speaking

Struggling to say things pleasant or unpleasant (or not)

Many people seem to struggle to say things that are either pleasant or unpleasant. I can’t speak for anyone else, but having gone through the process of not knowing if I was going to live through many days in 2016, I find it easier to say pretty much anything now. It’s like you really know your time is limited. If I had died one of those times instead of just getting sick and going unconscious I wouldn’t be here now, so it’s like I got some free tickets to have fun at the circus for a little while longer.

(I suppose that sometimes when you’re dealing with the opposite sex you have to be a little careful. Today I told a woman that I liked her hair (it was tinted red-ish), but then when I got “that look” I clarified it by adding that I didn’t say that because I wanted her to come over tonight to bake some cookies, I just liked what she had done with her hair.)

This is a page from my book, Functional Programming, Simplified

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.

Mac text to speech - have your Mac read web page text to you

As I keep diving deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole that is the Mac OS X text to speech (voice) capability, I'm reminded that one cool thing you can do is have your Mac OS X system read text to you. Here's a quick example of how to get your Mac to read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to you.

Mac text to speech - selecting a default system voice

One cool thing about Mac OS X systems is the built in "text to voice" functionality. I use this from time to time to have my Mac OS X system read a web page or eBook to me, and the voice technology has actually gotten very good.

One thing many people don't know is that you can choose which voice you want to hear on your Mac OS X system by default, so, here's a short tutorial demonstrating how to select a default Mac "text to speech" voice.