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4 Life-Changing Reasons Why You Should Have a Baby Journal

“…I don’t think it means what you think it means” - Inigo Montoya, From the Princess Bride There is a bit of confusion it would seem, in some of the more common expressions around parenthood. Before the birth of our son, my wife and I would always hear the comment: “Our child is the center of our world.” This sure sounds sweet and endearing, right? Guess what. It’s not. It is a cold, hard fact. After the arrival of our little bundle of joy, he is the center of our … [Read more...]

Belated Memorial Day With Cleverbot

One of the more popular features here on The Daily ReTORt are my conversations with Cleverbot. What’s Cleverbot you ask? Cleverbot, is Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) software  that supposedly learns by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. I've never found Cleverbot to be intelligent in the purest definition of the word; however, interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly entertaining. Here’s the most recent interview I had with … [Read more...]

Talking Taxes With Cleverbot

Periodically I engage in conversations with an online, artificial intelligence (AI) software program called Cleverbot. The Cleverbot web site claims that the software learns from humans and becomes more human as it interacts with us. During the dozen or so conversations I've had with this computer interface, I've found it to be anything but human yet mildly amusing. A recent "talk" with Cleverbot is chronicled here when we discussed the virtues and history surrounding Martin Luther … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Beat the Honey Do List

Here's a guest post from a great writer, Marie Ortiz, who's a part-time staff writer for www.DIYMother.org and a full time social media manager. She is a mother to two beautiful girls and enjoys teaching them and watching them grow. She loves to share her findings along the way. If you'd like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ======================== My husband and I have been married for ten years and together, we made and raised two … [Read more...]

7 Questions With an Author: Steve Rizzo

This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Steve Rizzo. Steve Rizzo is a personal development expert, whose clients include American Airlines, BP, JP Morgan Chase, Scholastic, Sprint, and many others. He's also an accomplished comedian who has performed with headliners such as Drew Carey, Eddie Murphy and Jerry … [Read more...]

Super Bowl vs. Valentine’s Day

Here’s the latest episode in my “Wedded Blisster Series” of animated movie shorts. Marriage is bliss, but these mini-movies I sometimes make have a humorous take on some of the blisters that couples face along their blissful way. Episode #13 looks at the tension between the "guy holiday" of Super Bowl Sunday versus the "gal holiday" of Valentine's Day.   Links to my other recent Wedded Blisster episodes follow the video below.   Here are two other installments of … [Read more...]

An MLK Day Chat With Cleverbot…

Holidays provide a great reason to have a discussion with Cleverbot. What's Cleverbot you ask? Cleverbot, is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. It's a real-world, social-technology experiment that I regularly engage. While it’s a stretch to say that Cleverbot is intelligent, interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly … [Read more...]

Cleverbot talks New Year resolutions and Apocalypse

Last year I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. No one in their right mind would call Cleverbot intelligent but interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly amusing. I thought it was about time to talk with Cleverbot about its New Year resolutions and the Mayan Apocalypse - here's an unedited transcript of our … [Read more...]

Holiday Edition: $5.37 “Caption This” Photo Contest

It's another installment of the lowest-cash-award-for-a-photo-caption-contest on the Internet, the $5.37 Caption This Contest! Today's picture features the jolly old elf himself, but we have some business to attend to first. Thanks to everyone who entered the most recent iteration of the contest  last week. The winning caption is below. Congratulations to the victor - Bryan – who can message me at Facebook or on Twitter with an appropriate email address. That will allow me … [Read more...]

Celebrating Hanukkah With Cleverbot….

Last year I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it’s a stretch to say that Cleverbot is actually intelligent, interacting with this particular "thinking" software can be somewhat entertaining. Here’s the most recent interview I had with this bastion of idiocy last month: Thanksgiving Thoughts With Cleverbot.  Since today … [Read more...]