Archive | December, 2008

Won’t You Be…My Neighbor?

23 Dec

So after living in my house since August, we decided it would be a good time to meet our neighbors. I know, it is awful! But we are really good friends with my next door neighbor, Tripp, who owns English Gardens Inc. They do great work, so we at least know one neighbor. But other than that we haven’t met anyone, we have barely seen them either. So one day after our “roomie” dinner, Megan thought it would be a good idea to bake Christmas cookies and go deliver them to all our neighbors. Way to go Megan!

So we put on our button up cardigans (Mr. Rodgers style) and went out knocking on doors. The first two houses we had no luck, we just left the cookies on the door with a note. Then the next house…wow! Our neighbor answered followed by her quadruplets! 4-3 year old girls, she invited us in and we chatted for about 20 mins. It was so fun, she told us that she had actually baked us some cookies once,  but then mentioned quietly that she ate them.

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We went to a few more houses and we invited in to another, this family had 4 girls but all different ages. They were all very thankful for the cookies and told us if we ever needed anything to just ask. Besides sharing the joy of Christmas with cookies and a gaining a sense of community in our neighborhood, we got a gift out of all of it, i love these things…

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Gallery w/out Walls

22 Dec

Check this out, these guys in France started posting fake street signs up around, that look real. “It’s a collaborative project that takes the work of artists from around the world, in the form of fake road signs, and turns the streets of Lyon, France into an enormous gallery without walls.”

http://urbanprankster.com/2008/12/fake-street-sign/

Regret..?

13 Dec

I wonder if she will regret this…

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Google added street view to Memphis!

10 Dec

Last year when I planned a trip to Chicago, having never been there before I used Google maps street view to see the buildings so I knew what I was looking for. I then wished we had that in Memphis because it is great for directions and really cool. Well Yesterday they did it, Memphis now has Street View. I found my car:

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When you go to Google maps now you can choose any street in the city and click on “street view” or this little man (see picture) and it is as if you are walking down the street, you have a full 360º!

So how do they do it?

Google uses a 11 lens camera that is the size of a softball, it sits on top of a car as they drive the whole city. This is different from Google Earth which uses satellite images. Then they combine it all to one seamless view. Here is the camera:

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This is really interesting to me, maybe you aren’t as nerdy as me. I read a post from some guys who got to ride along with Google as the footage was being recorded, this blows my mind… you can play their footage and still do the full 360º! Play with this, hit play and you can drag the screen around… Poplar Mechanics

The camera : It is Immersive Media’s $45,000 Dodeca 2360… to much for me, and i don’t even need it because Google will do it all for me. They hope some day to have dudes like this walking through Central Park, going places the the VW Bug they use can’t go. Can you imagine seeing this guy in a park, it may freak me out a little bit. I Love Technology!immersive-cam-470