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Now this.. is quite wonderfully cool. It's a demo video, showing TonchiDot's SekaiCamera in use, an app running on the iPhone. Point your iPhone somewhere, and let the app overlay the camera video with all manner of additional information about what you're seeing, with the option of finding out detailed info about a particular item in a supermarket, say, directions to a kind of venue you'd like to walk to, or even notes left by friends. The world of Dennou Coil's not so far off. ^_^

Ooooooh, shiny.. have a look/listen here, as found by circuit_four - ideally with good speakers and a large monitor. @.@

You should take a peek at momentrabbit's buttons a time machine should have.

Finally, it looks like African nations might be in with a chance of real net.access. "The founders of 03b Networks recently helped pioneer the first commercial 3G mobile and fibre-to-the-home networks in Rwanda, the company said in a statement."

paka is taking commissions! Have a peek here for examples.

Quite inspired: (almost =:) from the Fullmetal Alchemist world, Alphonse Elric My Little Pony. =:D

If you've wanted to meet the guy, Terry Pratchett's going to be in-world at noon on October 9th 2008. There are a couple freebies, in the meantime - a hat of his style, shirt with the next book's cover - and a month-long treasure hunt.

The Deputy Justice Minister in the DR Congo has freed a dozen goats, who were being held in prison, charged with being sold illegally. "It is not known what the goats' punishment might have been."

Anyone know who's providing the soundtrack for the new iPod touch ad? (Nice angle - finally admitting it's a neat gaming platform, not just a slick music player) [Edit: solved! hawthorn discovered it's The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Around the Bend]

Dinner Wednesday: Waitrose spinach pizza. Nothing very special, unfortunately - good ingredients, but let down by a lack of seasoning (to the extent that even my usual addition of herbes de provence, basil, and smoked paprika vanished) and an uninspired base. I'd added two pork & garlic sausages, chopped up, for the meat quota. What saved it was a combination of Marks & Spencer's Peri-Peri Relish (definitely recommended) and a little balsamic vinegar. That worked well. ^_^ I'd also tried pepperdew segments on it - worth a try, but nothing to go out of your way for. They're pleasantly sweet, with a heat that's more tangy than actually hot, but how much of that's due to the fruit itself is difficult to tell, as the marinade lists more sugar than vinegar; I'd recommend something with more fortitude on a pizza, but they were a pleasant accent all the same.

Cookies: Waitrose Belgian triple chocolate soft-baked. OM NOM NOM NOM. These are to cookies what Phish Food is to ice cream.

Dinner Thursday: I wanted something meaty and tasty, but also rich with crunchy vegetably goodness. So, half a pound of lean Hereford ground beef was the starting point, plus garlic powder, chili powder, basil, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar, crumbled into a hot frying pan and tossed around a bit. Then a big chunk o' broccoli, coarsely chopped, several baby corn ears, and a couple sliced shiitake. Then the real business of making it all fit: a good dose of oyster sauce, some water, and a sachet of thick cream of mushroom soup, and a handful of pepperdew halves. Tasty.

I'm going to have to experiment a bit with exposure settings on the TZ5, looks like - its normal calculations are fine for mortal creatures, but not hyperrabbits. Still, even if rather blurry, it's nice to see the return of the relatively rare flying rabbit.

Thank you for the pointer!
No prob. ^_^ I'm looking forward to the results! Especially if any longears are involved. =:)

Your camera most likely has a Tv Mode, this fixes and the shutter speed and automatically adjusts the aperture to compensate for lighting to get a good exposure, up the limits of your camera of course.

The faster the shutter speed the more light you need to get a proper exposure. Fast moving things like bunnies would enjoy a 1/500 or 1/1000 sec shutter speed if it is bright enough.

You can also adjust your ISO settings to help in tricky lighting situations.

100iso = (slow) works well with bright sunlight) generally best quality.

1600iso = (fast) Moonlight, night shots places where you need a fast exposure but don't have good light.

This is a nice site with lots more info on taking good pics.

The annoying thing is that as far as explicit settings go, I can only seem to specify the maximum ISO for it to use, but not a minimum. (Of course, tonight I happened to leave it in the office, as something's screwed up the memory card sufficiently for it to not be usable or even formattable by the camera. Possibly the lack of dismounting when I had to yank the USB - I've temporarily got the logging version of Leopard's core USB library installed, to inspect USB activity at a low level. Works nicely, but when you're trying to inspect isochronous transfers with a 4ms interval, can cause a slight lack of responsivity =:)

Maybe I can find a spare fan around somewhere, and experiment with different settings using that as a target - or, indeed, just the post-exposure on-screen info would say what exposure duration was used, but visual proof of being able to freeze rapid movement would still be welcome, in the absence of a cadre of office bunnies. Must work on that. ^_^

The camera itself is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5, FWIW. Overall, a very nice combination of optical zoom and compact size.

