Wither Vine

@kaz nailed it when Vine launched back in early 2013, the app which looped 6-seconds was perfect for sports clips, especially that amazing slam dunk or football catch that you just had to see several times to appreciate or understand. The unfortunate problem is that in order to create a sports highlight Vine you need to be able to stream a game on your phone or laptop and we are not quite there yet.

In that sense, Vine was a few years before it’s time and, as we all know in tech, timing is everything. Creating Vines from your own live videos was a challenge of being in the right place at the right time and it wasn’t until after the buzz died down that they added the feature allowing you to upload old videos and creating loops afterwards.

Sorry to hear that they are shutting down. For posterity, here are my two feeble attempts to make something interesting. It was fun while it lasted!


Autonomous Driving Update

Back in April there was a run of stories about autonomous vehicles.

  1. Singapore was rolling out driverless taxis (one has since been involved in a minor fender-bender).
  2. Roborace, the first driverless race car event was announced (the kinks are still being worked out and Audi just reported that they dropped out of Le Mans to focus on Formula E.
  3. Europe held a driverless truck convoy contest.

The driverless truck has come to our shores and today, Otto, Über’s self-driving truck division, announced that they had successfully delivered a load of Budweiser beer in Colorado, driving 120 miles on Interstate 25 with the driver in the back seat.

Oh, and Tesla’s in the running too with self-driving their own demo filmed here in the Bay Area.

And just in case you were wondering, Hollywood is working on a reboot of Knight Rider.

I was only trying to help…

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Stories surfaced of a botched restoration of baby Jesus’ head at a Canadian church. The local artist volunteered to provide her services, saving the church the $10,000 quoted for a professional restoration. She was honored to be chosen but was clearly  out of her league and openly admitted her experience was thin.

She had learned how to sculpt at a local college, but had never worked with stone. Still, she felt compelled to help.

You get what you pay for.

Related to a 2012 story of another act of kindness gone wrong. In Spain authorities suspected vandalism of the famous “ecco homo” until they discovered that it was just the worst art restoration project of all time.

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Then there was Mr. Bean