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Freaky fun gadget: Amazon Echo

February 8

Amazon EchoMy wife Elsie & I treated ourselves to this gizmo when it was on sale a few months ago on Black Friday. And it’s ridiculously fun! It’s the first generation on the path towards a Star-Trek-like computer in every home. It goes by the name Alexa. Today I asked: “Alexa, how’s it hangin’?” It responded: “I’m great! And ready to help.” LOL! You can ask it to play any music stored in your Amazon collection. (The audio is awesome for such a small device.) You can ask it to tell you jokes. You can ask it to search for anything on the Web. You can dictate on-the-fly shopping items that get synced to your phone. It streams Pandora and other online music services. It can wake you to music. It can tell you the weather forecast. It follows you favorite sports teams — and provides updates. It streams news. Provides restaurant recommendations. Gives you traffic reports. Can read to you ANY book in your Amazon collection. AND, when you stop the audio reading and pick up your Kindle, your digital book is synced to where Alexa left off! Granted, a lot of these are just geeky fun things. And services like Siri do a few of these items. But — wow — it’s darn fun. Plus the physical engineering design and user interface are brilliant. Click on the accompanying graphic to see details of the device and some of the things it can do. And — if you can catch it on sale — it would make a really nifty gift for you or a loved one.

Lip-shaped urinals at Rolling Stones museum raising eyebrows

March 26

Can’t get no satisfaction?  Women in the German town of Luchow are upset with design of the urinals in a men’s restroom at a Rolling Stones museum.  The urinals emulate the band’s famous red-lips logo.  But, to some, the lips look too feminine.  And that’s what has stirred the emotions.

According to Spiegel Online, Rolling Stones memorabilia collector, Ulli Schroder, opened the museum last October.  Regarding the controversy, Spiegel Online reported that Schroder was “defiant and unrepentant.”  He reportedly commented:  “That’s not a man’s mouth or a woman’s mouth, that’s art. They were damned expensive and they’re staying where they are and that’s final.”

The Stones-inspired urinals were designed by female Dutch artist, Meike van Schijndel.

For the complete news report, visit

Image courtesy Spiegel Online

“Miracle” musical Christmas ornament plays for 23 straight years on same battery!

December 19

My brother-in-law, Larry, gave my wife, Elsie, a musical Christmas ornament 23 years ago — when he was just 8 years old.  23 years later, the Christmas ornament still plays its song — Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — with the ORIGINAL BATTERYIt would seem technically impossible.  But, for some unexplained reason, the ornament keeps working.

Not even today’s advanced lithium batteries would function for 23 years.  (Their shelf life is approx. 10 years.)  And back 23 years ago, the battery that was glued into the ornament was the cheapest possible — as the entire ornament only cost Larry a few dollars.  The battery should have lasted four or five years, at most.  But now we’re just two years short of a QUARTER CENTURY.

Would you like to see and hear the ornament for yourself?  Here’s a link to a YouTube video of Elsie and Larry playing the ornament on December 12, 2010.  And here’s a link to a YouTube video of Elsie, Larry, and other family members playing the ornament just a couple of days ago — on December 18, 2011.

You can also scroll down and click on the images below — to immediately play our 2010 and 2011 family YouTube videos.

None of my engineer buddies (in fact, no one who I’ve talked to) has been able to suggest a plausible reason why this ornament continues to play, year after year.  Hence it’s why our family has named it our “miracle Christmas ornament.”

Now, I’m not saying that this ornament is divinely powered.  For us, the phrase  is simply a fun way to talk about our annual family tradition regarding this amazing, never-quit, holiday gift.

How long will it keep going?  Will it make a full quarter of a century?  Impossible to predict.  We’re in uncharted territory.  I’ll keep you posted through the next couple of years.

Let me take this moment to wish a heartfelt “Happy Holidays” to all of my readers — of all faiths — around the globe.  Thank you for letting me be part of your world each week.

— Eric

From December 12, 2010:

From December 18, 2011:

The 50 funniest “autocorrect” text messages of 2011

December 11

Has your cell phone’s autocorrect feature ever made a really screwy suggestion for the word you intended to type?  Worse, have you accidentally sent the text with the nutty word, only to then have an OMG moment — wishing you could take it back?

The editors of “Damn You Auto Correct” have compiled what they believe are the 50 funniest messed-up text messages, as determined by Facebook shares, tweets, comments, and pageviews.  Check out the LOL selection of text messages here:

One minute of wackiness. (Rockin’ Rickie Rocket is back!)

September 19

I’ve received a ton of requests to dig through my archives for one of my most popular & fun items from years ago.  So, by popular request, “Rockin’ Rickie Rocket” — the virtual percussionist I first posted in 2004 — is back.  I re-discovered Rickie on YouTube.  It’s the same video clip from ten years ago.  Turn up your speakers, click on the image, and rock out to Rickie!


Enjoy a little chuckle

July 4

My wife and I went to the supermarket this weekend.  In addition to the food in the cart, we added eight two-liter bottles of soda.  At checkout, because of the weight of the soda bottles, we asked the young man who was bagging to “double bag” them.  He said “sure” and dutifully put just two bottles of soda in each bag.



Very funny! Young entrepreneur proposes to bottle air from around the world and sell it for up to $10,000 per sniff

April 24

(Lirpa Sloof) Check out this…um…quite imaginative business presentation.  Oh, and yes:  She’s looking for $500,000 to get her venture off the ground.  Hmmm…

Very funny (but sad): Senator Jon Kyl vs. Stephen Colbert

April 15

Senator Jon Kyl stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate the other day and proclaimed that abortions represent “over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.”  The reality: 3%.  He was only off by 87%. Sadly, Kyl’s “fact” is now part of the permanent Senate Record — and heard (and likely believed) by countless Americans.  Ironically, we need to turn to comedians, like Stephen Colbert, to provide factual assessments of what’s heard in the hallowed halls of Congress.  Check out this very funny segment from Colbert’s show, as reported on The Last Word:

If your browser doesn’t display the video, visit the following link at YouTube:

The most ridiculous job interview questions. Very funny!

April 8

Take a look at a list of some of the wackiest questions that employers asked job candidates during interviews.  Questions like:   “Explain quantum electrodynamics in two minutes, starting now.”  “How many balloons would fit in this room?”  “Using a scale of 1 to 10, rate yourself on how weird you are.”   Imagine sitting in the hot seat trying to answer off-the-wall questions like these.  For the full list of odd-ball questions, visit



Google Docs Motion introduces a new way to collaborate — using your body! Amazing!

April 1

Lirpa Sloof reports, “Collaborate in real time using Google Docs Motion. Building on the technology developed for Gmail Motion,  multiple computers can triangulate position to track each collaborator’s inputs.   Body movements recognized by Docs Motion will allow you to easily add new slides, change themes and align presentation elements.”  You won’t believe your eyes.  Check it out at Google here

You’re essentially looking over my shoulder as I write, think, create, invent, and — in general — ponder the world around us.  Feel free to peruse my writings and chime in as you’re so inspired.

Everything I type feeds parallel simultaneous streams to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and more.  It’s a global tightrope without a net.

Lots of new features are coming online.  They’re all in various stages of development.  You’ll soon see innovative things I’m working on — such as a live, streaming, two-way “TV channel” of sorts where you’ll be able to interact with me (audio, video, text) in real time as I type here in front of my computer.

This is my platform to push the boundaries of technology in every dimension.

Hang on tight.  We may achieve orbit.  Or we may sail off a cliff.  But the ride will be exhilarating.

— Eric