Connecting the online photographs to create a virtual world

Notre Dame early morning The recent TED conference featured this demo of a Microsoft sponsored project. It gathered photographs of Notre Dame on Flickr, analyzed the images to determine their spatial relationship to the building, and built a seamless, panoramic, three-dimensional representation.

Think about this concept. You are on vacation and take a picture of a landmark. After you upload it to Flickr, the image is matched with other images and the metadata is shared. Eventually, we will have virtual representations of the entire globe, not from an anonymous airplane or satellite but from the viewpoint of people.

Here’s a video that describes the project better.

Orca Live – the lost tapes

The hills Orca at the casbahwere alive with the sound of music in San Diego during the early 90’s. It was a heady time of fraternity and musical exploration. Bands such as Drive Like Jehu, Three Mile Pilot, Uncle Joes’s Big Ol’ Driver, Fluf, Heavy Vegetable, rust, Trumans Water, Boilermaker, Lucy’s Fur Coat, White Glove Test, Chichilla, Deadbolt, Rocket from the Crypt, Physics, and Powerdresser met in a small bar near the airport to support and entertain each other.

The Casbah held a special concert at the peak of this movement. Orca, a San Diego supergroup, was formed from members of many San Diego bands. More than a dozen guitars, bass, and drums packed the tiny stage. In fact, there was probably one musician for every 4 members of the audience that night. Casbah crowd at the last Drive Like Jehu showI brought a camera and my friend Donnie brought his tape recorder.

I was afraid our bootleg of the concert was lost forever. Fortunately, I discovered it while selling much of my stuff for the move to Paris. A friend at work ripped it to MP3 and now it is yours to enjoy. It is 45 minutes long and consists of one multi-part song. Listening to the song brings back vivid memories of the commotion, the heat of packed bodies, and the overall good will of the show.

Download: Orca at the Casbah (mp3, 47mb) – This link should work now.


Rob Crowe had this summary on the Pinback mailing list:

this was obviously before the invention of floor pedal tuners.

from what i remember, rick froberg(pitchfork, drive like jehu, hotsnakes) was the main wrangler.

So, he got me and travis nelson (heavy vegetable, other men), O and johnny donhow (olive lawn, fluf), atom willard (rocket from the crypt), denver lucas (powerdresser), gary davis (custom floor,inventor of the boneless), and todd swank (crankshaft, foundation skateboards) together for 2 practices and 1 show.

no one from ujbod was in it.

Rob Crowe

Humane Exposures – Photography of the homeless and imprisoned

Humane Exposures, a San Diego based organization, has an interesting new photography book coming out soon. Maggots in My Sweet Potatoes: Women Doing Time documents the lives of women behind prison.

Photojournalist Susan Madden Lankford thought-provokingly explores the kaleidoscope of alienation, personal despair, desperation, and fragile hopes of women caught up in the state’s zeal for incarceration. Maggots in My Sweet Potatoes: Women Doing Time is the product of more than two years of photographing and interviewing inmates and correctional staff at a more-or-less typical women’s jail in the United States.

Humane Exposures

Look for this book to hit the stores in the next month or so.