Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Logic of Siri

Siri, of course, is the Apple product within the new iPhone that responds to voice commands, providing answers and solutions.

People now revel in the absurd questions asked of Siri, and Siri's insipid responses. Could give some examples, but don't have the time.

Suffice it to say that it is truly the mark of a successful product that when it makes a mistake, the customer responds, "How cute!"

We treat Apple products like they are our children.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Logic of Black Friday

This morning's Des Moines Register carries this Headline: "Stuffed!"
Below the Headline is large print: "Biggest newspaper of the year"

And big it looked. Until one separated the news from the paper. The news maybe equaled (or slightly exceeded) the size of a Tuesday edition, pretty skinny.

You know Black Friday has gone too far when the ad begins: Sale starts yesterday. Well that did not quite happen. But one second earlier for many ads would be yesterday (making it today - Thursday).

To top all this off, my niece's husband flew to New York for Black Friday sales. Sound extravagant? Well get this. My niece and her husband live near Jerusalem.

So on the day after much of the country gives thanks for what it has, it goes out and buys what it has not. As Yakov Smirnoff used to say, "What a country!"