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1. Beware of the infared graffiti

Posted by Sortie at 4:00PM, Sunday March 21 2010

Stuff like this makes me want to go write secret messages in infrared on various buildings, just to mess with those who do this. "If you can read this, then you can see infrared and should probably go see a doctor". "RGB is so last century!"

Beautiful pictures by the way, I would like to see more.

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2. Surprisingly ghostly

Posted by vanarbulax at 1:40AM, Monday March 22 2010

The close up of the plants in particular make them look so delicate. It's a really pleasing mix of washed-out yet somehow full of detail.

Also I thought glass blocked infra-red. Or is this photography close enough to the visible spectrum that is still passes through?

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3. Glass does not block IR

Posted by LocoYokel at 5:38AM, Monday March 22 2010

Glass does not block IR, but CCD and CMOS cameras have a piece of glass that is coated to block IR behind the lens in front of the imaging chip. For the IR cameras used for security night recording the filter is not installed.

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4. I really wish I had something interesting to say.

Posted by chiasaur11 at 5:39AM, Monday March 22 2010

Beyond "Nifty keen."

I need new descriptive terms.

And Sortie?

I'd probably lean more towards the ominous with messages. Things like "The boundry thins. The old ones awaken. Weep for this dying world."

You know, messing with the paranoid.

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5. Where's the sonic screwdriver set?

Posted by Pace at 8:03PM, Monday March 22 2010

I took apart a canon digital camera once to try to repair it. When I'd finished disassembling it I had a pile of 30 or 40 tiny little screws. I then discovered to my horror that they weren't all the same. Slightly different diameters or threads. Yeah that camera never went back together again.

(water looks a bit funky in IR.) (is there really such a thing as IR only paint/ink?)

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6. Portal ARG

Posted by Denilson at 11:04PM, Monday March 22 2010

And now I get worried if people will need IR cameras at E3, in order to find out more info about the Portal ARG...

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7. Putting things back together with no parts left over

Posted by Cargo Cult at 4:11AM, Tuesday March 23 2010

You can see the beginnings of my tiny-shreds-of-paper-labelling-where-tinier-screws-came-from in the first photo. I noticed pretty early on that few of the screws matched, so it's just as well I noted down where they all came from...

I got it all back together pretty easily, barring the first time I tried powering back up. My poor, poor EOS 350D just blinked lights at me on the back panel, including a blue LED I'd never seen before, and refused to respond to any kind of input.

I honestly thought I'd killed the thing.

Dismantled again, checked all the connections inside, put back together yet again - it was a definite surprise when the screen switched on. It worked!

Reassembly score: three screws missing. No parts left over.

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8. Space Canon

Posted by Baffled at 12:14AM, Friday March 26 2010

Regarding adventurous photography, see what this chap was able to achieve with his Canon camera, some polystyrene, duct tape, and a helium balloon:



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9. Canons In Space

Posted by Pace at 8:23PM, Friday March 26 2010

Indeed, I had planned to do just that next. 'Send camera to space' was part 2 of my plan, right after 'reassemble camera'. Alas.

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10. Dear Esther

Posted by fuzz at 7:24PM, Wednesday March 31 2010

I'm pretty sure Dear Esther has been mentioned round here before, if not, go play it now!

Anyway, for those that know and love it, someone is having a go at overhauling the mapping, to make it look prettier and to clean up a few quirks:

Some of the new screenshots look so good, it's almost hard to believe it's not real, let alone in the source engine. He's also got some interesting posts on how he's been doing it, for the pro-mappers out there he seems to have some good ideas about making more realistic sea, and clouds.

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11. Re: Dear Esther

Posted by Pyro at 10:03PM, Thursday April 1 2010

Dear Esther was a decent mod; it was fun to explore, and there was a lot of atmosphere, though it did have some downsides.
It was a bit too slow progressing, and the last area got really stale after a while. Plus, about 70% of the way through the mod I realized I was listening to the inane rantings of a madman. Fun stuff.
Though, those new screenshots look awesome.

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12. Good LORD

Posted by Lord_Baz at 6:49PM, Monday April 5 2010

Heh, I totally forgot he was making this map... again,
Last time I saw screenshots it was looking absolutely amazing, short a couple of points that gave it away as source... but now? Holy fuck.

Briscoe always has been a damn good mapper though and has done some damn good work with source. Anyone know if he's still working for DICE?

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13. Are you really a Valve Employee?

Posted by Razzle Frazzle at 4:36PM, Sunday April 11 2010

There is a big list on the Valve website of all the employees at Valve here: http://www.valvesoftware.com/company/people.html

One small problem is the fact that your name is not there. Either it's a small mistake, or you and Minerva are secretly taking over Valve to aid in your plan for world domination.

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14. The page features...

Posted by locworks at 6:27PM, Sunday April 11 2010

...102 bios. There is no claim that it features the bios of all of Valve employees. You could also take a look at the L4D credits or even type - Adam Foster Valve - in one of these fancy things called search engines. The first few hits would clarify the issue somewhat.

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15. Or would it?

Posted by chiasaur11 at 6:37AM, Monday April 12 2010

How do we know "Adam Foster" exists, really?

How do we know Valve isn't experimenting further into artificial intelligence that previously hinted?


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16. hmmm

Posted by fuzz at 11:28AM, Monday April 12 2010

I don't know about that, but I do know my new flatmates have forbidden me from kick-starting the singularity in our house.

Fortunately the ban on making my own explosives or pyrotechnics in my old house has expired :)

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17. IR Pics of Earth

Posted by Mikel_S at 2:25AM, Thursday April 15 2010

Adam, you should totally do what that guy did in the article above (camera + balloon) and get some infrared pics of earth and space in general, lmao. That'd be awesome.

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18. Aerial IR

Posted by Cargo Cult at 3:44AM, Thursday April 15 2010

Does peering out of an aeroplane window count?


(Still got a bunch more photos to upload of that trip...)

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19. Aerial IR

Posted by Mikel_S at 4:12PM, Thursday April 15 2010

Neat-o. That'll definitely do!

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20. Wow ...

Posted by Yar Kramer at 4:26AM, Thursday May 13 2010

Yeah, I'm not even sure I *have* words for this kind of awesome.

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