Wednesday February 5
I just saw the coolest thing…
…starring Wendle (i don't remember her making a movie)
…and on Facebook yet
It's called 'A Look Back'. I had to watch it
It's beautiful…and so moving…heartwarming ee-ven (oh my gawd…i'm feeling verklempt)
Andrea, who came over for dinner, watched it too. She's also verklempt…and so is Wendy who is watching it for the third time (she looooves this movie)
Now, Andrea wants her own Facebook movie…(and right freakin now too!)
She just went to the 'A Look Back' site from her Facebook page and within five seconds, the movie of her life is playing…and breaking hearts (it's like 'Brian's Song' but instead of Brian Piccolo, it's Andrea)
This is absolutely freaking amazing!
I start asking, “How did they do that? How do they know what stuff to add?”
Wendle says, “They use Algorythms” (ahhh, the rhythm method)…
What the hell is an Algorhythm anyway?
(maybe she means the music they use, is from that old 'Boxcar' album)
Highly unlikely. They're an Australian band. Who would want Australian music on their 'Look Back'? (an Aussie?)
Let's research this a bit…
Eureka…it's Algorithm, not Algorhythm (clear as a bell now…what's an algorithm?)
I'm not sure, I don't remember taking that in grade 4 Math. I do believe though that it has something to do with solving a Rubik's cube (they use a Rubik's cube to make your Facebook movie?)
Let's research this a bit more…
“In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm is a step-by-step procedure for calculations.”
(that must be right, he has letters after his name)
I think he's a TV character
(well…would TV lie to you?)
“Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning.
“Algorithms are essential to the way computers process data. Many computer programs contain algorithms that detail the specific instructions a computer should perform (in a specific order) to carry out a specified task, such as calculating employees' paychecks or printing students' report cards
(quick question…what is automated reasoning?)
“Automated Reasoning is an area of computer science and mathematical logic dedicated to understanding different aspects of reasoning. The study of automated reasoning helps produce software that allows computers to reason completely, or nearly completely, automatically. Although automated reasoning is considered a sub-field of artificial intelligence,…”
“To make a computer do anything, you have to write a computer program. To write a computer program, you have to tell the computer, step by step, exactly what you want it to do. The computer then “executes” the program, following each step mechanically, to accomplish the end goal.”
“When you are telling the computer what to do, you also get to choose how it's going to do it. That's where computer algorithms come in.”
“Typically, when an algorithm is associated with processing information, data is read from an input source, written to an output device, and/or stored for further processing. Stored data is regarded as part of the internal state of the entity performing the algorithm. In practice, the state is stored in one or more data structures.”
(and in english?)
It sounds like Facebook takes all of your data, runs it through a very smart computer that has been programmed to pick out salient points and then keeps the new data…does that sound right?
“The video is customized for you and features many of your Facebook milestones. It shows when you joined Facebook, your first profile picture, your most-liked posts and more. For maximum sentimental value, the whole video is set to some tear-jerky piano and strings background music.”
“The project is kind of an impressive masterpiece of data aggregation, and the company has been working on this project for weeks. Facebook created an algorithm that produced 1.25 billion different videos for 1.25 billion different people, and did a fairly nice job in every single case.”
“…what better way to celebrate Facebook's 10th anniversary than to give them more page views and more personal data to store and analyze?”
Joe Kokura, Allvoices
Well, now that we know how it works do we still want to do it? (hell yeah, i want to be in a cool movie too)
Okay. Let's just click on the link here and…
What the hell! Where's my movie?
Hmm…what's that little link at the bottom of the page 'Learn More about a Look Back'
Let's click on it…
What does all that even mean?
(you got the 'Thank You' card…it means you have no life bro)
Mind you, it also means that they don't have much data on me
(right, because how much data can they have on you if you write a semi-daily blog for seven months?)
Crap…now I'm feeling verklempt too. Hey Facebook, you're record now stands at; 1.25 billion wins / 1 loss
(Wendle, Andrea…can I watch your movies again?)
You guys have a great weekend…no, go on, enjoy you're freakin movie
Moose and Wendle
Here are the two winners for best 'A Look Back' movies (satirically speaking…and no, they're not Wendle's or Andrea's)
I discovered this while I was reading Joe Sukura's Post (and who says learning isn't fun)
If you think you see breaststesses…well, yes, you are a perv…but go to Joe's post and see what actually happened (it's a cool story)
2013 DARWIN AWARDS (thanks Teresa)
You've been waiting for them with bated breath, so without further ado, here are the 2013 Darwin Awards:
In Detroit , a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.
A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who “totally zoned when he ran”, accidentally jogged off a 100-foot high cliff on his daily run.
While at the beach, Daniel Jones, 21, dug an 8 foot hole for protection from the wind and had been sitting in a beach chair at the bottom, when it collapsed, burying him beneath 5 feet of sand. People on the beach used their hands and shovels trying to get him out but could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy equipment almost an hour to free him. Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was burglarizing. Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth to keep his hands free rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.
Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed as he won a bet with friends who said he would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the trigger.
After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, a man walked into H&J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the store. The shop was full of customers and a uniformed officer was standing at the counter. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up and fired a few wild shots from a target pistol.
The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, and several customers also drew their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else was hurt.
Paul Stiller, 47, and his wife Bonnie were bored just driving aroundat 2 A.M. so they lit a quarter stick of dynamite to toss out the window to see what would happen. Apparently they failed to notice that the window was closed.
Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from a local bridge in the middle of traffic. The conversation grew more excited and at least 10 men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge, they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered and pointed out that a coil of lineman's cable lay nearby. They secured one end around Bingham's leg and then tied the other to the bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle. He miraculously survived his fall into the icy water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen. Bingham's foot was never located.
AND THE WINNER IS….
Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt ( Paderborn , Germany ) fed his constipated elephant 22 doses of animal laxative and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachyderm finally got relief. Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded.
The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground where he struck his head on a rock as the elephant continued to evacuate 200 pounds of dung on top of him. It seems to be just one of those freak accidents that proves… 'Shit happens'
IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPORTANT TO THANK THESE PEOPLE FOR REMOVING THEMSELVES FROM THE GENE POOL.
Big Bang Algorithm – http://clairelotriet.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/frienshipalg.jpg
Nice Elbows -http://www.bitterwallet.com/facebook-bans-photo-of-woman-in-the-bath/60977