A Dog vs. Alan Turing by Imani Gandy (ABL)| May 6, 20116:27 pm| 24 CommentsThis post is in: Dog Blogging, HumorousFacebookTweetEmailNerdy Delights You’re welcome. [cross-posted here and such]
a Turing statue passes the canine Turing test !
Up in Boone NC and Lil Bit just snatched a deviled egg off the counter. I little cocker and I whacked her on the ass as hard as I could and she didn’t flinch!
that was funny. doggie needs a clue…
Cute dog. Not too bright, though.
Actually, think about it. That dog has got to be cluing after shape alone because there’s not much else left. No smell, no color, no movement/behavior — that’s rather interesting.
Just curious — how’d you ID the statue as Turing?
The poor dog – he just wanted to play! I hope whoever was filming this at least tossed the stick for him once or twice….
Here ya go.
Danged computer nerrds don’t wanna play fetch.
And isn’t that a border collie? I thought they were supposed to be the smart dogs.
Yeah….my border collie would do the exact same thing. Sigh. Neurotic dogs are the worst.
I love the way the camera shakes ’cause the guy is laughing so hard.
@freelancer: my favorite bit: “He is sitting on a bench situated in a central position in the park. On Turing’s left is the University of Manchester and on his right is Manchester’s gay village.”
My favorite bit is when the dog tries to give him a stick. Po’ statue of dead Alan Turing lets the stick drop to the ground, and the pup picks it up and tries again.
Definitely a very friendly dog.
If you haven’t seen a close up of the statue, it does look as if he’s holding a ball. Actually an apple, but I can see how a dog might get confused.
Our dog is rather like that, except with a tennis ball. She will bring any visitor a tennis ball and drop it at their feet. If they don’t pay attention, she’ll pick it up and drop it at their feet again.
Her best is trying to persuade a firework to play. I mean, a ground based firework emitting a big cloud of sparks continuously for 20 seconds or so. The dog’s reaction was to find a tennis ball and repeatedly drop it in front of the “visitor”. I have no idea what that’s about.
This is just wonderful. Animals are great.
OT–check out Slate’s photoessay on feline military units. It’s fabulously silly.
@stuckinred: I was just near Boone for Merlefest! Great part of the country, says I. For the music and geography…maybe not so for the politics.
Is that the simple dog from Hyperbole and a Half?
@MAJeff: Allie Brosh is so great. I hope she gets her book out in record time.
Seems to be a bit of philosophical difference there. Somewhat disappointed the dog didn’t ‘lift its leg’ on the statue.
That makes no sense – dogs have a good sense of smell. I can’t believe the dog thinks that statue is for reelz. But then again, there can be a range of IQ…
hey now. NC voted for Obama!
@MAJeff: Allie Brosh is hands down the funniest woman on the internets.
One of my dogs was obsessed with TV and would bark at dogs on TV, including Dino on the Flintstones. How she figured out that was a “dog” I’ll never know.