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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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Please spread the word the new Jefferson Starship book:

“HAVE YOU SEEN THE STARS TONITE” has landed and

the 2 CD Special set Have You Seen The Circus Tent Tonite

with over 900 rock and roll photos and the Cathy Richardson 70 minute interview, has landed too!

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net

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

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Great Society– Take Me To A Circus Tent

Have You Seen The Stars Tonite

Have You Seen The Circus Tent Tonite

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Welcome to Rock Eyes Of The World:

I hope you had a fantastic day!

Wednesday, was one of the strangest traffic days I have ever seen. I needed to go to a specific section of Airplane Land and the parking was non existent. It looked like 5 Woodstock’s going on at once. The problem was no rock and roll. Every place you looked humans in large numbers and enough vehicles to open an auto assembly plant. I parked so far from the first place I needed to go, I had to take a plane to get me to the exact location.

The weather was fantastic and the Grateful Dead photos from the Rock Tent Vault made everything cool again. It is Part 3 and you’ll enjoy the Grateful Dead on tour. As always the boarding information is below.

There are also treasures from many other bands. I left a link at the bottom of the page as well to explore the Allman Brother’s, Beatles, Cream, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, Doors, ELP, Gentle Giant, Great Society, Jefferson Family, Frank Zappa and a multitude of other photo and audio treasures. Please take your time.

Once again thank you for the kind words on the new Jefferson Starship book “Have You Seen The Stars Tonite.” Please fly over to Amazon when you have a chance.

May all flights be superlative!

Please spread the

word:

The 2 new Jefferson projects have 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.

The Grateful Dead Eyes Of The World Photos are here please:

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net/index.php?pr=J.Airshow_Photos_17_Grateful_Dead_Eyes_Of_The_World

If you fly here you can see to the left the index for all things rock and roll from the Allman Brothers, Beatles, Cream, CSNY, Doors, ELP, Gentle Giant, Great Society, Jefferson Family, Frank Zappa, etc.

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net

Wishing you a great day,

craig

Please spread the word the new Jefferson

Starship book:

“HAVE YOU SEEN THE STARS TONITE” has landed and

the 2 CD Special set Have You Seen The Circus Tent Tonite

with over 900 rock and roll photos and the Cathy Richardson 70 minute interview, has landed too!

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net

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

JEFFERSON AIRPLANEJEFFERSON STARSHIP

Great SocietyTake 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 Air Show for a holiday weekend:

I hope the week was good and now you can have some times to enjoy the rock and roll world.

Can you believe the Rock Tent Vault has now let 499 pictures from the past 4 decades to see the light of day!  With the addition of numerous photos today from the Allman Brothers 1982, we are 1 picture away from number 500!  This is all thanks to you for being part of our space journey.

Remember as always there are no charges on our flights.  People work hard for their money and should enjoy the magical ride without having to go into the wallet.  As always I only ask you please spread the word on the books.  The best publicity comes from good folks like you.  Tell the universe about the Jefferson Airplane book “Take Me To A Circus Tent” and the new Jefferson Starship “Have You Seen The Stars Tonite.”

Alright time for the main event.  In 1982 the Allman Brothers were on stage and Ralph Temple took some pictures.  With written permission please enjoy them.  Remember once you are on the ship you can check out wonderful photos of the Beatles, Cream, CSNY, Doors, ELP, Gentle Giant, Jefferson Family, Zappa, to name a few!

Thank you as always!

Please spread the

word:

The 2 new Jefferson projects have 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 flight this way for the Allman Brothers photos:

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net/index.php?pr=J.Airshow_Photos_16_Allman_Brothers_The_Road_Goes_On_Forever

Wishing you a great and safe holiday,

craig

Please spread the word the new Jefferson Starship book:

“HAVE YOU SEEN THE STARS TONITE” has landed and

the 2 CD Special set Have You Seen The Circus Tent Tonite

with over 900 rock and roll photos and the Cathy Richardson 70 minute interview, has landed too!

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net

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

JEFFERSON AIRPLANEJEFFERSON STARSHIP

Great 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.

August 29, 2008

12:01 AM Eastern Airplane Time

Update Update UPDATE

Welcome to the Air Book Report:

Thank you so much to Eric for the 5 Star review on my new Jefferson Starship book “Have You Seen The Stars Tonite.”  Amazon is so kind to offer free shipping in the USA and great rates to the rest of the planet!

The review is below but a quick mention to please also check out the Rock Tent Vault post to the right from 30 minutes ago.  It’s Eric Clapton doing a great cover tune for you!  Enjoy it in free-flight.

5.0 out of 5 stars I’ve Seen The Stars Tonite thanks to Craig Fenton’s new Jefferson Starship book, August 26, 2008

Approximately two years ago Craig Fenton gave us the Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual with Take Me To A Circus Tent. He returns with Have You Seen The Stars Tonite (Jefferson Starship Flight Manual) 74-78 as well as 1992-2007.

