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    Ringmeet 2023 - Viktoria-Station or bust! August 10th - 14th 2023

    Now, if Weihs is open for business by then again as well, I'll be back.
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    Show us your Lego!

    I built a skyscraper...
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    Show us your Lego!

    Did a little Star Wars thing again...
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    Show us your Lego!

    Star trek collection is growing...
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    Show us your Lego!

    Where no man has gone... before...
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    Show us your Lego!

    Live long and prosper :)
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    Show us your Lego!

    Some updates on my collection...
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    The problem is, Autotune makes the voice sound mechanical, computerized, less human. And I can hear that. Some can't but I can. What I hear, is a computer trying to sound like Art Garfunkel. I very much prefer the unaltered version, even if the singer isn't pitch perfect anymore...
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    A little addendum to that: they also did it with Simon and Garfunkel. I'd be interested to know if I'm the only one who hears that this recording was treated with Autotune? Edit: For comparison, here's an older recording of the same song that wasn't auto-tuned:
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    My guess? They do it because they can. Because they have a computer to play around with. And maybe because nearly everybody is doing it these days. Autotune and pitch correction have become so common today that it might be even considered mandatory to use it in certain circles. Here's a video...
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    I keep my CDs, vinyl records and also the old mp3 I have on disc from 25 years ago. Why? Because they're originals. Unaltered originals. As things are going today, new releases or even re-releases of already existing music gets treated with Autotune. I hate Autotune. I know some cannot hear it...
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    The speed depends on the original file. If you have a small scaled SD file, it processes it a lot faster than a 720p HD file. It varies between 0.15 and 1.2 seconds per frame. Strong Dehalo does a very good job with sharp angles, loses some detail, however, when you let it process human faces...
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    Here are a couple quick comparison shots I made from the clip of Top Gear, Season 2, Episode 1. The upper left corner shows the original, the others a preview with different AI engines.
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    I've been using Video Enhance AI and also Gigapixel AI for more than a year now. Video Enhance AI can do great things to movies that are not too bad in their original quality. But it has its limits. If a video is too crappy, it often makes it even worse because it cannot distinguish the shapes...
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    The "What the Bloody Fuckintosh?" Thread

    They've announced a 1.6 meter tall model of the Burj Khalifa with more than 7,000 pieces. And I just have to happen the space for it.
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    The "What the Bloody Fuckintosh?" Thread

    You'll enter a whole new world ;)
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    The "What the Bloody Fuckintosh?" Thread

    I didn't know there was a BlueBrixx store in Cologne yet. Aren't next ones in Aachen or Hagen? ;) Or do you want to go full 21st century and order at their online shop? :oops:
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    Kreuzberg/Ahrweiler flood relief - cars instead of cash!

    Since I'm not coming to Ringmeet because I simply couldn't have a good time there now, I decided to donate what I would have spent on the hotel.
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    Show us your Lego!

    Cue the music...
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    Ringmeet 2021 - Aw Balls - making a detour! (August 12th-16th)

    A tent is not an option for me because I need a power socket next to my bed. That rules out camping. I checked hotels on booking.com and while there seem to be a few available in a reasonable distance, their prices are all way higher for one single night than what I paid at Weihs for the whole...
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