Video Rekognizer

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

30 seconds on the monorail

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

Morgan Freeman encourages teens to build a robot army [video]

[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]

Most expensive cat toy redux: iPad + Meowmania

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

Streaming AVI video to the iPad & iPhone

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

The simplicity of WordPress upgrades

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

#10yearsago, a time-lapse glimpse

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

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

In which Norman is confused & annoyed by deep snow

Norman, our newish kitty–the stray one we adopted–is only about two years old. This means two things. First, he is crazy-full of energy. Second, he is not really old enough to remember much snow in Portland. Last year it snowed a tiny bit on Christmas, but nothing like the snowpocalypse we have been getting this … Continue reading In which Norman is confused & annoyed by deep snow