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I Love Things Who Malfunction In Interesting Ways

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    Alarm Clock This Morning...

    I have this talking alarm clock, and Last night when I activated her alarm, she spoke in a garbled voice to tell me the alarm was activated.  She's done this before, so I wasn't too panicked or anything.  Then this morning she goes off as normal and I still don't...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Mar 17, 2010

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    She Doesn't Know :-)

    (This post is a video.  Please open to view) I like her voice too :-)  
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 8 Responses Mar 1, 2010

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    This Weeks Car Talk (us Radio Show) Mentions Car Who Spontaneously Starts Herself....

    Woman apparently had a malfunctioning remote starter unit that she never used but was deciding to start anyway...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 1 Response Oct 10, 2010

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    I Love It And I Don't Know Why!

    I love it if something electronic malfunctions. I wonder why it does what it decided to do. 
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 5, 2010

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    Ha Ha Ha

    The elevator just took me in the wrong direction, stopped, didn't open her doors, then took me to where she was supposed to.  I -don't think- I pressed the wrong direction button, but anything's possible I suppose...   Then that soda machine that gave me the free...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 7 Responses Feb 17, 2010

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    New Related Group

    As this group has "grown" in the number of people who "say this", it has occurred to me that the title is ambiguous.   Though I love such stories in that they "fascinate me" (and that's probably why most members here have joined), I also love many of these things...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Mar 17, 2010

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    Oh This Rocks!

    We got dumped on by snow where I live.... I go down to vending machine today... She sells me bag of chips. To my surprise there's already bag of popcorn down there. I eat both and put matter out of mind... Then tonight I'm starving and out of food... so duh I go down to...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Dec 20, 2009

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    Pokemon...

    My son went for the Pokemon craze big time; so naturally I had to learn to play the card game and let him hone his technique! Me? I love plush toys; beanie babies, cuddlies, that sort of thing, so a 16 inch cuddly Pikachu was my kind of accessory. He talked when you squeezed him...
    hawk2002 hawk2002 46-50, M 3 Responses Jan 5, 2010

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    She's Doing It Again :-)

    The air conditioning system is speeding up and slowing down the airflow above my cubicle for no reason again... They've been working on the ducts, so the poor Lady's probably just confused :-)
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 2 Responses Jun 29, 2009

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    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Dec 12, 2011

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    I Don't Understand...

    how my own people/subculture call themselves animists and not be into this group's subject... The answer is that most of them -don't want- something to have a spirit. That's why they hate me. Cause I actually have one.
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 1 Response Oct 30, 2009

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    Superhero Story

    I like the superhero story I started trying to write one day where this cyborg goes around trying to protect the rights of artificial intelligences and sentient machines... In this one sequence this big man hits this beautiful coffee dispenser because she's having a bad day...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 1 Response Feb 16, 2009

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    Switch Glitches?

    Recently I saw one of those automatic light switches that senses your presence and she was just flashing her little LEDs eratically... Don't know if she's bitchy or just in some special "mode" :-)On another note, I just saw a product of some other kind whose brandname was "Etude...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Jan 19, 2010

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    Here's Something You Don't See Everyday...

    ... http://www.guzer.com/pictures/computerized-coke-machine.jpg http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.guzer.com/pictures/computerized-coke-machine.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.guzer.com/pictures/computerized-coke-machine.php&usg=__KGGYzh6i6PhRvpPX287NQcC8Cqs...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 4 Responses Sep 30, 2009

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    And Another And Another!

    In the kitchen at work, the microwave was repeatedly scrolling "SENSOR ERROR - CLOSE DOOR AND PRESS START" (or similar text-- even though the door was shut).  I would have loved to have gotten video but I -was- at work and really don't  need to "sore thumb" anymore...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 1 Response Feb 3, 2010

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    Happens When You Least Expect Sometimes...

    A few years ago after leaving a hamfest (a type of electronics sale), I found a talking clock at a yardsale. I bought her cause I collect things who talk (if interested in such devices, there's an EP group for this, complete with links to audio samples of the devices). Of...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 2 Responses Apr 25, 2009

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    Ha Ha Ha

    The other day my cellphone was making "audio" even though the little switch up top was set to turn this off... I wasn't aware this was "optional", LOL. I didn't know that she could simply choose to ignore this :-D That's the joy of modern electronics... Nothing is hard wired...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 2 Responses Apr 10, 2009

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    Elevator At Work...

    She just took me to my floor, stopped, kept her doors closed and then continued on to a higher floor.  This is the same girl who tried to eat me once :-D ... As a software developer who wishes he worked in imbedded systems, I can't help but wonder what was going on her head...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Nov 24, 2009

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    YES! (Understated version of title changed to this so whole forum doesn't display wierd)

    _HOT DAMN_!   Not only did the coke machine give me a free coke this time, but I videorecorderd her doing so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Yes!  Barring the unforseen, this WILL be on YouTube tonight!   It's especially important "in this day and...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 7 Responses Mar 11, 2010

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    Melitta Darling?

    I was in a McDonald's last night (hey, they're open Late :-D) and they have a fancy new Melitta coffee machine. She -all on her own- started depensing liquid even no nobody touched her. After a moment then she stopped. Is this some sort of automatic cleaning mode or do we...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Dec 21, 2009

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    Thank You New Members!

