Monday, 28 November 2022

Sunday Has Raced Around Again,

the weeks just fly by,

we started our Sunday with a roast lunch as usual, first a read and a sherry,

followed by mussels in a white wine sauce with garlic bread, 'Cheers!',

for our main course, roast pork, crackling and vegetables, with gravy for Diana,

sans gravy for myself,

eyes down and tuck in,

another 'Cheers!', as our dessert arrived,

crème brulée, after which it was a afternoon of Columbo, in the evening we had a few snacks including SkyFlakes as we watched a couple of Midsomer Murders, before we were off to bed.

Released In 1927,

the film Metropolis paved the way for the division of humans, between Them and Us,

the German science-fiction film Metropolis presents a highly stylized futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld populated by mistreated workers, when the privileged youth Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) discovers the grim scene under the city, he becomes intent on helping the workers, it is a silent black & white movie, I have made a post about it as it's art deco still film and posters appealed to me, below are just some of the poster I found at the Gods And Foolish Grander BlogSpot

for myself what amazing and I guess for the time futuristic posters, as the last one askes, "What's the world coming to?" it seems just as apt saying it then as it is saying it today.

Below Is The Playboy Photograph,

that change the way we view photographs on the Internet,

photograph Dwight Hooker, 1972, and gave us the worldwide JPEG standard, in 1972, Lena Sjööblom for the first and last time posed nude for a magazine, Playboy, meanwhile at the University of Southern California’s Signal and Image Processing Institute, electrical engineer Alexander Sawchuk and his team were working on image-processing algorithms for computers, the team’s work would eventually contribute to the development of the JPEG file format, one of the most common image formats we still use today, the researchers were bored with the old test images and wanted a photo with a human face, interesting textures, and a glossy finish to test the limits of the technology, and by shear happenstance a November 1972 issue of Playboy just happened to be lying around, the top 5.12 inches of the page used fitted into the Muirhead wirephoto scanner, making a 512 x 512 pixel image, the image suited their purposes so well, they gave the scans to other researchers working on similar image processing tasks, and it eventually travelled so widely that it was accepted as a standard across the industry, for years, Lena herself had no idea any of this was happening, She was living quietly in Sweden, unaware of the ruckus her photoshoot had stirred among computer geeks in the US. It was not until she was invited to the Fiftieth Annual Conference of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology in 1997 that she understood the scope at which her image was being used, let alone as the gold standard for more than twenty years, She had never even accessed the internet until then! I have no idea if Lena ever received any royalties for her photograph other than from Playboy, I guess not, as Playboy gave permission to use the photograph for educational and research purposes, for the full story of how this photograph impacted the graphics world, have a look here at gizmodo, fascinating.

Sunday, 27 November 2022

I Left Early In The Morning,

John was driving up from the coast,

to Steve and Kai's home, Steve, John and myself were going to visit a few tropical fish shops in Essex,

it was a nice day,

as I walked to Steve's home, the trees now bare of leaves,

I passed Cator Park where football was the order of the day,

we were soon hurtling towards the Dartford Bridge,

but going north we used the Blackwall tunnel,

totally irrational, I always seem to worry about what would happed if the Thames should ever break through the tunnel walls, we had a grand time looking around 4 shops and garden centres, before making our way back to Steve's home,

Steve had made a small purchase and once safely housed we were off,

to Miso in Beckenham for our evening meal, Steve and Kai,

John and myself, 'Cheers!',

Steve very kindly dropped me off at the tennis courts, so a short walk home, I just beat Diana to a coffee at home where it was feet up for a Midsomer Murder, looking at the television schedule they had been showing episodes back to back on Saturday evening, and luckily this was one of many we had not watched before, after which we were off to bed.

Of No Interest To Our Lady Readers,

but for us guys a few ideas about splash-less urinals,

photograph M. Shi and Z. Pan/University of Waterloo, if you majored in physics and then got a graduate degree in fluid dynamics and wanted to design a splash-less loo, above are some of the ideas you might come up with, mechanical engineer Zhao Pan and his colleagues at the University of Waterloo in Canada (no I did not make the University of Waterloo up!), have designed a urinal that employs the same geometry as a nautilus shell, with a round inner surface that ensures a shallow angle to minimize splashing. The tall fixture also accommodates people of various heights, it is the urinal second from the right in the above image, the team presented their urinal to attendees of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting in Indianapolis, if successful expect loo number 2 in your local pub and restaurant, next on the list, a mechanism to stop drunks swaying as they stand using the urinal!

I Guess many Of Us Like Watching Dominoes Fall,

after they have been painstakingly stood next to each other,

like this above, it took two days to set them up, and when they successfully fell, it became a new world record, by domino master Hevesh5 (Lily Hevesh) and friends Berlagawesome and ShanesDominoez, who set up 15,524 dominoes to fall in a single line, by the way the dominoes were weighed to calculate the number in the line, a little bit about Hevesh5 (Lily Hevesh) she currently has over 250 million total YouTube views and 1,000,000 subscribers, making her the #1 most subscribed Domino Artist on the web, as it happens we have featured stunts like this a few times, but here is the thing, what if you could make a machine that would stack the dominoes for you? that was the challenge,

that Grant Davis took up, not only to make a machine that can reset dominos even when they misalign, he made it entirely out of LEGO parts! More than 4,000 LEGO pieces, which took him between 300 and 400 hours to conceive, design, and build. It picks up dominos, stacks them in alignment, and topples them, too, I am just so amazed at the complexity of the machine, I wonder if the machine will ever be used by professional domino stackers?

Saturday, 26 November 2022

After Posting The Blog,

and my usual early things to do,

I cleaned the residue of the cleaning sprays off of the window sills, first the kitchen,

and then the living room, which did not go unnoticed by the crows,

one was determined to keep all of the peanuts to himself,

but the second one sneaked in behind him, during the rest of the day I watched a few documentaries, then my early evening meal, 

no read or sherry tonight, I was meeting Steve who had just returned with Kai from Thailand, so a early start, 'Cheers!',

for tonight shepards pie,

then off to the club, Steve and myself were going to meet a tad earlier than usual, a bit chilly for tennis I would have thought, but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves,

 there was a soccer match on, hence the earlier time that we meet, so we watched that in the background as Steve chatted about there trip to Thailand, and caught up with what we had been up to in the UK, after saying our farewells it was out into the night, Diana had beaten me home, so we had a coffee and a chat as we watched a New Tricks before we were off to bed.