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Artificial intelligence? Pff!

For those of you concerned for the growing incursion of so called AI, I say fear not! How can I refute the pundits so easily ? Simply, with two examples of the irrational behaviour of technology.

Early this week, a ‘voice over agency’ proudly announced that their ultra – sophisticated algorithms had found some work which correlated directly with my profile. You may ask ‘what was this passport to fame and fortune?’

Well, ‘voiceover needed‘ – good start! And …..young, female Oriental origin .. hmmm. You see my point, but the final nail in the AI threat’s coffin was yet to come.

Spotify enables you to access zillions of tracks. It also prides itself on being able to suggest music that will appeal to the listener. So while I was washing up after dinner, I was listening to Ron Sexsmith and Kings of Convenience. Suddenly I heard something that did not fit with these artists nor with my taste – Michael sodding Buble! I rest my case, sleep easy, my friends.

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Tony Hancock lives on ….

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Amazon bargains?

I’ve been using moleskine and other notebooks since 2003. Having been given an Amazon gift voucher I looked on their site for the TwoGo notebook. This is normally available in several different colours but Amazon seems to have only the grey version at £16.00 but you can buy 2 off the dark blue version for £42 or 3 copies for £156 ! WTF

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Skegness Pier

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Skegness in January

Sounds intriguing…………

Not quite what I was hoping for ……..

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The ‘I’ readers page

This was in response to an article about the rise in independent bookshops. I have included my original letter below – the sections in bold were cut. I expected the last paragraph would be cut … but my observation regarding wealthier areas was the point I wanted to make!

I have to say that Backstory sounds – idyllic, music wine, books and chat – most of my favourite pastimes. The problem though is exactly the same as with food shopping – local food shops are thriving in the wealthier areas where you will also find the independent bookshops. I dropped in to a local bookshop the other day – and spotted an interesting book. Seeing as I had £90 of vouchers for a chain bookstore, I arranged to collect it to from them to discover that it was half the cover price. Independent bookshops like independent food shops require disposal income.
Best of luck, Tom – it sounds great and if you require music and I’m in the vicinity I’d be more than happy to do a session.

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For charity?

Interesting statistic: When people do parachute jump for charity and for every £1 they donate the NHS spend £13 fixing peoples broken legs another damages caused by the fall . . . . .

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‘This rubbish!’

‘I have played every major Shakespearean role in the theatre and I’m considered the finest speaker of verse in the country, and I end up becoming famous doing this rubbish.’

This was said by a British actor who was in a long running BBC series in the late 1960’s. Any ideas?