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Hope the Mother’s Day Weekend was all you wanted.  I miss my parents everyday of the year.

Have you ever come across a product that you hoped would live up to the hype, the technology would be advanced enough to give you the level of satisfaction you seek?

Recently I thought I found something that would be a tremendous way to promote the new speaking/writing course Painting My Room In A Colorful Way.  It’s a software that converts text from an article to a video.

There is some work involved and it isn’t as user friendly as it should be but if it had made the grade of at least a B+ I could overlook the imperfections.  The short story on the inner workings is you take an article and paste the title and the text into the appropriate boxes.  You can upload a photo if you would like or use one of their stock images.  You have the opportunity to upload audio or use one of their files.  They offer different type of backgrounds and fonts but not font sizes (that is one of the many facets that needs improving).

Once you have pasted the text in the box you are forced to make the words separate paragraphs regardless of how you feel about this.  Each paragraph gives you the opportunity to use 1 of 8 voices (4 female and 4 male).  An imperfection that came up right away was sometimes only one voice would work.  Other times all eight could be selected but a few sounded overly robotic.

The text must all be in English and the software doesn’t understand ” or ‘ so you have to make sure to remove those before getting into the final phases.  Another surprising failure is at times a basic word is not understood.  If you could imagine my surprise when “Dog” freaked out the system.  None of the voices understood the word but could read circumvent or superlative.

There were times I had to close out of the software because the voices picked up completely unrelated gibberish.  Instead of reading the text a series of numbers that had nothing to do with the article were being articulated.

The overall start to finish time is about 3 minutes per article but it would be far better to be 10 and have the error rate go down considerably.

My first inclination and using the product only enhanced my view is that it was released too soon.  There are so many issues that could use tweaking.  At the very end of the video the author’s information is shown in such small font Superman couldn’t read it with X-Ray vision.  The eight voices are not recorded at the same level so there is not a consistent tone throughout the presentation.

I have a link to a video I uploaded and the result isn’t bad but it is only because as a former disc-jockey and somebody that has been around audio/video forever I was able to use some tricks of the trade.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geUgs-pDTjM

Thanks for your time and enjoy the day.
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Craig Fenton is the creator of Painting My Room In A Colorful Way (the ultimate speaking and writing course with written, audio, and phone coaching).  He is the author of the Jefferson Airplane book Take Me To A Circus Tent and the Jefferson Starship Have You Seen The Stars Tonite.  Craig lectures with a one time member of the Grateful Dead and a legendary American Rock & Roll Photographer.

http://www.learnpublicspeakingskills.com

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One of the latest social networking phenomenons is Twitter.  It seems to be on the mind of every celebrity, politician, student, business owner, and social maven.

If you aren’t aware of what Twitter is, here is a brief description.  Twitter lets you post (the catch is 140 characters total or less) what you are doing, thoughts on a subject, a plug for a product, or a hello to your friends.  You follow Twitter users and they can follow you as well.

Here is where I have found a new use of the site.  One of the exercises I am currently teaching is how to say what you need to in articulate sentences while still staying in the 140 character restriction.

Yes, there are ways to circumvent the limitations such as using u for you or 4 and not 4 but when you can get a full impact to the reader without having to abbreviate your thoughts, you have learned a valuable tool.

When you speak or write the key is to keep the attention of those that you are communicating with.  We often find ourselves endlessly explaining something that could be stated in more concise patterns.

The exercise is can be advantageous for the sports commentator that has to get his point across between each pitch of a baseball game or in between downs of a National Football League broadcast.  It can help somebody on a job interview think faster and better their choice of words.  Maybe you are a business owner and need to get the attention of a future client in a couple of sentences, or you are writing a headline for a blog post.

Whatever the reason why not try this.  Think of a message you want to get across to friends, family, co-workers, and so on.  Start to write the contents in Microsoft Word.  When you have finished check the character count and if it is over 140 try to condense it without using abbreviations and losing the meaning of your thoughts.  The next thing you can do is to take something that you have already posted or written that is over 140 characters and see if you can truncate this as well.  It is not always feasible to be effective with a word or character limitation but for practice it can only benefit your speaking and writing capabilities today, tomorrow, and further down the road.  What have you got to loose but a few words.   Good luck!

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Craig Fenton is the creator of Painting My Room In A Colorful Way (the ultimate speaking and writing course with written, audio, and phone coaching).  He is the author of the Jefferson Airplane book Take Me To A Circus Tent and the Jefferson Starship Have You Seen The Stars Tonite.  Craig lectures with a one time member of the Grateful Dead and a legendary American Rock & Roll Photographer.
http://www.learnpublicspeakingskills.com
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Coming Soon: the ultimate speaking, writing, and self-confidence course Painting My Room In A Colorful Way at a price that won’t leave you speechless.

