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  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of SCANALYZERSCANALYZER 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Choreography of historical swordfight for the stage:

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    It was fascinating to see how, when first released, they paused to scan the field. Perhaps they were loading the data points for x and y coordinates. After that, they bobbed their heads up and down a few times, just a little, just enough to scan the height of the obstacles presented. Perhaps they were then loading data points for the z coordinates. Third came a little pause – runtime for test of the algorithms? Then launch. Topping off the performance was the demonstrated ability to run modified algorithms on the fly, when the decision was made to enter onto a mid-course correction.…[Read more]

  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of SCANALYZERSCANALYZER 4 weeks ago

    “New?” Nothing. This is a demonstration of multiple forms of eternal beauty: mules, long ears, leather suspenders, the observed rules of mechanics, hound dawgs, chainsaws, the courtesies.

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    #13: Earth’s rotation! Who wouldn’t go nuts before getting to #13?

    The photo of the Wermacht soldier, special armband and all, standing there ruining his visual cortex with the rangefinder was sobering and evocative. It reminds me of the character in the novel “All the Light We Cannot See,” about a youth with brains and talent kidnapped, essentially, to serve tyrants in their war.

    This “Drachinifel” is the perfect narrator, with just the right pace, information flow, level of humor, and voice quality. What a find!

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Thanks. Great stuff.

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Why was that not known before, and how is it known now? Also, do my eyes deceive me, or is the Boss of the Video slowing things down every time that yellow tinkertoy (apologies) contacts Earth?

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    I am glad you found it rewarding. If by chance you have ever listened to Jordan Peterson’s Biblical lectures, you will know right away why, on first seeing this, I thought “He faced Chaos forthrightly; He drew from Chaos Order; He looked at his work and called it Good.”

  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of SCANALYZERSCANALYZER 2 months ago

    Fear not: all over the country, there live still regular people:

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      This was magnificent. Thank you!

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    • I am glad you found it rewarding. If by chance you have ever listened to Jordan Peterson’s Biblical lectures, you will know right away why, on first seeing this, I thought “He faced Chaos forthrightly; He drew from Chaos Order; He looked at his work and called it Good.”

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    • Thanks! This is a true gift for me, as I have two Dartmoor ponies who won’t even let their bodies be touched, let alone back feet, and this surely looks like a key part of getting the farrier access for hoof trimming. (And, yes, I know that there is a substantial part of equine between the withers and the hind feet. Should keep life interesting…..)

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  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Check this statue of Rutherford, to be found at the place of his boyhood: Brightwater, New Zealand, near Spring Grove. See the body of the schoolboy with the head of the mature man. “The child is father to the man,” I imagine the sculptor is showing us.

    https://nzhistory.govt.nz/files/styles/fullsize/public/images/rutherford-memorial-brightwater.jpg?itok=wHrChGGt

    https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/ernest-rutherford-memorial-brightwater

    What I imagine is “New Zealand birthed him to England and to the World.”

  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of SCANALYZERSCANALYZER 2 months, 1 week ago

    The clip starts off showing German officers at Westerplatte after their landing, September 1, 1939; they look toward the Schleswig-Holstein, which has begun bombardment of Gdañsk. Then from 17 to 37 seconds is footage from the deck of that battleship, which is rare footage, as far as I can tell.

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Thank you. This insight is so “extra” – new SF slang, apparently – on account of now I can better appreciate the joy #2 baby will be having at some video-conferencing launch watch party he is organizing.

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Is the Wiki article on “Horizontal Integration Facility” something I should maybe trust?

  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of SCANALYZERSCANALYZER 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    How does one perform administrative tasks and pay attention to vids at the same time? How can that be done? The little slices of attention span must be interleaved. Or is that not right? Is it possible to have two tracks running alla time? How can it be done without making errors in the clerical work, or just launching into speculative daydream while the clerical work grows mold?

    • It depends. Much of system administration is pure mechanical tedium, which can be done while listening to music (recall Muzak for office buildings: I one worked in a place that had it)—or videos.

      Depending upon the work or the video, it may be necessary to pause the video. Since many of the videos I “watch” have around 99% of their information content in the audio, it’s more like listening to a podcast while you’re doing the dishes or gardening. The long silent film I posted earlier today took a lot of pauses, since you missed stuff when not looking at the screen.

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    • We see a demonstration at 5:41-9:30

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  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hi Kay! Concur on the universality of the themes of spirituality, family, and painful decisions made while growing up. I’d caution against the movie based on the book: the movie has a fraction of the action, and none whatever of the depth or complexity.

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Ngaio Marsh set most of her Inspector Alleyn mysteries in London, many in the theater world. Her “Dolphin Theater” featured the occasional miasma coming up into the backstage area; forgotten doors leading to long, dangerous forgotten stairways to the base of the structure; multiple tree trunks bound together and set into the Thames-side muck to hold up the building, done in medieval times. Talk about evocative.

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    In one mood, the response is hilarity and amusement. In another mood, one can only quote Jane Austen: “It is in every way horrible.” Either way, it is good to have the facts of the case. So thanks. I guess. No, really, thanks.

  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 3 months ago

    WWII memoir of girl who at age 10 walks over the mountains out of Czechoslovakia, alone, in winter, guided by an Underground Railroad set up by the Quakers. She makes it to England. As a school graduate, she goes to London just in time for the Blitz. Then the exciting part starts.

    Farewell to Prague

     

     

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  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Terrific stuff! The narrator sounds like a John Wayne wannabe; come to think of it many of the narrators of the WWII films did just that. The Field Expedient quote is a keeper, as is the “pioneer kit.” Too bad the pioneer kit does not include a tomahawk. Well, you can’t necessarily have everything. Still: “Anchor a spinning track!”

  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of SCANALYZERSCANALYZER 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    CONTEXT

    Donato Giancola paints Jeanne d’Arc at the moment of her capture.

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