The Sydney Sift Up, though intimate, was a heck of a lot of fun. I can now reveal that the secret fly-in Sifter is @maatc. He was in town for a wedding and didn't want to spoil his surprise arrival for the buck's night. We were also joined by @Volump nee @volumptuous (long story) who had flown in recently from the US. Although I'm a naturalised Australian - there was definitely an international flavour to the afternoon and evening. We talked a lot about the big LA Sift Up of 2009 - as Volump was there. This was also the second Sift Up for Maatc - who attended the Euro Sift Up, also in '09 (a good year for Sift Ups).
Circular Quay was beautiful at 2 PM. Street musicians were playing by the dockside right next to the massive ferries making their way to Manly and other suburbs.
Lots of skyscrapers as Circular Quay kind of blends into the business district of Sydney.
The train station is where I got off - Maatc came by ferry and Volump by bus.
This is the moment when Volump arrived - he took a picture before we even knew who he was. Maatc was up getting another round.
We talked about all of you - Volump and I drank Fat Yak, Maatc drank Coopers. The mysteries of the Sift were revealed
Cheers! After an afternoon of pints we took the train to Sydenham - for dinner at a great grungy pub that Volump knew. Really nice chicken schnitzels, BBQ and IPAs - though I was on ginger beer by that time girding myself for the drive back to Canberra.
It was once reserved for Silver Star and Charter members, but all members are now free to lounge and chat. It's a good form of free group therapy.
Be advised that the current version of the lounge can be a bit annoying and freeze up from time to time, but there are plans for a completely reimplemented version to be completed some time in the relatively near future.
Also note that we're aware there are still some legacy messages throughout the system related to Sift Lounge. Those will be updated very soon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWTv4ZQdg8g&list=PLMCZVu8BFu9xwD9XZuUIeyPkLVuC_GrZa&feature=player_embedded (playlist -- note &list parameter part in the URL)
Some of you may know that for my day job I work at the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. Today we've launched a new website that is working to collect the world's solutions to climate change. A lot of the publications in the clean energy world are siloed in their respective technology eg. Solar solutions are held by organisations that just deal with solar. Decarboni.se is aggregating all of these different sources into one website. Does this sound like a certain other website you know? Yes - it's kind of a "CleanEnergySift". (I proposed that name but it didn't fly) There's even a way to submit publications.
I'm the community manager for Decarboni.se - (thanks to my VideoSift experience!). We just launched today - please give us a hand in getting the word out about our new baby by visiting and promoting to your designated social media choice. ;-)
Thank you VideoSift, and good night! I'll take any questions or feedback about Decarboni.se in the comments
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This is the second version of this post I've written. The first one was titled "You Won't Believe the One Crazy Thing That Happened on VideoSift's 8th Siftiversary". It was complete shit. The title was an allusion to click-bait sites and "viral" titles. The post had lots of clever digs at sites like Upworthy and Viral Nova. But what's the point.
The truth is that I'm very proud of VideoSift. It's the thing that I talk about if people ask "what do you do?" at a barbeque. Outside of my family - it's the best thing that I've ever started. It's this big deal that, even though I have little to do with on a daily basis - I get to point at and say "I started that". Me. me. me. It's fucking great. I put a damn VideoSift sticker on the back of my car and I drink from a VideoSift mug.
So I'd like to thank everyone who has made VideoSift possible -and in turn made me feel like a proud SOB. I hope that I've been at least a benevolent founder - and to many of you, a friend.
Thank you to everyone who makes this place a real community. The posters, the *promoters, the *banners and crazy commenters. I know there are other sites you spend time at - me too. But I'm really happy that we have a core group of dedicated Sifters who make this place great.
I like that people sometimes don't "get" VideoSift for a while. The crazy badges, in-jokes, history, regulars and problems. I like the rich complexity that we've built together - and I've come to realise it's not a common commodity on the Internet. So instead of snarking at other newer sites that have sprung up during our 8 years of existence- right now I choose to revel in the amazing thing that we've all built together- a unique entity that cannot be replaced or duplicated. VideoSift is VideoSift. We're a tautology baby.
What does the future hold for VideoSift in its 9th, 10th and 11th years? You tell me. One nice thing about VideoSift is that we're not beholden to a board, investors or any other outside parties. It's just me, @lucky760 and you guys. The people who run VideoSift are the people who know VideoSift. Most of the changes have come from the community. We can do anything. Turn VideoSift into a porn site? Sure we can do that. (though I'll be sleeping in the back of a van in a park). Only cat posts allowed? - sure and maybe we should - it works for Reddit. (zing! OK allow me one dig) I'd like to yield the floor to you all - but I may chime in with some ideas too. (when I wake up - midnight here)
Thanks again to everyone who does all the great work on VideoSift to make it a unique institution -and thanks as always to my partner in Sift @lucky760. Long live VideoSift!
and came back to find that it had been determined to be a dupe. I realize there is another video on the sift which is exactly the same footage, however, the video I posted had been tracked with authentic sounds of the period rather than some filler background music.
Can this be revisited, please? Here is the attending information as to the authenticity of the sounds employed in this version:
This version of the film has been digitally stabilized to remove jitter.
Sounddogs, Youtube, Horseless.com, Wikipedia, Archive.org, Streetcar.org, earlyamericalautomobiles.com, Prelinger Archives.
Automobile sounds are all either Ford Model T, or Model A, which came out later, but which have similarly designed engines, and sound quite close to the various cars show in the film. The horns are slightly inaccurate as mostly bulb horns were used at the time, but were substituted by the far more recognizable electric "oogaa" horns, which came out a couple years later. The streetcar sounds are actual San Francisco streetcars. Doppler effect was used to align the sounds.
Also, I've got a P by my name. No idea what that means.
I'm going through the wiki now of VideoSift to learn more. But shouldn't this information be found someowhere ON the VideoSift?
Welcome to the Real Canadain Weather.
to each end every sifter, to all whom I consider almost friends and to those I like to argue with (which is akin to friendship, really).
Now, I dislike walls of text so in the words of "Abraham Lincoln":
Be excellent to each other. And... PARTY ON, DUDES!
We still have about 20 days left in 2013 though.
is a dupe of:
but I don't think I have the superpowers to invoke such. Help? Advice?