Buy Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Starship Books By Craig Fenton Here

Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Starship Great Society

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net

Welcome Jefferson Rockers:

How are things going today?  I hope the snow/ice that has hit most of Airplane Land has avoided your section of town.

Thanks for the nice feedback about the Great Society rare track and the Paul Kantner goodie from yesterday.  I posted the link once again (below) so all can enjoy the journey.

Want some great live rock and roll?

Somebody that has played with the Jefferson Starship and is friends with people in the Jefferson Family (Paul Scannell) will be bringing his rock and roll talents to the road.

You’ll be rocking on every note if you live in or nearby:


http://www.myspace.com/paulscannelldrums

Heads up! Come see “LIVE DEAD” @

FRIDAY FEB 20th @
19 BROADWAY
FAIRFAX, CA. 94930

$10

“Live Dead” features former members of Workingman’s/Grapefruit Ed, The Zen Tricksters and more!
“Live Dead” let’s the “music play the band” in exquisite detail as the San Francisco Bay Area’s
premier Grateful Dead tribute. Please join us for an evening of music, dance, adventure and community.
Mark your calendar for February 20th!

http://livedeadband.com/
http://www.myspace.com/livedeadband

Live Dead Band is:
PAUL SCANNELL> drums
STEVE FUNDY> lead guitar and vocals
BARRY ERDE> rhythm guitar and vocals
STEPHEN RAMIREZ> bass
MITCH STEIN> keyboards and vocals

Come celebrate Valentines Day w/ THE ACCIDENTALS @

SAT FEB 14TH
THE FORESTVILLE CLUB
6250 FRONT STREET
FORESTVILLE, CA 95436

$5

We play New Orleans style funk, Grateful Dead, classic rock, and a few originals
guaranteed to melt your face off (if not perspire profusely)!!! No joke. This band burns it up!!!
Music starts around 9pm with our good friends West County Outlaws opening the show.
Don’t miss the love-fest!

http://www.myspace.com/theaccidentalsnet

“Before and beyond the musical element, we are interested in networking and building COMMUNITY with any and all out there who want to make the world a better place.” -THE ACCIDENTALS

The Accidentals is:
STEVE FUNDY> guitar and vocals
CHUCK STONE> bass
SHEP SILVER> guitar and vocals
PAUL SCANNELL> drums

Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and a trillion friends:

Your Mind Has Left Your Body

(From the 1973 Baron Von Tollbooth sessions)

We then go to the

Great Society W/Grace Slick studio circa 1965:

Don’t Mess With Me

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Got to go rock and roll.

Quality Rock & Roll


http://www.takemetoacircustent.net/media/JeffersonAirplaneTakeMeToACircusTentJefersonAircast64GreatBaronTA.mp3

Wishing you a great day,

craig
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Coming Soon: the ultimate speaking, writing, and self-confidence course Painting My Room In A Colorful Way at a price that won’t leave you speechless.

Buy Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Starship Books By Craig Fenton Here

Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Starship Great Society

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net

Welcome to Air Rock 2009:

Thanks for taking the time to board the flight.  A great one from the Rock Tent Vaults as 3 Airplanes combine to be KBC.

Balin, Kantner, Casady (KBC BAND)

6/23/85 “EMERGENCY AIRLIFT INTERNATIONAL BENEFIT”

GOLDEN GATE PARK,

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

Ride The Tiger

Today

Performed before the album was released!!

Slick Aguilar guitar

Keith Crossan on sax

Darrell Verdusco plays the drums

I felt bad listening to the sports talk shows today.  The Giant fans were positive they would at worst play for the NFC championship.

Many people thought baseball great Jim Rice wouldn’t get into the Hall Of Fame because the way he acted toward the media.  He made it!  Rickey Henderson did too.  The joke is Jim’s speech will be 2 seconds and Rickey is already talking!!

Enjoy the sounds.  Got to go rock and roll.


Please fly here for great KBC rock and roll:

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net/media/JeffersonAirplaneTakeMeToACircusTentAircast64KBCbeforetherecordplayed.mp3

Wishing you a great day,

craig



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JEFFERSON AIRPLANEJEFFERSON STARSHIPGreat Society

Please spread the

word the new Jefferson Starship book:

HAVE YOU SEEN THE STARS TONITEhas landed.

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net

http://www.amazon.com (The books are proudly featured here)

JEFFERSON AIRPLANEJEFFERSON STARSHIPGreat Society– Take Me To A Circus Tent

Have You Seen The Stars Tonite

Quality Rock & Roll Airplane style.

Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and a trillion friends:

Your Mind Has Left Your Body (From the 1973 Baron Von Tollbooth sessions)

Great Society W/Grace Slick studio circa 1965:Don’t Mess With Me

Hello there and welcome to the Jefferson Flight:

How about an unreleased 1965 studio track from the Great Society and from the Baron Von Toolbooth sessions a stellar gem without the hiss. Even if you heard it previously it may not have been with this quality! Mr. Paul Kantner and a cast of zillions do their thing!!

