Texting Tantrums

I’ll be honest, in an ideal world, my collision with trying to operate technology would probably stop at my laptop, and the computer I need to use at work, and that would be it. Being controlled by technology, whole different matter, lol. Lets face it, if that sensory deprivation tank decided to brainwash me, or something like that, I’d absolutely love it! As for being turned into a robot, well… 😉

But fine, this is something far more mundane, the mobile, or for American readers, the cell phone.

No, I dont have anything smart, in any sense of the word, it would be wasted on me. I had to be dragged screaming, into the world of cell phones in the first place, only submitting when it really was a case that I really needed one because of all the damage to my back, in case of emergencies. Fine, its useful for teleconferences relating to work too, but beyond that, no thanks!

Well, until now… Today I was due to have Physiotherapy done on my wrist, and the guy doing it insists on using texts to keep in touch with me. So yes, I got one this afternoon giving me the appointment time, which was different to the one mentioned before. So I tried to reply by text, querying the time, with moderate success. Mainly in the sense that I had to ‘shout’ as I had no idea how to change it from Capital letters, which was presumably the default setting? Fine, he’s sorted it out for me, but will now be no capital letters, ever. Mind, as he’s the only person I ever plan to text, lol, I shall live!

Oh fine, I guess its like short emails, or tweets, but typing them, on a phone keyboard, I hate it! Lets just say I had to clear, and retype numerous times! So no, please dont even think of getting me started with a phone that does the internet thing, or takes photos, or anything like that, please!

So no, beyond the obvious of a TV, and a computer, no, dont try to get me excited about technology that I have to control, ever. Technology controlling me however, the sooner the better!

Right, video time. I havent done much Christmas stuff this year, so lets break that streak for now. Dont remember ever using this one before, in truth.

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(Hive) Queen of Wishful Thinking

So fine, this blog had started to drift away from the weird, wonderful, and mind control, but it seems to be getting back more to form of late, lol! You could say this is technology news, combined with some mind control fantasies, I guess.

So, to explain, in Mind Control story terms, Drones are the sort of mindless beings that make obedient robots seem to have empathy. They literally have no thoughts of their own, sometimes they just receive commands from their controllers, or sometimes, like the Borg in Star Trek, all are assimilated to think as one.

For most ordinary folk though, drones are these tiny, flying things that people either use to take location film that would otherwise be tricky to do, other than at great cost, to deliver small packages, or just to annoy people by flying close to them, creating noise in the process.

Anyway, about a week ago, I was sort of watching the breakfast news, while on my laptop, and I heard something about drone creation technology being used in West Yorkshire. I’m sorry, but given I was on a sci-fi site at the time, my mind drifted immediately to the other kind of drone mentioned above.

But no, my hopes that someone in West Yorkshire might consider turning me into a mindless, obedient robot drone only lasted about 2 minutes, before I discovered it was the flying things, and that the local Fire Service were planning to use them in future, especially designed to be able to be used in areas of high heat, namely fires. Ah well…

Then 2 days ago, I saw an article on MSN, that seemingly throughout the world, about 50 of these drone flying things would take off and fly around for a short while before returning to base, seemingly not piloted from the ground. Hive mind drone controller, of the flying kind, hmm? No, the article cast no light on why this was happening.

So I guess I’ll still have to wait to be part of the collective human drone kind, unless said event is warming up to doing that as well, in which case I hope they give me a call, as that is one collective I’d love to be part of.

But for now, it just seems to be the flying drones, but I can wish…?

Which all leads to tonight’s video. A lesser hit from over 30 years ago, that no one but me, and my hive mind collective (I wish!) would remember, or be allowed to remember, probably!

The laptop, it is a changing!

OK, a piece of sentiment, as this will probably be one of the last written on this old laptop before its honorably retired from duty. This will be number 924 on here, seemingly, for this blog, though its written even more for the other blog too, so its coming up on 1900 altogether, wow! Only needs 3 more blog days (at 2 blogs a writing day), so whether I let it get to its milestone or not, no idea, but I suspect not, as its getting a bit weighty for an old lady like me.

