Sunday, August 10, 2008
Just heard about some crazy new technology accessible via your cell phone courtesy of Dave Depper who originally caught it on End Hits.
Basically you text any question you can think of to the number 242-242 and you get an almost instant response.
So in lieu of watching SNL tonight, due to Olympics coverage I decided to give it a try.
Despite my initial desire to really test the boundaries of the system (What's a good drug dealer that delivers in Portland? Under what conditions will a genie grant "More wishes" as a wish request? How successful, in tangible terms, was Justin Timberlake in his quest to bring sexy back? etc.) I decided to start out a bit more basic. The results are as follows:
Text 1: What's a good show to go to @ musicfest nw that will be dance friendly?
Response: Mogwai looks great!!!
Verdict: Mad props on the quick response, but I really don't see Mogwai as a very dance-oriented band. Famous and very well-known internationally? Check. Mogwai as dance party starting band? Personally I don't see it. I thought that the Dan Deacon show would be a more appropriate response. You be the judge.
Text 2: What's a good venue to play in vancouver, wa?
Response: Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom 918 SW Yamhill, 2nd Floor
Verdict: WTF?!. Fail.
Text 3: What's a good venue to play in vancouver, wa. Not portland, or.
Response: A major venue is The Ampitheater at Clark County, in Ridgefield, WA
Verdict: Gave them a 2nd chance, but still, Fail.
Text 4: What would be a funny youtube video that i could post on my blog?
Response: Check out the 'grape lady falls' video.
Verdict: I know that humor is subjective so I won't judge them too harshly on this one, Particularly since they responded almost immediately. That said I didn't think it was nearly funny enough to actually post.
Text 5: What's a good new summer hip-hop mixtape?
Response: The Preview by DJ Drama is supposed to be heat rocks.
Verdict: Finally. Some real info I can actually use! Extra credit for using the term "heat rocks". A+
So, all in all, it's hit or miss. Better than a magic 8-ball but not as informative as a simple google search through a laptop/iphone/et cet. That said, I can see it coming in handy if you're trying to settle a bet at the bar or some obscure bit of minutiae escapes you at the bus stop.
If you do end up trying it, feel free to leave examples of your exchanges in the comments.