Monday, August 13, 2018

Whoops... where's my videos?

I know that should be "where are my videos?" in the title, but I wanted to contract it. Unfortunately, there's no contracted form of "are" with "where" ("they're" = "they are" - but "wher're" or "where're" doesn't seem to exist in English - at least not in written English, although Dictionary.com seems to approve of the usage). I've now spent significantly more time describing the incorrect grammar in the title of this blog post and as well as researching the viability of a contracted form of "where are." That seems counterproductive to my original point of saving time by using a contraction in place of spelling out "where are" (which I've done at least twice now in this first paragraph of explanation).

At any rate, onto the subject at hand: where're my videos? Sprinkled throughout the various blog posts on here, you might have noticed the occasional Bambuser or Qik video (links to recordings of originally live-broadcast videos). Notice that I used the past tense "might have noticed" (or maybe that's present perfect tense? I should brush up on my English conjugations! especially in light of the fact that I'll soon begin helping for the second year in our church's free English as a Second Language classes). (I was going to continue the previous sentence, but my parenthetical thought really disrupted the flow, so I am starting a new sentence as soon as I finish this parenthetical interjection.) The videos to which they used to point are no longer available, as both Bambuser and Qik have ceased operation, at least in as far as I was using them. Bambuser has become a pay-only service (and it's not cheap - it starts at base $299/month, plus variable costs, with an example of 50 six-minute broadcasts per month, with an average of 200 viewers, costing nearly $800/month after variable costs are factored in); Qik was (apparently) bought by Skype and no longer exists as its own platform (some of the Qik capabilities were merged into Skype). Neither platform informed me of this (although at least Bambuser claims to have done so), and my videos are no longer either accessible or (most likely) even exist. I have no emails from Bambuser in my email, and the last communication I had from Qik was in 2011 where they indicated they were bought by Skype, but nothing after that indicating Qik was going away and I needed to get my videos if I wanted to keep them.

So, sorry family, but if I had a video of you in Bambuser or Qik, it's gone. Sniff, sniff. Although, I guess, I obviously haven't looked at them in at least a year, so perhaps I should apologize, family, for not watching you more frequently. Perhaps I should download everything I have on Facebook and look through it all before Facebook does the same thing to my memories.

Ah, well, at least Blogger still has my memories... a topato!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hi, again

Hi.

It's been a while. Just noticed the last "post" I made was actually unknown to me, as it was auto-posted from a live broadcast (via Bambuser) of the Sun Chief Sound choir (Faulkner State Community College).

Maybe this is the start of a new era of LBD blogging. Or maybe it's an interruption of a normally quiet channel.

Stay tuned... maybe there will be more here soon.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Sun Chief Sound concert

Well... there used to be a video here of the Sun Chief Sound concert. But Bambuser is no longer available without paying for it (starting at $299/month!!!). Unfortunately, despite their website indicating they gave notice to their users, I do not have anything in my email account from them, and they've terminated access (so I can no longer get the old videos I had posted there). That stinks.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Saturday evening musings: Have we peaked, and a question about black holes

Just musing recently and came across this thought: according to the theory of natural selection (AKA evolution), looking at modern humanity, we cannot progress. Natural selection emphasizes the "prospering" of genes (traits, and beneficial mutations) that increase the likelihood of survival. However, in general in modern humanity, people live past childbearing years without regard to their natural abilities: stamina, athleticism, intelligence, perception. Thus, all humans have (essentially) the same chance of reproducing and passing on their genes. (In some ways, some might argue that beauty or charm might be the genes that have the best chance of reproduction and passing on their genes, and thus the human race might move towards charming beauty, but I'd counter that seemingly everyone has essentially the same chance or rate of reproducing based on the variety of parental units I have observed in my lifetime.) With the exception of the remaining tribal societies scattered throughout the globe, there is little to affect the gene pool in terms of natural selection causing higher or lower probabilities of reproducing in modern societies. Sure, "bad" genes that could lead to mortality before reproductive age might be passed on, but then those genes would die off before being passed on too far, thus leading to a status quo as far as health-related genes.

Thus, without reverting to "artificial selection" (which, somewhat frighteningly, may not be that far off: "designer babies" from genetic engineering of humans), the human race has reached its peak of natural selection. I wonder if biologists who support natural selection would support this view?

On another note, consider black holes. These are the remnants of stars that have collapsed to the point that their gravity is so massive that not even light can escape its pull. Nothing can escape from the gravitational pull of a black hole. Instead, anything pulled into the object just adds to the mass of the black hole and increases its gravitational pull. With that in mind, consider the universe from the perspective of big bang creation theory. In the early stages of the big bang, supposedly all the matter of the universe was contained in a very small volume. Wouldn't this "object" fit the concept of a black hole? Something with massive gravitational pull, from which nothing can escape? With that in mind, how did all the matter in all the stars and galaxies (and in you and me) escape the small volume, high mass, ultra-gravitational young universe?

Just some Saturday evening musings.