Archive for month: August, 2005

DigitalGlobe to make satellite photos available to Google Maps

August 31, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

DigitalGlobe, the supplier of imagery for Google Earth and Google Maps will make freshly updated satellite images of New Orleans in the next few days. Link Update: Here is a Quickbird view of New Orleans, showing some of the flooding.

Testing Missiles

August 31, 2005 | General, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, the destruction (and hopefully, eventual replacement) of my old rotting redwood retaining wall has begun. The guys really tore it up good today, hopefully, nice bricks will be soon replacing the crappy old wood. Whew. That will be one bit off my mind. I know nobody but me cares, but I’ll put pictures here.

Bye Bye, Freeloaders

August 31, 2005 | Blogging, General, Web Programming | By: Mark VandeWettering

I received an email a couple of days ago from someone who thoughtfully noted that someone was stealing bandwidth from my by hotlinking to images in my /images directory. Effectively these people use your webserver to serve images for their websites. It’s tacky: kind of like filling your pockets with napkins and packets of ketchup […]

NASA Views of New Orleans Flooding

August 31, 2005 | News | By: Mark VandeWettering

NASA has released some of the Earth Observatory images of the flooding in New Orleans. Ouch.

Governor: Everyone Must Leave New Orleans – Yahoo! News

August 31, 2005 | News | By: Mark VandeWettering

Holy crap, they are evacuating the Big Easy because of uncontrolled flooding. Not good, folks not good folks. To anyone in the affected areas, stay safe, and keep your loved ones close.

Goofing around with Digital Infrared

August 30, 2005 | My Photos | By: Mark VandeWettering

I took one of the infrared photos that I took on my recent Sonoma trip and tried tweaking it a bit in gimp to make it appear more dramatic. Check out my photo gallery to see both my after and before pictures. Basically, I took the original and stretched the contrast, then applied some color […]

Impressive Satellite Pictures of Katrina

August 30, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

NASA has released a pretty amazing picture of Katrina as it approached landfall, with resolutions up to 6800×8000 pixels, and 250m per pixel. Click on the image to the right to be taken to the 2km per pixel version: the 250m version didn’t work in my browser.

Dave Slusher Hacks a $25 Digital Camera

August 30, 2005 | Hardware | By: Mark VandeWettering

Dave went out and bought himself a couple of those single use, $25 camcorders that CVS is selling these days, and hacked them to allow download of video. What is even better, he snapped video of the project and made it available for download. Caveat: it appears to be encoded in some kind of Quicktime […]

Can you tell when people lie to you?

August 29, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Lisa WIlliams provided an interesting link to this Science article which suggests that most people are very poor at detecting liars. Catastrophically, most people actually think they are good at detecting lies. Kind of like how more than half the drivers on the road think they are above average in skill. Or, in the same […]

2005 / 2006 Intel’s chip lineup cheatsheet

August 29, 2005 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Those sharp guys over at Engadget have the skinny on Intel’s upcoming processors. My brother and I were discussing how it seemed like a bad time to upgrade: next year will be chock-a-block full of dual core, low power goodness.

SIGGRAPH 2005 Post Mortem

August 29, 2005 | Computer Graphics | By: Mark VandeWettering

Leo has shamed us all by writing up a webpage detailing all the things he found interesting at SIGGRAPH 2005. Very nice.

Oakland A’s back on top of the AL West

August 29, 2005 | Baseball | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, after a couple of weeks where they seemed to be firmly in reverse, the A’s have won five games in a row and are now back atop the AL West, courtesy in part to the Angel’s complete collapse against the Devil Rays. After trying for the sweep today against Baltimore, the A’s will go […]

Katrina comes ashore

August 29, 2005 | News | By: Mark VandeWettering

As I awaken, news reports are coming in from Lousiana and Mississippi regarding hurricaine Katrina. It doesn’t sound too good. They lowered the storm swell expectation in New Orleans from 28 feet to 15, but it still sounds dangerous. Winds have been clocked at 135 mph. I hope that everyone (including any Brainwagon readers) are […]

My Day

August 27, 2005 | Blogging, General, My Diary | By: Mark VandeWettering

Most of the time when I bother to blog about things that are going on in my life, I tend to do it in the form of an impromptu podcast. Today my wife woke me up and said that we should go out to Infineon Raceway and catch the qualifying for tomorrow’s Indy Racing League […]

Video Game Sound Quiz

August 26, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

I got 14 out of 18, from PBS.