Google Earth does the Skies….

Google, Reference, Research
Google has just announced google earth 4.2 and new to this version is the Skies. Several Sky layers are listed on the left-hand side, including Constellations, Backyard Astronomy, Hubble Showcase, The Moon, The Planets, User's Guide to Galaxies and Life of a Star. The Sky layers are composed of over 1 million photographs from various scientific and academic sources.Another new feature in Google Earth is the addition of super-high resolution photo content, which you can see by adding the layer Primary Database -> Featured Content -> Gigapxl Photos. Unlike Google Street View, these photos however are only available for a few select places (like buildings), so there‚Äôs not a lot of random fun stuff to be found.So go download your free copy, install and hit "Switch between sky and earth".…
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Image Slicing and Stretching….

Art, Research, Siggraph07
Found this while having a beer in Stuttgart, Germany. Video of the excellent paper presented by Shai Avidan from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) and Ariel Shamirfrom The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC)/Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL).From their excellent Paper titled Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing:Seam carving is a method for content-aware resizing that changes the size of an image according to its content. This paper shows applications to aspect-ratio change, image retargeting, and object removal.More info on the technique can be found in this PDF file.
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Siggraph07: San Diego Zoo

Photography, Siggraph07
Yeah these were shot during the last day of my Siggraph 2007 trip to San Diego. If you like the zoo, you'll love the one in San Diego. If you don't, go and visit anyway, you might change your mind. From Wikipedia entry:The world-famous San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California is one of the largest, most progressive zoos in the world with over 4,000 animals of more than 800 species. It is privately operated by the nonprofit Zoological Society of San Diego on 100 acres of parkland leased from the City of San Diego, and ownership of all animals, equipment and other assets rests with the City of San Diego.Click this link and take a peak. You can also have a look at the rest of the…
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Siggraph07: Exploring San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

Photography, Siggraph07
Here is another batch of pictures from my recent trip to San Diego. These were shot during an afternoon walking down 5th and back up 4th Ave. If you get a chance you should definitely hang out here, specially at night. Lots of Art Deco architecture, good food and lots of drinks. And before you ask, yes I like fire hydrants and lamp posts and I tend to photograph them in every city I visit. Click this link and take a peak. You can also have a look at the rest of the gallery using this link.
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Last day in San Francisco…..

Photography, WWDC07
Okay so this was a while back, but I finally finished touching up the pictures I took while in San Francisco (WWDC07). These were shot in around 3rd/4th/5th and Market St., at the Golden Gate Park and the Japanese Tea Garden. Click this link and take a peak. You can also have a look at the rest of the gallery using this link.
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Do you dare trust a machine…..

Art, Electronics, PD, Physical Computing
The people over at 5VoltCore have put together a PD installation that really tests your courage and trust in machines. The installation sets up a feedback loop between computer, robot and the user. The user is right in assuming that the machine can fail, the machine can fail because the user assumes.Let me explain, it all starts with a PD patch that controls a knife held by a robot that will try to hit the space in between the users fingers. Once the user places his/her hand under the robot, the program takes over and the knife movements slowly speed up. At this point the user will either trust the machine or they will get nervous and start sweating. The sweating will then trigger a series of short circuits inside…
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Texty: The Simplest CMS……

html, Javascript, rss
Well maybe a bit too simple. I couldn't decide if this one was totally evil --under a cutesy name and interface-- or just simply useful and cool, so I'll let you guys decide. Hop on over to Texty and give it a whirl.This new webapp allows you to create Texty's (which are HTML snippets) through their WYSIWYG editor. The Texty's get saved on their server and all you have to do to publish the texty on your web page is to include the one line javascript code on your page. Every time you log into their site and change a texty's content, all pages that contain the javascript code will also automatically update.Now the immediate problem with this is that if enough people start designing texty powered sites, then the…
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