Feb. 15, 2021

GOATS, goats, and grills


Episode 14 of Thank The Week included:

  • Mysterious stones
  • Wild weather
  • Sporting goats and goat goats
  • Tips to grill like a boss
  • And tips to Zoom like a boss
  • And I have a new dimmer switch!

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Craig Williamson:

This week we have mysterious stones. We got some wild weather, we have sporting goods and got guts. We have tips to grill like a boss and tips to zoom like a boss. And I have a new dimmer switch. Let's Thank The Week!

Announcer:

Thank The Week, learning to be thankful for last week and excited for this week with your host, Craig Williamson.

Craig Williamson:

Welcome to Episode 14 of Thank The Week for the week of the 15th of February 2021. This is a positive place where I give an upbeat view of News Sports, tech entertainment, and my own daily life. And I have another very special guest for you to look forward to this week too. So let's get started!

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News

Craig Williamson:

In COVID News, the UK is our number fell below one for the first time since July. Now this number is how the virus reproduces. And when the figures above one, then it means the outbreaks growing exponentially. But now in the UK, the figure is between naught point seven and naught point nine which is a sign that things are shrinking. And as I said, that's the first time since July. So it's really positive news here in the UK. In terms of vaccinations, they're continue to rapidly roll out across the world. There have now been 160 million doses given versus 120 million last week. And in the US that was 46 million. And in the UK there have been 14 million. I have mentioned before I live fairly near Stonehenge here in the UK. And there's been a bit of a mystery around Stonehenge that's been talked about this week, in that they found out that some of the stones may have been used in a previous stone circle in Wales. Now, it has been known for a while that some of the stones from Stonehenge were actually moved from Wales, which is I think it was about 150 miles they were supposed to have been moved. And bear in mind this is at about 3000 BC. Some remains of another stone circle have been found in a place in Pembrokeshire in Wales. And this is the worn mourn site that's believed to have been put up around 3400 BC. Now one of the telltale signs is that one of the special blue stones at Stonehenge has a unique pattern on the bottom on the base of the stone. And apparently they found an imprint of that pattern in a hole around this stone circle in Wales. So the belief is that this stone circle was put up in Wales at some point, and it's at a location that was well aligned for the solstice just to Stonehenge is and then at some point, they dismantled that and decided to move it to Stonehenge is quite a mystery. And if you've never been to Stonehenge, once lockdown restrictions ease I would really recommend it. We get a bit used to it here we drive past it quite frequently. We visited all the time I even got on runs up there, which is really pleasant. But if you've never seen it before, it really is something to behold. So that's the Stonehenge stones, apparently coming from a previous circling Wales. Now I am British. So I do like the weather. And I know we're renowned for talking about the weather here in Britain, I did actually used to have a weather station which had a website and I had a little webcam as well. But those days are gone. I don't really have time for that at the moment. But we have had some very special weather here in the UK this week. It's been extremely cold. We've had Storm Darcy, and we've had the beast from the east. And part of the River Thames in London was even frozen up at some point. And I understand that some very special weather on its way to the US. So I spoke with my good friend Simon Hammond to find out some more

Announcer:

Guest

Craig Williamson:

Welcome to the show, Simon Hammond of Wessex Weather, amateur meteorologist, and a good friend of mine. Thanks so much for joining us, Simon.

Simon Hammond:

Nice to see you again.

Craig Williamson:

So you are a man of the weather, as I well know, I wonder if you could start by sharing a little bit about how you got interested in the weather.

Simon Hammond:

Well, it started when I was a child actually, because I can remember when I was about eight years old being designated the weather monitor at school and I was allowed to go out and record the weather at the same time every morning, regardless what we were doing. And it really started from there. And I felt quite special. In those days. I used to make weather equipment and so on. And then after I went to Uni and did other things I regained my interest. I don't know probably about 20 years ago, when I started buying automated weather recording equipment. And that's exactly how you and I met if you remember because I spotted the familiar view from your house on your webcam. You remember, we just send you a message and yeah, so here we are today about 12 years later talking to each other.

Craig Williamson:

It's a shame because in the story I was hoping I was the inspiration for your interest in the weather but clearly it started a bit before that. So obviously you started off with with equipment at school Then could you maybe tell us a bit about how your setup has grown and what your current weather station setup looks like.

