High speed video and full resolution in an SLR

March 29, 2008

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I don't really do anything at all with video, but the idea of having a camera that can shoot high speed stuff is way fun. Back in Jan. Casio announced an upcoming SLR that it says will shoot 60 full rez frames a second which is wild. Also, they state it'll do up to 1,200 fps in video mode. All this for about $1,000 which is not too far away from basic entry into the digital SLR market. I'm guessing we'll be seeing a lot more stuff on youtube in the next couple of years that were shot in high-speed so they have the slow-motion effect. Especially people shooting things, like in this one: Another very interesting thing to consider is the impact of the 60 frames/second at full resolution. The impact on sports photography for example could be huge. Instead of trying to nail The Decisive Moment all you'll need to do is play back the shots/video frame by frame and pick the best one. This is the first camera that I'm aware of where photo type resolution (like enough to print 8x10s) is able to be capture at video rates. In fact at 60 frames/second, it's basically double standard motion picture frame rates. Wild.


Boston Retinal Implant Project

March 29, 2008

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imageThat's right, these folks are working to make a replacement eye. Right now the goal is to treat blindness. Once they get it working, one has to wonder how long it'll be until the first elective one is installed/implanted. Also, how long till we stop making the distinction between the words "installed" and "implanted".


iPhone/iPod Touch has an odd screen size

March 28, 2008

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I was looking up the aspect ratio for my iPod Touch so that I can size some photos for its specific size and came across this article. I had noticed before that when I was watching HD formatted videos (16:9) there was letterboxing. I kept trying to find a setting that was causing it, but finally gave up. Good to know I'm not that inept and that the screen aspect ration really is different from HD. It weighs in with a 3:2 ratio from its 480x320 pixels. It's more than a little disappointing. Only thing I can really think of is that the cost to produce a screen with true HD dimensions would have raised the cost significantly. Interestingly, this ratio is the same as my camera. So at least it makes that transition easy. Of course, I'm not a big fan of that ratio for still photos and tend to crop them to 4:5.


Beta

March 27, 2008

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An hour or so ago we sent out the e-mail to our private beta user group to preview our new live scoring product. This is the thing that I've been working on since like October that has required all the travel up to Atlanta. I went there a lot during the process including at least one day every week for the past eight weeks. I'm so glad I don't have to go again for week nine. That trip was kicking my ass. There still stuff to do, but the first version is out the door so I can let off the throttle a little.


Six Stages

March 19, 2008

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Sitting in a hotel room on yet another trip to Atlanta and after having had a few drinks myself to unwind. I find the The 6 Stages of Drunkenness in Japanese Cellphone Charms highly amusing.


The tornado missed me

March 16, 2008

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I was in ATL again this week. Spent a few days this go round including Friday night when a tornado hit downtown including the Georgia Dome where Bama was playing basketball. I was watching the game in the hotel bar about 2.5 miles away. Looking outside the weather was obviously severe, but I didn't realize it was a tornado till later.


Improvement that isn't really one?

March 11, 2008

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I subscribe to a service called Safari Books Online for one of the premiere computer related book publishers: O'Reilly. Here is a snip of an email I recently got from them with the subject "Safari Books Online Service Improvement". We have recently implemented a new, streamlined login procedure to access your safari.oreilly.com account. Going forward, you can enter your user ID and password directly into the safari.oreilly.com homepage. These changes will result in a more efficient and responsive authentication process for you. As a result, when you login to your Safari Books Online account, you will no longer be automatically logged into the network of other O'Reilly websites. Similarly, when you login to the O'Reilly network, you will not be automatically logged into your Safari Books Online account. So, they tell me this is more efficient. Then, immediately tell me that something that used to work won't with the result being that I have to log in two times when I only used to have to do it once. I'm not the brightest bulb in the box, but that sounds like the opposite of an improvement to me. Granted, the old way was a little cumbersome as well, but this is more like a trade off of one inconvenience for another one. One step forward + One step back = no movement. Or, the Cha Cha if you are watching Real Genius. Unfortunately, that clip is not on YouTube, but what appears to be the trailer is: Talk about a trailer that has an entirely different tone than the movie it previewing. Also, I don't remember the the balloon chair in the film. Anyone else? (As a further tangent, it's weird that we still call them "trailers" instead of previews even though they come before the main feature now instead of after them.)


Opting out of more junk mail

March 11, 2008

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Some time ago I discovered optoutprescreen.com which lets you tell the three major credit bureaus that you don't want to get all those pre-approved credit card solicitations in the mail. After I got my house, I was getting probably 20-30 a week. None of which I wanted. I have one card and that's all I want. Within a few months, my junk mail was way, way, way down. I've been meaning to try to kill some of the rest of it and have known about the Direct Marketing Association, but have done a little more research that points to the Abacus Catalog Alliance as well. It took me a little while to cross reference, but "Smart Money" has this article up with how to opt out. I also verified the Abacus Opt Out address by searching the epsilon.com web site and getting to this page. Epsilon is the company that maintains the Abacus database. By the way, if you want to freak out your privacy meter, jump around the epsilon web site for a bit. Once again, in some ways 1984 ain't got shit on 2008. In my searching, I saw another address for the Epsilon/Abacus opt-out, which may work, but I trust the Smart Money article and internal address more. So, now that I've had a chance to cross reference this stuff, I'm gonna give it a shot tonight. In a few months, I'll try to remember to post a follow up.


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