Friday, April 18, 2008

Big fat liar!

Long time ago, Sandra gave me a puzzle that is a mosaic of small images of the Simpsons forming a big picture of Homer. Since then, I was looking for that filter or trick, until I finally found it at KrazyDad, who did a portrait of Gene Simons using pictures of "kittens" found on Flickr... lucky for him (and us), avatarthat he's not a kiwi (or a blondine), otherwise the search results would have been catastrophic! Anyway, first thing I did was my avatar out of small simpsons flickr images... isn't it cool? I discovered later, that you can also use your own pictures or images of projects, renders, etc. to create a mosaic. Imagine having a poster at your office composed of several images of your projects, or presenting your client with a poster made out of several mini renders of the project. How cool is that? KrazyDad's recommendations are Andrea Mosaic for the PC, and MacOSaiX, for the Mac.

me ASCII camFor those of you who wanted to see an actual picture of me, here I am... when the Matrix meets photo booth! The instant ASCII cam allows you to take text snapshots which you can paste into your favorite instant messenger. There's also the kaleido-cam which... Dahhh! it makes instant kaleidoscopic images from your webcam. One of the coolest items found at KrazyDad is the Whitney Music Box that turns visual animation into music and it's a nice way of actually "looking" into harmonics and the mathematics of music... by the way, it also derives into a very clever fractal. ;-) (BTW check out my new fractal images)
whitney music box"Each of the 48 dots is moving in a circle. Each of the dots is on a 3 minute cycle. At the end of 3 minutes, the outermost dot will have moved around the circle once (this dot represents the first harmonic or fundamental). The next dot will have moved around the circle twice (representing the second harmonic). The next dot three times, and so on. The innermost dot moves around the circle 48 times. Now, imagine these dots are raised bumps on a disc which is controlling a music box, with each bump triggering a note when it passes the zero degree line (a line extending from the center to the east). The result would look and sound something like this three minute looping movie."
iPolygraphAnd finally, some magic tricks on your computer: First, Bondoogle is a card guessing game. By "googling" something like "what is the card?" the card selected by the intended victim will appear as an image search result. "Google Fool" is a mind reading game, that will display search results of the victim's thoughts. However, the game that will get everyone intrigued is iPolygraph. This flash lie detector hosted by the University of Calgary, will tell your victim if he(she)'s telling the truth about the selected card. The online lie detector will tell whether the answers are true or false based on the shape of the circles drawn by the victim, After only 3 questions, it will surprisingly tell the number and shape of the card! (... just don't reveal it's secret)


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