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Thursday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 29 Jan 2009

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: I realize I may be late to the party for Microsoft’s Photosynth tool, but I’m glad that I’ve finally arrived. I got turned on to it by the NPR show Talk of the Nation, which devoted a segment Wednesday to the tool’s many applications. In a nut shell, Photosynth combines photos […]

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PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: I realize I may be late to the party for Microsoft’s Photosynth tool, but I’m glad that I’ve finally arrived. I got turned on to it by the NPR show Talk of the Nation, which devoted a segment Wednesday to the tool’s many applications. In a nut shell, Photosynth combines photos of a common places to create a virtual walk through of the space. The more the pictures, the more of a frame-by-frame feel the experience has.

Photosynth was put to great use on inauguration day. As you can imagine, there were thousands of photos taken and uploaded of the event, and the result is almost a better-than-being-there experience. If you could fly around the preceedings like a ghost, this is what it might look like.

To view the collections of photos, you have to download the application on the Photosynth Web site (it only took me a minute or so). After you do that, though, you can use the search function to find whatever collection interests you. This being Art&Seek and all, I looked around for something local and artsy and stumbled upon a tour of the outside of the Kimbell Art Museum. More than 600 photos come together for this one, and it’s kinda like taking a walk around the building (if you took three steps each time you blinked).

Maybe if we build up our Flick group page a little more with local scenery we can create one of our own?

TOGETHER AGAIN: Over at guidelive.com, Lawson Taitte tells the story of local actors Matthew Stephen Tompkins and Chuck Huber, who share the stage this weekend in Stage West‘s The Seafarer. The two have been pals since co-starring in the Dallas Theater Center‘s 2003 production of Hamlet and The Seafarer marks their on-stage reunion.

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