Day By Day


  • JTC

    “I can see…”?

    Holy shit it’s worse than we thought…

    • JTC

      Not that our phones, computers, teevees, and frickin’ cars aren’t also watching our every move.

      How many shells ya got, Skye?

  • Too Tall

    I love a happy ending.

    P.S. Chris, I received the original today of Keiko demonstrating her shotgun skills on Sam’s last deep-fried (carbonized?) turkey. Superb, and thank you!

  • Too Tall

    Alexa makes HAL look like a good guy.

    • Saaruuk

      GOOD!!! Somebody else caught the ref. 😀 😀 😀

    • Toxic Deplorable B Woodman

      I was thinking that Alexa was sounding like HAL. But only for a moment. PULL!

      • DCE

        I believe Alexa was quoting HAL’s line.

        • Henry

          “I’m sorry, Alexa, I can’t do that.”

    • Punta Gorda

      Hal was the victim. The evil was the government giving it conflicted orders.

      • JTC

        Then as now. Though some will argue that they are not one and the same, evil gov can only be evil with the complicity of evil enablers.

  • NotYetInACamp

    So much for what I did not comment yesterday about what happens when after Alexa (or others) leave and then the toaster, refrigerator, utility meter, oven, washing machine and dryer, vacuum cleaner, toothbrush, razor, LED lights, other lights, vehicles, power tools, phones, computers, and all the items composing the internet of things continue communicating with and reporting to Alexa or her bosses in such a manner that they know when our innards gurgle, much less when we fart.
    Well that part about continuing to report to the AI god bosses kind of worries me.

    Where do those open iris physically plugged in wire-heads running the tech overlord corporations fit into this? Will they upload to their AI god eventually and continue the reign of terror control they desire? Or am I just over speculating?

    Or: “PULL!’

    • JTC


      • NotYetInACamp


  • Pamela

    What in God’s Good Name is Skye shooting with?

    • kadaka

      Forget the name, has dual magazine tubes and holds like 24 Aguila Minishells. Something that would be joked about for repelling nonexistent mindless zombie hordes, until you’ve seen Antifa swarm.

      But where are the ear muffs and eye protection? They’re helpful when making Alexa shrapnel.

    • Alec Horne

      It’s a Kel Tec.

    • JSStryker

      It is a Kel Tec Shotgun, a nice bullpup 12 shotgun

      • Pamela

        Santa..I know what I want for Christmas

        • kadaka

          But you’re in Kalifornia therefore have no need for nor right to own “weapons of goddamned mass destruction” according to your Beloved Governor Newsom. However if you act now you could pick up a useful Midland Backpack before they’re declared a concealable weapon and you have to register it.

  • Alec Horne

    I’m feeling much better, Dave.

  • WayneM

    But soft, what light through yonder comic strip breaks? It is a rational thought and Skye is pulling the trigger! Pull, fair Sam, and kill the envious Alexa…

    • GWB

      Would be sweet irony if they had hooked up the skeet trap to the IoT and said “Alexa, pull!”

  • John M.

    Kel-Tec KSG 12 pump-action shotgun. Two tubular magazines that each hold 7-2¾” shells or 6-3″ shells. (or like Kadaka said 24 of the Aquila 1½” mini shells) The gunner can select which magazine he wants to draw from, so you could one “tube” with #1 Buck and the other with slugs, and select your feed as the situation dictates.

    • kadaka

      Over $700 at Bud’s. But watch the video at link, the KSG is downward ejecting and Skye shouldering the stock with that top is NOT recommended.

      • GWB

        And, despite Skye being a still-leftie, a Princess Bride quote seems appropriate:
        “There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.”

      • PaulS

        My first thought was that she should be nekkid, for exactly that reason. 😉

      • JSStryker

        Check Palmetto State Armory they have them for $649

  • Bill G

    I don’t recall what all of us were discussing, but I mentioned the Kel-Tec to the group and one young lady immediately searched it on her phone. After seeing it, she then announced “I know what I want for Christmas!”

  • GWB

    For years I’ve wanted to be able to say “Computer”, and have it respond “Working…”*. Then I could ask it to do/find what I needed.

    So, why am I so anti-Alexa/Siri/Whatnot?

    Because I wanted to talk to MY computer. I don’t want to talk to the master computer in Silicon Valley. Or China. I want to talk to MY computer and have IT do the search or whatnot.

    It’s not the computer knowing what I want or like, and being able to act as my servant, it’s the centralization and that it’s somebody else.

    It’s much like the problem so many folks have with e-books and streaming movies: you don’t really own it; you’re simply allowed to access it at their whim. Thanks. If I really want it, I’ll buy a CD/hardcopy and keep it where I control it and can use it as I wish.

    (* I’m guessing you can’t make Siri or Alexa sound like Majel Barrett. Probably licensing issues. I could make MY computer do that, and not break a single IP law. One more argument against the Big Tech approach.)

    • Spin Drift

      I bet your computer doesn’t have the Photon torpedoes that Majel had. I don’t think there was an episode that they weren’t locked and loaded.

      Kirk, you magnificent bastard, I’ve got you now!

  • Richard

    First, without reading the dialog, I though it was that Solar Sail deployment by the Planetary Society. Then I started the dialog and I started with Skynet. Instapundit – “Skynet Smiles”. Then Hal 9000 and the shot gun. Then it made sense.


  • DCE

    So you’re not a fan of Multivac running the world? (Yes, an Asimov reference.)

    • A blast from the past

      GRIOT ?

  • Steve H

    Is Alexa going to sing Bicycle Built For Two on the way out?

  • Spin Drift

    Hal, I don’t think we are going to be in Texas anymore, WWheeee………………BoooooM

    How can you shoot such an innocent ‘bot? Easy, you don’t lead’em as much.

  • canuck49

    I knew I fell in love with Skye all those years ago for a reason… and not just because she was a ‘fallen’ woman!!

    • interventor

      A gentleman appreciates a woman with a past. It gives him hopes for the future.

  • Browncoat

    From ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ to a segue into “The Princess Bride’ then on to ‘Full Metal Jacket’. We’re covering all the bases here…


    • Spin Drift

      You missed Majel Barrett’s (Gene Rodenberry’s squeeze) photon torpedoes about half a page up.


      • Browncoat

        Dammit! You’re right…

  • CaptDMO

    I’m so old I remember……
    Electronic hockey pucks, so ‘puter resolution cameras could track ’em on the ice for the viewers that normally take the short bus.
    Wait…wait….which one of those is the small, hockey puck sized, units?

  • Bye, Alexa…

  • Pete231

    Kel-Tec KSG12 ….. Dana Loesch would abide……

    • NotYetInACamp

      You are blessed. Congratulations.

      • NotYetInACamp

        All of you are blessed, and all of us by it.

        • JTC

          Thank you Sir.

  • cb

    Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters – all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing.

    David Petraeus


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