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The year of 3D

[tweetmeme] Ever since Avatar and its awesome success, a lot of people including me have been talking about the advent of 3D and how it will flow into our lives. Well here is more proof of the trend. Movie makers have been working hard to bring a ton of 3D movies to the big screen. Their strategy seems to be that until you can get 3D at home, it’s a sure fire way to get bums on seats in movie theatres.

If at all you were still interested to know how the whole 3D works and what exactly happens with the technology, you can head here. Once you see ti to clarify all technical issues you can maybe check out the releases below.

The first 3D movie to get a 2010 premier will be Disney’s Beauty and the Beast 3D. A rehash of the original, which was one of Disney’s first forays into computer animated features, it is still a great kid pleaser.

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Mixing live action and computer generated animation, it will certainly be a big launch. Of course messing with classics is always a mixed bag, and this will do doubt have it’s critics. But Burton has a strong cast with Jonny Depp playing the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Alice will be played by relative unknown Mia Wasikowska. The people that brought you Shrek, Madagascar and err…Kung Fu Panda, will release How to Train Your Dragon 3D. The IMAX only movie Hubble 3D, is next. I’m sure it will look lovely, but the limited release, will mean few people are going to choose it over the real 3D blockbusters.

We may also see the return of Shrek in Shrek Forever After. The fourth in the series will be in 3D, and though it’s a little early to know much detail on the project, it’s sure to be a big hit. Pixar will also reprise their first movie hit, Toy Story, with episode 3, also in 3D. It’s now 15 years since the original hit the big screen.

Last on the schedule for 2010 is something I was initially sceptical about. Tron Legacy is a 3D sequel to Tron. Well I did not say all of the 3D movies are going to be good, but then its a movement. I am sure that the producers and movie makers are trying to cash in on the popularity of 3D as much as possible.

More here and here.

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My Tattoo Stolen … GONE

[tweetmeme] For the past few days at home my wife and me have been talking about getting a tattoo for myself. And trying to get a unique tattoo is something that is on everyone’s mind when thinking of a tattoo, so well I thought I will try to get a very tech tattoo something unique, started with the bio mechanical designs like some shown below :

The Bio Mechanical designs are decent but still they are a bit too extreme, and also I guess a bit lame and try to make a transition to Humanoid a bit too soon, virtually at least. So I moved on from them, and started to look at the tattoo designs online for inspiration again. This time technology was the theme, and what I found on technology astounded me, really geeky designs, corporate logos and video games dominated most of the internet media in the look of a cool and unique tattoo. However, I felt a little too geeky. Here are some of the worst geeky designs; if you are interested in more head here.

Ever since I have been writing about my favorite technologies on this blog here, the most favorite of them being Augmented reality and QR Codes, I thought it would be pretty cool to get one of them, the obvious choice of the lot would be yes, QR Codes. Since you could embed a URL into it, and then put whatever you want on that webpage or series of webpages there. Well I thought, that well if I would still be updating this blog in a few years time, it would be a bit of an anticlimax for the tattoo. Well I said, “lets just get one and then decide”. So i got to make my QR Code which is here below, and then looked over the net to make sure it will be unique.

Well as you can see, that idea was taken, then I turned my eyes to Augmented Reality, the one technology that could give motion to the tattoos continuing the look that you are trying to get with the ink in the first place. Well I was beaten to even that concept. Augmented Reality tattoo, would have really been very cool, including a watch.

Well so the search continues, and while I am at it, if you can suggest some good ones also I will be thankful for it. Tattoo of mine gone, stolen, lost or just outclassed. Don’t really know but for the time being, the search is still on.

Dubai Like you have never seen it before

I am a fan of architecture, and photography and videos. When I found some of these videos of HD time laps photography of some of the latest architecture in Dubai, I could not hold my excitement. Here is my share of the excitement. Please wait as all the videos are worth the wait to load.

Before Sunrise

After Sunset

In fact the artist who made the sunrise and sunset photos made also a 2.3 Gigabit (yes that 1.97568496 × 1010 pixels, or 1.97568496 × 1010 dots on the photo) check it below, the video is of the person scrolling the gigantic photo of the Burj Khalifa. Did you know

While we are talking about the Burj Khalifa here is another HD video of the Opening

And 2 of the Fountain

To wrap it all up, the Metro ride in time lapse.

More from the artists here and here.  My special interest is because I did really work on the Burj.

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Star wars attack – starting with Dubai

Something straight of a science fiction movie, The Star wars world descending on the real world and into Dubai. It is the awesome vision of Artist Cedric Delsaux and his collection of images called Dark Lens Trilogy, showcasing the Star Wars descending on earth.

Cedric Delsaux lives and works in Paris, France. After studying cinematography and journalism, he worked as a bookseller and then as a conceptual-editor in an advertising agency. He has been a full-time photographer since 2003. Delsaux won the Kodak prize for landscapes and architecture with his “Star Wars on Earth” series in 2005, and has seen his career as an artist grow ever since. He has been selected to work on several large automobile advertising campaigns, including Volkswagen, Touareg, Peugeot, Renault Espace, Citroen, Skoda, Adrexo, EDF, Viking and SFR. Delsaux was also selected in the Luerzer’s Archive as one of the “200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide” in 2006. Please visit his website here.

The exhibition of his awesome creations was held at the First Quarter – Fine Art Photography which is the only gallery in Dubai devoted exclusively to fine art photography and serving a rapidly growing membership of artists and photo enthusiasts. You can check out the First Quarter picture gallery and information here.

Phonetography .. the best camera ?

One of the most famous quotes about photography that I have ever seen, was on the site called IPhone as Art.

“ The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange

Searching for a Snowy Owl

Just as writers just write something anything to keep their skills sharp, photographers also need to practice all the time. Well for most practical purposes it is not very simple carrying around an SLR camera around with you to shoot photos and to practice. So the humble mobile / camera phone has taken over the place of the scribble pad for photographers. And believe it or not, its not just good for getting photos of that scandalous MMS, but also amazing photos. Most of these sites are for pictures taken with iPhone, but my Nokia N95 is not far behind either.

The camera phone photography has become more than just a visual notebook, a journalistic record of events or a way to send friends photos of your dog. While most photographers will claim that they simply fell into shooting with their cell phones, saying, “What the heck, I’ve always got my phone with me,” it has rapidly evolved into a legitimate tool for artistic expression and has even shown up in commercial outlets, such as Robert Clark’s commissioned book Image America, shot entirely with his camera phone.

Have a look at these amazing sites based on the Mobile camera photography.

iPhone

Nokia N95

You might also want to check out this comparison between the iPhone camera and the N95 camera. Definately worth visiting. http://n95mobilephone.wordpress.com/2007/12/12/nokia-n95-vs-iphone-photos/ and also the Apple micro site for Nokia N95 photography awards ?????? http://web.mac.com/jamesburland/Nokia_Creative/Blog/Entries/2008/2/7_Photo:_The_Nokia_Creative,_N95_Photo_Awards_-_January_2008.html

This brings us to another site that mentions the best camera is the one in your hand, check out also : http://www.thebestcamera.com/

My humble addition to this list that I dare not add here are on facebook in the album phonetography. Check it out here.

Leaner and Meaner fighters

While at the Dubai Airshow this year I had a chance to check out the latest in military aviation technology. Well not really the latest but about the closest that was available for people to see. Anyway, from the B1 bombers with the awesome “Master of disaster” B1 bomber to the latest fourth generation F22 stealth fighter everything was there to be scrutinised by press and end users alike. The flying and stationary displays of the aircrafts were not only the displays that were there. It was more and that included in the airshow. The technology display pavilions were amazing as well.

But after a long and exhaustive day at the airshow, I really began to wonder the relevance of the aircrafts. I mean considering the last few years where more than countries going on full blown wars, we have seen smaller gueirella terrorist outfits that make use of imilar technologies as field american personnel. There is a bit of a level playing field considering that in order to engage in combat with these guys one would need to be on the ground and in their lairs. It is definately not as simple as two aircrafts going head to head in open air for a full blown dogfight. In these circumstances is the military fighter aircraft kind of loosing its relevance ?

Fighter aircraft are increasingly required to justify their expense by adapting to new roles and capabilities. Even so, fleet sizes continue to decrease. Despite still forming the backbone of advanced air forces, the size of many global fighter aircraft fleets is on a steady downward trajectory. Simultaneously, this reduction in the physical numbers of combat aircraft coupled with emerging operational requirements has necessitated an expansion in the mission set they are capable of undertaking. Aside from traditional tasks such as defensive and offensive counter air missions, today’s fighters are increasingly required to be accomplished at providing close air support and strike capabilities as well as contributing to intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance efforts.
The future structure of the USAF’s fighter fleet is currently one of the key issues facing the Pentagon and the new administration of US President Barack Obama, with the White House looking to reduce its defence budget while simultaneously remaining engaged in two foreign theatres. As a result of these dual demands, the USAF has been placed under increasing pressure by the Pentagon to focus upon providing capabilities relevant to continuing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, this mentality appears to have shifted attention from the air-superiority mission if current fighter procurement plans are examined. Moreover, the geography of future fighter programmes seems likely to change over the coming years. Despite European, Russian and US dominance in the current global fighter market in terms of market share, a shift away from these traditional centres of fighter technology, although minimal over the next 15 years, does appear to be taking place.
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So, I think the airshows in the next few years is going to consistently move towards civilian aviation technologies and not military technologies. So the last few goldern years of military aviation technology is available for us to view through the air shows. Lets make the most of the airshows then.

Dubai Airshow 2009


F22 Flyby, originally uploaded by mister_jester.

An HDR attempt at F15, originally uploaded by mister_jester.

The Break Up, originally uploaded by mister_jester.

I was recently at the Dubai Air Show and Man was it awesome. Here are some pictures from there.

Have a look at the complete set here.

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