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Come on people... this really DOES have to stop. 

I can't imagine how down and depressed Ash was in order to have taken this final step in his life, but my heart weeps for him and the four other trans kids who have met the same fate this year because their family, friends and school weren't supportive of them. 

Remember, what's between someone's legs is irrelevant in the wold. Who they are, and how they interact with the world around them, is paramount. 

Don't let your prejudice and fear ruin someone else's life. 

Coming out is tough... whatever the coming out is. Love and support, not hate and shame. 

I had hoped when I started to come out of the closet back in '99 and '00 that things would have changed by now. Yet here we are, 15 years later, still dealing with the same shit. The same fear. The same anger. 

A beautiful life is no more. Let's make sure no more are sacrificed. 

#hisnamewasash   #Transgender   #Transgenderlives   #Supportourkids  
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Well, of course that is a generelization, but I know from experience that many teenagers see some problems as being bigger than they are, and they have little or no clue of what to really expect from adult life. But of course not every teenager is like that. And I'm not blaming the teenager for their problem, just for choosing the wrong solution. Is that harsh? Not as harsh as actually killing yourself, that's for sure.
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Well done to +Gavin Shoebridge , who donned a suit to make a point about electric car fast charging. 
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Awesome! You need to get these guys to sponsor you with a cooling vest -- and air vents :) http://ezcooldown.com/
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Where do my proxy files keep going?

Hi folks. I've got a weird bug I'm trying to track down with your help. 

I'm the editor-in-chief of +Transport Evolved Future Car News , and we produce a weekly news podcast called 'TEN'. It's a ten-minute news round up show filmed with chroma key, covering the latest news in the world of the future car industry. 

As with other shows, we use lots of stock b-roll footage from the automakers, which can come in a variety of different sizes and qualities. In keeping with good FCPX practice, I always drop the media into Compressor first, create a Pro Rexs 422 HQ version, and then add that HQ version to FCPX.

I've got one large library called "Vehicle B-Roll" which I then have individual events inside for each make and model of car we've got footage for. They're keyworded for easy access, speeding up the editing process fantastically. 

I should note here that we're currently editing on both a hackintosh (yes, sorry -- we built it waiting for the 2013 Mac Pro to appear...) and when we're in the field a 2014 MacBook Pro Retina. We've a couple of old Mac Pros running as compressor helpers to speed up the first part of the import. 

Anyway. Back to the main machine, and the import. On importing the media into the B-Roll library, I tell FCPX to create a proxy version of the media, which I then use to keep processor cycles in check during rough edits. 

But in the past month or so, I've noticed that every time I open up that library, there are some events which seem to persistently lose their proxy media files. 

It's a total pain, because in order to edit the darned thing in any time at all, I NEED to use proxy media otherwise my chroma key plugins make things so sluggish I can't edit correctly. 

So, who or what is stealing my proxies? Is this a moment when I need to rebuild the library from scratch?  I really hope not -- the library is about 2 TB in size... 

Specs: Hackintosh with Intel 3770K at  4.1 GHz 
32 GB RAM
1.04 TB scratch disc
12 TB 'media' drive (Raid 0 for speed) backed up to G-Tech Studio Array.
GeForce GTX 660 2GB
OSX Yosemite 10.10.4
FCPX 10.2.1
PHYX Keyer Plugin.



Cheers, 

Nikki. 
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I'd have to do a test case, but I didn't think proxy / optimized got transferred between libraries - just the original. That said it sounds like it's an intermittent issue for you which seems quite odd. Check for the proxy files on disk when you get a chance and see if they're missing or if it's some kind of library reference issue.

You could check the drive for errors in case of corruption, but that kind of problem shouldn't be so isolated. If it's in the hackintosh it could be a weird compatibility thing causing issue, but wouldn't know where to start to diagnose.

If it where reliably reproducible I'd suggest trying on a new user account and then after that trying without loading any plugins.

(It's annoying I can't see the post I'm replying to on mobile for reference)

A less than ideal workaround may be to have a folder of 422 HQ and a folder of proxy transcoded such that you would import the proxy as original media for projects and then relinking to HQs when ready for output. This shouldn't be necessary though and could end up with a call to Apple. They've been pretty good so far and even diagnosed an issue to some obscure obsolete Adobe files causing issue before.
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Back in August 2013 Elon Musk, CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] released a technical paper online outlining his vision for mass-transit of the future. The paper, entitled Hyperloop Alpha, described a transportation system which used a series of partially-evacuated elevated cylindrical tubes, large enough for a specially-designed capsule to fit in side. Powered by solar …
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PiNetwork

Given the fact that I'm about to move to the U.S, and a particularly seismically active part at that, I've been thinking about using a network of Raspberry Pi computers and small LCD screens as emergency communications devices. 

Yes, we have amateur radio, and emergency radio communications equipment. But powered by a small and cheap battery bank, photovoltaic panel or perhaps a combination of the two, a Raspberry pi can operate quite happily off the grid while simultaneously living in a network of WiFi nodes. 

