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Preview of Sketch2Photo

Posted on November 16th, 2009 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Labs/Experiments, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Science!, Tech News | No Comments »

So, this is a preview of a piece of software which I find to be absolutely ridiculous.
I had not thought that anyone had actually been able to program an algorithm to do this as well as this.
Here, we have a program which allows you to do very rough sketches of an image, say a beach with some birds, sailboats, and a newly wed couple kissing. Very rough sketch.
Well, this program takes your rough sketch and keywords for each object and runs them through image searches online and *builds a composite image of it.* In other words, it outputs a “photoshopped” image composite of what you had sketched.
All fine and good, it sounds relatively meh on paper. However take a look at these images and you will be astounded at how real the final picture seems, especially when compared to what it was extracted from.

Check out their university research page which has more ridiculous images made by Sketch2Photo, as well as the source code of the program itself!

Lolcats explain color vs. grayscale

Posted on July 10th, 2008 in Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

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Lolcat of the Day

Posted on July 3rd, 2008 in Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

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Ultra HD Video at Comcast HQ

Posted on June 25th, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Tech News, Time Wasters | No Comments »

Funny…Comcast High Speed internet is slowly throttling their bandwidth, cutting off their customers slowly, have crappy customer service, and what do they do?

Lets install a super high def video demo at our HQ of 10 million pixels and let the 1 person who walks in marvel at our awesomness 😛

But, enough with that, Comcast installed this “screen” of 10 million LEDS at their headquarters and demonstrates super HD video quality.

It includes an automated video room that handles the 27 terabytes of video that is required to fully use the thing.
Check it out at DVICE

ISS and Earth from Space

Posted on June 18th, 2008 in Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Science!, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

(click for super-larger version)

Not really sure what the source is for this photo, got it from
http://chamorrobible.org/images/photos/
gpw-20061021-NASA-S124-E-010006-black-space-Earth
-horizon-white-clouds-blue-water-International-Space-Station-20080611-large.jpg

Earth from Mars

Posted on June 14th, 2008 in Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Science! | 3 Comments »

“The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera would
make a great backyard telescope for viewing Mars, and we can also use
it at Mars to view other planets. This is an image of Earth and the
moon, acquired on October 3, 2007, by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter.

At the time the image was taken, Earth
was 142 million kilometers (88 million miles) from Mars, giving the
HiRISE image a scale of 142 kilometers (88 miles) per pixel, an Earth
diameter of about 90 pixels and a moon diameter of 24 pixels. The phase
angle is 98 degrees, which means that less than half of the disk of the
Earth and the disk of the moon have direct illumination. We could image
Earth and moon at full disk illumination only when they are on the
opposite side of the sun from Mars, but then the range would be much
greater and the image would show less detail.

. . .

On
the Earth image we can make out the west coast outline of South America
at lower right, although the clouds are the dominant features. These
clouds are so bright, compared with the moon, that they are saturated
in the HiRISE images. In fact the red-filter image was almost
completely saturated, the Blue-Green image had significant saturation,
and the brightest clouds were saturated in the infrared image. This
color image required a fair amount of processing to make a nice-looking
release. The moon image is unsaturated but brightened relative to Earth
for this composite. The lunar images are useful for calibration of the
camera.”

It may not look like much, but on that one tiny
blue and green orb exists all six billion or so of us – and has
existed, as far as we know, every human being ever
made/created/evolved/whatevered. Everything that we know, and
everything that we ever have known is contained on that little sphere.

Whats
even more amazing is that twelve people from that little blue-green orb
in the bottom left have actually managed to travel through space and
walk on the surface of the moon, all the way on the other side of the
picture. If that isn’t amazing, then I don’t know what is.

Image, caption, and full-size photo from
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/MRO/
multimedia/mro20080303earth.html

51-year-old TV wired for the “digital age”

Posted on June 12th, 2008 in Historic Technology, Picture of the Day, Site of the Day, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

Richard Howard is an antique enthusiast and a furniture restorer from Norfolk, England. He’s got a passion for old things, like old cars, his 1920s house (which his grandfather built), and his old telelvision set – the same Walnut-encased unit his father bought in 1957.

“”It was my family’s first TV”, Mr Howard said.

“My father was
walking past the store and was just taken by it. I think there were
cheaper ones available but he liked the way it looked like a piece of
furniture instead of just a big screen sitting in corner of the room.”

He has even kept and framed the receipt for the £113 purchase of the Bush Television Receiver.

“I
was away at boarding school at the time but I remember coming home and
being amazed. I think the first programme I saw on it was the Lone
Ranger.

“I have a lot of fond memories of Christmas time when the
whole family would gather round and watch it together. I could never
bear to throw it away it had too much value attached to it.””

Mr. Howard can even continue to watch his television after a 200-pound revamp, including a converter so the classic unit can decode the new digital TV signal and display it in the correct format on the 1957-vintage television.

Photo, quotes, article from

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1025143/

Pictured-The-51-year-old-television-set-wired-digital-age.html



Sunset on Mars

Posted on June 6th, 2008 in Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Science! | No Comments »

This one has been making the rounds on a few blogs, and it IS pretty cool.

“On May 19, 2005, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this
stunning view as the Sun sank below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars.
This Panoramic Camera mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of
the rover’s 489th Martian day, or sol.

Sunset and twilight
images are occasionally acquired by the science team to determine how
high into the atmosphere the Martian dust extends, and to look for dust
or ice clouds. Other images have shown that the twilight glow remains
visible, but increasingly fainter, for up to two hours before sunrise
or after sunset. The long Martian twilight (compared to Earth’s) is
caused by sunlight scattered around to the night side of the planet by
abundant high altitude dust. Similar long twilights or extra-colorful
sunrises and sunsets sometimes occur on Earth when tiny dust grains
that are erupted from powerful volcanoes scatter light high in the
atmosphere.”

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Texas A&M/Cornell”
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_347.html

Demotivation Posters

Posted on May 31st, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Time Wasters | No Comments »

So, I know theres been quite a few lists of demotivation posters, and I just want to contribute some that I have found to be especially funny or striking. A lot of these came from sites that made flash slideshows, and so here, I provide the actual image file in case you people want to keep a set on your own harddrive 😛
Check it out: Flashladybug Demotivation Poster Collection

Lolcats work to save the environment

Posted on May 13th, 2008 in How To's, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Things we should do more of, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »