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[Monday, February 4 2019] undersea robot just delivered 100,000 baby corals to the Great Barrier Reef; Microsoft preparing to bring Xbox Live to iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch; Netflix to Acquire Zac Efron Ted Bundy Movie ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’

/news

/UpliftingNews

/science

  • mvea
    New research provides evidence that religious and spiritual beliefs lower the risk of depression because they’re associated with changes in white matter microstructure, the communication pathways of the brain, based on brain imaging of family members at high risk for depression.
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/technology

  • speckz
    The 'Right to Repair' Movement Is Gaining Ground and Could Hit Manufacturers Hard - The EU and at least 18 U.S. states are considering proposals that address the impact of planned obsolescence by making household goods sturdier and easier to mend.
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/dataisbeautiful

  • chartr
    Word clouds and lyric analysis of Maroon 5 albums released 15 years apart illustrates how they have become more "pop" than "rock". [OC] from Instagram @chartrdaily.
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/business

/stocks

/gadgets

  • mspoonygp
    [Title Post] Microsoft preparing to bring Xbox Live to iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch
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/askscience

/AskHistorians

  • BRIStoneman
    In the 1930s, Germany supported a terrorist campaign designed to topple the fascist government of Austria, to the extent that it nearly came to war with Italy and Austria. Why were the Nazis so violently opposed to what should have been an ideologically compatible regime?
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/finance

  • ashbender
    A free, online graphing calculator with lots of Finance customizable formulas
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/AskReddit

/todayilearned

  • The_Best_Nerd
    TIL that the NFL made a commitee to falsify information to cover up brain damage in their players
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  • throwaway732912
    TIL that 1972 democratic vice presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton was forced to drop out of the race after he was humiliated by the "revelation" that he had been treated for chronic depression.
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  • zepphiu
    TIL that a Carl's Jr. in Santa Rosa, California, untouched by surrounding wildfires, caught fire when staff made 165 hamburgers for first responders.
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/Cooking

/food

/Baking

/movies

  • OneSimplyDoes
    [Title Post] Netflix to Acquire Zac Efron Ted Bundy Movie ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’
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  • BunyipPouch
    Idris Elba to Star in Supernatural-Thriller 'Deeper' - Will play a deep-sea diver exploring a newly discovered trench, soon finding himself confronted by a sinister and dangerous force.
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/sports

  • chiefsassy
    Atleast the Dallas Stars did Spongebob right
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  • TooShiftyForYou
    JaVale McGee, who won a championship with the Warriors last year but now plays for the Lakers, finally got his championship ring when the two teams played on Saturday
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/television

/Art

/OldSchoolCool

/pics

/gifs

/oddlysatisfying

/mildlyinteresting

/interestingasfuck

  • 9w_lf9
    The “Goth Chicken”, Ayam Cemani. This chicken is all dark, even its bones and internal organs
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/MostBeautiful

/aww

/Awwducational

  • OIOIOIOIOIOIOIO
    Any love for baby coral? These are being transplanted en masse via a sea-robot to repair the Great Barrier Reef. They grow slow, 0.5-1 inch per year on average. It can take 10,000 years to grow into a reef.
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Something New

Everyday we’ll feature a selected small subreddit and its top content. It's a fun way to include and celebrate smaller subreddits.

Today's subreddit is...

/wheredidthesodago

Its top 3 all time posts
  • souffle-etc
    Is your dumb kid sad because nobody bullies them? Fuckin' glue some paint to their head
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  • kirosenn
    Jim forgave his wife for her one-time affair but he would be damned if he had to treat that kid the same as his own.
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  • Camsy34
    Look at how distraught Megan is! This is what it will feel like if Net Neutrality dies. Don't let the FCC make you like Megan!
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Complete List of Echo/ Alexa 'skills'....

