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Point and Shoot

by on Jun.02, 2013, under Animals, Consumer, Education, Environment, History, Media, Nature, Technology

If you live in the U.S. and wondered who made the first movie camera, you were probably told that it was Thomas Edison. Edison-cine It's typical of the U.S., as it used to be in Western Europe, to ignore scientific and technological discoveries until we reveal them for ourselves. Not to belittle his accomplishments, but much of Edison's success was in making practical the inventions of others, and his business acumen. kinetoscope-1 Edison took the Zoopraxiscope invented by English photographer Eadweard Muybridge and turned it into the first true motion picture peepshow.

Old Fashioned Peep Show

In 1882, a few years before Edison created the modern pornographic movie industry, French scientist Étienne-Jules Marey wanted to capture the motion of birds and small animals to study their movement, a discipline known as chronophotography.

Etienne Jules Marey Seated In Laboratory

He invented the Fusil Photographique, or "photographic rifle", which allowed Marey to track his subjects while shooting his images, effectively developing the technique of "panning" the camera.


The magazine holds a light sensitive gelatin emulsion plate that's big enough for 25 frames. The exposure is through one of the 12 shutters in front of the plate and the camera could take 12 exposures a second.


Focusing was accomplished by changing the length of the barrel.


It predates the reflex camera. It's a point-and-shoot.

marey3The ultimate result is a collection of images that are viewed in rapid sequence.


We suggest a few basic rules:

  • Know when it's loaded.
  • Don't put your finger on the trigger until you're ready to shoot.
  • Don't have a finger in front of the barrel.

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Inside Edition

by on Sep.30, 2012, under Animals, Education, Health, Nature, Technology

Groucho Marx said, "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." It's also too dark for photos. Before ultrasound, the only way to take a picture of the developing fetus would be to get a camera and flash inside the uterus. There weren't many photographers with the right qualifications. The Ultrasound has been the standard since its introduction in the 1960's. Improvements have made ultrasound more accessible, and has improved the image quality. But it still doesn't show a lot of detail.

Are there eight puppies or ten? How many are male? Are there any physical anomalies? Since there are still things that a monkey with a camera can't photograph, we have Four Dimensional Imaging.

Four dimensional imaging can be done with spectrometers, x-rays, and ultrasound among other things. The details are beyond what we can cover in this short article. But the results are stunning. This cute little creature is obviously a dog.

Although at this stage it looks an awful lot like this rat.

Closer to its gestation period of around nine weeks, this puppy looks like he's ready to play.

The gestation period for an Asian Elephant is around 22 months, but after 12 months she already looks complete.

After the same 12 months, this dolphin is just about ready for his first swim.

Scientists captured the images for a National Geographic Documentary called "Animals in the Womb". The four dimensional ultrasound doesn't just work on mammals. No eggs were scrambled for these images.

This baby penguin will wait about 63 days before he hatches.

And then he can find his rightful place in the ecosystem as the great cycle of nature continues.

Alternate ending

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Take Your Best Shot

by on Apr.08, 2012, under Animals, Nature, Recreation, Technology, Weapons

A lot of people see something in National Geographic or on the Nature Channel and feel the romance of being a nature photographer. A love of wildlife is paramount, and you have to be comfortable working in a lot of different environments, some merely unpleasant and some downright dangerous. And there's the danger of looking like a dork. You don't bring a camera to a gunfight.

If you're hoping to shoot a lion, it's not going to feel threatened by a camera.

Brothers Randall and Michael Gregg say they came up with the idea of the hunting camera after failing to shoot a deer on a recent trip. The day after deer hunting season finished, they spotted an animal and instead took a picture through the rifle’s scope. The pair said this inspired their prototype rifle. "The rifle scope with crosshairs serves as the camera lens which is able to zoom in on intended subject and date/time stamp the shot," they say on the website they have set up to raise funds for the project. Surprise your friends and family. Imagine their expression when they learn that you're just taking a photo. Because it's a camera and not a war toy, you can let your children play with them without guilt.
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A Family Affair

by on Sep.04, 2011, under Crime, Family, Kids, Parenting, Recreation

When you find someone incredibly attractive and irresistible, you might not care what society or your family thinks. Blood may be thicker than water, but you can always thin it out with alcohol. Richard Finlayson, 21, and his sister Kirsty, 18, accompanied by an unidentified 11 year old boy were at Motherwell Station in Lanarkshire, Scotland when they spotted the perfect location for a romantic tryst.

Caught by a surveillance camera, the love-stricken pair abandoned the 11 year old boy on the platform and went into the elevator to enjoy intimate relations, all recorded by the camera in the elevator. The clip shows them exiting the elevator, then re-entering a short time later to do another take in case the first one wasn't properly recorded.

