Category Archives: youtube

Awareness of the tragedy in Myanmar

I just became aware of the situation in Burma/Myanmar through this post and if this report is accurate the situation is very grim. I have been pretty moved by what I have read about the situation so I thought I would share what I have read and learned. Below there is a list of news articles relating to the current situation in Myanmar. But first I want to mention a few things that I think are interesting.

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Generalized Blog Propagation

I recently discovered Jonathan Yedidia’s blog through this post by T. As with T, his is a particularly meaningful name for me. Especially after working for a while on my most recent project. Its pretty cool when you realize that there is a real person behind a name. I laughed heartily at the videos that he posted, especially HappySlip’s ballad. If you scroll down to his “Personal Technical Web-sites” sidebar section, you will find an impressively thorough list of who’s who in machine learning/computer science/… (probably theoretical physics too, I wouldn’t really know)

At least it won’t be too annoying

Starting tomorrow, YouTube will include advertising within videos. My initial reaction to this news was one of much dismay. I generally find advertising to be intolerable. I rarely watch tv largely because I hate to sit through commercials. Most tv shows would barely be worth sitting through without the commercials. Similarly, I generally get annoyed watching music videos on sites like Rhapsody because they show the same annoying commercials before every video. This is especially frustrating because I pay to use Rhapsody to listen to music.

However, as I read more about YouTube’s new plan my dismay was slightly reduced. The ads will not be short videos that play before the video that the user chooses to watch. They will be banner type ads that show up during the video. They will last for 15 seconds and only take up 20% of the video player. If YouTube feels like it must include advertisements within videos, I think this is so much better than “pre-roll” ads. It still kind of sucks though.

[By the way, I discovered this news through a tweet made by Jeremiah Owyang.]