February 17 2015

Steno Gadgets & Accessories: Laptop Tray

This laptop tray seems interesting. It looks a little shaky at a couple of points in the video. However, I like the versatility of its positioning. I have either this one or a similar one on order as a gift. I’ll do an update on this contraption as soon as I receive my gift and try it out. Its features seem super-cool!

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February 13 2015

Friday Phrases

Friday Phrases LogoQ. How many= STKPWHROUM
Q. How many times= STKPWHROUMT
Q. Do you have= STKPWHRAOUF
Q. Do you have the= STKPWHRAOUFT
Q. Do you know= STKPWHRAOUN
Q. Do you know the= STKPWHRAOUNT
Q. Do you think= STKPWHRAOUNG
Q. Do you think the= STKPWHRAOUNGT
Q. Do you feel= STKPWHRAOUFL
Q. Do you recall= STKPWHRAOURL
Q. Do you recall the= STKPWHRAOURLT
Q. Do you recollect= STKPWHRAOURK
Q. Do you recollect the= STKPWHRAOURKT
Q. Do you remember= STKPWHRAOURM
Q. Do you remember the= STKPWHRAOURMT
Q. How long have= STKPWHROUFNG

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February 12 2015

Writing Colloquy For The Witness

I Love Court Reporting Logo (Cropped)How do you write colloquy for the witness on your machine? Here are a couple of suggestions. Lately, I’ve been favoring the second option.

Machine Briefs:


When D-defining colloquy for the witness, don’t forget to add a space after the colon so the colloquy designation translates with two spaces after the colon.

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February 11 2015

Rules Of Grammar: The Top 20 Misspelled Words

According to Oxford English Corpus, the following are the top 20 misspelled words:

1) accommodate (two c’s)
2) accommodation (two m’s)
3) achieve (i before e)
4) across (one c)
5) aggressive, aggression (two g’s)
6) apparently (-ent not -ant)
7) argument (no e after the u)
8) appearance (ends with -ance)
9) argument (no e after the u)
10) assassination (two double s’s)
11) basically (ends with -ally)
12) beginning (double n before the -ing)
13) believe (i before e)
14) bizarre (one z, double -r)
15) business (begins with busi-)
16) calendar (-ar not -er)
17) Caribbean (one r, two b’s)
18) cemetery (ends with -ery)
19) chauffeur (ends with -eur)
20) colleague (-ea- in the middle)

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February 11 2015

Random Briefs

barricade= BAERKD
barricade= BAERKDZ
rephrase= RAOEFRZ
reverse= RAOEFRS
recuperate= RAOUPT
recuperate= RAOUPGS
rupture= RURPT
ruptured= RURPTD
ruptures= RURPTS
rupturing= RURPGT
forevermore= FOFRM

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February 10 2015


“As children learning language, we all undergo the same process. At first we experience a level of frustration- we have desires and needs we wish to express, but we lack the words. Slowly we pick up phrases and absorb patterns of speech. We accumulate vocabulary, word by word. Some of this is tedious but we are impelled by our intense curiosity and hunger for knowledge. At a certain point we attain a level of fluency in which we can communicate as fast as we think. Soon we don’t have to think at all- words come naturally, and at times when we are inspired, they flow out of us in ways we cannot be avoided. There are no shortcuts.

Learning language sets the pattern for all human activities- purely intellectual or physical. To master a musical instrument or a game we begin at the lowest level of competence. The game seems boring as we have to learn the rules and play on a simple level. As with learning language, we feel frustrated. We see others play well and we imagine how that could feel, but we are locked in this mode of tedious practice and repetition. At such a point we either give in to our frustration and give up the process, or we proceed, intuiting the power that lies just around the corner. Slowly our ability rises and the frustration lowers. We don’t need to think so much; we are surprised by our fluency and connections that come to us in a flash.

Once we reach a certain level of mastery, we see there are higher levels and challenges. If we are disciplined and patient, we proceed. At each higher level, new pleasures and insights await us- ones not even suspected when we started out. We can take this as far as we want- in any human activity there is always a higher level to which we can aspire.” -From, “The 50th Law” By: 50 Cent & Robert Greene

Love, Speed & Accuracy,

Elsie Villega

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February 9 2015

Medical Monday: Scapula

The scapula is informally known as the shoulder blade. It is the bone that connects the upper arm to the collar bone.

Machine Briefs:

OPTION #1: scapula= SKAP/AOU/LA
OPTION #2: scapula= SKAP/AOU/LA*
OPTION #3: scapula= SKAP/U/LA
OPTION #4: scapula= SKAP/U/LA*
OPTION #5: scapula= SKAP/LA
OPTION #6: scapula= SKAP/LA*

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