Tuesday, October 28, 2008

And what is with airline food?

Any Gmail users on the blog tonight? Come on, don't be shy! I love Gmail, I really do, but it also kinda scares me. You ever take a look at those ad banners that pop up on the side of your email? Those scare me! Someone, or something, is reading my emails! So, I'm emailing my wife this morning, and somewhere I mention that I haven't been sleeping well lately, and then suddenly this shows up (click for to make bigger):

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords, but there's more: Play a didgeridoo? What? You're offering me an aboriginal flute to help me sleep? This calls for a quick consultation of the Font of All Human Knowledge!

"A 2005 study in the British Medical Journal found that learning and practicing the didgeridoo helped reduce snoring and sleep apnea, as well as daytime sleepiness. This appears to work by strengthening muscles in the upper airway, thus reducing their tendency to collapse during sleep."

Huh. It's worth pointing out that the study was of a mere 25 patients, including the control group, but still. Weird. I mean, is this a joke? Is there some email-reading robot out there playing a joke on the Cous? It certainly wouldn't be my first encounter with a malfeasant android.

How am I supposed to get to sleep now?

So for those of you who had trouble following along at home: insomnia, robots, didgeridoos. Got all that?


Jonathan said...

I love gmail too (and really, the whole suite of googley things -- calendar, docs, reader, etc.) At first glance, it seems a little odd to have ads that match the content of your email, but the reality is that just about every email provider "reads" your email. Some computer somewhere has to receive the message, and when you request it, display it for you. It has to "read" it to do that.

Sometimes, the links are pretty nice -- I've found about new and quite useful products that way.

Cecilia said...

i too love gmail but it once was giving me advice on how to get a baby to fall asleep while i was reading an email from a friend that had song lyrics to a song called "are you a dreamer?"
do you see a connection? i don't.

also, i really want to know WHY they keep giving me recipes for cooking spam when i just want to see what's in my spam folder.