Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Life in 360

I've been playing around with stitching together panoramas from many different snapshots. These are the small versions, so really you should click here to see the full size versions. The panoramas below are of (1) Florence, (2) Rome from the top of St. Peters and (3) the Sierra Nevadas from Italy Pass, respectively.

There's a suite of really well-done free software programs that make these kinds of things really easy. If you want to make your own, try the tutorials at the Hugin homepage to get started, its really not that hard and kinda cool once it works.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Like a Dirigible

Another Wednesday -- March Fools Day, I suppose. I feel there has been a distinct lack of excitement in my life during this last week. Somehow, I have become non-descript of late. Hmmm.

Elsewhere, in more exciting places, archaeologists have recently discovered the Lost Kingdom of Tambora which was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1815 (similarly to Pompeii). Which leads me to ask: Have fields like archaeology and history reached the point where all the big discoveries have been made? Physics appears to be a bottomless well of experimental information, but perhaps archaeology will advance to a point where all the low-hanging fruit have been picked and there's just nothing more to dig up and no more manuscripts to decipher. Or are there major discoveries a few feet down, as big as finding Troy or King Tut, and researchers in those fields have just barely scratched the surface? I guess it's naturally an impossible question to answer, but I'd be curious if anyone has an opinion.

Anyway, more diversions. If you've ever played a musical instrument (or tried), you might find this funny. I first saw it several years ago and nearly ruptured a spleen laughing. For some reason I was inspired to track it down tonight. Still funny.

Faerie's Aire and Death Waltz, by John Stump

"adagio cantabile with a rock tempo feel!"
"like a New Orleans concertina choir!"
"release the penguins!"

In lieu of an actual performance (which would rule!), someone should really create a MIDI file out of it...