We Need to Talk About The Amazon "Alexa"

"Alexa, what's the date?"

"Alexa, what's twelve times twenty-one?"

"Alexa, tell me a joke."

With the holiday television ads in full swing, I keep hearing my name and looking to the TV in shock. Then I remember there is the Amazon Echo. The Amazon Echo has the "Alexa Voice Service," which... shocker... annoys me.

Why on earth would it annoy me?! Well, because I am not one to like being bossed around. This product therefore does not mix well with me. Especially when people joke with me like I am this product. Really? I haven't heard it before.

When I used to search "Alexa" online, I would usually see some random search site and a few celebrities pop up. Now, it's all about this dang machine.

According to, the name Alexa was ranked #107 in popularity in 1993... the year I was born. In 2015, the name was ranked #32. Also, the name Alexa is Greek and is a form of Alexander, which means "defender of mankind."

Americans: Vote!

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My fellow Americans... hey. What's up? How's it going? Anything big happening this week?

Oh, yeah... that. The election. As if the media or anyone could let you forget. And now, the anyone includes me. I'm not one to get very political online, but I need to talk to you about something political this time.

You should go vote. 

If you have not voted already by mail-in/absentee/etc. and you are registered to vote, you should be getting in your preferred method of transportation and heading to a polling place on Election Day.

The Overreaction to Starbucks Cups

On November 1, 2016, Starbucks debuted a green-styled cup. The major first reaction? Outrage. "How dare Starbucks have a green cup when the holidays are always celebrated with a red one?" "How could they have a non-Holiday design on November 1st?" "This is political brainwashing!" And so on.

Honestly, what is wrong with people? Is this what is important to spend our energy on right now? 

Yes, everyone, please go nuts over a cup when one of the most controversial elections ends in a week. Can we please put this energy to good use?