Channeling My Inner Superhero

I’m still training my Dragon voice-recognition software. It’s become a mental contest now between me and the little guy (or gal) who lives in my computer. So far he/she is winning. I’m not advancing very far in my understanding of exactly how this software works.

For instance, I’m still typing this essay one-fingered because I can’t seem to make Dragon work with writing in this blog format. Yet, when I was working on a document in my Word program, I was easily able to voice command it to type there. However, it’s not perfect. It’s still adapting to my voice and not all my words are translating properly.

I was happily going along “speaking” my biography of a local, early twentieth-century photographer, when, after dictating for a while and glancing away from my screen for a moment, I returned to it and found the Dragon had substituted “Viagara” when I had said the word “biography.” Needless to say, my “G” rated writing quickly had the makings of an “R” rated story. Come to think of it, it may have made the whole thing a lot more interesting. I may leave it in there just to see if anyone actually does read the final product!

I’m finding out that the learning curve for each new thing I try is sometimes difficult and frustrating. You would think living with MS would make me a paragon of patience, but instead a creeping sense of impatience has entered my life forcing me to breathe deeply more and more often just to keep me away from a sledge hammer.

I suppose  by trying to learn new things I am keeping ahead of the dreaded stagnation of mind and spirit. Adding humor to that curve is what keeps me going. Like in that same Word document I told you about:  When dictating further along, Dragon popped in the word “Batman.” I’m not sure what I spoke to make that word appear, but I’m going to think a psychoanalyst also lives in my computer. He/she may be trying to tell me that sometimes you have to be a superhero just to get through the day.

Oh, all right. Score one for the computer.



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. olivia
    Jul 08, 2014 @ 07:40:52

    A pleasure to read. Funny but true. Keep at it. Let me know what that little guy says when you vocalize “olivia”


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