Who's up for a game? I'm going to call it the Starbucks Name Chain (hopefully, nobody else has come up with this yet!).
The rules are really simple:
Go to Starbucks and buy a drink of your choice, as you normally wouldGive them your name when asked If the name on the cup does not match yours - and experience suggests this is highly likely - adopt this as your new name!Change your name on social media (completely optional, especially if the platform complains!)Next time you go to Starbucks, use your new name!
How long does it take for you to get back to your real name?
Currently, I am living as Roger...
[UPDATE] I thought it would be a fun idea to change my name on Facebook to reflect the Starbucks name change. I thought wrong. Apparently, Facebook will lock you in to your name change for 60 days before you can make any further changes. This puts a dampener on any fun and means, regardless of any further name changes by Starbucks, I am now locked in to being Roger until at…
It feels oddly comforting to be back, like seeing an old friend who wraps their arms around you and gives you a massive hug...then says, sorry, gotta go, things are a bit chaotic right now!
I've been here properly for a week now and can confirm that things are at least as chaotic as before, with building works going on, unstable timetables and equipment needed for practical sessions not working properly. This is one of those places where you come to expect things not being up to scratch, so rather than just get angry, you roll your eyes and try to find another way.
That said, there is one thing that immediately fixed my Victor Meldrew head firmly into place.
When Amazon introduced the Echo in the UK, it was the first time in a very long time I had been eager to try out some new technology; I had been waiting for the Google Home, but Amazon got there first so ended up with my money.
My own personal feeling is that consumer technology seems to have stagnated over the past 5 years, with only incremental instead of revolutionary advances, so nothing really piqued my interest until affordable home control came into being, something that was finally within my budget. Being able to combine it with the Philips Hue system was great; though trying to find answers to questions proved ... interesting.
Then, back in June, I decided to try and build my first Alexa skill. Nothing major, just a feed from this blog as a daily flash briefing. It worked, but I decided not to publish it as I would hardly consider the content of this blog to be frequent or interesting enough to warrant it joining the likes of CNN, BBC, Sky, and the rest!