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New Image in the 2D Art Section

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

I have added this image to the 2D Art section.

Hogs Will Fly

Hogs Will Fly

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No models or motorcycles were killed or injured in the production of this image.

Extreme Photography

Friday, April 11th, 2008

There is a picture in my 2D gallery of a Christmas cactus flower. I have a print of it hanging in my living room blown up to just under 3 feet tall. The resolution in the original file is so high I should be able to blow it up to at least 8 feet. That pales in comparison to the images you could produce if you owned some of the gear in this article; The World’s Most Extreme Photography Equipment.

Speaking of cool camera gear, here is a camera from Casio which can shoot an amazing 1,200 frames per second.

Here is a piece about a toxic lake in Montana. The interesting thing is researchers are finding microbes in it which my have useful medical properties.

I have written about Improv Everywhere in this blog before. In their latest stunt, they descend upon a little league baseball game. They slowly keep adding professional baseball touches cumulating in an appearance by the Goodyear blimp.

Video projectors will soon be built into cellphones. Sometimes at twilight, I look at the sky and there are colors you just can’t seem to capture on a camera. If you could, your monitor wouldn’t be able to display them. I can’t imagine what a laser video projector would look like but I wonder if the color spectrum will be wider.

The Pentagon backs plan to beam solar power from space. I can see why this would be something they would like as you could send the power anywhere on earth. You can’t help but think the same technology could be used as a weapon. Remind anyone of a Bond film?

I was going to put this link up a while back but the site went down. It’s all in Spanish so I have no idea what they are saying. Wait for it to load, then type a first and last name in the first two boxes. You don’t need to put anything in the email ones. Then click on the word Visualizar at the bottom. You may want to lower your volume as it was a little loud here. After thinking about it I guess I could do it but I was surprised I hadn’t seen anyone else do something like this before. Here is the link.

Finally, check out these cute polar bear pictures.

Beauty and Mathematics

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

This article entitled; Scientists teach a computer to recognize attractiveness in women reminded me of an overlay we used in software I wrote for plastic surgeons. The idea is we find faces more attractive if they follow a specific mathematical pattern. These images are more complex than the overlay I used but the idea is the same.

It’s called the golden ratio and there are a lot of examples on the web. Here is one where the author points out the basic idea. This is a video where a guy shows how you can use the images as overlays in Gimp or Photoshop.

The concept of beauty in mathematics has been around for a long time. In particular for physicists, it involves the ability to come up with an equation or small number of equations which describe the behavior of some complex physical system. A good example of this is Maxwell’s equations. In four simple equations Maxwell managed to describe both electricity and magnetism. Before he ‘unified’ these two forces, they were considered separate phenomena. Similarly, the holy grail of physics is to create a unified field theory which unifies the strong nuclear force, electromagnetism, the weak nuclear force, and gravity.

Wikipedia defines a fractal as;

“a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be subdivided into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole,” a property called self-similarity.

There are endless fractal galleries on the web but I thought I would point out this site called chaoscope which has free fractal generating software. Also, if you are interested in the math, this site lists the formulas. For most cases if you click on the link it will show you an image for each formula.

Here is an image I created using a reflection of a Lyapunov fractal.

fractal image

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Finally, it’s certainly not beautiful but I got a laugh out of this picture of high-rise trailers.

Society

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

I read this article in the New York Times today where 1 in 100 U.S. adults are now in prison. Is this necessary or just insanely expensive? The article talks about how much it cost to keep them there but doesn’t mention the revenue lost to income taxes not collected and so on. Here is a chart of incarceration rates for other countries.

Not that we shouldn’t keep the bad ones locked up, but using jail for every punishment is silly. Anyone who has dealt with the IRS or the BMV knows the government is quite capable of making you miserable without sending you to jail.

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tiny society

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Home Sweet Home

Monday, February 18th, 2008

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Home Sweet Home

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Lake Wobegone

Monday, February 18th, 2008

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Lake Wobegone

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Kaya

Monday, February 18th, 2008

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Kaya

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The Lighthouse

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

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lighthouse

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A Christmas Cactus Flower

Friday, February 8th, 2008

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christmas cactus flower

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Emerald City

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

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emerald city

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