I’m not quite sure how long I’ve been using this, but it must be getting close to a decade, and it was only second hand then, so in laptop terms, its even more ancient than me! In truth, like me, its got a few ‘physical issues’ nowadays, as the battery now has an unplugged life of less than 30 minutes, and as I’ve already mentioned, in terms of weight, compared to modern machines, its the weight of a dinosaur! Apart from that, its moody (just like me), and its relationship with Internet Explorer nowadays has almost reached divorce status lol! But yes, I suspect I’m going to find the leap from Windows 7, to Windows 10 a bit of a shock for this old dinosaur! But seriously, my new one will be about half the weight, or less of this one, an absolute blessing for me, especially when travelling!

Do you know the irony though, I paid more for this second hand (£200), than my new one (£165) will cost me, even not taking inflation into account over nearly 10 years? My first ever computer, at the turn of the century, about £900, back then!

I know what my biggest hell is going to be, in changing computers, even assuming Ella can simply transfer my favorite lists over? Passwords! Because everything is preset on here, I have no idea what password I am on for lots of sites nowadays! Yes, that could be fun…rolls eyes…

But yes, its going to be nice to be able to run things on IE again, that I cant run on here anymore, just because of the way websites have changed over the years. Mind, I will probably still use Chrome for some stuff, regardless, just out of habit! Yes, if only it was easy to change for a nice new body, lol. Mind, I’d make sure I had all the ‘right parts’ if I did that, believe me!

Oh, and while I’m mentioning the blessings of technology here… Having accepted I need a mobile phone for security/health reasons (mainly the latter, given my physical state), I have the nightmare of trying to do teleconferences on a tiny mobile phone, for lengthy periods of time, with arthritic hands, which get very sore gripping a tiny phone for 30 minutes, or more at a time. So yes, I’m getting one of those headset set ups, so I can listen, and talk, without needing to hold the phone. Mind, I do swear, if someone sees me out, seemingly talking to myself like an idiot, please shoot me! Maybe not, but you get my drift, lol!

So yes, honest, I am trying to drag myself into the modern world, though both are down to need due to age, and health, than any desire to be technologically cool!

I’m not going to say anything about the political sentiments behind tonights song, however tempting it might be, from both sides of the pond. But yes, they’re talking about events of over 50 years ago, within my lifetime, but a whole different world for so many, I guess?

The call center challenge!

One of the issues with working in a call center, any call center, is the less than pleasant calls, generally from angry, or just plain rude customers, or staff. Yes, been there, done that, multiple times, lets just say that Glasgow betting shop staff are probably the rudest I’ve had the ‘delight’ of dealing with, and leave it at that!

Fine, given the nature of my current job, emotions can run high at times. Both because we are dealing with estates of the deceased, and because some people have unrealistic expectations of how quickly bureaucratic checks can be done. Not that I’m saying the situation is currently perfect, but if you believed some people…

Anyway, this week, I get to go on what work describes as a ‘challenging call’ course. All day Tuesday, part of Wednesday, its being held. Yes, some people have been challenging to deal with, but compared to some Glasgow betting shop staff, nothing I couldnt survive.

For me, and my less than stunning technological skills, the fact that I have to learn the new phone call system on Wednesday, after the other course is over, is far more scary! I know, I suspect its quite similar, but something new, just when you’ve got used to the old system, ah well…

Oh, and even more scary, next week I reach 59. Not that many years ago, I’d be 1 year away from retirement. Now, it will be just over 7 years, assuming they dont change the rules again in the interim! Mind, I suppose it means the pension payout will be better, so…?

Right, video time. Something that people ringing a call center are never likely to be doing!

Testing out theories about electric chairs, maybe?

Oh fine, that title relates more to the video, than what I will actually be doing, but its loosely related. Hey, I know, I’d be more interested in being the one wired up, than offering advice on it, anyway!

OK, with this job I’m doing at present, for a couple more weeks at least, before taking up the better offer, the fun starts here! The last 4 weeks, which were 2 weeks of customer service training, followed by 2 weeks of customer service theory were fine, hardly surprising given my work history, lets face it. But now, assuming that no one discovers my plans, and throws me out, or they simply come to a deal to let me go (at interview, I was told earliest start was 9.00, which I could do. at job, earliest start is 7.30, which I cant do, to Leeds), I go into technical services training.

Lets face it, anyone here that knows me well, knows that I’m more interested in being controlled by technology, than being the one in control. They also probably know that my personal technical knowledge, isnt a lot! Why worry, when its not the side of technology I want to be on, and a couple of folk here know a lot more about it than me, anyway? So yes, this could be, err, fun! The only blessing is, however much of it I pick up, I’m not going to be putting it into practice anyway, which might, or might not be for the best?

