Handling Voiceover Mistakes


When I make a narration mistake, I make a double-click with my mouth and repeat the phrase. This shows as a distinctive pair of spikes in the audio, and it is easy to cut out the erroneous take.

Posted in Voiceover

What Religion Would Countenance a Confidential Handbook?

cathedralFrom a NYT article about a new anti-gay policy of the Mormon Church:

It appears that the new rules were not supposed to be made public. They were issued as changes to a confidential handbook, and sent out by email a week ago to leaders of the church’s 30,000 congregations around the world.

What kind of church has a confidential handbook?

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Bernie Sanders will be President

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT

I came to this conclusion a week ago. Reasons:

  • His policies are popular
  • He is consistent in his positions, and people respond to such authenticity
  • His funding is all grass-roots
  • I keep reading posts from Republicans who support him
  • The Republicans are unlikely to select an appealing nominee
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Perception of Blue is a Recent Skill

No one could see the color blue until modern times. I’ve always suspected that our language affects how we see the world, and this is a great example.

Posted in Language

Our beliefs resist new facts

Mother Jones has a really interesting article on how our beliefs block new information:

  • Pre-existing beliefs, far more than new facts, skew our thoughts.
  • Feelings arise before conscious thoughts and color them.
  • Confirmation bias gives more weight to facts that match our existing beliefs.
  • Beliefs are adjusted to match the audience.
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Encode your IP as a haiku

How eccentric and cool: http://gabrielmartin.net/projects/hipku/

There’s also a Python port: http://pyhipku.lord63.com/

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Right-wing commentator tilts left!

David Brooks is the token conservative on the New York Times OpEd page. He replaced the insufferable William Safire, but has still been reliably conservative.

But something has happened as of late; he has been writing columns displaying empathy, such as one eschewing vengeance in response to ISIS. The one that really amazed me was yesterday’s essay on PTSD. Buried inside that was this:

war — no matter how justified or unjustified, noble or ignoble — is always a crime.

Amazing because for the longest time he was a noted war hawk.

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Ten Years!

Today is the 10th anniversary of this blog, so I’ll celebrate with a bunch of random items.

Posted in Humor, Science


Sometimes we just want to be alone,
to meet the self, to commune with nature,
to hope to glimpse that ineffable;
to let our thoughts run shouting
down halls that we’ve never seen,
unthreatened by the jaws of other peoples’ arguments.

Our soul is set free by our heart’s acceptance
that alone is not lonely,
and graced from guilt, goes ranging far and wide
until the human world attracts once more.


Posted in Poetry

Sharp knives

In my woodworking days I learned how to sharpen knives on a stone, so when invited to Thanksgiving or Christmas, I would offer to sharpen the host’s knives. The offer was always well received, but such a high proportion of cooks promptly cut themselves accidentally that I now don’t offer, or add a severe caveat.

I conclude that the canard about blunt knives being more dangerous is wrong. The logic is that blunt knives cause people to press harder, but I think the added sharpness of a sharpened knife far outweighs the added force applied to a blunt knife.

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