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Levee in New Orleans, 15 September 2015
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Actually, it is covered. There's still a green molly from the previous thermostat that's partially visible at the top of the CT100, but it's not a big deal. The best part is that we were at the house over the long Thanksgiving weekend and Valerie adjusted the temperature on the CT100 without complaining or asking for help. Which means its interface officially qualifies as an intuitive.
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Turn on YouTube's Speech-to-Text Closed Captions ... They’re Hilarious!
The other day I discovered that YouTube has introduced automated, possibly on-the-fly closed captioning for a lot of its videos. To see if the video you’re watching has this option, simply click on the Settings gear icon in the lower righthand corner of the...
To see if the video you're watching has this option, simply click on the Settings gear icon in the lower righthand corner of the video. If you see the Subtitles/CC option, select English (auto-generated) ... ... and you're ready for instant autohilarity. (Aside: when you click English ...
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+Dick Hartzell In my anecdotal experience, the single biggest culprit is background noise.
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Am I wrong, Jeff, or did your grandfather have some kind of privileged access to shoot this stuff?  He seems awfully close to the action, he occasionally gets a wave or a word from the performers, and there don't seem to be any other "civilians" around.  It's really quite extraordinary.  Thanks again for posting these.  They're really quite wonderful.

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Casey: we all know how resourceful you are with DIY improvements to your hardware.  So it's time to find an ingenious solution to the wind noise when you shoot video with your iPhone.  We know you can do it.  And we know when you do do it you'll share it with everyone right here.  Get on it, dude!

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Wow.  At 59 I try (and usually succeed) in avoiding the loathsome impulse to be nostalgic, but it was tough while watching this home movie because my dad and I went to Expo 67 in the summer of (what else?) '67.  I was not quite 12.  I remember visiting the U.S. pavilion designed by Buckminster Fuller, remember riding in the hovercraft your grandfather caught once or twice on film speeding over the water, remember visiting the Kodak pavilion, which Kodak artfully designed to look like the carousel from its popular carousel slide projectors.  (Your grandfather caught it on film, too.)  Expo 67 was all about media, and the Kodak pavilion's draw was the 360 degree screen the company installed to show a film intended to surround the audience on all sides.  (Alas, aside from an all-enveloping shot of Canadian mounted police I can't remember a damned thing about it.)  As much fun as it was, the lines were astronomical.  I remember an exhibition called Labyrinth whose queues were literally 4-hours long; there were strategically placed signs along the route that supplied time advisories, e.g., 1 HOUR 45 MINUTES WAITING TIME FROM HERE.  Is there anything out there today I'd be willing to stand in line for 4 hours to see?  Nothing springs to mind.

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After making an installation video for the CT100 Z-Wave thermostat I decided to do a blog post explaining some setup limitations I didn't have time to cover in my demo.  Have a look.
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Almond+ Router/Smarthome Hub Plus CT100 Thermostat = Remote Control Heat
A few years have gone by since I wrote about the original Almond
touchscreen wi-fi router and range extender and my consulting relationship
with Ram Malasani, the founder of the company that makes it. Since then Ram initiated a Kickstarter
campaign to fund ...
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Editors love to use the word "bizarre", but in this case -- it fits.
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Alas, for anyone of a certain age Broadway can be a dislocating place to visit.  There are the avid photographers, the insistent cell phone users, and those who think dressing for the theater involves just the right pair of cut offs and sandals.  And then there are the standing ovations, which are no longer reserved for milestone performances by theatrical legends -- they now apply to virtually anything that's managed to hold your attention for a couple of hours.  So I'm hardly surprised there are performers like Ms. LuPone who may have developed a short fuse.  Over the years mine's gotten shorter, too.

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I knew there had to be some drawback to Casey's obsessive Snapchatting, and now I know what it is: missing out on piña coladas.  Plus having to spend 20 minutes finessing one lousy in situ title card ...
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