Speech to Text Software

We’ve been contemplating buying the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software so that The Missus can “write” content for our new project while holding a baby.  It would also be a lot easier for her to dictate everything–she’s an excellent speaker–as fast as she want to go.  I can go back in later and edit if needed, but the reviews I’ve read of NaturallySpeaking say it does a good job of punctuating on its own.

I’m also thinking it would be great for my dad.  He’s losing his eyesight rapidly, and can hardly read a computer screen anymore.  I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this software.  A guy I used to work with swears by it, just because he can’t type.  It says it can handle over 100 words per minute of human speech.  Being from the South, that should be plenty for my family and me.  🙂

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Two Hours Late

Driving in this morning I was listening to all the school and business closings.  Several of them were running “two hours late.”  Here in the South, the slightest bit of snow or ice is enough to cause schools to open either one hour late, two hours late, or close altogether.  Basically, those are the only three options.

I was reminded of a day when I was in sixth grade and our school opened two hours late because of snow.  After we arrived, we spent at least another hour sitting in our homeroom class while the administration figured out how to schedule the rest of the day.  Not that I really minded sitting around and goofing off with my friends for an hour, but I remember wondering why they hadn’t planned for this in advance.

I mean, there were only 3 possible scenarios, and one (being closed) meant that they wouldn’t have to plan at all.

Bread and Milk

Wintery weather has been predicted to possibly occur somewhere in this vicinity.

In the South, that means one thing–get thee to a grocery to buy all the bread and milk you can fit into the cart.  You’re going to be stuck in your house (after all, the snow piles reaching as high as two inches will keep you from even opening the door) until the dusting of snow that covers a twenty yard stretch of half a lane of the four lane highway between your house and Kroger melts.  This could take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours, and you’ll never make it to mid-morning without plenty of bread and milk.

Oh to be in college, when preparing for snow meant stocking up on beer, condoms, and stolen trays from the cafeteria to be used as sleds.

South Knoxville Water Tower — Some Real Solutions

Lots of people, at least 65 based on the comments on this article, are pretty upset about the huge new water tower being constructed in South Knoxville.  Apparently, many folks feel this new structure will ruin the Knoxville skyline.  No, I’m not kidding.  Their complaint is that it will ruin the Knoxville skyline.

“The bottom line is we have this horrendous, industrial-scale water tower, just blighting and defiling the view, not just from the South Waterfront, but from downtown also,” said Joe Hultquist, a Knoxville City Council member who represents South Knoxville.

As always, there are a couple of obvious solutions to this problem that will make everyone happy:

Either paint it orange with a big white “T”, or plate it with shiny gold panels.  Then it will fit right in with the rest of Knoxville’s “skyline”.

In The Nashville Know

MCB is linking up to Jared’s post on things you should know about living in Nashville.  I’m not from Nashville proper, but from “out in the county”.  I have a few that need to be added to help the newcomer get by.  Nashville folks, please don’t take these personally…it’s all in good fun.

1.  Never, under any circumstances, pronounce the word “Demonbreun” without using three m’s.  The correct Nashville pronunciation is “Duh- muhm-bree-uhm”.

2.  Don’t freak out and ask for an autograph when you see a someone famous.  Nashville etiquette says that you ignore the celebrity.  There is a very good reason for this.   You need to be able to brag to your friends later that you saw a celebrity and didn’t care.  Don’t make a big deal out of seeing someone famous.  Make a big deal out of the fact that you didn’t make a big deal of it.

3.  It’s not a “garden hose”.  It’s a “hosepipe”–having the properties of both a hose and a pipe.

4.  When you see a funeral procession, pull over.  Don’t just slow down.  Stop.  Yes, this stands true for most of the South, but Nashville is a gateway city–the first stop for many transplants to the South.

5.  The 24/7 Horn Honking Festival that takes place at the Capital every few years is not actually sanctioned by the Chamber of Commerce.  That’s just a few concerned citizens who feel they shouldn’t have to pay a fee for the right to earn a living in our great state.

I hope these help.  Once you’ve mastered Nashville, you can move on to a bigger challenge, like Knoxville.  On second thought, just stay put–we like our peace and quiet around here.  It makes it easier for us to here the whispers of our County Commissioners plotting and scheming in the shadows.

Hurricane Dean — Operation Mexico Cleanup (phase 1)

Unless your living under a rock, you have heard that Hurricane Dean is hitting the Yucatan peninsula right now (8/21/2007 early morning).  It was a very strong storm, but land and hurricanes just don’t get along.  The storm dropped from a central pressure of 906mb to 935mb in just three hours (from 5:00am to 8:00am EDT).  Sustained winds decreased from 165mph to 125mph in that same period.  Just think about how strong it could have been if Mexico had of stayed out of the way.

It’s amazing how accurate the forecast models have been for this storm.  The first runs from August 15th had this storm hitting Cancun.  Instead it nailed Majahual.  That’s only about 250miles to the south.  Google Earth shows some beautiful pictures from this area.  I think I’ll head down to The Playa Tequila Club once they have had some time to rebuild.  New hotels are nice.

Keep your fingers crossed that Dean can cross the Yucatan quickly.  Once back over the warm smooth waters of the gulf, it should be able to gain strength again.  Likely this one storm will clean up two parts of Mexico.

Update:

At 2:00pm EDT, the NHC is calling Dean a Category 1 hurricane with a central pressure of 960mb and sustained winds of 85mph.  So as Jimmy Buffett says, “it ain’t…nothin but a breeze”. 

For a Few Reasons, This is Funny

Not the least of which is that Romney is stupid enough to be photographed so obviously proud of this sign.

