Dictation Bridge Has Reached Its Funding Goal

I had my doubts they were going to make it, but the Dictation Bridge project that we’ve been plugging here and there has reached its $20000 goal.

Last week, the DictationBridge Indie Go-Go campaign reached its entire $20,000 goal with about 8 hours left in a 60 day fundraising effort.
The DictationBridge team had 12 “official” members but the true story of our success is about the 130 separate contributors and the dozens upon dozens of individuals who helped tell the DictationBridge story on Twitter, Facebook, on blogs and on podcasts. Our entire team is incredibly grateful to all of those who helped us make history with this campaign.

While the DictationBridge fundraising campaign is over, the team is working very hard to write, test, document and publish the software. Those on the private beta team will be seeing the first bits this week and the process of fixing bugs will begin. The DictationBridge project web site will be including a “Donate” button so those who had wanted to help the project financially but couldn’t do so before the campaign ended will have an opportunity to contribute to a fund that will help maintain and improve DB into the future.
Finally, as we wrote above, all of us on the DictationBridge team are sincerely and deeply grateful to the hundreds of people who helped us make this dream into a reality. This community is terrific and we all bow to you in thanks.

Dancing Cooker Bomb, Dance, Dance, Yeah!

Yes, this is a thing that really happened. Just wait until you hear why. It might be even dumber than you’re expecting.

A nursery suggested referring a four-year-old boy to a de-radicalisation programme after he mispronounced the word “cucumber”, it is alleged.
Concerns were raised after the youngster drew a picture of a man cutting the vegetable.
Staff in Luton told the child’s mother they believed he was saying “cooker bomb” instead of “cucumber”.
The case was sent to a police and social services panel instead of the de-radicalisation scheme Channel.
It decided not to take further action.
The boy’s mother, who has not been named to protect her son’s identity, concluded the confusion was due to the way her son pronounced the word.

Cooker bomb? I don’t routinely hang out with British 4-year-olds and spend the day discussing cucumbers, but I seriously can’t even with this.

Of course this is all the government’s fault. Well, government and school administrators who can wrap their heads around neither vague legislation nor common sense. It’s also the sort of thing that makes you wonder if maybe those home school people might be on to something.

Teachers and public service workers have a legal obligation to report any concerns of extremist behaviour to the authorities since July.

Just under 2,000 under-15s were referred between January 2012 and December 2015.

Teaching unions say there is confusion over the government’s counter-terrorism strategy in schools.
Alex Kenny from the National Union of Teachers said: “Teachers are scared of getting it wrong.
“They think Ofsted is going to criticise them if they haven’t reported these things, and you end up [with] the boy making the spelling mistake, or the boy saying something in Arabic – that then gets reported on.”

Surprise Surprise, There Is New Steven Page Music

If you have Spotify and haven’t already, you need to check out the discover weekly feature. Every week (I want to say Monday but I don’t always get around to it right away so that may have changed without me noticing), some sort of magical algorithms generate you a two hourish long playlist of songs they think you might like based on what you and people who like the same things as you have been listening to. I’ve talked about it on Twitter, but I don’t remember having mentioned it here. Anyway, it’s creepily good at reading your tastes. In the few months I’ve been using it I think I’ve only skipped one song, which is damn impressive. It’s all been either stuff I know and like, stuff I don’t know but am glad to have heard and a few things I can tolerate enough not to get up and turn off.

So the other day I was listening to it, and an old Barenaked Ladies song came on. I don’t remember which one, but it was one of the Steven Page ones. It got me wondering when he was going to get around to putting out another album. It had been quite a while since he had, and I was starting to feel like he was overdue since his last one was so good. Well, it turns out he already has and I completely missed it. I seem to be pretty good at that.

There’s the first single, Surprise Surprise. It’s not bad on first listen, but I think it’s going to take a few more for me to fully appreciate it.

The full album, “Heal Thyself Pt. 1: Instinct,” came out on March 11th. He says in this interview that he’s already got another full album worth of material ready to go, hence the Pt. 1. That’s exciting. Hopefully it doesn’t take another six years for him to release it.

One Of Those Wrestling Posts

I can’t come up with anything else to write about at the moment, but I think I might have a few opinions on some of these Fact or Fiction questions, so let’s do that.

You were shocked when the news broke that Brock Lesnar would be returning at UFC 200.

