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Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
« Reply #25 on: December 18, 2014, 05:31:25 am »
No, not at this point.  I asked her "who is jethro bodine" and "who played jethro bodine."  but she didn't hear it right, according to the Bing Search cards in the Echo app.
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #26 on: December 18, 2014, 05:36:55 am »
    Thanks for asking. Alexa needs IMDb info filed away in her mem'ry slots!

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #27 on: December 18, 2014, 05:40:10 am »
    Well, IMDB is an Amazon company...I think part of the problem was she wasn't hearing the name properly--which might have been my pronunciation.
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #28 on: December 18, 2014, 05:44:18 am »
    That's why I mentioned IMDb, knowing it's now an Amazon company. I've been using that site since its early days. :)

    Where does Echo get her info banks from?

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #29 on: December 18, 2014, 06:11:57 am »
    Yeah, I've been using IMDB for ages.  I was kind of surprised to learn it had become part of the Amazon umbrella. :)

    Data is streamed from Amazon's cloud.  If Alexa doesn't know something, she'll send a Bing search to the app.  I think they're still building access.  Probably checking to see what people are asking.

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #30 on: December 18, 2014, 10:34:31 am »
    No, not at this point.  I asked her "who is jethro bodine" and "who played jethro bodine."  but she didn't hear it right, according to the Bing Search cards in the Echo app.

    I don't have an Echo to test, but maybe this would work?

    "Alexa, Wikipedia: Jethro Bodine."

    - or -

    "Alexa, Wikipedia: Max Baer Jr."

    It may not be able to correctly interpret the actor's last name, however, and think you mean bear.
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #31 on: December 18, 2014, 11:48:27 am »
    I don't have an Echo to test, but maybe this would work?

    "Alexa, Wikipedia: Jethro Bodine."

    - or -

    "Alexa, Wikipedia: Max Baer Jr."

    It may not be able to correctly interpret the actor's last name, however, and think you mean bear.
    That worked, it brought up the info for Max Baer Jr.
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #32 on: December 18, 2014, 02:45:40 pm »
    That worked, it brought up the info for Max Baer Jr.

    Did it work for Jethro Bodine? The point for me was I didn't know the actor's name...

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #33 on: December 18, 2014, 05:03:41 pm »
    Did it work for Jethro Bodine? The point for me was I didn't know the actor's name...

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    Yep, asked "Wikipedia, Jethro Bodine" and "she" answered with Max Baer's info, including best known for The Beverly Hillbillies.
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #34 on: December 18, 2014, 05:10:36 pm »
    Yep, asked "Wikipedia, Jethro Bodine" and "she" answered with Max Baer's info, including best known for The Beverly Hillbillies.


    Hmmm....I'll try that.  I've never had to specify Wikipedia before--just "Who is" and she would read from Wikipedia.  Of course, she never got "Jethro Bodine"  I must have an accent. :D
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #35 on: December 18, 2014, 05:27:42 pm »
    A household survey of the question
    "who played jethro bodine"

    Siri (dd's phone) replied
    "Let me check my sources"
    and up popped the cast list for the show

    Google Search on my phone popped up Max Baer's name

    and hubby said
    "If you'd asked me I could've told you"
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #36 on: December 18, 2014, 08:40:50 pm »
    I tried Alexa Wikipedia Jethro Bodine and got a snippet of Max Baer's Wikipedia entry as expected.
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #37 on: December 23, 2014, 05:24:18 am »
    Not that I've seen the movie (okay, only a dozen times or more), but the quest is to seek the Holy Grail, not see it.  8)

    PS: I tried asking Alexa if witches float, but she couldn't figure that one out. ;)

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #38 on: December 30, 2014, 12:32:51 pm »
    If Echo answers "Define Interesting" with ""Oh God, Oh God, We're all going to die?"" I will love her to the end of my days.


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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #39 on: December 30, 2014, 02:49:51 pm »
    If Echo answers "Define Interesting" with ""Oh God, Oh God, We're all going to die?"" I will love her to the end of my days.

    Sadly, Alexa tells me that the term interesting means "arousing or holding the attention."
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #40 on: December 30, 2014, 02:51:05 pm »
    Sadly, Alexa tells me that the term interesting means "arousing or holding the attention."

    Quick, send a report to product feedback so they fix it before mine ships.   :D

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #41 on: January 04, 2015, 05:56:10 pm »
    Ask it what "inconceivable" means. And then tell it, "I do not think it means what you think it means."

    Or better yet, say "Alexa, inconceivable!"

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #42 on: January 05, 2015, 07:37:21 am »
    I asked Alexa "What does the cardinal birdsong sound like?"  I was hoping it would access my bird ID app and play the birdsong.  She sent me a  Bing link.   Awww.

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #43 on: January 07, 2015, 08:12:31 pm »
    Alexa, when is your birthday?

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    « Reply #44 on: January 08, 2015, 11:55:07 am »
    "Alexa, what is the meaning of life?"

    I'm not entire happy with the use of "traditional" in her answer, however, as I don't consider The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe to be traditional. :)

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #45 on: January 09, 2015, 04:29:42 pm »
    Alexa is playing music.

    Me: Alexa stop.  (Music stops)
    DH: Alexa don't stop.  (Music plays)
    Me: Alexa stop.  (Music stops)
    DH: Alexa don't listen to her.  (Music plays)

    He was cracking up...

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #46 on: January 09, 2015, 04:46:56 pm »
    I'm cracking up!

    Showed it to hubby, he cracked up.  We don't have that problem except that sometimes he'll walk in and change the music I'm listening to.  We've made it a house rule that you can't change music in the middle of a song.

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #47 on: January 09, 2015, 06:32:44 pm »
    She also knows rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock!

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #48 on: January 09, 2015, 07:12:45 pm »
    She also knows rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock!

    O.k. That is sort of awesome. :o
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #49 on: January 09, 2015, 09:13:34 pm »
    Alexa is playing music.

    Me: Alexa stop.  (Music stops)
    DH: Alexa don't stop.  (Music plays)
    Me: Alexa stop.  (Music stops)
    DH: Alexa don't listen to her.  (Music plays)

    He was cracking up...
    I was reading this out loud (as if II had not already seen it) and music started playing. Must remember to not say Alexa unless I am really addressing the device. It did seem to be somewhat confused, tho, as it only played for a few seconds.  ::)

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