The Average That 70's Show

tl;dr I averaged every episode of That 70’s Show into a single video


A couple of weeks ago I was hanging out with my buddy and we were going to watch some TV. I was making a pitch for my new favorite show Rick & Morty which we couldn’t find using the PS3 internet browser. We did however find excellent video syncing Rick and Morty clips with Eminem’s Rap God.

One good YouTube find is never enough though so as soon as the video finished we eagerly checked the user’s other videos and thats when we stumbled upon this gem:


After watching a bit too much of ‘Every episode of Friends simultaneously’ I went looking for two things of which I found neither. Maybe I live in too much of a software bubble but I was genuinely surprised when I couldn’t find a link to the code used to make the video. I was equally surprised that this was the only video of its kind that I could find.

And thats how this project got started - I set out to create a script that would let me average all the episodes of any show into a new video. I wrote a script in python and opencv to do the work and then I picked That 70’s Show as my first test (I would have preferred Seinfeld but I don’t have it). That 70’s Show is a pretty good candidate - my main hypothesis at was shows that re-use the same locations a lot will be more interesting.

I am pretty pleased with the results! Its pretty fun to watch and you can definitely pick out distinct patterns in how they frame shots and recognize scenes like the car from the opening credits (at ~2 minutes in). If I’d ever taken a course in film I’m sure I’d have something more intelligent things to say.

I also made this video where I ramp up to the average adding a new episode every 30 frames or around 1 second. So for the first second you’re only watching 1 episode then 2, 3 etc:

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ENJEsight Interview

A couple of weeks ago I got an exciting email from an old colleague Dima who is starting a new online venture to provide insights and inspiration to young engineers - he wanted to interview me about my career as a source of inspiration for others! bit of a wow moment for me really. Of course I agreed and a couple weeks later I was interviewed on skype for the first episode of the podcast. I think it went really well and I was really impressed how prepared Dima was for the interview. You can give it a listen here:

http://enjesight.com/episode001/

edit:

He also posted a couple of my quotes directly to twitter! Pretty cool:

and

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Simple Middleman Blog Search with Awesomplete

This is a post about developing my blog on my blog - take a second to appreciate how meta that is.

I recently transitioned my personal site from Wordpress to a static site on Github pages built using Middleman. Overall it was an awesome change and I feel much better having my personal site and assets etc in plain text and source control. The transition was pretty smooth however there were a few things that I had with Wordpress that took a bit of finesse to acheive with Middleman. Blog search was one of those things and I eventually came up with a pretty elegant solution that I would like to share here.

The reason search is interesting is because Middleman generates static sites which means any search solution needs to be entirely client side. If you google for Middleman search you’ll find some other projects and gems but I think my solution is simpler.

I built my blog search using this nice little autocomplete library call Awesomplete. To start I add the following markup to the sidebar partial which is rendered on all the blog sections of my website:

<input id="search" class="form-control" list="articleList" placeholder="Search...">
<datalist id="articleList">
  <% blog.articles.each do |article| %>
    <option><%= article.title %></option>
  <% end %>
</datalist>

This creates the base list of all my blog articles. Now we need to bring it to life with Awesomplete:

  var input = $("#search")[0];
  var awesomplete = new Awesomplete(input, {
    minChars: 1,
    maxItems: 5,
    autoFirst: true
  });

  var searchIdx = {
    <% blog.articles.each do |article| %>
      <%= article.title.to_json %>: "<%= article.url %>",
    <% end %>
  }

  window.addEventListener("awesomplete-selectcomplete", function(e) {
    var articleTitle = $(e.target).val();
    var articleUrl = searchIdx[articleTitle];
    Turbolinks.visit(articleUrl);
  });

This code does a couple of things - first it initializes the Awesomplete widget. Next it defines a searchIdx variable which just maps article title to url and stores it in javascript land so we can access it later. The last bit of code listens to the awesomplete-selectcomplete event then looks up the url for the selected article and then loads the page with Turbolinks (if you’re not familiar this is just a slicker way of doing window.location = ).

I was really happy how this turned out, super fast, simple and the code is nicely contained in my sidebar partial. Give it a try in the search box to the right!

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