Cinema with a Twist….

Flickr, Photography
The Toronto Strobist Group got together again at Ryerson. We decided to leave the studio alone and congregated instead in the Eaton's Lecture Theater -- a 199 seat theater style lecture hall -- to shoot our Cinema with a Twist theme. Here is a sampling.....more pics on flickr set.
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More Siggraph Madness….Is anything real nowadays?….

Photography, Research, Video
More crazy image-enhanced video rendering papers from University of Washington being presented at Siggraph08. I just can't get enough of these new applications of combining crappy video and some still frames to produce eye popping results. Most of the experiments in this video were done using a standard video camera and a hi-res still camera. The results were combined, some secret sauce added and you end up with these killer results. I for one can't wait for editing packages to include some of these research topics as new features....Can you say UNREAL :-) Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene from pro on Vimeo.
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Tiny Watcher…..Who’s watching your PC?

Microsoft, Windows
If you're like me, you don't like to install Anti-Virus software or any of the malware removing utilities on your system. The machine is sitting behind a firewall and I know what is running on the machine (most of the time).That said, I've always wanted to have the equivalent of trip-wire or rkhunter from Linux/Unix land. An application that would monitor the rest of windows and would alert me when vital files/registry entries get touched. Well, I think I've found such beastie and it's free to boot. Grab Tiny Watcher and install it on your windows box and let it run once to create a profile. From then on TW will monitor your system and tell you when some application/installer changes something vital on your machine. You also get the…
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Quick Tip for Bloggers/Youtubers/Flickerites/etc……

Blogger, Flickr, Gmail, Google, tumblr, Youtube
If you've ever come across the email gateways of most social sites, you know that -- in order to protect you and your account -- they produce some very forgettable email addresses. I'm talking about those special email addresses you can setup where for example you can Email a picture to, which will automatically be posted to your flickr stream.Well here is a easy way to use Google mail's filter function to create easy to remember gmail addresses that would inturn forward your precious postings to the appropriate social site.First get a gmail account if you don't already have one. I'll call mine middleman@gmail.comSetup your Flickr (or any other) account to accept posts via email. My special flickr email address is manthisemailishardtoremember@photos.flickr.comBack in your gmail account create a filter. In…
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3D Auto generated scenes using Flickr hosted pictures….

Microsoft, Research
Hmmmm......Ugggghhh.....Yet another MS research juicy fruit that no one outside of Redmond is gonna be able to play with. I guess this is a further development or an offshoot of PhotoSynth that MS presented at Siggraph in Boston. This one is much more polished and seems to actually have a purpose (see the end of the video). The days of QTVR are numbered if MS ever decides to make this project a reality.
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Photoshop of Video Editing Tools

Microsoft, Research
Yep, Microsoft is at it again (actually MS research to be more precise). Show up at Siggraph, present a juicy paper, get everyone salivating and then, well.....not sure.....hide :-). I don't get it, I'll give you an example, couple of years ago a bunch of MS research guys showed up at Siggraph in Boston (I think) and showed this amazing application -- PhotoSynth -- that would stitch pictures taken by random tourists from different internet sources into a brilliant 3D model. It was fantastic, but other than a demo application, it's no where to be found.MS, are you listening.....You're a Software company, stop producing software noone wants/needs (Vista/Office anyone?) and realize some of these apps the research people are working on.Anyways, rant off. Now for this years amazing app. The…
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Free Generative Music Composition Software for OSX….

MIDI, Music, Physical Computing, Quartz Composer
Monash University team downunder has done it again. Nodal is their Free (for personal use) generative music software for Mac OSX. It's a good looking application that I will be taking out for a test drive soon. From the website:Nodal uses a novel method for the notation and playing of MIDI based music. This method is based around the concept of a user-defined graph. The graph consists of nodes (musical events) and edges (connections between events). You interactively define the graph, which is then traversed by any number of players who play the musical events as they encounter them on the graph. The time taken to travel from one node to another is based on the length of the edges that connect the nodes.Now Nodal generates MIDI data only. This…
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MP3’s from a bygone era…

audio, History, Technology
If you love(d) 78 rpm records, you owe it to yourself to check out Cliff Bolling's website. Here he is continually digitizing and adding tunes from the first half of the last century in mp3 format complete with  scratches, hisses, pops and all. It's absolutely wonderful :-).He uses an old Garrard Model RC 121 Mark II turntable and a GE VR 1 cartridge that came with the turntable. Right now, there are 3,739 titles on this page linked to mp3's.
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