[Noisebridge-discuss] The auto voice device on the ceiling

Rubin Abdi rubin at starset.net
Wed Feb 10 08:18:21 UTC 2016


After some review and feedback from others (and more review) I've tweaked
the system a little bit. Please let me know how it sounds. Thanks.

On 4 February 2016 at 00:22, Rubin Abdi <rubin at starset.net> wrote:

> Hi all.
>
> TL;DR: I've installed some new speakers and an amp in the rack. The bass
> is now turned down all the way and the volume is set to something pleasant.
> Additionally I've found a new TTS voice, Mary Poppins, that has been
> reasonable/bearable for all the people I've asked to listen to it. The
> ability to mute Mary Poppins has been spruced up. And lastly I've made Mary
> a little less verbose.
>
> Again when we had the thing running before we had a bunch more people
> donate money than we had prior due to Mary reminding people to do so, and
> there were other people who were thankfully happy to be reminded about last
> BART. There's a lot of benefit to having Mary talk than not.
>
> At this point we're going to run an experiment with Mary. If people have a
> legitimate problem with it, they are welcome to reply back to this thread
> (or better yet talk with me in person) and provide better solutions to such
> problems.
>
> To mute Mary for 60 minutes, please go to the URL listed on the paper
> hanging on the bottom of the rack. If you don't have a phone or computer to
> hit the URL with, please use one of the internet terminals sitting at the
> back of the space.
>
> If you want to mute Mary for longer (if you're running an event in the
> Hackitorium) you can either ask on Slack or email the av@ Noisebridge
> mailing list (which can be found on the mute URL). Please do not abuse the
> mute because you'd like to use it as a sort of protest instead of actually
> talking with me so we can find a better solution together.
>
> Zach: I would appreciate hearing the opinions of your golden ears
> regarding volume level.
>
> Thanks!
>
>
> On 25 December 2015 at 01:22, Zach <organic_unity at yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>> Thanks for the infos Rubin.  (and I hope you are having fun in Ireland!)
>>
>> I agree with some of those benefits for sure.  Especially the trash and
>> donations.  Is there a way (at the very least) to disable it for the
>> regular meeting hours between 7pm-9pm?  This thing drives me nuts at
>> meetings and pegasus wouldn't mute it a few weeks ago (we tried).
>> Also one notable problem with this that bums me is the annoyance of
>> needing net access to mute it.  I don't come to NB with a laptop and I feel
>> like things in the space which require one are a bit annoying.  Could we
>> *please* have a physical mute button we could press?  I'm all about hacking
>> in the physical realm of things and this would be so lovely.
>>
>> I also think this thing would be just as effective at 6db to 12db lower
>> volume.  The volume it currently is set at is really grating.
>> thats just my two cents.
>>
>> -Zach
>>
>>
>> --------------------------------------------
>> On Thu, 12/24/15, Rubin Abdi <rubin at starset.net> wrote:
>>
>>  Subject: Re: [Noisebridge-discuss] The auto voice device on the ceiling
>>  To: "mohammed Gh" <mahomagh at gmail.com>
>>  Cc: "NoiseBridge Discuss" <noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net>
>>  Date: Thursday, December 24, 2015, 11:57 PM
>>
>>  Greeting
>>  from Dublin Ireland, and eventually 32C3.
>>  First off please don't mess with
>>  the rack. Since we've moved it up to the ceiling and
>>  made it difficult to get into, the internet has worked
>>  pretty flawlessly without much down time.
>>  The computer voice that speaks was
>>  implemented a few months ago. In the evening it speaks up
>>  coming BART times, and through out the day it randomly asks
>>  people to donate.
>>  Since we've set this up
>>  we've observed a few things...
>>  1. A few people have thanked us for
>>  setting it up, as they didn't miss the last
>>  BART.2. There was an immediate influx of random
>>  cash donations.3. People have stated they've
