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Month: July 2010

Ridley Scott is exploring an idea discussed by Dziga Vertov several decades ago

Ridley Scott is exploring an idea discussed by Dziga Vertov several decades ago

Disclaimer: These are thoughts, rather than a well structured post. Ridley Scott wants your user generated videos for a film “A Day on Earth” and whilst people are hyping this idea as something new the concept is an old one. Dziga Vertov had an idea that he would capture Life Unawares. Eventually he would end up with an experiment in six reels called “The Man with the Movie camera”. It’s aim was to show Soviet Russia as it was. It…

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A walk through the Vaud countryside.

A walk through the Vaud countryside.

Every sunday I try not to use the car at all. As a result I went for a walk through the local countryside and experimented with the new camera. I was looking at the streams but they were quite low, not such a great opportunity to test the underwater part. [flickr-gallery mode=”photoset” photoset=”72157624577824618″]

Paléo Festival De Nyon images, Nexus and Olympus

Paléo Festival De Nyon images, Nexus and Olympus

Here are some images of the Paléo festival. These pictures were taken with the Nexus One [flickr-gallery mode=”photoset” photoset=”72157624569201440″] And these pictures were taken with the Stylus tough 8010 minimu tough 8010. [flickr-gallery mode=”photoset” photoset=”72157624567505952″]

Canyoning and a new camera

Canyoning and a new camera

On Saturday I went canyoning, or as you Americans would call it Canyoneering and the adventure was fun. You suit up in 30°C heat and walk for fifteen minutes through a mountain path before going down to the river and jumping from pool to pool. The natural cooling effect of the water is welcome. As you go down the river so you get opportunities to jump from a variety of heights, from 7 meters to 11 meters. Land the wrong…

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Instant translation with Google Chrome

Instant translation with Google Chrome

One of the best features of google chrome at the moment is it’s instant translation function. The idea is simple. You surf to a page, it automaticaly detects the language and then presents the content in a language you understand. With such a feature the advantage is that it opens up a whole new batch of knowledge and information. Surf to a Polish page about Kabanos, a Polish/eastern European speciality and the content is instantly available in English. As a…

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[flickr-gallery mode=”photoset” photoset=”72157624468965462″] More of the Lake parade. This gallery will grow as I have time to process more of the images.

Geneva Lake Parade – McDonald’s FIFA theme.

Geneva Lake Parade – McDonald’s FIFA theme.

[flickr-gallery mode=”photoset” photoset=”72157624344703307″] Every year I go to the lake parade and this year I tried something different. I decided to take photographs rather than video. By the same opportunity I am testing Flickr gallery, a plugin that makes including your flickr images into wordpress a two step process.

zynga and maxis

zynga and maxis

Zynga and Maxis are from very different computer gamer times. Maxis came at a time when the game was the source of entertainment. You would build a farm, worry about pests and locusts, about fertilizing the fields and having enough income to build the next series of crop. Zynga on the other hand is a game that teaches you to behave like a machine rather than a human, where repetitive actions are the standard. Simfarm, among other games was one…

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Enjoying the freedom of portable apps.

Enjoying the freedom of portable apps.

Portable Apps is an interesting option for those of us who use work computers rather than our own. It is also a good solution for those of us who change desktop all the time but can’t play with our phones whilst at work. A few days ago I wrote about Chrome as a PAF file and things have become more interesting as a result. What I particularly enjoy are the extensions that you can install within the browser. Anyone who…

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