MC Lyte ‘Our House’ Ringtone

I find myself enjoying the rhythmic and rhyming stylings of M.C. Lyte – and I happened to be on a procrastination jag right now, so what better way to pass the time than to make a ringtone of the ‘hook phrase’ from her ‘Our House’ song?



Download a Zip File with ringtones here


And please enjoy!

Essentially, if you have an iphone, use the *.m4r file – import it into iTunes and sync with your phone.


all others, take the mp3 (or m4a) file and copy to your phone.


This was not intended to infringe or otherwise impugn on the copyrights of MC Lyte – and will be taken down if I am told I have.

Thanks, in advance, for not suing me over this!


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Christmas Poem For Japanese ESL Student(s)

I have a friend who teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) in Japan.
She gets her classes to do a Christmas Card exchange each year- this was my message to my assigned student this year.
Happy Christmas to you!
Santa Claus has a special meaning to kids in the usa.
Does he mean the same thing in Japan?
Children stay up late waiting for him.
Hoping to see him.
Waiting for the presents he brings.
Santa Claus brings hope to the Children of the World.
The IDEA of Santa Claus is important.
Not because he is jolly.
not because he is big.
because he brings wonder.
he brings hope.
he brings joy.
now you can too!
Anyone can be Santa.
Giving to others
bringing joy and hope
is all it takes.
Have a merry Christmas!
Copyright © 2013
Philip C. Robinson

Philip C. Robinson – Top 5 Strengths (detailed)

Everybody has strengths, their unique combination of talents, knowledge, and skills. Strengths are the innate traits and abilities people use in their daily lives to complete their work, to relate with others, and to achieve their goals.

Below are my top five strengths. How well do you think they describe me?

Things happen for a reason. You are sure of it. You are sure of it because in your soul you know that we are all connected. Yes, we are individuals, responsible for our own judgments and in possession of our own free will, but nonetheless we are part of something larger. Some may call it the collective unconscious. Others may label it spirit or life force. But whatever your word of choice, you gain confidence from knowing that we are not isolated from one another or from the earth and the life on it. This feeling of Connectedness implies certain responsibilities. If we are all part of a larger picture, then we must not harm others because we will be harming ourselves. We must not exploit because we will be exploiting ourselves. Your awareness of these responsibilities creates your value system. You are considerate, caring, and accepting. Certain of the unity of humankind, you are a bridge builder for people of different cultures. Sensitive to the invisible hand, you can give others comfort that there is a purpose beyond our humdrum lives. The exact articles of your faith will depend on your upbringing and your culture, but your faith is strong. It sustains you and your close friends in the face of life’s mysteries.

The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of these patterns, you play out alternative scenarios, always asking, “What if this happened? Okay, well what if this happened?” This recurring question helps you see around the next corner. There you can evaluate accurately the potential obstacles. Guided by where you see each path leading, you start to make selections. You discard the paths that lead nowhere. You discard the paths that lead straight into resistance. You discard the paths that lead into a fog of confusion. You cull and make selections until you arrive at the chosen path—your strategy. Armed with your strategy, you strike forward. This is your Strategic theme at work: “What if?” Select. Strike.

You are fascinated by ideas. What is an idea? An idea is a concept, the best explanation of the most events. You are delighted when you discover beneath the complex surface an elegantly simple concept to explain why things are the way they are. An idea is a connection. Yours is the kind of mind that is always looking for connections, and so you are intrigued when seemingly disparate phenomena can be linked by an obscure connection. An idea is a new perspective on familiar challenges. You revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange but strangely enlightening angle. You love all these ideas because they are profound, because they are novel, because they are clarifying, because they are contrary, because they are bizarre. For all these reasons you derive a jolt of energy whenever a new idea occurs to you. Others may label you creative or original or conceptual or even smart. Perhaps you are all of these. Who can be sure? What you are sure of is that ideas are thrilling. And on most days this is enough.

You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information, words, facts, books, and quotations – or you might collect tangible objects such as butterflies, baseball cards, porcelain dolls, or sepia photographs. Whatever you collect, you collect it because it interests you. And yours is the kind of mind that finds so many things interesting. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity. If you read a great deal, it is not necessarily to refine your theories but, rather, to add more information to your archives. If you like to travel, it is because each new location offers novel artifacts and facts. These can be acquired and then stored away. Why are they worth storing? At the time of storing it is often hard to say exactly when or why you might need them, but who knows when they might become useful? With all those possible uses in mind, you really don’t feel comfortable throwing anything away. So you keep acquiring and compiling and filing stuff away. It’s interesting. It keeps your mind fresh. And perhaps one day some of it will prove valuable.

You like to think. You like mental activity. You like exercising the “muscles” of your brain, stretching them in multiple directions. This need for mental activity may be focused; for example, you may be trying to solve a problem or develop an idea or understand another person’s feelings. The exact focus will depend on your other strengths. On the other hand, this mental activity may very well lack focus. The theme of Intellection does not dictate what you are thinking about; it simply describes that you like to think. You are the kind of person who enjoys your time alone because it is your time for musing and reflection. You are introspective. In a sense you are your own best companion, as you pose yourself questions and try out answers on yourself to see how they sound. This introspection may lead you to a slight sense of discontent as you compare what you are actually doing with all the thoughts and ideas that your mind conceives. Or this introspection may tend toward more pragmatic matters such as the events of the day or a conversation that you plan to have later. Wherever it leads you, this mental hum is one of the constants of your life.

Philip C. Robinson – Top 5 Strengths

The Clifton StrengthsFinder

As you may know, the Clifton StrengthsFinder measures the presence of talent in 34 categories called “themes.” These themes were determined by Gallup as those that most consistently predict outstanding performance. The greater the presence of a theme of talent within a person, the more likely that person is to spontaneously exhibit those talents in day-to-day behaviors. Focusing on naturally powerful talents helps people use them as the foundation of strengths and enjoy personal, academic, and career success through consistent, near-perfect performance.

Below are my top five themes of talent, ranked in the order revealed by my responses to the Clifton StrengthsFinder.

How well do you think these themes describe me?


People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.



People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.



People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.



People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.



People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

Available For Voice Work

Did you know I did voice work?

Yes, Philip C. Robinson does voice work!


This is a sample of my voice talent and range. I have a neutral, American accent and am open to direction.I can perform with a calm demeanor and modify up to ‘high energy announcer’.Take a listen to experience for yourself.



I Provided 8 different wav files for – using an Eastern Indian Accent, speaking english content. This was a fun project, which showcases my abilitiy to provide voice acting in addition to regular voice skills. As you can tell by my portfolio portrait, I am definitely not from India.  I provided a respectful, but distinct accent inflection, without specific regional dialect usage.


This was an intro / outro job for a podcast produced by It showcases a more relaxed, softer version of my speaking voice.


A 45 minute reading of an eBook on Veganism for this site I also spliced in intro music, in addition to producing the audio in multiple formats (1 large WAV, 1 large MP3, 16 smaller files – 1 set each of MP3 & wavs).


Standard ‘dial 1 for xxx, 2 for yyy’ voice work. This was for a brick-and-mortar retail outlet called towel depot. They requested the audio output saved to very specific formatting, which has a tendency to sound inferior on higher end PC based systems (but is perfect for PBX systems). This is using a variation on my ‘strong’ voice..


And a final fun project just for myself- me reading the Maurice Sendak story “Where the Wild Things Are”


So, if you have a project and are looking for a voice talent– please do consider me- Philip C. Robinson!

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