Once again the level of expertise reaches the heart of not only the reader but an original Jefferson Airplane member. Marty Balin gave Craig some accolades on the back cover of the Jefferson Airplane book. Signe Anderson does the same for the Jefferson Starship. The finest recommendation a rock and roll author and historian can receive is when the highest level of satisfaction comes from the band.

Have You Seen The Stars Tonite is over 500 pages and contains nearly 180 photos. The contents make you wonder how many years the information took to assemble. You can look at over 700 concerts the band performed, the personal of the particular show, and the songs they played. Craig furnishes the first time a song appeared on stage, a year by year break-down of the tunes played, which Jefferson Airplane songs they decided to perform, a complete list of all the members of the band and the shows they played through the years. There is a terrific listing of the studio albums, singles, and many of the solo releases, and special guests that played with the Jefferson Starship on stage.

If what you see is as important as what you read, Craig has you covered with many photos not previously in print. That was one of the many things that made the Airplane book so special. The full-page photo of Spencer Dryden from the benefit in 2004 is tremendous in capturing the moment and the mood, page 168 features Grace Slick from the Airplane at the Isle Of Wight, and there are a good deal of KBC Band photos that have not seen the light of day.

The book is content free of any of the period with Mickey Thomas. You don’t have to be concerned about superfluous chapters!

While other airlines seem to be streamlining, Craig Fenton is giving the consumer a first class ticket aboard the flight.

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Please spread the

word:

The 2 new Jefferson projects have 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 spread the word the new Jefferson Starship book:

“HAVE YOU SEEN THE STARS TONITE” has landed and

the 2 CD Special set Have You Seen The Circus Tent Tonite

with over 900 rock and roll photos and the Cathy Richardson 70 minute interview, has landed too!

http://www.takemetoacircustent.net

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

JEFFERSON AIRPLANEJEFFERSON STARSHIP

Great 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 from Jefferson Land:

Hope the weekend went well.  I wanted to thank Mark Page for airmailing me a book review of the new Jefferson Starship- Have You Seen The Stars Tonite and to thank all of you for the kind wishes and for purchasing the follow-up to the Jefferson Airplane Take Me To A Circus Tent.

These stars shine brightly even during the day! Have You Seen the Stars Tonite?

Have You Seen The Stars Tonite (Jefferson Starship Flight Manual 1974-78 & J.S. The Next Generation 1992-2007)

By Craig Fenton

Publisher Create Space

U.S.A.

August 2008

ISBN-10: 1438245343

ISBN-13: 978-1438245348

The other day while perusing for some rock and roll, I came across the latest release from the author of the Jefferson Airplane book “Take Me To A Circus Tent” Craig Fenton. Mr. Fenton is back with a natural follow-up to his brilliant Jefferson Airplane work.

The predecessor “Take Me To A Circus Tent” (Jefferson Airplane) remains on my coffee-table to this day for constant reference. Once again the research is meticulous, precise, and presented in an organized and interesting way to the reader. Mr. Fenton luckily had no intention of including the Mickey Thomas period of the Jefferson Starship and the rock and roll disaster known as the Starship. He gives us the golden period of 1974-78 and the timely rescue of the name by Paul Kantner in 1992, bringing us up to 2007.

There are several segments that will hold your interest all the way through. He lists the songs played for over 700 performances, the members of the band that were on stage, their time spent with the group, the Jefferson Airplane tunes they performed each year, the initial time a song was played in front of an audience, a look at numerous band album, singles, and solo efforts, and he includes over 170 photos. You’ll enjoy the rock and roll treasures on pages 168 and 169. A couple of unseen Grace Slick photos from the Airplane’s gig at the Isle Of Wight 1968. As a historian it was a nice touch that every member that ever played 1 or more entire gigs with the band is represented in the large photo galaxy. One of the true highlights was finding out the special guests that participated either for a song or two, or an entire show with the Jefferson Starship. He lists them all and many of the names are rock and roll greats in their own right. Greg Allman, a couple of members of the Doors, Tom Constanten from the Grateful Dead, Peter Frampton, and David Crosby are only a handful of the guests over the years.

Mr. Fenton is truly an expert on the Jefferson family. The back cover of “Take Me To A Circus Tent” included a quote from founding member Marty Balin- “Craig Fenton knows so much about the Jefferson Airplane and Family, I was asking him the questions.” Signe Anderson the original female lead-singer for the Airplane is quoted on the back cover of the new Jefferson Starship book saying- “When it comes to the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, Craig Fenton is the source.” What sets Mr. Fenton’s style apart from the run of the mill author is his skill in making not only the major players a part of the project but those that were in an ancillary position. Even though not every musician had the impact of Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, or Grace Slick, they were part of a continuing story. Mr. Fenton makes the pages flow naturally and never forced.

Before purchasing “Have You Seen The Stars Tonite” I thought I would read a little each night. Once I opened the book my eyes were fixated and I finished in three days. It is not going to the book case to gather dust. This gem is staying on the coffee table for constant reference. It looks perfect next to Take Me To A Circus Tent.

This is one book you can judge by the cover!

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Please spread the

word:

The 2 new Jefferson projects have 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.

Thank you as always,

craig