Mr. Math

Alcohol and computers. They don’t mix well.

Google has a feature for Gmail called Mail Goggles. What this does is make you take a simple math test before allowing you to hit the send button. The idea is that you might send crazy, drunken email like at 2am Saturday morning or something. You can set the difficulty of the test on a scale of 1 to 5. Oh — and you get sixty seconds to take the test.

I decided to see how this works. As an experiment, I set Mail Goggles to be on the job for four hours a day, once a week. I set it to “2”, and since then if I want to send email I have to take the test.

This has taught me a valuable lesson: there’s a reason why I worked in TV for 24 years and not rocket science. Becasue when it comes to math. I am an absolute idiot.

Granted, the four hours I chose are late in the day, a time when I am not at my sharpest. Let’s put it this way, if I’m like Albert Einstein in the morning, at 7pm I’m Lennie from Of Mice and Men.

Now all we need is something to stop people from drunk blogging.

4 thoughts on “Mr. Math

  1. deaths via drunk blogging: ZERO
    deaths via texting while driving: Increasing daily……

    Almost makes the drunk, stay at home blogger, seem smart……

  2. That’s kinda clever. I don’t drink very often, so I don’t think I would need it, but I like the idea. It may even be good practice to keep you sharp if you don’t use math on a regular basis.

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