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Something Different (Continued)

The roads forced him down a new path
A path he didn't normally travel
Yet,
As he went along the road, something was familiar.
He knew that building there
He knew that curve ahead
The vague memory of the path, but with no explanation
As he passed under a bridge
It all came back to him.
A path from the past
A road often traveled before
A flood of memories entered him
Things could have been different,
He hadn't pursued the paths that opened to him.
The girl he had grown close to then...
He shook his head
He could not change things from here
And that path was gone forever
The road took him back to his normal path
And he left the memories at the corner
That path
Was possibly better not traveled, he realized
It's ending
May not have been in his favor

Thu, 31 Jan 2008 06:00:00 -0600

Typing Gloves

Since apparently a lot of people hit my site this month for search results varying on the theme of my typing with gloves, I guess I'll go into them. There's not much too them, though, they're just simple knit gloves I got from Wal-mart last winter for driving and operating in the snow, because I wanted something thin so I could feel most of everything still while I was doing things, not cutting off the feeling going to my fingers completely like leather gloves would. They're thin, black knit gloves, and they were seriously only $2 at Wal-mart (funny anecdote, I don't carry cash with me so I was putting the purchase on my debit card, it was somewhere close to Christmas and the cashier joked that if I was putting that on a credit card she would just pay for them herself, because she thought that was a seriously ridiculous thing to put on a credit card).

I have to slow down a little bit when I'm typing so I don't fat finger the keys, but for the most part it's pretty easy to type with them on. I get funny looks occasionally though from coworkers or superiors that are in slightly different parts of the room that don't nearly get as cold as it does at my desk when I have them on.

Wed, 30 Jan 2008 17:00:00 -0600

Contextless

Sorry, I have been sick this week, and I haven't remembered to come and post any update. The doctor's actually put me on work leave for a couple days, so as to not spread whatever it is I have, and had me take some cold medicine too so I've been a little out of it. I've spent the last couple days watching episodes of an old 80's Nickelodeon comedy show "You Can't Do That On Television", for which I found a site that had some episodes for download. They're only semi-humorous, but its mainly the matter of nostalgia. Plus a few have some really funky old commercials on them too, I'm thinking of chopping them out and uploading them onto Youtube.

A couple days ago I was listening through Pink Floyd's The Wall. I came upon the song Nobody Home, and came across something unusual that I hadn't noticed before. One line in the first verse is as follows: "[I've] got those swollen hand blues". It's just something said in passing as he describes all sorts of visuals about his current status, but if you pay some more attention then you realize it's out of place. He doesn't talk about swollen hands until three songs later in Comfortably Numb, where he mentions a time when he was a kid and got sick (presumably from the Plague according to the imagery of the movie) and his most significant memory of that was his hands swelling up. It's not referred to any earlier in the song, yet the way he words the sentence, particularly calling them "those", implies that he is referring to a similar feeling that has already happened in the past, which, listening to the album linearly, we do not yet know about at that point.

After I made this discovery, I spent about half an hour debating the line's out of place point with a friend on MSN, who didn't notice the exact wording of the line until the end and didn't understand why I thought it was out of place. He didn't pick up that it was a line requiring a missing context up until that point, he thought it was just a self-contained line like the rest of the one-off lines in that song. Which it can be, but it stands very weakly as a stand -alone song, when it is specifically meant to refer to the childhood incident. Interestingly enough, the song is completely missing from the leaked demo tapes of the album that are the internet (under the album codename "Under Construction"). I'm presuming, though, that it was still meant to follow the previous song to it, Hey You ("Is There Anybody Out There?" is just a bridge song), and that originally came after Comfortably Numb in the demo, so that may be the reason for the misplaced line.

Thu, 24 Jan 2008 16:00:00 -0600

Close, But No Cigar

I've mentioned a couple times things about Vista's Voice Recognition and Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and some of their quirks. I haven't actually shown a direct comparison of them, so I decided to do that.

I decided to take a recording that was almost all speech, and play it with the microphone set to loopback, to compare the two. I got the assistance of Krayzie for this since he uses Dragon, and I did the Vista. I chose as my test file one of the Woot podcasts that I had saved. So here are the results:

Dragon NaturallySpeaking

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Vista Speech Recognition

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Not close to each other, and, frankly, not close to the original. But quite interesting nonetheless, to see what the different engines could get. For comparison, luckily the original podcast is still available for download.

Fri, 18 Jan 2008 16:00:00 -0600

Tired

Had a run out to Wendover for a friends birthday last night, and didn't get home until 5 AM. Got little sleep, so I am very tired.

