This is me, news journaling. Or trying to.

Very interesting. Irene Tham, reporting from Singapore, has a piece in CNET.com today about a gadget that converts woofs into words. Japanese toy maker, Takara, unveiled its new gadget at the Tokyo Toy Show today.

The gadget is called Bowlingual, and according to the article, it "scrutinizes and translates a dog's barks into expressions such as ‘I've had enough' or ‘I'm a little bored, let's play.' It attaches "to a dog's collar, and a terminal that analyzes and matches each ‘woof' with a set of preprogrammed phrases."

After the initial shock (which I'll explain later), my linguistic impression upon seeing this in print was that it should be pronounced like "bowl-ingual." As in, "bowl-ing-alley-ingual." Upon closer scrutiny, I realized that was wrong. My second impression was that it should be pronounced, "bow-lingual." As in, "hey, Paul Simon, new bow-tie-lingual?" In short order, I realized that too was wrong. Of course, the bow is derived from bow-wow as in "bow-wow-wow." They really should have come up with a better name for this gadget.

Speaking of gadget, I note no where in the article is the gadget referred to as a toy. She calls it a gadget and a device, but not a toy. Hey, Irene! It's a toy. Really.

While the company is not confirming commercial availability, they're listing the retail price at about $100.00.

Now, back to my initial shock. I had the original idea for something like this! My idea consisted of amazing your friends by having your dog bark into a microphone, which microphone would be hooked up to your computer, and which computer would have installed on it my special software which would convert your dog's barks to words and phrases on your computer screen. Great idea, eh? I thought so. And, I was going to retail my software for about $19.95. A real bargain. At the same time I had a fleeting vision that one day my software would come pre-installed on all new computers. But then I realized that I'd probably be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and brought up on charges of racketeering. Oh, well.

I really love Chuck Berry. Not just his music. But, the man too. This summer I really hope to see him perform at his place in St. Louis.

A couple of the greatest lines from a Chuck Berry song, courtesy of Sam Kershaw:

Last time I saw Marie | She was wavin' me goodbye | With hurry-home drops on her cheek | That trickled from her eye.

Now if that doesn't bring a tear to your eye, then I don't know what will. Thank ya Sammy. Thank ya Chuck.

A couple nights ago I added Netscrape to my quickstart tray. Since I'm now blocking so many things on IE, including the vicious Yahoo! popups, I'm using Netscrape a little more. But not a lot more. Just a little. Which, I suppose, begs the question, "why am I blocking so much on IE if I still need it?" Well, the pop-ups don't actually always pop up in Netscape. Usually, I just get a runtime error or something.

quickstart 02.05.10

And just for kicks, here's the systray tray:

systray 02.05.10

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