My Stream of Consciousness

While I am certainly my own worst critic it sometimes takes the criticism of others to spur me into action. My last podcast met some fairly accurate and blunt comments which have resulted in me pulling the original file and rerecording the topic.
I’m not sure that it will address the criticism that I lack enthusiasm as I tend to be fairly laid back with a rather lazy sounding voice. My slowness in speaking is a practiced trait as I often need to talk to people who speak English as a second language. They hate when I get excited and start speaking quickly. They also make up a portion of my audience here. If that offends then it’s perhaps best to not listen.
Also, I am quite aware of the display problems that occur when viewing this site in IE on a PC. My last minor changes to this site seem to wreak havoc. I should have tested it again to save myself the embarrassment when I view the site with someone late last week. It’s not the point but I don’t know how anyone can view text online for any great length of time with a PC. The text on this site, I am using Georgia as my serif, looks like absolute garbage even with the lame aliasing option turned on (which is buried deep in the Windows OS). No wonder I still see so many offices continuing to print out “readables” even though they have high resolution displays. I’m working on cleaning up this and a number of other issues on the site.

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  1. Hi Clark,
    first of all don’t let yourself discourage by the community. Very often they are quite fast with complaining, but quite hesitant with positive feedback ;-)
    From my perspective I highly appreciate it if native speakers take care of their listening audience the way you do!
    Finally I find your public self-critique quite charming since this is an issue which seems to get lost more and more while the numbers of “Look at me …” blogs are rising.
    Keep informing us about your endeavours from the other side of the planet :)

  2. Hey Clark,
    I actually liked the first pod-cast. I imagined your voice to be a bit higher in pitch – but I digress.
    PS – The site looks fine to me in IE6/Win2k + FF/Win2k…
    Keep with the great content! Fascinating!

  3. Thank you for the comments. Criticism is welcomed.
    I have since tidied up the site for IE – still some problems and it certainly doesn’t validate. It’s one of those things that are at the bottom of my task list as I like to procrastinate on these things.

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