Friday, 4 August 2006

Better Late Than Never

Good Lord, I'm useless. A whole week since I last posted. Trouble is, I have fantastic ideas for a post, but they usually occur to me when I'm driving home from work. I have no way of noting them down while I'm on the move, so 45 minutes later, when I'm back home, I've forgotten what the brilliant idea was!

Yesterday I bought a digital voice recorder. You know - a "Dictaphone"-type thing, though presumably "Dictaphone" is a registered trademark, so I should make it very clear that it was definitely not one of those that I bought.

Anyway, I bought it so that I can record the read-through for our next play. I can then copy the recording to my PC and isolate the sections I'm in and burn the recording to CD; all the better for learning my lines.

So maybe I should carry it around at all times, murmuring into it when an idea occurs to me. But then I have a mental image of Alan Partridge in a Rover and wearing driving gloves ("Idea for a programme entitled 'Yachting Mishaps'. Some funny, some tragic. Presented by that man who was trapped upside-down in his hull eating chocolate.") and it seems very foolish all of a sudden.

6 comments:

jomoore said...

I read the first paragraph and thought 'he needs a Dictaphone'. Then I thought 'hands-free Dictaphone'. Then I started sniggering cos that is surely a punchline to a joke...

I now have a mental picture of you wearing beige slacks and a side parting. (Actually, I don't. I'm trying right now to picture that, and I can't!)

Chris said...

He's already got the shoes......ask Kath....

chux said...

I don't use a dictaphone, I use my finger!! (A-THANKYOU!)
Couldn't resist it, i'll be sniggering like a 10 year old for the rest of the day now.

I'm sort of back in the land of the living again, thanks so much bud for you note. I appreciate it very much indeed.

MaryB said...

So how's this workin' for ya', PT?

I've thought about getting some sort of Dictaphone - but yeah, I'd feel kinda stupid actually using it. Sort of like all those dorks with the earpiece cell phone things.

The good thing about this trend is that as we all age, no one will be able to tell whether we're on a cell phone, Dictaphone, or just mumbling nonsense to ourselves.

Cllr Richard McKenzie said...

I can't see PT in biege he's the man......

Jonathan said...

Hehehe, I often use a dictaphone for various bits of writing-brainstorming, although the idea of being like Alan Partridge never occurred to me. I shan't be able to use it in the same way again... ;-)

J