OK, you caught me. Not everything I post here has a practical application or real productivity value. Sometimes, it's just plain fun. That is the case for today's post.
One of the great things about OS X is that it has text-to-speach capabilities built-in... system wide. That also includes the Terminal app. You can literally force your Mac to say anything you tell it to by typing a very simple command. Here's how it works:
First, open Terminal (Applications > Utilities > Terminal). With Terminal open, begin by typing "say", followed by any phrase you want. For example:
say Good afternoon, Master Kevin. You are looking particularly handsome today. <enter>
If you don't like the default voice that you hear, you can change it. OS X El Capitan gives you a few voice options to choose from (men and women). To change the voice, open System Preferences... then go to "Dictation & Speech". When you're there, click on the "Text to Speech" tab and choose from any of the options in the "System Voice" dropdown list.
As a bonus tip, check out some of the other options in the window. You may find some of them very useful!