Friday, November 10, 2017

The Tales of Alexa Weekly Link Round-Up

Being Mr. Gizmo, Denis bought three of those Amazon Echo Dot thingies, which means "Alexa" is listening to every word we say in three rooms of the house. One of the jobs I had for several years involved working in a vault where I was on camera(s) the entire time I was in there. I became accustomed to not scratching my nose or adjusting my underwear while in there, and it was always a relief to come home where I wasn't being monitored constantly. Now I have some sort of security cameras watching me move about the house, and Alexa is listening in to what is being said. Not ideal, but I dearly love my Mr. Gizmo, so I put up with it.

Alexa evidently thinks I'm a big snooze as company in the evening, so occasionally she likes to spice things up. I’ve gotten used to her dialing up country music for me unasked, and there are other ways she’s tried to insert herself into my evenings of TV and knitting, but last night took the cake.

I’ve been watching “Harlan Coben’s The Five” on Netflix, and last night they were searching frantically for a girl named...ALEXA! One scene had them shouting her name over and over and over. That’s the first time I’ve heard Alexa splutter. I actually think she was on the verge of a meltdown!

The next evening, I was watching an episode of "The Blacklist," and one of the characters they were hunting for was named-- you guessed it-- Alexa. As they shouted her name repeatedly, I think I saw that round black box begin to twitch, and that's when my thoughts began to be tinged with just a tiny bit of evil. I'm now compiling a playlist of music for my attentive companion. Just a few songs that I think she'll enjoy. Like Billy Joel's "The Downeaster Alexa" and....

Oh oh! I almost forgot about those links out in the corral. Hang on, Alexa-- I'll be back. Head 'em up! Moooooooooove 'em out!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
  •  What your zodiac sign says about which famous author you need to be reading.
  • How to tell someone's age when all you know is their first name.
  • An unsent letter written by a passenger aboard the Titanic has set an auction record.
  • Experts say that the official cause of Pablo Neruda's death does not reflect reality.
  • The wartime origins of the M&M
  • These two brains both belong to three-year-olds, so why is one so much bigger? The reason is sobering.

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Everyone wanted to pet Octavia, and once you've read this article, your thinking may be completely changed about this wonderful creature. 
  • Louie disappeared for hours, greatly worrying his owners. Then he returns home with a note tied around his neck....

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. I had to laugh at your description of what happened to Alexa, Cathy! How funny! Well, technology drives us to the brink sometimes, so I suppose it's turnabout when we do the same to it. ;-) Now, if you'll excuse me, there's a Greek statue waiting for me.

    1. Alexa has turned into rather amusing entertainment. I'll be sharing more Tales of Alexa in the future!

  2. Omigosh! Alexa is in three rooms, invading your privacy. Why is this?

    I wouldn't want it, especially because I mutter and sometimes yell at the TV during political reports and panels. Nope, what goes on my house stays here.

    Good links. Maybe you will outsmart Alexa ... I bet on you.

    1. Mr. Gizmo likes his gizmos, and I do appreciate the vote of confidence!


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