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Public Lab: oblique aerials from GoPro + PublicLab balloon mapping kit
"Early Saturday morning balloon mapping at Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill in San Francisco with Stoney Vintson, Pat Coyle, and Jurriaan Kloek. 3 GoPro cameras were used to collect data for 3d modelling. We started a MapKnitter project with a separate vertical angle rectilinear camera. Sharing these obliques as we start to work on processing...."
gopro  balloonmapping  imaging  photography  classideas  edg  publiclab  3dmodeling  mapknitter 
june 2014 by robertogreco
Tupperwolf - Lichen names
"Yesterday I happened across that Eames promotion for the SX-70 for the first time. It reminded me, among many things, of an old friend, now dead – Bob Rodieck.

My high school was my mother (a qualified teacher), our neighbor R., and me. One of the classes was to make a book on our island’s natural history. When we were planning it, we visited Bob on an extremely gray spring day to talk about desktop publishing, because he’d been talking about how he was writing a book himself. (I may have the timeline slightly wrong here. Please consider this an As I Remember It story.)

We explained what we wanted to do. Bob, who was a freshly emeritus professor, scratched his stubble and leaned forward, then leaned back. He asked if we knew the difference between vector and raster graphics. I started explaining how they’re actually fairly isomorphic, since pixels can be represented as squares and, conversely, control points are in a discrete space, and from then on we were friends. It was Bob who turned me on to Tufte, and I turned him on to Bringhurst.



The natural history book was a well chosen project. We interviewed a lot of the oldest and most eccentric people on the island. They had records, written or in memory, about when flowers used to bloom, where the clams used to live before they were depleted, how many eagles used to nest on the point, how the old Samish woman had treated leather, when the last puffin was seen, what time of year the beaver showed up, and so on. There was the mystery of the flying squirrel.

We got a lot of very guarded mushroom knowledge from Dorothy H., who was in her eighties and roughly three times as vigorous and alert as I was. It’s really hard to come by good mushroom knowledge, because the people careful enough to understand mushrooms tend to be careful about risking other people on possibly poisonous food. Dorothy played her cards close to her chest.



Bob eventually finished his book, which was called The First Steps in Seeing. It was very well received, but as far as I can tell never sold well – Amazon has only four reviews, though they’re all five-star. I think it’s because he wasn’t around to promote it. He’d told me this wonderful story about graphic design and experimental design once: He went to get a check-up. He was given a form to fill out that included dietary habits. He said that he was about to check “1 serving of green vegetables/day” when he noticed that the checkbox itself was red! He figured that, being of northern European stock, he was adapted to fewer greens, and checked the first box that wasn’t red, 3 servings, and called it good. Not long after finishing the book, he was diagnosed with gut cancer.

Towards the end, he was on the island resting when he started having an unusual type of trouble moving his eyes. He said it was clearly a certain potassium channel failing, and it was time to go back to Seattle and die.

I think that, had he been around to promote it and put out a second edition, his book would be a classic now. It’s in the details and how they’re subordinated to the big-picture view. He drew all the illustrations himself. He chose the spot colors. He thought very hard about what path through the material he could provide that would be easiest for the beginner but pass the best trailheads for those who went further. He threw a lot of textbook conventions out the window and never missed them. He gave a crap but didn’t give a fuck.

Dorothy’s reluctance to tell us which mushrooms we could eat drove us to the classic texts, David Arora’s books. We could use him as a lever on her – “Arora says …; is that really true?”. In other fields we found other guidebooks: Pojar & MacKinnon on plants, Love’s Probably More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast.

If you don’t spend a lot of time with natural history guidebooks, you might not know that the best ones have voice – authorial voice. It’s necessary, I think, to make a book that’s basically a huge list of details interesting enough to pay attention to. And I suspect you’re unlikely to excell in mycology, botany, or marine biology unless you have a sense of perspective. If you are humorless, it’s a lot easier to be a businessperson than to spend three weeks in a tent, looking at little tufts of fungus–alga symbionts.

