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Kottke.org provided a link to the short film "Koyaanistocksi", a remake of the trailer to the 1982 film "Koyaanisqatsi" using only stock footage, showing how commonplace the imagery from the original film is today.

In a way, it's sort of sad, as the original film was a critique of society and mankind (the subtitle of the film was "Life out of balance"). The film techniques and the use of time-lapse and slow-motion were used to highlight his message, and in fact, combined with the score, are the only techniques used to highlight it (the movie is remarkably language-free). Yet the remake of the trailer shows that the style is pervasive and normal now. The critique is gone.

The "trailer" for Koyaanistocksi is on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/162039610, while the trailer for Koyaanisqatsi is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/PirH8PADDgQ
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And yet the critique is still there in the original trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PirH8PADDgQ
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What BBC doesn't show is how this cat got in the air in the first place. Nice cinematography, though.
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Patty Duke passed away today. Does anyone know how her identical cousin is doing?
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There are a lot of old training videos on Youtube, of which https://youtu.be/uFjVWlyv6lU is a representative sample. These are films made by private companies (this one GM), or the military, or some other organization, which, in most of the examples I've found, clearly describe some aspect of technology. These videos are also a common feature of Hackaday's "Retrotechtacular" http://hackaday.com/category/hackaday-columns/retrotechtacular-hackaday-columns/ columns. 

One common refrain from folks seeing these videos is that they don't make videos like this any more, and they ought to from an educational standpoint. These videos are almost universally heralded as better than educational videos of today.

I wonder how much of that is survival bias? Bad army training video from 60 years ago may have been much more plentiful than good ones, but few people are going to put that video on YouTube, and the ones which do get YouTubed are not going to get linked and shared (unless they are MST3K bad).
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My computer recently blew a motherboard. I've replaced it (and the power supply, as that was my first idea). But now is occasionally freezes forcing me to press the restart button, which I don't like.

So I suspect my CPU is getting toasted, and may have been weakened by the MB failure. Newegg says I bought this CPU in October 2012, so it's about 3.5 years old. It's survived at least one power supply and one motherboard. I'm soon to be running into the Ship of Thesus problem again with my computer, especially if I replace the CPU. 

I don't know how to interpret/compare GPU specs. My CPU has "Radeon HD 7540D" integrated graphics. The one I'm considering has "Radeon R7 (on die)" integrated graphics. Where do I look to see how much better the new graphics are? Where do I look to see if its supported by Linux?

I've never been able to understand how to compare AMD graphics systems. The model numbers seem to be random, and change their system depending on generation, platform (mobile/desktop/integrated), etc. Is there any rhyme or reason to it these days?
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SpaceX landed a rocket on a barge! Go SpaceX!
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I'm not all that familiar with Lyle Lovett.

SpaceX is trying to pioneer the reusable space launch system world. They have the goal of recovering in a reusable manner the 1st-stage booster of rockets which launch satellites into orbit. 

So far, they have made 7 attempts to launch a a satellite and land the booster. It is much more fuel efficient to land the booster down-range rather than have the rocket turn around and return to its launch site. So 6 of the landing attempts have been on a barge at sea rather than the launch site.

The 1 landing on land was successful. The first 5 landings at sea went something like this: https://youtu.be/BhMSzC1crr0

The most recent landing, however, went like this: https://youtu.be/sYmQQn_ZSys
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Last night I "slept" without my CPAP machine for the first time in a long time. We are having a power issue at home which should be resolved today. There was no power to run the CPAP. That is the only reason why I went without it.

I feel like I was awake half the night; I know I woke up several times. My mouth was dry and parched (it seems I mouth-breathe without the CPAP at night). Not a good start to the day.
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Chili's windows form a natural triptych. 
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A must-see documentary for my desert-friends.
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Things I'm learning from the Ruby on Rails course I'm taking:

1) RoR setup seems to be best done by setting up a virtual machine so that your settings for the course don't interfere with the settings for your system.

2) For a VM with limited memory running on a laptop, XFCE is a much better choice than Unity

3) Running a screensaver on a VM running on a laptop is a great way to ruin everyone's day, performance-wise.

4) I miss the speed of my 24GB desktop machine with an SSD.
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Containers seem to be the new hip technology, and I'm trying it out. So far, I've managed to install and run the "Hello World" Docker container, but I don't know what I'm doing, really. The 2nd course in the Ruby on Rails program begins on Monday, so I'll try to get a containerized environment set up by then.
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Question for the tech experts: I have a laptop with a 1TB spinning hard drive. I am dual-booting Win8.1 and Debian8. I would like to consider replacing that hard drive with a 1TB SSD (not  immediately; I'm not made of money).
The theoretical challenge I see is how to transfer the stuff from the current hard drive to the new one so I can swap them, but so that the new hard drive doesn't think the drive is full. If I do a "dd" from the old drive to the new drive, it'll write every block, and the SSD won't think any block is free. It looks like I could do the dd, mount the Linux partition, run "fstrim", and deal with most of the work. Is there a similar command on the Windows side?
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Have you considered a utility like Clonezilla (http://clonezilla.org/)? It supports lots of different operating systems, and is pretty flexible.
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