Mango: Rhymes with Lingo (Sort Of)

September 19, 2007

I’ve always loved hearing the rich tones of people speaking their native tongue. Probably because my high school Spanish class was so full of students (myself included) torturing words and botching the accent. Back then, they equipped us with a … Continued

Say it Like You Mean It–

September 11, 2007

Quetzalcoatl. Rhinopharyngitis. Mnemosyne. If you tried to say these out loud you’d either have an aneurism or accidentally open a portal to the underworld. Fortunately, there’s a safe way to speak difficult words thanks to (as in, “How … Continued

This Will Knock You B Flat

September 11, 2007

Music soothes the savage beast. Except for alligators. Apparently music riles them up. NPR’s Robert Krulwich reports that the note B flat has a lot of crazy properties, including provoking alligators to roar. Play a B flat one octave below … Continued

Let Your Overpriced Computer Do Your Reading for You

September 10, 2007

Why read when you can be read to? You’ll think Stephen Hawking is your personal assistant when you download ReadPlease, a free program that reads text on your computer to you in a (somewhat) realistic human voice. A text-to-speech reader … Continued