So here's what I'm thinking: 

A custom build of Raspbian which can be installed in NOOB mode, and comes with support for a WiFi network. Think of a pirate box, but instead of operating as a stand-alone device, it operates as a repeater station for one massive WiFi network. 

It wouldn't work in rural areas, but it could be quite effective in cities, provided there were enough nodes. The biggest challenge of course would be satisfying the http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/tutorials/article.php/1428941 rules... 
Understand the limitations of transmit power and antenna gain limitations so that you don't mistakenly violate FCC regulations.
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Dear Ambrož, 

As an oboist, and someone whose father passed due to the horrors of brain tumors, I have no words for how determined and focused you remain throughout this procedure. 

And as someone who is facing future conscious surgeries, I feel perhaps I won't be quite as scared about them as I was for my first. Thank you.
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STOLEN BIKE, Bristol, UK. BMW F800GS.

Bugger! My friend’s 2008 F800GS has been stolen, complete with his touratech panniers.@BritainBiking Please RT. Plate: LB08 FJX 

Can you all share around and keep an eye out? 
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Not that I expect to come across it, but it might be helpful to post a picture and exact location of where the bike went missing, no? 
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Where do my proxy files keep going?

Hi folks. I've got a weird bug I'm trying to track down with your help. 

I'm the editor-in-chief of +Transport Evolved Future Car News , and we produce a weekly news podcast called 'TEN'. It's a ten-minute news round up show filmed with chroma key, covering the latest news in the world of the future car industry. 

As with other shows, we use lots of stock b-roll footage from the automakers, which can come in a variety of different sizes and qualities. In keeping with good FCPX practice, I always drop the media into Compressor first, create a Pro Rexs 422 HQ version, and then add that HQ version to FCPX.

I've got one large library called "Vehicle B-Roll" which I then have individual events inside for each make and model of car we've got footage for. They're keyworded for easy access, speeding up the editing process fantastically. 

I should note here that we're currently editing on both a hackintosh (yes, sorry -- we built it waiting for the 2013 Mac Pro to appear...) and when we're in the field a 2014 MacBook Pro Retina. We've a couple of old Mac Pros running as compressor helpers to speed up the first part of the import. 

Anyway. Back to the main machine, and the import. On importing the media into the B-Roll library, I tell FCPX to create a proxy version of the media, which I then use to keep processor cycles in check during rough edits. 

But in the past month or so, I've noticed that every time I open up that library, there are some events which seem to persistently lose their proxy media files. 

It's a total pain, because in order to edit the darned thing in any time at all, I NEED to use proxy media otherwise my chroma key plugins make things so sluggish I can't edit correctly. 

So, who or what is stealing my proxies? Is this a moment when I need to rebuild the library from scratch?  I really hope not -- the library is about 2 TB in size... 

Specs: Hackintosh with Intel 3770K at  4.1 GHz 
32 GB RAM
1.04 TB scratch disc
12 TB 'media' drive (Raid 0 for speed) backed up to G-Tech Studio Array.
GeForce GTX 660 2GB
OSX Yosemite 10.10.4
FCPX 10.2.1
PHYX Keyer Plugin.



Cheers, 

Nikki. 
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Hahahahahah :) That is awesome. But what about the sweet sweet sound of the d'amore? Huh Huh? ;)
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+oboephil That's the way. Now... How about the Eb/F Piccolo Oboes? ;)
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If I were picking the one thing that made electric cars stand out from regular vehicles, making them appear status symbols for the middle class wouldn't be it. https://transportevolved.com/2015/06/17/electric-cars-an-aspirational-middle-class-status-symbol-to-keep-up-with-the-joneses-says-uk-survey/
Keeping up with the Joneses — the continual war between neighbours to appear more socially mobile than each other — is a phenomenon that most people have witnessed at some point in their lives. From buying the latest gadget to using the best tools, eating at the best restaurants or visiting the latest hip coffee …
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Same here Sean, although I'm encouraged by the falling price of the first Nissan Leafs. They're starting at £6.5k on ebay, and I'm hoping that after the new registrations come out in September, they may start to enter my affordable price range of under £5k.

I'd love to own an EV, not for status, but purely for running costs. After that will be solar panels to bring the cost of motoring down further still.
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Co-Founder at Little Collie.com and Transportevolved.com
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Pragmatic motoring journalism with a specialism in electric and alternative-fuelled vehicles.
Employment
  • Freelancer
    2013 - present
  • LittleCollie Ltd
    Director, 2010 - 2012
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Introduction

Too geeky to be a hipster.

Founder, editor-in chief at Transport Evolved, explaining technology that makes cars cleaner, greener, safer and smarter. Also writes on everything from gender issues to computer tech and adoptive parenting.

Trained as a classical oboist but went to the dark side for the cookies and venti soya latte.

Total Mac geek, Classic car nut and tech fan. Early adopter. Of everything.

Married to Kate. Mom to two wonderful adopted kids.

Sometimes found terrorising the neighbourhood in costume, but looks equally stupid in arctic weather gear and bunny suits.

Bragging rights
Survived the odd job change, gender change and even underwear change. How about you?
Education
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
    Oboe, (BMus), 1998 - 2002