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TIMOTHY BURKE — MOCKSESSION LLC

COMPUTER VISION, MACHINE LEARNING, ARCHIVAL TECHNOLOGIES, AND STUPID VIRAL CONTENT

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About Tim

Gizmodo Media Group video director since 2011 and head of Mocksession LLC since 1999. Wired called me an "Alpha Geek" and the New York Times called me a "seamless integration of man and machine." (It's still unclear if they meant that as a compliment.) I've been building things both practical and whimsical for more than 20 years. Things like this:

Things of mine you may have read:

"Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax" (w/ Jack Dickey)

"The Long Con: How The Manziels Conquered America"

"This Is Why There Are So Many Ties In Swimming"

Things of mine you may have seen:

What We Do

Our small team builds products utilizing optical character recognition, live video and closed captioning capture, and computer vision utilizing our extensive archive of news and sports broadcast video that spans decades. Some of that work goes toward GMG products, some of it to our own public-facing accounts, and the rest to private clients. Think we can contribute to your next project? Email me.

@ATTENTION_CNN

The original CNN news bot.

NEWSGRABBER

The advanced TV news bot.

30fps

20,000 live TV screencaps.

Pig-Prog — COMING SOON!

The Pigskin Prognosticator.

How We Do It

A comprehensive technology plan blends cloud computing with our Tampa-based studio to monitor the world's television broadcasts for breaking news.

Hardware

30 TV tuners monitor feeds from satellite, cable, fiber optic, and IPTV sources 24 hours a day using a mix of macOS and Linux-based machines.

Software

Proprietary Python scripting combines with the industry-standard ffmpeg package across both platforms to maintain full HD quality and retain the original Dolby 5.1 audio streams.

Archiving

Tens of thousands of hours of raw broadcast footage in one of the largest private archives of live news and sports video in the world, unedited and in its original broadcast format whenever possible.

Also, GIFS

Pronounced with a soft G. Gifulmination archives more than 5,000 exclusive animated GIFs, and 1,000 more can be found over on Deadspin.

Research Interests

I completed doctoral coursework at the University of South Florida in 2008, studying systems theory and cybernetics in Communication Studies while earning a graduate certificate in women's studies. I spent ten years in total teaching communication and speech classes while publishing research in media theory, critical/cultural theory, rhetoric, and feminist communication theory. I spend what free time I have growing citrus trees, exotic chili peppers, bananas, and volunteering for Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue. An abbreviated resume is here (42 kb PDF).

Get In Touch

Questions / Comments: Email me. Twitter DMs are open. tim@mocksession.com / timothy.burke@gmail.com / tim@deadspin.com

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