Simon Hammond:

My mainstay is is Davis weather equipment. This is an American company they produce probably the most accurate most reliable weather The module equipments in the world. So I've been using Davis's equipment for some time, I do have supplementary stations as a French company called Netatmo, that make a very simple weather stations, which runs very nicely on iOS devices. Not as accurate as Davis, but it looks nice on the screen. So I've got various bits and pieces on my roof in the garden and lots of different things. Yeah, it keeps me busy. I record the data. And I think there's something quite magical about having this random inflow of data. You never know where you're gonna get and just graphing it, recording it and seeing what comes out. It's just interesting. And climate change just makes that doubly so

Craig Williamson:

yeah, it's really fascinating, isn't it? And I know you're you're into your gadgets. Clearly, you've got a lot of weather gadgets, what's your most exciting piece of Weather Tech that you playing with? At the moment,

Simon Hammond:

I think probably the most exciting piece of Weather Tech and play at the moment is the new Tempest weather station, which again, is produced by a US company called weatherflow. It's not currently available in Europe, or the UK, but I've been lucky enough to get an evaluation model. So I'm working with WeatherFlow to push the station to its limits, really, and to see what it can do. And I've managed already to do a lot of projects. And I'm setting all these up on a website called myTempestuk.com. And hopefully that will just share some of the projects that I'm doing and other people can make use of that as well.

Craig Williamson:

Well, let's move on to the weather we've had this week. As you know, I'm in Wiltshire and we've had a little bit of snow, but it's just been so so cold. I wonder if you could tell us a bit about what's been going on?

Simon Hammond:

Yeah, well, this is a very interesting period of weather because, like several instances over the past few years, it's as follows what we call a sudden stratospheric warming. Now most of our weather occurs near the ground and the what we call the troposphere the stratosphere is the next layer of the atmosphere up. And sometimes various waves in the atmosphere will act on the stratosphere and cause it to suddenly warm up which reverses the normal westerlies flow of air and causes an east to west flow in the stratosphere which eventually percolates down into the troposphere where we experienced weather near the ground. So our normal Atlantic in the UK at least our normal Atlantic weather reverses and becomes a much colder continental type of weather. In this case the air originated almost from Siberia so hence the very cold weather we've been having. It doesn't normally result in much snow in the UK unless you live on the east coast. Certainly in the central and West parts of the UK The air is often very cold and dry, which is exactly what we've experienced.

Craig Williamson:

Yeah. And I saw there was some record breaking cold temperatures what what did you get on your weather station

Simon Hammond:

My record record low was down Dorset bear in mind I live down near the south coast of the UK was minus 4.6. And this was only yesterday. Whereas in Braemar in Aberdeen insurance Scotland, they've recorded minus 23 Celsius, which I think is the lowest February temperature on record. And one of the lowest temperatures since 1996, I believe, but bear in mind is often records weather records. It's not typical of the UK To be fair,

Craig Williamson:

yeah, so minus 23 Celsius is minus 9.4 Fahrenheit. So yeah, extreme cold. And I understand there's some unusual weather coming to the US as well.

Simon Hammond:

Yeah, that's right. I mean, New York had a historic snowfall earlier this month. A lot of you may have read several feet of snowfall in Central Park. And I believe this coming week is very similar extremely cold, wet weather extending down from Canada and the Arctic to cover most of the continental United States with the exception probably of Florida, which will maintain its nice tropical. That sounds lovely right about now, doesn't it?

Craig Williamson:

I like a bit of snow. But yeah, but tropical sunshine would be very nice.

Simon Hammond:

Yeah, this cold weather isn't as cold as some people are expecting it to be. And that's because of climate change. Had this episode happened 20 or 30 years ago, this would have produced historic cold. Whereas given the current situation, this is still quite an exceptionally cold period of weather that Unfortunately, these events will become further and fewer between as time goes by.

Craig Williamson:

Well, thank you so much for joining us, Simon. What's the best way that people can keep in touch with you and see all your weather updates?

Simon Hammond:

My Wessex Weather website which I've been running now for 12 years is www.WessexWeather.net. Also, you of course find me on Twitter, @WessexWeather and @mytempestUK and also on Facebook, same address.

Craig Williamson:

Thank you very much, Simon,

Simon Hammond:

Pleasure Craig, nice to see you again.

