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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Automated Audiobook Maker Script, Random Stuff, and More

- wanted to find a way to automated building of audiobooks. Built the following:
- description is as follows:
# I wanted a way to make audiobooks automatically. This is the result.
# To use it just drop the relevant TXT, DOC, or PDF files into the current
# folder, comment/uncomment out the relevant function calls and run the 
# script. Wait while the script runs and you'll have your audiobooks at 
# the end.
# Obviously, this is very useful for a multitude of reasons including 
# lack of current audiobook options, vision impaired people, other 
# training options, etc...
# As this is the very first version of the program it may be VERY buggy. 
# Please test prior to deployment in a production environment.

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Random Quotes:
- According to Washington-based Nilsu Goren, who studies Turkey's military, Turkey turned to Russia after concluding that the U.S., and the U.S. Congress in particular, would not provide the Patriot air defense system made by Raytheon that Ankara wants to defend its southern border.

"From their perspective, the U.S. has denied them the technology and access to its security assets at the times that Turkey needed them the most," Goren tells NPR. "Turkey sees no contradiction in purchasing a Russian air and missile defense system while continuing to work with its NATO partners."

Oklahoma's Lankford disagrees. "If Turkey is not going to end up cooperating with NATO," he tells NPR, "there's no reason to have a NATO base there."

But former U.S. ambassador Jeffrey says losing Turkey as part of NATO would be a huge blow to the alliance.

"You can do nothing in the Levant, nothing against Iran or very little, nothing in the Caucuses, nothing in the Black Sea without Turkey's geographic space, its bases and its military force, which is the second largest in NATO," says Jeffrey, who's now at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "I mean, it's extremely important."

Jeffrey says it is unlikely Erdogan will make any concessions to the U.S. until after Turkey's June 24 national elections, given what he says is the longstanding unpopularity of the U.S. among Turks. "It's a little bit tricky for the Turks to respond to this," he adds.

It's bound to be a conundrum for the U.S. as well.
- Then in 2003, he made the most crucial discovery. Professor Mojica noticed that the weird repeating DNA in the bacteria usually sat alongside chunks of DNA that matched viruses that attacked that type of bacteria.

An in-depth explainer of the gene editing technique and how it works.

He realised, in effect, the repeats were framing a kind of mugshot in the bacteria's genome, that lets it recognise viruses.

"This is a bit like human antibodies," Professor Crossley said.

"If you've been infected once, you have a snapshot of that and you're ready for next time. And what CRISPR does is take a little piece of the viral DNA and puts it in the bacteria's genome so that next time the virus comes along the bacteria is ready."
- “This might sound like science fiction, but space agencies and private companies around the world are actively trying to turn this aspiration into reality in the not-too-distant future,” said Professor Krausz who is from the ANU Research School of Chemistry. He was a co-author on a paper detailing the work of the team which appeared in the journal Science.

“Photosynthesis could theoretically be harnessed with these types of organisms to create air for humans to breathe on Mars. Low-light adapted organisms, such as the cyanobacteria we’ve been studying, can grow under rocks and potentially survive the harsh conditions on the red planet,” he added.
- He and his partner began dumpster diving, visiting soup kitchens to find food and “spanging” (spare changing) for money. “The homeless community taught us how to get given money,” he says. “You stand in certain places and ask for money, they give you money because they know you’re homeless because of where you’re standing.”
- An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω, literally meaning "an uncovering"[1]) is a disclosure of knowledge or revelation. Historically, the term has a heavy religious connotation as commonly seen in the prophetic revelations of eschatology (see wiki chart in this article: Series on Eschatology) and were obtained through dreams or spiritual visions. Also, it is the Greek word for the last book of the New Testament entitled "Revelation".[2] The term is also included in the title of some non-biblical canon books involving revelations.[3][4][5] Today, the term is commonly used in reference to any larger-scale catastrophic event, or chain of detrimental events to humanity or nature.[6] In all contexts, the revealed events usually entail some form of an end time scenario or the end of the world or revelations into divine, heavenly, or spiritual realms. For more specific examples of apocalypses, see Apocalypticism.
- THE hardest-working man in the insemination business is at it again this Father’s Day, doing what he does best: impregnating strangers. But now an entire nation is trying to stop him.

“They’re banning my sperm,” Ari Nagel said of Israel’s Ministry of Health.

Known as the ‘Sperminator’, Mr Nagel, 42, has fathered 33 children over the past 10 years, many of them born to New York women after he ejaculated into cups in public rest rooms — including at a Brooklyn Target and a Starbucks, the New York Post reports.

In December, a 43-year-old woman agreed to fly the Seed Superman to Israel with the intention of freezing his sperm at a private clinic. But before he even left the clinic, Mr Nagel said, an employee disposed of his sample and told him the facility was not allowed to store his sperm. He believes the clinic recognised his name and alerted health authorities, which ordered the move.

The Ministry of Health sent a letter to the would-be mother saying Mr Nagel’s sperm cannot be used in Israel and that all sperm banks have been alerted.

According to Israeli law, sperm donation must be anonymous; neither the donor nor recipient can know one another’s identity. Mr Nagel, the letter suggests, is widely known.

But knowing Mr Nagel’s identity and wanting him in their children’s lives, the mothers have said, is the very reason he is in such high demand in the country.
- In a blog post from June 2012, Koum wrote: "No one wakes up excited to see more advertising, no one goes to sleep thinking about the ads they'll see tomorrow. We know people go to sleep excited about who they chatted with that day (and disappointed about who they didn't).

"We want WhatsApp to be the product that keeps you awake... and that you reach for in the morning. No one jumps up from a nap and runs to see an advertisement.

"Advertising isn't just the disruption of aesthetics, the insults to your intelligence and the interruption of your train of thought. At every company that sells ads, a significant portion of their engineering team spends their day tuning data mining, writing better code to collect all your personal data, upgrading the servers that hold all the data and making sure it's all being logged and collated and sliced and packaged and shipped out...

"And at the end of the day the result of it all is a slightly different advertising banner in your browser or on your mobile screen."

Cheesy Tomato Based Pasta Recipe, Adding Subtitles to Video Files, and More

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