I had a call today from a reporter at the Christian Science Monitor who wanted to discuss climate skepticism. What a disaster of an interview I am! He would ask an open-ended question, and off I would go into feedback theory and then to acoustics and then into helicopter dynamics and back to the ice age and then to temperature measurement in Tucson. I try to follow 6 trains of thought simultaneously and the result is a mess.
The poor reporter was quite friendly and ended with "I am not sure where we are going with this story" which is the universal reporter speak for "your interview was such a mess I am not sure how we would ever use it." LOL. Only by writing, with the implicit governor applied by the keyboard, am I able to organize my thoughts well. Which is why I have never invested in a computer dictation product - I shudder to think what I would find on the page after a session. Which reminds me of the early Doonesbury cartoons with Duke when he was a reporter at the Rolling Stone, when he would come into the his editor's office and claim to have dictated some really powerful stuff, only to find a garbled drug-induced mess, which was obviously a reference to Hunter S. Thompson, who... oh crap, I'm doing it again.