Today, the Union of Reform Judaism
, the body that represents synagogues in the Reform movement —Judaism's largest U.S. branch — unanimously passed
the most far-reaching resolution
on transgender rights of any major religious organization. The resolution affirms the equality of transgender people and welcomes them into congregations, camps and other Reform Jewish institutions. [more inside]
Super-Resolution From a Single Image
presents interactive examples from a 2009 study of methods for increasing the resolution of digital images. [more inside]
is a London-based professional panoramic photographer. His work comprises cityscapes
, landscape panoramas
and 360 virtual tours
. There is an emphasis on capturing images at a massive resolution
. This one of Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai
is my favorite. Will takes time for fun too with The Rain Project
With digital cinema on the rise, and DSLR video shooting becoming increasingly popular for low-budget and independent film making, expectations were high for Canon's big announcement at Paramount Studios today
. And Canon delivered, the C300 is a DSLR-like camera
that uses Canon or PL mount lenses (two different models), with no autofocus, S35mm sensor size, full HD to a 50Mbps 10-bit 4:2:2 stream, shipping in January 2012 for $20,000. They also announced a new range of high-resolution affordable zoom and prime lenses for cinema use
, and, as an extra bonus, they announced they were developing a similar camera that could record 4k video for release at some time in the future. It all looked like a big win for Canon...
, a few hours later, the always controversial and disruptive Red Digital Cinema
, makers of the ubiquitous Red One
and the relatively new 5K, 120fps EPIC
, announced the EPIC's little sister, based on the same sensor, the Scarlet
, a camera that also uses Canon or PL mount lenses
, with an interchangeable lens mount, autofocus on Canon lenses, S35mm sensor size, 4k video (with HDR option) and 5k stills to a 400Mbps 16-bit compressed raw stream, shipping December 1st for $9,750 for the body (under $14,000 for a full, ready to shoot kit with media, card reader and 5" touchscreen, minus the lenses).
Editors of the pop-culture magazine Wired
provided the title "iPhone 4’s ‘Retina’ Display Claims Are False Marketing
" to a highly critical article about the new iPhone's high-resolution "Retina" display
, so-called as the human eye cannot resolve individual pixels when viewing it. A technician who worked on the Hubble telescope
disagreed with the Wired editors' choice of rhetoric in very strong technical terms
and issued less stringent disagreement with Raymond Soneira, the writer of the piece. Neuroscientist
and photographer Bryan Jones published his own highly readable technical analysis
of the display's pixel arrangement, that helped him decide whether Apple's claims were truthful or not.
The Global Oneness Project
is exploring how the radically simple notion of interconnectedness
can be lived in our increasingly complex world. They travel the globe gathering stories from creative
people who base their lives and work on the understanding that we bear great responsibility for each other
and our shared world. [more inside]
xRez: Extreme Resolution Photography.
with a Google Maps-style interface. The photo of Boston
is 95,000 by 40,000 pixels. [via]
The Bush administration is backing a US Senate resolution to stop the UN in its plans to try and move some control of the Internet away from the US
-- A new resolution introduced in the U.S. Senate offers political backing to the Bush administration by slamming a United Nations effort to exert more influence over the Internet.
Senator Norm Coleman, a Republican from Minnesota, said his nonbinding resolution would protect the Internet from a takeover by the United Nations that's scheduled to be discussed at a summit in Tunisia next month.
The Blue Marble
... true color global imagery at 1km resolution.
UN resolution 377,
This makes for fascinating reading as this arcane resolution provides for collective action by the general assembly 'if the security council, because of lack of unanimity of the permanent members, fails to exercise its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security'. Hardly applicable.
U.N. passes Iraq resolution on weapons inspections "The resolution passed unanimously, after Secretary-General Kofi Annan joined the assembled delegates in the Security Council chamber."
I really hope Iraq takes a new approach, and actually genuinely disarms
. Next year will be so much more pleasant.
Before we go to war based on whether or not Saddam (or the UN Security Council...) agrees to the Bush administration's proposed UN resolution, would anyone care to discuss what their proposed resolution actually says?
Apparently, the text of the resolution isn't in the public domain
... but things leak. According to this article
, the resolution allows the UN or its members (including the US) to station armed guards in Iraq, establish no-fly and no-drive zones, and create exclusive ground and air transit corridors. Robert Fisk, one of England's most respected reporters, believes the resolution is a poison pill
, designed to lead to "regime change", whether he accepts it or not. So, what else do we know about the proposed resolution, and why isn't anyone talking about it?
The Myth of 800x600
Stop desigining web pages for 800x600 screen resolutions, says this interesting article. "The use of fixed-size pages is yet another example of our tendency to focus on technology rather than user behavior. The most commonly available statistics are for screen resolution, a measurement of a certain technology. More relevant, though, is the user-specified viewable browsing area."
Irish peace process and America
Bill Clinton is heading to Ireland to sort out the Irish peace process.Over the past four years he has made consistent efforts to resolve a conlfict that has lasted for the past 30 years.
Now, however, as the Ameerican voting spectacle continues and public trust in the American political system is being gradually eroded, it seems likely that the ability of the White House to help resolve regional disputes will disappear completely.
Lets face, who's going to trust two adults that seem intent on behaving like spoilt children