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Welcome to Omnibits for Tuesday, 26 August (Day 2)
seven hundred, oh seven hundred millimeters of rain outside. I strongly
suspect the competitors are getting SMSs from the meet director
releasing them until noon. I'll try to get more official word on that
and post it here (couldn't find anything at wpc2014.com).
I'm feeling pretty dumb. Since I arrived here this morning I've been
aggravated by an occasionally music blast from behind my laptop. Turns
out it's the mobile phone the organizer gave me at the start of the
meet that never made a beep until this morning.
It has 3 text messages. One is extraneous, here are the other two:
I think "THAT STANDBY" should be "THEN STANDBY". I'll post all SMS updates I receive here.
- 26.8.2014 7:00 UPDATE
10:00 STANDBY FOR 4WAY OPEN, 4WAY FEMALE
15:00 STANDBY FOR AE, SP, VFS, 8WAY
NEXT UPDATE 9:00
- 26.8.2014 9:00 UPDATE
4WAY OPEN + 4WAY FEMALE RELEASED TILL 12:00, THAT STANDBY FROM 12:00. NEXT UPDATE 11:00
And just like there, a new one:
AE, SP, VFS, 8 WAY RELEASED TILL TOMORROW 27.8.2014 7:45, STANDBY 7:45 27.8.2014
And another one:
EVERYBODY WHO WANTS LUNCH, PLEASE SEND THE SMS TO 724313888 FOR THE TRANSPORT. THE BUSES WILL PICK YOU UP AT 12:00.
looked around wpc2014.com for a place these messages are being
posted, but I didn't find any. Until I find such a place, I'll share
all the messages here.
1100While OSHD is having its file operations functions upgraded to use IFileOperation ...
26.8.2014 11:00 UPDATE. 4WAY OPEN + 4WAY FEMALE RELEASED TILL 14:00, THEN STANDBY FROM 14:00. NEXT UPDATE 13.00.
Sorry I missed this while I was in a meeting ...
26.8.2014 13:00 UPDATE. 4WAY + 4WAY FEMALE RELEASED TILL 16:00, THEN STANDBY FROM 16:00. NEXT UPDATE 15:00.
Preparing for the Opening Ceremonies
Three Turbolet L-410s supervise the OC preparations.
Delegations finding their flags ...
The salami here is especially yummy.
Sorry, I have to drive!
In a corner of my "office", Mr Dlouhý plots how to beat the weather.
The corner of my "office" that is ... my office. Fay Kimble, right, is the FAI webmaster for this event.
Media crew in the third corner of my "office".
OS!HD setup in the Formation Skydiving judging room. Alas the judges don't have much to do today.
1500Lookie who I found on the web! Mr Chuck Akers, US Team Leader,
at his day job. If you want to see a lot of nice photos from the WPC,
find Chuck on the facing book, he's posting lots of good stuff there.
1506This SMS just in:
26.8.2014 15:00 UPDATE. 4WAY + 4WAY FEMALE 16:30 - 15 MIN CALL.
1635Well, 16:30 has come and gone and nothing from manifest. I think it's time to research the location of a good restaurant in town :)
1745Some teams just got a 15 minute calll. Going to run outside and make sure it wasn't my imagination.
2100Did you ever have ... one of those
days, when you're sure the gods must be angry? ... that makes you
wonder what happened to the good karma you spent so much time and
effort banking, or maybe that your karma balance was never positive at
all? (Reaching for the glass of wine....)
Here's how the evening went.
(Open) and Female went on a 15 minute call at 5:45pm and started going
up 20 minutes later. The skies weren't great but videos were showing 35
Videos started going into The System
~6:30pmish. But the copy stations barfed on the MP4 files provided by 3
of the first 5 videographers, and I had to "promote" them without being
transcoded. (MP4 files -- from GoPros -- do not play properly in slow
motion, so OSHD transcodes them to MKV at the copy station, and they
then play properly at normal and slow speeds.) Some MP4 files do
behave well, so I went ahead and moved them into the folder where the
FS scoring system would pull them, instead of the MKVs -- they do
perfectly fine as long as the judges don't need reduced speed.
or twenty minutes later the real phun began: I noticed that the two
"DZTV servers" -- as well as the JukeBox -- were not getting videos
from the copy stations. WTF?! Nobody would be able to see the judging
without those copies taking place. I had to run back to my laptop and
manually copy everything from the copy stations to the three subject
computers. I had to do this a number of times for the rest of the
Meanwhile the copy stations were not transcoding the
MP4s. The only place the sh1t isn't actually hitting the phan is in the
FS judging room, where the only problems are a new printer that won't
behave, and the MP4 files that won't slow-mo properly. Fortunately the
judges didn't need slow motion on the first few MP4s to get the scores
In the middle of all this, I pieced together what was
going on: I used the word "Prostějov" in my competition name in the
database setup, just like that. Full competition title, "2014 WPC FS AE
- Prostějov, Czech Republic". This name gets used to create the folder
names for data storage on all the computers, from copy stations on up.
what I didn't know until tonight, is that both robocopy (a Windows
tool) and HandBrakeCLI (my 3d party transcoding tool) both completely
choke on the "ě" in Prostějov. "Path not found" system errors. And the
only reason I didn't have "Prostějov" in the name of the practice
competition the previous two days was I had to remove it to make room
for "JUDGE TRAINING and OFFICIAL PRACTICE" (with shouting in the name
so users don't accidentally save real competition data to it).
since Murphy likes to kick you when you're down, he decided to start
pulling the plug on the power around 8pm. At first it would be brought
up fairly soon, but within an hour it was going down every 5 to 10
minutes -- not even long enough to bring all the computers up.
the end of this mayhem I managed to get most of the remaining MP4
videos transcoded by hand. But since Murphy likes to punch you while
he's kicking you, two of the MP4s would not transcode -- in fact, 413
and 414's videos would not even play in any media player, not WMP, not
VLC, not OSHD. Either bad cameras, or bad copies at the copy stations.
They have to be re-copied tomorrow.
While the judges were
preparing to judge the last 3 or 4 jumps, the power decided it would
not stay up for more than a few minutes, and when it finally came up
one time after the judges had quit for the day, around 9:30pm, I could
not get the OSHD (scoring) computer to boot. A few seconds of the
Windows boot screen, followed by a very quick BSOD and a reboot.
Selecting the "Windows Repair" boot option resulted -- a half dozen
times -- in a dialog in which neither the keyboard nor mouse worked to
make it continue. It is a very sick computer. Very mad at being robbed
of power a half dozen times in a row, in the middle of judging.
With no power there is no Internet at the DZ, so I packed up my laptop and headed back to the hotel.
The good news is that it looks like all the jumps that were judged had results that made it to the Internet.
those angry gods know what tomorrow holds. When I can get to the
database again, the offending competition name has to be tweaked to
appease them. The sick OSHD computer has to be repaired, if it is
repairable, and if it isn't, I'm going to have to pulll one of the DZTV
servers in for emergency scoring duty while OMAR goes under the e-knife.
had a half dozen or so photos I wanted to share from the boarding area
during the first few loads but I'm out of time and out of gas,
hopefully Chuck posts his. Forecast is for rain tomorrow, the only ray
of sunshine in that being that it'll give me a chance to repair
computers and databases.
You will surely tune in to better news tomorrow! :)