It’s the big picture and the little picture. It’s Philip Morrison’s speech at the end of that Polaroid film. It’s the SX-70 letting you be more inside experience, less concerned with problems of representation, in something more than a tree or a net. It’s an idea of technology that seems a little dangerous and very good to me. It reminds me of Twitter a little. Lately there I appreciated a map of surf conditions from Bob’s son, and reconnected with my fellow student R.’s cousin."
charlieloyd  highschool  projects  projectbasedlearning  pbl  naturalhistory  lichen  names  naming  2013  memory  learning  education  books  writing  teaching  sx-70  philipmorrison  polaroid  mushrooms  bobrodieck  unschooling  deschooling  sight  seeing  memories  imaging  photography  publishing  promotion  fun  play  words  wordplay  design  davidarora  trevorgoward  brucemccune  delmeidinger  science  interestedness  interestingness  interested 
march 2013 by robertogreco
Grassroots Mapping: How You Can Create Aerial Cartography for Under $100, and Use It to Do Good - Environment - GOOD
"The notion that aerial imagery is only for the rich and powerful is being turned on its ear by an inspired group of DIY cartographers who have pioneered the field of grassroots mapping. The concept is simple: for about $100 in materials you can shoot aerial imagery that is higher resolution than any standard public satellite imagery. Using incredibly simple balloon and kite contraptions, you can capture the images on demand whenever you want, as often as you want."
photography  diy  mapping  maps  cartography  classideas  projectideas  balloons  imaging  edg  kites  from delicious
march 2011 by robertogreco
greg.org: the making of: Wherein The Inventor Of The Pixel Totally Agrees With Me, Even Though I Don't Totally Agree With Him
"In 1957, NIST computer expert Russell Kirsch scanned the world's first digital image [a photo of his infant son, above] using the country's first programmable computer. To accommodate the memory and processing capacity of the available equipment, Kirsch had the computer break the image up into a 176x176 grid, and to assign a binary color value, black or white, to each of the resulting 30,976 square pixels.
computing  imaging  russellkirsch  1957  pixels  culture  shapes 
june 2010 by robertogreco
MAKE: Blog: iPhone document scanner
"Here's a clever cardboard iPhone rig by Cincinnati design student Kyle A Koch which keeps it at the right distance to photograph sheets of printer paper. Apparently Kyle and I share a propensity for losing hard copies of things. Via Core77."
iphone  cardboard  scanners  imaging 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Fraser Speirs – My Photo Editing Workflow
Someone asked me recently about how I work through my photographs after I shoot. When I go out to photograph, I shoot a lot - most people I go out with are usually surprised at the number of frames I produce. It’s not uncommon for me to take the kids to
flickr  howto  imaging  photography  organization  iphoto  productivity  process  workflow  howwework  aperture 
january 2008 by robertogreco
The Megapixel Myth
"This gimmick is used by salespeople and manufacturers to you feel as if your current camera is inadequate and needs to be replaced even if the new cameras each year are only slightly better."
cameras  digital  dslr  photography  imaging  images  comparison  noise 
december 2007 by robertogreco
» Best picture quality with 6 megapixels!
"The best compromise for a compact camera is a sensor with 6 million pixels or better a sensor with a pixel size of >3µm."
cameras  digital  dslr  photography  imaging  images  comparison  noise 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Splashup - "powerful editing tool and photo manager"
"With all features professionals use and novices want...easy to use, works in real-time, allows you to edit many images at once...runs in all browsers, integrates seamlessly with top photosharing sites...can save your work in progress.
photography  onlinetoolkit  editing  imaging  graphics  free  photoshop  online  internet  web  web2.0  software  applications 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Digital Tampering in the Media, Politics and Law
"collected some examples of digital tampering in the media, politics, and the law."
academia  copyright  fraud  history  imaging  journalism  law  media  photoshop  ethics  politics  truth  photography 
november 2007 by robertogreco
mypictr - we make your profile picture
"mypictr provides a free picture resizing service, which allows you to create a custom profile avatar for your favorite social network. You don't need to install any programs, plug-ins or any other software, just upload your picture, resize it online and
avatars  onlinetoolkit  photography  icons  web2.0  tools  identity  imaging  images  socialnetworks  socialsoftware  converter  generator 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Cool Tool: ScanCafe
"This service will digitize your old slides, negatives and photographic prints at high quality and at a very cheap price. I've been using them to scan my 30-year backlog of photographs and I have been delighted with the results."
kevinkelly  archive  digital  film  photography  services  slides  transfer  imaging 
october 2007 by robertogreco
For Certain Tasks, the Cortex Still Beats the CPU
"This is "human computation," the art of using massive groups of networked human minds to solve problems that computers cannot."
ai  augmentation  brain  cognition  collective  computer  crowdsourcing  games  human  images  imaging  psychology  science  search  tagging  technology  intelligence  cognitive  security  social  software  collaborative  information 
july 2007 by robertogreco
Down to the Bone - Popular Science
"A new medical-imaging system brings skeletons to life in 3-D"
biology  science  imaging  3d 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Picnik - edit photos the easy way, online in your browser
"With Picnik you can quickly edit all your online photos from one place. It's the easiest way on the Web to fix underexposed photos, remove red-eye, or apply effects to your photos."
applications  photography  online  digital  images  imaging  graphics  tools  utilities  multimedia  management  generator  editing  onlinetoolkit  flickr 
february 2007 by robertogreco
Processing 1.0 (BETA)
"Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. I
animation  art  code  coding  creative  graphics  design  effects  programming  video  visual  visualization  simulations  resources  math  mapping  interface  opensource  tutorials  software  interaction  interactive  generator  creativity  imaging  images  development  algorithms  osx  mac  processing  howto  glvo  computing  computers  cgi  illustration  gamechanging 
november 2006 by robertogreco
Microsoft Live Labs: Photosynth
"The Photosynth Technology Preview is a taste of the newest - and, we hope, most exciting - way to view photos on a computer. Our software takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and then displays the ph
3d  art  design  geotagging  graphics  images  photography  interface  imaging  sharing  space  travel  visualization  virtual  web  windows  world  collaboration  galleries  microsoft 
november 2006 by robertogreco

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