Notes & Queries contained this little snippet (not online, as far as I can tell, although the feature does have its own website, Notes & Queries
How many pixels would it take to make up the digital image that Harrison Ford repeatedly zooms in on in the film Blade Runner?
If we take the on-screen numbers shown in this screen literally, the final zoom level achieved is 3,852. Assuming that the video hardware used has the same properties as today’s graphics cards, a decent picture can be achieved on a standard TV set at 800 x 600 pixels. Multiplying one by other other means we need a minimum of around 1,800,00,00, or 1.8 gigapixels, for the starting image, which is a huge amount of detail from what is essentially a Polaroid photograph.
However, let’s not forget this is science fiction, and we can therefore invent any technology we desire. The way the image is manipulated implies that there is a 3D element to the photograph, as well as some kind of fractal compression. So it is possible that a technology would exist where the photograph consists of holographic fractals, each of which contains enough data to build the original image (I will take this opportunity to coin the term holofractacolography). In this case, the obvious answer is one.
Shaun Plumb, Reading.
confirms that Mr Plumb has indeed invented the nifty new term 'holofractacolography
'. Way back last year we mentioned glish's
, which was originally inspired by that particular Blade Runner
Artists Rika Dermineur and Stéphane Degoutin's Googlehouse
, a combination of Google Image search and cunning programming, building a virtual environment from other people's spaces. Thanks to Jacques at Mediatic
for the link.
Elsewhere. Designs for the World Trade Center
memorial have been unveiled / the forgotten band planet
, all your early 90s indie faves / excellent gig photos by Jutta Brandt
(via the cartoonist
) / more live photos by Pablo Chang
(who also photographs things
) / Bloggers Volume 1
, a Japanese magazine scanned by Waxy
. It has a great cover
/ the 10 most dangerous toys
). They forgot the happy fun ball
/ another Weather Project
Aerial images of England and Wales
, e.g. London
, mist, fog, clouds and sunset
), historical sites
, Forest of Dean
and the Lake District
(via Rogue Semiotics
). Related: Britain at 6.00am
, a photo competition being run by Radio 4’s Today
program. I like this
/ images of Tokyo
We have a new keyboard, nothing special (amazing what twenty quid buys you these days). But it makes words feel different
. No longer do they clack out in a rat-a-tat fashion. Instead, they're all damped and soft, like wading through wet leaves. I also swore blind that I'd never use a keyboard festooned with daft buttons like 'Favorites' and 'Web/Home'. However, it's hard to buy anything without them. So much for simplicity.