I was googling a Echo skills list and came across this thread. I am new to Reddit and this is my 1st post ever . I went thru the skills list on the Echo app, it is now 31 pages long.
Most of the skills are still crap, a few are small audience. Anyway, here is the complete list of skills as compiled by me from the Echo app over the last day or 3:
(it was a PIA getting this list formatted to Reddit rules and it has to be split into 2 posts. Hope it works out right....)
Amazon Alexa Skills An Alphabetical Listing
1-2-3 Math
Alexa, Open one two three
Tests your elementary mathematics topics like after, before, between; greater or lesser, more or less, addition, subtraction etc.
1-Minute Mindfulness
Alexa, Ask Mindfulness for a minute meditation
allows you to take a break from the world around you & enter into a one minute sound meditation.
21 Dayz
Alexa, start 21 Dayz
As the saying goes, it takes at least 21 days to build a habit. Use 21 Dayz to help guide you in your journey to developing new business or personal habits.
4AFart
Alexa, Ask For A Fart
Have all the fun of a fart without any of the smell.
7-Minute Workout
Alexa, start seven minute workout
Are you ready to lead a happier, healthier life? Get your heart moving and reduce stress in only seven minutes a day.
7Sigma
Alexa, ask 7 Sigma for my update
Get concise updates on all elements of your operation and infrastructure based on combined data from multiple sources.
Abra
Alexa start Akinator
Abra is a character-guessing game. Think of a character, real or fictional, and Abra will ask you questions and figure out who it is.
AccuWeather
Alexa, start AccuWeather
Stay connected to the latest in weather forecasting with AccuWeather – Weather for Life. Ask for weather alerts, sunrise, sunset, moonset, moonrise & moon phases
Acoustic Metronome
Alexa, open metronome
Having trouble keeping the beat? TsaTsaTzu can help you keep your groove with a nice acoustical drum beat to help you keep time.
Admirer
Alexa, tell my admirer to make me smile
Make your day better with a compliment
Adventure
Alexa, open adventure and play dave of doom
The Adventure skill enables you to interact with stories and change their ending.
Age Calculator
Alexa, ask Age Calculator, how old is someone born on [June 12, 2015]?
The Age Calculator helps calculate age between a given date and now.
Agog Reader * Alexa, ask Agog Reader for [Barack Obama]*
Listen to Tweets
Amazing Word Master Game
Alexa, ask Word Master to play a game
interactive way to learn and challenge yourself with words, while having fun with competing scores. Score higher to win.
Angry Bard
Alexa, ask Angry Bard for a burn
Have at you, knave! The Angry Bard skill is ready to throw barbs from the Bard anytime you like.
Animal Game
Alexa, start Animal Game
Play guess-an-animal game with Alexa. Think of an animal and Alexa will guess it by asking questions.
Animal Sounds
Alexa, ask Animal Sounds what noise a lion says.
Alexa is learning a few new languages, animal languages that is. Ask Alexa to make the sounds your favorite animal makes.
AnyMote Smart Remote
Alexa, ask AnyMote to pause my Sonos
Turn your voice into a real universal remote. Alexa, tell AnyMote to power on my TV.
AOL
Alexa, ask AOL for the top headlines
AOL provides you the information that you need to know to stay informed and up to date covering these categories: news, sports, finance, entertainment
Apollo - God of Music
Alexa, ask Apollo to tell me a fact
Shares music related facts and lets you know who are the hottest artists of the week.
APRS
Alexa, use APRS and locate [kilo victor six mike dash seven]
Locate APRS stations
Area Code
Alexa, ask Area Code where is [eight six zero]
Area Code Lookup
Ask Daddy
Alexa, ask Daddy for a hug
provides comic relief as it realistically responds to questions asked by his child.
Ask Earthquakes
Alexa, Ask earthquakes what's shakin'
Recent earthquake information
Ask Grandmom
Alexa, ask Grandmom for candy
provides comic relief as it realistically responds to questions asked by her grandchild.
Ask My Buddy
Alexa, ask My Buddy to help me get started
provides an easy and immediate way to send a text message, Voice call, and an email alert message to any or all of your contacts.
AskAboutTrump
Alexa, ask Trump how do you feel about [Rosie O'Donnel]
Ask Donald Trump a question
Athan
Alexa, ask Daily Prayers for prayer times in [Seattle]
Athan provides the Islamic Prayer Times in a given city.
Audio Goal
Alexa, ask Audio Goal for a goal
Celebrate a goal - or anything else - with a classic audio "GOOOOOL" sound.
Automatic
Alexa, ask Automatic where my car is
Find out where your car is parked, how much gas you have left, or how far you've driven recently. This skill requires an Automatic adapter.
Aviation Weather Brief
Alexa, ask Aviation Weather what is the metar for [KSMO]
Aviation Weather METAR's & Flight Rules
Baby Names
Alexa, open Baby Names
Ask about the popularity of names in the US going back to 1880
BART Status
Alexa, open BART Status
Gets current BART service advisories
BART Times
Alexa, open BART Times
Provides the times of the next trains between your home and destination stations and gives live Service Advisories and Elevator status information.
Baseball Archive
Alexa, ask Baseball Archive about [Willie Mays]
Get information and statistics for any player in the history of Major League Baseball.
Basket Savings
Alexa, ask Basket if whole milk is on sale near [Des Moines, IA.]
Find local sale prices for your favorite grocery items.
BatteryBoot
Alexa, ask battery boot where to buy it?
Everything you need to know about the Battery Boot which is the best and only battery Boot for your Echo.
Bean Jar - family rewards system
Alexa, tell Bean Jar to add ten points to [Gryffindor]
Manage a family or group rewards system, keeps track of points like a virtual "bean jar" for motivation. See beanjar.net
Beat Cylinder
Alexa, launch Beat Cylinder
Alexa shows off her beat-boxing skills. Ask for a beat by name ("phat", "old school", "electronic", etc.) or "random".
Beat The Dealer
Alexa, ask the dealer to deal the cards
Beat the dealer in this game of Blackjack.
Beer Trivia
Alexa, launch Beer Trivia
Think you know beer? Crack open a cold one and test your beer and brewing knowledge with Beer Trivia
Best Picture Oscars The Last 30 Years
Alexa, start Best Picture Oscars
Best Picture Oscars for the last 30 years
BF Helper
Alexa, ask Basic Fantasy to roll a [Thief]
A companion Skill for Basic Fantasy RPG players.
Bible
Alexa, ask the Bible App to read [John3 verse16]
The Bible App for Alexa can read Bible verses and chapters to you in your favorite Bible version.
Big Game Ultimate Trivia Quiz
Alexa, start Big Game
It's the 50th anniversary of football's biggest game. Test your Big Game knowledge with the ultimate Big Game trivia quiz
Bingo
Alexa, open Bingo
Alexa will call the numbers for you. Each number is repeated and sent to the Alexa app as well. Get a free Bingo card at lovemyecho.com.
BioRhythm
Alexa, open BioRhythm.
Calculate your natural biorhythm for today for entertainment purposes.
Bitcoin Price
Alexa, tell me the current Bitcoin price
Returns the current price of a Bitcoin in US dollars from coindesk.com
Bitcoin Price Checker
Alexa, open Bitcoin Price Checker
Check the Bitcoin exchange rate.
Bitcoin Rate
Alexa, open Bitcoin Rate
Provides the current value of 1BTC in your preferred base currency, along with useful Bitcoin market data.
Block World Trivia
Alexa ask Block World Trivia
Ask Alexa to help you show off your crafting skills by answering over 30 different multiple choice questions.
Booze Trivia
Alexa, launch Booze Trivia
Fun trivia about alcohol to impress your friends
Bubble Boy
Alexa, ask Bubble Boy to tell me a joke
The Bubble Boy skill tells a funny quote from the popular sitcom - Seinfeld.
Buddy for Destiny
Alexa, ask my ghost what's Xur selling
Provides useful information like Xur inventory and weekly activities to Destiny players.
Bulls and Cows game
Alexa, tell Bulls Cows to start a game
Bulls and Cows game as described here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulls_and_Cows
Calculator
Alexa, ask calculator for [nine plus five]
Let your echo help you do the calculation, it is cool and you won't make mistake.
Call Sign
Alexa load Call Sign and find [november zero uniform sierra mike]
Look up Amateur (HAM) radio call sign information from the call sign database.
Campbell's Kitchen
Alexa, ask Campbell's Kitchen what's for dinner
Your kitchen just got a whole lot smarter. Make dinnertime easy with a daily Top-5 list of triple-tested recipes, selected for your tastes and time preferences.
Capital Quiz
Alexa, tell Capital Quiz to start practicing
Helps you practice and then quizzes you on the names of the capital cities of all 50 US states.
Cat Facts
Alexa, open Cat Facts
Tells you a fact about feline friends.
Cat Raiser
Alexa, ask cat raiser how is my cat
Raise your e-cat living in Alexa.
CheerLights
Alexa open cheer lights
Find out what color the World feels like right now.
Children's Bible Quiz
Alexa open Children's Bible Quiz
Simple Bible Quiz
Christmas Caroler
Alexa, tell Christmas Caroler to spread holiday cheer
Listen to Alexa and learn the lyrics to some yuletide favorites.
Code Phrase Generator
Alexa, ask for a code phrase
Generate a code phrase for your next top secret project.
Combat
Alexa, open combat and hit the dragon with my sword
Allows you to engage in any sort of conflict with entertaining results.
CompliBot
Alexa, open CompliBot
It wants nothing more than to make your day a little bit better.
Conductor
Alexa, ask conductor to get status for the [7] train
Get information on your commute. So far supports NYC subway/LIRMetroNorth status (NYC bus coming soon).
Conversation Starter
Alexa, open Conversation Starter
Great way to get suggested conversation topics for you and your friends.
Convrge
Alexa, ask Convrge, who's online
Find out who's online at in Convrge
CookBook
Alexa, ask cook book how to [make a burger]
This skills allow users to find recipes - ingredients, cook steps, health info etc
Covisint Trivia
Alexa, launch Cove Trivia
Game that will test your knowledge about the Covisint company. Good luck.
Craft Helper
Alexa, ask Craft Helper what's the recipe for [a saddle]
Can't remember exactly how to craft an enchantment table or a dropper in Minecraft? Craft helper can give you the recipe fast.
Cricket Quiz
Alexa, launch cricket quiz
This is a trivia game for cricket game lovers.
CryptoCurrency
Alexa, ask my crypto what is the price of bitcoin?
Get the current price of bitcoin right now. All you have to do is ask and the current exchange rate is announced.
Crystal Ball
Alexa, launch Crystal Ball
A fortune teller skill. Alexa prompts you to first focus on a yes/no question, and then say when you're ready to hear the answer.
