There was no new Serial episode this week, but that doesn’t mean we can’t obsess over what was said in the last one! 

Here’s a word map of Episode 9: To Be Suspected. See the most frequent words said by Adnan, Sarah Koenig, and Adnan’s former classmates, Summer, Aisha, Krista, and Laura. Made with Pop Up Archive and Wordle. For full image, view here: http://visual.ly/who-said-what-serial-episode-9-0

There was no new Serial episode this week, but that doesn’t mean we can’t obsess over what was said in the last one! 

Here’s a word map of Episode 9: To Be Suspected. See the most frequent words said by Adnan, Sarah Koenig, and Adnan’s former classmates, Summer, Aisha, Krista, and Laura. Made with Pop Up Archive and Wordle. For full image, view here: http://visual.ly/who-said-what-serial-episode-9-0

Can’t type, won’t type

Thanks for the shout out, and for checking out our premium software release! Just send us an email, or fill in the contact form on our site (from the Enterprise plan) if you have questions about getting started. 

Also, to speak to your concerns about security issues: we do have a thorough privacy policy, which you can find in our terms of service. All of the audio that’s public on the site has either been publically uploaded by users, or is audio that we’ve found from the public domain. Users can also choose to make their audio and its machine-generated data private; all data is transferred using a secure protocol. Information security is very important to us. 

Hope that helps! 

rootofnothing:

Everyone hates logging. Which is why, half the time, we don’t do it.

So, what if I gave you access to someone who would type of all of your interviews, make them effortlessly searchable, and at any time of day? Thanks to machine transcription that’s about to happen. It’s just a question of when.

The BBC already has work underway in this area using the R&D product Comma, but there’s also an explosion in third parties offering this kind of service.

I’ve had my eye on Pop-up Archive for a while. Their interface looks slick and their prices are keen but they’ve also looked a bit iffy in the accuracy department with a few information security issues thrown in too (how happy are you with your sensitive rushes potentially being accessible to all?) But now they have upped their game with an enterprise offering which looks very tasty. I plan to give it a go, so watch this space for the verdict.

Check out the site here

https://www.popuparchive.com

Can’t type, won’t type

True story. Entrepreneur Magazine asked us for “Unusual Habits That Boost Your Energy More Than Coffee.

Pop Up’s featured answer? Do handstands when you’re stuck.

“We do headstands and handstands periodically throughout the day to reinvigorate ourselves and help solve tough problems when we’re stuck. We find uninterrupted wall space in our office. Then we fling ourselves up against the wall for a few minutes. It helps to take some yoga classes where they focus on inversions. It’s great to be reminded of what your body can do when so much of our work takes place in our minds. Inversions are great because they’re fun, quick, good for your body and also actually refresh and revitalize your brain!”

–Pop Up Archive Co-Founders Anne Wootton and Bailey Smith

True story. Entrepreneur Magazine asked us for “Unusual Habits That Boost Your Energy More Than Coffee.

Pop Up’s featured answer? Do handstands when you’re stuck.

“We do headstands and handstands periodically throughout the day to reinvigorate ourselves and help solve tough problems when we’re stuck. We find uninterrupted wall space in our office. Then we fling ourselves up against the wall for a few minutes. It helps to take some yoga classes where they focus on inversions. It’s great to be reminded of what your body can do when so much of our work takes place in our minds. Inversions are great because they’re fun, quick, good for your body and also actually refresh and revitalize your brain!”

–Pop Up Archive Co-Founders Anne Wootton and Bailey Smith

Will the murder case in Serial be cracked by speech-to-text?

(Spoiler alert: probably not.)

This week we analyzed the speech-to-text output of all of the available episodes of Serial and ran them through Pop Up Archive data visualization tools to see which terms and themes appear most frequently across episodes.

If you’ve been listening along, you’ll instantly understand why certain tags, like “Best Buy,” and “Lincoln Park” [sic] appear so prominently.

Though the output stops short of pairing “Adnan” with “innocent” or “Jay” with “liar,” it’s thrilling nonetheless to see Serial’s audio-based saga reflected so accurately in machine-made keyword tags. 

Fun fact: Wondering why Serial producer Julie Snyder and This American Life creator Ira Glass both appear in the tags, while Serial’s own creator, Sarah Koenig, does not? Turns out, Pop Up’s software thinks the name Sarah “Koenig” sounds a lot more like “Sarah Kane. Ick.” We edited this tag out, along with some other winners (like “breakfast cereal”). Bear with us, speech recognition is a work in progress! 

Will the murder case in Serial be cracked by speech-to-text?

(Spoiler alert: probably not.)

This week we analyzed the speech-to-text output of all of the available episodes of Serial and ran them through Pop Up Archive data visualization tools to see which terms and themes appear most frequently across episodes.

If you’ve been listening along, you’ll instantly understand why certain tags, like “Best Buy,” and “Lincoln Park” [sic] appear so prominently.

Though the output stops short of pairing “Adnan” with “innocent” or “Jay” with “liar,” it’s thrilling nonetheless to see Serial’s audio-based saga reflected so accurately in machine-made keyword tags. 

Fun fact: Wondering why Serial producer Julie Snyder and This American Life creator Ira Glass both appear in the tags, while Serial’s own creator, Sarah Koenig, does not? Turns out, Pop Up’s software thinks the name Sarah “Koenig” sounds a lot more like “Sarah Kane. Ick.” We edited this tag out, along with some other winners (like “breakfast cereal”). Bear with us, speech recognition is a work in progress!