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csziggy's Journal
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November 15, 2017

How to download or record a Adobe Flash video from a website?

My Dad did a video recording in 2005 for the local history group. They were supposed to give us a DVD of the recording and never did - or if they gave one to Dad it is lost.

My sister asked them for a copy but apparently the only copy is online and uses Adobe Flash. Video Download Helper that will happily download YouTube videos does not even see this one. I've tried a couple of things, but have not been able to download his video.

The site is: Polk Pioneers.​ All the videos there seem to be in the same format.

November 9, 2017

Making the change to streaming!

I posted last month asking about Netflix. Now we have three TVs doing streaming.

I started with a Roku Express for the TV closest to the WiFi router. It's working great. So far I have subscribed to Netflix and Sling with the news add-on so I can get MSNBC. For free throughput I have added TubiTV and Crackle, Vudu (which I will never use for pay programming), and the Roku Channel (not much on there but it comes with the Roku).

My biggest complaint about the Roku Express is that it does not control the TV. So I found the Insignia multi function remote that can control the TV, the Roku, and the DVD. If I can figure out what kind of sound bar I have it might be able to control that, too, or it can control a receiver or other sound product.

Meanwhile we splurged and bought a 65" LG 4k Smart TV for the living room! It has built in streaming and the LG WebOS has Channel Plus which has a lot of content. Adding our existing streaming accounts to the TV was a breeze.

Now that we are near to cutting the cord, we needed another streaming device for the TV in the family room - another Roku - this one is the Roku Streaming Stick. The Stick is purported to have a stronger WiFi signal so I figured it would be good for the TV further away from the router. The hardest part about hooking up another Roku device is entering the ridiculous WiFi password. The remote with the stick has audio control built in so right now we don't need a multifunction remote for it.

We haven't yet disconnected our PrismTV - I'm giving it until Monday. When I do I will upgrade our DSL to 40 mbps, the fastest speed we can get at our location. With the DSL and landline our monthly bill will be $95 - plus $30 for Sling (with news), $14 for 4k Netflix (which gives us 4 channel throughput), and probably soon $6-8 for Hulu. Our current bill is over $250.

So far I am enjoying streaming - and I am finding shows I'd never heard of, shows I'd forgotten, and series I'd never finished. For the last week I have been binge watching Longmire. I just got to the episodes filmed for Netflix and will be caught up in time for the new season to start on November 17!

November 3, 2017

Seeing the Ice Age Wacissa Through Artifacts and Fossils (Florida)

Seeing the Ice Age Wacissa Through Artifacts and Fossils
November 2, 2017

Last week, we met Morgan Smith’s team and got to know their archeological sites on the Silver River. Today, we’ll revisit their Wacissa River site, see some of the artifacts and fossils they’ve found, and learn what they can tell us about ice age Florida. We’ll also look ahead to potential off shore digs.

Special thanks to Shawn Joy, Morgan Smith, and Matt Vinzant of Karst Underwater Research for letting us use their underwater footage. Morgan’s research is sponsored by the Felburn Foundation, Center for the Study of the First Americans, Texas A&M University, and the PaleoWest Foundation. He would like to thank the Silver River State Park, Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

In the video above, we visit three archeological sites on two rivers. When you watch footage from each sites, one sticks out as the most visually striking. It’s an underwater cavern at the head spring of the Silver River, and it’s full of mammoth bones. It looks like a cool place to explore. But it’s also the site with the least scientific value.

The footage from the other two sites looks similar. Divers methodically work the edge of flat walls of dirt, plucking and bagging small bits from them. FSU Anthropology masters student Shawn Joy makes notes on a clipboard while a large tube vacuums up loose sediment. The process is less dramatic, though the resulting story might not be. And telling that story is Morgan Smith’s job.

More, including some nice photos and video: http://blog.wfsu.org/blog-coastal-health/?p=10537

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