Friday, May 03, 2019

TV closed captioning bloopers

For several years now, due to my increasing loss of high-frequency sounds, I've been using subtitles for movies and TV. They're also called Closed Captions (CC).

It has been quite amusing at times reading CCs that are produced on the fly for live TV programs (no time to prepare the subtitles in advance). I can imagine it's quite a challenge for the people doing the captioning, both in keeping up with fast talkers, and in accuracy.

Every now and then in a program an error or two appears, such as:

  • "conscious vote"  [conscience]
  • "drug cartels operating with impurity"  [impunity]
  • "Chatswood maul"  [mall]
  • "tie raids"  [tirades]
  • "the daughter gave her father glands as she entered the witness stand"  [a glance]
  • "eternal combustion engines""  [internal]
  • "the sour"  [this hour]
  • "astro fizzicist"  [astrophysicist]
  • "the hurricane left these tropical islands Baron and round"  [barren and drowned]
  • Discussing the State of Victoria's Assisted Dying bill:
      "people must get signoff by a dog"  [doctor ]
  • "aero diet"  [erudite]
  • "dodging tacks"  [tax]
  • "three yuk kids"  [young]
  • "history is often told by the vicar"  [victor]
  • '21st entry"  [century]

and many more like that.

It's a laugh a day in the world of closed captioning!

The most recent one that I've noticed, from last night's ABC Australia late evening  News (Victoria, 02 April 2019) relates to the firing by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May of her Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.

She blamed him for the scandal caused by high-level leaking of Britain's position towards Chinese telecommunications company Huawei's participation in 5G roll-out.

The spoken headline for this news bulletin was captioned as:
"Theresa May sucks her Defence Secretary over leaking claims"  [sacks]

I imagine that the captioning file will be amended by the ABC if and when they notice this blog post.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

New motoring anti-theft accessory

In which cities/suburbs around the globe would you want to use this?

         http://www.asiapac.com.au/misc/videos/anti-theft-car-cover.mp4


Attribution unknown

Friday, March 22, 2019

Open Live Writer (2019)–Demo of issue when including images

It seems to have been caused by Google’s closing of Picasa, and the deprecation of certain image-handling APIs used by Open Live Writer (OLW).

It all depends where you’re getting the images from, see for example OLW Fix for Google Photo publishing

I don’t use Google Photo, or any other image sharing service, and I decided to carry out a simple test related to the way that I use images in OLW (that is, images that have been uploaded to my own website).

Image 1
URL entered into “From the Web” dropdown
(not resized)

Image 2
URL entered into “From the Web” dropdown
and then resized
…  OK

Image 3
URL entered into “From the Web” dropdown
(an animated GIF)
   OK

Image 4

Image pasted from website page

http://notestracker.net/images/The_Once%27A_Swell_%20June_2016%20Australian_East_Coast.jpg  FAIL

Image 5
Image pasted into Open Live Writer directly from local file system …

ERROR DIALOG …… Can’t publish files

                               The remote server returned an error: (400)
                               Bad Request.

I can live with this, but there’s no doubt that the way OLW used

Sunday, February 24, 2019

How to make dialectical life choices that are Bigglesworthy

Earlier today I was musing about consciousness, the meaning of life and such matters. This led me to dig up a post I wrote in one of my other blogs way back in November 2005, see What are the "basic questions" of life and the universe?

I made a quote from the frontispiece of one of the James Bigglesworth a.k.a. Biggles books, see http://www.biggles.info/ and/or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biggles for an introduction to this fictional WW1 and WW2 pilot adventurer.

Here's the publication order of Biggles books -- I read many of them, they were very popular at that time. (See this)

In that blog post I quoted Biggles' philosophy -- from the front matter for the novel Spitfire Parade -- and suggested that perhaps Biggles' dialectical approach might the way to go in general (not just to piloting an aircraft):
When you are flying, everything is all right or it is not all right.

If it is all right there is no need to worry.

If it is not all right one of two things will happen.
Either you will crash or you will not crash.

If you do not crash there is no need to worry.


If you do crash one of two things is certain.
Either you will be injured or you will not be injured.

If you are not injured there is no need to worry.


If you are injured one of two things is certain
Either you will recover or you will not recover.

If you recover there is no need to worry.
If you don't recover you can't worry.
Perhaps you could use it to decide who to vote for in the next election, or to decide between an Android or Apple smartphone, or whether you'd like to be buried versus being cremated …  if you get my drift.

I can certainly see that his way of thinking would solve some problems or clarify some murky issues being debated.

Nobody ever commented on that 2005 blog post. Here's your chance!

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

A matter of perspective - Melanoma post-surgery embarrassment

I underwent melanoma surgery early in 2013 involved removing a circular patch of skin (plus hair) on the top left of my scalp. I have a circular bald patch where the flesh was replaced with thin skin via a donor graft shaved from underneath the top right arm.

The bald patch has, at times, embarrassed me, but after the first few years I'm less worried about it.

Today I read this story about Jess Van Zeil and I doubt that I'll ever be embarrassed again. Her left eye was removed in 2015.

You'll see what I mean when your read the story.

image

Here are links to Jess Van Zeil’s Facebook page and her website.

There’s also Jess Van Zeil’s YouTube channel.