Archive | April 2010

360 degree photography

There are four links posted below that give you a 360 degree view of four different scenes.  Makes you almost feel like you are standing right there.  Take your mouse and drag it to one side or the other and it’s as if you are turning completely around.  You can even move the mouse up and down.

The last link is a night time scene taken of the arches in Utah.  Absolutely beautiful.  As you move the cursor around, you can see where some of the landscape is still brightened by the setting sun.  Yet…. when you swing back around and up, the darkness is already deepening and dotted with a gazillion tiny stars.

http://www.utah3d.net/SulpherCreek_swf.html

http://www.utah3d.net/DoubleArch1_swf.html

http://www.utah3d.net/PaysonC_swf.html

http://www.utah3d.net/NightArches_swf.html

After you enjoy these links, use your “back” button to come back here!

Video: Drone Controllers

Today’s headline: ‘Missiles fired from Nevada controlled drone aircraft kill Taliban leader’
Watch how it’s done.
For non-pilots, these controllers are in NV, each flying a drone thousands of miles away from the combat zone.
The left hand is on the throttle controlling the drone’s engine.  Note all the buttons which perform various tasks without removing the hand from the throttle.
The right hand is flying the plane.

Some Easter humor, for those so inclined

A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation in Jerusalem.

While they were there, the wife passed away.

The undertaker told the husband, “You can have her buried here in the Holy Land for $150, or we can have her shipped back home for $5000.”

The husband thought about it and told the undertaker he would have her shipped back home.

The undertaker asked him, “Why would you spend $5000 to have her shipped home when you could have a beautiful burial here in the Holy Land for only $150?”

The husband replied, “Long ago, a man died here, was buried here, and three days later, rose from the dead.  I just can’t take that chance!”