Hey, Ms. Dewey, put a sock in it

Dewey That’s my gut reaction to Ms. Dewey, Microsoft’s sassy young woman who riffs on this and that before your MSN search results pop up. Ms. Dewey’s patter (I think she mumbled something about underwear when I typed in her name) is pretty annoying, and her “moves” would’ve gotten her bounced from the first round of So You Think You Can Dance? Still, the concept has merit. MSN should enlist celebrities. Robert De Niro could ask “Are you talkin’ to me?” or Tom Cruise could order MSN to “Show me the money!” before results appeared. Should the system stall, Arnold Schwarzenegger could assure us he’d be back. Failed queries would trigger an appearance by Clark Gable, informing us that as far as search goes, he doesn’t give a damn, or Jack Nicholson, who’d provide an admonishment along the lines of, “You can’t handle the truth.”

—Posted by David Gianatasio