Wednesday Afternoon Open Thread

Hopefully, there will be more important news than Obama's birth certificate and the Royal Wedding today.

On the Royal Wedding and security, I wonder if MI5 and the Metropolitan Police will be using GigaPan. Check out this gigapan photo of Obama's inauguration. No more getting lost in a crowd. You can see the face of each individual in the crowd on 2 million in focus.

Double click on any area in the picture to bring the person closer. Or, just click the mouse and use the mouse wheel to bring them closer. Or scoot it around to closeups of the people around them, like you would on a map. The picture was taken with a robotic 1474 megapixel camera (295 times the standard 5 megapixel camera.) If something goes wrong during the event, every one attending can be scanned afterwards. (Hat tip to criminal defense attorney Steve Salter of Birmingham, AL.)

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Too creeped out... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by kdog on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 02:06:55 PM EST
    to even play with the "1.21 gigawatt!!!" spy camera thingy.

    Forgive us lord we know not what we do.

    I randomly clicked on it (none / 0) (#3)
    by nycstray on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 02:12:18 PM EST
    turned out I clicked on the press section and could identify some of the folks very clearly . . . yikes. Amazing they still let the camera guys get under those lil' hoodie things while shooting. Can't see what they are really doing under them . . . :P

    I pass this on from the Royal Wedding thread (none / 0) (#1)
    by Dadler on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 01:52:44 PM EST
    Important history there, (none / 0) (#6)
    by jeffinalabama on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 02:41:11 PM EST
    although I was unfamiliar with the bible reference. Any other good information, such as the legend of The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch and its location?

    Wasn't it one of the lesser relics from the Crusades?


    That's wild (none / 0) (#4)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 02:24:41 PM EST

    They Did Something Like That for... (none / 0) (#5)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 02:30:39 PM EST
    ... the Final Four, but with the ability to tag yourself.  360 degree pic.

    They call it FanCam, Check it:


    You can practically (none / 0) (#7)
    by desertswine on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 04:08:28 PM EST
    read the music on the stands in front of the orchestra members.

    Four tornados so far today (none / 0) (#8)
    by jeffinalabama on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 04:23:23 PM EST
    in my county-- not just warnings, tornadoes. People are posting videos and pics on facebook. It's a wild weather ride in north alabama today!

    It's coming (none / 0) (#9)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 04:50:25 PM EST
    this way and has already done a bunch of damage in northern Ga.

    How You Two Holding Up ? (none / 0) (#10)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 08:32:06 AM EST
    Looks bad on the news, a Crimson student with some sort of communications background filmed easily the best footage of the the worse tornado I have ever seen.  Tuscaloosa looks demolished.