Saturday, October 1, 2011

Captioned PyGotham Presentation is Up



Here's my talk. I stumbled over my words a bit at the beginning, but I think all in all I said pretty much everything I wanted to, and the audience asked lots of questions, which is always a good sign. When the camera pans over to the audience it looks like there are only a handful of people there, but actually I think there were about a dozen all together; several of them were on the other side of the aisle. I've been talking with several people I met at PyGotham, and the Plover Google Group has also picked up quite a bit lately. I'm really excited to see what's next. Josh sent me a small update the other day, with a few little bugfixes, and it seems to work perfectly, so I have a feeling the hiatus is almost over. Fingers crossed.

12 comments:

Jen said...

You're so cool (in a geeky kind of way)! Nice job.

Norma said...

This has so much awesomesauce all over it!!! Go you! I'm so proud to be associated with you. :)

svennek said...

Hi. Great talk and an interesting subject.
As for raising money, what about doing a kickstarter.com project?

I see two projects are at obvios:
- doing the plover game (sry forgot its name)
- doing a plover keyboard (hardware usb n-key controller with the right ergonomics)

Mirabai Knight said...

Heya, Svennek! Thanks for the kinds words. We're currently applying for a grant that will hopefully cover the cost of the game development, but if we don't get it, a Kickastarter campaign is next on our list of options. I'll definitely let you know if we end up going that route. A lot of people have expressed interest in making a low-cost steno layout keyboard, but so far no one's actually come up with hard specs for it, and I think the cost of custom fabrication might be prohibitive, unfortunately. But maybe as 3D printing comes down in price, that'll be a thing that we can start offering in the next couple of years. It would definitely be a wonderful thing to have.

Jesse said...

Great presentation . I have found your site to be a wonderful resource... I have been interested in Steno since i was little. My grandma was a court reporter... And am taking the plunge to learn it. I am a musican so hopefully some of those skills help. Your site is a wonderful resource of information and has helped me with a ton of questions I had. Thanks for doing it :)

Mirabai Knight said...

Thanks for the kind words, Jesse! Keep us posted on developments in your quest to learn steno!

dragonbabegirl said...

This is so wonderful, Mirabai!! I haven't heard anyone talking about the future of steno like you do. I really hope you will get other enthusiastic programmers interested in helping to improve the steno world. Like you said, it's more efficient and productive. It's addictive, too! Please keep doing what you're doing. I'm so inspired!

Mirabai Knight said...

I'm sorry to say that the Captioned video of my PyGotham presentation doesn't work anymore (though you can still read the transcript if you click through to the Universal Subtitles page) because blip has stopped supporting Universal Subtitles aka Amara. One of these days I'm going to try to get the original file from the videographer and then upload it to Youtube, but until then it's out of commission. The uncaptioned video can be viewed here: http://blip.tv/pygotham/plover-thought-to-text-at-240-wpm-5582245

Mirabai Knight said...

Oh, hey! Looks like it's working again! Hurray for Amara!

gdwarner said...

It's dead again (the video, that is)!

Mirabai Knight said...

Hey, Glen. Thanks for letting me know. I updated the embed code, and it seems to be fixed again.

Mirabai Knight said...

Argh, I accidentally set the PyCon video to this URL, not the PyGotham one, and the PyGotham Amara page is not cooperating. Here's the video URL: http://pyvideo.org/video/500/pygotham-2011--plover--thought-to-text-at-240-wpm And here's the subtitle page: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/687jGo3RSpMI/en/64784/

I'll try to get both operating again soon.