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Doctor Who is getting the Mr Men treatment - and it's all official. =:D

The kind of processing power we have, perfectly routinely, in our lives is really quite awesome, ne? Consider just panorama stitching - you can take dozens of photos, and have some program accurately spot matching points between them, with no instruction necessary, and warp them as necessary to make for a perfect match, even blending out differences between them, such as objects in motion. That's some fairly intensive processing - and yet, it's easily performed by any system in the home, and even on phones, to a more modest extent. Imagine trying to pull that off in the age of film!

For photographers: what apps do you use for HDR? I'm not thinking of overt HDR, so much as the more classical style, simply enhancing the extremes of range. AutoPano will perform such, but its design emphasis is really panoramas, where it does a particularly good job. I'd particularly like the ability to control the degree of contribution of the different exposures, to gain a look I'm comfortable with, given automatic HDR creations can often be dreadfully surreal. (And for me, that's not normally a bad thing =:)

Not really a story of import, as far as substance goes, beyond the fact that it's something that happened: Tim Cook met up with Shigeru Miyamoto, who can be described as influential in Nintendoland. =:)

An interesting little game idea: Really Bad Chess. "Chess is one of those games I always wished I enjoyed, but its commitment to beauty, elegance, and perfect balance always turned me away. Really Bad Chess removes these boring restrictions and flips chess on its head. As much as random pieces change the game in some ways, I was really surprised to notice how much the game remains the same, and how powerful some pieces are you've never truly struggled against a pawn until you've struggled against a pawn in the back row. For chess pros, Really Bad Chess will give you a new type of challenge the pieces & the moves are the same, but you'll have to throw out your openings and your understanding of normal patterns of play."

Sadly, I missed out on the recent New Scientist convention at the ExCeL - did anyone else I know go along? The roomie attended on Saturday, and it sounded like it lived up to every ounce of its promise, like a sci-fi con stuffed with much more of the "sci". =:) I'd hoped to get along, but the trip got in the way. Oh well. ^_^

Via huskyteer, a music video that's simply fun: TMBG, Walking My Cat Named Dog.

Here's a look around the Bay Area, in a 360 degree panorama from Inspiration Point. You reach it by half-killing yourself clambering up the peak from Nimitz Way, which is a gorgeous walk (across one of many different routes through Tilden Nature Area) from the ridgeline above Berkeley, which you can easily reach courtesy of the 65 or 67 AC Transit buses departing from the stops by the downtown Berkeley BART. (Note that during weekends, the 67 dips down into the park, but also ends earlier - about 7pm) I'd very much recommend viewing the full size version fullscreen, for a better feel for just how large the view is. ^_^ (And even that version isn't the full size - the stitched output from AutoPano Giga 3 is 50926 x 7808. Very temping to try printing that out.. hm. At 300dpi, that'd make.. just over 14' x 2' =:)



And if you'd prefer something more subdued, but no less grand, head on over here for a gorgeous pre-sunrise in Colorado, courtesy of kishenehn. ^_^

Yay! Just managed to renew my LJ account for another year. (Am I right in thinking LJ hasn't offered permanent accounts in a while now? I know they've only ever been available for limited periods now and then, but I haven't seen that in a few years now) Always a nice sort of feeling to have that squared away.
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's certainly true that quite a few folk have moved on - I haven't really counted, but I imagine it'd be similar with me also. But - I've also discovered other folk (yourself included! =:), and - actually, I was spending around an hour or two a night in 2008, and I find it's taking about the same now too. I'm guessing it's that a lot of people didn't post very often, or only quite brief updates, where they might perhaps now be found on Twitter. But yes, if I do - as I have, rather too often in the last year or two - leave catching up with LJ for a week, it has taken me basically all day to catch up, sometimes into the next day as well.

That said, I am trying now to keep up on a daily basis, sometimes more. If I then happen to miss a day, through perhaps going out for a night, catching up is far less of an event. ^_^ So much better.

Indeed, I think a fair few did migrate to Twitter, and some just gave up entirely, sad to say. Still, I suppose that's the nature of things - people change, lives change, and the new web hotness changes.

In all, I still have a great time here, though, and it looks like you do too. ^_^ I'm happy to pay the fee - not just the account, but the icons too; you may have noticed I have a stupidly large collection of icons. =:) But that's one of the many things I like about LJ - for every entry, every comment, you get to choose. Conversely, it's a little baffling to me how people don't feel constrained by Twitter's option of one icon, and that's it! Just the icon can say plenty, even before you've started typing. ^_^

I do miss my array of icons! It's tough on Twitter with only my standard Mondhasen pic.

I try to get here each day to catch up on things. I've added new friends (like you :o) as well and will look about for more. I love lj's flexibility over FB and Twitter.