A Little Help From AI


I was having some fun asking Microsoft’s Bing AI for sentiments husbands and wives could say to each other. For example, “What should I say to my wife today?” Bing AI’s suggestion started thus: “You should say something that shows how much you appreciate and love her. You could tell her how beautiful she is.” On the other hand, “What should I say to my husband today?” started thus: “Hi honey, I hope you had a great day at work.” Wow.

So then I tried birthday card sentiments. They were basically what you’d get from Hallmark, so I spiced it up a bit. I asked it to “Write a sexy 30th birthday card sentiment for my wife.” It responded:

“Happy 30th birthday to my gorgeous wife! You are the most amazing person I know, and I’m so lucky to have you in my life. You are beautiful inside and out, and you make every day brighter with your smile. You are sexy, smart, funny, and kind, and I can’t get enough of you. You are my best friend, my lover, my partner in crime, and my soulmate. I can’t wait to celebrate with you tonight and show you how much I love you. You are the best gift I ever received, and I hope your birthday is as wonderful as you are.”

Not what I’d call spicy, but since my wife is 70+, I asked it to “Write a sexy 70th birthday card sentiment for my wife.” It responded:

“I’m sorry, but I cannot write a sexy 70th birthday card sentiment for your wife.”

I’m laughing too hard to continue writing.

Dave IS Here

January 15, 2023

Genealogy, Life, News

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It was recently feared that Dave’s cat, Chessie, had landed badly from a jump in Fremont and suffered a broken a leg. Thankfully, veterinary examination diagnosed only a bad sprain and/or partial dislocation of a carpal joint.

They say a cat embodies the ethos of the human, if any, with whom it harbored a metaphysical bond at the time of the human’s death. It’s hypothesized that primordial yet uniquely individual elements of a decedent’s ectoplasm that devolve at the moment of death are osmosed (a process reported in scientific journals as ectoplasmosis) by the metaphysically bonded cat via an as yet unidentified gland unique to felines. They actually have several as yet unidentified unique glands as well as several identified glands whose function is as yet unidentified. They’re a mystery, you know, especially the small ones (referring to the cats, not the glands) like house cats.

The point being that, contrary to the famous retort of Tommy Chong, Dave IS here! And we are greatly relieved that he didn’t break a leg.

Dave’s ectoplasmic vessel, Chessie.

Kansas Homestead

January 4, 2023

Life, Memory Lane

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As many people do, and as I thought I had done before now, I checked street view on Google maps to see what my house would look like. Maybe in the past I only checked satellite view. What I found today on street view is a photo that Google must have taken at least 25, maybe 30, years ago; I lose track of time. The van in the driveway is what we had when the kids were pre-college which was way before the turn of the century. There’s been at least one other car between that van and what we have now.

And the maple tree in the front yard now dwarfs the depiction of it in the photo. I suppose it’s still quite a feat for Google to have actually photographed so many homes, but it’s a little surprising to learn that what they show may be of more historical than current interest.




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