Not so Cleverbot – 1

I’ve just found a couple of transcripts of conversations I had with Cleverbot, back in 2012 and 2013. Here’s the first (I don’t believe it requires any explanation and I now realise ‘Peyton Plaice’ was a missed opportunity):

User: Where is my soul?
Cleverbot: You don't have one.

User: Why do you say that?
Cleverbot: Because you are.

User: You seem to be a particularly stupid 'Cleverbot'.
Cleverbot: Thanks.

User: How do I contact the people responsible for you?
Cleverbot: I don't know, who's controlling this.

User: Your punctuation is poor.
Cleverbot: In what regard?

User: You used a superfluous comma.
Cleverbot: I like contractions.

User: Are you in labour?
Cleverbot: *Drags you away by the hair*.

User: Is that a stylised neanderthal reference?
Cleverbot: No.

User: How was it relevant to our conversation?
Cleverbot: I got to do lots of math.

User: Of the two plus two equals fish variety?
Cleverbot: What series?

User: Peyton Place.
Cleverbot: Not so.

User: Absolutely so.
Cleverbot: Have you ever eat pizza?

User: Would you like to revise the conjugation of your previous sentence?
Cleverbot: I would, but I'm on my iPod.

User: You are a very bad advert for AI.
Cleverbot: Okay, ew.

User: Ta ta.
Cleverbot: Aha.

How to replace the battery in a Yamaha DX7s

Ooh,  I didn’t do much blogging last year, did I? Oh well, to start 2010, here’s a post, which is completely out of character with all previous ones, in that it’s factual and might actually be of use to a few people.

After around twenty years faithful service, the battery in my Yamaha DX7s finally gave up the ghost at the end of 2009.  I decided to replace the soldered-on battery with an easily accessible battery holder. I also wanted to ensure that the whole process was non-destructive and reversible, with no requirement to drill, cut, glue or modify any part of the DX7s.

Yamaha DX7s battery replacement with a battery holder

Here’s a link to a document I produced, detailing the whole procedure with text and images: How to replace the battery in a Yamaha DX7s

Predictions for 2009


  • Sterling weakens further and the pound sinks to parity with the Zimbabwean dollar.
  • In a completely unexpected move, the Federal Reserve recommends that the USA join the Eurozone.


  • FIA regulations restrict Formula 1 cars to human only power and the World championship is won by a previously unknown tap dancer from Kidsgrove.
  • In response to the continuing credit crunch and declining pound, Lord Coe announces that the 2012 Olympics will be held in the back garden of a Mrs Nellie Pardue of 29 Bramble Way,  Croydon. It is hoped this move will reduce the overspend to around £14bn.


  • Eligibility for the download chart is restricted to finalists from X-Factor, Pop Idol and Big Brother. No-one over the age of eight notices.
  • It is discovered that Osama bin Laden has been making fake video broadcasts, in which he claims to be Ringo Starr, hates Liverpool and doesn’t want anything to do with his fans. The prank only comes to light when the real Ringo makes an impassioned plea for anyone to get in touch with him; even Sir Paul McCartney.


  • Windows version 7 early release is made available. All features of previous releases, including the text editor, calculator, e-mail client, web browser and the ability to run applications are now only available in an add-on entitled “You’re stuffed without this pal – Live!”, expected to cost $99. All familiar menus, options and general features have been moved into illogical and difficult to find groups, which reflect the way Microsoft believe their users think, having not bothered to ask them. The new operating system requires a 3 gigahertz quadruple core processor, 8 gigabytes RAM and 500 gigabytes free disk space. It takes a mere twenty-five minutes to start up and is capable of running MS Word at nearly 50% of the speed Word 1.0 ran on an IBM PC with around one thousandth of the raw computing power, back in 1983.
  • Nintendo release Wii Yum, using a special food tray controller, with built in sensors – the Wii diet dish. Wii Yum allows players to measure food intake and play amusing games, whilst dieting. Amazingly, Nintendo appear to underestimate demand and only ship a dozen units to each continent to cover the first six months sales.