Here's a link to a recent article about me. I thought it was especially well written.


As regular readers know, I lost my voice for several years thanks to a vocal condition called spasmodic dysphonia. I regained my ability to speak thanks to the one surgeon in the world who pioneered a fix for this problem.

I sound terrible on the video because I was drawing and talking at the same time, so you hear me mumbling and searching for the right words. I don't multitask well. So unfortunately that's my "normal" voice. The spasmodic dysphonia problem is 100% gone. When I'm not distracted, my voice is better now than it ever was, largely because I did so much vocal training before discovering the surgery. I actually came out ahead on this deal.

If you have read anything about my use of affirmations, you might be interested to know that the only affirmation I've employed for the past several years has been "I Scott will speak perfectly." This was a worthy test of affirmations since most voice experts said spasmodic dysphonia was incurable. I'd guess that 99% of the people with the same condition believe it can't be fixed, and that belief will make it true for them. I chose to believe the opposite. So while I still don't speak "perfectly," I'm already better than my old "normal" voice.

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May 5, 2009
Somebody should tell Robert Kennedy, Jr. about your doctor/surgery. I believe he has the same vocal disorder.
May 5, 2009
Thanks for the link to the article. So even though you guys have the kids, there is no true "Spawn of Scott." (The world probably couldn't handle them anyway.) I've always wondered why you suddenly had kids, but we never saw any indications of Dilbert dealing with a pregnant woman.
May 5, 2009
Nice article about you (Mercury News) and nice blog post too - you're suddenly very human and that's good to know. Congratulations on your 20th anniversary and for continuing to be relevant ... it is no mean feat!

And thank you. For Dilbert, for your blog, and other sundry things.
May 5, 2009
just curious, what affirmations do you use before/during a tennis match? I'm currently using a tennis self-hypnosis program to fix my brain. I started back up last spring after not having played for 10 yrs (after having played competiively in HS/college) and within weeks was hitting extremely well but playing terribly (consistently losing to equal players/going 6-4, 7-5 against people I should be wiping the court w/). so far I'm serving better than I have in my life (not harder, just incredibly consistent - more so than in my "prime") but I don't start playing matches till this Wed (assuming we don't get the biblical flood we're supposed to). just curious what mental tips you have...

[When I play three times a week, I beat people my level. When I play once a week, I lose to them. It's usually no more complicated than that. -- Scott]
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May 5, 2009
Hey Scott,

Didn't you do a post a while back about super local news, and it could include info from your town all the way down to your apartment building? Sounds like someone's on track to make that happen.

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May 5, 2009
Of what possible use could an affirmation be to a moist robot? Oh, I remember, you were predestined to affirm it!
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