Yeah. Totally. Not so much that Brock would want to fight again, but that WWE would let him do it while they have him under contract. I don’t know exactly how much they pay him, but it’s a lot. What happens if he goes in there and gets injured, like really injured? I doubt he will, but if you’re WWE, you have to consider it. Or what if he loses? I’m not saying they couldn’t rebuild him because he’s Brock and he’s awesome, but if he goes out there and loses decisively or embarrassingly, it could be trouble. If he wins, great. You come out of it with an even more legendary and marketable Brock Lesnar. But not knowing what WWE is getting in return for allowing this, it seems like a lot more risk vs. reward than I think I’d personally be comfortable with if I were Vince McMahon.

Enzo and Cass WILL be split up when the WWE does the brand extension.

For the sake of both of them, I hope not. Maybe they’d be fine at least short-term because Cass is big and because Enzo is a fountain of charisma, but they’re definitely better together. When Enzo was out injured and Cass was left on his own for a few weeks, something was clearly missing. Cass either needs somebody to talk for him or WWE needs to stop over-scripting him, because he sounded like he was reading straight off a teleprompter every time his mouth opened. But the bigger thing is that the crowd loves them and it’s way too soon to split them up. WWE has something with these guys, and they’d be fools not to give them a run and see exactly what. If nothing else, they’d move some serious merchandise.

Once Smackdown goes live, you will watch the show more regularly than you currently do now.

No, because I already watch it every week for some reason. I can get through it in about an hour by skipping commercials, entrances and recaps, which makes it feel a bit less useless. And when it goes live and they split the roster in half, that changes everything, or at least it should. If they’re serious about each show being different, they can’t rely on recaps of Raw to fill it out and will be forced to use that time to build feuds. That right there should get people caring about the show again, at least for a while.

I skipped a bunch of out of date questions since there’s no sense in me predicting what’s going to happen on PPVs that have already ended, so let’s see what we have over here.

WWE running two, brand specific PPVs a month, sounds like a horrible idea that will lead to overexposing the product.

You could argue that the product as it is is overexposed because there’s too much weekly programming that all features the same people in the same matches over and over again, and you would be correct. But if done right, splitting Raw and Smackdown into separate brands with separate rosters should fix that, even if it means adding extra PPVs or Network Specials or whatever we’re supposed to call them now. Yes it’s more programming that we’re being asked to watch, but it’s new programming with different faces on each show, and in theory, that’s a good thing. Plus what I think a lot of people are forgetting here is that we live in a different time. WWE isn’t asking you to pay $40 for a 3 hour show with only half the stars on it like they were a decade ago when they tried this. We have WWE Network now where for $10 per month, you get everything you already get, plus all these new shows. It’s hard to complain about getting more value for your money. And you don’t even have to carve out an extra Sunday to watch live if you don’t want to. It’s all there on demand so you can watch when it suits you. Sure some of these shows are probably going to suck and be slogs to watch, but that matters a bit less when you’re not out anything but a couple hours for having taken the time.

If Brock Lesnar wins at UFC 200, the WWE WILL book him vs. Reigns at Summerslam, with Reigns going over clean.

This would have been a much easier yes a week ago, but now that Reigns has lost the title and gotten himself wellnessed I’m not so sure. Before his vacation he was headed for a match with Seth Rollins and probably set to do some stuff with Ambrose, so I imagine they’ll pick up where they left off when he comes back. The brand split could easily change all that, but if it’s me I want to at least try to tie up some of those loose ends before I move on to something else.

If WWE does end up running two, brand specific PPVs a month, the women will main event a PPV before the end of 2016.

Nope. Unless something changes and changes fast come brand split time, it’s not happening. This isn’t NXT where the women are allowed to build compelling stories and have matches as good as or better than the men, this is WWE proper where the booking of the women is still mostly garbage that feels like it’s treated as an afterthought. They aren’t called divas anymore and we’re no longer watching them wrestle in gravy on all of our turkey-based holidays, but there’s still a long way to go before they’re taken seriously enough to be put in that position. The wrestling talent is there to make it happen, but there just doesn’t seem to be any will from management to use it.

