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Why I Hate Siri: She don’t understand me


I have a real problem with siri.

I feel that somewhere along the line, either myself, or one of my kids must have said something to offend her, because she’s held a grudge for as long as I can remember.

My rationale?

I’m not hearing a tone in her voice or anything like that, but I’m in the car a lot, and when I need to send myself a note, I summon Siri, and have her email me the note.  Usually these notes are trivial, like potential blog posts, or rants, however sometimes they are important.

Here is a recent message that I asked Siri to email to me while I was driving;

Things you must do today or else you will be hungry by your testicles

Contact Golddust at Nyack to let her know that my son is a big boy and the kids in his class are three girls babies to make jokes about seven-year-old kids like their dinosaurs so he needs a class that is either on Saturdays or where the kids at least talk to his armpits as well you have to contact Holt Renfrew and ask them what to do with the dress which is been torn to shreds from being in the closet or possibly just fell apart on wearing the first time because that is the cast you need to do prior to me leaving on my excursion in the next couple of days and I’m going to run over somebody is walking really slowly on the crosswalk by pick you up Savannah

Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse any typos.

WTF?!?

How does this help me?

None of this makes any sense, or reminds me to do anything… I have no idea what I was trying to say, or follow up on, nor will I ever know.

As an aside, since I detest siri so much now, I use the Australian Siri because at the very least I get to hear her awesome accent.

What’s your experiences like with Siri?

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What to do with Ontario Place?


What should we do with Ontario Place?  The Liberal government shut it down, and the current PC government wants to make permanent use of it including a casino.

Some people – and I’m not sure who they are – but they say they are speaking for “Ontarians” want that entire space saved and turned into a park.

A park.

So instead of taking a very large space of waterfront and developing it into a place where locals and tourists could come and spend money and where jobs would be a plenty, we’re actually considering taking this space for a park.

A park.

Where people can picnic.

In January.  When it’s -15.

Or any time from October to June when it’s cold and yucky outside, we’re going to have this beautiful underused piece of land sitting empty and covered with snow instead of having a modern, state of the art, place for all Ontarians to come, enjoy and spend their time and to attract tourists…

Much in the same vein as I have always felt that the CNE needs to be partially or fully enclosed and used all year round, so that we don’t also have that space sitting empty for the entire year save for 3-weeks of the year.

But hey, what do I know, and what do those yucky conservatives know?  It’ll be a park, then someone will want it turned into subsidized housing, so they’ll accommodate it and next thing you know, it’s another place in this great city which could have been something special but never was.  Lumped into the same category as the cities transit…

 

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Do People Know About This? Or Just Me?


I feel like everyone knows or should know the following fact, however day after day, in fact multiple times a day, I see people doing this, so now I’m wondering if maybe only I know this fact…

Doubt it.

Cell phones do not work in elevators.

Not all elevators.

Not all cell phones.

Most cell phones will not work in most elevators.

This isn’t news, right?

Aside from the fact that it’s really rude to get into an elevator while on a call, it’s also pretty funny to see people so distracted on their call that they decide to get on the elevator, rather than wait in the lobby, they walk onto the elevator, talking away, then the doors close, and then you hear this;

“hello?”

“Hello!”

“HELLO?!?”

Then they realize the call was dropped, so they keep their heads down and wait for the elevator ride to end before taking their phones again and making a call.  Sometimes, they try calling the person back, and amidst the lack of reception, will yell things like; “Can you hear me?!?” and “I’m in an elevator.”

Think about it…

Inside an elevator there are at least three layers of concrete and/or steel between your phone and the cell signal source. That’s three layers of construction blocking and weakening the signal.

Makes even more sense then, that even if the tower signal could get to your phone inside the elevator, it would be virtually impossible for the puny transmitter on your phone to send its signal back to the cell tower to complete the communications loop. There are just too many layers of concrete and steel for your signal to pass through.

So why are people doing this?

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I am sick!


I am sick.

I just heard about the horrific events that occurred in New Zealand, and it makes me so incredibly sad.

I heard an interview this morning with a gentleman who went to pray at a mosque in downtown Toronto and what he said sums it up.

I’m paraphrasing here, but he essentially said that it could be a mosque, church, synagogue, or any other place of worship, but the fact that a “human” would take weapons and video the absolute massacre of defenseless people praying is not only racism, but it’s also murder, and it’s a clear sign of mental illness.

He’s 100% right.

It has happened in churches.

It has happened in synagogues and temples as recently as a couple of months ago.

It has happened in mosques.

 

It has to stop.  NOW.

 

I think the solution is obvious.  People who talk about, praise, and promote violence towards others as a result of their ethnicity or religion should be forced to undergo mental health testing.

While we’re on this topic, I think the same stands for people who willingly enter into gangs for the purpose of theft, violence, and criminal activity.  It has been widely communicated that people who intentionally set out on a life of crime cannot be thinking clearly, it is possible that there is a mental health issue there, and it should be looked it.

But going back to this horrific event, it’s time for the people of the world to finally unite and get rid of this hatred – all hatred – based on religion and ethnicity.

There are a lot of families like you and I whose lives changed forever today, and I guarantee you that they will not stop going to pray, and they will not stop being proud of who they are, and they will not stop contributing to their community and the economy of their country.  What they will do, however, is find ways to eradicate hatred and violence and if we unite to help, we can put a stop to this forever.

That’s not going to bring the families back, but hopefully it will shed some light on the evil intentions of all people who want to do harm to others.

My sincerest condolences go out to the families of those impacted by this tragedy and by all such senseless acts of terror.

 

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Happy International Woman’s Day


Happy International Woman’s Day to all the woman in the entire world, with special thoughts directed at my incredible wife and daughter, and to my mother, sister, mother-in-law and grandmother.

It turns out that in Canada, the theme this year is #InnovateForChange!, and that we, as Canadians are celebrating women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and that makes 2019 the year of my wife!  A Chemical Engineer by education, and a life-long science teacher and early innovator in everything technology, she is teaching high-school math this year and she has been talking STEM back when I thought she was talking about trees.

What is IWD?

Each year, March 8 is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women and renew our efforts in achieving gender equality – in Canada and around the world.

The beginnings of International Women’s Day (IWD) trace back to the early twentieth century, emerging from the activities of labour movements in North America and Europe and reflecting a growing movement for women to participate equally in society.

The first International Women’s Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That day, more than one million women and men showed their support by participating in public events. In the years that followed, other countries began to observe and celebrate this day.

The United Nations recognized 1975 as International Women’s Year and began celebrating IWD on March 8, later adopting a resolution designating March 8 as International Women’s Day.

Today, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world – in many countries, it is a national holiday. It has grown to become a global day of recognition of women’s achievements and a call to action to support women’s rights and advance gender equality.

Globally

International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme: #BalanceforBetter

The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world.

Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere.

From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.

Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage.

Let’s celebrate IWD in 2019 and get us to a point where we don’t need to set aside a day to respect women… That should be done everyday!