ll drain your battery!

It:  Give up loser. No one likes to hear you talk. Grow some diction.


Where does food come from?

Where does food come from?

One of my clients runs a food education program in local schools to teach kids about where food comes from, how it gets to them and the benefits of eating locally.  I was talking with their program coordinator and he passed on that he sometimes got funny answers to his written questionnaire.  His favorite was:

Question:  "Where do you think food comes from?"

Answer:  "Pants"

Either the kid left out an "L" in his answer or he has a unique view on how things work.


Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

— Emily Dickinson, (date uncertain – anyone?)