My New Concert Blog vs Useful Consumer Review

So I wanted to test the camera again.  I mean, filming.  I decreased the HD-ness to perhaps save some battery life.

There’s apparently no way to shut the screen off while filming.  That’s annoying, because a bright screen sitting on a table at the front is kinda annoying.

The camera shut itself off every 20 minutes or so.  Saying that it’s “out of battery”.  The last time it was apparently true.

So I don’t know what the Canon engineers were on, but they obviously haven’t tried using this camera in “movie” mode.  For more than a couple of minutes.

(Oh, the concert was with Marc Ribot (Ree-bow), Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor.)

Useful Consomer Review vs My New Concert Blog

I got a Canon S120 the other day, because I thought it’d be nice to have a camera small enough to actually schlep around again.

So I went to the Deciders concert:

After sixteen minutes the “I’m dying!!!” battery symbol started flashing in red, so I switched the camera off.  I switched it on during the interval, and then the battery meter said that it was 100% fully loaded.  So I started filming again:

After 22 more minutes, it switched itself off.

So, as a camera for casual filming, my rating for this camera is seven thumbs down.

Canon S120.  Boo!

My New Concert Blog

I’ve been carrying around a Lumia phone the last week, so I recorded a couple of shows.

Getting the videos off of the phone proved to be challenging.  Google has sabotaged the Microsoft Youtube app, so you can’t upload directly from the phone.  And using normal HTTP uploads is disabled in the phone, apparently.

So I had to install tons of stuff in a virtual Windows machine and upload via USB.

So modern.

Anyway:

Crowdsourcing Is Dead

For a brief, shiny moment back around 2007, it seemed like crowdsourcing would really take of
f.  However, by now it’s become pretty obvious that we just saw an enormous influx of Can Do people as (pretty much) the entire Western world got reliable Interweb connections at all at once.

Then most of these people grew tired of updating and fixing stuff on corporate web sites, because, after all, where was the pay off?

And the trickle of new, helpful people isn’t sufficient to keep up with the attrition rate.

I’ve been relying on the concert listings on Underskog and last.fm for years, but they have been growing increasingly erratic.  After missing a few shows that I really wanted to see, I’ve now gone back to old-fashioned web scraping and aggregation.  The thing we imagined to be a thing of the past.

What’s next?  Newspapers paying journalists to maintain listings?

I’ve put the source code up on GitHub, but it’s just a trivial Emacs Lisp HTML parsing and extraction script which outputs the result to this web page.  I’ve just added the clubs I’m interested in, and I’m not going to extend the listing to anything beyond what it’s displaying at the present.

So: Welcome back to 1999.  The brave new world was kinda amusing while it lasted.

Livin’ in the 1980s

I got a new tape deck!

Now that newspapers have started reporting on how all the hipsters have moved from vinyl to tape (because vinyl got too popular), hipsters have probably stopped buying tape decks.  (Too mainstream now.) So I was finally able to pick up a good one today, after looking for a month.  (My previous one started making squeekey noises.)

And look at all those knobs and blinking lights!  Oh, my.