Benjamin Von Wong has a short and sweet tutorial on how to wirelessly tether a camera to a computer (his post is Lightroom Specific, but I assume other programs will work in a similar manner).
meanwhile in the backyard…
An impressive 3D demo written in 64k and displayed in PC Text Mode, put together by Komojo for the TMDC 2012 demoparty - video embedded below. This demo is mainly an experiment to see what I can do with a new rendering technique and 3D texture-mapped polygons. There isn’t much of a theme other than “things that look cool in this art style.”
We’ve seen single-pixel cameras, and now MIT researchers have figured out how to create clear images of dimly-lit objects using single photons — in 3D, no less. The technique doesn’t involve any fancy new hardware, either, as the team worked with a standard photon detector that fired low-intensity visible laser light pulses. The magic happens from the algorithms they developed instead, which can pick out variations in the time it takes for individual photons to bounce off of subjects. After the software separated the noise (as shown above) the result was a high-res image created with about a million photons that would have required several hundred trillion with, say, a smartphone camera. That’ll open up new possibilities for low-energy surveying, for instance, or even spy cameras that could virtually see in the dark — because no laser research project is complete with a sinister-sounding military application.
The color wheel is ideal for learning how to combine colors. White light consist of all visible colors, which form an infinite spectrum illustrated by a rainbow. The chromatic circle renders this infinity as 12 basic colors, very similar to your first pencil box.
Audience ratings have collapsed: Aside from a brief respite during the Olympics, there has been only negative ratings growth on broadcast and cable TV since September 2011, according to Citi Research.
Jessica Edwards recently published a book of essays she edited, where she asks documentary filmmakers to tell her something — specifically, some words of advice for other documentary filmmakers. In this excerpt, direct cinema hero Albert Maysles shares his advice for other doc filmmakers.
"The first Thanksgiving Day did occur in the year 1637, but it was nothing like our Thanksgiving today. On that day the Massachusetts Colony Governor, John Winthrop, proclaimed such a “Thanksgiving” to celebrate the safe return of a band of heavily armed hunters, all colonial volunteers. They had just returned from their journey to what is now Mystic, Connecticut where they massacred 700 Pequot Indians. Seven hundred Indians - men, women and children - all murdered.This day is still remembered today, 373 years later. “ No, it’s been long forgotten by white people, by European Christians. But it is still fresh in the mind of many Indians. A group calling themselves the United American Indians of New England meet each year at Plymouth Rock on Cole’s Hill for what they say is a Day of Mourning. They gather at the feet of a stature of Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag to remember the long gone Pequot. They do not call it Thanksgiving. There is no football game afterward.
I remember getting older and learning what really happened and sitting in history class stunned.
I was in about 8th grade or so….up until that point, all I had known was cutesy Scholastic images of pilgrams and “indians” at dinner together. They would have us make little paper hats of either native head dress or pilgrim top hat.
And they made it fun. For years.
And I can remember sitting in the classroom thinking they lied to us. About everything. And when I got older still the gravity of it was just…Because they wouldn’t say in the books that the massacre and thanksgiving had anything to do with each other.
And it made me wonder why is it so important to keep the party and the ignorance going? Why is this teaching of bold lies acceptable for generations?
These are important questions to ask oneself everyday, not just on Thanksgiving. I formally encourage our followers to learn about the land you live on, to learn about your own histories and how they relate to colonialism, and to go out with respectful aims to maintain the dignity of those killed and continually erased from history so that you could enjoy your holidays.
When in doubt, keep it out - meaning, if you’re unsure about your presence or words being ignorant or based on lies and not fact, stay out of safe spaces and encourage your peers to do the same; call them out when you know they’re basing their words on lies, even if you may not know the truth either. Ask them: how do you know the intricate histories of over far more than 500 individual and distinct cultures, tribes and nations?
Lastly, I’d like to direct this towards the science loving community at large on tumblr: why is there no massive outcry when some of your own do disturbingly offensive things, like glorify the genocidal Columbus? Why was I asked specifically to come out and talk about these kinds of histories, in an attempt to prevent their erasure, on this blog? Is it because the communities you flock to are disturbingly complacent to the histories that made them?
These are conversations you should be having amongst yourselves…