code.google.com, which is typically used to house open source software for geeks like me, has teamed up with Radiohead to do something untypical (which is somewhat typical for both parties) and has released “House of Cards” up on http://code.google.com/radiohead. The technology behind the video is insane and the distribution mechanism for getting it out to the masses has not attempted by an artist before. Ah Radiohead, changing the game yet again.
From the press release:
No cameras or lights were used. Instead two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR. Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.
I don’t know what most of that means, but I do love me some FRICKEN LASERS!! Any of you fools out there still non-belivers?
On a recent dive we actually got a bunch of good photos from a cheap digi-cam in an underwater housing. Of course I fried the thing on the next take, but at least there are these (and no Photoshop majik involved!!)…
The droids at stickerrobot.com done did release a couple of pretty cool stickers as of late. The first one is in support of favorite10.com, which is hands down my most frequently returned to website right now (if you want to know why, then contact me and I’ll fill youse in), and the 2nd for our boy Obama. If the Obama design looks familiar, then you nose Shepard Fairley. If not, then you must OBEY. Quality stuff all around, and we can only…
Man, my friend Darren is one sick individual. He dropped a book of illustrations on me tonite that captured the last 8 years of his take on birthday and holiday cards… and I gots to say that homeboy is spot on! Hopefully he’ll publish some of these up to the web for all of the ‘net hedz to take in. Until then, you’ll have to come over to my house and see ’em in print.
A few weeks ago I made a couple of much needed upgrades to my person that have amazingly enhanced my day to day cycling experience.
First off, So! got me a new helmet for my birthday. My old helmet was a 2000 Giro E2, and it served me well, but it was on its last legs and was completely unsafe — the velcro side straps were no longer sticking, the left hand visor tab was broken and it would would only stay put on my head when I, and everything around me, was completely still. My new one is super tizight though. It’s a large(‘cuz my melon’s so big), Matte Sepia 2007 Giro Xen, and is light years better than my old brain bucket. When I opened the box and slid it on, I could immediately tell that Giro has learned a few things over the past five years. The side straps that used to be held on by velcro are now fed internally, and the updated RocLoc system, coupled with the deepness of the helmet, makes for a secure and snug fit, even before the chin straps have been engaged. My head feels safe again, for the first time in a long time.
Secondly, I dropped some Green Superfeet insoles into my Sidi Dominator Mountain Bike shoes, and holy crap, what a difference. I had been riding with the stock insoles, which are really nothing more than a piece of thick felt cut in the shape of a footbed, since I got these shoes over three years ago. And after the first year of daily use, they had curled up and folded in on themselves, making them more useless than they were to begin with. I don’t know why I was being such a cheap ass and letting the $35 price tag keep me from doing this sooner. I did the same thing to my snowboarding boots last season, and have had nothing but good times ever since. It’s amazing what some good arch support and shock absorption can do for even the shortest of bike rides.