And As We Look At The Radar, We Can See A Strong System Of Silly Lawsuits Heading For The Area

Montreal businessman sues weatherman over bad forecast; claims he cancelled events based on rain, that never came

In what could be a precedent-setting case, a Montreal-area racetrack operator is suing a local weatherman over an incorrect forecast.
Jacques Guertin, president of Projets Speciaux Sanair, which operates a racetrack southeast of Montreal, was in small-claims court in St-Hyacinthe this week seeking $6,540.84.
He claims independent meteorologist Michel Morissette, who runs the La Providence weather station and a free weather forecast hotline, predicted rain on two days last June. Guertin said he cancelled scheduled events for those days, which turned out to be nice.
The amount Guertin is seeking represents what he estimates are the profits he lost by calling off the events.

I’ll readily admit that there are plenty of things I don’t know about running a racetrack, but I don’t think any of them should make my opinion that this fellow seems like he might be a pretty crappy event planner any less sound.

For starters, who rains out events weeks or even days in advance? Even children’s baseball leagues don’t schedule doubleheaders on the 1st of the month because the 21st is supposed to suck. They wait until the day of and make the call then, sometimes with only moments to spare. Why? Because doing anything else would be bush league and stupid.

And speaking of stupid, who bases his entire business life on forecasts from just one source? I’m not sure what it’s like in Montreal, but here I can turn the stations on my radio and TV and find forecasts for the same area on the same day that are anywhere from 2 to 5 degrees apart and can’t agree on how much it might rain or even if it’s going to. Even the judge, who hasn’t handed down a ruling yet, was said to be at least somewhat skeptical of this plan.

I know we’ve all at some point wanted to stick it to our local useless goof weatherman who gets paid for this shit goddammit, but I think our pal Jacques here has even less of a chance of getting his $6,540.84 than his local useless goof weatherman does of getting the long-range forecast right. Hopefully he didn’t have to cancel any more events to make room for his court date.

It’s Still Real To Them, Dammit!

I think that by now, most folks (children excluded of course) know what pro wrestling is. I hate to use the phrase sports entertainment, but it’s pretty accurate. There was a time when it was treated more like sport than entertainment by pretty much everyone, but in America, those days are mostly long gone. I say mostly not only because there are still companies that prefer to do their storytelling in the ring through matches rather than 20 minute promos and backstage skits, but also because there are still states like Georgia where things like this happen.

The incident occurred around 11 p.m. at the American Wrestling Federation (AWF) arena at 4193 U.S. 41 in Ringgold.
The promotion was putting on its monthly show, when Crowe, a spectator at the event, threatened and attacked long-time wrestler Paul Lee.
Deputies arrived on scene after Crowe allegedly jumped into the ring during the show and pulled a handgun on Lee.
According to Lee and several witnesses, Lee was participating in a match with “Iron Mann,” at which time he tied him up and was hitting him with a chair, reports show.
“I had him tied up and was beating on him, and this lady jumps up with a knife, cuts him loose, and then pulled a loaded gun on me,” Lee said. “She had that thing loaded with one in the chamber and the safety off. All it would have taken was for her to get shaky with that thing and it could have fired.”
Crowe also pointed the gun at the show’s commissioner “Robbie Rude,” reports show.
Lee says the woman has been to shows before and should have known that the incident going on with the other wrestler was part of the show.
“She’s been to several shows over the years off and on, but she was acting like a nut Saturday night,” Lee said.

According to police Cpl. Chris Faulk, Crowe admitted she pulled the gun on Lee because of the banter the two had engaged in.
“Ms. Crowe did indeed pull the gun on Mr. Lee because of the way he’d talked to her,” Faulk said. “She said, ‘he was talking mean to me, and I got mad. I guess I just let my temper get the best of me and I pulled my pistol on him’.”
Lee says he told Crowe “to sit her toothless self back down,” and that she then approached the ring.

And tougher gun laws aren’t necessary because why again?

Patricia Anne Crowe, who I kid you not is 59-years-old, was charged with aggravated assault and reckless conduct. She was released from jail after posting $4000 bond.

This reminded me of an incident from 2009 that saw some other crazy old bastard in Alabama go out to the car to fetch his trusty axe in order to save Mike Jackson from a group of dastardly heels.

