Posts Tagged ‘lifestyle’

Reclaim the Intellectual Time You Loose

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Have you ever wondered how much time you spend on daily activities that could be used to improve yourself instead?  We do a lot of things like commuting, driving, shopping, working out that are really our intellectual time lost if you think about it, but we’re so used to it we stop thinking about this fact.  So I’ve decided to create this excel sheet to get some idea.

I’ve created tables for three different types of people;  inactive office worker, somewhat active office worker, active office worker.  You can customize it for yourself and see how much time you loose.   Here are some of the results for an active office worker who commutes to work, goes to gym, does shopping, plays XBox/PS3 etc.

Active office worker

Yes, what you’re seeing is correct!  An active office worker could read 102 books or 3387 articles a year if he/she could use all that activity time for reading.  You might be thinking, what sense does it make if you can’t give up any of these activities and more horribly start using it for reading?  Well, the nice part is, nothing has to give, ‘if’ you use VocaTalk Personal Podcast.  Seriously!  You can turn all the content into a high quality media and listen while doing almost any activity.  VocaTalk generates musical podcasts that you can download to your iPod/iPhone/Zune take with you whereever you go.  You can use the highest quality text-to-speech voices on the market, rip CDs, import mp3 music and play in the background.  VocaTalk can also split your reading into multiple hour long episodes, add audio fx like voice modulation, echoes, positional audio for a more fun listening experience.  The generated speech provides sufficient interleave between paragraphs to provide easy digestion.  If you could just listen instead of reading, you could reclaim the time you lost without giving up any of your daily activities.

Number of Articles per Year

Number of books per year

Download excel sheet to calculate your time lost on daily activities that could be potentially turned into intellectual time without even giving them up.


What I did today while assembling my Ikea furniture at home

June 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m on vacation and decided to stay home this time.  Well, not all vacations are created for rushing to get some rest.  The only thing that woke me up was the new Ikea furniture I had to assemble.  But wait, I’ve got stuff to read and have some fun personal time listening music.  How about getting some sun bath by the pool?  Apparently, I have to do the assembly today and my wife says in fact, I have to do it now!

But wait, I have my iPod.  And not only iPod, I have VocaTalk Personal Podcast!  So I just turned the stuff that I was going to read into a podcast episode with some music in the background.  That way, I could work, listen music, and listen to the text at the same time.  It was so fun, I don’t even know how much time it took to assemble the whole thing.  It was a quite big one with lots of pieces to put together.  So I had to take some rest and drink my beer while our little cute kitten ‘Cumin’ was jumping around to get some attention.  While going through all that, I finished my reading and switched to another podcast that I had generated previously.  It was a public domain novel.  The atmospheric background music made me feel like I’m in a movie theater.

When the assembly finished, I was still listening to my podcast.  Well I have an infinite number of them.  Because I can generate them myself, based on any content I like; articles, blogs, ebooks, pdf files, word documents, or any other text.  VocaTalk generates the speech, puts music in the background and some other sound effects that make listening even more fun. It’s like no other text-to-speech app.  It’s so fun to listen to these podcasts, I can’t stop listening the whole day!

Maybe tomorrow, I can get back to my lazy mode and go to the pool while still listening to my podcats… I mean podcasts…