Archive for January, 2006

CSI nonsense has to stop!

Alright, first off, disclaimers out of the way, it is one of my favorite shows. Paritally because it’s scientific and all, but I also live for the image manipulation sequences.

Last night there was a scene where they are viewing survelliance tape. They stop the frame on this grainy, night shot, B/W tape, then zoom in on an area 1/1000 the size of the screen:

“There! That piece of paper. Zoom in on that” – wait for it….

“See if I can enhance that…” – get ready for some magic!

“What is it a barcode?” – looks like nasty pixels to me

“Looks like a PDF 417” – LOL, ROTFL, I am enhaling carpet at this point

“2 dimensional barcode” – wait it gets better

“can you decode it?” – of course!

“I think so” – tap, tap, tap on the keyboard … appropriate star trek like noise (hmmm maybe we should have that when we run Photoshop filters)…

then the image magically appears at 300 dpi

“OK, it’s an airline boarding pass” – jeez, the software was able to decode it

“…last night,Vegas to Philadephia, then on to Rome, and Sardinia

Well, at least I can give them credit for the PDF 417.

IPTC Panel tutorials on SAA

The Stock Artist Alliance has a nice set of video tutorials on getting started with the IPTC panels.

The tutorials were done a few months back by David Riecks. For those getting started in metadata and photography it is worth a look.

David runs which is a wonderful resource for metadata, tagging, vocabularies and all that good stuff.


Blog on

Finally got the blog setup, another New Year’s resolution checked off.

For other resolutions perhaps I need to be hassled once in a while. I love the tag line: “Because sometimes in life, you just need to be nagged…”