It’s not always the best idea to livestream from a protest directly to social media. There’s good reason to redact the faces of fellow protesters. This guide steps you through setting up a stream to a private location, where a friend can grab the video and redact faces in near-real-time.
This year at Amazon’s re:Invent conference, Rekognition premiered as a new service. It is a “deep-learning AI” service that performs image recognition on pictures you show it. It provides labels of objects and concepts it finds in the image. It can also do facial recognition. Hitting the Rekognition API is only a few lines of … Continue reading Video Rekognizer
The Seattle Monorail station has a set of televisions displaying a “fun facts” video loop of animated infographics. It’s an interesting fact-dump of the sorts of things you’d expect: when it was built, who built it, how much it cost to build, how much it cost to ride then-and-now, top speed, how many passengers it holds, and … Continue reading 30 seconds on the monorail
This weekend I watched Grand Budapest Hotel and chuckled a little at the opening slate. It wasn’t until later, when I went back to review a scene that I noticed. The aspect ratio was… odd.
[video link] I admit. The title of this post is a little sensationalized. The video is actually about US FIRST, a nonprofit group that organizes tech-based “sports” for kids from elementary school to high school. At the low-end they’re using Legos. At the high-end, they’re using power tools and soldering irons. They have people like … Continue reading Morgan Freeman encourages teens to build a robot army [video]
It looks like I am a little late to the party on this one. Various technology blogs have now featured videos of cats and dogs on the iPad. (…although technically I did this on day two, but have been lazy about posting.) As with the iPhone and Meowmania post, this is the Meowmania [iTunes link] app, … Continue reading Most expensive cat toy redux: iPad + Meowmania
A few weeks ago on Twitter, I asked the lazyweb if they knew of a way of streaming an AVI (or really, any video format that is not directly supported by the video player) to an iPhone for viewing. This was before the iPad, so that was not even a consideration. There were a number … Continue reading Streaming AVI video to the iPad & iPhone
One of the complaints I have heard about not running your own WordPress installation versus going with a managed service like Blogger or LiveJournal is that it is difficult to maintain. Specifically, that it is difficult to upgrade. This is why, about six months ago, a worm went around and took down a bunch of … Continue reading The simplicity of WordPress upgrades
There is a #10yearsago meme going around Twitter. Because I am unable to fit my response into 140 characters, you get a blog post. I was living in California in the aforementioned cottage house. I was a lot more gothic/industrial back then (at least, on the outside; I think I will always be on the … Continue reading #10yearsago, a time-lapse glimpse
The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello is a mix of steampunk, a silhouetted Edward Gorey, and a Kafka-like narrative (I was going to say “Kafkaesque,” but that word is entirely too overused and has a slightly different meaning.) This short film is really quite good and got nominated for a number of awards. Fix yourself … Continue reading The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello