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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

It's Talking To Me


Our new kitchen comes with a new microwave. I don't know why, but this really creeps me out. Appliances that seem to talk with monotonous mechanical voices somehow make me worry that I'll come home one day and my kitchen will try to exterminate me.

The weird part is that the microwave doesn't really talk. It just flashes this ALLCAPS message at me. But my brain gives it this evil robot voice.

22 comments:

respondingtojblogs said...

The real question is will it dream when you unplug it.

Doctor Bean said...

Open the microwave oven door, HAL.

I'M AFFRAID I CAN'T DO THAT, PT.

Sweettooth120 said...

I know what you mean. It's like Terminator meets the Matrix.

It's getting way too close for comfort.

~ Sarah ~ said...

i agree... a bit creepy. but some machines are polite, they say 'THANK YOU'

trn said...

That is creepy. Also, how does the microwave oven even know that "YOUR FOOD IS READY"? All it should know is that the time for which it was programmed to heat has now ended. If it actually has a way to know that the food is in fact ready beyond inference associated with the cooking time having finished, that is evil. If the food turns out not to in fact be ready, will you scream "Liar!" at the appliance?

essie said...

I'm with you as well...I think it's creepy when my cell phone says Hello and good bye to me, too.

PsychoToddler said...

responding: 2010

Bean: 2001

J: Terminator/Matrix/Sleeper

Sarah: Welcome! I guess megalomaniacal machines can have their good points.

trn: Yeah! How does it know when it's ready? (shades of Planes Trains and Automobiles: "Yeah,how does he know which way we're going?")

essie: It's creepy when my phone talks back to me. I say: "Chanie" and it says "Did you mean, MOM?", and then I say, "Chaaaanie", and it says "Did you mean FARM?"

Wickwire said...

Or when it asks, "Shall we play a game of of Global Thermonuclear Warfare?"

Mata Hari said...

see...and i think it's kinda cute. i like that it's telling you your food is ready. pseudo company in the kitchen :)

respondingtojblogs said...

WW-

War Games?

Jack's Shack said...

Yes, give the man a prize. You receive a life sized cutout of Matthew Broderick.

respondingtojblogs said...

Haha. That movie taught me the concept of zugzwang.

Jewish Blogmeister said...

Your Blog is READY! Did that ceep you out or what?

socialworker/frustrated mom said...

That could get annoying. For those lonely folks I guess it could be companionship.(lol)

Kiwi the Geek said...

Once I saw a movie where this guy built a computer that inhabited his whole house. It had a personality, and it fell in love with him, got jealous of his wife, and tried to kill her! So maybe you should destroy your microwave before it does any damage.

My microwave tells me "ENJOY YOUR MEAL". The neighbor I babysit for has one that keeps beeping every minute or so until I come get my food out; that's way more annoying. I don't WANT my food yet, ya darn machine!

PsychoToddler said...

Kiwi, are you referring to Demon Seed? That was a sick movie. I couldn't watch the end of that one.

Maybe you're right about destroying the microwave. I mean, right now, it's only giving information: YOUR FOOD IS READY. When it gets to the point of issuing commands (ENJOY YOUR FOOD), it may be too late.

Thank God the toilet isn't computerized.

cruisin-mom said...

Kiwi the geek: there was a movie on the Disney Channel like that (my kids watched it over and over and over and over and over...well, I think you get the point)

30cal said...

extirminate! exterminate! exterminaaaaate!

Stacey said...

Damn, yours really rocks. My new GE Profile Series microwave just says "FOOD IS READY"

Mirty said...

YOUR FOOD IS READY

But I'm not hungry

EAT! YOUR FOOD IS READY

I just wanted a little snack. I changed my mind.

I COOK ALL DAY FOR YOU AND THIS IS WHAT I GET? YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND?

Sorry...

SORRY ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH

But I...

IN FIVE SECONDS, I WILL SELF-DESTRUCT AND TAKE THIS ENTIRE KITCHEN WITH ME.

....

BWAM!

fifilaroach said...

I just bought a TALKING pedometer by accident. It was cheap, so I decided to keep it. I now have a pedometer trying to encourage me to exercise. Ah, the futility!
hee hee

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Kiwi the Geek said...

PT, I just got around to looking at the summary of Demon Seed, and that's nasty!! No, that's not what I saw. In the one I saw, the computer just wanted to kill its creator's wife. Pretty tame by comparison. The computer was unsuccessful, fortunately. It wasn't very graphic, either, or I wouldn't have watched it.