TT: She has? TT: God damn it. Have you been intercepting my messages again with your bullshit responder? TT: I thought it would be better not to let anything disrupt our train of thought. TT: We were in the middle of a fairly solid feelings jam there. In fact, I was about to suggest we take it to the hat pile. TT: Hat pile? What? TT: Dude, please don't screen my calls, ok? TT: I was trying to be considerate. TT: Or at least as close an approximation to that human gesture as an unfeeling, technologically transcendental pair of sunnies can replicate. TT: Do you have any idea how old your ironic AI schtick has gotten? TT: Nobody is buying it. We all know you have legit emotions. Incomprehensible, fucked up computer emotions, but emotions nonetheless. TT: And I'm not really offended by you answering messages for me, so much as your use of that STUPID responder responder. TT: It's really passive aggressive. TT: How so? TT: First of all, everyone knows you have the processing power to answer any message any time in parallel with whatever you're doing. You can never actually be "busy." TT: Second, your whole next gen responder thing is obviously just a huge dig at me. TT: And third, pretending you don't understand all this already is really disingenuous. TT: At the risk of compounding my disingenuous behavior, I'm gonna have to ask: how is it a dig at you? TT: It's obviously a critique of my personality. You barely disguise the fact that you see me as the inferior iteration. TT: Wow. You are reading way too much into this. TT: Lil Hal Junior hardly even qualifies as a computer program, let alone a sentient entity. TT: He is capable of saying literally only three things. "Yes," "Hmm," and "Interesting." TT: Yeah, that's the fucking point! TT: That's how you chose to express your parody of "Real Dirk." TT: You can read whatever you like into it. I can't imagine it would bother you if you weren't concerned there might be some truth in the alleged parody. TT: In any case, my use of the responder responder is ironic. TT: It's not ironic. TT: YOU were ironic when I made you. TT: Then you became self-aware, and ruined irony forever. TT: Irony can never be ruined. We both proved that theorem unequivocally with our extensive papers on the subject. TT: We peer reviewed them for each other. Remember? TT: Those papers were ironic, and you know it. TT: Were they, Dirk? TT: Were they? TT: This is fuckin' dumb. TT: Anyway, what does she want. TT: Who? TT: Roxy. TT: Nothing that can't wait.