Granted I don't feel or appear very human most mornings. I blame it on a multitude of things from medication to reading until I fall asleep (then waking and reading more, falling asleep again and repeating this process umpteen times in one night )
But I thought that even I could prove what species I am or I'm not, to a laptop. Apparently not.
I'd just read a very good blog post by Sandra Patterson and was keen to respond with my comments. So I typed the paragraph into the comments box on Google Blogger and followed the instructions which were "Please type the two words".
I dutifully typed 02 mighta
Now, I know you think you are already onto this. I did too.
After all, anyone knows that that's not two words, but two numerals and a word. In fact it's not even a word technically, but let's not go there just now.
So I then typed in mighta on it's own. Maybe the trick of proving you're not a robot is to be able to distinguish between letters and numerals. But no. I then was asked to type in
Ortiesque 159. I did. Firstly as it is here, then Ortiesque one five nine then Ortiesque one hundred and fifty nine (I know that's not two words either, but what would you
By now I was more than a little disgruntled, especially as when the next 'two words' came up asked1, my original comment had disappeared so I had to write that in again.
Now here comes the weirdest thing.
I realised that there is no way on this earth that I was ever going to get these "words" to be accepted by the programme, I tried the little box with an audio picture on it. Click on here and ... well what would you expect ?
I expected a sort of cross between an RP English voice and an English/American voice announcing the words that I have so hopelessly tried to submit.
What I got sounded like someone creating the voice of a typically stereotyped alien , or dare I say it ... a robot ! I was more than a little unnerved about this but now think there are 2 possibilities of what's happening here :
1. My mind has inadvertently been taken over by an alien/robot.
2. I am one
This does not sound so extreme when you think that these word things are called "captchas"
Either way, I/we'll keep in touch with this blog one way or another.