July 13th, 2005

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This image by Jacques Henri Lartigue is probably one of the most iconic auto racing images ever. One this you immadiately notice is the oval shape of the tires leaning one way and the people in the background the other.

This is because of the focal plane shutter on the camera. To get an idea of how a focal plane shutter works hold both your hands over your keyboard about one inch apart with the caps lock keyvisable between you hands. Keeping your hands one inch apart, move them to the right over the keyboard. Now do the same thing (at the same speed, but with your hands 4 inchs apart. A focal plane shutter works the same way, controlling how long the film is exposed by how far apart the leafs (your hands in this example) are seperated. The wider the gape the longer the exposure. Lartigue's shutter went top to bottom so as the car went across his view gap n the shutter would see the car a little further along creating the oval shape. The people in the back ground are tilted because he was panning his camera to try to keep up with the car.

This picture made such a sensation that to this day cartoons still use the tilted oval tire look to symbolize speed.

The picture is from the 1912(?) Grand Prix of France.

I decided to try to emulate Lartigue iconic image with this picture from Sunday and a little time in The GIMP.

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I don't think I've seen so many vultures, ever... Now many reports, politicians, etc, are just sitting on the edge of their collective seats waiting for Rehnquist to kick the bucket?

Am I the only one who thinks this is a little sick?
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Wow! It's already been 10 years of MP3's:

http://slashdot.org/articles/05/07/13/1952249.shtml?tid=141&tid=1

I wonder what will finally replace the MP3 file format. I really thought OGG would do it, but it only caught on amoung geeks, but not manufacturers. That's mostly because all the manufacturers wanted to replace MP3 with their own proprietary formats. And while they all fight with each other in the format wars the good ol' MP3 just becomes more and more entrenched.