Category Archive: Technology

Oct 03 2012

Search Engine Bot Verification Woes — Repost

Another article from the 2008 version of my web site continues to receive inbound traffic. I repost the article here in hopes that someone might still find it useful. Again, the information is at least four years old. The Original Article Along with many of you, I have read several articles about "proxy hacking" and …

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Oct 03 2012

Get rid of those YouTube EMBED tags — Repost

This article originally appeared on my web site in October of 2008, before I had it set up as a blog. I keep seeing links to the original page pop up now and then, so I’m going to republish it here and redirect the original link structure to this posting. Keep in mind that this …

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Sep 12 2012

More Lightning with CHDK

I recently downloaded a slightly different motion detection script for my camera that seems to do a great job catching lightning flashes. I had been hoping for some good lightning opportunities on several occasions, but the storms disappointed me. The morning of September 7th turned out to be just what I needed to check out …

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Apr 25 2012

Thunderstruck: Lightning Photography with CHDK

Lightning has always been a source of fascination for me, even as a child. I was never one to be fearful of thunderstorms. Watching a good lightning display is something that I really enjoy. Flashes of lightning are very ephemeral. Blink your eyes or turn your head and you might miss an impressive sight. As …

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Apr 06 2012

A Couple More 3D Building Models

I’ve managed to complete a couple more models of local buildings for use in Google Earth. These two models weren’t particularly difficult, but both were difficult to photograph completely. There simply isn’t a way to get good photos of the full sides of some buildings. 212 S. First Street, Champaign The Painters Local 363 and …

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Mar 11 2012

New 3D Model for Google Earth: Binny’s Beverage Depot in Champaign

The latest 3D digital model that I created has gone live in Google Earth (and in their 3D map view, available with the Google Earth plugin for Mac & Windows users). Here’s a screenshot of the model from Google Earth: This model represents Binny’s Beverage Depot‘s newest location, in Champaign, Illinois. I still haven’t been …

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Feb 05 2012

HDR Photographs in the Cemetery

I stopped at a local cemetery the other day to take a few photographs before the sunlight vanished. I took a few regular photos, but what I really had in mind was getting exposure brackets for HDR photos. One of the standard photos turned out fairly well, particularly when desaturated and having the contrast tweaked …

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Nov 09 2011

Shit Stains on the Underwear of Humanity, № 2

This series of posts points out entities I encounter on the Internet which I find to be more ignorant than average, more worthy of a facepalm, and generally unaware of the hideously misguided appearance they present to the Internet at large. This, my second post in the series, highlights an individual I only encountered briefly …

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Oct 14 2011

Back to Building Virtual 3D Models

Until yesterday, I hadn’t uploaded a building model to Google’s 3D Warehouse since 11 March of this year. I couldn’t quite recall when I created my first 3D model, but my blog reminded me that it was in July of 2009. I have several models in various states of construction. Some of them will require …

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Oct 07 2011

My First 360° Panorama Attempt

Panoramic photos have always intrigued me. The techniques used to take such photos have changed with the introduction of high-tech digital photography and processing capabilities. I decided to try my hand at a full-range panorama. Prairie grass near Urbana Dog Park in USA I took 53 sets of 3 photographs each for this project. I …

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