Saturday, July 19, 2014

Daily Comics / July 19th - Summer Holidays

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston

Canada Family Events
Scott Adams

Dilbert Office Events

Edmonton Journal Cartoons
Malcolm Mayes
Politics Views from Canada

Garry Trudeau

Politics Views from USA


** I tried to get low or free price at the people for the images for the cartoons. It was too high for Stroke Survivors Tattler i.e. we are not a regular newspaper and our budget is very, very low. Fortunately, you will have to do only 1-click more to see the cartoon image, it is legit and it is free using, and

New Guest Blogger
         - Steven H. Cornelius from Music and Stroke !!

SSTattler: I will re-published Steven's biography in September. It is already in About Us.

Steven H. Cornelius
Music and Stroke
  • Mostly I have worked as a music professor
    • University of Massachusetts Boston
      (Lecturer, 2012-)
    • Boston University (Visiting Prof., 2008-2012)
    • Bowling Green State University (Prof., 1991-2008)
    • Bruckner-Konservatorium Linz (adjunct faculty, 1992-1997)
    • Pine Manor College (Asst. Prof., 1989-1991)
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison (Instructor of Percussion, 1984-86)
  • In addition to teaching at the college level, during the 2013-14 academic year I served as a Scholar in Residence at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.
  • From 1996 to 2006 I served as music and dance critic for The Blade, Toledo, Ohio’s daily newspaper.
  • My major publications include:
    • Music: A Social Experience (co-authored with Mary Natvig) (Pearson 2011),
    • Music of the Civil War Era (Greenwood Press, 2004) and 
    • The Music of Santería: Traditional Rhythms of the Batá Drums (co-authored with John Amira) (White Cliffs Media, 1991).
  • Please look at my blog site - Music and Stroke

Sunday Stroke Survival ~ Back in the Saddle Again Finally!

Jo Murphey
The Murphey Saga
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Well, most of my Facebook friends know, but y'all don't know that I've started OT again on my arm. This was my first week back since September of last year. Why the delay? I couldn't arrange (read afford) a private sitter for my DH (darling hubby) for me to arrange for my therapy sessions...

 $15 an hour (1 1/2 hours with drive time)X 3 times a week X 4 weeks in a month = a HUGE expense on a very limited budget. Our insurance will pay for hospice but not for private sitters for my care issues. I just couldn't justify the extra expense nor did we have the money to spare for me to be in therapy. Although my insurance will pay 100% of the therapy bill, I've been borrowing from Peter to pay Paul for some months now and see no end in sight. No, I'm not whining.

When I spoke to an old friend of over twenty years, who is also a minister and volunteer with hospice, about my dilemma she flat told me it wouldn't do to hurt myself because of my husband's health issues. She arranged for a slew of volunteers to sit with my husband for free while I took therapy.

The only problem was my husband's paranoia about too many strangers in the house. This friend got volunteers who were off duty police officers and their spouses. Although most of the officers I worked with many years ago have retired, their children now work on the force. It becomes old home week playing catch up with all of them.

I started OT with a new therapist. My old therapist works strictly in pediatrics now. I was really leery about having to train a new therapist. My old therapist and I understood each other perfectly since both of us were willing to try anything to get results. I expressed my concerns with the director of rehab services when he stopped and talked to me. So in walks this new therapist. I do mean new because she only graduated last August. I begin clearing the air. I've never been shy to say what I want and what I expect. It's the only way to open a meaningful dialogue. AND, there has to be a meaningful dialogue for progress to occur.

She stepped out of the room for some heat packs for my shoulder, arm, and hand when the rehab director poked his head into the room. I could see the question in his eyes...'Well, what do you think?' I gave him a thumb up. The young lady was open and honest. It was a starting place.

Finesse’ - A Crucial Ingredient for Success with Speech and Language Therapy

Mark A. Ittleman
The Teaching of Talking
July 13, 2014

The first time I heard of the word finesse was learning how to play Bridge. I often bumbled through the game as a novice, while those experienced in the game would sit comfortably, bid, and play as if they didn’t have to think about it.  I wondered if I would ever learn to play the game as well and really did not realize that that finesse’ in cards, like the art of speech therapy only comes with consistent desire, dedication, play and practice.  Finesse’ is the ability to do something with ease or in an artful way.  The word implies skill, expertise, artistry and virtuosity.

