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Quick, think of all those movies from the '60s. The fun ones. The ones with energy that just kept going. Fast dialogue. Bold colors. Doris Day. Frankie and Annette.Review: Down with Love

This thing has "inspiring Disney movie" written all over it. Two guys grow up in Cleveland with disabilities, both physical and environmental, join the wrestling team, and become inseparable friends. There'sESPN goes for the heart - Tuesday TubeWatch

The networks released their schedules for next year this week. No surprise: Smallville and 24 are both reappearing in the schedules. However, there has been surprising news/rumors about both shows... 24 JackTV updates: 24 and Smallville (w/spoilers)

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What follows is a guest post from my wife, who has had a bit of a difficult week so far. I have come upstairs to ... get AWAY from our 2It's Not Fair!

Back in May I posted a list of the movies I wanted to see this year. So far I've seen 7 out of the 10 I was shooting for, plus2011 Movies - The Final Push

Lots of series finales showed up this year. Some of them were only supposed to be season finales, but the shows were cancelled. Most of the time, they didn't knowSuper-Review: Cancelled shows

Apple - Trailers - Spider-Man 3 Oh, man. I can't wait for this. I'm impressed by how many effects shots they already have done, and it's still a year before itSpider-Man 3 Teaser Trailer (w/Superman Returns)

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I can't wait until next Tuesday to share this one. Does anyone else remember this Saturday morning cartoon from the late '80s? The best episode was the cross-over with "Josie and theTubeWatch extra: Watchmen cartoon

[caption id="attachment_1288" align="alignright" width="446" caption="Look at that fifth set!!"][/caption] Holy cow... this is just insane... What kind of a monster athlete do you have to be to play a single set ofLongest tennis match in Grand Slam history!

Traveling across the 'net as part of this commentluv contest, I ran across this really interesting site that went around to different cities asking 50 random people on the street:What's your wish for today?

Community Connections Forums - Bells and whistles (if you're not a member, you get redirected to the home page... sorry.) It's a little unusual for me to quote from a discussione-Learning Glitz: misunderstanding video games

Facebook is a place where absolutely nothing of importance happens. But you do get to see some funny, or at least interesting, posts from time to time. Here are someFound on Facebook

Well, apparently one does. I don't know if anyone else saw this coming, but I was completely blindsided. Disney just bought Lucasfilm, including the rights to all their films - and mostStar Wars VII, VIII, IX... and beyond?!

Video: Photosynth demo – awakening to the true power of the web

TED | Talks | Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Jaw-dropping Photosynth demo (video)

Click through. Now. Read the rest of this when you get back. Just don’t forget to come back. (FYI: you may have problems behind a firewall… I did)

This is one of the biggest breakthroughs in collective consciousness, collaboration, and visual relationships I can think of. Seriously, this is an amazing tool.

The first tool, Seadragon, is impressive enough. Amazing, smooth, manipulation of images of various depths, and even of non-image data (there’s a whole book in there!). Just the example of the fake ad they put into the newspaper could revolutionize the way advertising companies build their products – it appears that you could build an almost infinite depth to the detail you can provide.

The second tool, however, builds on the strengths of the first and then explodes the possibilities in almost incalculable ways. Photosynth can take the images lying around on the web (they used Notre Dame images from Flickr as the source for their example) relate them to each other, and provide a virtually seamless 3-dimensional tour of the subject, with details limited only by the photos themselves.

Imagine that 4000 tourists took pictures of the Sistine Chapel, at various zooms and angles, on various types of cameras, and each of them posted to the web. With Photosynth, we can come along and let someone sitting at his computer in Bumblyberg, USA take a 360 degree tour of the Chapel, and zoom in and out to see details at will.

Now extend the idea to someone wearing a virtual reality helmet. They could actually walk through the Sistine Chapel and even fly right up to the artwork. And the visuals wouldn’t be the result of modeling by a graphic artist, like in a video game, or in Second Life – they would be full color photos seamlessly stitched together. (and to go really wild, keep extending the idea and you end up with something akin to the Holodecks on Star Trek.)

Speaking of Second Life, if we could integrate Photosynth with that, your avatar could do the same thing as I just described. I’d imagine that to be an easier accomplishment than the virtual reality thing, but I don’t really know.

If you work as a travel agent, you could send someone on a preview of their trip! But the uses go way beyond tourism. Imagine using it as a training tool. Exploring the ins and outs of a Non-Heatset Press – with the right photos and planning, you could go create an amazing training session for a press operator, letting him see the press as he never could before without taking it off-line. You could probably even overlay schematics. Or create a tour of your manufacturing plant for your clients, letting them explore at will rather than following a video.

History teachers could let their students explore the ruins of the Parthenon in Athens…. I can’t stop thinking of ways this could be used.

What uses can you come up with? What avenues for collaboration does this open up?

(if you didn’t take my advice and click through in the beginning… do it now! What are you waiting for?!)

[tags]technology, images, collaboration, web2.0, flickr, photosynth, second life, training, TED, microsoft[/tags]

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