Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Big Boy

Just filed my last payment with a service provider via the phone. It's probably the first time that I've had to navigate a phone interface via voice commands. You really need kind of a prompt, like the beep of an answering machine, to tell you when they are expecting an answer.

ME (to kids): No, you can't do tha..
HAL 1000 Please say the last four digits of the primary's social security number.
ME; t yet. Two Four.. Hey I said not to do that right now.
HAL 1000 That was: Seven Two Four Eight, right?
ME: (sigh) No

(What happens if your in your car or watching TV and the audio your listening to 'takes over'?)

HAL 1000 What would you wish to do today?
ME: Go outside and ...
HAL 1000 Ok. Please shout your favorite sexual position.
ME: Ride your bike!
ME: I need a
HAL 1000 State your blood type.
ME: beer.
HAL 1000 Thank you. Child and welfare services have been notified and are on their way.