Saturday, September 11, 2010
Think about those two things, a pocket calculator? Wouldn't that start designers thinking along the lines about what else could be handheld? Like phones and computers?
The software started out as a client copy, which meant it resided on the local pc and only accessed the internet once in a while as a special feature (late eighties) and eventually because wholly browser based. Which meant it resided on the internet in the central servers which the local pc accessed to get at their client specific databases in order to do business or get updates and newer versions of the software.
Databases allowed software to track client preferences, save their choices, search for data (such as real estate listings, appointments, businesses, items, clubs), and in some cases, allowed the program to 'suggest' based on past choices. A weird type of rudimentary learning system, that advanced software quite a bit! We used databases for most software these days, when we know it or not, and database scripting and advances in that area are responsible for part of the changes we see day to day. The 'smart' software I proposed as a natural next step in this evolution would rely heavily on databases to build a profile of the enduser and help that user learn new things. Which were identified in his profile (data in the db) as areas that needed attention for whatever he was trying to accomplish.
A new theory has recently been proposed by a man named Nicholas Carr, that our brains are essentially being 'rewired' by our exposure to Google and the Internet.
I'm not actually surprised because human beings are very adaptable and we learn quickly to adjust to new toys, I mean tools! I've ordered his book to check it out, (I know once a geek, always a geek!) and I'm looking forward to reading up on this topic. It'll help me make up my mind on this issue...
And finally, I recently found a site that discussed how some Calgary, Canada scientists are on the verge of creating a 'human neurochip' that will allow an even newer era of advancements!
Maybe Data from Star Trek is on the edge of being possible after all!
Images by Teresa Young:
1. The Laconic Flapper - Jul.2010, 2. SciFi House - Jun.2007, 3. Dragons Do Dream - Mar.2010, 4. Blue Bobbles - May 2001, 5. Soft and Golden - Aug.2010, 6. Like My Ride? - Jun.2007, 7. Fear Of The Future - Aug.2000, 8. The Masked Marvel - Jan.2000.
Monday, September 6, 2010
|The waves hit the shore with quite a force.|
|There was property damage from trees.|
|Hope the anchor held.|
|It was as beautiful as it was scary.|
|Fox Point, NS by Corinne Oullette.|
|The docks were hit constantly by surf and wind.|
|More high surf.|
Sunday, September 5, 2010
|Hurricane Earl Hits Fox Point, Nova Scotia.|
Since the storm struck during the day, it was more interesting, as you could see it progress as the day went on.
|Sunrise before Hurricane Earl by Corinne Oullette.|
|Searching For An Exit - Sept.2010.|
|Online Entity - Sept.2010.|
|Totem Tumble - In Progress.|
|Flowing Free - Sept.2010.|
Monday, August 30, 2010
|Washed out colour, |
curving depth of field,
poor image quality.
Photo from 2004 with
Vivitar 3MB digital.
|Shot outside, with DSLR. |
White balance is off.
The artwork has to be straight, with the camera planes and the artwork planes equal to each other, or you will get fuzziness at the edges of your image. You also need to make sure you give border around the piece so that your focal plane can be cropped out. What I mean by that, is that unless you use a macro lens, which gives a flat focal plane, your image will slightly curve at the outer edges, which will blur the artwork image if you extend the piece right the edge of the picture frame.