The Teaching of Talking:
Training SLP’s, and Caregivers
in expert methods to improve 
Speech therapy, especially for complex speaking difficulties such as aphasia, apraxia, and dysarthria, often requires finesse’.  It is mastered with time, and ingenuity.  Some people with speaking difficulties are frustrated with speech therapy  due to the complexity of it, in addition to the relative inexperience of those involved.  In addition, frustration may be related to the speed and length of time it takes for speaking improvement.  Let’s face it, for many of us, we want to achieve what we wish NOW.  We want instant food, instant mastery and instant success with what we endeavor.  The fact is that many disciplines take time and repetition to master, and it requires a steadfast commitment, and passion to achieve.  It often takes finding the right people or therapists to learn from and model.

Functional Electrical Stimulation Therapy
         - Dr. Milos Popovic

Published on Jun 4, 2012

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute researcher, Dr. Milos Popovic talks about Functional Electrical Stimulation Therapy.

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David Kwong: Two Nerdy Obsessions Meet
         — and it's Magic

Published on Jul 11, 2014

SSTattler: Most stroke survivors want to solve a problem, a puzzle in Lumosity,  video games for rehabilitation, ...

David Kwong is a magician who makes crossword puzzles — in other words, a pretty nerdy guy. And for his next trick ...

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Edmonton: BIS - Be Inspired and Strong

A Toastmasters Club for People with Brain Injuries and Strokes

So you have a brain injury from a car accident, stroke, or other unfortunate life threatening tragedy :o(

You’ve been working hard on your rehabilitation, and although you may never get back all that was lost, you are still hopeful that you will be able to work through your disability and come through to the other side with a reasonably productive and satisfying lifestyle.

I was a public school teacher of 10 years who sustained a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (2 month coma) in a horrendous car crash on the way to work in June of 1987.  Over the past 27 years I have been to hell and back several times, but I have finally emerged with a meaningful, happy and positive outlook on life.

Since my accident I have been involved in a great many activities in the local education community. I have spoken about disability in classrooms from Kindergarten through University, I have facilitated over 400 workshops for other teachers on long term disability, and I have been involved in numerous disability related boards and committees.

A personal goal was to speak to Teachers’ Conventions about the rehabilitative opportunities that are available to disabled teachers.  But my brain injury has made it difficult for me to present in front of a large audience. So I scoured the WEB looking for educational opportunities that worked within the constraints of my disability.

What I found was Toastmasters International, a world wide non-profit organization dedicated to improving oral communication, confidence and public speaking skills in the English speaking world.  I joined a local Toastmasters club, and through benevolent instruction along with the opportunity to model effective behavior and presentation skills, my ability to speak in front of an audience has steadily improved.

Finally in February of 2014, I fulfilled a personal goal of giving a presentation on Brain Injury Rehabilitation to the Central Alberta Teachers’ Convention.

Since 1924, more than 4 million people around the world have participated in Toastmasters.  Today, the membership is 292,000 strong, with 14,350 clubs in 122 countries that make up a global network of meeting locations.

With dedicated assistance from incredible leaders in the Edmonton Toastmasters community, I have recently started a Toastmasters Club exclusively for people who are rehabilitating from the effects of stroke or brain injury. The club consists of long term survivors like me as well as people relatively new to brain injury.

 As EVERYONE in the club is a survivor there is absolutely no discrimination nor stigma.   BIS (Brain Injury and Stroke or Be Inspired and Strong) Toastmasters is just an ordinary Toastmasters Club in District 42, Alberta and Saskatchewan.  There is not any mollycoddling just because you have a stroke or a brain injury!  We are all in the same boat so we understand exactly what you are going through.  Everyone is more than happy to accommodate anyone else requiring extra assistance.

One thing for sure, in addition to awesome rehabilitative benefits (based on my personal experience) the club is LOTS OF FUN!  In addition to regular meetings, you have access to workshops, parties and conferences.  Last year I went to Fort MacMurray and the year before I went to Saskatoon!  This year the annual conference was held in Edmonton at the Radisson Hotel :o)

The cost is a one time only new member fee of $30.00 pus $60.00  payable twice a year. This includes all start-up manuals, the Toastmasters Magazine, and ongoing support from Toastmasters International. Financial support to the club over and above the afore mentioned individual fees has generously been donated by the Riverbend Safeway.