Announcer:

Sport

Craig Williamson:

Just over a week ago now it was the Super Bowl. And I didn't get a chance to report on that last week. So I'm sure you're already know this. But Tom Brady took the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a very comfortable 31 to nine win over the Kansas City Chiefs. And the game was quite entertaining. I did manage to watch most of it on the Monday following the game, which was late Sunday night here in the UK. It was a bit disappointing for Kansas City Chiefs. I felt bad for my friend Where's who has appeared on this podcast a couple of times. Talking about his team, the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City made so many mistakes in the first half and had lots of penalties against them. And I think That really, really hurt them. And then Tampa Bay really just carried on in the second half and just really dominated the game. I guess the one thing of note is that Tom Brady, the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he's been talked about as the GOAT that's the G O A T, if you're not familiar, someone's talking about a goat, that stands for greatest of all time. And it would be difficult to dispute that for Tom Brady, in terms of American football. It was his seventh Super Bowl victory. He's appeared in 10 Super Bowls, and it's just an incredible record. And he's actually 43 years old, which is pretty old for a football player. And the impressive thing was he was interviewed afterwards. And, you know, often at that age, people are talking about retirement and especially having just won a Super Bowl. Someone might be expected to say, yeah, I'm looking forward to thinking about my position over the winter. But no, Tom Brady said, Yep, I'm ready to go for next season. So no talk of retirement whatsoever. So really impressive. Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl this year. And I'm sure you're all interested to know my view of the halftime show. It was the weekend singing, and I'm not that familiar with the weekend songs but he was okay. Let's just say he was no JLo. So let's go to another goats now. So cricket, England won their first test in India last week by 227 runs. And by all accounts, it ranks as one of England's best test victories in recent years. And it featured what has been talked about as one of the greatest overs in modern day Test cricket. And over is a period of six bowls. So one bowler, take six balls in a row. And that cricketer is called James Anderson, and he is the world's most successful fast bowler in Test cricket, taking the most wickets of anyone. And he was described after the game by England's captains your route has been the gods of English cricket. Also good to hear James Anderson is also a bit older, he's 38 years old. So that just goes to show you're not past your prime in sports when you reach your 30s. So that was James Anderson, helping England to victory in the first test against India. The second test started on Saturday and it finishes this Wednesday. Last week, we previewed the Australian Open tennis with Enrique Cavero. And I hope you've been enjoying some tennis action this week. We've had fans actually in the stadiums, although only for for part of the week. Unfortunately, the state of Victoria where the tournament's been held did announce a snap lockdown on Friday. This actually led to quite strange scenes in that Djockovic was on Friday evening. Now if you go to the tennis, you've made all the effort to go and watch a tournament and you must be extremely excited. You get to see Djockovic one of the best players ever to play. You must be incredibly excited. And then the game goes to a fifth set decider. Wow, your excitement is brewing at this point. You must be so thrilled to be there. And then they announced Oh, I'm sorry. It's nearly midnight you need to leave the stadium because the lockdown is coming into effect. What? Well, that actually happened and the crowd had to clear out before Djockovic did manage to win his game and progress to the next round. But yeah, really good thing for the fans. So yeah, unfortunately there won't be any fans for the next few days. I think there's a possibility that some might come back by the weekend but we will see about that. But anyway, it's nice to see some Australian Open tennis and some real top level tennis action going on there. In proper football I did preview the FA Cup fifth round and my word there was a superb game on Wednesday evening that I happen to be able to watch on TV very fortunate. That was the fifth round game between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, both Premier League teams and what an amazing game started off Tottenham won one nil in the lead. And then Everton got three goals they were winning three one cruising Thailand got back to three all Everton squeak their head again for three and then Tottenham equalised for all and it went to extra time and it was just a ding dong battle as they say. And in the end Everton did manage to get a goal in extra time. So Everton, one that tight Five, four, and it was just a terrific game. I wouldn't have wanted to watch it if I was an Everton fan, or a Tottenham fan. But for the neutral, it was really entertaining. And as I alluded to last week, we have the Champions League coming back this week. So midweek, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have Champions League action, and there is also Europa League action on Thursday night, the Champions League games and are split over multiple weeks or not all the teams are playing. So for British clubs this week, we just have Tuesday night, rb Leipzig against Liverpool, and that's actually going to be played at a neutral venue, as I think quite a few of the Champions League ties are just because of travel restrictions. So I know certainly from Germany, it would be an issue that the Germans wouldn't be able to get back into their own country. And there's various situations like that going on. But yeah, looking forward to that. And actually the pick of the first round games unfortunately clashes with Liverpool's which I will be watching as a Liverpool fan, but on Tuesday evening, it is the first leg of Barcelona against Paris Saint Germain, so that would be a terrific one to watch as well. And then coming up at the weekend we have another full round of Premier League football action, and the pick of the games for me is the Saturday Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton

Announcer:

Tech

Craig Williamson:

There have been some new products announced which actually I'm quite interested in. I didn't know about this tie up. But there's a company called Plantronics who make headsets. And there's a company called Polycom who make video conferencing equipment. And obviously, in the time of COVID, if you put together video conferencing with headsets, that sounds like a golden ticket, isn't it? Well, apparently Plantronics actually bought out Polycom back in 2018. And now the company is called poly. And a couple of weeks ago, they did announce a new lineup of office equipment for working from home. So a lot about webcams. So they've got a $129 Polly studio p five webcam. So that's a high spec webcam with really high resolution. They also have a $600 Polly studio p 15. personal video bar. So this is, again, a high spec webcam, but surrounded by a really nice high quality speaker and microphone. So this is a bar that would go on top of your monitor. And it would give you better audio quality. But the product that's really got me interested, although it's a bit expensive, and I don't really have room or need for it, but it does. I'm excited. This is the Polly studio p 21. personal meeting display. Now this is $815. And it's a 21 inch monitor. So on the face of it that's actually very expensive for a monitor, you can you can get a very good monitor, a lot bigger than that for a lot less money than that. But this is all about making great video calls. So it's got a built in webcam. And it's got privacy shutter over that which is unusual, but it's a really high quality webcam. It's got high quality microphone built in and integrated speakers as well, which is fantastic. And, you know, I like my good lighting for video calls. There's even a pair of ambient lights. So on the left and right side of the monitor, there are some nice broad illuminating lights that will light up your face really evenly when you're on a video call as well. A few other little niceties, the little Stanford is a wireless charger, so you could pop your phone on that as well and get that charged up. And also at the bottom of the screen, there are some shortcut buttons for some of the common actions that you need to do such as hanging up the call or quickly muting your microphone. So really compelling. And I think certainly for businesses where a lot of staff are working from home, I could see some businesses investing in this kind of equipment for their staff. So that's the polyq Studio products, the P five webcam, the P 15. The personal video bar, and my favourite, the P 21. personal meeting display Grills barbecues, it's maybe not quite the right weather for that unless you're in Australia at the moment, but at least it gives us a little time to save up some money so that we can buy a new grill for the summer. Now Weber is one of the biggest grill brands. And last week, they announced they're expanding their lineup of internet connected grills. Why do you need an internet connected grill you might ask? Why wouldn't you? Why wouldn't you these new grills so that gas grills and they include Bluetooth and Wi Fi connectivity, what that allows is, first of all, you can actually track the temperature so they have a probe that you can put into the meat, and then you can or whatever else you're cooking. And then you can view the temperature perhaps on your smartphone and monitor that from the comfort of your own home out of that blazing sunshine, while your meats cooking outside. But there's also obviously a digital display on there as well. But the Wi Fi connectivity gives you grilling instructions as well. So if you're cooking a particularly tricky piece of meat or fish, for example, it will give you all the instructions you need. The Smart tech also monitors the gas levels, which can be useful because you don't want to run out of gas when you least expect it. So if someone asks you do you really need an internet connected grill? You know, the answer is yes, yes. Yes, of course you do. So how much is this going to cost? Well, the entry level is the spirits sX 315, which is a smaller grille with these features. And that's about $800. But then they have the more expensive Genesis lineup, starting with an X 315 at $1,000. The X 3350 $1,200 and the sX 335 at $1,300. What you get for the extra money, while I'm told the higher level models have a warming rack and integrated LED lights so you can grill at night. How wonderful is that? So I have a look at the new Weber connected grills for this summer

Announcer:

Entertainment

Craig Williamson:

