The all seeing eye symbol branded CBS finally decided to cover the topic of real time facial reconfiguration after some NSL footage started floating around on the internet. The funny thing is… you know good and well that this technology is farther along than they are claiming. And if it isn’t, it is only a matter of time before this stuff starts making the mainstream world rife with new problems.
Next time some footage surfaces of a senator acting inappropriate, they will now be able to claim that it was “fake” or “doctored” footage. The implications are pretty big. You could even produce footage of a primary leader of any country claiming to have launched weapons, causing panic. Or better yet, cause a statue to appear to have come to life.
Personally, I think this stuff is hilarious.
And the fact that it took this long for mainstream coverage of the topic to occur is even more entertaining. This stuff has been around for a while.
Anyway, this is what I have to say about all of this nonsense in closing. Who honestly cares… 90% of what you see on the internet and television these days is already fake anyway. Having them finally admit it to a small degree is no surprise.
He deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. – Revelation 13:14-15
But hey, what do I know right? I am clearly just being ignorant.
Although I in no way claim to have a clue what I am going with photography, I was happy with the following shots from today’s very short outing with the new camera. I might go back out to a particular spot at sunset, today. Please note that no editing has been done to the photos aside from cropping them together in a single image.
Well, I almost gave in. And technically, I did for about 10 minutes. As my most recent post shows, I just got a new camera. With that, I thought it would be cool to get on Instagram by using it as an outlet for my new photography hobby (that hasn’t actually gotten off the ground yet).
I just couldn’t do it.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I realize the irony here. I am suggesting that I wasn’t able to give into using social media while posting on my blog-site (which in and of itself is a form of social media). Rather than creating a social media account with an existing site that can very easily lead to countless hours of mindless thumb motions, I decided to just stick with a single creative outlet (this website). Rather than having an Instagram account to showcase my new photography hobby, I deleted the newly created account and have instead decided to stick with a photography post page here on the I Must Be Ignorant site.
No telling how often I post on that page, because the hobby is still new and there is no telling how often I will be out with my camera. Regardless, I have opted out of instagram.
Almost, but just couldn’t.
Now, obviously I am just now getting into this camera… and I haven’t figured out the settings and focus yet, but I will. Today was my first day actually taking it out and goofing off with it. These two photos (although not great), are me just playing with the zoom on my back porch. I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty ridiculous. I think I am going to have fun trying to capture wildlife with this thing. I have a few locations already picked out to visit with this sweet, sweet camera.
My hope for today was to get the chance to do some night sky observations, but it is relatively overcast right now. Oh well…
Okay, so I have an honest question. You have on record people like Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, and others such as Stuart Clark… a well-known astronomer stating that you can irrefutably see the curvature of the earth by merely climbing a mountain or even taking a ride on an airplane. First off, the tallest mountain in the world doesn’t even exceed 6 miles in elevation. As for an airplane, commercial grade planes generally stick to an altitude of around 6 to 8 miles high.
So… here is the question.
If I can see the curvature of the earth at only 5 to 8 miles in altitude as suggested by the most brilliant minds of our time, then why is it that the following footage from the ISS exists?
According to science people (you know, the ones that do our thinking for us), the International Space Station maintains an altitude of more than 250 miles. I don’t know about you, but that sun rise definitely looks like it is taking place against a rather horizontal line.
And if you want to argue that the footage isn’t form the ISS, then here is where I got it from. This video was published by NASA on March 5th, just yesterday. They spend the duration of the video interviewing the ISS with some school students. And then, boom… they decided to close with a shot of the sun rise from the ISS while showing the solar panels in the bottom of the shot. The footage in question starts at roughly the 21 minute mark.
If I can’t see the curvature at 250 miles in altitude, what in the world makes people like Bill, Neil, Sagan, and Stuart so adamant about observing it at the 5 miles mark?
Now, I am not one to generally splurge on things for myself… But, for this item I made an exception. I have been eyeballing the Nikon p900 for close to 7 months now and finally just gave in and got one. I am in no way a photographer, although I do have quite a few friends that do it for a living. No, I just enjoy the art of it. Although I am inexperienced, I am looking forward to tackling this camera and having it on my outings with the family.
For example, this thing would have been great to have at the kite festival this last weekend.
Here is one example of why this camera has gotten my attention.
Well, this year was the second year that we have attended the annual kite festival in Austin, Texas. It is the largest of its kind in the nation. This would have been our third time to attend, but last year rained out and in turn got canceled. Although it did sprinkle on and off at today’s event, it didn’t keep people from sticking it out and having a good time.
The lady friend even managed to snag a trophy for second place in the “most unusual kite” competition. In my personal, all be it biased opinion, the one that came in first place was cool, but not really all that “unusual“. Regardless, we had a lot of fun and the lady friend came away with second place in her home made custom kite competition.
Not bad for a first time competer if you ask me.
We are already looking forward to next year. I’m sure her kite making skills will only get all the more “unusual“.