A quick note about the football Giants.  Any time  a team doesn’t get to defend their title in the championship game the season is a major disappointment.  The Eagles played with more passion.

Enjoy as always. Got to go rock and roll.


Please spread the

word:

The new Jefferson Starship book “Have You Seen The Stars Tonite” has arrived!

Thanks as always!

Relax and have fun!

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE

JEFFERSON STARSHIPGreat Society-

Take Me To A Circus Tent

I look forward to hearing you later!

The book is Take Me To A Circus Tent (The Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual) W/93 photos, 32 interviews, 543 pages, and a myriad of 5 star reviews!

Please remember at any moment on an Aircast it can be a rare memory from the Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, KBC, Wooden Ships, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner to name several.  Maybe another picture previously unseen from the Rock Tent Vault sees daylight from Herb Greene or Don Aters.

Wishing you a great day,

craig

Please board here for the rock treasures:

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net/media/JeffersonAirplaneTakeMeToACircusTentJefersonAircast36GreatBaronTA.mp3

All my best,

craig

Please spread the

word the new Jefferson Starship book:

HAVE YOU SEEN THE STARS TONITEhas landed.

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net

http://www.amazon.com (The books are proudly featured here)

JEFFERSON AIRPLANEJEFFERSON STARSHIPGreat Society– Take Me To A Circus Tent

Have You Seen The Stars Tonite

Have You Seen The Circus Tent Tonite

Quality Rock & Roll Airplane style.

Welcome to the rock:

Thanks for being part of our journey today.

Any thoughts on the playoff game win for Baltimore over Tennessee?

How about the Giants and Eagles Sunday afternoon?

We send the Airplane back over 40 years to Jefferson Land for:

Jefferson Airplane- Today (Live from 66)

We then board the magic flight again and this time Jack Bruce is found in 1970 with Mitch Mitchell. You think of him as a drummer with Mr. Hendrix, but check out another great event.

New York City 1970:

Jack Bruce W/his friends:

Smiles & Grins

There you go. Enjoy. Got to go rock and roll.

Please spread

the

word:

The new Jefferson project has arrived!  Have You Seen The Stars Tonite by Craig fenton.

Thanks as always!

Relax and have fun!

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE

JEFFERSON STARSHIPGreat Society-

Take Me To A Circus Tent

I look forward to hearing you later!

The book is Take Me To A Circus Tent (The Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual) W/93 photos, 32 interviews, 543 pages, and a myriad of 5 star reviews!

Please remember at any moment on an Aircast it can be a rare memory from the Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, KBC, Wooden Ships, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner to name several. Maybe another picture previously unseen from the Rock Tent Vault sees daylight from Herb Greene or Don Aters.

For Jefferson Airplane sounds of 66 please fly here:

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net/media/JeffersonAirplaneTakeMeToACircusTentAircast63todaywejam.mp3

For the Jack Bruce and Mitch Mitchell please board here to rock back to 70:

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net/media/JeffersonAirplaneTakeMeToACircusTentAircast64jackbruceandanewfriendrockandroll.mp3

Have a great rock and roll day,

Craig

Please spread the

word the new Jefferson Starship book:

HAVE YOU SEEN THE STARS TONITEhas landed.

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net

http://www.amazon.com (The books are proudly featured here)

JEFFERSON AIRPLANEJEFFERSON STARSHIPGreat Society– Take Me To A Circus Tent

Have You Seen The Stars Tonite

Have You Seen The Circus Tent Tonite

Quality Rock & Roll Airplane style.

Hello there Rockers of Great Music:

How was the weekend?  Want some Jefferson sounds unplugged?

It’s the Jefferson Airplane classic “Wooden Ships” done J.S. style.

The other day I pulled out the Marty Balin CD “Better Generation” and was going to listen to a couple of tracks.  As always once it went into the CD player I had to let it spin all the way through.  Cool stuff from a rock legend.

Enjoy.  Got to go rock and roll.

Please spread the

word:

The new Jefferson Starship book “Have You Seen The Stars Tonite” has arrived!

Thanks as always!

Relax and have fun!

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE

JEFFERSON STARSHIPGreat Society-

Take Me To A Circus Tent

I look forward to hearing you later!

The book is Take Me To A Circus Tent (The Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual) W/93 photos, 32 interviews, 543 pages, and a myriad of 5 star reviews!

Please remember at any moment on an Aircast it can be a rare memory from the Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, KBC, Wooden Ships, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner to name several.  Maybe another picture previously unseen from the Rock Tent Vault sees daylight from Herb Greene or Don Aters.

Please board the private Rock Jet this way for Jefferson sounds:


http://www.takemetoacircustent.net/media/JeffersonAirplaneTakeMeToACircusTentAircast64astarshipneedsawoodenshipjan.mp3

Wishing you a great day,

craig

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