The attractive couple

As they left the second time Richard gave Kirsty a £20 note. The inseparable siblings were later arrested by police after a railway worker at Motherwell Station raised the alarm. Last night a family friend said the revelations had left the pair's family "destroyed". The court was told Kirsty Finlayson had admitted the sordid act to police. But she denied she'd had sex for cash— while Richard said he gave her the £20 "as a brother, not for payment".  
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Media Doll

by on Jan.11, 2011, under Kids, Technology, Toys

Barbie has been the favorite doll of several generations. Since Malibu Barbie first appeared in 1959, she has held positions as an astronaut (1965), Olympic skier, gymnast, skater, doctor, surgical nurse, ballerina, and flight attendant. Talking Barbie, introduced in 1968, spoke phrases like, "I have a date tonight!" and "I love being a fashion model!". Her spoken repertoire was updated in 1994 to reflect how modern women are valued in society with phrases like "Math is hard!".

In 1980 Barbie went multiculture with Black Barbie, Hispanic Barbie, and "Oriental Barbie", along with the international Italian Barbie, Parisian Barbie, and Royal UK Barbie. Western Barbie followed, and Native American Barbie was introduced in 1993.

All it takes is a little more brown dye.

Black barbies can't actually swim

But other than new costumes, the most significant change to Barbie in the past decade was her breakup with the suspiciously metrosexual Ken, after 43 years together with no action.

Ken becomes more comfortable with his gay nature over time

What's next for Barbie?

What if you combine Barbie with a Teletubbie?

You get Barbie Video Girl, with a built-in hidden video camera and TV screen. Of course you can still buy the traditional accessories, and some new ones.

Like all little girls, even the FBI is excited about this doll.

The FBI has issued a warning to law enforcement agencies over a new Barbie doll saying it could be used as a dangerous tool for pedophiles. The agency put out a “cyber crime alert” regarding the Barbie Video Girl, which features a built-in camera above the doll’s chest and a small screen on its back, where children can view videos they have recorded. The alert told law enforcement agencies to “be aware of unconventional avenues for possible production and possession of child pornography, such as the Barbie Video Girl.”

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Sleeping With One Eye Open

by on Aug.25, 2010, under Health, Media, Technology

Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.

When Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence decided to have his badly damaged eye removed from its socket, he chose to replace it not with a prosthetic eye, but with a wireless camera. The decision was easy for him.

''Every person I know who's lost an eye immediately thinks, 'I should think about getting a camera,' '' he said.

Rob Spence with conventional prosthetic eye

Spence has been legally blind in his right eye for years.  He injured the eye as a child while mishandling a gun. Several operations were attempted to restore sight, but doctors eventually suggested he have it removed.

''As soon as I knew the eye was coming out, I thought about the camera and I started making the calls,'' Spence, now 36, says.

We have the technology. It just needs some refinement.

Spence and a team of engineers and eye specialists developed an eye-camera, a miniature camera and wireless transmitter fitted into his eye.

Spence, also known as Eyeborg, sports a 1.5 millimetre-square low-resolution video camera, a round circuit board, a video transmitter and a three-volt rechargeable battery, all contained in the clear acrylic used to make prosthetic eyes.

Development is progressing on other space age prosthetics.

Until everyone on earth can enjoy them.

Universal health care.

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Google Public Invasion of Privates

by on Jul.05, 2010, under Media, Parenting, Technology

An English woman is outraged after Google Street View published a picture of her three-year old son on-line. Louis Mears, 3, was out playing in his grandmother's garden in Walkden, Greater Manchester, when the Google Street View camera car rolled by, taking a series of pictures as it went.  One shot showed his backside, and another showed his face, with the rest of his body shielded by a fence.

Louis wearing the same shoes he had on in the garden

Claire Rowlands, Louis's 25 year old mother, was outraged, and accused Google of invading her son's privacy.  Her son was completely naked, except for a pair of shoes, when she allowed him to parade around in the garden. 'I just felt sick to my  stomach when I saw the naked picture of Louis on the internet. I'm angry,  disgusted and upset about it - they should be checking every image before it  goes up," she said. 'They should be extra careful on warm days because this is what children do - he was just playing in the garden and we didn't expect in a  million years he'd have his picture taken and put on the internet for anyone to see.  It's such a clear image, I see it as an indecent photograph - my  concern is that paedophiles could see it and there's no way I ever wanted my son to be seen naked all over the world.  Louis was on private property. Surely residents should be asked if they're happy to have their pictures taken before this is allowed to happen." Google blurred the image within an hour after it was reported.  Automobile license plates are automatically blurred by Google's software, but it doesn't work for features of human anatomy.

Louis's bare butt before blurring

A Google spokesman said,  "We take issues around inappropriate content in our products very seriously, and we removed the image in question within an hour of being notified. For us, privacy and user choice remain paramount. This is why we have put  in place tools so that if people see what they believe to be inappropriate they can report them to us using the simple tools and the images will be quickly  removed. We apologise for any inadvertent concern this may have  caused." No wonder Claire Rowlands is so shocked.  With the hundreds of thousands of images captured, it was just a matter of time before the street view cameras caught something out of the ordinary.

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