listen

Do you hear the murmuring sound of the mountain stream?

A monk was anxious to learn Zen and said, “I have been newly initiated into the Brotherhood. Will you be gracious enough to show me the Way?”

The Master said, “Do you hear the murmuring sound of the mountain stream?”

The monk said, “Yes, I do.”

The Master said, “Here is the entrance.”

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“Listening intently” is a simple, fun meditation practice. Just sit, relax, and listen to your environment like a dog, cat — or a squirrel in the wild, where your life depends on your listening. At work I used to have fun by listening to as many conversations as I could simultaneously.

Watch list

This is my page for videos I want to watch, and other things I want to listen to (you know, rather than watching Netflix).

This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”

Learn how to influence people

“When you listen to someone, 
you should give up all your preconceived ideas 
and subjective opinions; you should just listen to him, 
just observe what his way is.”

Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki

If you’ve read the previous chapters, you’re now well past the basics. You’re a trustworthy person, a problem solver, you don’t create any problems for your sponsor, and you know how to make the big decisions. Now we’ll dig into a few of the finer points of being a consultant.

Marry a person you love to talk to

Got this in an email last week, seems appropriate for today: “Marry a person you love to talk to.”

Mac speech recognition - text to speech, and speech to text

Mac speech recognition FAQ: How can I work around the bugs in the Apple Mac speech recognition software?

I'd like to say I've been having a great time with the Mac OS X speech recognition capabilities in OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), but the truth is that it seems to have a lot of bugs. Many AppleScript developers on the internet are saying that Apple apparently "broke" the speech recognition server in Leopard, and has never fixed it in Snow Leopard. That's a real bummer, because it's a lot of fun to work with.