To be honest, I’m not sure how much I will learn will be of use to me in the outside world, or how much of it is so purely related to the job, to know how much benefit I will get from it, but we will see? And yes, you’re also right, I’d much prefer it if the technology training was being done in a ‘suitable’ technological way! Ah well…

Electric chair? Fine, depends how its aligned, I guess? Neural download chair, oh yes please, most definitely! I might even stay if it was being done like that! 😀 Sadly, not going to happen, but then again, neither is me staying!

There is one other little downside, training means I’m back to 9.00 starts, which means getting up by 5.45, so, yuck! I will get a little more time in the evening, so swings and roundabouts, but besides that…?

OK, video time. No, I dont think I’ll count as a Tesla Girl at any point, though I will be testing out technological theories, I guess? Me, fine, I’d be happier being the one in the chair, having my mind, and body tampered with, but besides all that…whistles innocently… Not the original video though, this is live in Los Angeles, a week ago today. Only wish I could have been there, believe me!

The power of the voice

Oh goody, you’re in for a video treat tonight. Lets leave it at that, for the length of the blog, at least.

At the beginning of this week, on Fembot Central, someone wanted a woman to do a vocal piece, a half of a conversation between a man, and a fembot. So yes, I said that if no one younger offered to do it, I’d do it for him. I have done these things in the dim, distant past, long before you could record it on to a program, on a laptop, for sure.

And yes, seemingly, its a bit like riding a bike, I soon got the hang of it again, just like reading a script. Fine, its a bit weird, doing your line, waiting a few seconds, and then recording your next line, to give him space to edit his lines into the middle of it. I’ve read scripts before like that, but all players have been there, so its easier to judge the pace. When you’re recording by yourself, hmm?

The other snag I discovered, when it came to do my lines, was exactly how robotic I was meant to be, I forgot to ask. Yes, I know, I was pretty sure he didnt want the monotone robot style, given she was a fembot, created to look like a human. So I played it in a clipped, human way, apart from where she was having difficulties with a malfunction in her system.

Actually, for someone like me, not an expert in technology, I had more fun getting it together, and sending it back to him! I mean, I’m the one who wants to be controlled by computers, not controlling them! Yes, the .wav things (I did one where I used the letter b, one where I used beta, as I wasnt sure which he wanted) I saved them as, was very large, and wasnt going to willingly be sent by email, not even separately. Eventually, the technical blunder girl saved it to her One Drive thing on Hotmail, and sent him the link! Yes, I mean, if we needed it recorded, we were all in one place, and put it on to a tape recorder, or cassette recorder!

Yes, fine, I loved the experience, it was great fun doing something like that again, after so many years. No, I dont think the tape will be going to Hollywood studios, even if it was fun. I’ll see how much he liked my voice, if I passed, I might be doing more. Yes, I’d love a contract, with decent money, for doing these things, but realistically…nope!

So, to that video. In honesty, Ultravox created some great videos. Vienna is the obvious well known one, but the barely known Passing Strangers is one I love, for the whole vintage feel. This one is just plain powerful, and far superior to the other one they made, for this song

Robots are taking over the workplace

Question is, will they take over our jobs, or take over us!

Alright, fine, at this point that may be a slight exaggeration, but its coming, for sure. Just glad I’m at the back end of my working life, though fine, I might enjoy becoming part of the robot workplace, but thats beside the point!

Because lets face it, call centre work would be one of the prime candidates for an ‘automated’ workplace, lets face it! Mind, it was only yesterday I saw about a Japanese hotel where many of the work staff have already been replaced by robots. I know, its Japan, but in time…

Mind, to some degree, you are going to be part of the robotic system, because of all the wearable technology that many people use nowadays. Fine, at the moment, it only advises, or helps you, but how long before it tells you what to do, or just does it, using you as its mouthpiece, hmm? Because, mark my word (but sadly, probably not in my working life), you will become part of the technology machine at work, and in time, it will tell you what to do, not suggest it!

Who, me? Yes, fine, I’m just looking for one of those mad scientist types to turn me into a robot first, so I can control humanity…oh fine, I didnt really say that, honest I didnt… But yes, you’re right, I’d love it!

Now I’ve finished panicking the younger workers, who see their life under the control of technology, or being part of that technology, I’ll finish with the video. What do you think, what you might be, in the future. A new version, I think better than the original