State of the Blog: May-June 2014

Bit of a lull for all our blogs. We know what’s missing, and we’re working on it. There’s only so much a small group can do with so little time. Right now, the one blog that has been getting more updates is N.E.A.T. Not to ignore the other blogs, but that seems to be the one getting the most attention. Sorry, HuH? 0_o, it’s really been a while. Same goes for 華山論劍 and the China Bash. With 華山論劍, the hardest thing to do is to get content about America, and then translate it adequately. I think from here-on, I’ll just do summaries. Even then, it’s still hard to take English content and then summarize it in Chinese. Really tough on gauging how much the audience knows about American politics.

Also something to deal with is the constant jump to the “sign-up” page that tells you there is no chance of you signing up. Well, yeah, you can’t sign up and be an author without Admin authorization, but if you’d like to contribute, just ask.
In any case, as far as getting to the actual content, we know it’s very frustrating having to reload the page every time. We thought it was an issue with one of our old themes, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Might be a plugin issue, or database issue. I’ll try to find out what it is in July, but won’t be able to start any sooner. I’ll work on it though.

State of the Blog: January-May 2014

This blog was lucky enough to catch Chang, Song-Thaek’s purge, right after the autumn lull. This time, we’re entering another trough, and by the time we come out, it’ll be just in time for Korea’s Crab Wars, and we’re also assuming with this year, we’ll expect to come out just in time as the continued flare-up of the May Fourth comes about. If not, with the warming weather, there’s going to be SOMETHING bound to happen.

State of the Blog: Fall 2013

This blog will be back on hiatus until December. During this time. There aren’t enough people available to help out aggregate information, and with conflicts in schedule, we have no choice. But we will return with a backlog of things in mid-December.

It’s getting cold out there. Stay warm!

Studio Lighting

We’ve been on a “Broadcast Now” marathon lately, and having watched TWiT‘s “Know How”, Epidsode 46 on how Tom Merritt sets up his studio:

What pretty much was consistent with all these guys, was that they used a lot of big, bright lights. However, staring at bright lights for extended amounts of time can’t be good for you. The other problem with this though, is that the lighting outputs a lot of heat in the room, and our electric bill is going to skyrocket. So we were wondering, is there a more natural way light up a scene? And there is:

The problem this solution though, is if you really have to know how to manipulate the camera, which no one here does. Then, there’s the fact that unlike the shots that were set up, there will actually be a bit of movement here. Those models just posed and stayed put. So we’ll have to see how this will work with the future studio.

State of the Blog: Summer 2013

For the months of June to July, blog posts will pretty much be nonexistent. If there are any, it’ll be very few and far between.

  1. Too few people visit our site, which means there’s no money being generated from this. We’ll try to work on the content curation and generation once the summer is over.
  2. We’ve been having server issues, that still aren’t resolved. Can’t even connect to our own site without a proxy. Calling our hosting server only results in busy dial tones.
  3. It’s the summer, and while everyone’s trying to rush over to the beaches, we’re studying our asses off 38-hours a day. That’s right, we’re studying so much, we no longer have any idea what it is we’re studying, or why we’re doing it, or for how long. -_-,

Updating Videos

At some point, we realized that a lot of the TEDTalk Videos featured on the site didn’t fit well with the themes used. So we switched a lot of them to youtube. Some, we just didn’t even bother with at all. Now, they’ve switched from using a Flash Player, to HTML5, which is much more easier to scale. If you scour through the site, and either notice an old embed code (using flash) for any of these videos, let us know.

Where Journalism Is Heading

New Media like is very exciting, in that it’s doing the same thing traditional media has, but for a fraction of the cost. However, in its infancy, new media is only mimicking the old stuff we’re all familiar with. Will it get out of that mold, or will it perpetuate what we’ve all been used to for so long?

Google Currents, Flipboard, Zite, and other such software of the like, is bringing news we love in a more magazine-like format, using a lot more images, which is nice, because images do a lot that text can’t:

But what about the actual process of journalism itself?

Well, that’s where projects like comes in. Rather than making journalists experts in a certain a certain field, they flip it around: Make experts journalists.

Then of course, after watching how robots can take our jobs, and learning that Forbes Magazine now has an algorithm writing articles, it’s becoming quite interesting. Actually, its first story was Forbes Earnings Preview: Abbott Laboratories on October 14, 2011 (in other words: Today, last year!). It’s compiled so much data, that it already has a 389-page archive as I’m writing this now, and it’s still counting.

I wonder how well the algorithm will work for all things related to North Korea?