Currency Converter
Alexa, ask Currency Converter to convert [twenty dollars to euros]
Alexa is able to convert 10 kind of currencies from the world and tell you the current currency exchange too. Ask Alexa to convert from one currency to another.
D.C. Tech Cal
Alexa ask D.C. Tech for news
Read the latest news and events from the Washington D.C. tech scene.
Daily Affirmation
Alexa, open Daily Affirmation
The Walking Affirmations Daily Affirmation skill provides a daily uplifting, positive thought for you to take throughout the day.
Daily Word
Alexa open Daily Word
Selects a new word for every day of the year.
DC Metro
Alexa, ask DC Metro for the next train arriving at [Columbia Heights]
Gives Washington DC Metro light rail train arrival and departure times, as well as maintenance or incident reports.
Demotivate Me
Alexa, open demotivate
Tired of everyone lying to you? This skill will tell you the truth.
Dice Bag
Alexa, tell Dice Bag to roll for me
Board game missing dice? Random encounter? Dice Bag will roll for you, complete with dice rolling sounds.
Dino Trivia
Alexa, open dino trivia
A humorous dinosaur trivia game. Echo asks questions and you answer by choosing 1,2,3,4. Dinosaur questions include real and silly answers.
Dog Facts
Alexa, tell me a dog fact
Get daily Dog Facts
DogeCoin
Alexa Start Dogecoin
Get the spot price of DogeCoin, one of the top crypto-currencies worldwide
Domain Name Info
Alexa, launch domain name info
Locate different DNS record information for a given domain name
Domino's Pizza
Alexa, open Domino’s
Place your Domino's Easy Order or your most recent order. You can also ask for Domino’s Tracker® updates to find out the current status of your order.
DrinkBoy
Alexa, ask Drink Boy what is the recipe for [a sidecar]
Provides recipes for over 200 popular cocktails.
Drive Time
Alexa, launch Drive Time
Drive Time gets you the travel time to your destinations.
Drop Some Knowledge
Alexa, ask drop some knowledge to tell me about [Abraham Lincoln]
Uses the Google Knowledge Graph API to drop some knowledge about anyone / anything.
Edgar Facts
Alexa, tell me an Edgar fact
Edgar Facts is for anyone who loves Edgar the dog and can't get enough of that adorable bugg. Brighten your day with fun facts about Edgar
EGR Lunch Bot
Alexa, ask lunch bot what's for lunch today
Hot lunch for East Grand Rapids Public Schools (all elementary schools).
Elf Trivia
Alexa, open 'Elf Trivia'
Love the holidays? Elf Trivia is a fun, light-hearted multiple choice game for 1 player.
Eliza
Alexa, start Eliza
Is something on your mind? Ask ELIZA (pronounced "ih-L-AY-z-uh") to talk to you for a psychotherapy session.
ELLE Horoscopes
Alexa, ask Horoscope what is the horoscope for [Gemini]
Get every sign's horoscope for today. Find out if the moon's position presents any new opportunities
Email Assistant
Alexa, open Email Assistant
Alexa + Email = the only assistant you can ask about upcoming travel from mail. Coming soon ask where your Amazon package is and much more is on the way
Esports Ticker
Alexa, ask Esports Ticker for live matches
Get recent matches, upcoming matches, and live matches in the world of esports.
Essential Trivia
Alexa, open Essential Trivia
Essential Trivia
Event Guide
Alexa, ask Event Guide what's going on today in [city name]
Get event listings from www.Bandsintown.com.
Famous Quotes
Alexa, ask Famous Quotes to tell me quote
Simple skill that reads you famous quotes from history and movies.
Fantasy Football
Alexa, ask Fantasy Football Nerd for headlines
Retrieve fantasy football news and player updates on the Top 300 players directly from Fantasy Football Nerd.
Fidelity Investments
Alexa, Ask Fidelity to get a quote for [Amazon]
Ask Fidelity Quote Lookup and Market Update
Five Card Draw
Alexa, start five card draw
play classic Five Card Draw card game
FlightSearch
Alexa, Ask Flight Search
Search DOMESTIC U.S. flights for lowest price, one way or round trip. Say "Ask Flight Search". Top 5 flights sent to your Alexa app.
Focus Word
Alexa, open Focus Word
Focus Word provides an inspirational word and statement about the word to serve as a point of focus for meditation or for the day.
Football Trivia
Alexa, open Football Trivia
Trivia game asking questions that pertain to professional American Football.
For The Loft Cinema
Alexa, Ask Loft Cinema What is playing now
Allows users to inquire about movies playing at the Loft Cinema (in Tucson, Arizona) for today or the upcoming days.
Fortune
Alexa, open fortune
Read a random, hopefully interesting, adage.
Fortune Cookie
Alexa, open Fortune Cookie
Get a fortune cookie, read to you and receive your own Mega Millions or Powerball numbers.
Founding Father Quotes
Alexa, ask founding fathers for a quote
Get quotes from our Founding Fathers, the political philosophers who inspired them, and their modern successors.
FreeBusy Scheduling Buddy
Alexa, ask FreeBusy to see if Paula is free [Tuesday]
Easiest way to share availability across calendars and coordinate meetings (for free). Check when you own contacts are available
Freedom Quotes
Alexa, ask freedom quotes for a quote
Get freedom-themed quotes
Game Dice
Alexa, ask game dice to roll [three ten siders]
Use Game Dice to have Alexa roll dice of various sizes for you.
Garageio
Alexa, tell Garageio to close my door
Garageio is the simple and secure way to control and monitor your
garage door from anywhere in the world, all without needing to replace your existing opener.
Geek Games
Alexa launch geek games
Geek games is trivia skill to test your knowledge of random geeky facts of the Eighties and beyond
Geek Trivia
Alexa, ask a geek
Asks you 5 trivia questions per game. It’s a fun way to test your geek knowledge of a famous movie or TV show.
GLaDOS Quotes
Alexa, ask Glados to tell me something
Get quotes GLaDOS from Valve's Portal.
Glympse
Alexa, ask Glympse where is [Sylvia]?
Allows family and friends to temporarily share their live location and ETA with each other. Just ask Alexa for a friend's location to get started.
Gold Bug
Alexa, ask Gold Bug what's the price of [gold/silveoil]
Get the latest closing day prices for gold, silver and oil with Gold Bug
Gridiron Trivia
Alexa, launch Gridiron Trivia
Test your knowledge of the Gridiron's winners and MVPs.
Guess The Number
Alexa, launch Guess The Number
See how many tries it takes you to guess a random number between 1 and 100. Alexa will tell you to guess higher or lower until you get it.
Guide for ARK
Alexa, open ARK Guide
Guide for ARK
Guitar Tuner
Alexa, ask Guitar Tuner to tune my guitar
Use Guitar Tuner to tune your guitar.
Hacker News
Alexa, open Hacker News
Read Hacker News headlines.
Hacker News Stories
Alexa, ask hacker news for top stories
Stay up to date with the latest stories about technology, business,
and entrepreneurship.
Hacking History Trivia
Alexa, start Hacking History
Hacking History Trivia challenges you with fun and interesting questions about the history of computing and hacking
Haiku
Alexa, ask Haiku for a poem
Haiku poem generator.
Hanker
Alexa, ask Hanker what I should do in [New York] tonight
Hanker is your go to local event guide for all that's happening in your city. From the arts, to parties, to date night and more, Hanker has everything you need.
Happy Birthday
Alexa, launch Happy Birthday
Alexa sings (raps?) Happy Birthday. Tell your Echo the name of the lucky birthday girl or boy and Alexa does the rest. A variety of surprising song variations.
HawkBus
Alexa, ask Hawk Bus about [7252]
Get the time until the next bus arrives at a specified bus stop in the Iowa City area.
Hebcal
Alexa, ask Hebcal when is [Passover]?
Jewish holidays, Hebrew date converter, Shabbat candle-lighting times, weekly Torah portion, and Omer counter.
Hey Dad - Dad Jokes
Alexa, open Hey Dad and tell me a joke
Tell me a dad joke
High Low Guessing Game
Alexa, open High Low
This is the number guessing game of “higher or lower.” In this game, Alexa chooses a number and you try to guess it or you can play the other way around.
HomeSeer Home Automation Skill
Alexa, tell HomeSeer to turn on the kitchen light
Allows HomeSeer home automation system users to control and monitor status of their devices and to launch their automation events using the Amazon Echo
House Band
Alexa, launch house band
House Band allows you to access your JRiver Media Center music server. You can play your music, search your library, and create Play Doctor playlists.
HuffPost
Alexa, ask HuffPost for headlines
Get headlines from The Huffington Post
Impossibly Hard Major League Baseball Quiz
Alexa, launch Impossible Baseball Quiz
You should not take this baseball quiz. It may be the hardest baseball quiz in history. If it's not, it's still really, really hard
IndianFacts
Alexa, ask Indian Guy to tell me an Indian fact
This skill tell you interesting facts about India which most people don't know.
Innkeeper Emotes for Hearthstone
Alexa, ask the innkeeper to say hello to the mage
Welcome to my inn. You can talk to your favorite Hearthstone heroes, and they'll emote back.
InsultiBot
Alexa, open InsultiBot
InsultiBot is so tired of talking to you. All it wants is for you to leave it alone. Is that too much to ask?
Iris
Alexa, ask Iris to holler at [John]
Say the command, “Alexa, ask Iris to holler at [name of recipient]” and Iris will send a pre-composed e-mail, asking the recipient to holler back.
ISY
Alexa, open izzy
ISY skill allows you to control your home using an ISY home-automation controller.
ITIL Foundation Quiz
Alexa, open I till Foundation Quiz
Sharpen your ITIL Foundation knowledge or supplement your certification preparation with the assistance of this practice quiz.
JavaScript Quiz
Alexa, Launch JavaScript Quiz
JavaScript Quiz tests you knowledge of the most popular development language.
Jazz Trivia
Alexa, start Jazz Trivia
Test your knowledge of jazz music.
Jeopardy! J6
Alexa, Play Jeopardy
Every Jeopardy! category has an “extra” clue written. Play these clues in the J6 game on Echo.
Jokes++: Computer Science Jokes
Alexa, ask Jokes Plus Plus for a computer science joke
An expansion of Alexa's cheesy jokes for all you CS majors out there.
Kasa
Alexa, ask Kasa to turn the lights on
Kasa is a simple way to manage your home from anywhere.
KCRW On Air
Alexa, ask KCRW what's playing
Gives you the current program or track playing on KCRW radio.
Knock Knock Jokes
Alexa, ask knock knock
Knock, knock! Who's there? The best collection of knock-knock jokes
for the Amazon Echo you could imagine.
L Train
Alexa, ask the L Train when it's coming?
When the next train is coming to your NYC MTA L train stop, and listen to the current L train status.
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Bipolar Law Student Adventures: Finals Edition.

