Thursday, May 21, 2009

My pics from yesterday

I do not have that many, but I thought it was interesting to try taking a picture of a clear glass object.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


This was at the Krannert Art Museum. As you moved by the exhibit, the pattern would change. I wanted to see if it had the same effect as seen through a camera. Not quite, but it still makes me dizzy! (I wish I'd thought to take a picture of the name of the exhibit...I did take pictures of other signs, but forgot with this one and it's driving me crazy now that I don't have it!)

Dr. Pitard Discussing the unique HP PTM Camera

Head of the Spurlock Museum, Dr. Wayne Pitard explains the HP PTM camera, a highly-specialized tool that helps digitally highlight the intricate details of ancient cylinder scrolls.

My favorite piece in Spurlock

Although there were MANY fascinating things in the Spurlock museum, I was drawn to the sculpture "Boy with a Goose" (ca 125 BC). This totally would have been my 3 year old son, had he lived in ancient Rome.

Capturing the Moment: Preserving Memories

Exploration: Learning the Campus

Our Concluding Remark

Alas, I am unable to upload our photo on this poor-excuse-of-a laptop this evening, the eve before our presentation at FSI 09, ... Nevertheless I will share our concluding remark about this Campus Tour Learning Group:

INTERRRRESTING (again rolled R!)
and sometimes funny!"
Dr. Duly & Co. ;-)

Creative Expression: Capturing Intricate Detail

Here are some interesting 'pattern' pictures:

Trial & Error

We could take pictures at the Spurlock Museum, but the flashes on our digital cameras needed to be turned off. I wasn't sure how to do this, so I took some test pictures in the lobby. (Even if I had the print manual with me, would I have read it?)

My Three Days with Learning Team

My past three days with learning team was a full of excitement. As the title "Seeing the Sights with A Digital Eye" implies, the program was not just an ordinary campus tour, but provided a good opportunity for me to rethink how digital imaging and video technology could change the way we teach, learn, and communicate. I would like to think about its technological potential in three ways. So here they are.

#1 Capturing: seize the moment

By human nature, we are better at forgetting than at memorizing. For that reason, communication technologies have evolved with the development of recording devices, which helped us expand our memory.

Nowadays, there are so many digital capturing devices to help us overcome our crucial weakness. No more notetaking and even typing on your netbook. One shutter click makes your instant moment forever. Here's my own example. Rather than taking notes, I just captured it in the gallery.

Can you see how easy it is? Or can you imagine what if I had to record the same info on a stone tablet like this?

#2 Discovery: see what can't be seen with bare eyes

It might be true that seeing is believing, but sometimes human eyes misguide our belief. What we want to see is often too far, too tiny, or too instant. For instance, how often do a NFL umpire rely on instant replay, such as slow motion video, to ensure the correct call?

Dr. Pitard's research on 360-degree images of Mesopotamian cylinder seals gives us a valuable lesson about the potential of digital imaging. Assisted by specially designed cameras and digital imaging technology, he uncovers hidden facts about the seals which is hard to be examined with bare eyes.

Here is another example from the NCSA tour on the first day. The research team constructs 3-D moving images of air streams.

Like these examples, the second potential of digital imaging and video technology is that it can help us explore hard-to-see objects and discover new facts beyond our naked eyes.

#3 Something ahead: new ways of storytelling

The last but most important aspect of digital technology is the fact that it can revolutionarily change the way we view and express our world. Rather than simply duplicating the reality, many photographers and videographers have already used photo and video to create new meanings by incorporating their creative and artistic skills into their works.

As seen from the Krannert Art Museum, artists and technicians are already experimenting the potential of digital technology for being new cultural storytellers.

With the popularity and availability of hardware and software, we don't have to be professional experts or highly-skilled artists. Now we are running around with digital cameras or camcorders, and taking photos/videos, and circulate them to the public via phone messaging, YouTube, Facebook, blogs, etc. Several software packages allow us to have professional quality works whenever editing and manipulation of the images is required. In this way, these new technologies can make a shift in the way we communicate.

In sum, I had a good time with the learning team to think about these three aspects of technology while visiting a number of cool places on campus. So here I did capture the moment, explore the campus, and tell my story.

Thanks to Robert and Rick!

JP's Pics from FSI 2009

Here are a ton of pics from
From FSI2009

JP Dunn Working on His Learning Team Stuff

A03- at NCSA - to be edited

Video from the 3D Visualization Room

Scenes from NCSA 3D Visualization Room

Chicago Mass Transit/Exodus

A02- On the way to NCSA

Continuing the trip after the Fountain Event:)

Art At the ceramic Buidling.

The Door!!! Notice the mulch.

Leads you to shelter too.

A01- Inaugurating the campus tour team!!

To start with. Gadgets on the table!!

The sight that started the team.

At work, Robert behind the scenes.
First Steps.