Is there any value in running something equivalent to an airline safety video before a webinar or large group video conference to explain the interface and audience expectations? And is anyone already doing this?
"Control Alt Achieve" Book
Zoom for EDU
Look at screens to get news updates. Look at more screens because all meetings are virtual now.
Expect someone somewhere has perforated an eardrum by accidentally putting the stem instead of the bud from an AirPods into their ear by mistake, drunkenly or sleepily.
CBS should remake the 1980s Dungeons and Dragon cartoon but using real-life actors. Cast Danny DiVito as the Dungeon Master.
Automatic Transcription for Videos Using Google Voice Typing
Learned a trick for transcribing videos. Open up a Google Document in Chrome. Open up the video. Make sure the audio is being piped to Chrome. I use the Loopback app from Rogue Amoeba (Mac). Start the video. Click on Tools > Voice Typing. Voila. It’s automated, so there are transcription errors. But it usually gets me 60-80% of the way there. I’ve seen folks use Soundflower on PCs to do the same trick as Loopback.
If you lose, you snooze. Said that way, makes it sound like more of an incentive.
This was the year that I carved the turkey.
True or False.
- Nobody asked for their opinion.
- Nobody needs their opinion.
- All of the above.
- None of the above.
Caught my first wild Cymothoid isopod. Came out of the mouth of a yellowtail snapper. Pulled the line of of the fish’s mouth and that was still stuck on the hook. 🐟🦐🎣 #isopod #Belize #parasite
Lost in the Canals of Online Learning
Every time I take an online course I am reminded of Venice. There are maps, but they don’t really help you. The easiest way to get around is being content with being lost. The straightest route isn’t always the easiest. It’s really easy to miss something important or interesting along the way. Going in circles is a given. No one else knows where they are either. And no one really lives here anyway.
If we think of culture like water, then in the past it was primarily available only through rare and tightly controlled oases (channels). These wells ran deep and everyone drank from the same source but the distribution of water was tightly restricted and everything was purified to have the same taste, color and character. Then the flood of the internet came along which submerged the world in an infinite, shallow sheet of water. Everyone now has access to the same water but it’s easily muddied by the area it flows through. There is no more scarcity or purity but it also has far less value.
What's the oldest thing?
What’s the oldest thing that @jsnell owns or is in his home? Why is it there? #snelltalk
This is the oldest thing I own
It’s a tubeworm casing from a deep-sea Lamellibrachia sp. It was collected during a research expedition to the Gulf of Mexico in 2004 from a site called “Acesta Hill” in Green Canyon lease block 234 at about 1600 feet depth. They were generously provided by Dr. Charles Fisher and Kevin Zelnio of Pennsylvania State University to teachers participating in NOAA-sponsored marine biology workshop. This species is very slow growing, with experiments suggesting that specimens can live over 250 years or more.
Ten Days of Squidmas 🦑🎄
On the tenth day of Squidmas my true love gave to me Ten swordfish leaping, Nine maties shanting, Eight mussels milting, Seven prawns a-swimming, Six goosenecks clinging, Five sucker rings, Four crawling worms, Three limpets, Two fertile slugs, And a large squid with a sharp beak.
Remember, squeezing is the reason for the seizing.
Triangulating Peter Parker’s identity
Occurs to me that the trope of the masked comicbook superhero is deprecated now that we have these genetic online databases. How trivial would it be to triangulate Peter Parker’s identity? All vigilantes can be unmasked. No more Daresdevils or Batsmen.
The problem isn’t with my data being anonymized. The problem is my “anonymous” data being used by anonymous sources.
Star Wars: A Renewed Hope
It occurs to me that at some point in my son’s lifetime (and maybe mine) someone will probably try to remake the original Star Wars (A New Hope). How long until they try? Ten years? Twenty years? Probably after all the principals have past. Mark Hamill was born in 1951. He’s 67 this year. Harrison Ford was born in 1942. He’s 76 this year. Of course, we’ve already lost Carrie Fisher. If they go for the 50th anniversary, that’d be 2027, less than ten years away. But right now it sounds like Disney already has about eight years of Star Wars in the pipeline. So I’m guessing probably somewhere between 2027 and 2037.
I also wonder about how they will recast the roles when they remake Star Wars. But it also occurs to me that in ~20 years, the technology behind deepfakes and whatever Disney is using to de-age its actors (a la Samuel L. Jackson in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie) will be pretty far along. Maybe they won’t need to recast the roles. They can just recreate the whole thing in CG. Or if they do need actors for motion capture, it will be easy to replace their physiognomies with the visages of the original cast. And the verisimilitude will be so good, we won’t even be able to tell the difference.
This also means that in the future, actors will never need to age. Or if we are telling a time traveling tale like Looper, it will be possible to simple repaint a young Bruce Willis on the face of a Joseph Gordon-Levitt, no prostheses required.
Is it OK to be smart?