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The contour of some American states form a Chef carrying a tray of fried chicken

This is so important

nOBODY has mentioned the fact that the chicken is Kentucky

kentucky fried chicken

the conspiracy slowly unravels

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Fun with YouTube Subtitles

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weather is a network

I had a bit of unexpected fun yesterday. One of the things (on my long list of things) to explore this summer is closed captioning (subtitling/transcribing) videos and getting a manageable workflow going. As we begin the Fall semester in about 6 weeks, I want to have a plan for implementing transcriptions as a part of the many videos that we will begin to produce in the new building (you know that ITCC thing I keep talking about?). I’m working on that workflow and hope to have recommendations soon.

Meanwhile, I was playing around with the YouTube Closed Caption tool. It looks to be a great way to start the process of getting automatic transcriptions for video, although, as it is the subject of this post – it’s not perfect.

But, that’s the beauty of it. Let me show you.

One of the videos that was transcribed, again automatically by YouTube simply by uploading it, was a video on the Domain of One’s Own project. In the video, you’ll recognize some DTLT staff members, Martha Burtis, Ryan Brazell, and Tim Owens, as well as some UMW faculty, Jeff McClurken, Andi Livi Smith, and Sue Fernsebner, and one UMW student, Jack Hylan.

What was particularly entertaining was the attempt by the transcription service to get term Domain of One’s Own, and LMS, correct. On rare occasions it would get the terms right, spelling out the words “domain of one’s own”, albeit in lower case, and the acronym “LMS”. However, it did struggle. Here’s where it got entertaining. It seems to pick on Martha and Jeff the most. First, Domain of One’s Own . . .

two main ones

munich won Tonys

demand of ones own

dominicans out

YouTube’s struggles with LMS (as in Learning Management System) were equally funny.

in relation to the Alamosa

Elemis

alum ask

As well as saucier versions . . .

alum ass

elem ass

And my favorite . . .

clothes wellsley Almazan

The actual spoken words from the above clip are “closed walls of the LMS”. See YouTube Closed Captions can even teach you about geographic locations you didn’t know about - Almazán, Spain. And I never knew about it’s association with Wellesley. Oh, and don’t forget Alamosa, Colorado.

To finish up the fun, there were a couple more transcription errors – one just basically silly, and another one fun in a teenage boy kind of way. First . . .

hammock resume

You can guess what the real spoken words are in this next one . . .

the poop i need to jump through

After it’s all said and done, it is amazing what an accurate job this automatic transcription service does. Anyone who has the task of creating captions for a video might find it to be a quite entertaining task. I hope the student aides that I assign to this task think so as well.

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ryanbrazell
19 days ago
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A great post from my coworker ... last one's my favorite.
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10 Worst SF Driving Offenses

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I’ve driven in a lot of different places, and I’ve found that every region has its own particular style. (In Southern California, if you’re driving below 80 MPH on the freeway, you’d better be in the slow lane.) In San Francisco, limited space, dense population, and organically constructed street grids coalesce to form a uniquely challenging driving environment. The first few times I drove in the city, I could feel minutes ticking off the end of my life. This wasn’t because I or anyone else around me was driving particularly dangerously; it was just that I wasn’t familiar with the intricacies of driving here.

I’ve been guilty of egocentric driving just as much as the next guy. Nobody likes to admit that they’re the asshole, but at some point in time, we’ve all been “that guy.” I’ve compiled this list from lessons I’ve learned and organized it based on relative levels of irritation. Shit happens, and life goes on; but if we could all agree on a few basic guidelines, the learning curve could be a little more mellow, and I think we’d all be a lot less grumpy when we finally do make it home.


1. Not making a legal turn on a red light

It’s important to stop and smell the roses now and then, but a busy intersection may not be the best place to do it. Appreciate the fact that you’re not driving in Manhattan, where red-light rights are illegal, and take advantage of that gap in traffic. And wouldn’t you know it? The same rule applies for left turns on a red light as long as you’re at the intersection of two one-way streets.


2. Driving just too fast to pass while looking for a parking spot 

We’ve all been in a rush to get somewhere, but we’ve also all been desperate to find parking. If you have no other choice but to cruise the Panhandle at rush hour at 15 MPH, putting your hazards on will at least give people a heads-up that you’re not going anywhere in a hurry.


3. Turning from the middle lane

There are various one-way roads in SF that have multiple lanes. They’re like fun, mini-highways through the city. Depending on the time of day, the edge lanes are either used for parking, or cleared out as additional lanes. Be sure you’re in the farthest lane possible whenever making a turn, because becoming perpendicular to traffic is never a good idea. 


4. Driving straight through an intersection with shifting lanes

You’d think driving straight through an intersection is a rule of thumb wherever you go. Not so in San Francisco, friend. The planning committees of the 1800s apparently had really crappy compasses, and the orderliness of intersections often suffered the consequences. Keep an eye on what the lines are doing, and spare yourself an awkward interaction with someone else’s fender.


