Archive for August, 2009

Timestamps

Monday, August 10th, 2009

In doing this new geotagging thing, I’ve found that my photos are slightly off on the map. I know there’s an offset option in the program, but I still went ahead and fixed the clock on my camera. It was 4 minutes and 21 seconds behind, so if you see photos that don’t look like they are where they are supposed to be – this is why.

Geotagged Photos from Elk Mountain

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

I did it finally!  I’ve been dying to play around with syncing my GPS logging with all the photos I take along the way for a few weeks now – just ask Sean.  This evening I got a little bit of time so I did some quick searching online and found a sweet free and opensource program called gpicsync which does exactly what I need!  Check out this link below to see an example:

I went up Elk Mountain this afternoon with Sheena – we hiked 9.90km and saw some neat tiny frogs along the way!  I’ve managed to quickly drop all my photos along the trail with that neat program according to the time and location they were taken!  I just need a few more hours to program a script to do all the small bits of work that it requires.  Then I can pretty much automate the process and have it geotag them in no time!

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Cycling Seawall & Downtown

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Just got back from biking around downtown and on the seawall with Sean and Brian! Check out our tracks I recorded via GPS!

We clocked 20km in about 1 hour 40 minutes – I’ll post more track details later when I get home and such.

UPDATE:

Alright – I’ve got all the photos online in my web albums, and also available geotagged on a google maps interface!  And lastly here’s some more stats info (phew, I’m a geek!):

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HD-DVD Strikes Back?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

cbhd-logoApparently there is a new(ish) format rising out of China, at 1/4 the cost with only a 10-15% loss in quality.  Even the players are 40% cheaper than Blu-ray players.  With the way the world is turning towards China, we very well may see the return of this new version of the HD-DVD format come back to battle Blu-ray once more!

This new format is called China Blue Hi-definition Disk (CBHD).  Identical to the HD DVDs, they have a max capacity of 30 GB.  Currently there’s a number of studios that have announced they will be releasing 100 titles on this format, including the whole Harry Potter series.  These discs will be on sale for approximately between $7.25 and $10.15 USD!

Personally I’m not convinced we’ll start to see anything really about this format on a consumer level for quite some time, if ever.

Hiking The Lions

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

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This morning I woke up just past the crack of dawn and headed up to hike The Lions!  The total round trip took Lisa and I 6 hours and 50 minutes, including a 45 minute break that we took sitting on top of the West Lion.  The total trek was 17km, including our actual climb up the West Lion.  It wasn’t in the books, but there was a creepy rope path/climb that took about 30 minutes to actually summit the Lion.  You can check out our GPS log on Google Maps, check out the 175 photos in my web albums, or click on the image below to check out the high-res panorama shot I stitched from the top!

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Lastly, here’s the other data logged by my GPS on the hike, logged by My Tracks.  The battery did cut out on our descent so it isn’t completely accurate.

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