How audiobooks are made

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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Thinking aloud in chemical synchronicity

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.

Meet the Godfather of AI

 

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.

 

How spiders use silk to ride the wind

 

 

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

Think of humans ‘as a little fish out of water’

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.

Stress is contagious

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