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Waze Custom Voices Database

Waze recently released its custom voice feature, allowing anyone to record their own voices to use for their GPS. The best part? They’re shareable! Searching for the perfect voice, I went through every Waze voice I could find (there were 45 at the time of posting) and rated them on how funny they were, how long you could realistically listen to the voice, and how good the audio quality was.

Here’s a great example of a custom Waze voice made by Drew Lynch. There are a few other videos you can check out that I included in the spreadsheet:

Then, I summarized my comments about the unique features of each voice and provided the link to download the voice yourself. The voices are sorted by overall review score. Remember that my scores and summaries are my personal thoughts – You might absolutely love the voice I scored the lowest!

*You must be on mobile to download the voice to your Waze app!*

Have you recorded a Waze voice that you’d like to add to the database? Leave a comment below with the link to the voice and I’ll give it a review and post it here!

On a related note… Does anyone know someone with an excessively Italian accent that would be willing to yell at me to turn left? “Turn left, ya stonad!”

A Visit to the Twilight Zone

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Recently, I fell in love with a nonprofit lighthouse restoration group after learning about them in an article from ScoutingNY. Eager to help in some way, I made a mock site redesign using WordPress to show them the potential for their site and offered to continue the design and implement it into their domain for free if they liked it.

For anyone who wants to see their site VS the one I made for them, this is their site and this is the one I made. The pages generally correspond with each other. I know it’s not the best site, but, in my opinion, it is by far more professional and clearer to understand than their current site. I respect their decision to keep their current site, but there’s no doubt in my mind that there was something more than preference dictating their minds.

Here is their website compared to mine. Notice how I fit all but two pages into the size of their homepage. (Click to see the image in full)

Below is my bizarre correspondence with the group. I have removed the introductions and conclusions to give some degree of privacy. I mean not to hurt them, as I still wholly support their cause. However, I was genuinely upset by the replies I received, not because they declined my offer, but because of their increasingly harsh replies I received. The green text is my commentary on each correspondence. Enjoy… I guess?


The first email I sent gave background about who I was and what I offered. Nothing crazy, right?


Me: My name is ______ and I saw your website today after ScoutingNY posted an article about your island. I was immediately interested in helping you guys somehow, but as a college student, I didn’t have much to give. So I used my website design skills to make a mockup of a redesigned site for the lighthouse to promote users to visit. It’s not complete by any means, but it’s a start and I really hope you like it. I’m not asking for anything at all for doing this. I really do appreciate what you guys are doing for this piece of history. If you would like to make it the official site I’d be beyond thrilled. It can be exported and installed on your host and I can help you do that. If you like it, I’d gladly make more finishing touches! So without further ado, http://executionrocks.wordpress.com/


The first reply was not harsh, but it was nonsensical.


Him: thanks spread the word please


After a week, I decided to reply again in hopes that I could make it more clear as to what I wanted to do for them.


Me: Now that the media buzz has died down a bit, I wanted to discuss my previous email. I fell in love with your nonprofit and wanted to do something for it. As a college student, I don’t have money to give but I have web design skills. I did my best to improve your current website (http://www.lighthouserestorations.org/) by making a mock website (http://executionrocks.wordpress.com/) that can be worked on and improved to your liking. If you like it, I am willing to work with you to move it to your current website domain.


The second reply was not harsh either, just a bummer to hear after completely redoing their website on my own. But that’s entirely my fault for making a website before getting the go ahead.


Him: Thanks but no thanks


Prepared to be done with this all, I wished them luck and went on with my life.


Me: That’s all I wanted to hear! Good luck with your nonprofit! It’s truly a great project


Until of course I got a reply suggesting that I pay them after they declined my offer when I (twice) clearly wrote that I was a college student who “didn’t have money to give but wanted to help.”


Him: make a donation, we don’t take salaries!


Deflated, I made it known that, short of declining, I hadn’t understood their replies.


Me: Im sorry sir, you’ve literally made no sense to me. Good day.


And the fun begins. I received one of the most rude and genuinely heartbreaking emails of my life, bashing my intellect and writing me off. The bold sentence was not bolded by me. I decided not to engage them, seeing that I was clearly an amusement for them. Perhaps they thought I was a scammer and they had the upper hand. Well. If that’s the case, they’re sure missing out…


Him: what word don’t you understand? we are and state and federal non profit dedicated to restoring the lighthouse! we volunteer to restore this historic structure. our website works fine. you have no idea whether or not our traffic and press has slowed down or sped up! how many times do you think we were in the press? once on some blog? “literally no sense” is a state of mind foreign to me thank God my 36 year old son doesn’t have problems with comprehension! good luck to you


In the end, what did I get from this? Nothing but a somewhat decent site for my portfolio and a lovely story to tell about some rather mean people. 

My Thoughts: The Tempest at Shakespeare in the Park

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While educational standards are on the rise, Shakespeare is often still too daring for many to understand. Why? Often enough, the text of a play may seem intimidating even for versed readers because of the language structure and heavy vocabulary. This is why Shakespeare intended his plays to be admired at live performances. These performances would be laced with high humor for elitists and low humor jokes for laymen, respectively.
So when I say that the performance of The Tempest at Central Park was designed and preformed for all to enjoy, I truly mean it. For example, next to me sat a woman who presumably spoke no English and was wearing a SARS mask (Which by the won’t prevent the spread of disease by any means, no matter the good intentions) Though she understood nothing verbal, it was very apparent to me that she was enjoying the performance. Between the Mexican dancers, drumming group, senior dancers, singers, hip hop dancers and hundreds of other actors moving about the stage weaving inbetween lines of Shakespeare, who wouldnt be entertained?!

I give my sincere thanks to Public Works, and all the organizations that came together in such perfect harmony to put on such a performance.

(No worries guys, that photo wasn’t taken by me. Instagram.)

Who needs electricity!? This handheld crank radio powers my surround sound system!

Now, I’ve had this little radio for over a year now and pretty much right before hurricane Sandy hit my area, I had just broken its built in speaker. Do not ask me how, It’s just the way things go. If this idea had crossed my mind, say, before October 29th, maybe my experience through the storm would’ve been a tiny bit more enjoyable.

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To make this contraption, I started out finding which wires went to the speakers – easy enough. A smart person would then solder the wire to that connection, but of course, tape would suffice. After many attempts to get the speaker wires to stay even when pulled a bit, I closed up the casing and there you have it, a working crank radio that actually handle some real bass.

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I don’t know why I didnt try my entire speaker system at this point, probably a lack of faith for the little contraption, but eventually I realized it’s true power.

Running 11 full sized speakers, the radio can’t handle such a long time without needing a crank or two (You can obviously figure out why) but here are my results:

10 minutes of music = 50 cranks. How long does it take to crank it 50 times? Give me 20 seconds.  As a secondary attempt, I got 25 minutes of music after a minute of cranking. Cranking is such an odd verb.

Regardless, that’s pretty awesome considering it’s running completely off the grid. Now if I could just get it to run my phone….

Why do people buy magazine subscriptions?

I think any magazine company makes an ample amount of money with all their ads every other page, so I’m not trying to bring down any magazine, but people still buy subscriptions when t
here are plenty of ways to get a year long subscription for free. No, really…

 

Look:


Simply type into google the magazine you want, and “free subscription” and chances are, a freebie website will come up with a bunch of handy links like this one!

I recommend hunt4freebies.com for any and every freebie out there! Go crazy! Really. That’s it. There’s the guide. Go!