In television. I did talk a couple of weeks ago about series eight of the blacklist coming out in the UK that's on Sky one in the UK. And it's been out for a while on NBC in the US at the time. I've never even watched the blacklist but I thought it was worth sharing because I know a lot of people are into that show. So I thought why don't I watch it. So Don and I sat down and started watching the first season of The Blacklist and my word we've really enjoyed it. It's a terrific show. Really like James Spader, who's the lead character. What's interesting is I remember James Spader from the office us You may remember But that was my lockdown short of choice during the first lockdown last year. And James Spader was in that. As Robert California, who was kind of this character who could convince anyone of anything. So after he got the job, he managed to convince the CEO that the CEO would be better given him the job of CEO. And he just had this really charismatic character in that show. And he plays a very similar person in the blacklist and what I didn't realise At first, I thought all, clearly that's why he played he played in the office. But now having had a look into it turns out he was on the office about a year before, I think he was actually in the blacklist. So he was in the office in 2011, and 2012. And the blacklist started in 2013. But yeah, very similar character, perhaps a bit more crime ridden in in the blacklist than he was in the office. So yeah, really enjoying the blacklist. And I can highly recommend that if you've not seen it already. That's on Sky one in the UK, and NBC in the US. And movie recommendation for this week is Greenland. And I watched that on Amazon Prime here in the UK, I do believe it might be available on pay per view in the US, I believe it was supposed to be out at movie theatres. But that's obviously not happened. It features Gerard Butler, who is a Scottish action actor who's been in films such as Olympus Has Fallen, where he was a secret service agent protecting the president, you may remember that. And yet, Greenland, it's just a good, no nonsense action film about a comet that is on its way to destroy Earth. And it's a man's struggle to protect and serve his family. So a really compelling action film. And if you just want to switch off for a while, and enjoy some mindless action, and see the world and then Greenland is my recommendation this week

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Life

Craig Williamson:

Week Six of lockdown and homeschooling is done. And we do have a few nice diversions from the regular routine this week. We had another snowfall on Wednesday, which was nice. It was actually fairly light, probably even less than a centimetre. But the kids were excited nonetheless, and went outside and had a really good time in that before their school teachers called them back inside. And then also with the Australian Open tennis, it's been nice to see my wife watching a bit of that in the mornings. She loves tennis and especially Wimbledon. So missing Wimbledon last year was really disappointing for her she enjoys nothing more than either going to Wimbledon and seeing it in person, or if she's at home, just putting her feet up and having that on in the background for most of the day. And she was able to do that with the Australian Open this week. It was on quite early in the morning. But they do play really late. They go on beyond midnight. So there's always something to watch here in the UK until about lunchtime. So yeah, it's been nice just for her to be able to enjoy some sport, just as I've obviously enjoyed a lot of football over the previous few months. And I guess as we are at the end of that six weeks of lockdown, the good news is we've got half term now the children are on school holidays for a week. And I think we're all ready for that. So I'll be mostly catching up on some work. But I know my wife is looking forward to some time off. And I think the kids are just really excited not to have to do any more homeschooling for a little while. Now let's get back to technology. And you're all desperate to find out. Did I receive my dimmer switch for Valentine's Day? Well, after talking last week about how I was a little disappointed that I would have to wait for a week without prompting, and without telling my wife about the discussion I just had with my microphone about that very issue. She just handed me and said, you won't want to wait a week for this will you you can take it and I felt a bit guilty at first. And I said well, I'll take the box, I'll put it in my office and I'll see if I can resist opening it. So about half an hour later, I opened it up and I have the dimmer switch. And it's fantastic. And it's just nice to be able to control this lovely hue light setup I have in my office, I've got a few little routines and scenes programmed in it. So it's just very quick and easy to set them up. It's magnetic as well. And I've got a little metal cabinet next to me. So it just clips onto that nicely. And I can switch the lights on and off at my ease and at my leisure. So that is the new version two Philips Hue dimmer switch that is now in my possession. And I'm enjoying using that Inkplate 10 you remember, that's the crowdfunded 10 inch e-ink display that I have paid for all the hoping to receive something in May time. Well, the manufacturer has published an update this week, which is very promising. they've finished the design work. And they try and keep all this open source. So they're actually sharing all the schematics so I could actually go online and download all the schematics. I'm not sure what I would quite do with that. But I'm sure there are some people who are ready to receive it into their own projects. And in may be able to make use of that. But yeah, I think often with these things, the excitement can be better than the receiving in terms of the demo. I had many weeks of excitement building up to receiving the demo. And then you get the tech and then you use it and then it kind of forms a part of your daily life and you can kind of forget about it a little bit. But the build up is very exciting for tech. So this input 10 build up for me enjoying it at the moment. Remember, it's not out till May time, if all goes well. And I think the other good thing about that is, the excitement doesn't finish when it arrives, it's not just something that I'll use, it's actually a bit of a project for me, I'll need to, to understand how to use it and how to programme it. And then the fun will resume from there. So yeah, really excited about that. And it was nice to get an update from the Inkplate 10 folks this week