We are also supported by the Edmonton Networks Activity Centre for the Brain Injured, the Edmonton Brain Care Centre and the Stroke Recovery Association of Edmonton.

Meetings of the BIS Toastmasters Club are held every second Thursday morning from 10:00-12:00 at a venue in the Bonnie Doon Mall.  The official Inaugural Meeting of the club will be held when we reach 20 paid up members, but bi-weekly meetings will occur until then, providing ongoing practice and insight into the Toastmasters Community.  Our next meeting is July 10, 2014 and every 2 weeks thereafter.

Well that’s enough for now.  Please phone me if you are interested.  It will be well worth your while.  My cell is 780-499-4540.  Please leave a message with your name, email address and and phone number.

Thanks for listening!

Margaret Wardell BEd (my pre head injury job), CLL (Certified Laughter Leader), CC (Toastmasters Competent Communicator)


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Daily Comics / July 12 - Summer Holidays

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston

Canada Family Events
Scott Adams

Dilbert Office Events

Edmonton Journal Cartoons
Malcolm Mayes
Politics Views from Canada

Garry Trudeau

Politics Views from USA


** I tried to get low or free price at the people for the images for the cartoons. It was too high for Stroke Survivors Tattler i.e. we are not a regular newspaper and our budget is very, very low. Fortunately, you will have to do only 1-click more to see the cartoon image, it is legit and it is free using, and

Sunday Stroke Survival ~ Striving for Perfection

Jo Murphey
The Murphey Saga
Sunday, July 6, 2014

Something has weighed heavily on my heart this week. It caused me to stop and rethink my attitude of where I am in my life. I honestly do this quite often as a reality check.

The gigantic WHY question.
No, not the why did the stroke happen to me? I know why. It was genetics and poor life choices I've made.

I still say the delay in my recovery in part is due to God teaching me patience. I still don't have that battle won, but I've come a long way in two years.

No, not the why haven't I recovered more of my body by now. I'm a victim of circumstance that overloaded my "golden" one to six months optimum recovery time with an injury.

These things I knew the answer to. My "why question" deals with something deeper.Which is why it made my heart heavy. Why do I want to recover what I've lost so bad?

Previous to my stroke I'd accomplished many things. In fact, I'd accomplished more than most people in my life both good and bad. So why couldn't I just be satisfied that this is the way my life should be now? Are we as human beings always so dissatisfied with our lives that we constantly have to strive to be better? Have more? Do more?


Malcolm Mayes Cartoons

Malcolm Mayes
Malcolm Mayes Cartoonist - Edmonton Journal
  • The Mayes cartoons has Copyright © so you can not copy it, but, Stroke Survivors Tattler can link to the cartoons with The Edmonton Journal (same as For Better or For WorseDilbert, and Doonesbury),
  • Every Mayes cartoon has the Canadain politics view with a humour slant (and coupled with the cartoons Doonesbury that has the American politics view).
  • I did not know that he is lives in Edmonton. At least a bonus...!!!

Malcolm Mayes Brief Biography

  • Malcolm Mayes was born in Edmonton, Alberta. 
  • He drew extensively throughout his childhood and by his late teens was selling his drawings on a regular basis. 
  • A love of cartooning and interest in newspapers steered him naturally towards political comment. He studied Design Art at Grant MacEwan College before starting at the Edmonton Journal in 1986. 
  • Mayes has been published in hundreds of publications and was twice nominated for a National Newspaper Award
  • In 1996 he published a cartoon collection entitled 'Political Asylum: Cartoons and Caricatures’
  • Mayes' work has appeared in most major newspapers across Canada and the United States, and has been featured on CBC, CNN, in the Montreal International Museum of Humour and numerous books and magazines, including Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, Reader’s Digest and the Great Big Book of Canadian Humour
  • An early entry in cyberspace, Mayes created animated political cartoons for Microsoft's News Website
  • He is also the founder of - a comprehensive online image service that delivers digital artwork to publications around the world. 
  • He is a long-time member of both the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists (ACEC) and the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC)
  • Mayes has twin daughters and happily he resides on a peaceful treed boulevard in central Edmonton.

