Apocalypse Now

posted in Photography by Cargo Cult on Tuesday November 14 2017

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I certainly didn't learn from last time - the main camera's battery went flat, the spare battery was already flat, while the spare spare battery was also flat. Cue choice between a point-and-shoot with focus issues in dismal post-apocalyptic lighting, and an elderly dSLR with an allergy to ludicrous ISOs. Hmm. I decided to embrace the crappy apocalyptic aesthetic. It absolutely felt like a real-life Left 4 Dead.

Oh, and the impromptu, augmented foodie-compatible earthquake response kit was distinctly handy for a fully-electricity-dependent flat. The all-important French RCIRs, incidentally, were an eBay-fuelled response to the grotty-looking energy bars provided with the original emergency kit. So absolutely any excuse to try these French combat rations - they're famous for their edibility. The cassoulet au canard didn't look like much, but was rather good! I'm now considering which red wine to pack in this emergency kit...

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The power went back on some time during the night. Quite disappointing, really.

Yes, I'll get back to posting more frequently. I've got photos from multiple international trips to get round to uploading eventually!

Sunday Things - something is wrong edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday July 9 2017

What, this? It's the Sunday Things. Remember?

Broken News

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Broken News - something has gone terribly wrong. Huw Edwards takes several minutes to reboot, it turns out. Apparently a computer glitch rather than a piece of modernist performance art.
PotatOS, your turn next.
Self Driving Potato Hits The Road - vegetables provided with agency. What a world we live in.
Something is terribly wrong.
What football will look like in the future - do you hear that? Do not be afraid, but something is terribly wrong. I'm afraid that this page is going to disintegrate. Is this what all modern sports writing has become, and if so, why did nobody tell me? Avoiding spoilers, but this is pretty much the Frog Fractions of American football - and there's still a week to go.

Bonus Musical Hacking corner:

  • The Red Special: Brian May's Handmade Guitar - as a youngster, the noted astrophysicist, friend of badgers and Isaac Newton lookalike made an electric guitar with his dad. Apparently he still plays it.
  • The Legend of the Deacy Amp - meanwhile, the fellow hacker, engineering student and part-time musician John Deacon finds an old circuit board in a skip and turns it into a guitar amplifier for his own musical stylings. Supposedly he used it quite a lot.

Still more Hawaii in VR

posted in Virtual Reality by Cargo Cult on Thursday July 6 2017

Capturing all those beautiful tropical beaches again - actually, a nicely hideous desolate volcanic hellscape slowly being reclaimed by plant life. Shot in a bit of a hurry (less than fifteen minutes between first and last photos) in pretty terrible light (the sun was about to set, and being close to the equator meant the light was dying fast) - also, the minibus was about to leave.

So, enjoy a Volcanic landscape near Kīlauea, Big Island, Hawaii.

This bit has stopped erupting. So they said. Not shown: tourists. Reality Capture edited them all away by magic...

That's almost it for my Hawaiian VR - I've got one last scene to process, which is rated 'moderately desolate'. Also, it's a monster at over a thousand shots. Alas, anyone hoping for a repeat trip up Mauna Kea will have to be disappointed - it was bloody amazing the last time I went, but the whole 'lack of oxygen' thing was quite a challenge...

Yet more Hawaii in VR

posted in Virtual Reality by Cargo Cult on Tuesday June 27 2017

Please excuse the recent lack of Sunday Things. I've been busy. Also, forgetful. I've been building up a nice stockpile of links, though...

Meanwhile, have some more virtual Hawaii. If anyone was concerned about the sudden outbreak of pleasant scenery and tropical paradise in the last captured slice of volcanic island, have some dry wilderness with some ancient carvings in the long-hardened lava - with some Woodlands near Puakō Petroglyph Field, Big Island, Hawaii. Even includes ambient audio recorded on site, with bloody loud and repetitive birds chirruping and squawking away.

Not as big as usual since I've got a smaller monitor at home. Of course, if you need life-sized, click on the SteamVR Workshop link. It has LASER MEASUREMENT ACCURACY. Also an ineffectual attempt at GPS geotagging.

The ground worked really well. Foliage up above is still problematic. I have ideas to counter this in future.

Interestingly, I did all processing and cleanup for this scene on my home PC (and laptop) - which means this whole conspiracy to get people to look at my holiday photos can continue indefinitely.

And yes, of course I captured some other increasingly apocalyptic scenes when I was in Hawaii. Don't act all surprised!

Now visit Hawaii in VR

posted in Virtual Reality by Cargo Cult on Thursday June 1 2017

When it's not been too warm, the weather's been decent enough in Seattle - but if it does start raining again, I can always retreat to the simulated baleful glare of the vicious day-star courtesy of a VR headset.

For the record, I did get sunburned shooting this thing - a post-breakfast, sunscreen-free perambulation meant I absorbed more than a little too much UV radiation, all in the space of 25 minutes or so. I also vaguely hurt my leg shooting a lava tube in Iceland. Oh, the sacrifices I must make for the photogrammetric arts...

Farted out from the bottom of the ocean. Deckchairs not included.

Yes, SteamVR Home has updated again, and there's a new, photogrammetric Hawaiian Beach scan on the Workshop - complete with (mostly) authentic audio recorded on site. And slightly fake palm trees replacing the real ones, which were wobbling around a little too much for a good reconstruction...

More to come!