This is CS50 VR, coming Fall 2016

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Another fun but not very scientific color vision test.


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The Ruins of Syria

Dumbarton Oaks Acquires a New Collection of Images

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‘Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections’ Review: A Trove of Beautiful Books (via WSJ)

“In the era of disembodied texts on Kindles, it’s easy to forget that books used to be created entirely by hand.1

[Missal (use of Noyon) : manuscript, [ca. 1240-ca. 1250]

1Scherer, B. L. (2016, Sep 13). ‘Beyond words: Illuminated manuscripts in boston collections’ review: A trove of beautiful books; in the era of disembodied texts on kindles, it’s easy to forget that books used to be created entirely by hand. Wall Street Journal (Online) Retrieved from…

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MIT Media Lab has a “Camera Culture” research group that is bumming me out.

MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture group has an interesting list of projects (#vagueUnderstanding), including ones that allow cameras to see through surfaces and around corners. Ugh.

They claim a goal of “Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection”, but I smell military/espionage/law-enforcement applications.

[I wonder when the first museum of privacy will open, and where.]

Reading closed books:

Seeing around corners:

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Lectures on Digital Photography

Stanford professor, Marc Levoy’s, course description:

“An introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography. Topics include lenses and optics, light and sensors, optical effects in nature, perspective and depth of field, sampling and noise, the camera as a computing platform, image processing and editing, and computational photography. We will also survey the history of photography, look at the work of famous photographers, and talk about composing strong photographs.”

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The A to Z of social media for academia

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Finding Degas’s Lost Portrait With a Particle Accelerator


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Factum Arte


One of the most exciting and innovative groups in preservation and imaging today, Factum Arte, has worked with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on an upcoming exhibit of treasured manuscripts. As part of the project, it was necessary to design and build a new book scanner for these extremely fragile works.
See the press release here:…
and about the book scanner here:…

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Explore the Apollo 11 Command Module in 3D

“For the first time, you can peek inside the craft that enabled “one giant leap for mankind”

FYI: The model is build from “3D data from 6 different sensors into one 3D model. 400GB+ of data compressed into a model that will load online.”

Apollo 11 3D

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