Stuff from Quebec City, Canada

Monday, August 28, 2006

New geotagging on Flickr

I first used Geoblogger to geotag my photos and it closed when the author got hired by Yahoo. I then found the excellent Flagr. The developpers of the site are great and open to new ideas. The website is getting better all the time. Now, Flickr offers geotagging as well (probably with the help of the geoblogger guy). It's a shame that the satellite photos are still in low resolution for Quebec City... I'll hang around Flagr again for a little while.

I can now see the possibility to digitalize the whole planet as a probable thing. Microsoft is working on Photosynth, a software that let's you build 3d objects in real time with the combination of many photos. Google will eventualy jump on the wagon and combine it's power with Photosynth and Flickr. We will then be able to navigate digitally around every little square centimeter Earth has to offer. Imagine a Google Earth that zooms-in from space and let's you see the dime on your basement's coffee table.

***Update***

If you use Firefox and Greasemonkey, I highly recommend using GMiF . With that combination, you can use Googlemaps instead of Yahoo ! maps.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Pocoyo

I'm a sucker for animation in all it's forms and I found a beautiful 3D cartoon for kids. It's called Pocoyo . The characters are simple and gorgeous, it's feels like clay but it's CGI. The animation is spot-on and very dynamic. The music soundtrack is really good (cartoonnish electronica). The narrator is Stephen Fry (the voice of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).

Here's an episode from YouTube:

Friday, August 25, 2006

Photos Osez! 2006


I was in St-Jean-Port-Joli for the Osez! 2006 event. Here's a selection of my photos.

Click on the photo below to see the slideshow.



An original idea by Karine Ledoyen
Choreographer: Ginette Laurin
Music: Jérôme Minière and Pascal Asselin (Millimetrik)

Monday, August 14, 2006

Don't mess with my flight plans by David Olive

I've found a very interesting article on the Toronto Star's website by David Olive. It's about last week thwarted terrorist plot to blow-up multiple planes. He summarize very well my thoughts on mass-medias shoving fear down our throats, and the governments using that fear to diminish our rights. Life is dangerous, deal with it !

You can find the article here.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Festival des barres à Jack


Photo credit: Unknown

A cultural event will be held next weekend (August 11th-12th-13th) in St-Raphaël de Bellechasse. It's the festival des barres à Jack. A weekend filled with demolition derbys (even with combines, wow !) , burn outs and the always popular Soap Box derby. On Sunday, don't miss the exhibition untitled "Viens montrer ton char !". The famous McDonald's mascots will even be present during the weekend.

For more info: http://www.barresajack.com


Wednesday, August 02, 2006

CD wrapping

What's the deal with the wrapping for the CDs ? Is it sealed like that for more freshness ? Is it because I'm too anxious to listen the album ?

We can land robots on Mars with pinpoint accuracy. We live in an era of speed dating and fast food, I can't understand why it's so hard to unwrap a new CD.

Is it because the pirates are using portable CD-burners and they're copying CDs directly in the stores ?

I hope that in a lab somewhere, a team of dedicated Nobel prize winners are on a verge of finding a revolutionnary new way of wrapping CDs...

I consider myself as someone with pretty good dexterity and I get frustrated each time I buy a CD.

Someone, please help me, what's your special trick ?