Way to go South Carolina! Between coke dealing campaign chairmen–oh wait, that was just for sharing for personal use, not for sale–and political activists who can’t even spell “momma”, you guys are really doing the South proud!

At least they ain’t puttin’ on airs or gittin’ above their raisin’!

Giuliani and the 9-11 Commission Report

I just received this press release.  I don’t want to confuse anyone with facts and reason, so I’ll let it speak for itself

ARLINGTON, VA – During the “First in the South” GOP debate in South Carolina last night, one thing was made clear: Rudy Giuliani does not understand how to keep America safe.

When Congressman Ron Paul, who has long served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, explained how 50 years of American interventionism in the Middle East has helped compromise our national security, Giuliani interrupted saying he had “never heard anything so absurd.” This statement is particularly troubling coming from the former mayor who tries to cast himself as a security expert, since Dr. Paul’s point comes directly from the bi-partisan 9-11 Commission Report.

“Rudy Giuliani has tip-toed around the issues of abortion, guns and marriage. The only issue he has left is security, and he doesn’t even get that right,” said campaign chairman Kent Snyder. “It is clear from his interruption that former Mayor Giuliani has not read the 9-11 Commission Report and has no clue on how to keep America safe.”

Live Blogging of the South Carolina Debate Part III

Last segment…

Question 41: McCain wouldn’t torture someone because of world opinion, but he’s sure okay with occupying other countries.

Question 42: Guiliani doesn’t want to be responsible…just use “any method you can think of”

Question 43: Romney has been diffusing bombs during his time as governor of Massachusetts. And combing his hair.

Question 44: The obvious follow up question for Thompson is whether or not we will build a nation after we wipe out the African nation.

Question 45: Brownback bangs the podium like McCain bangs on the microphone.

Question 46: Hunter fixed his hair. “High pressure techniques”. I actually like that answer.

Question 47: McCain is doing a good job here backing up his position on torture.

Question 48: Gilmore recites his resume. He’d go to the U.N. That is the wrong answer. Especially because he was asked about the economy in the face of an attack, not the U.N.

Question 49: Huckabee totally ignores the question.

Question 50: Ron Paul wanders around this question…not a very good response.

Question 51: Screw Reagan, Tancredo invokes the name of Jack Bauer. Now that will get him some votes.

Question 52: Gilmore is stalling while he tries to figure out how he wants to answer this question. Chris Wallace calls him out on it. There will be minorities running in our party (but not this year).

Question 53: Romney support NCLB…ick! Kids aren’t getting the education they need because the government is in charge of it.

Question 54: Hunter gets a softball that lets him get back to his stance on China and trade.

Live Blogging of the South Carolina Debate Part II

After the break…

Question 21:  That’s funny that Gilmore lumps those three together.  I like to do that with “Republicrats”.  He is doing a great job of not naming names.  And now he’s naming names.  This could get good.

Question 22:  Guiliani is basically asking McCain to be his running mate.  I guess he’s been anointed?   Wallace busts his ass for not answering the question.  And he still does not answer the question.  He may become un-anointed.

Question 23:  McCain is going to turn this into “reach across the aisle”.  Wait for it…there it is!  I should be writing for him.  A least I know what he’s going to say already.  Three “reaces across the aisle” so far.
Question 24:   What if 80% of the citizens in Huckabee’s state voted for him to jump off a cliff…would he do it?

Question 25:  Poor Mitt Romney.  He had to fight so hard in Massachusetts.

Question 26:  Ronald Reagan gave amnesty to everyone.  Not one of these guys would support that.  It doesn’t poll well.

Question 27:   Thompson looks like a substitute science teacher talking about embryonic stem cells.  Actually, he looks like a vice principal filling in because there isn’t a substitute.

Question 28:  Guiliani gets another question.  This is now being made Guiliani vs. Huckabee…a nice “bump” for Huckabee.  He turns it into a blast on Islam.

Question 29:  Brownback at least stands by principle no matter the circumstances.  If you believe we are all children of God, his stance makes since.

Question 30:  Back to Romney.  I admire people who can separate their personal views and wishes with the role of government.  Unfortunately, Romney is just a flip-flopper.

No questions for Ron Paul in that round.  Hmmm……

Question 31:   I think Tancredo forgot the question.  The “Road to Des Moines” line was good.  Bonus points for that.

Question 32:  McCain wants a bi-partisan solution…a reach across the aisle.

Question 33:  Mr. Romney, we don’t need an employment verification system if we have big programs that give everything away to those who don’t work.

Question 34:  Rebuttal from McCain.  This is getting ridiculous.

Question 35:  Let’s put Guiliani’s database into Al Gore’s lock box.  He isn’t addressing the statements of his past.  This is becoming a pattern with him.

Question 36:  Duncan Hunter built a fence in San Diego.  That’s nothing compared to inventing the internet–good thing he doesn’t have to run against Gore.  His hair is messed up.

Question 37:  Didn’t Ron Paul answer this question before?  “Follow the Constitution” should be his campaign slogan.  Back to Reagan again…

***Guiliani butts in and breaks the format, and of course it is allowed by the moderators.  It is getting Ron Paul air time…I’ll take it.  Paul isn’t saying that 9-11 was justified, he’s only giving their justification.  He’s not condoning their reason, just saying that it was the reason.

Question 38:   McCain is taking his right answer and claiming that it was wrong.  It is up to the State of South Carolina.

Question 39:   Huckabee thinks “Missouri” ends with an “a”.  That’s a state issue, not a national one.

Question 40:  Tancredo gets confused on every single question.  He debates like an 8th grader.