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Topic: Accent (02/21/13)
TITLE: Voice Recognition Software
By Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom
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You may have noticed some typos, and likely will see more. I received a tablet with voice recognition software for Christmas. I can speak into the microphone and the words magically appear on the page. Unfortunately, the words that appear aren't always mine. My husband insists I have a slight accent and I don't speak clearly. Well, that got under my skin, so I decided to try an experiment to prove that I don't have an accent. I speak quite clearly.
Certainly it must be his ears, and not my mouth that has the problem. Any man married over 15 years, or even 15 days, should know that telling his wife that the problem is with her mouth can lead to nothing but trouble!
So I decided to let the voice activation do my writing for me. I am determined to not go back and fix my mistakes, well at least not too many of them. I will admit, somehow, a swear word had appeared. I know I did not swear. (I did just delete a paragraph when my dog was barking that made all kinds of weird words appear.) My mind wants to drift to thinking I found a way to communicate with animals, but unfortunately, my dog’s message is more garbled than mine. Maybe this experiment won't work after all...but I'm not a quitter so I'm going to keep on torturing you and this stupid computer.
I want to point out how important it is to listen to those who are trying to teach you. If I had only listened to my typing teacher Psalm 30 years ago when she yelled at me for watching my fingers, instead of the paper, I’d not be having the problem.
Hmm, that's interesting instead of some thirty, Psalm 30 showed up. Could it be a message from God? Of course, I had to look it up. And found this in Psalm 30:1-2: I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Maybe God is telling me to be kind to my husband. It’s something to think about.
Now back to my message, I think life is much like typing. My teacher tried diligently to make me look at the paper and not at my fingers. At the time, when computers were still a dream, I never expected to be doing much typing. I know that God had fun--no not fun--foreseen my future. That class was meant to help me. But at 17, I couldn't see past high school. Now, however,I wish I had learn to type the proper way.
I think the voice activation doohickey on this computer is another way God is trying to teach me a lesson. Even though the computer may make mistakes do to my accent, God hears my every word—spoken or thought—clearly.
If I keep my eyes on him, I don’t need to worry about stumbling and falling. Nor do I need to worry, that like the voice doohickey, that God will misunderstand me.
I never dreamed that computers could teach me such an important life lesson. I need to keep my eyes on Jesus. For when I allow them to drift downward, that is when mistakes smack Maine—not Maine, ME--in my face.
No matter how deep my accent is, I know that God understands me. It appears that this year, my husband's present is the gift that keeps gift giving. I’ll keep my chin up and my eyes on God. I am reassured by the knowledge that God “gets” me. That's huge for me as I've discovered that not everyone understands me. I’ll be careful; not only in what I say, but in how I say it—all while focusing on the Lord. God understands every word I utter, or even think. What a wonderful God we have!
AUTHOR's note: I did leave some typos and numerals, but corrected it for it will make sense--I hope
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