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The Spoken MS Word

For Windows open a Word document, anything with text in it will do. At the top left of the main window, to the right of the save button and the button that looks like a printer, click the small downward facing arrow with a line on top of it. From the drop down select “More Commands”, this opens the options menu for the Quick Access Toolbar. Where it says “Choose commands from:” Choose “all Commands” and find in that list the “speak” option. When it is selected push the button in the middle with the right facing arrow and push the save button to quit the options menu. You can now highlight any text and push your new Speak Button on the top of the windows and a nice robotic lady will read your highlighted text for you.

On a Mac you click the apple logo, click into the system preferences and into the accessibility menu. From there you should see a speech tab. Inside the speech menu you can change the robots voice and speaking rate but what you really want is to tick the “Speak selected text when the key is pressed” option. Now when you highlight text and press Option+ESC you get to hear the nice robotic lady speak.

It might sound a little weird at first but simply play some Vangelis or Jean Michel Jarre in the background before highlighting your essay and getting the robot to talk. Now the robotic voice makes sense and you’re proof reading your essay with your ears while flying through space.

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The world has broken me for the better

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Admission of Guilt

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It’s not that I don’t believe what you, it’s just that the words you’re saying don’t mean what you think they mean. You’re telling me with no sense of irony that this person is too nice, and that this is a reason not to not peruse a relationship or even friendship with them. What you seem to mean is that they bore you, lack assertiveness, lack the emotional experience to deal with your crazy moments, aren’t behaving in a manner considered cool, don’t dress in accordance with your particular sub-cultural preference, just don’t get it and they don’t make you perspire behind the knees with toe curling desire. I’m not blaming you for thinking the word applied here but it is just a little misleading. Despite popular belief, none of these attributes have anything much to do at all with how nice a person is. You don’t look at someone and think, that person would totally drive me to the airport on their only day off in a fortnight, how repulsive.

I know the self proclaimed Nice don’t help much, with that not actually being nice thing. It seems their idea of nice is just as messed up as yours. Maybe they’ve been told they’re too nice and now they believe it, despite their fundamental lack of empathy or consideration for the hopes and feelings of others. That and their plain shitty outlook on life. I can see that if they’ve been told at some point that they’re too nice, it does seems a lot like an open invitation to become the most jaded asshole they always had the potential of becoming. We sure could do with a whole lot less of those people in this world. The worst are those who think the world has done wrong by them so they should act accordingly in retaliation.

I’d personally like everyone to be super cool to each other, help each other out in times of need with no immediate expectations, just the hope that putting good into the world will make it a cooler place to live. I’m thinking about teachers and all the awesome work they put in to help the next generation not imminently become criminals. I’m thinking about the grocery store lady who lets me buy three pears when I’m 5c short. I’m thinking about that friend in highschool who wouldn’t draw on your face when you passed out. While the world is largely jaded these people are awesome and nice and we shouldn’t make being nice to be any less desirable. In fact I’m going to put my and up and say it. I want to make out nice people, pretty much all the time. And can you imaging if our politicians were nice people with good intentions? Can you even imagine?

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Fever Spike 2am

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