HDR on iOS 4.1

Posted on 10 September 2010 | 1 response

I updated my phone this morning. Definitely snappier, snappier for sure.


Anyway, I took an HDR photo with the new-fangled HDR option. Here, have a look (click the photo for a bigger image, full 5MP resolution image is here)!

It can save a non-HDR copy as well, so you can say “ooh! aah! that’s so much sna^H^H^Hprettier!” (full 5MP resolution here)

Seems like it’ll be quite useful for those odd occasions where it’s really hard to get an evenly exposed photo.

Oh Taiwan, you sure do know Aus Politics!

Posted on 21 August 2010 | 2 responses

Sure, this has already popped up about ten times in my Twitter feed today, but there’s a chance you haven’t seen it yet. And you must see it. Now. The last three years of Aus politics, animated.

Your instructions will be written on your friend

Posted on 19 August 2010 | No responses

follow them or watch her die.

My t-shirt has arrived from the land of capitalism!

nomno… damn! nom… dang!

Posted on 18 August 2010 | No responses

It’s been real quiet on here. A little too quiet.

Self Loading Freight

Posted on 29 July 2010 | 2 responses

Sure, all the people travelling on the train each day are people, with problems, jobs, dreams, friends, enemies and occasionally umbrellas. However! On occasion I like to forget about the complexity of the whole collection of people and think merely about how much they weigh. Collectively.

In fact, let me lay it all out for you so that you too can ponder the sheer heaviness of the pile of bodies surrounding you on your morning commute. We’ll need a couple of ingredients:

  • The average weight of an Australian: 76kg as of 2005
  • How many people can fit on a train: 904 seated on a millenium train.

So let’s combine these facts with maths! I was on a particularly packed millenium train the other morning. I reckon there were about half again as many people crammed in standing as were seated. So let’s say on a fully packed train, we can fit about 1350 people.

76kg x 1350 = 102600kg

Yep, a well packed commuter train in Sydney has about 102 tonnes of people in it. 102 tonnes of problems, dreams, aspirations, fears … well basically 102 tonnes of meat and bone, really. About the same weight as two unloaded train carriages.


Electric Butterfly!

Posted on 28 July 2010 | No responses

This is too cool to be a mere shared Google Reader link. This mechanical butterfly in a jar is like one of those magnetically actuated aquaria, but amazingly realistic. Gaze upon its fluttering glory!

(via Engadget)

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