Wednesday June 7

Last night I decided to try the dictation function on my Macintosh computer. Years ago I experimented with dictation software and was very disappointed with the results. But this software works very well. I am pausing to add punctuation, but other than that there have been no problems.

I am curious to see if this affects the way then I put words on the page. Typing with my hands with the devil way to connect with ideas and speaking. I am unaccustomed to speaking but I am very accustomed to typing out my thoughts on the keyboard. If this works out well it will be a boon for my hands how do I help to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome from developing. Getting used to the way the software works it’s a challenge. I have just discovered that if I don’t not week for the words to appear on the page and I tried to correct text appearing earlier in the paragraph the new dictated text will appear where are you been correcting the text. This is not desirable.

Since 1996 I have spent little time expressing my thoughts verbally, there simply has been no one to talk to except Attila. Most verbal communication for me over the last 20 years has been superficial smalltalk. I do not talk to my sisters and my Mom from time to time, and those conversations are not superficial.

This feels very odd.

Thursday June 8

I am determined to complete this journal entry using dictation. I have learned how to add a period to the end of the sentence. I have even deciphered how to start a new paragraph. But if I use that phrase the program starts

a new paragraph.

Apparently my learning curve continues upwards.

Another sunny day here today with a slight breeze and a few fluffy clouds in the sky. I have a list of tasks to perform today, but here I am dictating
With gay abandon. I’m not going to proofread this entry so that it will demonstrate the Flaws inherent in dictating text.

Yesterday I baked three loaves of bread. I froze all of them, soon it will be too warm to bake comfortably, and I am considering using the Nesco oven on the back porch when that time arrives. But for now I will bake bread after 7 PM in the evening, when the Hydro is less expensive and, the temperature is beginning to drop for the night.

One thing is certain, it is a drastically different process, bringing words from my mind to my mouth, rather than bringing them to my fingers.

Dictation will ease the strain on my hands when I am working on the computer for many hours.

I have just completed my second Cotton beanie. It fits slightly differently than the first beanie, which demonstrates the inconsistencies in my tension.

Dictation is teaching me to be more deliberate with my diction. I can visually monitor what words I am not pronouncing clearly. This benefits me because I have become unaccustomed to speaking. I do notice that my thoughts do not flow as freely when I am speaking, so dictation Will help me regain some of my mind-to-mouth equilibrium. This lack of equilibrium has been an increasing problem of late, so I do need to practice speaking.

I am using the built-in dictation system on Mac OSX Sierra. I am using Advanced Dictation so that my words are not sent to the Apple servers over the Internet.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 9:00 AM EDT Thursday 8 June 2017
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.8 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 14.7°C
Dew point: 12.1°C
Humidity: 85%
Wind: SSE 8 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.”
Charlotte Bronte
1816 – 1855

Dictation is ruffling my mind, so it is best that I do my writing in the morning.

Note: Regain was interpreted as Raegan, yikes!

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Bex Crowell

A lot of my friends are now using voice recognition and I have become accustomed to figuring out what they really meant to say! Sometimes it’s quite elusive.
I tried that technique for about 2 minutes on my android tablet but I hated it. Pain or no pain, fingers are the best for speaking for me.

Once a typist, always a typist, I guess!

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

I too am much better with writing than speaking. You might want to edit from now on though, Maggie. From the rest of the paragraph I’m thinking you meant the opposite when you said you do not speak to your mom and sisters.

Still the Lucky Few

Interesting process! I think it wouldn’t work for me, though. I love typing out my thoughts. I do use voice recognition while speaking out my texts on my iphone…find I make a lot of errors, though!