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Is it Live?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

YouTube has the ability to create live events now where you can stream your encoded video out to an audience. The URL for these events looks just like a regular YouTube URL, with the 11 character video ID at the end. One of the projects I've been working on called for the ability to recognize when a channel is showing a live stream. The Ustream platform is pretty good at this, especially in terms of embedding. When you use the Ustream embed code from their platform, if you are live it will embed the live stream, when you aren't live you can show a playlist of videos within your account. Paid accounts give the ability to upload non-Ustream recorded videos but you can only have one playlist. I felt if I could just find a way to determine when a YouTube account goes live, then I could embed any playlists I want. Turns out, there is a way.

Chinese Food & Functional Fixedness

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A few years ago today, I was called into work because a door alarm was triggered in the middle of the night. It was more than likely due to a late night employee not knowing how to exit the building since normally open exits were locked. The staff at the building were not able to close the door or reset the alarm, so I had to take a trip back to the city to resolve the problem early Christmas morning. It sort of ruined the day for the rest of the family looking for me to stay but I also realized since it was Christmas, I wouldn't have much in a selection of places to eat since most places were closed. As a bachelor in his own apartment, I believe my fridge could have been compared to the status of Santa's bag of presents when he returns to the North Pole; empty. Fortunately, there was one type of place I could depend on to receive nourishment; the local Chinese takeout restaurant.

New York Times Harassment

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

About a year ago, I was required to buy a subscription to the New York Times in order to report current events. After the class, I canceled the subscription but continued to the receive notification e-mails to return as a home delivery subscriber. On the surface, you'd think that unsubscribing from an e-mail list would be as simple as clicking the link at the bottom of the e-mail. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be the case.

Searching Instructional Videos

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Watching video on the internet has become very popular, generally beating out reading as the preferred method of obtaining information. People would rather passively accepted the information instead of deliberately read about it. I'd figure if I made a video about this topic, it would be viewed more than this post read. Furthermore, a video has a defined length of time that it will be completed. Reading depends on the reader's abilities in order to finish the text. But there's one thing that written words excel in while videos are near useless.

"Twerk" Has Every Right to Be a Word

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Coincidentally after this year's MTV's Video Music Award performance by Miley Cyrus, the word twerk was added to the Oxford Online Dictionary. The main reaction around the internet was disgust; attributing the addition of the word to an esteemed dictionary as a loss of intelligence for our culture. My stance is the near polar opposite.

The Grandmaster; Most Certainly Grand

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

People who know my stance on advertising will remember me saying that I don't feel like I notice advertising. However, proponents of advertising say this is exactly the idea; to catch your attention without you noticing. If that is the case, then I don't find myself acting on that attention which is the end goal of paying for the advertising. However, this time a YouTube ad got me of all things to check out a movie, as I don't even normally watch movies. And yes, there will be spoilers.

The Simplest of Slideshows

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I've been doing a lot of design work recently, and with that practicing my jQuery skills. One of the most popular elements on a webpage these days is the slideshow. It goes along with the idea that people are reading less and would rather get the information from a picture. However, many of the tutorials for slideshows either lack functionality or are too complex. This is how I solved the problem.