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Finally, Caption Playback – posted by Ken Harrenstien, Deaf engineer for Google

Thought I’d post this to help spread the word out.

Finally, Caption Playback on Google Video

“…however, this is exactly the same problem faced by the early proponents of CC, and it is this very issue which has compelled us to start with baby mis-steps sooner, rather than a giant leap of perfection later. Now that viewers can see the results, we hope that more people will be inspired to caption more videos, and that other services will be encouraged to support similar capabilities. The potential applications here for search quality, automatic translation, and speech recognition should also become more obvious.

Every time I watch TV I’m thankful to all of the many people who first developed and brought closed-captioning to fruition, and wish I could have helped them. So it’s enormously gratifying that Google Video has given me an opportunity to help carry on their work into new domains.” –Ken Harrenstien

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Nice article by a Duke student who met a group of Gallaudet students in Bahama over spring break.

“The learning process never ends, even on vacation.” by Megan Bode.

“My most important experience, however, had nothing to do with personal adaptation to an unfamiliar environment. On our first day in the hotel, we met a group of deaf kids across the hall. One of them, David, had some hearing, and was able to tell us that they were college students at Gallaudet, a school for the hearing-impaired. He taught us the American Sign Language alphabet, so that we had a rudimentary means of communicating. Clumsily using our hands, we made friends with the kids across the hall — inviting them over for drinks, playing games, and hanging out at clubs.”

It’s interesting that hearing people would have misconceptions about deaf people having some difficulty time to co-exist with their world. Of course we would find ways to get along, just a little patience and some open-mindedness are all it takes.

North Face bionic apex jacket

I got a Dick’s gift card from my parents for my birthday. After some naked shopping, I decided to get this.

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Prison vs Work

Got this from http://readthisforfun.blogspot.com/

Lol, so true…

1) IN PRISON – you spend the majority of your time in an8X10 cell.

AT WORK – you spend the majority of your time in a 6X8 cubicle.

2) IN PRISON – you get three meals a day.

AT WORK – you only get a break for one meal and you pay for it.

3) IN PRISON – you get time off for good behavior.

AT WORK – you get more work for good behavior.

4) IN PRISON – the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.

AT WORK – you must carry around a security card and open all the doors for

yourself.

5) IN PRISON – you can watch TV and play games.

AT WORK – you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

6) IN PRISON – you get your own toilet.

AT WORK – you have to share with some idiot who pees on the seat.

7) IN PRISON – they allow your family and friends to visit.

AT WORK – you can’t even speak to your family.

8) IN PRISON – the taxpayers pay all expenses with no work required.

AT WORK – you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they

deduct taxes from your salary to pay for Prisoners.

9) IN PRISON – you spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out.

AT WORK – you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside

bars.

10) IN PRISON – you must deal with sadistic wardens.

AT WORK – they are called managers.

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Yes, even the Pope was like us, :-)


“To the computer users around the world, you’ve been blessed.”

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50 people see…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brevity/6625994/in/set-146801/

Wow, this is really cool and new idea in photography art. What you see in this pic is a blend of 50 different pictures using same tags: shadow and self. You can click on the link above to see how this was done. It certainly takes an abstract form and looks like 19th century’s impressionism.

50 people their shadows

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The new vacuum Dyson DC15 �The Ball�

I’m a big-time tech freak so I surf tech webs regularly and saw this new vacuum from Dyson. This vacuum was awesome because it could also be used as a car vacuum cleaner. I’d already promise myself that I would buy a Dyson vacuum as soon as I buy a house but that’s like 5 years away from now. Now, this guy Dyson just released a new vacuum called DC15 with the ball movement. It’ll allow you to vacuum more efficiently and getting the work done more quickly. Seeing the pic has made me hardly wait to buy my first Dyson vaccum!

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Golden Triangle Eye Scan

Saw this webpage about the study of eye movement on search engines such as Google.

A new study has added tangible evidence to the widely held view that top-ranking search results get the most attention from users, and that lower-ranking results are all but invisible to most people.

The joint study conducted by search marketing firms Enquiro and Did-it and eye tracking firm Eyetools examined the eye movements of users viewing Google search result pages.

The study found that most viewers looked at results in an “F” shaped scan pattern, with the eye travelling vertically along the far left side of the results looking for visual cues (relevant words, brands, etc) and then scanning to the right, as if something caught the participant’s attention.

The researchers called this pattern a “golden triangle” at the top of result pages. The triangle extends across the top natural search result, then angles back to the left of the page down to the bottom-most “above the fold” result, typically in the third or fourth position on the page.

This article

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