I just tried Google Voice for the first time today, and it's a really interesting service, including the ability to automatically transcribe voicemails so you can pick them up in e-mail or on the web. I have a heavy English accent (nothing bizarre, like Brummies, but definitely not American, either) so I did a little experiment by leaving a voicemail for myself. Here's what I said:
"I'm just trying this out. Google Voice seems pretty cool but, you know, I'm not so sure if it can try andhandle the really complicated things that one wants to do with voicemail. So I thought I would say things like efficacious, and stupendous, and deliberative, just to see how the transcription might work. On the other hand, it could be really good, and I'll be amazed, and astounded, and flabbergasted by just how good the transcription could be. I'll also look forward to receiving the message in e-mail, and if the e-mail is good then maybe I'll transition all of my phone calls to Google Voice. It's difficult to say. But, one way or another, Google is going to take over the world, and I intend to be there when they do."
And this is what Google Voice thought I said...
"i'm just trying this out to avoid seems pretty cool but you know i'm not so sure if you can try and handled it really complicated things that one wants to do with voicemail so i thought i'd say things like applications and stupendous and did with crickets just to see how the transcription might work on the other hand it could be really good and i'll be in the east of this down did flabbergasted i just have a good the transcription today i'm also i look forward to receiving the message in email and if you email is good then maybe i'll try and get all of my phone calls to google voice the fact the war in iraq google is going to take care of the will i'm going to be there when they did"
If you'd like to try making Google Voice sound silly, call 202-525-6817 and leave a message! I'll post the interesting ones here.