Thursday, January 12, 2006

Child-proof lock


Naturally, I have letter-recognition turned on for the comments section of my blog, because otherwise I get thrilling comment-spam offering me unmissable investment opportunities and the chance to earn $350,000 a month from home, not to mention hot teen sluts, all of which leaves me all hotly enraged not to mention conflicted about the $350,000, and I'm just annoying when I get enraged. Inarticulate and shrill.

So, letter-recognition. You know, the letters that look like they got drunk, skewed in that Very Special Way that makes them totally tractable to the Human Mind (TM) but not to the Evil Machines.

At least two times out of every three, my first attempt at the letters is denied. Can I not read? Do I not have the same brain as the ones that supported the research that got the drunk-letter software written? Can I not read? Am I a machine? My god, I've failed the Turing test.

Disturbing.

7 comments:

Heidi the Hick said...

wow! I always wondered what the deal was with the mind-screw letters! And where did you get the pic of the evil machines!?! You really should show that to Fatrobot. I'm so glad I read your blog, I sure do learn a lot.

Xtin said...

That is because I am a MACHINE, Heidi! ::maniacal laughter::

The picture is of one of the evil Sentinels from The Matrix. I found it with the wonders of Google Images by typing "matrix sentinel". Goshdarn it, my brainpower surprises even me ... ahem.

pluvialis said...

Do you answer questions about non-axiomatic systems?

Xtin said...

It depends on whether or not the letters are all squiggly.

Scrivener said...

I'm almost always wrong the first time or two I try to do it too. And I've had some of the same uncanny fears that this might mean I am, indeed, an automaton, which has led to despair over my inability to know that the world and I and others in it actually exist, aren't simply figments of my imagination. Which makes me want to develop thermonuclear devices capable of destroying all of this vast, unkowable and perhaps figmentary world around us.

So I guess I am one of those evil machines.

Xtin said...

Fear not, we can be evil machines together. Here, have a figment newton and a cup of tea.

purple_kangaroo said...

It happens to me sometimes even when I know I typed them right.