Re: birding-aus That gamblin' man John

Subject: Re: birding-aus That gamblin' man John
From: "Alex J. Saar" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 1999 06:02:20 +0800
>Combining both ideas, Luther suggests, would it be possible to design a
>three dimensional square crossword cake, perhaps with BA logos or pictures
>of Graham Pizzey around the side?      ( Vics note, NOT Kennett)
>  If someone could come up with a prototype which would go through a scanner

Hmmm. You couldn't use a scanner. That wouldn't work.

A megapixel digital camera on a tripod on a circular track would be an
excellent start. You need to be able to pan to get the panoramic effect,
and you might need to zoom as well. Or you might need to develop a track
around the "object" so that you can get the views from all sides. When you
have taken many multiple images, they are assembled using either QuickTime
VR (QTVR) or VRML (Virtual Reality Markup Language) if you want to use your
3D graphics in your web-pages.

For an idea of how it will look, visit:  (only if you have LOTS of time)
and follow the links to see some of the samples.

>(3D of course to pick up all the cubes - Windows/Composer will
>automatically convert bitmap graphics to JPEG format if you insert the
>image to an HTML file), we could then send in daily solutions to BA via
>email, get them reconstituted in the atlassing dept., and John, or the
>boss, could decide which one tastes best

Taste is more difficult to achieve.

If your QTVR was made during the production process for the "object" (that
is, while it was being cooked), then you could sample the flavour through
its smell. This is now possible over the web, with the recent development
of RealAroma(tm):
by the guys at Real. Their registered comment "It wasn't the dog."(R) is
probably a veiled reference (well, not too veiled) to Luther.

> and issue lifer ticks to the
>winner. It's a bit like the Fly Buys idea, the first one to fill their
>field guide gets a trip to Cape York with Klaus in the wet season.
>What do you reckon?  Clever dog Luth.

As for Fly Buys, it's more like the 1975 film:

Have fun

There's a very thin line between insanity and wherever it is that I am.

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