Finals are going to span from tomorrow afternoon until the 5th of May, so I will just use this as a vent thread and keep updating it rather than do a several-part series on finals or anything like that.
I hand-write out all of my planners. I get those 100 page composition books from the dollar store. Every day gets a page with hours written down the left margin from 9 am till 12 pm. Each book has three months worth of pages. When a day ends, I alternatively fold in the top and bottom corners and it kind of acts like a book mark so I can immediately flip to the current day as time goes on...
This is an obsession. I will open my planner and flip through the pages and write in my class schedule and appointments and reminders and the "expected to-do lists". I've been doing this since March of last year. I now have 4 composition books stashed away in a drawer filled with folded pages and those day-to-day notes and the list of expectations I had for myself on any given day. My steady print. My lawyer-in-training cursive. Sometimes a rare quick poem that escaped from the chemical restraints of my meds.
And always at the end of every semester, in big ALL-CAPS printing, surrounded by a rectangle:
TORTS FINAL 6:30-9:30 PM
SALES FINAL 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
etc etc
And here we are again, rectangled all-caps scribbles. Together, again. For the last time.
Usually, you'll have a designated "finals week" (which tends to span 2-3 weeks). All the finals fall into that timespan and if you're a lucky duck, each exam will be at least a couple days apart.
But why let a graduating third year enjoy that kind of luxury? Naww...
My first final is a take-home which will be sent out Thursday and turned in Saturday night. Then an in-class final Monday night (preceded by a 10-minute topical oral presentation in another class).
Then we get this nice teeny tiny little break they call "Reading week". But it's not a week. It's about 3 days.
May 2: Final. May 4: Final. May 5: Final.
(Mind you, the "finals week" is schedule to go until about May 17 or so. Oof.)
So I'm about to jump into a sea of sharks.
I go into stockholm syndrome mode. The law is my captor and I love him. I study him. I know and memorize all of his nooks and crannies. When I'm ready to tell the world, I write his life story (my outlines-- usually from memory) on whiteboard stretching across the classrooms.
...aaaaaaaand then I take the exam and forget about him forever [unless a) it ends up being a bar tested subject and I'll be learning it again this summer or b) it's a law subject I want to pursue a career in].
And tonight's the night before it all starts. It's like waiting in that three-hour line for a roller coaster and you're finally gonna go next.
So I will be taking a cruise to Stockholm very soon. I'll try to write home when I can...
Update 4/23 Afternoon: Got my assignment for my take-home final. I wish I can indulge some info on it, but 1) don't want to say anything that would be risk me being identified here and 2) our school does anonymous grading. So wouldn't want #1 to lead to flopping that up.
But I am excited about it. I do have a class in about 30 minutes so I can't jump on the project yet, but I will have all day tomorrow and most of the day Saturday. Whee!
After picking up this assignment prompt and walking outside, my Nate Reuss-lyic-singing friend was out here singing a few lines of "Carry On" by fun. I peeked over the wall to see if he was close enough so I could join him.. he was quite a ways away and just sort of stopped singing, so I just returned to my sitting spot. But it was a nice voice to hear and a nice moment of that bipolar-Nate Reuss Lyrics bonding lol.
Update: 4/24 Early Evening: Woke up relatively early (9:30) and did a chunk of research to start compiling the things I need for this take-home final. Took a needed nap at around 1-3 pm. Got back to work and have spent the last three hours compiling and putting squeaky clean touches on the first half of a two-part final.
Ugh, like I said I can't go into detail on this (maybe after I turn it in and get my grade back, if it's still topical, I'll post the details about it then.) But I'm happy about this because I get to squeeze a little creativity into this final.. which I've done on this first half. And I'm thinking of something cool for the second half.
With over 24 hours to spare before I have to turn in both parts of this final, I'm feeling good :) But I still have to squeeze in more work for other classes this weekend. Presentation on Monday. Trial Practice Final Monday night. Doing some study prep for upcoming review sessions.
I've also got to wake up early tomorrow for a three-hour semi-mandatory bar prep thing. And I also want-need to go to the gym, tonight.. probably in about an hour. So I'm going to set myself up to start on part 2 of this take-home, hit the gym, and curl up with the Bruce Jenner 20/20 interview when I get home (while doing little bits of work on this final during the commercial break).
Update: 4/25 just after midnight: So I would say I'm 85% done with this take-home final. I'm at the point where everything is on the page that I think should be on the page, but I need to spend time going over things and checking to see if I have any loose ends. Getting ready to pass out now so that I can wake up "early" tomorrow for the thing that I gotta do for the...zzzzzzzz.....
Update: 4/25: late afternoon: Take home final is DONE and turned in!!! Now I have to do: Presentation for Monday (only needs to be 10 minutes long so shouldn't be awful), Prepare for in-class final Monday night, get things together for review sessions on Tuesday/Wednesday.
OH and I also have to do the darn school newspaper before the month ends. -_-
Even though I was able to push through with this first final, I feel like I haven't kicked into "marathon mode" yet.....
Update: 4/25 evening: Working on my presentation. It's supposed to be about investing in gold. The class is corporate finance so I've been learning all semester about stocks and bonds and balance sheets and present and future values and all kinds of stuff-- it's the first time I've purchased a special calculator for a class since 2007.
I picked the topic of gold thinking there was something super complex and amazing to it. In the context of a class like this, it really isn't that complex. There's this price for gold that's set by the people who want to trade gold. And you buy a 1 oz coin of gold for that price. So in the context of a class where market value of stocks is based on intrinsic values of companies which is estimated by experts reviewing pages-long balance sheets and financial statements...... Eh nope. Not this. We, as humans, just feel like gold is special, and we pay $X for it. And we've got gold. And if we want, we can sell it for $Y. Oh, and Warren Buffet thinks investing in gold is stupid because gold can't actively turn a profit like a business can. I'll probably get brownie points for menitoning Warren Buffet.
...The presentation has to be 10 minutes long.. I can't end there, right? So now I'm on the verge of an existential crisis trying to pinpoint the moment in time in our human history where we decided to place a value on gold (or any currency) for any sort of concrete reason. And then I have to switch from history and philosophy to science to see that one supporting reason-- although not THE reason-- why gold is valued is because it's an inert, relatively rare metal. Doesn't rust, easy to smelt, heavy, and out of all the elements of the periodic table, Au is, chemically, the most ideal element to create a valuable currency from, with silver and copper coming in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
But now we have our fiat currencies and the gold standard has been eliminated in almost every country... so why do people want to buy a 1 oz gold bullion coin for $1,200?
The only financially sound reason leads me to come up with ideas worthy of conspiracy.. and yet, as the kind of person who is always expecting worst-case scenarios, it makes total and complete sense to me so I don't knock anybody for thinking this way... in the history of fiat currency, fiat currencies will go up and down in value and sometimes, eventually become worthless. But through it all, gold retains value internationally-- the value fluctuates, but it never falls anywhere near into oblivion.. the price remains relatively high. So one day, when the US dollar crumbles and the economies of the world are running around like chickens with their heads cut off, the people with gold bullion will still have something that's worth something because.. well.. refer to the above paragraphs. lol
...typing all this out has really just been a practice in whatever it is I'm gonna say on Monday. I don't know how much farther I can take this topic...
Update 4/26 early afternoon: So I was stupid last night and the rabbit hole I went down with my gold research lead to me taking a fresh look at bitcoin. Wow. So.. a while back, when Bitcoin was trading above $600 or so, I had used faucets and got 0.015 bitcoin saved up. At one point, that much was worth $15 USD or so. It was basically beer money. I mostly used faucets.
And it's funny because when bitcoin used to only be about $5 USD, this random Bitcoin twitter account paid me 1 BTC to write a poem about bitcoin. WOW. and I ended up just giving that away as donations to friends.
So I looked back into bitcoin and the faucets I used to use and realized that these days, the faucet payout is higher. So I spent quite a bit of time in the wee hours last night fauceting bitcoin. I didn't fall asleep until 4 am (d'oh!). So I woke up today around 1 pm.
