I thought I’d try my computer’s ability to take dictation, using Microsoft Word’s Dictate function and the speech recognition tools of my new computer and Windows 10.
I carefully and slowly recited, with painfully obvious pronunciation, the lyrics to an old classic. (No, I didn’t sing.) Here’s how it came out:
like the rolling stone by bob Dylan once upon a time you expressed so fine through the bombs and dined in New York flying that didn’t you? People call, Sadie where doll, you thought they were all kidding you. You used to laugh about everybody that was hanging out. Now you don’t work so well do know you don’t seem so proud about having to be scrounging for your next meal. How does it feel? How does it feel? To be on your home and what rolling stone a complete unknown with no direction home.
Mediocre, at best. Good thing I didn’t try “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” If anyone has suggestions on how to make this work better, I’m all ears.
If you don’t live in Arkansas (and there’s a good chance you don’t) you’re missing the fun of Arkansas advertising. Today in my fair city of Little Rock I was listening to a local radio station and the spokesman for a Chevrolet dealership pitched the Impala as “the car for the man who’s not trying to impress anybody.”
I doubt that’s what the folks in Detroit had in mind for copy, but you have to admit it’s unique. Not unique in the way Rosser Reeves intended for a USP. I’d bet nobody else positions it the way we do in Arkansas. The 2014 Impala. Shown here in Razorback Red.
The 2014 Chevy Impala. It’s nothing special, and that’s what’s special about it.
Its name is simple, its logo features a capital A, but too many people call it “Sports Academy.” WRONG!! It’s Academy Sports. OK, officially Academy Sports + Outdoors (with a plus sign). Maybe people confuse it with Sports Authority, a smaller competitor with little to no retail presence in my neck of the nation. Drives me nuts. It’s a good store with good stuff. Get it right.
Have a nice day, and enjoy the 4th of July weekend, States United of America.
This is a Wordle (TM) word cloud of my resume. Have you tried Wordle? Play with it at http://www.wordle.net/ It’s a great tool for boiling a strategy document down to essential thoughts. Give it a try. Let me know if you need help. I can Wordle and chew gum at the same time.
You read that right. My Walgreen’s saline nasal spray, which is really just a small bottle of water, has no gluten in it.
I think we’ve taken this gluten-free thing a little too far.
I know a lot of people need to avoid gluten in their diets. But last time I checked, nasal spray is not in anybody’s diet. On its website The American Diabetes Association says, “Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley and any foods made with these grains.” There’s barley in beer. So don’t squirt beer up your nose. Probably wouldn’t be too pleasant. Even if you don’t have a gluten problem.