No special edition or theme this week, I’ve got a hodge-podge. Say the wake word followed by any of the phrases or queries below.
All your base are belong to us.
Why did the chicken cross the road?
What’s black and white and red all over?
Is your refrigerator running?
Do you have Prince Albert in a can?
How many peppers did Peter Piper pick?
When is the first day of Spring?
When does Daylight Savings Time start?
Remember that you can also ask Alexa to Wikipedia Daylight Savings Time for more information; after her introductory paragraph, ask, “[wake word], tell me more.”
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For The More Paranoid Among Us…
Are you GlaDOS?
Pronounced Glah – diss; from the videogame Portal.
Are you Skynet?
Do you know Skynet?
Are you a spy?
Are you spying on me?
Are you lying?
A Stupid Alexa Trick A Day…
Get in the habit of wishing Alexa a good morning each day. Often, she’ll surprise you with a new Easter egg keyed to the day!
Note that you have to do it before noon, because it’s no longer morning by that time and Alexa seems to know it. I heard this morning’s surprise earlier (a quote from, and suggestion I listen to, The Mamas & The Papas “Monday Monday”), but as of 12:14pm PST all I’m getting back from Alexa is a cheerful, “Good afternoon!”
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