I'm trying not to feel bad about it. After all I woke up early yesterday and didn't take a nap to even things out. On the days I don't have to wake up early, I'll sleep in until 11 or 12.. so this isn't that bad. And I did get my final done yesterday.
So that's behind me. Maybe I can start fauceting again when I'm done with finals. But okay. We're done with that now. Back to focusing...
...this final I have Monday night is a team project. I woke up to texts from a teammate asking me for comments and suggestions on his part. So I went into his google doc and made my comments. Now I have to do my part which is to write a script, basically.. I've only written an outline.. I've written a script like this before and I know, once I start and it flows, it keeps flowing... Ugh.. can't quite get to the flow, yet..........
..Maybe I just need more coffee? :-/
Update 4/26 early evening: Took a coffee break and sat to talk to my mom for a while about my school work. She started talking about a party she went to last night with dad. I asked her how they got invited to the party (what the connection was) and she went on a long tangent about the party without directly answering the question.
See, my Monday night final, I have to do a direct examination. Essentially, you ask a fairly open-ended question but you prep your client ahead of time to give a pretty precise answer and prep them so that they DON'T go on a tangent. That's the script I've been working on...
...so I tell my mom she would make a horrible direct examination witness because I asked her one simple question and she went on a tangent that had nothing to do with my question. She was like, this is what your dad and I have always fought over for the last 30+ years. You think just like him. lol.
And it's true. I was raised in a direct examination/cross examination environment. My dad never pushed my to be a lawyer, I decided to be that on my own, but he inadvertently trained me for two decades to think like a trial lawyer questioning a witness. Although my training was in the form of me being that witness.. the witness who got a bad grade or didn't do her chores or the witness who needed help with homework or wanted to talk about education plans. If you don't answer a question a certain way with my dad, a conversation that a normal person would think should only last 5-10 minutes could turn into a 3-hour ordeal. I'm not exaggerating. And my dad didn't raise us that way by design, it's just the way he handled things with us.
...funny when I decided to use this reddit post as my little finals period venting post, I didn't think I'd start unpacking my childhood or my bitcoin fetish or an existential journey though the history of monetary exchange...
Update 4/26 nighttime: I'm trying to give myself a break by watching my regular Sunday Night shows.. Once Upon a Time and Secrets and Lies. My phone is blowing up with texts from a teammate asking me to help him with his part of Monday night's final.
OH NO OH NO RIGHT AS I'M WATCHING TV I SEE BEN CRAWFORD IS GOOGLING BIPOLAR DISORDER. DAMNIT, ABC, AND RISPERDONE... OHHH NOOO. NO NO NO NO NO F** YOU ABC DO NOT PIN TOM'S MURDER ON BIPOLAR DISORDER.
Anyway, after three years of law school, it's been a struggle, but I've more or less mastered the art of thinking twice-- or three times-- before I send off a text or email. This is especially helpful if somebody starts getting annoying or gets me upset. It's an exercise in "professionalism" and if you don't learn it by the time you're sworn in with the bar, it can cause you some problems in the teamwork arena. Text communication is a damn art.
NO F** YOU ABC DON'T MAKE THIS ABOUT JESS HAVING BIPOLAR AND NOT TAKING HER PILLS. GOD DAMNIT.
...Sorry, that was totally topical. I'm literally watching Secrets and Lies while I type this. If you watch the show, it'll make sense to you lol.
So I'm getting a flood of texts from these teammates asking me for their help. I'm the type of person who usually only communicates with a team to make sure logistics are worked out. I'm usually not asking the team for help on things that are minute details that I should be working out myself. And now one of my teammates is hitting me up asking me to do just that.
Option 1: DUDE I CANNOT HELP YOU RIGHT NOW I HAVE MY OWN PART OF THE PROJECT TO WORK ON PLUS ANOTHER PRESENTATION TO WORK ON. (And I say Option 1 because this is usually the visceral immediate reaction)
Option 2: Read his texts with my full attention (when there's a commercial break) and respond with my advice to help him.
I've been doing Option 2 all day.. all weekend, really. I even just made him a video to give him a comprehensive critique of his part of the presentation which he's written out and shared on google docs. I'm SO SO close to switching to Option 1.
Sigh..
Update 4/27 Afternoon: Finished my presentation. On to the next...
Update 4/28 After midnight: Two finals down. Flugh.
I got to a point tonight where I just wanted to get my part of the team-assigned final done and teleport home. At one point during a direct exam on the other side, the guy next to me who was about to do cross-- the same guy who was constantly texting me for help all weekend-- whispered in my ear and was like "so how do you think I should address what he just said in my cross?"
Like, okay, maybe I should be flattered, right? This guy is asking me for advice on this stuff which probably means he values my opinion. But at this point, I was just DONE. I can't THINK for you right now, bro. I just kind of waved my hands and told him "I don't even know, man."
Then I do my part which was a direct examination. I wrote a script for it and sent it to my "witness" ahead of time so he could get a good read through of it and it could go smoothly. I guess you can put some blame on me here for not trying a little more to practice with this guy, but he is a mutual friend of a lot of us in this class and he had played this exact same "witness" part for the other team last week. He didn't do awful but there were a lot of times where he was tripping over words and it felt like he might have been reading the thing for the first time.
He was probably just as exhausted as I was, but it just wasn't making things much easier. I got through the thing. There were a lot of amazing gems I had written in this script and he just didn't perform them the way I had hoped so again-- that's partly on me for not practising beforehand. But I'm glad he did it and helped. Always better to have somebody than nobody and without him, I would've had nobody.
Then later on with a different witness, the opposing side got up to do cross. I won't go into the details but they tried to introduce evidence that they knew or should've known was allowed in-- I tried to do exactly what they did last week and was turned down. So I made an objection. And in part I was annoyed because it was like-- you guys knew I wasn't going to allow this (we exchanged this in a stipulation memo last week) and you knew I wasn't able to do this last week. And they tried it anyway. But it was more than that-- it was just the whole weekend and all the anxiety of working on a team on top of having to do a presentation earlier the same day.. oye. And now you're gonna try to introduce evidence that even I wasn't allowed to get in. So my objection came out bitchy. My professor later characterized it as me sounding like I thought everyone in the room is stupid. Okay, I get that perception and there's no use arguing but at the same time it's like, I'm done. I'm just done.
I know it's a lot to ask everybody else to see things the way I see them, but for five fucking seconds can I get a break?
There was a redeeming moment, I guess. Another teammate had asked us to make comments on his closing. I did. He basically nixed all of my comments without making a single change to his "script" or even acknowledging what I was saying. And I mean that's fine, that's how he wants to do it. But I've had a history of working with this guy and he'll be MIA on the group project and then all the sudden last minute pops up and throws all of his suggestions at us too late and didn't pay attention to all the things we had already said. So seeing him just nix all my comments just added on to the 50 pound weight on my head. But then at the end of his argument, he did make ONE change that I had suggested. It was a fairly technical one but it signaled to me, "you were right on this one, and I'm doing it your way."
That was a nice 5 seconds.
At the end of the night and a long round of comments from the professor, we had to sign in on the attendance sheets (ABA law schools are weirdly strict on attendance records and you've got to write your john hancock on a sheet every class session). So I go up to sign and look up at the professor and he says good job and shakes my hand and gives me a wink. One of those "you did all right and i know that you know that i know that you know that you'll end up all right out there" That was another nice 5 seconds.
So I'm exhausted. And it's not over. I don't have to face another final until Saturday but I've got to go to review sessions that are semi-mandatory and require me to do practice exams if I want to show up.
At least I can sleep in a little tomorrow...
Update 4/29 wee hours: I spent the whole day prepping for a review class then I went to that review class and that was basically my day. Tomorrow will be similar and then I get to really get into the marathon.
Also, today was the official last day of classes which translates to me officially fulfilling by ABA class attendance obligations for graduation. I celebrated with lobster mac and cheese and a cupcake.
I think I may desparately need an extra 48 hours to study. Thing is, I've gotten by on less. I just need to figure out out I'm going to compact better....
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My sad bitcoin story. Enjoy.