>>  remembered to take out the trash.4. People have
>>  stated that it made the notion of closing the space a little
>>  more official and easier to ask others to
>>  leave.5. Sometimes there are classes and events
>>  where people would like the voice to not randomly go
>>  off.6. There isn't a single voice that
>>  everyone is happy with or can understand.7.
>>  Someone else with access to pegasus has been trying to play
>>  with the speaker volume, which as caused the thing to end up
>>  getting too loud.
>>  Because of reasons 1 and 2 we would
>>  like to see the computer voice not go away.
>>  Because of reason 5, there's a
>>  web site (which is printed and posted on the sides of the
>>  rack) which will allow you to mute the voice for the current
>>  hour. Additionally you can simply email the discuss list
>>  stating you've got an event going on and would like to
>>  not have the voice go off.
>>  Because of reason 6 not everyone
>>  will be happy with this thing. The last time I rotated the
>>  voice around was a few weeks ago. The voice we're
>>  currently using (espeak -ven-westindies+f4 "$*")
>>  that those folks in the space that night could agree on as
>>  being the least offensive.
>>  I am happy to change the voice to a
>>  better (FOSS) TTS alternative. The prior voice I used came
>>  from MaryTTS. If you have an alternative that you feel is
>>  better, I'll be delighted to meet up with you in the
>>  space for a demo and switch it over if it actually does
>>  sound good.
>>  Since a
>>  bunch of us are traveling right now, I've gone through
>>  and disabled all the scheduled jobs to make the thing speak.
>>  I will turn it back on when I return after the 10th of
>>  January and be open to any discussion leading to a better
>>  constructive solution that isn't "it's loud and
>>  annoying and should go away".
>>  Thanks!
>>
>>  On 25 December 2015 at
>>  06:06, mohammed Gh <mahomagh at gmail.com>
>>  wrote:
>>  I am down to meet this weekend.
>>
>>  On Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at
>>  2:52 PM, Ronald Cotoni <setient at gmail.com>
>>  wrote:
>>  Agreed!
>>  Lets meet up and talk about some ideas?  Maybe sometime
>>  this weekend?
>>
>>
>>
>>  On Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 1:31 PM, Zach R <organicunity at hotmail.com>
>>  wrote:
>>
>>  >
>>
>>  > Agreed.  It was a cool idea and I think there are ways
>>  to make it work.  But
>>
>>  > it has interrupted classes a lot and especially been a
>>  nuisance at meetings
>>
>>  > where I can't hear people talking across the
>>  room.
>>
>>  >
>>
>>  >
>>
>>  > ________________________________
>>
>>  > From: noisebridge-discuss-bounces at lists.noisebridge.net
>>
>>  > <noisebridge-discuss-bounces at lists.noisebridge.net>
>>  on behalf of mohammed Gh
>>
>>  > <mahomagh at gmail.com>
>>
>>  > Sent: Thursday, December 24, 2015 12:03 PM
>>
>>  > To: Ronald Cotoni
>>
>>  > Cc: NoiseBridge Discuss
>>
>>  > Subject: Re: [Noisebridge-discuss] The auto voice
>>  device on the ceiling
>>
>>  >
>>
>>  > I agree it is loud and annoying in many occasions of
>>  the day especially when
>>
>>  > it is quite and every one is hacking on something and
>>  not wondering about
>>
>>  > the bart schedule.
>>
>>  >
>>
>>  > This is not the first time I hear a complain about it
>>  and I think it is time
>>
>>  > to apply the and only rule we have and find a middle
>>  ground.
>>
>>  >
>>
>>  > "Be Excellent to Each Others "
>>
>>  >
>>
>>  > Happy holiday to you all.
>>
>>  >
>>
>>  > On Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 9:45 AM, Ronald Cotoni <setient at gmail.com>
>>  wrote:
>>
>>  >>
>>
>>  >> No but you could donate.  I believe it suppresses
>>  it or something.
>>
>>  >>
>>
>>  >>
>>
>>  >> On Thu, Dec 24, 2015, 9:43 AM n <jpk at pobox.com>
>>  wrote:
>>
>>  >>>
>>
>>  >>> Is there any way to lower the volume on that
>>  auto voice that
>>
>>  >>> periodically goes off 24/7?
>>
>>  >>>
>>
>>  >>> I tried the url posted on it and it doesn't
>>  work.
>>
>>  >>>
>>
>>  >>> Nick
>>
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