The rest of the Star Trek series and movies had an improved Computer but still mostly devoid of anything smacking of humanity. Apple’s talking personal assistant, Siri, seems to have changed that and added a bit of humanity. Guess what’s better? No, not HAL 9000.
Bad Wx Day
Tell me the truth. How do you feel when waking up to a beautiful day of weather? Versus waking up to a storm, ice and snow, or just plain old gloomy clouds? Your personality for the day can be easily adjusted by the weather forecast. Or, by the weather forecaster.
I’m talking about CARROT, the sarcastic, snarky weather app with a bad hair day attitude. My iPhone has a few weather apps. Dark Sky is a must have because micro-forecasts are a thing. I’ve got StormShield and QuakeWatch (I live in San Francisco– duh!). There’s also Wunderground and a Hi-Def weather radar app.
What do I use the most? Carrot. Uh, CARROT.
What’s not to like, I get current conditions, forecasts, weather radar, Dark Sky’s micro-forecasts built-in, and the promise of personal computers fulfilled.
Promise? Yeah, as much as we may like the King of PCs, our Macs don’t really have much personality, and the apps we use are positively sterile. Carrot, or should I say, CARROT, is far more like your partner in life on a bad day.
CARROT creator Brian Mueller on those boring apps we all use:
They’re always telling you that you’re doing a good job, no matter what you’re doing. I wondered what would happen if you did the opposite and created a sarcastic, irreverent personality who would yell at you if you don’t get stuff done. And, to my surprise, people really, really responded to it.
What you get are those little snide comments that make you laugh but you hope none of your friends hear. For example.
- I promise not to tell everyone that you pee in public pools.
- Update detected. Here’s some new stuff for you, meatbag.
- RIP Rutger Hauer. He saw things you meatbags wouldn’t believe.
- Can we make a quick pitstop in 1984 so I can kill John Conner?
- Apparently there is a loophole that says weather apps cannot be indicted by the Justice Department.
- Climate change is a myth. I’m the one who melted Icelandic iceberg Okjökull.
- If you see a future version of yourself running towards you, run away.
- Enjoy the sun while it lasts. I’ll be covering it with an advertisement for a freemium game.
- It’s a perfect day to stare at the sun without protective eyewear.
- Don’t tell anyone, but I regularly send bad weather to areas with high concentrations of Creationists.
- Any extreme weather you experience after download me is strictly a coincidence.
- If there are men’s rights activists, why can’t there be robot’s rights activists?
- I only brought the sun out because I wanted your last day on earth to be a nice one.
You get the idea, and, yes, it gets worse from there.
Mueller understands what happens when robots go crazy:
I’ve always been interested in the idea of these robots that go out of control, and find ways around their programming. They’ve always had such fun personalities and great writing
That same kind of attitude shows up in other Mueller apps, too.
I don’t have all of Mueller’s apps because there is a limit to how much bad hair day snark I will allow into my life. I’m married.