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  • 1:36 pm on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    I tinkered a bit with making almost fully automated Korean translation & caption syncincg for the Eyes on the Prize documentary for today’s staff meeting (which apparently was cancelled) but the results are not very good. Ath the same time though, it’s not too much text – only 1,000 lines (not sentences) in Episode 3

    1. extract english captions from youtube
    2. parse text out of the caption file timecode syntax
    3. if the line is shorter than the median, assume there is a paragraph break at the end of that line. (captions include no punctuation)
    4. Merge the paragraph lines into single paragraphs. (I used MediaWiki’s behavior of merging lines into one to do this)
    5. Review the paragraphed text to ensure the punctation and paragraph separation makes sense. I noticed even though there is no punctuation, catpions include periods in middle name initiials and things like “Mr.”
    6. Run the text through Google translate. It can only handle around one page of letter size page at a time.
    7. removed all punctation from the korean, merged all the paragraphs.
    8. Now to time sync the Korean.. I divided the total runtime (1 hour) by the time length between each caption point, then multiplied it by the total character length of the korean caption. since each catpion gets way too close to zero, I buffed them up a bit by giving them 40% more than what they are supposed to get (so they gain extra characters)
    9. Create the caption file and run. Results were pretty disappointing. Because captioning density throughout the film is extremely irregular, the Korean caption was almost never on time with the English lines being said at the time.

    Another approach could be doing the korean lines proportional to the length of the english captions, instead of the lenght of time. Yeah.. actually that may not be too bad.

  • 1:25 am on April 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    This vid was so funny that I watched it twice from start to finish and laughed both times with the Texas jokes

    What Does Every U.S State Flag Mean?

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  • 9:00 am on March 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

    Donald Trump: A Bigly Winning President

    Donald Trump | A Bigly Winning President

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  • 10:34 pm on March 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    I started watching Westworld yesterday after coming across this review and finished Season 1 today. I wasn’t paying much attention though, watched it while playing World of Tanks. Spoilers ahead..

    The Philosophy of Westworld – Wisecrack Edition

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  • 11:18 am on March 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Yesterday I washed a stir fry pan(?) that I had left unattended for 4+ years,, used mostly to drip oil from the panhandle.. thingy after making eggs.

    There was almost half a centimeter of gooey semi solid oil resin covering the entire base. I used four sponges before they became sticky, my hands became sticky, put boiling water in it for half an hour and after noticing that the ceramic cover may have peeled off, I started thinking maybe should have just gotten a new one..

  • 12:21 am on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    this whole “it’s because of [behavior x] like yours that Trump won” rhetoric actually goes back a little. It follows a pattern of other similar conservative rhetoric. The most recent in my memory happened mid-campaign cycle, maybe early October? It went like this:

    A: Well this recent incident is very shameful because it’s not a democratic procedure.. blabla..
    B: America is not a Democracy!
    A: What?
    B: America is not a Democracy, dumbass. It’s a republic.

    The funny thing is that stating that the U.S. is a representative republic doesn’t refute the original argument being made. It does go just a tiny bit further into detail about government types and is a splashy way of appearing to break your opponent’s argument, (because “the U.S. state is a democracy” is easy to sell rhetoric) when in reality there’s no substance beyond the initial shock factor.

    I think there’s some similitude – maybe a simplified version? To the now classic conservative framework of first refuting the point by choosing words that anger progressives so much that leave them stupefied, but that at the same time energize the base, then moving to frame the issue as originally planned.

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