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My Sister Learns New Words

Last spring, my sister retired from teaching second graders. Needless to say, she has a lot to learn when it comes to communicating with adults. A few months ago, we had the following text exchange. The gray text is from Diana and the blue is mine. The picture was from her.

Just when I thought we had everything figured out, a few months later, this was our exchange. Again, Diana starts it out.

I can tell after this that my MOFO sister has no FOMO!

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

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Texting With My Sister

I recently discovered bitmoji – a free app where you can create an avatar in your image to communicate with other people’s avatars. When I first started using the app, my sister noticed that my emojis looked like me. After creating her own avatar, we stopped texting each other because our avatars were too busy communicating. Here’s a sample of their conversations. My avatar has curly hair and my sister’s avatar’s hair is straight. Notice how much nicer my avatar is than hers, reflecting how we are in real life.

42.4 - 50" of snow! Why do I live here?

42.4 – 50″ of snow! Why do I live here?

That's horrible!

That’s horrible!

We were trapped for two days. Some people are still trapped! Aargh!!!!!

We were trapped for two days. Some people are still trapped! Aargh!!!!!

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It’s enough to drive you crazy! What does SMH stand for?

Shake My Head

Shake My Head

 

I'm stressed and cranky! Watch your step!

I’m stressed and cranky! Watch your step!

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We have another storm coming!

We have another storm coming!

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Big baby!

You're number one

You’re number one

Our avatars are so funny, I laugh every time I use them.

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May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

Text Message

A year ago I finally got a smart phone. One of the things I was most excited about was texting. Like most people, I had read funny text messages online but thought that would never happen to me.

Of course it did. Here’s the exchange (my comments are in green).

What are we saying?

What are we saying?

I have no idea what we said to each other, but I bought peanuts to be on the safe side.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

There’s A Monkey On My App

Orangutans at the Milwaukee Zoo are using the iPad to watch videos, play games, and create artwork. They’re even using Skype and FaceTime to communicate with friends and family at other zoos.

In Mexico, a bottlenose dolphin named Merlin has been using an iPad as a language interface. Merlin uses his nose to operate the touchscreen and his human partner is building a database of dolphin symbols.

To me, this is just the beginning. As orangutans and dolphins become more proficient with technology, these and other animals will eventually get their own e-mail, Facebook and Twitter accounts. (Hey, it worked for Angelina Jolie’s right leg.) I wouldn’t be surprised to see zoo admission costs go up just to cover outrageous texting fees.

Learning that orangutans and dolphins like the iPad, I decided to see what my pets think about it, starting with my parrot Amy. When I showed Amy the iPad, I held it close but just out of reach so she wouldn’t destroy it. Her reaction was very positive. Her pupils constricted, she made a range of happy noises, lifted her wings, and bounced – all signs of her excitement. Funny enough, her favorite appeared to be Angry Birds.

The dogs were a little tougher to please. I downloaded a few free apps for dogs and the only one they found exciting was an app that sounded like a squeaky toy. I tried a bark translator but didn’t find it credible. For example, I have a hard time believing my nearly hairless little dogs would say “Is it hot in here or is it just my fur?“.

Amy communicates fairly well but the language barrier with the dogs could use some help. I think it would be cool if my dogs and I could communicate through the iPad. It would be simple to build a language database because we’d only need a handful of icons such as food, water, outside, treat, and squirrel.

Call me old fashioned, but I’m not a fan of allowing them to text. Dogs are pack animals and texting would change their whole dynamic. I think they would become a lot like teenagers. Instead of running around at the dog park, they would gather in groups and only interact through their smart phones.

For now, we should keep an eye on orangutans and dolphins. I don’t mean to be a conspiracy theorist, but if they start using the iPad to communicate with each other, we may be in trouble.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

Angry Birds = Happy Bird

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