Susy Jackson is one of the narrators behind Audible’s audiobooks.
In this video, she shares some of the tips and trick she uses to record audiobooks, like underlining character names and noting places where she might need to alter her voice to match the verb (e.g. ‘whispering’).
“It’s this weird mental trick of staying really present and always kind of reading a little bit ahead.”
Take a look into her process for making audiobooks below.
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When you can think aloud your own thoughts, you will strip the mind of its own disfluency
The brain’s pen will be mighter than the sword.
“Protect yourself from your own thoughts.” — Rumi
At which point it’s too late.
Although the rainbow waterfall at Yosemite National Park is also stunning.
If you want to understand a complicated device like a brain, you should build one…The brain’s a big neural network.
Geoff Hinton has been trying to make computers think like humans for over 40 years. In our time, before our time, Hinton the pariah kept pushing the idea that computers could think. The 21st-century rise of the internet and machine learning vindicate his work.
Sometimes spiders ride the wind. They spin out lines of silk that are caught by the breeze and carry them aloft. They have been reported to rise a mile or two above the earth, and perhaps even to cross oceans.
It’s called ballooning.
Watch the spider raise the leg to test the wind and then shoot silk up to six feet long to ride through the air.
Read more here
There’s more than one theory of evolution, most notably Darwinian natural selection. But according to LSU biology professor Prosanta Chakrabarty, we’re still evolving.
We’re not the goal of evolution. Think of us all as young leaves on this ancient and gigantic tree of life — connected by invisible branches not just to each other, but to our extinct relatives and our evolutionary ancestors.
From pond scum to fish to humans
From fish to amphibians to reptiles to primates with big brains, every living thing today is the product of four billion years of evolution. The shared ancestry may appear linear (e.g. monkeys > chimpanzees > humans) but single cell organisms are still evolving to this day.
Meanwhile, ‘primitive’ bacteria and plants will be the ones that survive us all.
Nike released this commercial 20 years ago in preparation for the World Cup in France.
World Cup 2018 begins 8 days from now in Russia. Check out all the kits.
(h/t Mohamed Moalim)
The world’s most expensive coffee (aka brown gold) is shit, literally.
In other strange coffee news, scientists made a broccoli powder you can dump into your coffee. A broccoli latte sounds nutritious.
Studies show that stress is transferable amongst partners and strangers. Our cortisol levels even rise when we watch TV.
We may not be able to control stress but we can do things to relieve it.
Start with some of the tips outlined below:
An Olympian’s guide to managing stress
How trees help you de-stress
Don’t Stress the Technique
Why silence is golden
The tree is a spectacular creation because each part of the tree is necessary to it’s life. It is the perfect sculpture.
— Giuseppe Penone, A Tree in the Wood