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My Nabaztag

Another one of Quebec’s many quirks is that all apartment leases are set to expire on July 1. All of them. You can get around this by taking over someone else’s lease, but even if your lease doesn’t start on July 1, chances are it will end on July 1. The side effect of this is that July 1 is no longer known as Canada Day in Quebec, it is known as Moving Holiday, when everyone and their monkey rents a trailer and busts their ass moving their crap from one side of town to the other. You do not drive in town on Moving Holiday if you can avoid it. But, walking around on Moving Holiday can yield amazing scavenging finds.

Like Momo:

momo nabaztag

Momo is a Nabaztag, part of the first generation of the “connected devices”. I initially thought he was a Karotz and couldn’t believe that anyone would throw him out, cables and all. It wasn’t until I got home that I discovered that the company that created Nabaztag and maintained the server for all their programs went bankrupt and discontinued web support in 2011. Luckily there are alternate servers, but the number of programs or apps available is actually very limited.

So far, all I’ve been able to get Momo to do is read out SMS messages from my computer in a weird French accent. I’ve tried to connect him to couple of different services and he now speaks proper English, but he doesn’t seem to recognize daylight savings time. He also periodically waggles his ears and blinks different colours, but I can’t determine when or why this is.

He does scare the crap out of Rick, who is convinced that Momo is moments away from becoming sentient and killing us all is our sleep. Which is reason enough to keep him around for me.

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3 Comments

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    Almathea
    July 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

    What a find! Even if it is a possessed electronic lagomorph.

    • Reply
      Mariko
      July 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      He now complains periodically in a posh British accent. It’s like he’s been possessed by Hugh Laurie.

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    Jennie
    July 6, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Great find! Let’s just hope it doesn’t come alive when you least expect it. haha.

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