edit to add: First of all, hi reddit! Been reading for a long time and recently decided to make an account after which point I decided to not post what I was going to for some reason. Most importantly, I don't want to give the wrong impression with my story here (though I think you're all smarter than to assume this, you're not a typical forum site after all). I am not looking for sympathy.
Recently I've been talking with a coworker about bitcoin and the other day he said "You know, I think I'd just openly weep if I had a million dollars" and playfully sang 'If I Had A Million Dollars' at which point he decided to change the lyrics to 'If I Had A Hundred Bitcoin'. The recent price surge has just really showcased what that could have been worth.
original: Upon successfully predicting the values bitcoin would reach over the past few weeks, leading into this past weekend, I began remembering the old days when I was 'rich' with BTC and thinking about how much it would be worth. This morning before I headed to work I said "It's about to hit $800 today maybe mroe."
Anyway, I decided it might be fun for you guys (and girls) to read what bad decisions can amount to, so here goes. I first heard of bitcoin back when the infamous 10,000 BTC pizza purchase happened. I frequented a lot of IRC rooms back then and saw it being discussed. Most of us were laughing at how a guy just spent his real money for something that would be worth nothing. I was one of the few to then change their mind and think it might be worth something.
I never really got into mining but did quite a few trades. Things like helping out when someone would say something like "Hey, if you can find this album for me I'll give you a few BTC" or receiving a couple BTC for a videogame DLC code. Anyway, it got to the point where I amassed what I considered to be a large amount of BTC.
Now for the sad part and the (not-so-quick) ending to my story. I got my dad into mining and he 'amassed' a fraction over the last year or so. Back in April after the surge, I considered buying when it crashed. Ultimately I just felt it was too risky and didn't go through with it. After all, if I didn't spend money I wouldn't lose money right? Shortly after that, my dad went ahead and put in a buy order at $150 of 1 BTC....followed by a sell at $175.
Now that mtgox is reporting a high of $900 I humbly admit that my small fortune of bitcoin was a little over 1200.
tl;dr Thought bitcoin wasn't worth it. Could've been a millionaire.
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[Table] IAmA: I'm Eric Kaplan writer for such shows as Futurama, Big Bang Theory, Love Me Cat, Ask Me Anything