From WrestlingObserver.com (On May 9, 2009): Karl Stern noted to us about a riot at a Southeastern Wrestling show last night. There were more than 250 fans at the show and during the Mike Jackson retirement ceremony, he was attacked by heels and the place came unglued. A woman reported a man pulled a knife on her and her husband. Before police could squelch the problem, an elderly man went to his vehicle and came in the arena with an axe to attack the heels. Police confiscated the axe before he attacked the heels. During all this, a woman actually called 911 to request an ambulance for Jackson because of the beatdown.

In a way it’s nice that it’s still possible for wrestlers to stir up this much of a reaction in people, but I’m not so sure about the idea that those people are allowed outside unaccompanied.

This Being A Day Ending In Y, The Fight Network Has Added Another Wrestling Show

It’s even a Canadian one.

Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 multi-platform channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, today announced a programming deal with independent Canadian professional wrestling organization WrestleCentre to broadcast a weekly 1-hour series across the U.S., Canada and globally in over 30 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Premiering on July 19, the weekly WrestleCentre Voltage series will air on Wednesdays at 2 a.m. ET in Canada, a late-night expansion of Fight Network’s Tuesday professional wrestling block, including TNA Wrestling content such as its two-hour flagship weekly program IMPACT WRESTLING and TNA Wrestling’s Greatest Matches, plus Ring of Honor Wrestling. A special 90-minute edition of WrestleCentre Votage will premiere on July 14 at 11:30 p.m. ET leading into the series debut the following week.
Fight Network’s extensive slate of professional wrestling programming also includes New Japan Pro Wrestling, Paragon Pro Wrestling, CMLL Wrestling and AAA: Lucha Libre Worldwide from Mexico, as well as Insane Championship Wrestling and British Wrestling Weekly from the U.K.
Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, WrestleCentre is the largest professional wrestling promotion in Canada. Since 2014, events have featured international stars such as Ethan Carter III, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe, Jake Roberts, Colt Cabana, Matt Sydal and 2 Cold Scorpio, plus local favorites JP Simms, Matt Bullen, Speedball Mike Bailey, Jeremy Prophet, Chip Chambers, Richard Shinary and Tommy Starr.
“We have sought out the best professional wrestling promotions from around the world to be featured on Fight Network, so it’s only fitting that a top Canadian organization has now found a broadcast home, not only across the country but all over the world, giving Canadian performers a platform to shine globally,” said Chad Midgley, VP of Fight Network.
“WrestleCentre brings something different to the table with its Voltage TV show,” said Jason Mosher, Executive Producer of WrestleCentre. “We put the storytelling back in professional wrestling all while showcasing the best in-ring talent from across Canada and beyond. We mix some of the best renown professional wrestlers in the world with some of the best independent wrestlers that Canada has to offer.”
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What A Whole New World Should Really Sound Like

I imagine most of you recognize that song and the movie scene it comes from. It’s pretty famous, dare I say iconic. Growing up in a house with younger siblings, I’ve seen it a million times. Yet somehow, even though I’ve spent a decent chunk of time on the radio and in recording studios, I’ve never asked myself a very obvious question. How the hell can you hear those two singing so clearly while they’re up in the open sky like that? Unless that magic carpet boasts some crazy good noise reduction among its powers (not entirely out of the question what with it being magical and all) it should actually sound more like this.

Sound is very loud, because of course it is.

All My Rowdy Kids Are Here For Monday Night, But They’re Staying In The Car So They Won’t Bother Us

Perhaps I’m the idiot here, but it strikes me that bringing your three small children into your friend’s house while you watch football there would, believe it or not, cause you far less trouble than leaving them in the car…in Pennsylvania…in January. But I guess there’s no explaining that to the kind of guy who then goes to the police station to turn himself in and ends up in a fight with two cops when informed that he’s going to be charged.

A western Pennsylvania man apparently got so caught up in the big game this weekend that he left his three young sons, ages 9-months to 7-years, inside his freezing car while he watched the NFL playoffs at a friend’s house.

It happened in Washington County, where the dad, identified as James Grusofski, 33, is under arrest, according to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.
Police got involved when one of his sons, a 4-year-old boy, was found wandering around the streets late Saturday night in 30 degree temperatures without a coat, shoes or socks, KDKA writes.

After his eventual tasing, Grusofski was charged with endangering the welfare of children, aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. It’s not known what if any further trouble he could face thanks to the cocaine and alcohol that it’s claimed were found in his system while he was being treated in hospital after his arrest.