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Weeklog for Week 47: November 20 to November 26


I'm becoming an AI expert. I've read more and understand stuff much better now. Also, I organised my first workshop for a client.

I built two night-lights for children and made about 6 firmware upgrades. They can do everything now, short of singing a lullaby🤔 Hmm! Feature idea!. It was nice to do something with hardware and micropython again. My absolutely clean and usable code is on my Gitlab.

I learned how to make tilt-shift-videos with ffmpeg this week. You'll need to draw a greyscale mask where white means "full blur" and black means "no blur". Then apply this command:

ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -i mask.png -filter_complex "[0:v][1:v]alphamerge,avgblur=25[alf];[0:v][alf]overlay[v]" -map "[v]" -map 0:a -c:v libx264 -c:a copy -movflags +faststart maskedblur.mp4

Thanks to llogan on SuperUser for figuring this out. Note that you'll have to remove -map 0:a -c:a copy if your video doesn't have audio. Adjust avgblur=25 to your needs.

I built myself a little template and tool for printing the recipes from my site so I can carry them to the kitchen. Call me a luddite, but I just don't use a tablet or anything other than paper during cooking.


Libraries, programming, etc


  • A City on Mars


  • Raft with the crew: relaxing!
  • unpacking: what a cute little idea, and what a chill game.


  • Golf It (from waitlist)
  • Escape Simulator (from waitlist)
  • We Were Here Too (from waitlist)
  • Valheim (from waitlist)
  • Deliver us Mars (free from EGS)

Other media

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