I’ve been renting quite a few movies lately being stuck at home with a cold. I recently rented “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” which I was told was pretty bad but I was in the mood for a popcorn movie. Anyway, it wasn’t quite as bad as I was lead to believe, probably because I watched with the right attitude but it did raise a few questions.
One was “Who was Dorian Gray”. I looked that up and found the book although I’m not sure if I’m interested enough to actually read it. It sounds very interesting though. The other was, what was Captain Nemo really like. I have not read that book and like many my only points of reference come from the Disney movie.
So, I went to go look it up on Amazon.com but then I realized it’s a friggen old book and should be public domain by now. I searched for it and found it here. Amazon sells a PDF version for $4.95. Why would I want that I’m not sure. I can see paying for a printed version since it’s still easier to read on paper.
But that’s not the interesting part. The interesting part is someone went to the trouble to make a computer reading of it here. I’m not sure I could take that type of speech for too long but there are people working on systems that sound more natural.