You know the parallax effect. Maybe you do not know that you know the effect. In case you are not convinced, imagine the following. There is a background, a midground and a foreground. If you move, the foreground moves before your eyes fastest and the perceived movement gets slower the more it is set in the background.
I built such a picture in powerpoint. The mountains are in the background, the trees are in the midground and the word is in the foreground.
I also added some animation. I used the animation path to get the elements to move and set the starting time to the same point. I started with the settings you see in the picture. This was too fast. A little movement is enough. The midground seemed to look OK with a maximum of double the way compared to the background. The foreground can be twice to three times the speed.
There is one thing which I deem important: In order to create a realistic scenery the way the speeds behave to each other have to be the same as the distances of the different planes (back-, middle- and foreground) to the vanishing point. If the area is very wide, you might also keep the background still and just move the mid- and foreground. If your scenery is on the inside consider moving the background in the different direction and keeping the midground where it is.
Feel free to download the powerpoint and use it to play with the settings. If you need help, let me know.
A wonderful video on a variety of things, including learning and teaching to see. Make sure to check out Edward Tufte’s website if you love such things. I learned a lot from his books (and I am still saving to attend a seminar).
I was looking for the origin of the quote “Failure is not an option.”. You find some interesting sources. I still do not know if the source I found is the right one.
I really love the spirit in this quote. And the fact that the origin lies within someone from the Apollo 13 project makes it even more interesting.
All of you who have been to Miniaturwunderland in Hamburg know the little details. One of my favorites was mashed up into a wallpaper. I even created a diver icon for the cows!
If you hear Hamburg you can think of many things: You think of musicals, water, Reeperbahn, St. Pauli, Kiez, Elbe, Alster, Sternschanze, Altona and many more. I especially fell in love with all the reflections and lights. The following picture is made of 4 straight out of camera snapshots, stitched, cropped and finally I added a frame. Enjoy and add Hamburg to your vacation list.
It was raining cats and dogs. Other people might consider this bad weather for a wedding or for being outside. But fortunately two lovely people said Yes to each other yesterday, at least officially because they must have said it to each other a long time ago. And yesterday evening I sat with the usual suspects and we had fun at the wedding. And we had something in common with the happy couple.
You might wonder what the QR-code in the teaser image meant. That’s how we met.
Altough QR codes (kind of two dimensional bar codes) are heavily used in advertisment these days, they are also used as part of a game. And the name of the game is Munzee. Munzee is a GPS game (if you know geocaching the concept is not new to you) where you hunt QR codes in the wild. You get points by capturing (meaning: scanning) them actively or even passive (when your codes are scanned).
First you have to find these Munzees. They are mostly stickers which were hidden and you cannot believe how something can hide in plain sight until you tried to find some. Finding and capturing means collecting points and by collecting points you level up and… …you will meet some people.
For more info on the game and to load the apps to your phone go to http://www.munzee.com/
Apparently I even met two people who were brave enough to take the step into marriage. So what do you bring to a wedding if you are a bunch of people who are into the same game? Yes: game stuff.
You already saw the QR stencil. Usually these gamepieces are as big as approximately 4-6 keys from your keyboard. Looked like a lot of work to cut out the stencil… With the support of Munzee.com it was possible to get a special icon for the happy couple and with some crafty hands this icon was turned into a greeting card. When opened it looks like a heart. The signatures were QR codes themselves. And there was even a Munzee puzzle!
The following pictures contain artwork and bodyparts of Karin, Bernhard, Barbara, Ina, Trixi, Florian, Gerhard, Monika and me. And you cannot see him, but there was the moral support of Emil.