Some amazing video effects

A few months ago, I wrote about Ryan Woodward’s use of animation based on real-life movement in a music video. I’ve continued to research this animation style as and when I have time, and I’ve found some rather intriguing productions out there. One of them is a music video, “Rippled”, produced for All India Radio, an Australian group, by the Oh Yeah Wow production company, which comments: “we painstakingly created long exposure light paintings, frame by frame to form animated sequences in the night sky over a 6 month production period. Winner of Best Animated Music Video at St Kilda

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Looking for a stolen camera?

I came across a very interesting Web site via a link at Dark Roasted Blend. It’s called “Stolen Camera Finder“. It works like this: Every photo you take with your digital camera contains hidden information about both the image and the camera such as the make, model and date. This information, called exif data, can also include a unique serial number which identifies your camera. stolencamerafinder crawls the internet searching for photos, collecting the serial numbers of the cameras that took them. When you use the drag & drop feature, stolencamerafinder reads the unique serial number from the exif data

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A useful answer to high-speed rail evangelists

I’m sure readers are familiar with the current brouhaha over high-speed rail passenger transportation. Some recent developments include: The Obama administration has proposed investing $53 billion in this technology over the next six years; California wants to build 800 miles of track and up to 24 stations for a high-speed rail network from San Diego through Los Angeles to Sacramento and San Francisco. Cost estimates range from $42.2 to $58.8 billion; A proposal for high-speed rail in the northeast corridor (between Washington DC and Boston) would cover 426 miles and cost no less than $117 billion (!); However, Florida, Wisconsin

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Useful emergency medical information

Via a link at Lifehacker, I was led to “Austere Medicine Books and References“, a list of free online medical information resources. (Link is to an Adobe Acrobat document in .PDF format.) It lists many useful books and references for emergency situations, home medical needs, and resources intended for use in more remote parts of the world, where medical assistance may be many hours or even days away (not to mention hundreds of miles distant). Some of the resources listed (all .PDF files) include: “Where There Is No Doctor – a village health care handbook“, by David Werner; “The Ship’s

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Three Musketeers . . . plus ninjas and pirates???

I can hardly believe the trailer for the new 3D version of “The Three Musketeers”, scheduled for release in October this year. It . . . words fail me! See for yourselves. How ninjas, pirates and sailing airships managed to get into the court of Louis XIII of France is utterly beyond me . . . but I daresay we’ll enjoy the movie anyway! Peter

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Forget Apple and Google – how about TomTom?

I’m sure most readers are familiar with the controversy that erupted this week over reports that Apple’s iPhone and iPad, and smartphones using Google’s Android operating system are surreptitiously recording details of the phones’ locations, for reasons not made clear by these companies. It now emerges that these companies aren’t the only ones recording such information about their users – in fact, others are even making it available to governments! The GPS firm TomTom has just been caught red-handed doing so in Holland. Satnav device manufacturer TomTom has apologised for selling customer data which police then used to set speed

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Bouncing bunnies!

I’m sure many readers are familiar with the equestrian sport of show jumping. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia) It seems a different version of the sport has become increasingly popular in Europe. The Daily Mail reports: That rabbits like to hop is hardly a secret. But now European rabbit enthusiasts have harnessed their bunnies’ natural talents to create a new spectator sport… rabbit showjumping. Invented in Sweden in the early Eighties, Kaninhop involves bunnies bouncing their way around courses consisting of several small jumps of varying height and length. . . . Over the past few decades to sport has spread

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Are US weapons fueling the drug wars in Mexico?

Many anti-gun organizations have claimed for years that smuggled guns from the USA are arming drug cartels in Mexico. Like most of their claims, this one is seriously flawed. It’s true that some stolen, illegally purchased and smuggled guns reach Mexico from the USA; but these appear to represent only about 10% of the guns that are recovered from criminals there. They’re certainly not the main “combat” weapons of the narco-terrorists, who rely on full-auto assault rifles for their primary firepower (weapons which are heavily restricted in the USA, and aren’t available for sale in most gunshops). It’s now becoming

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Balls of brass, or thick as a brick???

I can hardly believe the nerve (or is it stupidity?) of the person who stuck around to shoot this video of the huge tornado (currently estimated to have been at least a Category F4, and possibly a Category F5, on the Fujita scale) that hit Tuscaloosa in Alabama yesterday evening. In his shoes, I’d have been putting the pedal to the metal and making tracks in the opposite direction as far as possible! Peter

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More twisted toilets

A couple of days ago I wrote about a new super-sophisticated toilet. One of the commenters on that post directed me to a couple of advertisements for a Korean super-toilet, which certainly gave me pause for thought! Here they are. Of course, when Westerners use these things, the results are . . . er . . . awkward. Here’s a hilarious video clip shot by a father and his sons in their Korean hotel bathroom, which was equipped with one of these thrones. Peter

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