I like making Mosaics. I used to make them a lot, but I haven’t in awhile. I used to make really great ones, but the program that I had was removed due to some copyright issue, and so it was never updated for anything but Windows XP 32 bit. And it’s too memory intensive to load it up in a dedicated VM. Oh well, Andrea Mosaic is a newer, still up to date piece of software that makes really great mosaics. That’s what the above picture is of.
I took 1,500 of my Yellowstone & Grand Teton photos (of nearly 6,000), and used them to make a huge mosaic of one of my favorite photos from the trip:
Take a look at the dedicated page that Andrea Mosaic can generate to see a higher resolution image, and larger versions of all the individual photos that make it up.
Keith Skretch has a interesting time-lapse video for us. He took a piece of wood, and planed it down to nothing. After each pass of the plane, he took a photo of the wood. Repeat the process a few hundred times, combine the frames and add music and you’re presented with the above video.
I like how it shows the knots of the tree, and how the tree grows around it, and the branch starts from nothing. The damage from splitting, and bugs, it’s a really neat video, and it’s only 2 minutes long, so just watch it.
Weird Al has released a new album, Mandatory Fun, which has a very Commie vibe to the cover art, I’m torn between if I should like it, or hate it. Whatever, buy it. But if you’re not convinced that Al is a lyrical genius, then take a look at some of this latest videos, oh, did you know he’s releasing a new music video for a different song every day for 8 days. The song above, Word Crimes, is a parody of Blurred Lines, I like it because of it’s kinetic typography style.
Tacky is I think my favorite, even though I absolutely hate the song it’s based on.
The other two he’s released are Foil, which, after I watched it again, I remember that I love it:
Mostly for the strange location it goes in on the 2nd verse, it makes the song so much better. I mean, Weird Al, was known for his food songs in the past, but this one is better.
I don’t like his latest one though, Handy:
As a bonus, here’s a DIY video someone made of his Hardware Store song, based on Harry Potter’sDumbledore:
Google has a great trivia game out, Smarty Pins. They present you with a map of the world (usually zoomed in to somewhere in the area of the answer). You are given a trivia question. You answer the question by dropping a pin on the map where you think it should go. The number of miles off you are from the actual location get deducted from your total start milage, (1,000). Answering questions quickly gets you extra miles.
It’s surprisingly fun. However, it’s easy to loose quickly. I was way off in the answer to one question (wrong coast of the US), and that ended my game completely.
Joel Schat has put together a collection of timelapses from his travels across America. Many of them are from National Parks, all of them are beautiful. I embedded the YouTube version in this post because YouTube has the 4K resolution video. Watch it in 4k. Even if it takes you 4 days to buffer the video, watch it if 4K.
Now just plan some time to go to these parks, and see them for yourself. I’ve made it to 10 of them, but there are 49 still left to go for me, and hopefully more will be added.
GoPros, The Oculus Rift, 3-D printing, Arudino, all these things, combined with some ingenuity, and time produced this strange idea to make a camera rig that translates the world into the 3rd person. I think it would give you a headache rather easily. But if the story of wearing glasses that make everything upside down, after a few days of it, your mind adjusts to the difference, is true, then I think it could be pretty cool.