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…It’s Website Wednesday: Flickr Panda?

Flickr Panda

Flickr’s “Explore” is Flirkr’s front page, “an introductory collection of ever-changing photos to show people the kinds of things inside the site”.

However, Explore can only highlight about 500 images per day, and since there are five thousand new images uploaded to Flickr every minute, plenty of high quality images never make it onto Explore.

To help highlight some of the other images that Flickr users have submitted, Flickr created the Flickr: Panda, a rainbow vomiting panda that spews photos from its mouth at a rate of about one every two seconds, or 43,000+ photos per day.

It might not be the front page, but how often can you say that your photo was spit up by a rainbow spewing panda bear?

[Flickr – Panda]

…Iran loves Photoshop (and missiles)?

Missiles

Apparently Iran is not interested in threatening the world with its missile prowess after all.

Instead, it’s decided to impress everyone with its mastery of Photoshop’s clone stamp tool.

If you happened to have missed it, an image of four Iranian missiles shooting skyward circled through the media recently, with small, local outlets jumping on board and publishing the image on their front page. Guilty as charged included The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune, and several other newspapers, as well as BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, NYTimes.com, and many other major news Web sites. What they all failed to notice was that if you look closely, a few of those missiles look a bit too much alike.

Either someone in Sepah News decided that three missiles just wasn’t enough for the shock and awe that they were going for, or an overzealous intern got a bit too happy with their new found skills, but either way, it just goes to show you that even the most basic photo editing skills are enough to fool news editors in need of a few extra sales.

Anybody want to buy my picture of Bush holding a baby in his arms and a grenade in his teeth?

[Via: New York Times Blog]

…It’s Website Wednesday: CGSphere?

Sphere Project

The Sphere Project is a place “dedicated to the evolution of technical and creative 3D sphere design”, where 3D creatives can go to show off their handiwork.

The goal is to create a captivating and visually appealing sphere from the provided sphere scene using a 3D program and renderer of choice. Anyone is allowed to submit, provided they follow the rules, and a voting system brings the best submissions to the top. Clever ideas, thoughtful execution, technical expertise, and dazzing presentation are all considered, and the making the front page means you’re among the best of the best.

Spheres

Submitted spheres can focus on modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering and compositing modifications, or a combination of any of the above, though above all, creativity and cleverness will win over most of the judges.

Why a sphere?

    The sphere is arguably one of the most basic and fundamental primitives in computer graphics. Its uniformly curved structure allows for wide field of view coverage, as well as full diffuse tonal range shading. When reflective, its convex shape can reveal more of it’s surrounding environment than any other primitive, and when refractive it can bend surrounding light into a single concentrated caustic point. The sphere is an inherent form chaotically evident in nature and continually apparent in man-made designs. From the smallest atomic structures to the largest planetary globes, the sphere continues to be perhaps the most common geometric form in existence.

Think you have what it takes?

[CGSphere – Sphere Project]

[Via: Core77]

…Michael Millhouse looks great in photos?

Lewiston Tribune

You just can’t make this stuff up!

On December 14, the Lewiston Tribune put a surveillance camera photo on their front page of a man in a black-and-blue checkered coat that had stolen the wallet of an unaware convenience-store customer.

Directly above that picture, the Lewiston Tribune put a photo of Michael Millhouse decorating a window with holiday spirit.

In a black-and-blue checkered coat!

Police quickly made the connection, and Michael was arrested on charges of theft.

Talk about good timing!

[Lewiston Tribune Front Page]

[Via: Very Short List]