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[Feb. 9th, 2007|07:39 pm]
Bullet points:

  • Boardgames at Chris's last Saturday. Drakon and, um, an exploring-the-jungle-temple game that's mostly about chickening out at the right time. I did really well the second round, and would have won, I think, if I hadn't returned to camp before there were even any hazards. Me, Chris, Matt, Tom, Neal, IIRC.
  • I brought home work this weekend, but (after a very late night on Tuesday) the proposal is pretty much down to just paperwork now. Hooray!
  • I finished Airborn, which zalena gave me, and which I enjoyed greatly. Airships -- what's not to like? Recommended.
  • After a meeting this morning, I believe that I can now add "Co-Data Czar" to the list of my duties at work.
  • Yesterday (and to some degree today) it was foggy and there was a coating of frost on all the branches. Very pretty! Snow has finally melted off enough that some of the parking spaces are starting to come back.
  • I am getting to participate in the online beta of a very cool game. Wish I could say more than that, but I cannot.
  • Last night, I made pork chops with nectarines and red onions on wild rice, and I was really pleased with how they turned out. I was experimental -- I made the recipe a little bit asian on the fly (rice wine instead of white wine, some soy sauce in the broth, a few drops of sesame oil), and really, nectarines? -- but it worked.
  • T-Stop and Jessie have a baby! W00t! They are still in China, but thanks to the magic of teh Intarwebs, I have already seen pix and movies.

Has everyone seen High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography like the stuff at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ ? Sometimes the over-processed look works, and sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes the realistic ones are persuasive, and sometimes they look fake, but, man, when these pix are good, they're spectacular.

[User Picture]From: vyrin
2007-02-10 03:05 am (UTC)
Wow. Those photos are really interesting. What's the story with HDR? Is it post-processing or some special form of film?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2007-02-10 07:40 am (UTC)
Postprocessing, sorta.

The first few google hits are pretty good, but basically it means taking pictures in a way that captures more luminance info than you normally get -- recording it linearly instead of with gamma correction, usually at 32 bits.

Of course, a normal display can't show the extra info, so then what happens is you do "tone mapping" to squish it down to 8 bits, and when you do it right, the result is more like what you would perceive if you were actually looking at the image in person, rather than what the camera captures.

In practice, HDR generally means taking "bracketed" exposures (high, mid, and low f-stops) of the same scene, digitally compositing them to create an image with lots of luminance info, and then tone-mapping it into the displayable range in a way that makes it look good/cool.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2007-02-10 04:31 pm (UTC)
This looks like the capture technology they are using for animation a la Polar Express.

Glad you liked the book. That author is my favorite author for young people writing in a Vernesian mode. Have you read Phillip Reeve's Hungry City Chronicles? The last book in the series is due out this summer. (The UK version appears to already be on sale in Amazon.)

He also has a Vernesian children's space adventure that I didn't like, it was a little too queen & country for my taste. Plus it had spider villians, which I just couldn't deal with after reading Vinge's Deepness in the Sky.
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