Another interesting video from Technology Connections.
In this one, he reminds us that simple management of heat in our homes can amount to a simple and immediately available method to distribute energy use from the hours of peak demand.
"People You May Know", an FT Film (18 min) written by James Graham on the challenges presented by big data and algorithms, is released today in collaboration with Sonia Friedman Productions and supported by Luminate.
I think the film is worth watching, but one should keep in mind who the producer is.
Luminate was funded in 2018 by the Omidyar Group, which is owned by Pierre Morad Omidyar, who founded eBay which in turn bought PayPal. So not exactly a video by the people for the people...
Despite the notion in the film and the paper, I think the call for collective action does not negate the validity of individual action. Feeling like you should do something about this whole data privacy nightmare?
Well, you can! Switch from Chrome to Firefox. Switch from WhatsApp to Signal (or even better, Matrix). Don't let the Facebook newsfeed be your window unto the world; use your own RSS feedreader instead. Be the change you want to see!
There's an app that can identify bird species from their song or even by photo: Merlin. Developed by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and covers birds across most of the world. Thanks to Helen Fields for the tip.
Big downside - the app won't start until you provide an email address. It appears it won't continue working past five days unless the email address is confirmed. Why are you being snoopy, Cornell? Not nice.
For 20 years, astronauts have been shooting photos of Earth from the space station. Like everything the astronauts do, they are trained for this job. And like everything they do, there is purpose and intention behind it.
Copenhagen is a great city, but it's not Amsterdam ... or any other Dutch city for that matter. This video explores the differences in street design taken by Copenhagen and citites in the Netherlands, to discover some of the finer points of what makes for great urban design.
I suggest you try to avoid using the Youtube website or Youtube's mobile apps. Instead, if you use the Youtube URL, watch their videos using a client outside of Google's control, such as Invidious or a desktop client like mpv or VLC, or a mobile app like NewPipe.
For safe-keeping, I have also downloaded copies of these videos onto my Nextcloud instance. Use those URLs above to play the video in your browser, or append /download to the URL and stream it using a client like VLC or mpv.
The video should be viewed as art, not science. From the creator, on post-production:
Afterwards, color-grading is essential in my work. A lot of times I will completely change colors to illustrate something precise, such as fire, gold or water.
The creator again, on which chemical reactions were used:
I like to keep the details of my recipes secret. I see it as a way of protecting the magic surrounding the images. I love seeing adults be kids again by trying to understand what they are seeing. I feel like revealing the trick would take part of the magic away.
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