New Parents – Rent Your Baby Clothes!

image courtesy of BruceTurner

I don’t have any kids, but many of my friends do and one of the biggest complaints I hear about is that their babies grow out of their clothes too fast. Well instead of dealing with the hassle of constantly purchasing new, larger sizes of baby clothing, consider renting baby clothes instead. That’s exactly what Plum is offering. They call themselves the Netflix of baby clothes.

There are three packages available right now – seven outfits for $49 per month, four outfits for $29 per month, and two outfits for $16 per month. They send all clothes freshly laundered using “green” laundry products and if you get stains on the clothes, they will donate the clothes or use the fabric to craft baby gifts at no charge to you.

This is one of those services that you can’t believe someone didn’t think of a long time ago. The prices seem a little high right now, but one great benefit is that you can switch out clothes every month if you want new styles. I think it’s a cool idea. I hope it takes off and prices drop in case I ever decide to have kids 😀

More Than 76 Covers of Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog Stitched Together

Cover bands are boring, but when you stitch together a whole bunch of cover band videos it gets much more interesting. I only need to see a couple of seconds of a cover band before I’m tired of it, so this video hits the sweet spot of entertainment.

The creator, Kutiman, took the Youtube videos of more than 76 covers of the song and stitched them together to create one, mostly fluid, version of the song Black Dog from Led Zeppelin.

Testing VoicePress.it, a New WordPress Dictation Plugin

There are actually two things that I wanted to test out for this post. The first one is a Logitech ClearChat Pro USB Headset that I found on Deals.Woot.com for only 10 bucks. It was just delivered to my porch about 20 minutes ago. The second is the Voicepress.it plugin for WordPress which was just released not too long ago.

So far the Logitech headset works pretty good, it just doesn’t fit my head very well. I guess because my head is long and skinny and because I just shaved my head so I have no hair to fill in the gaps. 😀 The headphones are nice & big and cover my entire ear and the microphone seems to work pretty well too. I’ve only just opened them but I like them so far.

As for the VoicePress.it plugin, I’m still thinking about how I feel about it. This entire post was dictated using the plugin but you don’t get to see all of the errors that the plugin created because I cleaned them up by hand. I’ve used Dragon Dictate for the iPhone and for the PC and I’ve also used Macspeech Dictate for the Mac, so I’m not in unfamiliar territory when it comes to dictation software.

There are a couple things that this plugin need to fix. One of the most annoying things for me so far is that if you stop talking for what seems like just two seconds, it stops recording and you have to hit the button again to finish up your sentence. I would much rather there be a button to tell it to stop so that you have more time to think about what you’re going to say. Also, for some reason VoicePress.it doesn’t seem to work in the HTML section of the WordPress editor and only in the Visual editor.

As far as word recognition goes, I think the plugin is good, considering that it’s free right now. Just like with most most of these types of software you still have to speak a little slowly and very clearly for it to dictate properly.

I’ve recorded the next paragraph so you can see how it works and how you need to speak to it for it to dictate properly. You’ll noticed that VoicePress.it dictates very well, but also note that I had the final paragraph written down before recording it so that it wouldn’t shut off on me in case I stopped talking.

I’m happy with the Logitech headset, even though I’ve only used it for about 15 minutes so far, but I will update this post if I notice anything about it I don’t like.

As for the VoicePress.it WordPress plugin, I like where its heading but I probably won’t be using it much to dictate my posts since I can type around 40 words per minute anyway, without having to edit much. If you can’t type fast enough though, or just hate typing, this plugin is perfect for you. It’s also kind of a bummer that the plugin only works when editing WordPress in Google Chrome right now, but compatibility with other browsers is in the works.

This isn’t my final test for the plugin though, I’ll keep using it for a while to give it a proper test. I do have to admit that the plugin is working increasingly better as I’m reaching the end of this post and as I’m becoming more familiar with how the plugin works. I don’t have to talk as silly as I did in the video at least. 😉

I also have a beta invite key so that you don’t have to wait to get accepted. Visit the Voicepress.it site, enter your email and use the key: VP-WWW-AIMLESSDIRECTION

Movie Title Music Video for The New Buck 65 Song, Superstars Don’t Love

BUCK 65 “Superstars Don’t Love” from Travis Hopkins on Vimeo.

Buck 65 is one of the most entertaining underground hip-hop artists I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. His flows are poetic, similar to Sage Francis, but the style is quite different. It took me a few listens to really appreciate his music when I first purchased one of his albums a couple of years ago, but he’s definitely one of my favorite hip-hop artists now.

Check out this awesome music video made by Travis Hopkins which displays the lyrics of the song “Superstars Don’t Love” from the new album “20 Odd Years” using more than 60 fictional movie title cards.