Twenty Twenty Annual Report and Twenty Twenty-One Goals

This is the seventh year of my annual reports. Here is last year’s, if you’re curious at what I said I wanted to do before a global pandemic kicked off. Although spoiler alert, my goals were to have less plans and travel less. Well, mission fucking accomplished, eh? I didn’t go anywhere and all my plans were cancelled. I was burned out, and I stayed burned out all year long. I started off the year...
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Enter the TikkiLand: MTV Spring Break Online

The below writing was included in Screen Slate’s “The Year the Internet Broke”, a publication corresponding with a film series held at Anthology Film Archive earlier this year, right before the big shutdown of 2020 and the last time I used the subway, walked in Manhattan, saw people casually, hugged a person I don’t live with, and ate at a restaurant. Copies still available through the link above, and it goes towards supporting this excellent...
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Notes on exploring the Vasulka PDF archive

Update: Project page is now up, here! Go there if you want demos and a high-level overview of this project. In anticipation of Recurse Center’s Never Graduate Week (essentially an alumni week time of celebration), a week I had planned to take off from work, I started to think of projects that might fit well into the scope of just one week, both at the angle of R&D work but also technical work. Stumbling through...
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Throttled: a few things I learned making this network-based performance

For the past little while, I’ve been working on this network-based performance project that I have named Throttled. It’s a performance by 233 gifs and a very slow network connection. This blog post is a bit about what I learned while making it. I’m writing this somewhat in haste, so the notes are a bit sloppy. This project had me asking some questions that are the opposite of what people usually want to learn about...
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MediaInfoInfo: Metadata tags

This is the eight and (perhaps) penultimate in a series of blog posts on a project I call “MediaInfoInfo”. (And the last until this project is able to be wrapped up after code review, which hasn’t started yet so it could be a while.) Anyway, I suppose this means that this is the last of the weekly post series. This project is focused on improving documentation for the ubiquitous media analysis tool MediaInfo. MediaInfoInfo: Initialize...
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MediaInfoInfo: MediaInfo-specific words

This is the seventh in a series of blog posts on a project I call “MediaInfoInfo” (with weekly associated blog posts). This project is focused on improving documentation for the ubiquitous media analysis tool MediaInfo. Other posts: MediaInfoInfo: Initialize project MediaInfoInfo: Parameters / making a plan MediaInfoInfo: General streams MediaInfoInfo: Video streams MediaInfoInfo: Audio streams MediaInfoInfo: Image, Menu, Text and Other streams MediaInfoInfo: MediaInfo-specific words MediaInfoInfo: Metadata Tags MediaInfo-specific words Going through parameters and their...
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MediaInfoInfo: Image, Menu, Text, and Other streams

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts on a project I call “MediaInfoInfo”. This project is focused on improving documentation for the ubiquitous media analysis tool MediaInfo. Other posts: MediaInfoInfo: Initialize project MediaInfoInfo: Parameters / making a plan MediaInfoInfo: General streams MediaInfoInfo: Video streams MediaInfoInfo: Audio streams MediaInfoInfo: Image, Menu, Text and Other streams MediaInfoInfo: MediaInfo-specific words MediaInfoInfo: Metadata Tags I’ve tackled the largest sections – General, Video, and Audio. I was...
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MediaInfoInfo: Audio streams

This is the fifth!! in a series of blog posts on a project I call “MediaInfoInfo” (with weekly associated blog posts). This project is focused on improving documentation for the ubiquitous media analysis tool MediaInfo. Other posts: MediaInfoInfo: Initialize project MediaInfoInfo: Parameters / making a plan MediaInfoInfo: General streams MediaInfoInfo: Video streams MediaInfoInfo: Audio streams MediaInfoInfo: Image, Menu, Text and Other streams MediaInfoInfo: MediaInfo-specific words MediaInfoInfo: Metadata Tags Audio! Like the Video streams section, the...
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MediaInfoInfo: Video streams

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts on a project I call “MediaInfoInfo”. This project is focused on improving documentation for the ubiquitous media analysis tool MediaInfo. Wow, I can’t believe another week has passed and I am due to write another blog post! Other posts: MediaInfoInfo: Initialize project MediaInfoInfo: Parameters / making a plan MediaInfoInfo: General streams MediaInfoInfo: Video streams MediaInfoInfo: Audio streams MediaInfoInfo: Image, Menu, Text and Other streams MediaInfoInfo:...
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MediaInfoInfo: General streams

This is the third in a series of blog posts on a project I call “MediaInfoInfo”. This project is focused on improving documentation for the ubiquitous media analysis tool MediaInfo. After the initial project idea and initial project plan, this post will focus on work on the first and largest section of parameters: the General stream. Other posts: MediaInfoInfo: Initialize project MediaInfoInfo: Parameters / making a plan MediaInfoInfo: General streams MediaInfoInfo: Video streams MediaInfoInfo: Audio...
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MediaInfoInfo: Parameters and making a plan

This is the second of what will be a series of blog posts on a project I call “MediaInfoInfo”. This project is focused on improving documentation for the ubiquitous media analysis tool MediaInfo. Following up on the initial post, it’s time to dig into what some of these parameters are and how they are set up. This post is still a bit more “meta” and talking about taking on the project itself, but don’t worry...
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MediaInfoInfo: Initialize Project!

This is the first of what will be a series of blog posts (probably) on a project I call “MediaInfoInfo”. This project is focused on improving documentation for the ubiquitous media analysis tool MediaInfo. Other posts: MediaInfoInfo: Initialize project MediaInfoInfo: Parameters / making a plan MediaInfoInfo: General streams MediaInfoInfo: Video streams MediaInfoInfo: Audio streams MediaInfoInfo: Image, Menu, Text and Other streams MediaInfoInfo: MediaInfo-specific words MediaInfoInfo: Metadata Tags My initial idea was to have a slow-moving...
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Twenty Nineteen Annual Report and Twenty Twenty Goals

Welcome (back?) to the Ashley Blewer annual report. This is the sixth year running! Here is last year’s. Reading last year’s post, I feel like this is the year I have finally been able to slow down, relax, feel safe in my work and my personal life, and not feel like things are personally on the verge of constant collapse (when they haven’t been!). Which, of course, is in stark contrast to the pain and...
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FFV1: Bigger than before

This is one of those blog posts that are a result of me explaining something more than once. I feel like that’s a good guideline for when it’s time to write something up, so that it can be referenced for future question-askers. Something that keeps coming up in preservation circles is a lament about what sometimes happens when migrating audiovisual files into the ffv1.mkv format (Matroska wrapper for FFV1-encoded video datastream) for preservation purposes. The...
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rsync, GUIs, power, control, design, and decisions

I spent last weekend making a GUI for rsync (and this past week tidying it up a bit) and I learned a lot about rsync, GUIs, design, power, control, and decisions around verbosity and freedom of choice versus simplicity and guidance/support, packaging, maintenance and support. A long time ago, I put this question out into the ether – Archivists: What is a simple task you do for which you wish there was a GUI? Please...
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