Posts Tagged 'BBC'

Sochi Image Sequences

Many of the high energy and acrobatic events at the Sochi Winter Olympics happened at huge speed, with twists and turns blending into one movement.  Blink and you’ll miss the fractions of seconds that separate many of the top riders.

This speed, however, has prompted the likes of the BBC and The New York Times to produce stunning composite images of some of the ski and snowboard events (click through any of the images to view larger).

Austrian Alpine Skier Marcel Hirscher clearing a gate
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Canadian Snowboarder Mark McMorris landing two triple corks
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And this incredible sequence from American Sage Kotsenburg‘s gold medal winning run.
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Then you have Henry Stuart‘s impressive 360degree images.  Head over to his page to be able to zoom and navigate amongst them all.  A couple of my favourites are the Mens Moguls and the Ski Jumping.

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Some creative and fantastic photography all round.

David Attenborough’s Wonderful World

Agency RKCR/Y&R has created a rather lovely homage to David Attenborough’s latest appearance on the BBC.  It is thought that the recent Frozen Planet series will be Attenborough’s last for the BBC, and this is a rather fitting tribute demonstrating what a truly wonderful world he has documented over the years.

If you didn’t manage to catch David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet on BBC, then make sure you head over to iPlayer to catch it while you still can.  I thoroughly recommend it.

World Cup Graphics

After I was forced to listen to the opening game of the World Cup via the internet in the office I naturally relied upon web based graphics and the stream of instant text updates.  Honestly I was impressed at how good some of the graphics were, giving real-time updates as an instantaneous snapshot of the game.

Naturally my first stop for the live text streaming was the BBC Sport site, lovely stuff (sadly I missed getting a screen grab of the opener but here are this evenings, you get the idea).

The graphics are so good in fact you don’t even need words.  I can immediately see all the crucial data giving a continuously updated image of the game.  Brilliant.  Sadly these graphics are only available when ITV are showing the game, when BBC have the game the graphics give way to a live stream of the actual match.  Not complaining, that’s just not the point of this post is all.

I have since found that excellent World Cup graphics don’t stop on the screen either, The Guardian offered a sterling “unofficial mtachday programme” for England v USA.  In fact the whole layout of this programme impressed me.

Please excuse the low-res Blackberry camera photos.

The Guardian also offers its own web based graphics in an interactive map here.  Focussing on how the countries actually got to the finals it shows what is essentially a lot of information both simply and remarkably effectively.

And then there is this.  Everything you wanted to know about the World Cup stadiums in one place, seriously.

View it large here, it’s really quite impressive.

Other notable graphics include this (pointed out by Full Beard) and this interactive, trophy tracking piece from Coca Cola.

All that and more than three weeks of world class football still to come.

Bye Bye Floppy Disks

You may or may not have heard, and you may or may not be surprised, that Sony have recently decided to cease production of their floppy disks.  Sony are (were) the largest manufacturer of floppy discs and this announcement essentially commits the 3.5″ storage device to the great electronics scrapheap in the sky.

Although I still own a USB disk drive (somewhere), their 1.44MB of space would barely allow for a single image taken on most digital cameras nowadays (let alone trying to squeeze the disk inside one!) so it’s no wonder that demand has dropped.  Apple‘s G3 iMac launched with no 3.5″ disk support back in 1998, maybe with huge foresight or maybe they were simply 10years too early and missed out on a bundle of sales, but whatever the reason was Sony have now decided that the time has come for them too.

When I was reading about this in the news, it reminded me of a set of posters I came across a while ago which illustrate just how many floppy disks it would take to install and run some of our most commonly used software today.  I do remember my childhood in front of an Atari and once we came across a floppy disk that had two games on it (two!), what a day that was.  Imagine trying to install Photoshop from that many discs, and then having space to store them!

Posters are available from Antrepo and the artworks are by Emre Basak.

That makes approximately 46 disks for iTunes 8, 358 for Photoshop CS4, 1760 for Sims 3 and a paultry 12 for Firefox 3.  Staggering that we even used them isn’t it!

I guess if you’re reading this from outside Europe you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about, Sony sold an apparent 12million floppy discs in Japan alone last year!

For a few of us Europeans it does seem that we hold these retro treasures close to our hearts, even if adapting their primary function for something else.  From beer mats in a retro themed pub, to ice scrapers for your car and even current CNC machine software, you can read and be inspired by the BBC’s 40 reasons we still use floppy disks.  Have you stumbled across an alternative use  for them, or are they just gathering dust in a drawer somewhere?

Also, do browse the “Floppy Disk Retrospective” gallery on Flickr, it’s a visual treat (especially this not so saucy pic of Bill Gates showing off).


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