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Infrastructure & Planning student in the Netherlands.

Sometimes make things like this:

And I write here:


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veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: New AHOY Video!! The Rocket Launcher

Found it! It's a Canon Rebel. Couldn't find audio gear in the picture though.

That said, I don't think I have a good idea on how to make YT less bad. They already switched their monetizing focus to minutes watched instead of views, which is the reason so many videos are now slightly over 10 minutes (which is when YT supposedly starts paying more). You'd think that YouTube with their obvious desire to become TV 2.0 should have figured something out by now to be the rising tide that lifts all boats.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: New AHOY Video!! The Rocket Launcher

I also listen religiously to Cortex, so I think have a good sense of what can go into the writing. And yet his videos, while certainly entertaining enough, only sometimes go reach a depth and quality that I think is possible in video. His visual style is exactly the unprofessional style KB describes - stick figures, simple shapes in what is essentially a Powerpoint presentation. Video can be so much more than just a script with something to keep your eyes occupied with.

Edit: and yeah, once in a while I come back to the idea of making veenspace YouTube videos. :)

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: New AHOY Video!! The Rocket Launcher

    Know what drives me up the fucking wall? Unprofessionalism is a style now.

Yesss that's it. This setup might just be the archetype of that. It makes sense when you look at the 'anyone can make videos' mentality that is still central to YouTube - if a channel keeps on growing, there is little reason to deviate from those unprofessional habits. I've actually been watching Marques' videos for five years now. His review was why I switched from my iPhone 3GS to the Galaxy Nexus back in the day. There is honestly not a lot that has changed except the quality of the visuals and maybe his pacing.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: New AHOY Video!! The Rocket Launcher

Nothing personal francopoli, but I kind of hate videos like this. Ahoy's chanel in particular looks to me like someone took a few days to learn Adobe After Effects and went to town with it. It's all fancy transitions with just some surface level insights and everyone thinks it's amazing. I mean, when you write down what he actually says (taken from the subs):

    rocket launchers incorporate the propellant means within the projectile hence accelerating once fired.

    in any case launching is only the means to an end that being the delivery of a payload onto a target.

    the nickname stuck to the point that bazooka became a catch-all term for any rocket launcher old or new, a generic term that still remains in use.

    and so it was stories of war that first introduced launchers to the popular culture but as the era of action films came of age their influence would spread.

I know I'm cherry picking but I also think that there are much worse examples of this. Am I expecting too much from a simple YouTube video? I know better videos are possible and I know I could write this (hell, I have written better videos if I may say so myself). The AE can't be that difficult to make. Perhaps I'm underestimating the process behind actually making YT videos (elizabeth / kleinbl00?); perhaps I'm annoyed that I didn't do this myself, but I see so much YT videos that are less informative than a cursory Wikipedia read get hundreds of thousands of views and it just annoys the hell out of me.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: New Gorillaz Music

Gorillaz has a special place in my heart too. I remember playing their Flash game something like 12 years ago:

If anyone here hasn't given Damon Albarn's solo album a shot, I highly recommend it. To me it is much more personal than any Gorillaz album ever was.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 22, 2017

Then how does eduroam solve this problem? I have solid wifi on all campuses in the world and throughout all campus buildings with no issues like this, through one single 'eduroam' SSID.

It's all downhill from here.

So I agree in the general points you make, but disagree with the specifics, and I think it mostly has to do with this assumption:

    When you eliminate those vectors of uncertainty from the calculation, you can fit FAR more vehicles into the current traffic pattern, with little/no impact on the current traffic flow and control mechanisms.

While AVs are much more accurate and can be far more stable than regular cars, I don't think AVs can eliminate those uncertainties. I also don't think that infrastructure will be changed all that much to AVs. Sure, we can redraw the lines to fit three vehicles next to each other instead of two, but one of the reasons I think AVs are such an incredibly promising technology development is that you don't need to build new infrastructure. No rollercoaster-like tubes necessary.

(Sidenote about that: you're forgetting the impact G-forces have on the rider experience. If I'm in an AV, I don't want to spill my drink because my car decided to go off the highway. The general public does not like even minor G forces, especially not in day-to-day vehicles. )

Another thing that you ought to keep in mind is that infrastructure changes will always involve or depend on the government. Seeing the sluggish progress on something non-physical like the regulatory frameworks indicates to me the government's reluctance to radically change its infrastructure to this new tech.

In my opinion the real efficiencies are to be found at the use of resources and energy to transport all the people in, say, a city. Moving to all-electric, demand-driven taxi-like AVs will, without

    Because all the AVs are talking to one another constantly

That is still something I need to see to believe. I think that vehicle-to-cellular-to-vehicle communication will be inevitable (e.g., communicating roadworks quickly to all vehicles) but that vehicle-to-vehicle communication and harmonization of control is something that will end up not being reliable enough. Platooning - the term coined for train-like AV's - is now being tested at at least a few feet of distance, and while I do see vehicles being close together based on camera vision / radar, I don't think the swarm-like AV behaviours that people dream of is actually feasible.

I got mine from Massdrop, so when a buddy of mine wanted good headphones I convinced him to go for the Massdrop sale then, the AKG K7XX. In a side by side comparison I kinda love mine more. The M50x is much more 'precise', if that makes sense. It's like it comes with a mixer built in or something, whereas that AKG sounded like it had some drowned out sounds.

Oh totally. It's still in near mint condition, only now the leather on the earpads is starting to wear off, which is completely reasonable because I've been using it in all weather conditions and often 4 hours at a time.

veen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Laser Woodcut is Wearable

I never even considered it working as a medallion, but it sounds like a great idea! Glad that it made it there in one, erhm, two pieces. :)

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