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Time killin’: fun with text-to-speech

Seems I had taken a moment between sentences to poke around in some of the tabs at the top of my word processor — you know, up there where it says File Edit Insert… Under Edit I found Speech, and I thought it meant I could dictate text instead of typing it in. Lo and behold, my computer started to read the text I’d written in a monotonous robot voice!

I got nothing done for the rest of the morning.

As a Christmas treat, I’ve uploaded one of my “humorous verses” to delight and annoy you.

Enjoy the robot’s reading of “Smelly Donut.”

You can read all my “humorous verses” here.

9 comments on “Time killin’: fun with text-to-speech

  1. J. S. Collyer
    December 17, 2013


  2. John W. Howell
    December 17, 2013

    Okay. Smelly donut caused me to laugh. Don’t know if I can hold up for the rest.

  3. 1WriteWay
    December 17, 2013

    I’m just so glad that’s not your real voice … it isn’t your real voice, right?

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 17, 2013

      No, no it’s not. But you CAN hear my real voice here: https://kevinbrennanbooks.wordpress.com/our-children-are-not-our-children/ (I’m sure you’ve already sampled my fine baritone…)

      • 1WriteWay
        December 18, 2013

        Oh, that’s right, I did take a listen to your reading. Of course, I was joking about the robotic voice being your own πŸ˜‰
        The robotic voice reminds me of the computerized NOAA weather forecaster … The forecaster used to be a real person so it was a bit jarring when one morning, we heard a robotic voice instead. My hearing is such that it strains my nerves trying to differentiate the words. I don’t listen to those forecasts any more.
        And, yes, I’ve sampled your baritone. ‘Nuff said πŸ˜‰

      • Kevin Brennan
        December 18, 2013

        The robots are going to take over one day. 😱

      • 1WriteWay
        December 18, 2013

        Hopefully not in my life time πŸ˜‰

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