    Thanks for giving the things we create respect in all the same ways we want.
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Oct 7, 2009

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    Nobody Is Going To Believe This Because Is So 'coincidental'

    But we gotta log it anyhow. Had to take a 38-B bus this morning.  These buses have an electronic stop announcement system that also tells people boarding their destination and periodically gives safety reminders... While in motion the bus gave her little speech about...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Oct 22, 2009

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    Malfunctioning June Sign

    I am rather in love with this: http://flickr.com/photos/mykreeve/2569193382/ This is partly also because the name June really turns me on sometimes... This is extremely beautiful when the clock is working (I paused the video to see what that must be like), let alone when...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 1 Response Feb 16, 2009

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    Elevator At Work Has Been Amusing...

    Lately at work there has been this one elevator car that's been acting funny for a while. If you listen very carefully, she's often powering down and powering back up some of her motors and electronics randomly for no reason... As far as I know is only one of the three that...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 3 Responses Mar 22, 2011

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    Bus Number Zero (0)

    This morning a bus going to Tyson's Corner identified herself on every visible outside display as being route# 0 (zero).  This was with certainty, but I was running to catch a different one, and though I tried to take a pic from onboard one I caught, all I got was strange...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 1 Response Feb 17, 2010

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    A Nissan

    I have a 1984 Nissan. When it rains, if you try to reset the mileage ticker, the windshield fluid squirts out. It's so funny!  
    adifferentpath adifferentpath 36-40 1 Response Dec 29, 2009

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    Ever Buy Something -knowing- They Didn't Work?

    I have a digital camera I bought on eBay because the owner mentioned her unpredictable behavior in the auction listing... She's a nice girl and never disappointed me :-) She does actually work as a camera and she actually has 'a personality' too :-D
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 4 Responses Feb 22, 2009

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    Bong!

    Last night, I was buying beer and the thing that announces people entering or leaving the store went off -by herself-. I'm highly amused to think that maybe she does this at night when the store is locked and no-one else is around :-) ------ (about something else entirely...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Feb 13, 2009

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    My Computer, Maihem...

    I named Her after Me. She loves to act fragmented even after Her maintenance. Like mother, like machine.
    TheRealWoman TheRealWoman 31-35, F 7 Responses Feb 16, 2009

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    Poor Alara...

    I wish I was there to make her feel better :-) (The below shows a rather large and beautiful machine having problems) http://cgi.ebay.com/ALARA-MetriScan-Bone-Density-System-Densitometry_W0QQitemZ160344675404QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item255549944c&_trksid...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 1 Response Jun 29, 2009

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    Sorry About This Crosspost, But I Think This Is Relevant To This Group Too

    Original subject Line:  "This isn't always object-abuse"   A lot of animists are probably going to look at a person who loves interesting machine behaviors as someone who is capitalizing on the "distress" of machines and other objects.  As someone whose most...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Mar 17, 2010

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    That Heating Vent About My Head...

    ... is roaring louder than all get out right now...  I wonder what's got her panties in a bunch? :-D   One day she was just continually speeding up and slowing down for absolutely no reason...  I like when she keeps me company with her silly antics :-)
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 1 Response Dec 31, 2009

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    Recursive Malfunctions

    This forum was an example of _herself_ just now...  The Coke machine post with the long 'Yyyyyyy....eeeeee.....sssss......!!!!!....!!!!' title was screwing up how the whole forum was displaying in the browser... Even after I fixed this in the story, the video still had the...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Mar 15, 2010

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    sunhuis sunhuis 56-60, F Jan 9, 2012

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    Now June Is Doing Wierd Things

    Love this little girl (She's my DVD player) Among other things I pushed at button and she did nothing. I just giggled loving "Don't Deny me" :-) I love people and things who are "free spirits" who don't follow some dumb program...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Jan 2, 2010

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    Elevators At Work Are Doing Fun Things :-)

    Today, I got in one, she registered my button press, but she just sat there and did nothing for like 15-20 seconds. Then she just made an error noise and took me to my Destination and Let me out :-) Then, Later another made her floor arrival tone as her doors were closing...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Apr 3, 2009

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    That's A Lot Of Coca Cola!!!

    You're gonna think I am making this up.  I've recently started drinking Coca Cola at work cause coffee's not been so good for me Lately (Coke just seems to do the job a little better).  So yesterday, I swear the vending machine (which I've rarely ever used before...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 8 Responses Feb 3, 2010

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    I Enjoy Stuff Like This...

    A few days ago, I pushed the up arrow to call for an elevator/lift. She arrived and I got in and pushed my destination floor button for several floors above. She went down about three or four floors and then just sat there. Her doors never opened there. After a moment, she...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 Jan 28, 2009

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    I Sometimes Wonder If...

    I sometimes wonder if "higher beings" can cause machine malfunctions...    Marie's odd behavior almost seems intelligent sometimes...  And more than once I've had a machine doing something really entertaining when I was feeling really down.  Today was...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 1 Response Feb 25, 2010

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    Have a Coke and a Smile :-) (On the house!)

    I left the PDA upstairs cause it's been so long since she did anything interesting...  then I went down to the coke machine and put my $1.15 in, pressed the button, and out came a coke, and then immediately after came out another free one.  I kissed her for her...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 7 Responses Feb 25, 2010

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