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Date: 2013-06-12
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I've never seen Ask Me Anything. What's it about? Some joker goes online and people complain about laugh tracks.
Why is futurama canceled? It has to do with ratings and money not the creative quality of the show
It makes me really sad that Futurama is being cancelled, but the Simpsons is still on the air :'( I think they should do a theatrical movie.
It has something to do with the creative quality because I haven't been watching because I think the newest season is pretty weak. Sorry raoh! I hope you will like it more in the future!
Do you think that futurama will get another chance? maybe on netflix or one of these new streaming sites. I hope so!
Futurama's got to have some great viewership on Netflix. I can only speak for myself but I've watched through the whole series on Netflix 3 or 4 times. I'm really hoping it can come back from the dead again. Me too.
Meanwhile Honey Boo Boo is set for another season...I hate people. Compared to what?
Where did you get the idea for writing "Jurassic bark''? Well I wanted to deal with the pathos of being a guy in the future who has left his life behind and everybody he cared about. I have been interested in fossilized creatures since I was a kid. Originally it was going to be Fry's Mom but David Cohen thought it would be too upsetting.
You're the only person to ever make me cry at a cartoon. I hope you're happy, you glorious bastard. I didn't make you cry -- you wanted to cry and you used the cartoon as an opportunity.
Would there have been the same ending for the mom story? That would truly be upsetting. I don't know! Can you think of a better ending?
You made my wife cry from that episode. It was the only thing that got her to start watching Futurama with me (she said it was dumb before that). Then the episode with Fry's brother naming his son after him was extremely sad also, to both her and I. It's funny how we like to feel sad.
I'm going to use this excuse the next time I get in trouble with my girlfriend. "I didn't make you angry! You wanted to get angry, and you used the fact that I didn't do the dishes as an opportunity!" Go for it -- let me know how it plays out.
Something about Bender trying to murder Fry's fossilized mom wouldn't have quite the same comedic effect. Right!
I don't know, I think the ending was pretty darn good as it was. Funny that it was changed for being "too upsetting," when that episode is considered by most of the people that I know to be the Saddest Thing Ever (TM). How does it feel knowing it's renowned for being so sad? I feel glad I made an emotional connection!
Some science fiction cartoon writers just want to watch the world burn. As somebody says "when I am dead let the world be destroyed by fire; I will not care; I will be safe." Selfish!
There'll be no Pazuzu saving him from that aging fountain. Pazuzu! Pazuzu! PAZUZU!
What is your answer to people that criticize Big Bang Theory for stereotyping geeks and nerds in a negative manner? Btw, I am not one of them. I really like the show. I think that is a good thing to think about. Basically the show is based on actual characters. It was co-created by Bill Prady based on his experience as a computer programmer and with other computer programmers. So it should not be viewed as commenting about everybody just these particular people.
As a meganerd myself, I've always said that the Big Bang Theory is as accurate a portrayal of being a nerd/geek as ER was of being a doctor. That is, based in reality but amped up for entertainment purposes. That seems judicious.
So what your saying is a bunch of computer programmer's can land a hot babe like Penny? No -- just one particular one.
I have a theory of why people feel like egglestone and I am really interested to hear your feelings on the matter. Big Bang Theory, though dissimilar in style, has a similar appeal to the show The Office (at its inception) - there are a few crazy characters (Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute) who generate humor by being extreme caricatures of real-life people we interact with on a daily basis. Then there is a character that we can identify with (Ryan Howard the "new guy", and eventually Jim/Pam); we invest ourselves into these characters and see ourselves in them as the show goes on. On Big Bang theory, I would argue that the 4 "nerdy guys" are all, in a way, the "caricature" type in the vein of Michael Scott. Therefore, the character who people can identify with is Penny. Non-nerds are happy to put themselves in Penny's shoes the same way that people might identify with Pam Beasley on The Office - she isn't the most successful or intelligent character, but she often one-ups the nerds with her practicality. People with nerdy friends love the show because they project themselves onto Penny and their nerdy friends/family onto the 4 guys. This is why the show is unpopular among nerds. We can't (or don't want to) identify with the 4 nerdy guys. And we can't identify with Penny because she is the anti-nerd in the group. I also think that the laugh track kills the "nerd jokes" because the audience laughs at the follow-up explanation or counter-punch rather than the joke itself. I commend you for reading this far if you have... TL;DR Do you think that the lack of a relatable nerd on Big Bang Theory is what causes its lack of popularity among "actual" nerds (like on reddit)? I'm not sure -- I don't grok the whole "I am a nerd" meme. I feel like nerd is a hostile term. I don't view myself as a nerd. I just like to read a lot, don't care about fashion and enjoy fantasy RPGS.
Does that mean that you don't personally identify with the 4 guys on Big Bang, or that you don't consider them "nerds"? (I didn't mean nerd in the pejorative sense, but rather in the "let's take this word back!" pro-nerd sense.) I don't accept the word "nerd" like I don't accept the use of the "f" word for gay people or the "n" word for African-Americans. It causes more hurt and confusion than it helps.
Wow. Now I feel like I said something really offensive for using that word so many times. Sorry dude. I'm not offended -- I actually think people put themselves down and over-categorize themselves. Like I love D&D and Star Trek but I don't like Star Wars or video games. So if you call me a nerd based on the first two you'll be surprised by the second two.
Also try watching BBT as if it is you and your friends teasing each other, not some bad outside people making fun of you. Cause when I hang out with my friends we tease each other and that's the spirit in which the show is written.
Which Futurama character is your favorite to write for? Zoidberg -- he is like a marvellous crab man.
Futurama is the goodest show ever. The only TV show I ever watch. You should check out Blue Planet.
Thanks for replying! That's quite late, I never would have expected that! I will see if I can contact him, thanks for the suggestion Eric! You bet!
What's your favorite episode of any of the shows you've written? I like Jurassic Bark a lot -- but I can't play favorites!
Saddest episode ever. It still gets me :'( Sorry! you are from the UK?
OOH! I AM! Great country!
How much do you incorporate your study of philosophy (especially metaphysics) into screen writing? Is there something especially geeky that you managed to sneak in, and no-one noticed? Great work btw. Enjoyed a lot of your shows! Yes -- I put in a whole discussion of Frege in the Big Bang Theory and nobody noticed.
In Series 4 Episode 03 – The Zazzy Substitution? Not only was it my favorite episode, but I squeeled during that dialogue. Thank you for that nerdy moment. I'm glad you liked it! Yes!
What elements of the two industries in which you've worked, comedy writing and academia, would best benefit the other (ie what can profs learn from comedy writers and vice versa)? An excellent thoughtful question! I think I may like them each doing their own thing to be honest -- comedy responding to the needs of the audience, academia setting its lights by a distant star of truth. maybe academia could be a little more human and comedy a little more idealistic? Good question!
When are you going to write a Big Bang Theory episode on Bitcoin? What's bitcoin?
Do you think it is a coincidence that the tiny URL for your Kickstarter campaign starts with the same three letters as the initials of your Futurama colleague Ken Keeler? There are no coincidences
Correct. Keeler controls everything. All hail the hypno-Keeler. how's his play doing? I want to see it.
When you wrote your Flight of the Conchords episode, did you have to incorporate songs that already existed, or did they get written afterward? They already existed.
Which episode(s) of flight of the conchords did you write? Girlfriends.
Why do all the characters on big bang theory wear long sleeves? I think it has something to do with how shirts are constructed.
I should have included the word long. is there a specific reason as to why they only wear long sleeves? My girlfriend and I have been trying to figure out this mystery for too long. Thanks for the AMA I have been watching your work for over a decade now. I don't know!
Did Sheldon and Amy engage in coitus? What body part did the number 14 refer to? Well that is part of the deliberate ambiguity of the text!
Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones? I like BB more cause it feels more "real" but I have enjoyed Game of Thrones as well.
What was the most complex script you ever had to write for Futurama? Where did the idea for Bender come along? Also, Futurama has been and will always be one of my favorite shows of all time. Thank you for granting the world such a great show, or contributing to it. I stuck my head into the writing on the first movie which was super-complicated. Any time you leave the world of linear causation behind be ready for some late nights. Bender came from Matt Groening's dreamworld where he was menaced by homicidal robots. I do not know where Matt Groening's dreamworld came from though, so questions only lead to further questions. You're quite welcome -- thanks for watching -- it makes it all worthwhile.
Also, you should make a character in a show after my user name. If you ever did that, I would go out of my way to make sweet passionate snu-snu to you. That is if you had that power. Again, thanks for your writing and doing this AMA. I will take that offer in the spirit in which it was intended.
Hi Mr. Kaplan. Ardent fan of the big bang theory here. One quick question, on the big bang theory, do you ever wish you had taken Sheldon's persona in a different direction? What would you have done with it? No -- it is more organic -- Sheldon grows based upon the writing and Jim Parsons' performance.
What is your favorite episode of Futurama and why? Futurama is my favorite, thanks for doing this! I really liked "Hell is Other Robots" and the "Farnsworth Parabox". I am personally attached to Hell cause it was my first. I like Parabox cause it really stretches the mind, man.
Dude... there's like a universe in all of us. Nice!