I went and saw Sweeney Todd over the weekend, a film starring Jonny Depp adapating a musical about a serial killer barber and her accomplice Mrs. Lovett who would use the bodies as meat for her meat pie shop. The visuals of the film weren't overly impressive to me, but I liked the music very much, I had bought the soundtrack later that evening.

One of the things I've found particularly interesting is Mrs. Lovett's character compared to Sweeney. When I was in Elementary school I was involved in a couple of musicals put on my my school, playing an extra in the chorus for My Fair Lady, and then playing Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins. One of the things that had to be done is to emulate their accents, and in particular of My Fair Lady, which focuses on linguistics, both the Cockney accents of the street patrons and the proper English accents of the higher societies at the races and the ball. As they're played, Sweeney has a much more proper English accent, consistent throughout, but Mrs. Lovett's got a Cockney accent, and it seems to vary from act to act how much of it the actress is using.

Thu, 17 Jan 2008 08:00:00 -0600

Broken

I don't really have much to say today. I got stupider from reading the circular, schizophrenic logic of an old man talking about a backwards concept he calls the time cube.

Wikipedia link about the Time Cube

Time Cube site

Wed, 09 Jan 2008 14:00:00 -0600

Absorbed

Since I work in a technical support field, I have to talk to people. Not an inherently bad thing in itself, but there is a problem to it. Something I haven't had to deal with for a while, and had somewhat forgotten.

Possibly due to my interest in linguistics, or possibly due to something else, I have a problem talking to people with relatively thick accents. The problem is I will tend to absorb them in my speech with them, and my accent will shift to mimic theirs. This happens completely against my control, I have to be paying careful attention to what I say when I'm speaking to someone. I can literally feel my throat and tongue shifting positions to speak in the new accent. This happens most often in speaking with British people, but any accent I will absorb without notice.

I'm sure it may offend someone eventually, which is why I have to try hard not to do it.

Tue, 08 Jan 2008 11:00:00 -0600

Greetings to you

One of my tasks at my job involves handling e-mails and communicating with customers with that fashion. I use a thin form for my e-mails, a brief greeting, and a brief closing, which I have to type out by hand each time. I seem to miss, sometimes, as I just discovered a reply to one of my e-mails in my box, with my original e-mail in the reply, stating the following (name changed):

"Dar Amanda,"

Normally I notice things when I proofread before sending, so I don't know how I missed this. I'm not sure what 'dar' in this case would stand for, but Wikipedia's first suggestion is "Daughters of the American Revolution".

At least she didn't go Grammar Nazi on me for it.

Mon, 07 Jan 2008 11:00:00 -0600

The Zompire

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The Zompire has risen. Zombies everywhere will no longer stand alone, will no longer be oppressed by the humans, vampyres, and demons, and will stand together to prove how powerful an undead force they are.

No longer will a zombie have to hide. No longer will a zombie be in fear of walking about, the ever-present threat of crowbars and shotguns present. No longer will they be passed off as simply another threat. They will stand firm, stand strong, and stand smelly.

As the Publicist for the Zompire, I advise you people that you should not resist, the Zompire will be taking over.

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Note: The above was the culmination of a humorous conversation that began with me accidentally combining the words "zombie" and "vampyre" together into the word "zompire", followed by Kyle misinterpreting it as a contraction of "zombie" and "empire".

Note 2: Yes, I spelled it "vampyre", I always spell it with a 'y'.

Wed, 02 Jan 2008 12:00:00 -0600

Dictate Anywhere

Since I got my new headphones with a microphone, I decided I would try out the Vista Speech Recognition. Unless I can't avoid it, this whole post is dictated.

The problem, though, is that it doesn't work naturally everywhere, and I can't just use it free form in whatever I want, I instead get this Correction panel come up every time to confirm what I said.

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As explained by a Microsoft blogger, it uses specific APIs for the speech box, and everything not using it can only be enabled by an option called "Dictate Anywhere", which gives the option to correct what was said, because the correction commands cannot be used in these forms. This, unfortunately, means that I cannot use it normally in either Firefox, and OpenOffice. Making it somewhat less than useful for my usual functions.

I have stopped dictating at this point and am typing the rest, because it is faster. I haven't trained the listener yet, so it won't have all my speech nuances down yet, but it is also having problems with my Utahn accents and the way I (don't) pronounce my 't's, and as I was writing this entry it was having a problem recognizing and entering "Dictate Anywhere", "Firefox", and, strangely enough, "Vista", and I had to type those both in by hand.

And further aggravating is I had do disable my Sound Blaster Audigy and go to my onboard audio to be able to use the microphone, because on my Audigy the line in and microphone jack are the same, and it didn't seem to know how to put the jack in a boosting mode so I had enough input level to be able to use the microphone.

Tue, 01 Jan 2008 03:00:00 -0600