Posted in Creative Writing, General, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Writing

Poem a day challenge #185 (Squares)

Squares

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Squares in squares
for squares like us
Or little robots
Or shining fruit
Or a myriad of penguins
Take your choice

www.scottandrewbailey.uk

 

Posted in General, Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Technology, Writing

Editing Tool

Thought I would share this tip as it’s helping me out no end.

I have as you may or may not known already published my first novel Mankind Limited. This was my first foray into self publishing – while it has been well received I have not yet started to do any proper marketing yet – something I am pursuing now.

I have received some helpful feedback though and this includes a few people pointing out a number of errors and typos. Now I have read it over and over and I still missed these. The problem being that your mind sees what was intended rather that what is there.

For example. This is one I have since found.

“Flakes of paint fell on their on their shoulders.”

Now not only did I not see that but neither did two friends who read it through for me.

So now I am working through creating a second edition – fixing all these error and I have discovered the best way to find them.

Test to speech software. Having the text read out by the computer really shows up the errors like this.

My problem has been that I have quite an esoteric system. I work on Linux – Free and Open Source operating system  – specifically Ubuntu (well Kubuntu to be totally accurate). So the options are less – though when you find the answer its invariably free!

So in case there is anyone else out there struggling with this here is the answer courtesy of this site but added here to save you scrolling 🙂

It utilises SVOX and the popular (cross-platform and free) office suite LibreOffice

Combine SVOX tools (pico) with LibreOffice:

SVOX (pico) tools are easy to install and brings good quality voices in Ubuntu. Install it:

sudo apt-get install libttspico0 libttspico-utils libttspico-data

You can use LibreOffice in combination with SVOX (pico) tools by install the “Read Text” extension and you obtain a “GUI” for this excellent TTS software:

Set up Read Text Extension’s options with Tools – Add-ons – Read selection…. Use /usr/bin/python as the external program. Select a command line option that includes the token (PICO_READ_TEXT_PY), you may want to experiment some of them.

Now you only have to select some text in LO Writer, Calc, Impress or Draw and click on the icon added as a tool bar (a speech bubble in my case but I have heard this varies).

So there you have it – watch out now for the relaunch of Mankind Limited AND a new  and very different book coming soon!!

Posted in Technology, Work

We are still hiring!

Check out the link. For a LAMP Developer.

http://www.totaljobs.com/JobSearch/JobDetails.aspx?JobId=60696294

Posted in General, Technology

Two Weeks Notice!

There is a big story all over the news about the impending cyber attack in two weeks time. Everyone panic! and update and virus check!

But what about XP users? Support was withdrawn for that sometime ago?

As I understand it there is a lifeline for them but it has to have them nervous right? What about next time?

So am I being to cynical when I look at the fact that Microsoft have tried with little success to get the many many XP users to upgrade to the travesty that is Windows 8 – and then I see something to scare the users into doing just that?

Perhaps. I will just smugly carry on with my Linux set up 🙂

 

We are Hiring

There are several new posts for grabs where I work! 🙂

Here are the links

 

Web/Database Developer

Executive PA to the Managing Director

 

 

 

 

Posted in General, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Writing

Poem a day challenge #185 (Squares)

Squares

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Squares in squares
for squares like us
Or little robots
Or shining fruit
Or a myriad of penguins
Take your choice

Get the previous ones here
http://wp.me/P3kG6h-bb  and get my début novel Mankind Limited