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Old 02-10-10, 11:22 AM   #1
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I got a new outdoor promo video. I'm pretty happy with it and am not likely to make further changes, but comments are welcome for academic purposes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g177mPawIQ
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Old 02-11-10, 06:41 AM   #2
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I think your show as manifest by this promotional vehicle aptly describes a method for nonlinear filtering based on an adaptive observer, which guarantees the local stability of the linearized error followed by non error system.

I like the way a fake equation is employed in the calculation of the audiences filter gain without them being consciously aware of it. The design procedure attempts to produce a stable filter at the expense of optimality which suits your character and this contrasts with the extended buildup which attempts to preserve optimality via its linearization procedure, at the expense of stability.

My only real criticism is a certain passivity in your approach which I assume is applied to deduce stability conditions for the juggling success system.

But you know...it's all academic really. Hope this helps.

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Old 02-11-10, 09:21 PM   #3
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I would like to nominate Martin's post for "post of the year."
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Old 02-11-10, 09:23 PM   #4
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Early days buddy, early days.
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Martin is never one to eschew obfuscation.
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I like the whole thing, EXCEPT for the beginning. That beginning bit is slow, and contrived, and never really goes anywhere. It's a LITTLE funny, but it isn't funny enough for 30 seconds of my time, and in the end, there's no payoff, it's a set up without a punchline. As soon as that beginning bit is over, it's great.
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I'll try harder next time, honestly.
It's simply a description of a Algebraic Riccati Equation with a tiny bit of tweaking.
Don't ask me what a Algebraic Riccati Equation is as I haven't a clue.
Google means I don't really have to.
The layer beyond which this becomes actually funny is the stratum in which anyone would believe I'd try this hard to be funny.
Let me break it down for you.
first para describes the framework in which Evan deliberately doesn't succeed, [with the catching and the loss of clothing]
second para describes the method within that framework he uses
third para describes my criticism that he's not really trying very hard but still succeeding.

all couched within Algebraic construction terms.

I don't know about you Eric but I'm rolling around on the floor here.
Contrived you say? Exactly Eric.

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Okay, back to my vid. Eric, I'm assuming your post was about my video.
Interesting comment. The beginning sequence was originally in the middle but got moved to the front because the editor and his girlfriend liked that bit the best, but they have also seen my show, so they might just be remembering how they felt in the show. (it's a funny bit in the show with a strong trick payoff rather than punchline)
How do other people feel about it?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24J5sHJdDdM
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I'll start by saying it's a LOT better than your old one. The feel of the show comes through nicely with just the right mix of show audio and overdubbed music.
The beginning bit was disappointing because I was expecting you to lose more clothing and therefore get a better laugh out of it.
The bit where the kid is holding the bowling ball makes the bowling ball look light, but I'm not sure if you care about that or not.
Overall it works.
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Yeah, I don't really care about the bowling ball. It's 9lbs, whatev's

Getting more cloths off.. Yeah, great comment! I'm not consistently a strong enough performer to fail the trick that many times and keep the audience with me, but in the edited down, sped up video version it would be freaking hilarious. You got me thinking about more stuff I could work towards with the bit, thanks!
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Old 02-14-10, 03:01 AM   #11
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Rather than just removing shoes or socks, go for the larger more important clothing items. You'll be amazed how naked you can get by making 3 mistakes.
Maybe to get your clothes back on you have to successfully complete a number of tricks the first time.
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