Malcolm Mayes Goes To School

Uploaded on Feb 28, 2011

Watch a video of Edmonton Journal cartoonist Malcolm Mayes talking to Alannah Wasylkiw's grade 4 class at St. Martin's school in Edmonton.

Video by Bruce Edwards.

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Updated - Ikea Standing-Up Desk by SSTattler

John C. Anderson
Stroke Survivors Tattler
Update - Take a look about Ikea Standing-Up Desk by Stroke Survivors Tattler January 18, 2014 -- it will tell you about my history to built the Standing-Up Desk. Brief synopsis:
  • Cost for me is approximate $175.61,
  • The time is less than 8 hours of effort to build it,
  • Basically, it is much better about your health (I was told by various articles),
  • My “gimp-right-leg” from my stroke was a problem and I said, "The first week was hell about my legs!!"

Now, 6 months later, July 2014, my conclusion is mostly positive:
  • Further cost + effort is nil; TV bench + Frame make a beautiful desk and it is very solid - no vibration, no loose bolts, ..., a very, very nice desk.
  • I read articles about Standing-Up Desk. Why and How I Switched to a Standing Desk by Gina Trapani tell you various details +’ve and -‘ve but one details by Gina Trapani:
    • But don't Your Feet Hurt? Yes, very much. In fact, the first three days were brutal, so painful I doubted the whole endeavor. By mid-day 2, I had to sit down every hour or so. I was distracted and had a hard time focusing on anything but how much my feet hurt. At night I sat on the couch with my feet elevated. I collapsed into bed totally exhausted. I never appreciated sitting as much as I did the first three days.
    • Well my feet hurt a bit during the first month but my “gimp-right-leg” was a real problem and I told in Ikea Standing-Up Desk by Stroke Survivors Tattler (i.e. you have to move your leg/feet continuously) but about a few weeks it is cured.  
  • Unfortunately, my posture is awful especially when I’m tired. My belly sticks out resting on the top of the desk, and then my feet does not move at all, and then I have the same problem with my “gimp-right-leg”.  Cured is simple -- definition Standing from Wikipedia:  “... Standing, also referred to as orthostasis, is a human position in which the body is held in an upright ("orthostatic") position and supported only by the feet. Although seemingly static,the body rocks slightly back and forth from the ankle in the sagittal plane. The sway of quiet standing is often likened to the motion of an inverted pendulum.” It works for me!
  • I added a monitor HP25xi - 23” @ 1920x1080 pixels - I used the 13” laptop MacBook Air for about a year but the difference with 23” monitor is huge and now days the monitor is relatively cheap (≈ $150 to $200).  The laptop MacBook Air is below the monitor and still works :-) ; wireless keyboard+trackpad with Bluetooth from a old desktop iMac.
  • Linux / Microsoft laptop it is put on top of the colour printer (I use it approximate every month to check the web format of SSTattler with Linux and Microsoft).
  • Three externally disks (just behind the MacBook Air):
    • Backup every hour, 
    • Github (repository for software offsite + local cache), 
    • personalProjects,
    • Read or Burn disk - CD/DVD - used rarely.
  • Great Bose Radio & CD beside the MacBook Air - CBC News and all type of good music (especially lay down some code and listen to, usually, Baroque. See Music and Mathematics From Wikipedia).
  • Home telephone,  In/Out box, stapler, 3 Hole Punch, kleenex, box of pens/scissors, iPad, pictures of my granddaughter, ..., etc.
I will stick to Standing-Up Desk - relatively cheap, solid, (now) I’ve good posture, plus expenditure of calories of is twice standing up vs. sitting down!
January to July 2014 - This is a picture of my standing-up desk below.

Updated - New Standing-Up Desk

January 2014 - This is a picture of my new standing-up desk below.  All is the same stuff with my "old desk" (and I'll put the radio back soon). The books in the "LACK" bookshelf took a lot of space. Changed stuff in my bedroom to the standing desk is - 1) my the second printer,  2) my Linux/Microsoft laptop and 3) backup hard-disks  - everything is here but the box of kleenex and a coffee mug!
New Standing-Up Desk

Before January 2014 - For some reason, the old desk seems clutter but it is about equivalent for space.

