Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Like many of my fellow Red Sea divers, I'm now nursing a horrible head cold now that we're back in London. So in the interests of a quicker recovery I'm staying in as much as possible.
While websurfing I read that:
"During the first part of 2006, [actor Tom] Baker's voice was used by BT for spoken delivery of text messages to landline phones. He recorded 11,593 phrases, containing every sound in the English language, for use by the text-to-speech service. His booming tones were used for BT's text messaging service for three months."
Using these pre-recorded phonemes, the site The Doctor Sings showcases a number of songs, sung using generated speech. A sibling site, Stephen Hawking Sings has solos in the physicist's "voice", plus a duet with Baker of Baby, It's Cold Outside.
"We have read your manuscript with boundless delight. If we were to publish your paper, it would be impossible for us to publish any work of lower standard. And as it is unthinkable that in the next thousand years we shall see its equal, we are, to our regret, compelled to return your divine composition, and to beg you a thousand times to overlook our short sight and timidity. "
- Rejection slip from a Chinese economic journal.

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