5. Blocking a lane to pick someone up: 

So it’s stupid-nice out, and you’re picking up your friends to go for a drive. Carpe diem, right? But when you get to your buddy’s place and can’t find parking, there’s an important choice to be made: do you pull into a driveway or double-park? Consider the likelihood of someone needing that driveway right then versus the guarantee of someone needing the road you’re currently parked in. Unless your friend lives in a firehouse, blocking a driveway for a few minutes will surely be far less aggravating to the world at large.


6. Cutting across multiple lanes to make a turn

GPS can get you only so far in a city like this. At some point in time, we’ve all wound up on the right side of the road when we needed to make a left. Nobody likes admitting defeat, but take a deep breath, go around the block, and try again.


7. Backing up against traffic to get a parking spot

You want that spot. You NEED that spot. And it's only one car length behind you. Unfortunately, there is also a line of cars rapidly stacking up behind you, honking in a chorus of frustration. However desperately optimistic you may be, you have to admit that your chances of making it into that spot are slim. Cross your fingers, take a lap around the block, and come at it when there’s a break in traffic.


8. Cutting in line instead of waiting your turn

If you’ve ever tried to get on I-80 between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m., you’ve seen the line of cars backed up for blocks in every direction. Oak Street between Webster and Octavia Streets is the worst example of this. It is tempting to drive to the front and sneak in when the cars start to move, but just remember that we all want to get to Oakland as much as you do. Be a kind stranger (instead of a dick stranger), and wait your turn.


9. Blocking an intersection instead of waiting for another light cycle

Most of the driving faux pas listed here are committed unintentionally. However, mashing the gas on a yellow light when there’s nowhere to go is like farting in an elevator: you know what you’re doing is wrong, but you go and do it anyway. Even though the blockade of traffic will eventually move forward and allow the rest of Market Street to get on its way, the world would be a better place if you just waited another two minutes behind the light.


10. Shutting down an entire portion of San Francisco to make a fundraising speech

All right, I get it. You’re the leader of the free world. There are a whole bunch of wealthy constituents in San Francisco, and you really don’t want to have to worry about traffic on your way in from the airport. But come on Barry! You have a helicopter. Putting an entire neighborhood on lockdown while you go make a speech is not going to win any hearts and minds.

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20 days ago
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Good points, but mostly I love the chalk-drawn streets and toy cars.
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freckles42:

echoboots:

minervaish:

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astrotheology:

god hates male dolphins

Fedora for bringing back bronies? ? 0_0

Save me from male freedom of speech.

I’M NOT SAYIN’, I’M JUST SAYIN

God hates White corporations. :-)

IHNJ; IJLS “Moms against white marijuana.” XD

*cries laughing* Mine’s “Moms against white Americans”

Freedom from male Wall Street.

…STOP KNOWING MY LIFE, MEMES

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grammargirl
20 days ago
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FEDORAS FOR UNLOVED MILLENNIALS
Brooklyn, NY
ryanbrazell
20 days ago
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Demarginalization of white corporations. NOOOOOOOOOOOO
Fredericksburg, VA
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norb
15 days ago
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Demarginalization of the endangered video games
clmbs.oh
herrmann
17 days ago
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"God hates black dolphins". Yes, orcas can be cruel.

My wife's: "moms against male children" sounds awful.
Brazil
iaravps
19 days ago
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The war on the endangered Africa
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
srsly
19 days ago
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God hates cishet people who aren't me! I KNEW IT I'M THE ONLY GOOD CISHET ONE! :o
Atlanta, Georgia
rclatterbuck
19 days ago
"Christians for the protection of male corporations." This is repugnant to me in so many ways.
christin
19 days ago
"Fedoras for Poor Little Wall Street." Oh great, I'm a sarcastic MRA, awesome.
ridingsloth
19 days ago
"Access to male people who aren't me".... seems a little passive aggressive
dukeofwulf
19 days ago
"Demarginalization of the protection of racism." FINALLY, a cause we can all get behind!
brico
19 days ago
"Blame Male Americans." sounds right.
pyrona
19 days ago
"Legalization of the eating of children." OM NOM NOM! Watch out @WeeSirAlex!
Rendin
19 days ago
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Legalization of the eating of people who aren't me.
mwclarkson
20 days ago
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Access to unloved millennials?
Providence RI USA
RedSonja
20 days ago
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Freedom from wealthy dolphins.
squinky
20 days ago
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Fedoras for violence against video games and bronies.
Santa Cruz, CA
JoeTortuga
20 days ago
Blame poor little people who aren't me.
mmunley
20 days ago
Hmm. Christians for the Protection of Millennials
lelandpaul
20 days ago
Save the eating of children?! 0.0

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If You Liked...

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#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If You Liked Graceling by Kristin Cashore, try Huntress by Malinda Lo because both feature ass-kicking women charged with saving the kingdom.

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ryanbrazell
22 days ago
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I just finished reading Ash and it was FANTASTIC. Huntress is the prequel, and I can't wait to read it.
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nedahoyin:

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The Navy just pinned its first female four-star admiral.

Vice Admiral Michelle Howard is now the first female four-star admiral in the Navy’s 236-year history.

She’s gay and black too.. :)

GO NAVY!

this lady is just so fucking rad i can’t stand it.

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<3
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