Dinosaur asteroid 'sent life to Mars' -
The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs may have catapulted life to Mars and the moons of Jupiter, US researchers say. They calculated how many Earth rocks big enough to shelter life were ejected by asteroids in the last 3.5bn years.
Google now lets you create your own Maps Street View using Photo Sphere or your dSLR camera -
Google has unveiled a new way to allow anyone to create their own personalized Street View map of their location. The company states in a blog post that a Street View experience can be created just by using photos taken from either Google’s Photo Sphere technology or a dSLR camera.
Where are the champions? And I am not talking about the victors, but the amplifiers. It is so hard for good work to get noticed. Even if you get into a major festival it is easy to get ignored. And what about all the good work that doesn’t even make the festival cut? Do you really have to buy your way into a New York opening, so that the NY Times covers you, so you get a review, so that you may get bookings everywhere?
Don’t working directors have time to watch new movies? Writers? Producers? Actors? Cinematographers? How come we do so little championing the work of our contemporaries? I ran a screening series in NYC for several years. As part of it I would write a passionate letter and blast it out to over 1000 people. I started to publish them on my blog. I thought if I did it, perhaps others would follow suit, but… Am I missing something?
There is so much negativity amongst filmmakers, you’d think they all thought it was a zero sum game. Is there not enough praise to cover everyone who deserves it? All that is needed is for all of us to speak up more. It’s not so hard to write about a film you love is it?
I co-founded HammerToNail.com to help the under-seen get noticed. Where does true indie get noticed? The thought was we needed a filter and we did not need any more negativity. We only cover the films we love. And the idea was that it was only filmmakers writing about filmmakers.
Shouldn’t all filmmakers see it as their duty to publicly champion at least one new unknown film or filmmaker a year? Wouldn’t that lead to greater discovery? Wouldn’t that lead to a greater feeling of community?
photo by Mike Ambs
Hanging up xmas ornaments with @erica_hampton :)
My tumblr turned 5 today! :)
How To Wirelessly Tether To Lightroom -
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…
Experimental 3D scanner creates clear images with almost no light -
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.