Ah, I like the way the guy thinks: "Modern exposure technique is optimizing the exposure compensation as needed, not setting exposure manually. The manual part is making the slight corrections to the automatic exposure, not setting apertures or shutter speeds as in the 1950s."

Edited at 2008-09-11 06:49 pm (UTC)
With my Panasonic at least, there are two main picture modes. One, with a red camera icon with an 'i' is the so-called 'Intelligent' mode, where you only get to select the maximum ISO for it. The other, which just has a red camera is the manual mode, and in here you can explicitely set the ISO.
The camera is, unsurprisingly, more intelligent than its owner: true, in "camera" mode, I was seeing the ISO setting greyed out, but that was because I had "Intelligent ISO" turned on, with a 1600 maximum.

That said, I wonder if it might not be better for me to simply roll with its ideas, but set to underexpose. Assuming, of course, that does actually shorten the exposure time, rather than apply some darkening image processing.. ^_^ Time for some experimentation, I think. In any event, it's easy enough to play with the settings on the fly. (Now, if only the camera could detect isolated rapid motion, and be aware that capturing that was the goal.. after all, there's red-eye and facial detection in many cameras, and plenty of intelligence applied to anti-blurring)

*presses one of the buttons* (Guess which one!)


BTW, what limits does your camera have on the lengths of movie files in each format (HD, std)? That seems to be a difficult quantity to find out for digital cameras, and there's always a limit. Also, if there is a limit, is there a way to keep it recording immediately on a second file when the first file fills up? There were ways to trick my last two cameras into doing that (using a remote cord and put it in "lock").

I mean, what if I am filming someone's golf ball display cabinet when it falls apart sending golf balls bouncing everywhere, and the action lasts longer than, say, 10 minutes - what then? :-)
I wonder if that summons a horde of skunkies, or simply turns all that universe's inhabitants into them? Worth finding out. ^_^

AFAIK, it's only limited by the size of the card - the catch is that as the engine's that of a camera rather than a camcorder, the compression's still M-JPEG, at 25Mbits/s, or about 1GB/min. So even my 8GB card is only good for around 8 minutes.. ^_^; That's something they could stand to improve, especially if they chose to try making an affordable Foveon-alike - vanilla MPEG-4, or better yet, H.264 would offer vastly better compression, but obviously requiring more silicon support. (Still, 64GB SDHC exist, IIRC, and they'll be free with the cornflakes soon enough..)

Hmm.. I wonder if it'd be possible to rig up one of those not-really-an-SD-card WiFi cards and have that appear to be a bottomless pit o' memory? ^_^

Or, indeed, oranges!

I have read a couple of things that limit the length of movies shot with dig cameras. One is sensor heat, they just get too hot after being used continuously after 5-10 mins. Another is tariff restrictions, keeping the length under a set about keeps the camera classified as a camera and not a movie camera that I assume has higher associated tariff costs. I don't know if I believe either.
Anyone know who's providing the soundtrack for the new iPod touch ad?

After a little search around, found out it's The Astroids Galaxy Tour - Around the Bend
Oh, wonderful! Thanks so much. ^_^ I may have to sniff around for more of their work - I do rather like the sound of that track.

(And I'm weakening on getting an iPhone, too.. not for the phone as such, as I don't use phones unless necessary, but as a development platform, music player, and highly convenient mobile browser. Seems like it'd be fun to program for, with the potential of pulling a (very =:) little money in)

How's it all going with you? My spies tell me you were at EF. =:)

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It's a delightfully logical development, really - the hardware's right there, nothing more required, and with pervasive networking and quite impressive computational power available in mobile devices, suddenly a new world of possibilities opens up. Naturally, it's a Japanese team that comes up with this example - for some reason, mobile tech culture has long seemed a few steps ahead of anywhere else. Not so much the devices necessarily, but the inspiration to conceive of such uses, and the public willingness to adopt them rapidly, like the use of QR codes, and payment via phone.

Mobile computing tech like this (sold as phones, but really, so much more) is, of course, only going to improve at least as rapidly as we've witnessed in home computing. It's wonderful. ^_^

Indeed, the quality of information will be a.. not quite limiting factor, but it'll be something some folks seek to improve as they can, and others will let slide. Certainly, hereabouts, it's perfectly normal for businesses like pizza joints to have absolutely no web presence at all, other than presence in online phone directories, let alone any ability to order online. (Theoretically very handy with this office, as the address and directions are a bit awkward. Pizza companies appear to get around this by letting the driver run around the town for a while without calling, until the customer finally wonders where they are - sometimes in a nearby, but different, business park, sometimes just lost. Much as I enjoy cooking, it's still fun to get pizza in for lunchtime now and then)