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Elderly scholars LOVE this one weird trick…

Yes, it’s a talking hamburger. It’s from a neat program called Facerig that uses your webcam to replace your face on-stream with any of a number of 3D models. Live animated facial tracking. I bought it ages ago in the Steam sale for a lark.

I laughed my ass off for about ten minutes and then forgot about it.

Then I remembered it works with Zoom.

Oh, my weekly work meeting is going to be a hoot this week. Elderly British historians just LOVE talking hamburgers, amirite?

You wouldn’t believe the Rube Goldberg rig I have going to make it work, though. My ancient Logitech webcam was too fuzzy for facial tracking, so I had to hook up a GoPro and somehow tripod it directly in front of the computer (twopod, actually – there isn’t room for all three legs). I don’t even know if my mic is working and if I call Uncle B to test it I get wicked feedback because we’re in the same room.

It will work. I have faith. Because my job isn’t on thin enough ice as it is…


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 25, 2020, 8:16 pm

There’s…there’s… nO MASK ON THAT HAMBURGER!!!!!


Just prepping for the next phase.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 25, 2020, 9:21 pm

I…don’t….know…. Have you asked Uncle Badger about this?

I know many, many Americans who profess to love English humour. I don’t think I have ever heard of a Brit who loved American humor. I mean, yeah, sure, you get enough gin in a Brit and he’ll laugh at the Queen laugh at almost anything. But a talking hamburger? High odds they won’t even recognize it… Now, maybe if you did “I’m a little teapot”….

Now, speaking of hamburgers, I must go and attend to my grill. It’s raining like a bas- bad thing, but it’s the official start of Summer, and a man has to do what a man has to do.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: May 25, 2020, 10:15 pm

Might it not be better to instead use the south end of a north-bound chicken???

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 26, 2020, 3:22 am

Oh, my! One could have fun with that! How big is the library rogues gallery to pick from? Are there any human simulacra such as, say, Prof. Irwin Corey? Julia Child? Don Rickles? Carl Sagan? Benny Hill? Peter Hawking? Ricardo Montalban? Melania Trump?

Or how about a bat? You might amuse the old bats with a bat. (And I don’t mean Hillary.)

Comment from weasel again
Time: May 26, 2020, 9:11 am

No celebrities. They’d have to pay for that. Lots of animals, 2D anime girls, horror movie extras. Hamburger is the only talking food.

As a point of information, Uncle B laughed at MST3000, even though many of the cultural references were lost on him.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: May 26, 2020, 2:17 pm

I had thought appreciating British humor might be genetic.

You know for those with some Scot in them, same as thinking bagpipe music is, uh, music.

My sister and her whatevertheheckheis failed miserably when watching “Snatch”.
And don’t even get me started on Python or Black Adder.

Comment from bds
Time: May 27, 2020, 3:22 am

Looks like there’s a “Don” & “Hill” in the free political addon on pack (from 2016 apparently). May have to splurge on this.

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