Old Sitting-Down Desk

Joi Ito: Want to Innovate? Become a "now-ist"

Published on Jul 7, 2014

SSTattler: Hmm, I think Stroke Survivors Tattler is a "now-ist" ... :-)

"Remember before the internet?" asks Joi Ito. "Remember when people used to try to predict the future?" In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what's going on around you right now. Don't be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Daily Comics / July 5 - Summer Holidays

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston

Canada Family Events
Scott Adams

Dilbert Office Events

Edmonton Journal Cartoons
Malcolm Mayes
Politics Views from Canada

Garry Trudeau

Politics Views from USA


** I tried to get low or free price at the people for the images for the cartoons. It was too high for Stroke Survivors Tattler i.e. we are not a regular newspaper and our budget is very, very low. Fortunately, you will have to do only 1-click more to see the cartoon image, it is legit and it is free using, and

July National Holidays

July 1st   - Canada Day From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
July 4th - Independence Day (USA) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Public holidays in the United Kingdom From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -- ... the United Kingdom has no national day holiday marked and/or celebrated. The lack of a formal founding date and no constitution may be the reason for the lack of a national day. (SSTattler: Same Australia, New Zealand, India, ...)

Children watch the Canada Day parade in Montreal
Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally.

Street hockey on Trafalgar Square,
in front of the National Gallery,
for Canada Day (in London, England !!)


Frequently referred to as "Canada's birthday", particularly in the popular press, the occasion marks the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided, in the process, into Ontario and Quebec) on July 1, 1867. Canada became a kingdom in its own right on that date, but the British parliament and Cabinet kept limited rights of political control over the new country that were shed by stages over the years until the last vestiges were surrendered in 1982, when the Constitution Act patriated the Canadian constitution.

Under the federal Holidays Act, Canada Day is observed on July 1, unless that date falls on a Sunday, in which case July 2 is the statutory holiday, although celebratory events generally take place on July 1, even though it is not the legal holiday. If it falls on a Saturday, any businesses normally closed that day will generally dedicate the following Monday as a day off.

See the full article:
      Canada Day From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

New York City's fireworks display, shown above
over the East Village, is sponsored by Macy's and
is the largest in the country
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States of America commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

Originally entitled Yankee Doodle,
this is one of several versions of a
scene painted by A. M. Willard that
came to be known as The Spirit of ’76.
Often imitated or parodied, it is a familiar
symbol of American patriotism


During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.

See the full article:
      Independence Day (United States) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sunday Stroke Survival on Monday :)
         ~ Less Tolerant with Age and a Rant

Jo Murphey
The Murphey Saga
Monday, June 30, 2014

Oops, I forgot to hit publish so for this week Monday is the new Sunday.

As the years go by especially since my stroke, I find myself less tolerant of what comes out of the mouths of others.

That one line in the movie, Forest Grump...  

"Stupid is as Stupid Does”

Forest actually had more common sense in his damaged brain than normal people thanks to his momma.
It hits me in the face when I'm around other people. Is it any wonder that I prefer my own company rather than be around people? At least I know the cause of my stupidity. I've got brain damage.

Why do people think that the hardships they endured for a couple months with a broken arm or leg, entitles them to compare it to my paralyzed arm or leg? Can't they accept the fact that it's like comparing apples to oranges? It's like comparing a stubbed toe to a compound fracture.

I know first hand the trials of broken bones. I broke my wrist. Seven bones broken and/or dislocated. Six weeks total and the wrist was almost as good as new. I tore my Achilles tendon in my left ankle and spent fifty-three weeks in an air boot.

A post stroke paralysis and the spasticity cannot even compare to those. Time to healing cannot be measured in weeks but years if ever. Weeks are a drop in the bucket in comparison.

Sure with a broken limb, you might have had pain. You had the inconvenience of a cast or splint.  You had that unscratchable itch. You may have had the inability to do certain things or figured out a way to do them. BUT you knew it was only temporary. Eventually, your broken bones would heal and you'd be free to carry on with your life as before. That's the BIG DIFFERENCE.

As stroke survivors, we have no such assurance just a possibility and hope. Sure a broken limb my feel like forever but in reality it's a drop in the bucket of your life. Stop the comparison!

See the original article:

How the Dutch Got Their Cycle Paths

Uploaded on Oct 9, 2011

The Netherlands is well known for its excellent cycling infrastructure. How did the Dutch get this network of bicycle paths?

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A 21st Century Bike

Published on May 31, 2013

Richard Quest tries out a bike with springs in its wheels - the Loopwheels. The bike goes on sale in the fall for $1800.

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Jane McGonigal: The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life

Published on Jul 9, 2012 When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience -- and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.

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Index of This Summer 2014

  • Definition:  Just be cool dudes, this  is summer holidays... !!
  • Video:                                ... ditto ...
Daily Comics:


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturday News

Contents of This Week:

Def'n: Dragon Naturally Speaking

SSTattler: About 2 years ago I tried "Dragon Naturally Speaking" (with a PC) & "Dragon Dictate" (with a iMac) and works perfectly, sort of... The problem is "speaking" then "typing" or vice versa with only a single document, Dragon will always be "mixed up" and “confused". Why??? - I do not have a clue but the owner of the company, Nuance, tries to fix it up for a couple of years. Finally, the recent version, fixed it up correctly. You can type then speak and vice versa with out a hitch (according to Nunance)!! By the way, speaking using, e.g. Dragon, is a lot faster than typing with 2-hands - I will try the new version this summer. 

Speech Recognition From Wikipedia,
        the free encyclopedia

SSTattler: The company, Nuance Communications, is  most important software speech recognition engine right now but there are many companies involved in speech recognition.

Speech recognition is usually processed in middleware; the results are transmitted to the user applications.

In computer science and electrical engineering, speech recognition (SR) is the translation of spoken words into text. It is also known as "automatic speech recognition" (ASR), "computer speech recognition", or just "speech to text" (STT).

Some SR systems use "speaker-independent speech recognition" while others use "training" where an individual speaker reads sections of text into the SR system. These systems analyze the person's specific voice and use it to fine-tune the recognition of that person's speech, resulting in more accurate transcription. Systems that do not use training are called "speaker-independent" systems. Systems that use training are called "speaker-dependent" systems.

Video: Dragon Naturally Speaking

SSTattler: The videos are about speaking/typing, hillbilly accent, using gmail within Firefox or Safari, transcription, general dictation, searching the internet, ..., etc. General, the PC Dragon Naturally Speaking is a super-set of iMac Dragon Dictate but for most people they are about the same...

Dragon Speech Recognition for iMac - see What's New 

Published on Sep 5, 2012

With Dragon Dictate for Mac speech recognition software, you can use your voice to create and edit text or interact with your favorite Mac applications. Dragon Dictate lets you create and edit documents, manage email, surf the Web, update social networks, and more -- quickly, easily and accurately, all by voice. Learn more.

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Summer Break

John C. Anderson
Stroke Survivors Tattler
This July & August I will take a brief break from Stroke Survivors Tattler, same as last year. During this summer I will publish:
  • Saturday Comics every week,
  • "Sunday Stroke Survival ~ 'This Week Topic'" from The Murphey Saga every week,
  • Occasionally very important article(s) by Guest Bloggers
  • Articles of various arbitrary and weird topics e.g. Higgs Boson (see as well the Dummies Guide to the Higgs Boson), about biking (my favourite topic during the summer), Oscar Pistorius (now it is very bad), ..., and so on.
  • At the end of August I will re-publish the headline about The Steadward Centre in Edmonton - many people have disability, e.g. stroke survivors, in Edmonton and go to the Steadward gym in the University of Alberta. It will tell you how to: 
    • get there to the Steadward gym,
    • parking or LRT or bus,
    • membership,
    • other facilities,
    • costs,
    • ...

During the summer I will mull over the direction of Stroke Survivors Tattler:

Saturday Comics

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston - 2014/06/22

“I tried that book once. It’s dumb!"
Scott Adams - 2014/06/22

“How can I feel ownership of your ignorant decisions??"

Charles Schulz - 2014/06/22

“...and drawing insulting pictures of cats!?

Garry Trudeau - 2014/06/22

“The collectivists will say anything to harm our energy industry!"

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Note: Now SSTattler are running cartoons starting on the previous Sunday.