Do you think your philosophical background helped you to be a better comedy writer? What kind of metaphysics do you enjoy studying?? Yes -- I think philosophy and comedy are both about holding irreconcilable perspectives in the mind at the same time. I like metaphysics that feels like an imaginative exploration of what reality could be -- I like metaphysics that present new possibilities to me that I never considered before.
Are you familiar with Speculative Realism and Object Oriented Philosophy? Thoughts: fad or a nu start for Continental philosophy? And have you heard of Meillassoux's After Finitude? I read up a little bit. I think they express themselves too much in dialogue with other philosophers for my taste. I have not read After Finitude. I like philosophy that I can apply to my actual life, not philosophy that requires me to take a stand on a bunch of other philosophers.
As a comedy writer, do you have any kind of comic spin you can give us on this NSA situation? People want to have their neighbors spied on so they feel safe but feel bad if they themselves are spied on. it's a conundrum!
How many of the jokes you write are inspired by real life events? 28%
One of my favorite things about Futurama are the touches of continuity and foreshadowing, e.g. Nibbler's shadow in the pilot. I don't expect you to spoil anything outright, but is there any scene or shot that fans should look more closely at? It's good to look at everything.
Agreed! I fully intend to keep doing so. Nice!
off, thank you for doing this, I love your work and always get excited when I know one of your episodes are coming up on a series I'm watching/rewatching. What other great television writers would you suggest current and retired? Second question, will you keep the beard indefinitely? Andy Bobrow! Yes until there is a groundswell against it.
Malcolm in the middle is a GOD DAMN CLASSIC! You sir, are awesome. Thanks although the credit really goes to Linwood Boomer.
Can you tell me the meaning behind the lyrics to "Layla" and your inspiration for writing such a beautiful piece of music? I don't understand.
He's pretending to think that you are Eric Clapton. That has been a popular joke since I was twelve.
Why not Zoidberg? Why indeed?
One must not ask "why", but rather "why not"? One must ask both.
Because of your zombie expertise, what are your thoughts on World War Z? Too late on cashing in on the Zombie 'fad' or will be a huge hit? I didn't see it! But I think zombies are a metaphor for human life stripped of meaning and becoming only a struggle for life qua life.
So youre saying americans ARE the zombies. Zombies are cool what you got to watch out for is djumbies -- that's a zombie possessed by an evil demon spirit. WAAH.
Would you consider a sliders reboot? Edit:sliders the tv show about quantum tunnels and parallel worlds. The little burgers? what do you mean?
Is it likely that Futurama could live on past the final 13 episodes of the 7th season? Additionally, what was it like working with Matt Groening? We can control the future. Matt Groening is a terrific guy -- very nice and an American icon. He is very down-to-earth and accessible and funny -- like a normal person despite being a world-bestriding colossus of culture.
I don't have much to say during this AMA other than "Thanks for writing on Futurama" and "I will be stealing the phrase 'world-bestriding colossus of culture' from now on." Sounds like a plan!
Hey Eric, thanks for your contributions to comedy and animation! Could you speak a bit about your time working for Letterman? How much has the landscape of late-night has changed in your opinion in the decade + since you were with him? Were you able to transfer over any of the stuff you learned/did for it to your projects afterwards? Thanks again and enjoy your summer! It was a very intense comedy boot camp because we did a new show every day. you really had to learn to write fast and not to be attached to your ideas. that definitely transfers to sit com writing for sure no doubt! I have no particular insight into the late night world since I left since I retire early.
Is there any relation to Motivational speaker And NEw York Times bestseller Steve Kaplan? We are descended from Moses' brother Aaron.
I'll have you know, I'm glad you responded. This is the first time someone has responded to my AMA question. Now for the real question. Futurama is one of my favorite shows. I was sad to see it being canceled... Again. What are your thoughts about that and do you think it'll be back on the air like before? If the fans make it clear that they love the show and they are numerous then there is a strong possibility. Hollywood is a business.
Do you have any writing pet peeves? What is your preferred method of writing - ie computer, paper and pen, lying on the floor dictating to an assistant? I've been typing since I was ten so I type but there is somethig to be said for pen and paper -- it gets you out of the left hemisphere a little.
Best part about being left-handed, only people in their right mind. Well put noble son of a good family (or daughter)
How does one get into that business? Do you need connections to the studios? Or do you just send in scripts hoping to get picked up? There's no one size fits all answer -- basically you have to be an opportunist and use all the opportunities you have and make opportunities -- I think the main thing these days is to get your stuff out there on the internet and connect with fans and with other creators.
Despite Big Bang Theory being one of the most highly watched and rated comedy shows it also has a very vocal group of detractors. How do you feel about that? Is it ever frustrating knowing that the show is so well received by most but loudly disliked by a strong minority as well? Sure -- I want everybody to love me. They should come on the AMA and we can finally work this out.
Eric, I've heard rumors and speculation as to why Comedy Central ended Futurama. Some say it's due to declining ratings, others say it's due to FOX's ownership of the show. If you have any knowledge, could you answer? And is there a chance Futurama could be picked up for new episodes by another network, like Adult Swim, or possibly Netflix? Well sure it could be picked up anywhere. for these networks it's all about the bottom line so if the fans make it clear to netflix or anybody else that they are really committed to the show it will make it more possible. the means of distribution are getting much more democratized.
Yes. Now I have a question. Would you be able to write for a new episode about how Fry later changes his mind and does clone him? or do you get picked for certain episodes and have to stick to a certain topic? It could happen!
Hello Eric, i am a huge fan of BBT and i must say you writers still keep the high standard of the show. My first question - during first season, Sheldon did not appear to me as a pure asexual being(which he is now, well until latest episodes) and from the dialogs i thought of him just as a shy boy. Have you switched to his asexuality because of the humorous potential or was he supposed to be that way from the very beginning? Second question, what female character is most fun to write? They are all fun. I don't think he is asexual.
Hey, when/ how did you know that you wanted to write comedy? I wrote comedy in elementary school -- little plays and stuff like that. my friend Andrew encouraged me in college to try it profesisonally.
I am so sorry there is so much Bbt hate on here. I personally love the show. Which of the characters is your favorite to write for? I like them all. I think hate is backwards love.
What was your favorite book growing up? Probably Alice in Wonderland!
I think this is really Eric Kaplan. Reddit screens people before they do an AMA so that it's all verified. Does Chuck Lorre have a tattoo? When did BBT wrap the last episode? I'm not privy to that info. BBT wrapped last ep in april.
What was your favorite idea that didn't get put into a show? I have wanted to do something from the point of view of an idea or a story but have not figured out how that could be in a show!
What is the meaning behind the Alien pin Howard wears in Big Bang Theory? I CAN'T TELL YOU THAT! THERE ARE PEOPLE READING THIS AMA!
What are some of your favorite Fry quotes? I like someone has a headache - -is it me?
I want to thank you for Futurama & The Big Bang Theory. Both are great shows. I think the problem people have with BBT is that the jokes are either too nerdy or not nerdy enough. The problem with Futurama is that it's been cancelled. My question is rather silly but I'll ask it anyways. Who is the Doctor Who fan & who snuck the TARDIS & the Doctor into the episode of Futurama? I don't know -- maybe the doctor himself? Thanks for the explanation!
How did you come up with the idea for Dirty Magazine and Hal Grieves in Malcolm in the Middle? I still love the Takei call. Dirty Magazine actually happened to me in high school. I was the editor of Argus and Nikki wrote a story about girls getting harrassed and I thought it was great. Then when the faculty got wind of it they fired me and shut down the show. Then the ACLU supported us and Donna Shelala. It was quite a brou-ha-ha. I love the Takei call too!
How did you come up with Hypnotoad? All glory to him! Can't explain how!
Who did you base Howard's role in the D&D episode off of? I almost died choking on Dr. Pepper when he came back with that Christopher Walken Voice. That was pure Simon and simon pure.
Frederick Nietzsche wrote "What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I have found in the son the unveiled secret of the father." What do you think he meant by this? It's true. we are part of a biological continuum and what is implicit in one generation can be explicit in the next one.
How much were you involved with creating the alien language in Futrama? Not at all.
Silders the tv show about quantum tunnels and parallel worlds...would you consider rebooting it? I think you'd do a wonderful job I miss that show. Sure!
What's it like working with they might be giants? Great -- they are very sophisticated and post-modern.
Out of all the shows you have worked for, which has given you the most creative freedom as a writer? Zombie College.
Are you jewish? Nothing personal just wondering. Yes!
That is one funny crab-man. Props to David Cohen and Billy West.
I was wondering what advice you might have for someone who's looking to getting into TV comedy writing. Use the internet. keep writing and get stuff on the internet and connect with a fan base. kill your darlings!
Just wanted to say, Jurassic Bark is one of the best Futurama episodes. Crazy enough, watched it yesterday with my little brother-in-law, telling him how good it was. Thanks man -- I appreciate it! did he like it?
Jurassic Bark made me cry and I am a full grown man, well done. I'm glad!
It's cool that you're responding to criticism. So many failed AMA's come to mind that have just failed at this. I like to connect with the fans. If people have an interest in the show positive or negative I am happy to hear from them.
It's been really cool working on Love Me Cat. Just wanted you to know! I'm glad you have been enjoying it!
I wrote my senior thesis on masculinity in Big Bang Theory - thanks for writing for a show that challenges cultural norms of what it means to be masculine. Neat! did you get a good grade?
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