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2002\08\30@065619 by Russell McMahon

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Superb & vast science archive

       http://www.arxiv.org/

They say:

This archive is based upon activities supported by the U.S. National Science
Foundation under Agreement No. 0132355 (7/01-6/04) with Cornell University.

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2002\08\30@231706 by Mike Singer

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Russell,

As you are recognized guru on superb Net resources and
distinguished English language mentor to the non-native
English List members, could you, please, point me (and I
hope many others) to some Net sites with the following
content:

1. .mp3 sound files on superb science or technology themes.
2. Full texts of these ".mp3".
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I searched and have found:
1. http://www.voanews.com/SpecialEnglish/ - too simple.
2. http://www.webtalkguys.com/ and
  http://technetcast.ddj.com/tnc_mp3.html
                               .mp3 without texts.

Thank you.
Mike.



Russell McMahon wrote:
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'[EE]: Superb science archive ~'
2002\09\09@042356 by Russell McMahon
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A rather delayed response. In this area I'm afraid my replies are only as
good as my Googling.

>  As you are recognized guru on superb Net resources and
> distinguished English language mentor to the non-native
> English List members,

Flattery will get you somewhere :-)

> could you, please, point me (and I
> hope many others) to some Net sites with the following
> content:
>
> 1. .mp3 sound files on superb science or technology themes.

A good start

       http://radio.cbc.ca/programs/quirks/

Didn't see anything directly re MP3s here but there's so much science
material that it's a good place to start.

       http://websearch.about.com/cs/science/

Sites like this one are an obvious place to look and this will give a good
idea of other such places to look.

       http://my.execpc.com/~wgraczyk/webaudio.html

> 2. Full texts of these ".mp3".

Not so easy.
I'm not sure what your application is.
If you absolutely HAD to have both text and sound there are two approaches
that may be usable.

1.    Use a good quality text to speech program on science text source.
Possibly suitable programs are MBROLA (free), from Belgium and DECTALK
(commercial product - some versions are bundled with hardware or sold
cheaply). Quite a few others are available. Best quality is good but still
recognisable as machine generated. MBROLA uses "real" speech diphones which
it strings together so the result is quite natural.

2.    Use a speech recognition program to recreate text. Less likely to
produce good results. The latest Dragon Naturally Speaking 6 is quite good
but still not truly speaker independent.


Sorry I couldn't do better.

What is the application?


       Russell

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2002\09\09@162845 by Mike Singer

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Russell McMahon wrote:
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> > 2. Full texts of these ".mp3".
>
> Not so easy.
> I'm not sure what your application is.
> If you absolutely HAD to have both text and sound there are two
> approaches that may be usable.
>
> 1.    Use a good quality text to speech program on science text
> source.
.
.
> 2.    Use a speech recognition program to recreate text. Less
> likely to produce good results..
>
> What is the application?


Just trying to improve my spoken English. BBC transmissions
are an overkill to me. Special English of the Voice Of
America is too simple.
If there were some interesting material in both sound (.mp3)
and text, I could listen to it, and on being unable to grasp
it, look at the text.
Doing so on a regular basis, I hope, I could really improve
my English spoken skills.

Sorry for non-[OT] tag.

Thank you.
Mike.
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PS:
Hey, Olin, could you, please, any comments on "quoted-printable"
encoding. Comments wired for sound (attached .mp3).

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2002\09\09@165244 by Olin Lathrop

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> Hey, Olin, could you, please, any comments on "quoted-printable"
> encoding. Comments wired for sound (attached .mp3).

I'm not sure what you're asking here, but I did a reply to your message and
Outlook Express put the "> " in front of your lines correctly.  As far as I
can tell you sent your message in the correct format.

I just checked your header and everything is right:

> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
> Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

Now if we could just get everyone else to do this ...


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2002\09\11@021622 by Roger, in Bangkok

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Hey Mike--

Give ham radio a swing!

Regards/Roger, in Bangkok

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Russell McMahon wrote:
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Just trying to improve my spoken English. BBC transmissions
are an overkill to me. Special English of the Voice Of
America is too simple.
If there were some interesting material in both sound (.mp3)
and text, I could listen to it, and on being unable to grasp
it, look at the text.
Doing so on a regular basis, I hope, I could really improve
my English spoken skills.

Sorry for non-[OT] tag.

Thank you.
Mike.
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PS:
Hey, Olin, could you, please, any comments on "quoted-printable"
encoding. Comments wired for sound (attached .mp3).

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