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CULTURE TEST

I always pride myself on knowing everything so I’m going to put that little piece of vanity to the test. I’m going to give myself a culture test right here in front of your eyes (and I won’t even cheat!). Here we go:

WHAT YEAR DID CAESAR DIE?

JIM: 43BC.

GOOGLE: 44BC 

Jim 0, Google 1

NAME THE 4 HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE

JIM: I remember being asked that question long ago and I answered: Death, War, Famine and Greed. As soon as I said it, it didn’t sit well with me and I wondered aloud, "What’s a nice guy like Greed doing with that bunch of cut throats and I changed it to Pestilence.

GOOGLE: A documentary film directed by Russ Ashcroft. I asked Google if that was its final answer and, reconsidering it answered, Death, War, Famine & Conquest. Because it got a second chance, I’ll give Google half credit even though I’m not sure it’s the correct answer. Maybe I should ask Bing?

Jim 0, Google 1 ½: So far, not looking good for me.

NAME THE 3 MUSES

JIM: I know this is a lot of classical knowledge that’s probably not of much interest so I’ll try to get more ‘with it’ in the following questions. My answer is Singing, Music and Art. I know that’s probably not correct but sometimes you just gotta give it your best shot! I wonder where ‘they’ get such weird questions from anyway.

GOOGLE: This page can’t be displayed.

Jim 1, Google 1 ½: I may not be even close but Google really fell flat here, someone should get a point.

HOW LONG TO REBOOT MY COMPUTER? (Now that’s a more ‘with it’ question)

JIM: 52 seconds, though it took me 2 minutes to save and shut down all the stuff that was up and running.

GOOGLE: waiting for google.com. I gave it some time to reconsider and it finally came up with many How to Restart, How to Reboot, How often do you need tor Reboot your PC, etc. In fact Google came up with 99,200,000 answers. I think being able to answer that many times is cheating. I’m going to give Google a -1 for bad sportsmanship and not even being close.

Jim 2, Google ½: I was exactly right! Take that Google!

Now Google is unhappy with the test scoring and it comes up with Music, Poetry and the Arts for the preceeding question. That’s completely out of order even though that sounds correct. Generously, I’ll give Google ½ point and I’ll deduct a point from me since I was probably wrong though singing and poetry are really pretty close.

FINAL SCORE: Jim 1, Google 1

Well the time’s up and though I can see I don’t know as much as I thought I did, at least I’m as good as Google. I bet Google would never ever concede that it’s only as good as me and it would probably give many, many answers to that question. In fact it gave 1,400,000,000 answers! I still think that’s cheating!



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CULTURE TEST

I always pride myself on knowing everything so I’m going to put that little piece of vanity to the test. I’m going to give myself a culture test right here in front of your eyes (and I won’t even cheat!). Here we go:

WHAT YEAR DID CAESAR DIE?

JIM: 43BC.

GOOGLE: 44BC 

Jim 0, Google 1

NAME THE 4 HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE

JIM: I remember being asked that question long ago and I answered: Death, War, Famine and Greed. As soon as I said it, it didn’t sit well with me and I wondered aloud, "What’s a nice guy like Greed doing with that bunch of cut throats and I changed it to Pestilence.

GOOGLE: A documentary film directed by Russ Ashcroft. I asked Google if that was its final answer and, reconsidering it answered, Death, War, Famine & Conquest. Because it got a second chance, I’ll give Google half credit even though I’m not sure it’s the correct answer. Maybe I should ask Bing?

Jim 0, Google 1 ½: So far, not looking good for me.

NAME THE 3 MUSES

JIM: I know this is a lot of classical knowledge that’s probably not of much interest so I’ll try to get more ‘with it’ in the following questions. My answer is Singing, Music and Art. I know that’s probably not correct but sometimes you just gotta give it your best shot! I wonder where ‘they’ get such weird questions from anyway.

GOOGLE: This page can’t be displayed.

Jim 1, Google 1 ½: I may not be even close but Google really fell flat here, someone should get a point.

HOW LONG TO REBOOT MY COMPUTER? (Now that’s a more ‘with it’ question)

JIM: 52 seconds, though it took me 2 minutes to save and shut down all the stuff that was up and running.

GOOGLE: waiting for google.com. I gave it some time to reconsider and it finally came up with many How to Restart, How to Reboot, How often do you need tor Reboot your PC, etc. In fact Google came up with 99,200,000 answers. I think being able to answer that many times is cheating. I’m going to give Google a -1 for bad sportsmanship and not even being close.

Jim 2, Google ½: I was exactly right! Take that Google!

Now Google is unhappy with the test scoring and it comes up with Music, Poetry and the Arts for the preceeding question. That’s completely out of order even though that sounds correct. Generously, I’ll give Google ½ point and I’ll deduct a point from me since I was probably wrong though singing and poetry are really pretty close.

FINAL SCORE: Jim 1, Google 1

Well the time’s up and though I can see I don’t know as much as I thought I did, at least I’m as good as Google. I bet Google would never ever concede that it’s only as good as me and it would probably give many, many answers to that question. In fact it gave 1,400,000,000 answers! I still think that’s cheating!



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