All posts for the month January, 2017

An episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” interacted with our home entertainment system this evening.

The Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled, internet-connected device that can play music, control smart home devices, provide information, etc.

It is now possible to change its wake word from “Alexa” to “Computer”, just like the Enterprise D’s voice-controlled computer. As a result, the worlds of Star Trek and today’s technology collided.

Our new Echo Dot responded to Geordi La Forge’s command (look for the blue ring to appear on the bottom right when he says “Computer”).

If you don’t see it the first time, replay the clip; it’s only 12 seconds long.

I am working on getting our X10 home automation to respond to voice command as well; more about that when I succeed.

Another media room interaction: when Mr. Data's cat meowed, Albert's grooming halted while he assessed the situation.

Another interaction occurred when Mr. Data’s cat Spot meowed. Albert’s grooming halted while he assessed the situation.


Just came across this Tonight Show on Antenna TV (8.3).

I recorded it on TiVo, and downloaded to my PC with the help of free pyTivo (see linked previous post).

With free Windows Movie Maker, I edited the segment into a 5:30 .mp4 for YouTube. But someone beat me to it. See bottom of this page.

This appearance was notable enough to be mentioned in Weleetka’s Wikipedia entry.


Chief Ronnie Porter talked about the problems of law enforcement without an adequate police vehicle.

We learned that the Weleetka chief was originally from Wewoka. Reminded me of this classic Tonight Show take-off on “Dragnet” with Jack Webb:

And here is the video: