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Weekend Links 8/6/10

Friday August 6th, 2010

Many people complain that digital communication has resulted in vapid writing without substance. But Laurence Green of Fallon has a much-linked article in the Telegraph about things like mind-reading billboards, in which he manages to say remarkably little of substance about “digital” in over 900 words. Maybe someone can show him Twitter?

Will the next step after mind-reading billboards involve levitating women and "myxelpexohydromine byochloride"?
I don't know, but I think that was one of the ingredients of my breakfast. (Photo by Sophie Pangrazzi/New York)

Just as so many Twits manage to bring you insight in 140 characters or less, the consumer social network blippy has turned its 404 error message into one of the most interesting parts of its website. In fact, I’m almost disappointed when their links work.

Once upon a time, people didn’t have Twitter. They didn’t even have wireless. But they did, contrary to popular opinion, have color photography. “You mean the 40s weren’t in black and white?” asks make the logo bigger. They weren’t, and the Denver Post photo blog has posted pictures to prove it.

Long before neat bi-colored paper glasses were available, photographers were able to produce a sort of “3D” image through a process called stereography. Check out the great wiggling photographs at NPR’s The Picture Show—they’re the original animated GIF. Bizarrely, these pictures, which date back to the 19th century, are collected by Brian May—that’s the guitarist of Queen. He also has a PhD in astrophysics.

Ever seen a three-dimensional photo of a jar with an octopus in it? Now you have. (Photo by Adam Voorhes/Austin)

You can do a lot of weird stuff with photographs, but there’s also a lot you can’t do—including most of the “enhancement” done by forensic scientists in the movies. “Got an image enhancer that can bitmap?” No, but here’s a YouTube compendium of crazy lines like that, brought to our attention by PetaPixel.


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