Thursday, June 24, 2010

#85 - That Lady (She lives inside our GPS...)


This poem is weirder than yesterday's poem about the last day of school.  Just a warning.


Students -  Have you ever felt like something is true, but you know it really isn't?  Well, I feel like there really is a person inside every GPS.  We don't have a GPS, but every time I'm near one I want to open it and let the person out for a little walk.  Who IS that person?

Well, I am not the first one to wonder about this.  In fact, on GPS Blog, I found a link to an article in the Houston Chronicle pages about the real human voice behind Garmin's "Australian-English Karen".   She's really an Australian singer named Karen Jacobsen, and people tell her she's like "one of the family".  Strange, no?

It turns out that there all sorts of unusual voices you can purchase for a GPS system.  You can even program your own voice to direct you around town with Garmin Voice Studio.

Teachers - tomorrow The Poem Farm visits Two Writing Teachers with an article about how poetry can help us understand and learn about organization and structure.  Please stop by if you're interested in this topic.

Happy summer!

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3 comments:

Toby Speed said...

I think about this sort of stuff all the time. And there are automated telephone recordings and weather reporting robots in transceivers who all live inside their little electronic devices. I'll hear a familiar voice and say to myself (or out loud), "That's the same guy who's in MY transceiver!"

And then there are the GPS gals who steer you to a bridge that was torn down ten years ago....

Love the poem!

twowritingteachers said...

I'm putting the post (for tomorrow) together right now. What a great resource it will be for our readers!
SAS

Amy LV said...

Toby,
Ooooh, those are not nice GPS gals. I never thought about that! I'd also never thought about the fact that there are actually real people with real voices behind these machines. We are living in the world of the Jetsons!
A.
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Stacey,
Thank you...I'm really looking forward to it!
A.