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Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
« on: November 29, 2014, 05:33:21 pm »
We've been posting some of these in other threads, thought it would be fun to have them in one place!

Beam Me Up

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #1 on: November 29, 2014, 05:42:28 pm »
    For Star Trek fans only:

    Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.


    (I didn't discover this one myself)
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #2 on: November 29, 2014, 07:35:24 pm »
    Thanks, Claw!  I haven't tried that one yet...can't get the Echo away from hubby. :D

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #3 on: November 30, 2014, 04:48:43 am »
    For Star Trek fans only:

    Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.


    (I didn't discover this one myself)

    I'm going to guess that there will be a clever answer to almost any question or comment that is a known television/movie sci-fi meme. After all, the thing was invented by a bunch of geeks. :D
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #4 on: November 30, 2014, 05:17:37 am »
    I'm going to guess that there will be a clever answer to almost any question or comment that is a known television/movie sci-fi meme. After all, the thing was invented by a bunch of geeks. :D

    That's what I told hubby when it responded to beam me up.  Though I didn't know the Tea, Earl Grey, Hot reference.  Not enough of Trekkie, I guess.

    It did know What is the meaning of life? however. :D

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #5 on: November 30, 2014, 05:31:10 am »
    About the earth...

    What does the earth weigh?  The answer takes 24 seconds, though she does give it in both pounds and kilograms. :D

    When is the end of the world? of When will the world end

    Is there a Santa?

    Make me a sandwich.

    What is the best tablet?  (Siri and Alexa differ on this, obviously.)

    Borrowed some of these from a list of things to ask Siri.  Some of the Siri questions worked (above), some didn't. 
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #6 on: November 30, 2014, 05:34:44 am »
    Note that we've gotten two different Beam Me Up responses.... :D

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #7 on: November 30, 2014, 05:59:22 am »
    What's the answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #8 on: November 30, 2014, 06:55:44 am »
    What's the answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?

    Yeah, I think it answered that right, too.  Not being a big fan of Hitchhiker's Guide. I think I answered that last night based on something I read.  Or you can just ask it What is the meaning of life..

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #9 on: November 30, 2014, 08:02:08 am »
    I'm going to guess that there will be a clever answer to almost any question or comment that is a known television/movie sci-fi meme. After all, the thing was invented by a bunch of geeks. :D

    Well, they missed out on Klaatu barada nikto. I guess that is too old school.
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #10 on: November 30, 2014, 08:19:47 am »
    I've successfully listened to many podcasts on tunein, but can't access some on Echo for no visible reason. Also, listening to CNN via Echo seemingly ought to be possible, but Echo always announces that CNN content is unavailable, except for Anderson Cooper for some reason.
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #11 on: November 30, 2014, 09:38:59 am »
    Alexa, what is the airspeed velocity of a swallow?

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #12 on: November 30, 2014, 09:48:52 am »
    Alexa, what is the airspeed velocity of a swallow?

    :)

    Teehee!  She knew that one!

    I've successfully listened to many podcasts on tunein, but can't access some on Echo for no visible reason. Also, listening to CNN via Echo seemingly ought to be possible, but Echo always announces that CNN content is unavailable, except for Anderson Cooper for some reason.

    I've gotten CNN on occasion....but not often. :(  Got it just now by saying Alexa Play CNN Tunein  :o  Only about the third time I've gotten it.

    You should definitely give feedback if you can't get it to work.

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #13 on: November 30, 2014, 10:12:23 am »
    Ask it what "inconceivable" means. And then tell it, "I do not think it means what you think it means."
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #14 on: November 30, 2014, 12:07:58 pm »
    Ask it what "inconceivable" means. And then tell it, "I do not think it means what you think it means."

    :D

    You can't really have a conversation with it, you know. ;)

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #15 on: November 30, 2014, 01:35:34 pm »
    I'm going to guess that there will be a clever answer to almost any question or comment that is a known television/movie sci-fi meme. After all, the thing was invented by a bunch of geeks. :D

    Also, Amazon owns the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), an online provider of information related to movies, TV programs, and video games. :)
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #16 on: December 03, 2014, 03:52:00 pm »
    Where do you live?

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #17 on: December 03, 2014, 04:35:53 pm »
    Alexa, what is the airspeed velocity of a swallow?

    :)

    Sure also has at least two good answers to what is your favorite color?
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #18 on: December 03, 2014, 06:51:21 pm »
    What is your quest?
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #19 on: December 15, 2014, 04:18:36 am »
    I asked Alexa last night Best Picture Oscar 1973? and she knew! (The Sting.) You can ask with or without the word Oscar. She'll do Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress but not Best Director.  And if you ask "Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1973" she'll honk at you. ;)

    Ann:  What is your quest? To seek the Holy Grail.  Is that supposed to be from something in particular?

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    « Reply #20 on: December 15, 2014, 05:07:25 am »
    I asked Alexa last night Best Picture Oscar 1973? and she knew! (The Sting.) You can ask with or without the word Oscar. She'll do Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress but not Best Director.  And if you ask "Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1973" she'll honk at you. ;)

    Ann:  What is your quest? To seek the Holy Grail.  Is that supposed to be from something in particular?

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    It's a Monty Python thing . . . . :D
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    « Reply #21 on: December 15, 2014, 05:15:47 am »
    It's a Monty Python thing . . . . :D

    I thought maybe...though I didn't remember that specific line...and the Holy Grail isn't limited to Monty Python.

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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #22 on: December 15, 2014, 11:58:14 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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    « Reply #23 on: December 17, 2014, 06:15:34 pm »
    :D
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    Re: Fun things to ask Alexa / The Echo
    « Reply #24 on: December 18, 2014, 05:15:42 am »
    So... my husband watches Beverly Hillbillies reruns every morning. Would Alexa be able to tell me whatever happened to the actor who played Jethro Bodine?

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