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hmm, it just occurred to me that i could have a variable that =on or =off, duh, and check that for my speech actions. It would still be interesting to see what it would look like though, in a script, to execute a command unless it is between a time range, just for the sake of learning something.
I need other sounds, just not the speech synthesis. For example, when on a conference call, I often 'broadcast' portions of pre-recorded conversations, but I would not want 600-1000 people to hear my incoming email notifications or my quarterly time announcements.
I have figured out how to disable the speech - I created aliases that either creates an empty file 'speech' or deletes the same file, then in my email filters, time script, etc. I just added a 'if [ -e ~/speech ] then dothis else exit'.
Now I'm just curious how to, if I ever need to, script conditional processing based on time - if it is between 8 PM and 10 PM, for example, then it's ok to process, or how to execute commands only if the time is outside those ranges.
If you're just curious, I use festival with better voices, and I use Cepstral's Swift (cepstral.com) as well, but that's not really needed for the question to be answered.