Michelle Smith: More Drug than Human, but...

At the time of the 1996 Olympic Games, the whole of Ireland was excited about swimming. Ireland's Michelle Smith was winning medals all over the place. Swimming was the thing to watch on television. The government were promising an Olympic sized swimming pool in every small town in Ireland. People who had never even taken a bath, were suddenly turning up to swimming pools at five in the morning. Nothing could stop us. This was Ireland's sporting Celtic Tiger, and just like economic Celtic Tiger that came some years later, it was nothing but a bubble: a big bubble of drugs. Smith was pumped full of so many synthetic hormones she no longer knew what species she was.

In 1998 Smith failed a drugs test when some urine was found in her whiskey sample. The shame of it. The sad reality dawned on us that all those gold medals in '96 were probably won from Smith injecting herself with Miracle Grow. For a while, some of us kept on believing. Part of RTE's coverage of the '96 Games, included the commentary of Dr. Gary O'Toole, a doctor who previously competed for Ireland in swimming. He had predicted every one of Smith's victories (and even her final bronze medal), and he said nothing to concern us over her sudden rise to Olympic champion. It later turned out that, and I was quite shocked by this, Gary O'Toole was ordered by RTÉ, Ireland's state-run broadcaster, to shut his mouth and not mention his concerns:
"The directive came down that nobody was to discuss drugs and Michelle Smith on national television" source: http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20000814&slug=4036702
Michele Smith's Olympic victories stand, as she never tested positive for banned substances during the 'Games. Whatever really went on with drug-taking, it's hard to forget the vitriol shown by the loser-Americans of 1996. "She broke the rules" a bitter, twisted-faced, Janet Evans whined. As we all know: if you beat the Americans at something, they will come after you until they find a way to destroy you. That case of "sample tampering" of 1998 still seems suspicious; a tad convenient; like they couldn't catch her with the drugs, so they spiced up the samples themselves. Everyone cheats in the end.
*Partial content originally published: August, 2012
more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Smith

TOIlet (toilet) & FFmpeg: Capturing (formatted) terminal text output as video

for i in {0..9}; do echo "WONDERFUL $i"; done \
| toilet --gay \
| ffmpeg -f tty -i - tty-out.gif

# — oioiiooixiii {gifs} (@oioiiooixiii_) June 15, 2016

To use TOIlet formated text on a webpage:

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# Basic syntax for html output
toilet -f smmono9 --html oioiiooixiii
                                                                                             ▗▄    ▗▄  ▗▄      ▗▄    ▗▄  ▗▄  ▗▄   ▐▘    ▐▘       ▐▘ ▐▘                                                ▝▙ ▗▟ ▝▙ ▗▟ ▗▟ ▝▙ ▝▙ ▗▟ ▗▘ ▗▟ ▗▟ ▗▟                                                                                                   
# Strips out <br /> tags to improve formatting in blogger
htmlText="$(toilet -f smmono9 --gay --html oioiiooixiii)"
echo "${htmlText//"<br />"/""}"
more info: http://libcaca.zoy.org/toilet.html

FFmpeg: The recursive effects of stacking tblend filters

# Twelve stacked 'tblend=all_mode=difference128' filters.
# Deblocking 'spp' and 'average' filters used to mimimise strobing effects.
# Due to latency issues, the result in ffplay will differ from a ffmpeg rendering.

ffplay \
   -i video.mp4 \
   -vf \

In the video above, 4 versions of the effect are shown. In order:
- The effects of the tblend filter chain as given
- A tblend fliter chain four-times as long
- The 'mode' alternates between 'difference128' and 'difference'
- A 'average' mode between each 'difference128' tblend filter

Here, the result of the shown tblend filter chain is combined with the original video, using various modes. In order:
- all_mode=difference128
- all_mode=difference
- all_mode=multiply128
- all_mode=multiply
- c0_mode=difference128
- unknown 'average_test.mkv'
- unknown 'all_average_test.mkv'
- unknown 'difference_test.mkv'
- unknown 'difference128_test.mkv'
- Original source material

source video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50lAMbJUXfc

Putin's Secret Dope-Rocket and the Cybernetic Army of Superhuman Russian Athletes

Red Square: Putin rides a rocket syringe filled with glowing fluid. The needle is inserted into the arm of transhuman Russian athlete (Дарья Клишина) in an action pose. The athlete has glowing yellow eyes, rocket powered feet, and lasers shooting from hands. Tubes are plugged into the stomach and are connected to a display on their chest. The display reads: 'BOOST 107%'
Putin gives you wings!

context: http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2016/0722/opinion/ban-all-russian-athletes-at-rio--russian-doping-411674.html
more info: http://thechronicleherald.ca/world/1382083-the-latest-russian-athletes-back-us-based-klishina-for-rio

Pardon me while I have a strange interlude...

Jen hasn't smiled since March 24th. Well, a smile or two perhaps, but no laughter; not like before. No, things are definitely different now. Chilled, and tense; like frozen beef. I think the end is in sight, and they're all just going through the motions. Strange how the wind blows tonight.
context: https://twitter.com/oioiiooixiii/status/742822155713425409
context: https://youtu.be/T6RkPxawpY0?t=2m30s
context: ...

Increase monitor DPI with xrandr

# MoreDPI - increase resolution beyond monitor limits
alias moredpi="xrandr --output VGA1 --scale 1.25x1.25 --panning 1280x960"
In this case, the upper resolution limit of the monitor [VGA1] is 1024x768 (4:3). The screen is scaled down by 25% [--scale 1.25x1.25]. A "--panning" argument is given to allow this new area be interacted with.

To return the screen to default settings, the following alias is used:
# LessDPI - reset resolution to default
alias lessdpi="xrandr --output VGA1 --mode 1024x768 --scale 1x1 --panning 1024x768"
xrandr man: http://www.x.org/archive/X11R7.5/doc/man/man1/xrandr.1.html