Whilst browsing through images tagged with “hitchcock” on Flickr, I came across this image by Paul Szynol:
My initial reaction was “that’s a cool scale model” and then I started reading the comments… my mind boggled when I realised it wasn’t a model, but a real photograph that’s undergone a process called “tilt-shift” (which is something I’d never heard of before).
According to Wikipedia:
Tilt-Shift Miniature Faking is a process in which a photograph of a real location or object is manipulated so that it looks like a photograph of a scale-model miniature. By distorting the focus of the photo, the artist fools the eye into believing that the distances in the photograph are much smaller than they really are.
A search on Flickr brings up hundreds of other tilt-shifted images, and I couldn’t resist having a go myself (a quick Google search show you how):
(the original image is here)
Here’s a few more…
By the way, if anyone would like an image “bookifying” then feel free to email it to me: email[at]daveyp.com
Stephen Abram (stephenslighthouse.sirsidynix.com)
(largest version – 3,420 book covers)
Sarah Houghton-Jan (librarianinblack.typepad.com)
(largest version – 4,680 book covers)
Casey Bisson (www.maisonbisson.com)
(largest version – 2,700 book covers)
Meredith Farkas (meredith.wolfwater.com)
(largest version – 3,000 book covers)
John Blyberg (www.blyberg.net)
(largest version – 4,080 book covers)
Jessamyn West (www.librarian.net)
(largest version – 2,040 book covers)
(largest version – 3,480 book covers)
Michael Casey (www.librarycrunch.com)
(largest version – 2,940 book covers)
note: the largest versions are hosted on my home PC, so you’ll probably have time to make a cup of coffee, run a bath, and rearrange your entire library stock by the colour of the spines before they finish downloading 😀
Just spotted that Ann Arbor now have suggestions on their OPAC — yay!
The suggestions on our OPAC are very much driven by books recommended on the student reading lists, so it’s going to be fun comparing suggestions from a public library to see how similar they are.
Taxi Driver (DVD) (Ann Arbor / Huddersfield)
Our DVD collection is mostly art films, with a few mainstream/popular titles thrown in, so our top suggestions include “City of God”, “Y tu mama tambien”, and “The Godfather”.
The Ann Arbor suggestions are a much broader range — from “The Aristocrats” thru to “King Kong”, via “The Killers” (1946)
The Hobbit (Ann Arbor / Huddersfield)
This almost looks like a LibraryThing unsuggestion, but our only suggestion is for “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus”!
The Ann Arbor suggestions include lots more Tolkein, along with quite a few GA McKevett titles.
Ulysses (Ann Arbor / Huddersfield)
We’ve got an interesting selection of classics, poetry, and classical music (inc. Mozart, Nyman, and Bartok).
The Ann Arbor suggestions include at least three books on how to pay for college, along with books by Asimov and Stephen Baxter.
I’d love to see more libraries offering suggestions. Imagine if you were able to easily compare your borrowing trends with other libraries — how much common ground would there be, and how much to local demographics come into play?
Iman and Jonathan’s comments on my previous post got me wondering how accurate searching by the average colour of a book cover would actually be…
Here’s a quick & dirty prototype:
It’s so quick & dirty that you’ll need to enter a hex value for the colour you want to search for (e.g. FF8C00 or 9370D8) — if you’re not that familiar with the hex values, then try this page.
Alternatively, just hit the “pick random colour” button to make something up!
There are currently around 12,000 book covers that it knows the average colour for, but I’ll keep adding more once I’ve finished indexing them.
It’s not often that the area where we live gets a mention on the BBC News web site:
“Homes evacuated amid factory fire”
…in fact, the last time might well have been this story about a local inventor who was attacked by a squirrel.
Unfortunately the main road where we live is still closed by the police, so it’s going to be fun getting back home tonight!
Now this is why I have absolutely zero interest in getting a job in London:
BBC News: Table-sized flat for Â£170,000
In case you’re not from around these parts, that’s:
- $336,074 US dollars
- â‚¬259,428 Euros
- $426,364 Australian dollars
- 3,664,289 Mexican pesos
- 14,821,889 India rupees
As a comparison, our 3 bedroom period terraced cottage (which is actually 2 cottages knocked together) set in a lovely rural location with oodles of wildlife cost us just Â£70,000.
Were you caught on the hop by the merger of Sirsi and Dynix?
Did the Ex Libris acquisition of Endeavor take you by surprise?
Were you amazed by the breaking news that LibraryThing is going to buy out Talis?
If the answer to any of the above is “yes”, then you need the…
Library Predict-o-matic 3000