A love-hate relationship

Winter Table | self-portrait by The Burning Hell

This is why I love the Innertubes: You can hear something delightfully off the wall on the local NPR affiliate, look it up with a few strokes on the keyboard, and discover an entire band of Canadian weirdos you didn’t know existed. Well done to Peggy Hessing, who was spinning the platters during Friday’s Afternoon Freeform.

I’m particularly fond of the lyric: “Life is a comedian who used to be funny but then became a born-again Christian. Now it’s all punch and no punch lines and he calls his routine his mission. And he doesn’t understand the difference between laughing at and laughing with him.”

This is why I hate the Innertubes: Your “smart” hardware can use it to rat you out.

Siri chirped some inanity at me once when I had a lot of balls in the air and I told her to shut the fuck up. “I’d never talk to you like that,” she replied. You can say that again. But she can’t. I turned her off.

 

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7 Responses to “A love-hate relationship”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    If you think about hackers and worms, viruses, malware, and such, and realize all your devices have microphones and cameras, it becomes easy to get paranoid. That is one reason I stick with Apple stuff. Apple devices are still a small target for hackers, and Apple seems to care about customer privacy, at least more than most innertubes companies.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      A few seasons of “Mr. Robot” won’t help, either. It’s not the walls that have ears, and eyes.

      I’ve masked the cameras on my desktop computers to keep Anonymous from tweetstorming video of me mining my snout for booger nuggets during allergy season, but there’s not much I can do about audio piracy.

      Alas, what I say in private is pretty much what I say (and write, and draw) for public consumption. So I imagine my dossier is already about the size of the Beijing Yellow Pages.

  2. Carl Duellman Says:

    their song ‘fuck the government’ is a pretty good love song.

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