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Harper

Harper Williamson:

So this week, I would like to talk about a guide meeting that I had recently, I think it's one of the best I've had so far. And it was a virtual escape room. And also, it was a campfire, virtual campfire. At this sort of time, we had been doing our guided meetings over zoom. So the virtual escape room was basically the leader was sharing her screen onto, I think, maybe a interactive PowerPoint slide. It was Disney themed, and I don't watch a lot of Disney. So it was quite new to me. But I probably would say if you asked me that I didn't know many Disney films. But really, if if you put them all in front of me, I would be able to point out quite a lot that I have heard up before. And that was very fun, refreshing memory. Although it is quite hard to do that over a zoom call with loads of people shouting out. And then for the virtual campfire, we had a visitor come on the call. And that was really fun. So she shared her screen. And we sang different songs. My favourite song was, it's called the worm song. And it was really funny, extremely funny. And it went something like pick up the worm, look at the worm, hello, worm. And then it goes there. And eventually you poo the worm out. So that's very interesting. Like always, we went above and beyond for the campfire. So we actually had a real camp fire in our back garden, and we made some s'mores. And we also had a nice velvetised hot chocolate. And basically, it was just a really nice night, the fire was very warming. And now as I'm speaking, this is my first day of half term break. And actually, this is Thursday. And normally most of the pupils would be working. But I have two teacher training days on Thursday and Friday. So it was a nice last guide meeting before Valentine's Day. And then afterwards, we'll do another one. But yeah, it's nice and fun.

Announcer:

Ideas

Craig Williamson:

We've all been working from home for about a year. Now we've all been doing lots of video calls. And zoom is one of those classic tools that we're using for that. So I've got some ideas this week for how you can zoom like a boss. So how can you show how expert you are with zoom. And this is a very good week for this because you've probably seen in the news, there was a Texas lawyer who struggled with zoom because someone had set it up so that his face appeared like a cat. So when he spoke, the cat's mouth opened and the eyes moved. So that shows what can happen when zoom calls go wrong, he couldn't figure out how to switch that off. So I've got three tips for you for how you can be an expert with zoom. And while your friends. The first one is a bit frivolous, it's a bit like the cat thing. But you can add facial hair and other features to your face automatically. So in zoom, if you go to settings, and then go to backgrounds and filters, in the bottom right, there should be an option that says studio effects. And if you click on that, then you get the option of adding eyebrows, or perhaps a moustache or perhaps a beard, or perhaps very brightly coloured lips. So you can select all these different types, you can select what colour they are, you can select the transparency of the colour. So you could have just very, very light beard as if you had some stubble or you could make it extremely dark as if you've been growing it for a while. And similarly with ellipse, you can make them really, really bright red or just a sort of red as well. And that's just something fun to have a little play around with and surprise your work colleagues or friends as you're having your zoom call. The second thing I'm going to recommend and this is a bit more serious, probably more useful if you're using zoom in a business environment. But did you know you can have live transcription of your video calls through zoom. So what this will do is you can activate this service and it will create a document that logs all the words that are spoken so that if you're taking minutes for a meeting, for example, or if you need evidence of the conversations, then you've got all the words that were spoken written down in a document really quick and simple to search through and find wherever you want. And then also that's time linked to the audio as well. So you can Then go back and see, when did I speak about rabbits? Oh, yes, it was a minute 12. And then you can jump to that point and listen to that. So the service is called Otter, and they use artificial intelligence to do this transcription. Now, I do actually use Otter myself because I have a transcript for the podcast. So if you ever go to the website to look at the podcast, this episode is on thanktheweek.com/14, you will see there there is a transcript, which is a full text version of this podcast. Now what I do for that is actually upload the recording to Otter, and then it does that transcription offline. But with the zoom, you can actually do that live. So actually, as you're having the meeting, you can record that and have the transcription made, you could also record it and send it in like I do with a podcast. Now, it is extremely good, I do recommend it. But I do want to point out a couple of funny mistakes that it has made with the podcast in the past, I don't really have the time to go through the entire transcript and correct everything. So there are often little minor mistakes. But normally, that doesn't make much of an issue. But there are some that have been around that quite amused me. So you might remember back in November, we were all eating mince pies. And Otter insisted whenever I said mince pies. It thought I was saying men's pies. So that's pies that belong to men. So that had some interesting connotations in sentences. The other one that I quite like, is talking about all these COVID vaccines. One of them is the Moderna vaccine, and Otter likes to transcribe that as the Madonna vaccine. So if you're allergic to Madonna, just take a Madonna vaccine, you'll be absolutely fine. And then I think my favourite of the lot. This is for hardcore, thank the weak fans, but you might remember an E ink monitor I talked about called the Dasung Paperlike 253. And Otter thought I said the deaths on paper, like 253, which is clearly not a very good name for a monitor. Anyway, I've highlighted a few little mistakes that I made, but it is generally very impressive. And I would recommend it. If you want a free one month trial, I do have an affiliate link that you can use. If you go to thanktheweek.com/otter that's OTTER, then you can sign up and get your free one month trial and give otter live transcription ago. Now I'm gonna have to whisper for this next one because I've got family in the house, we are having a zoom call this evening. And I'm using this final tip on a zoom call this evening. But I don't want anyone to know because it would spoil the surprise. So this is where you can invite a goat to your zoom call. Yes, I said invite a goat. This is actually very clever. This is a farm in Lancashire in the UK called Cronkshaw Fold Farm. And they've come up with a little money spinning idea. They've got many goats in their herd. And what they do is for six pounds, and you can do this anywhere in the world, so it will convert that to your own currency, they will have a god join your zoom call for a five minute period. So it's like a little guest appearance that you get in the middle of your zoom call. And the great thing is, as well as obviously providing some entertainment to your zoom call, whether it be personal or work related. They're using the funds for some really good stuff. So they've struggled like a lot of people do to COVID. So what they're doing is they're using the income from this to supplement some of the income that they've lost. And actually, they're using it now to instal renewable technologies within their farm. So your money is going to a very good cause it's helping out a farm, it's helping renewable technologies, you're saving the earth, you're only spending six pounds. So in the name of research for this podcast, I've put my six pounds down. And we have a five minute appearance booked for this evening when we're having a quiz session with some friends. So next week, I won't have to whisper about it and I can tell you a bit more about it. So those are my three zoom LIKE A BOSS tips, enjoy.

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Days that we've got for you this week, Tuesday, the 16th. It is Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, whatever you want to call it. In the UK, we eat pancakes. It's also a Pancake Day in the UK. Then the big aspect is Mardi Gras, which is a huge party in New Orleans obviously is usually in person but it is actually virtual this year. There is a more serious meaning to Tuesday, which is for Christians. It is the last chance to feast for 40 days. So it's the Tuesday before Lent. And here in the Williamson household. We will be eating pancakes on Tuesday. And we'll probably be adding a lot of sugar chocolate and probably marshmallows to that as well. So that's Tuesday, the 16th Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, whatever you want to call it. Wednesday, the 17th is random act of kindness day. And this can be a random act of kindness to someone that you do know perhaps even someone that you don't know. So maybe you want to bake some cakes and hand them out to some neighbours. Maybe you just want to give a bunch of flowers to someone that you've never met before. Just do something nice for someone on Wednesday the 17th with random acts of kindness day. I'm sure many people can get behind the next one, especially after a long period of lockdown Thursday, the 18th is drink wine day. And you could take that literally and just drink wine. Well, that's what it says. So you would be forgiven for doing that. But apparently, it's also a time to reflect on the many benefits of wine, as well as the role it has played in human history and society. Or you could just drink it. So that's Thursday the 18th is drink wine day. And we finish off with another special reason to celebrate on Thursday the 18th of February. That is battery day. It is the day where we celebrate and recognise just how important the simple battery is to our way of life. So my recommendation to you is find that battery operated device that brings you real pleasure, and go insert a new battery. Thank you very much for listening to Episode 14 of Thank The Week. You can find show notes with links to all the stories at ThankTheWeek.com/14. I look forward to seeing you next week. Goodbye!

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