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...or Rocky Mountain High. Either one.
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I'm trying to fool my body into thinking it's 6:46pm. My body knows better.
I've wandered off along several paths and have lots to tell you about me and: hummingbirds, Spanish colonialism, fandom, moving, Joe, reorganization,...you know, I shouldn't be making this list. I'll only disappoint myself by not having written about something, later on.
Urban species #115: Fireweed epilobium angustifoliumThe next entry is about seagulls.
The ecological state of a city is that it is always in the first stage of succession. Concrete and asphalt resist colonization by all but the most aggressive plants. Most of the areas that have some welcoming soil are constantly mowed, resetting the sequence of ecological succession, making the city a place for pioneer plants.
I've had my computer back for a WEEKS. But to get myself through that dark, computer-less time, I rented a tv show on DVD, called Firefly. And I haven't been able to escape from it. Seriously. I've been completely engrossed in "on-line research." Plus watching the show's single season and its movie sequel, Serenity, over and over. And listening to all the commentaries. Over and over.
So, here's a transcript from one of my encounters with Dell recently:
DellVoice: My name is Dave. Please allow me a moment to review your question.
DellVoice: How are you today?
CaitMcQ: fine, thanks, except that I can't see most of my screen. Big splotch where I stepped on it.
DellVoice: I am sorry about that.
DellVoice: I'll be glad to assist you.
DellVoice: Please give me a moment to pull up your account information.
DellVoice: I see that the warranty period of the system has expired since 10/15/2005.
DellVoice: You will have to contact the expired warranty support.
CaitMcQ: How do I contact expired warranty support?
DellVoice: You can contact them at 800-624-9897.
DellVoice: Once you contact them they will provide you all the information you need.
CaitMcQ: Thank you. Are you a real person or am I interacting with software?
DellVoice: I am a real person, why do you ask?
CaitMcQ: There's something formal about the language you're using. And I bet a lot of the questions that come in can be answered by a limited set of responses.
DellVoice: Not exactly, but yes I do agree sometimes that does happen.
DellVoice: Is there anything else that I can assist you?
CaitMcQ: Nope, I'll call that number. Thanks, Dave.
DellVoice: You are welcome, Caitlin.
DellVoice: Are you satisfied with the level of support provided by me today?
CaitMcQ: Yes, thank you.
DellVoice: Thank you.
DellVoice: Thank you for contacting Dell hardware warranty support online chat, have a great day!
DellVoice: Take care, bye.
So, what do you think? Human or AI? Or maybe some combination, like he presses a single key and out pops "My name is Dave."