I completely concur with this message. The other day I found myself drifting off as I listened to some long strain of a message. Thankfully, I was alone in the room. This is why I can't join book clubs or use the library services-because they want you to complete the book in a certain amount of time, and I'm just not capable of doing that. Reading is just too relaxing for me. I think the best reading I do is on my way to work. <smile>
----- Original Message ----- From: "Tim Cross" <tcross@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, February 17, 2006 9:58 PM Subject: [bct] Reading Books on the Computer
No, I don't htink your alone there. I find talking books almost impossible to listen to for anything but relaxation as I almost always fall asleep, regardless of time of day.
When working on the computer and I have a lot of text to listen to, I have to make myself take notes just to stop myself from drifting off into sleep. This can be a real problem at work, especially after lunch. In fact, I try to organise meetings after lunch as I know I just will not be able to concentrate enough listening to a voice after lunch.
I think part of the problem is probably due to the text-to-speech synthesizes not having enough variation in tone and pitch or emphasis. When I was tutoring and doing some lecturering at Uni, one of the things I was taught by my professor was how important it is to vary your speech, change rate, pitch emphasis and volume, to keep people from drifting off into day dreaming. Unfortunately, many artificial voices and some real human readers tend to get a bit monotone in their presentation and as we don't ahve anything else to concentrate on, it becomes a bit hypnotic - before you know it your off on some other planet.
It is very hard to just sit and listen without anything else to add, such as visual cues. Taking notes can help, but if your also using a speech system for that, rather than lets say braille, I find it can get a bit confusing with multiple synthesized voices happening at once.
sometimes I wonder if a small low voltage cattle prod attached to my chair might help me keep my concentration happening!
Lisa Salinger writes:
> This isn't really the most descriptive subject line for what I wanted to > say, but it's the best I could do while running on limited brain cells. > After all, it's Friday afternoon. (smile)
> I find that the more input I can have at once, the better I like it > and the more I retain. Unless I am absolutely riveted, I can't sit and > listen to an audio book, and even then, the speed is usually cranked up > quite a bit. I'm either cleaning, grooming the dogs, eating supper, or > doing some other task at the same time. If I'm listening to a book on > the computer or BrailleNote, I like it best if I'm either doing > something as well or if there's background music of some kind. I often > read or jot unrelated notes and reminders during meetings, and I can pay > much better attention than if I simply listen.
> I guess my question is, do you think this is unique to blind people > since we're not getting the visual stimulation coming in, or is it just > one of those individual things. In other words, do I need a chill pill? > (smile) This has interested me for awhile, and I'd be curious to know > what others think.
> Lisa Salinger
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> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>This isn't really the most descriptive > subject line
> for what I wanted to say, but it's the best I could do while running on > limited
> brain cells. After all, it's Friday afternoon. > (smile)</FONT></DIV>
> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2> I find that the more > input I can
> have at once, the better I like it and the more I retain. Unless I > am
> absolutely riveted, I can't sit and listen to an audio book, and even > then, the
> speed is usually cranked up quite a bit. I'm either cleaning, > grooming the
> dogs, eating supper, or doing some other task at the same time. If > I'm
> listening to a book on the computer or BrailleNote, I like it best if > I'm either
> doing something as well or if there's background music of some > kind. I
> often read or jot unrelated notes and reminders during meetings, and I > can pay
> much better attention than if I simply listen.</FONT></DIV>
> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2> I guess my question is, > do you
> think this is unique to blind people since we're not getting the visual
> stimulation coming in, or is it just one of those individual > things. In
> other words, do I need a chill pill? (smile) This has > interested me
> for awhile, and I'd be curious to know what others think.</FONT></DIV>
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> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Lisa Salinger<BR>Renee, Retired Guide > and<BR>Joie,
> Guide/SD<BR><A > href="mailto:lisasali@xxxxxxxx">lisasali@xxxxxxxx</A><BR>Skype: