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Great text-to-video, fast, cheap, dummy-ready?

I want to make YouTube videos of 2-3 minute text. The popular kinetic typography stuff and whiteboard stuff is eye-catching. But I have little video editing experience and suck at drawing. What is something simple I could use? [more inside]
posted by skypieces on Apr 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Email to Google Voice SMS

Can I email to a Google Voice number? [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 on Apr 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Can you identify this unusual neurological (?) reading phenomenon?

It's when "words fall away to pictures" occasionally , perhapps particularly when reading the text of physical books, usually novels, of a large size. It doesn't happen with reading online or e-book readers or textbooks. It's as if the visual imagination (without deliberate activation) overrides what's actually been seen by the eyes, so that the story unfolding is actually being "watched" in the mind's eye in an immersive, vivid way where one becomes virtually unaware of the actual text print and the outside world (so it's not even like watching a movie in a cinema, where there is more consciousness of the real surroundings). This is not just getting immersed in reading - the strong, and not deliberately activated, visualization is crucial. Based on anecdotal evidence, what I'm describing (not from my personal experience) appears to be a rarer rather than a common experience. Anyone have ideas what this neurological (?) trait might be?
posted by zresearch on Apr 20, 2013 - 18 answers

What software can be used to crowdsource a transcription?

I am looking for an online service in which a group of volunteers could use to transcribe an audio or video file into text. Is there anything that will allow 10-15 volunteers to simultaneously log in and do this? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Apr 16, 2013 - 3 answers

How to avoid communication with the girl before the first date?

I met a girl at a bar and I want to know how to avoid chatting with her all week before our first date. [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Mar 31, 2013 - 25 answers

Why does OSX Text to Speech occasionally garble/skip words on me?

In order to reduce eyestrain when on the computer, I use the basic OSX (10.6.8) Text to Speech (System Prefs -> Speech -> Text to Speech) software for the computer to read out long-form articles found online. This works great! Except....sometimes when I ask "Alex" to read out to me it will skip or garble words from the highlighted article, usually one word per sentence or after x number of words. Why? [more inside]
posted by carabiner on Mar 11, 2013 - 1 answer

Specific Text Animation in After Effects

Looking for a text animation in After Effects [more inside]
posted by Thisispiggy on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Site or application for logging text and photo messages?

For a research project, we’re asking ~24 high school and college students to log their experiences with homework by sending us text messages and photos over the course of about two weeks. Is there a site where they can send those messages so that we could see them from a computer? There are particular features we’re seeking... What comes closest to satisfying them? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Feb 19, 2013 - 5 answers

How to "copy on drag" text in Windows 7?

I need to copy text between a commercial text editor (TextPad 6.1.3 by Helios) and a home brew program used by my company. When I try to do this now, the highlighted text is moved/cut rather than copied. Is there a Windows 7 or TextPad setting I can use to force the behavior to copy rather than cut the text? [more inside]
posted by moxiequz on Feb 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Emergency SMS notifications to staff

Can you recommend a service that will let me broadcast SMS notifications to all staff in an emergency? I am assuming it would be an SMS marketing service, but if there are other options I'd love to hear them. The main feature I need is that it is easy and fast to send out a notification in an emergency. [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie on Jan 28, 2013 - 15 answers

I lik ur profile

How do I get a fair size (100+ messages) corpus of first-contact messages on dating sites? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Jan 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me find this advanced text input APP that predicts your next letter

Help me find this advanced text input APP that predicts your next letter [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jan 25, 2013 - 3 answers

Using Google Voice (or similar) to forward calls and texts

I'm considering porting my personal cell phone to Google Voice so that calls and texts can be forwarded to my newly acquired work cell phone. If you've done this, please see my specific questions/concerns. [more inside]
posted by Swede78 on Jan 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Backup texts to computer

How do I get my text messages off my phone? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Dec 24, 2012 - 6 answers

How to record and transcribe Skype conversation

What technology and software I should look at inorder to be able to record interviews on Skype on to my hard disk (MacBook Pro) and then be able to manipulate the recording easily in order to type out a transcript? Or, preferably , find reliable speech recognition software that will automatically produce a written transcript I can enter into my word processing program (Open Office.) ? I'm willing to change up software and able to spend no more than $100 to make this work. Is it possible?
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Dec 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for the name of an old-school, plaintext Mac setup system

Please help me track down an article (or documentation) about an OS9 Mac setup regime that was heavily text-based, emphasizing how to set up a Mac with keyboard macros, desktop-accessible text snippets and very specific keyboard macros. [more inside]
posted by mph on Dec 13, 2012 - 1 answer

Creating an index of first lines

Creating an index of first lines, from a group of many poems, each stored in a seperate .txt file. Are there any applications or scripts that would help me to do that? [more inside]
posted by dylan_k on Dec 8, 2012 - 7 answers

I keep forgetting to return texts.

How do you keep track of your texts? I get texts that ask to set up drinks with a friend (or a playdate for my child), or asking how things are, or sending me a link to something silly to check out. If I can't answer then, inevitably a new text from someone else will come in later and I lose track of the unanswered one(s). This is an iPhone, by the way. [more inside]
posted by xo on Dec 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Is there a better/faster way to operationalize the coding of messy text data?

I'm trying to tag and code about 4000+ unique paragraphs of data. These are opinion responses to two similar questions. I manually went through the first 4000 responses and it took weeks using Google Refine. I'm wondering if there's a way to operationalize this to be a bit easier and less time consuming? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Nov 29, 2012 - 5 answers

| What's The Font |

WhatTheFont| is throwing me gibberish on this 1970's Poster Inspiration Font [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl on Nov 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Any examples of Github projects with a main library and derivatives?

I want to create a github project consisting of a main library with derivative variations, such as Drupal and Wordpress plugins. Can you point me to existing projects with this kind of structure? I'd love to learn from existing projects that do it well. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Nov 27, 2012 - 3 answers

The most watched digital content is... what?

Is Gangnam Style the most watched "piece of digital content" in human history? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Nov 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Some people never seem to actually type their own thoughts.

You're on Facebook and many of your contacts are expressing their opinions, frustrations, affirmations and wit by means of shared and reposted .jpgs with some sort of text sentiment on them. Sometimes they're simply text, sometimes there is a background photo or illustration. What are these things called? Have we got a collective term for these graphic motto things?
posted by Lou Stuells on Nov 21, 2012 - 25 answers

please help my create a spreadsheet from a list of links.

I want to create a spreadsheet from the hyperlinks and words in a word list on Wiktionary. Please take me through the steps. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Nov 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Hitting the like button just doesn't cut it.

Hit me with your best asynchronous communication tips, games, tools & tricks. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Nov 14, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I get a playlist off an ipad without any additional equipment?

Is there ANY way using JUST the ipad 2 to export a playlist I made there as a text file? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 9, 2012 - 1 answer

What should I do about this guy?

What should I do about this guy? I'll preface this by saying I have pretty much no prior experience, so I'm not sure about what's considered "normal" in terms of communication (FYI this is a little long)... [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Oct 26, 2012 - 28 answers

Windows 7 text setting gone suddenly tiny

After restarting Windows 7 (SP 1) today, my chosen Small text setting (100% at 100 dpi on a 1920 x 1200 resolution) had been replaced by Medium (125%). Text everywhere looked huge. I switched back to Small, but now a lot of my system text (like title bar text and context menu text ) is extremely small, much smaller than before, and some other text, like the listing of subject headings in my Thunderbird email client and the tab text in Firefox, is also incredibly small. How to get back to my original Small appearance? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Oct 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Making reasonable font

I would like to create a font using someone's handwriting and am looking for a good software with which to do this. I'm not an expert in this, so it would have to have a small learning curve, unless it is really worth it for me to spend time learning so I can get reasonable results. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Oct 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Mysterious Skull Logo

What is this logo, and what does it say? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Oct 17, 2012 - 10 answers

mixed up texts

Why did my husband receive a text from me that contained an ending sentence different from the one I sent? [more inside]
posted by peep on Oct 11, 2012 - 17 answers

Need examples of textual graphics

Please suggest book covers (or others) I can look at that are extremely text-heavy images. [more inside]
posted by bq on Oct 10, 2012 - 22 answers

Getting documents read aloud by a human being

Is there a service where I can submit articles or documents and have them read by a human being and get the result recorded as an mp3? I feel like such a service ought to exist somewhere, but I haven't had any luck finding one. Also, I'm not really interested in software that converts text to speech - it has to be read by a person.
posted by Proginoskes on Sep 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Best practices for a plaintext resume

Best practices for formatting a plaintext resume? I am going to apply for a job where I have to paste my resume into a form, and I'd like to have it not look terrible. [more inside]
posted by marble on Sep 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Tool to copy web text plus URL--in one go?

There must be a tool for this: I want to copy text from a web page, then paste into in a word processing document, with the URL of the original page somehow appended to the text--say, in parenthesis at the end. Any suggestions?
posted by largecorp on Sep 11, 2012 - 10 answers

.rtf editor for iPhone?

I'm looking for a simple text editor app for iPhone that is able to edit .rtf files. [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Sep 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Selecting from Cursor to End of Line in Word 2010

In Word 2010, when I hit Shift-End, it selects the whole line I'm on. I thought it was supposed to select from the cursor's present location to the end of the line, not the whole line itself. Anyway for me to get the desired behavior?
posted by WCityMike on Aug 25, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I save to a text file in Excel 2011?

I'm on a mac. A colleague sent me an Excel file (.xls) which I looked at in Excel 2011. It looks fine. I would like to save the file in some sort of text format, so that I can open Terminal and look at it in less. I realize that the columns won't align nicely, that's fine. What I don't want are all the weird characters that show up (from differently formatted line endings, etc). I've tried saving as "Tab delimited text," but that has the problem with the line endings. Which format should I use?
posted by bluefly on Aug 16, 2012 - 9 answers

PDF copy/paste repeats text - help?

When I copy/paste text from this PDF, the copied text is repeated and sometimes includes additional text. Why is this and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by fussbudget on Aug 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Edit manuscripts, like in the pencil days. On a Mac

Remember editing text (I mean, writing) with a pencil? Like you would as a teacher or senior editor correcting somebody else's manuscript?Can I do something like that on my Mac (10.5.8)? I've been using Preview to add highlights, notes and simple graphic elements, but what I want is... [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Aug 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Don't go readin' my texts!..

...they couldn't if they tried? Do employers read text messages on employer paid cell phones? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2012 - 13 answers

I want to read novels like they're visual novels! Without making them visual or anything.

The Internet having destroyed my abilities of concentration, I'm looking for anything, preferably a web app, that can help me read large texts, like novels on a sentence-by-sentence basis. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on May 26, 2012 - 6 answers

txt 4 free plz

My wife and I text each other a lot throughout the day - enough that I go over my one zillion text per month limit. An upgrade to the next level (unlimited) would be $30/month. What's the best, most seamless way to get free (or very low cost) texting? I only need it to work between the two of us; I can use regular texting for others. [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on May 24, 2012 - 39 answers

Can Jimmy come out and play?

I've been failing on getting some friends to go out and do stuff with me, and need some help figuring out what I can do to get better success. [more inside]
posted by garlic on May 18, 2012 - 15 answers

How to parse a text file & collect a piece of each line automatically?

I need to go through text files, each containing hundreds of lines, and copy a specific part of each line, and then add all those parts together into one long line, each part separated by a comma. But how? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper on May 9, 2012 - 13 answers

Text Widget Generator?

Is there a tool that would let me embed a semi-random text generator? [more inside]
posted by jtajta on May 1, 2012 - 6 answers

What font does the Tabac logo use?

What font does the Tabac logo use? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I find someone to text me?

I need someone to text me every 4-6 hours to keep myself accountable for one very specific, discrete thing. I don't want to ask any of my friends/family to do it. Reminders on my phone are too easy to brush off and ignore. Is there some sort of web service I can sign up for that will hook me up with someone who also needs to be kept accountable, or someone who wants to help?
posted by Night_owl on Apr 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Anonymous SMS to Twitter

I want to create a number to send text messages (SMS) which will then post all the messages onto a Twitter feed... [more inside]
posted by iamck on Apr 18, 2012 - 3 answers

How to fix grainy display in Windows 7?

Suddenly text and logos look very grainy on my Windows 7 computer. [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Apr 12, 2012 - 3 answers

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