Year: 2019

May 7, 2019

I have an old Parrot piano accordion, which was given to me by an aunt many years ago. It was the larger (37 keys, 80 buttons) of two accordions she had and played, and was then too heavy for her to manage. Knowing I was…

April 15, 2019

Some time ago, I posted how Storyline, the free online tool I had used to write my first Alexa skills, had changed to Invocable, a paid platform charging developer level charges for hosting (i.e. hundreds of dollars a month). At the time, however, they said…

February 1, 2019

When I was fostering dogs, I kept telling myself that I would eventually get my own sometime. I decided that I wanted to do that by this year, given that I was turning 60 and supposedly slowing down a bit. I actually started the search…

January 22, 2019

My new gadgets, courtesy of the Alexa Developer Perks, arrived today. The Spot makes a darling little Alexa alarm clock, and although its reactive dimming might not quite go far enough for me on nights where even dull glows bother my sleep, I’ve found the…

January 18, 2019

This morning, when I woke up, I had Alexa sing me “Happy Birthday”. But once I got up, and checked my email, I found she had wished me Happy Birthday in an unexpected – quite coincidental – way. Back in November, I made an application…