Archive for the ‘Picture of the Day’ Category

Preview of Sketch2Photo

Posted on November 16th, 2009 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Labs/Experiments, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Science!, Tech News | 1 Comment »

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!

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 | Comments Off on Ultra HD Video at Comcast HQ

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 πŸ˜›

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

Demotivation Posters

Posted on May 31st, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Time Wasters | Comments Off on Demotivation Posters

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 πŸ˜›
Check it out: Flashladybug Demotivation Poster Collection

TEAM 0.5

Posted on February 6th, 2008 in Historic Technology, Labs/Experiments, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Science!, Tech News | 2 Comments »

A bit of science for us all. TEAM 0.5 has debuted. What is TEAM? Its the worlds most powerful transmission electron microscope. It gives images with .5 angstrom resolutions, which just so happens to be half the diameter of a single hydrogen atom. It’s located at NCEM at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. THey hope to setup a control room that shows the sample on a screen that looks like an HD flatscreen. πŸ™‚ As of now, their opening date for outside users, is October 08. It corrects for a aberration that has long plagued such high res microscopes that make points of light look like disks. Fixing this has upped the resolution greatly. As of now, they can perform spectroscopy on one atom at a time, which allows scientists to precisely locate impurities of 1 atom per sample.
Here…is a mindblowing example:
Shown here is a gold crystal bridge. Those dots…..those are gold atoms

Thanks Eurekalert, and congrats to the folks at NCEM

Picture of the…time period ;)

Posted on January 9th, 2008 in Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Science! | 6 Comments »

Resurrect this feature. As a preface…this photo was taken and submitted into a “Science as Art” competition. It also goes to show….we humans…will always be trying to blow something up. This image is an electron scanning micrograph of the smallest explosion ever seen. On a nano scale. It is a photo…of nano-wires exploding. Cheers!

Thank you Fanny Beron from Γ‰cole Polytechnique de MontrΓ©al

Open Source Ice Cream

Posted on August 1st, 2007 in Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Time Wasters | Comments Off on Open Source Ice Cream

In kind of a segway from the previous post…..you can now get penguin branded ice cream! Apparently, its got a GPL recipe πŸ˜›
Its in Wadsworth, Westminster, CO. ….anyone nearby there? hehe
Heres a pic:

*shrug
they can do it if they want, gpl is always nice πŸ˜€
Thanks plasticpixel

NEWS: Starcraft II….UNVEILED!

Posted on May 19th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Site of the Day, Tech News, Time Wasters | 31 Comments »

Woot!
I guess the Korean’s didn’t end up killing the whole Blizzard convention over this decision. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone declared it a holiday or something. Starcraft II is going to have new units to Protoss Terran and Zerg races, a 3d engine with realistic physics, BIG units, and a much larger army size. Its going to have a single player campaign that CONTINUES the story….meaning…its not over? πŸ˜€
And, it has an improved map editor.

Zerg: zerglings can mutate into little bombs πŸ˜›
Terran: Reapers are here, with dual machine pistols and have jumpjets, bypassing walls as a base defence

Protoss: Zealots have a charge ability to move quickly to chase down someone
Immortal: Creates impenetrable shields under heavy arms fire, such as seige tanks, but small arms fire can kill em quickly
Colossus: Big..monstrosities πŸ˜› that have dual lasers hehe
Stalker: teleportation unit
Pheonix: flying unit like valkries except extremely powerful shots. its vulnerable after fire
Warprey: air unit that fires a laser that gets stronger when fired longer
Mothership: Major…BIG ship. You can only have one of these. They have Time Bomb which creates a shield against incoming missles. Planet Cracker destroys whatever is under the ship, and the ship can move while its doing this…a flying ship of DESTRUCTION.
Finally, it has Black Hole, which triggers….a black hole, sucking everything near it, say…4 terran battlecruisers into the abyss.
I am lookin forward to this hehehhe

Its in pre alpha…so, expect this in the future πŸ˜› The exact words of release date: “When its DONE”
Which, I take to be very good…no need to rush out a half done Starcraft…make it juuuuust right πŸ™‚
Heres a few images hehe


Some videos also exist, here

Thank you IGN for details and Blizzard for doin it!

USPS Goes Nuts (Old News)

Posted on May 7th, 2007 in Dumb Things That Happen, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Time Wasters | Comments Off on USPS Goes Nuts (Old News)

Old news, but I just heard/saw about it…perhaps some of you missed it too.
Apparently, USPS launched a campaign for Star Wars Stamps, and in celebration, stuck a few hundred R2D2 mailboxes around the nation. And one person decided to be, how do we put it…”cheeky” and dressed up as Leia. Thus…this flickr picture was produced.

Now, I must give Teal and Erin a bow for 1) finding an R2D2 mailbox, dressing up as Leia and actually posting a picture of it.
Thanks! and give a visit to Lylium.org, Erin’s blog.
And also, check out the “Damsel in Distress” aka Princess Leia to Cambridge University page on the blog πŸ˜›

One Sharp Car

Posted on March 20th, 2007 in Dumb Things That Happen, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Time Wasters | 2 Comments »

Yea…anyone who has the time/resources to do this to a car should be classified as nuts. Luca Pancrazzi (crazy :P) took a Maserati Quattrporte and covered it with 800 kg of shattered glass. This is absolutely…nuts. LOOK at it:

Thank ee Carscoop

Would You use this toilet?

Posted on March 9th, 2007 in Dumb Things That Happen, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Time Wasters | Comments Off on Would You use this toilet?

Just look at this public toilet…whoever designed this is one sick genius. πŸ˜›

And what does it look from the inside?

Thanks voltier. Check out their site Voltier