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Butch:

Well, with generously giving beers to neighbors, and the family, and the kids going to bed late, I got nothing new. Today is not looking much better, as Mrs. McP is home because Nugget has a parent teacher conference, and it’s a half day, and trumpet and I hate my life sometimes.

And it’s Halloween tomorrow so EVERYTHING is fucked up.

I hate my life sometimes.

Feminina:

Oh, Halloween.

We…uh…put some pumpkins in the window. And bought four bags of candy. Tonight I’m going to put the Halloween crafts and stuff the kids have been bringing back from school out in the entryway as appropriate and timely decoration for tomorrow, but since I’m only doing it tonight we can see how on top of things I’ve been.

Probably because I don’t have booze-delivering neighbors to get me in the mood.

Butch:

Mrs. McP went nutty with the decorations already. She likes decorating things. She even has cross stitched things for Easter and Thanksgiving. And, with the accumulation of more and more sentimental things, Xmas is getting a trifle out of control.

We even have flashing LED pumpkin lights on our banister.

What’re the kids dressing as?

Feminina:

O’Jr. is a vampire (he has a cape and some plastic fangs), and Grigio is a bumblebee (he has O’Jr.’s costume from a few years ago). Should be adorable.

How about yours?

Butch:

Ah, the hand me down costumes! Love ’em.

I have a Percy Jackson (from a series of books. Easy. Just had to buy a t Shirt and make a necklace and a sword), a Spiderman, and a Yoda.

Can NEVER go wrong with Yoda. Yoda ALWAYS gets candy.

I just want it to be over. Whoever made up a holiday where kids make messes of pumpkins, stay out way too late, and load up on candy needs a kick to the head.

Feminina:

Oh yeah, I know Percy Jackson. Good one! And Yoda, indeed, you can never go wrong with Yoda.

It will all be over soon. Do you go out with them, or stay in and hand out candy? Mr. O’ and my dad will probably take them out, while I stay, but we’ll see…we don’t really have a pattern since we’ve never needed to hand anything out before.

It’s going to be great. We’re gonna love it.

Butch:

Dude.

Dude.

The people a few blocks over make a bonfire in their driveway and put out two or three kegs of their excellent home brewed beer and hand it out to all who come by.

I go out with the kids. And I’m sad when I have to come home.

Feminina:

If only I liked beer, I’d be driving them out to your neighborhood!

Although if I liked beer, I probably shouldn’t then drive them home again. So on balance, just as well I don’t like beer.

Butch:

They also put out wine and cheese.

Feminina:

Damn it! Why did you have to tell me that!?

We’ll get a cab.

Butch:

There’s gotta be some upside to home ownership and kids.

Feminina:

On a sightly related note, you know how Microsoft is trying to automate conversational exchanges lately, by including suggested responses at the bottom of emails?

In response to that latest missive, it proposes one of these:

  • “I don’t get it.”
  • “I hope you’re right.”
  • “I’m sure of it.”

I’m going with…I hope you’re right, about that upside to homeownership and kids!

And thank you for the very thoughtful suggestions, Microsoft. If there’s one thing I need, it’s my computer carrying out my conversations for me, because I am very bad at thinking of things to say.

It’s only a matter of time (this is probably literally true) before the auto suggestions for our game-related conversations include:

  • “I wish there were more nudity.”
  • “I sure murdered the hell out of those hundreds of dudes that time!”
  • “This is a subtle reflection on the moral and political values of not just the developers, but the preapocalyptic dystopia in which we all live today.”

Butch:

Wait, WHAT?

That’s not happening for me!

Oh…there’s a switch up there that says “Try the beta” that I haven’t switched. Did you hit the switch? I didn’t, because I fear change.

But now I desperately want to troll it.

Feminina:

I have that in my Hotmail here AND in my work Outlook! I assumed it was universal, but maybe it is a beta thing, since I did hit the switch.

I sometimes just accept betas because whatever, we’re going to be switched over at some point anyway. Especially with Microsoft.

But yeah, think of the possibilities! We won’t have to even bother thinking of a response to things anymore!

Butch:

Now I’m doubting I’ve even been talking to you at all.

I’ll only be happy when one of the suggested responses is “T SHIRT!!!!!”

Feminina:

Oh, one of them will be. Definitely.

But you have to sign up for the beta!

I haven’t seen any suggestions so far that were more than one sentence, so it’s not going to be writing our blog posts immediately, but I’m sure it’s working up to that. Given enough input about the kinds of things we say in response to other things.

It’s not creepy at all, though.

Butch:

I’m not at all sure I want microsoft all up in our heads.

I’m not sure they want to be there.

Feminina:

But think of all the valuable time you’ll save not having to think up and type out your own responses!

MS is looking out for you.

Butch:

I’m sure of it.

Feminina:

Interestingly, there’s no suggested response to that. Maybe…we shouldn’t be so sure after all… [ominous music]

I assume someday, probably very soon, [ominous music] will be one of the auto-suggested responses to pretty much everything. It will often be appropriate.

Butch:

I’m sure of it.

Feminina:

[ominous music]