Tuesday, April 13, 2021

San Diego NASCAR

I recently bought a GoPro Hero 9 along with a suction-cup vehicle attachment. I attached it to the interior of my Juke's windshield and took it for its maiden run yesterday morning. 

The GoPro 9 has a TimeWarp feature which will do accelerated videos with stabilization, but I couldn't figure it out, so I just took a normal video and brought it into Adobe Premiere. I accelerated the video by a factor of 4, so the effective speed of the car is 260-280 MPH. 

The GoPro 9 video quality and size is substantially better than my old GoPro 3's. I discovered that larger videos need larger bandwidth, so I couldn't use my old standby data rate settings and had to increase them quite a bit. It still ended up a bit pixelated, but that's OK for a trial. In any case, enjoy!

More Thoughts on Daunte Wright

Police bodycam footage was released and apparently the cop shot the wrong thing at Daunte. She says she meant to taze him, but shot him instead. That's a tragedy. Cops are going to make mistakes. Daunte would still be alive if he'd obeyed the lawful orders of the police. He didn't and now he's dead. 

The natural response these days is to loot Target and burn Dollar Tree. Or is that loot Nike and burn Dorman's Auto Supply? Maybe it's loot and burn all four. After that, we will criticize the police and send them for more training. The cop who made the mistake may be tried in court for murder.

More cops will leave, more businesses will flee and more fatherless kids will run wild with the Elites patting them on the head and giving them permission. Money will come to the local government and insurance companies from "Covid Relief" or "Infrastructure" bills whose thousands of pages will be unread by any one person and whose multi-trillion dollar price tag will be paid by the Fed. No one will have to work an extra minute of overtime to fund the things since it's all colored pieces of paper.

The debasement of the currency is the shadow cast by the debasement of the culture.


tim eisele said...

You know, that video really says something about the design of expressways. An effective driving speed of 260 mph actually feels humanly manageable. I mean, sure, you'd need to know the route like the back of your hand to avoid missing exits, and you'd have to watch the other cars like a hawk all the time, but overall it seems like something a real person would actually be able to do for a while. It wasn't until you came screaming up to that traffic light at the end that I really started feeling that the speed was really unreasonable for the road.

Mostly Nothing said...

I don't know much about guns, apart from going to the shooting range at Scout Camp, I don't interact with them. Kenny, on Garage Logic, is into guns. I got no problem with that. He handles them with respect and safety. Anyway, he made the statement, "there are no accidental firings of firearms, just negligence". Training is that the Police's firearm is on their dominant hand and the taser is on the other side. The officer panicked; I don't think there is any amount of training that can handle that. It may have been the first time she ever pulled her gun. We don't know.

It was a tragedy. And there is plenty of fault to go around. She didn't respond correctly. He should not have done what he did. The political environment in the Twin Cities have made it so that police are vilified for everything. The Minneapolis City Council tells everyone that we don't need the police, that they are the problem. Thugs, criminals, and feral youth are embolden to act out. Drug addicts take over community parks and trash them. Militant citizens take over a few square blocks and keep the Police out, terrorizing the businesses there, and providing a haven for feral youth to dump their joy ride car-jackings. Meanwhile the boy Mayor is completely out of his league, and the Emperor, err Governor pours gas on the flames after he has "monitored the situation closely". The Mayor of Brooklyn Park wanted to fire the cop immediately, but didn't have the authority. The city manager, who apparently did have authority, said that all city employees deserved due process. The city council yesterday did they only thing they could do... remove that power from the city manager; for such an outrageous statement.

Meanwhile, activists invaded the Police Chief's press conference asking why 10 minutes after ordering a dispersal he ordered rubber bullets be shot at "peaceful protestors". His answer was that he was there, and ordered that they fire on the rioters because his officers were being attacked. As they were. There was nothing peaceful about the protest.

The powers-that-be have destroyed any semblance of respect for authority. That is the crux of the problem. Because of that, qualified, good officers are going to leave and avoid the cities and older suburbs like Brooklyn Park. And it is only going to get worse.

The Twins and Vikings have to be searching for any angle to get out of their leases with their Stadiums and get out of this State. Timberwolves have to survive about 3 more years and then the new ownership will move them.

We can only hope that the river can hold off most of the deterioration and save St Paul. Though there are plenty there that also are working toward destruction.

K T Cat said...

Tim - I thought the same thing, but I wouldn't want to drive it at that speed.

K T Cat said...

MN - I know several cops. I don't think any of them have ever fired their guns for real. I'm not sure if they've even had to draw them. Further, cop physical fitness requirements end after they're hired. I think she panicked, too.

Still, you're left with a thug who made a mistake and a cop who made a mistake. If you want more thugs and less cops, back the thug. If you want more cops and less thugs, back the cop. If the cops think that every mistake they make could lead to prison, they'll leave. There are plenty of jurisdictions that will reflexively back them.

In MN, they're backing the thugs every time. We'll see how much "justice" they get from that.

Mostly Nothing said...

The latest is is that the city manager has been fired by the Mayor. Solely because he had the gaul to say that an employee deserves due process.

Ohioan@Heart said...

MN - I wonder if the manager can say “wrongful termination lawsuit”?

Mostly Nothing said...

I wondered the same thing. Twin Cities' politicians are falling over each other trying to be more woke than the next.

Breaking news here, the officer resigned today.

And a couple corrections. 1) The City Council fired the city manager. 2) It's Brooklyn Center not Brooklyn Park. I don't know where 1 starts and the other ends.

Oh, the officer was involved in a shooting in 2019. She didn't do the shooting.

Today's Garage Logic podcast (available from Apple, Spotify, etc) has a lot of good coverage today. Including interviewing Tom Hauser, who is one of the last actual journalists left here in town.

Mostly Nothing said...

And so dies democracy:

“All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline,” Boganey said before he was fired. “This employee will receive due process and that’s really all that I can say today.”

Council Member Kris Lawrence-Anderson said she voted in favor of firing Boganey because she was concerned for her own safety, Fox News reported.

“He was doing a great job. I respect him dearly,” Lawrence-Anderson said. “I didn’t want repercussions at a personal level.”