Category Archives: 9. Humor

Re: Your unsolicited email / our joint problem

To:,,,,,,,,,,, …

Dear PR professional:

With respect to our joint problem, Stanford researchers have found a solution!

Please see here for the answer:

With kind regards,

Dirk Riehle

PS: If the research paper above doesn’t load, please see this copy:

The Humor that is Alexa 2 / 2

So the Echo Dot seems like a good addition to a larger apartment or house. In addition, Amazon promises you can order it through your existing Alexa device. So I tried:

Me: “Alexa, order an Echo Dot.”
Echo: “I can only order product for Prime members. So I added Echo Dot to your shopping list. Please get a membership.”
Me: “Alexa, f#$%^@ you.”
Echo: “That’s not very nice to say.”
Me: “OK, how about that: Alexa, scr#$%# you.”
Echo: “Well, thanks for the feedback.”

I may be in the subscription business myself, but I generally try to avoid to be on the receiving end…

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The Humor that is Alexa 1 / 2

I was watching an old TV show rerun with a character in it called Alexa. My Amazon Echo (trigger word is Alexa) was also listening:

TV set: “Alexa, stop doing that!”
Echo: “Sorry, I don’t understand what you are saying.”
TV set (raised voice): “Alexa, don’t talk to me like that!”
Echo: “Sorry, I still don’t understand what you are saying.”
Despite a few more “Alexa, …” it fell quiet.

I’m amused. Ever since I have wondered what a mischievous screen writer could do given that the Echo can control a garden variety of devices in your house. Or order stuff. How about:

Mischievous character in TV show: “Alexa, open the blinds. Alexa, switch on the lights” (probably most effective a 1am or 5am)
Domino avatar on TV show: “Alexa, order 17 frutti di mare pizzas”

The possibilities seem endless.