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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

50 years

I was born on Wednesday, November 1, 1961 at 9:45 in the morning. That means that today, I will be 50 years according to the calendar. But how old am I really? The tropical year, the time that it takes for the seasons to return, is said to be 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45.19 seconds. Today, around 12:23 in the afternoon, it will be 50 tropical years since I was born. But the tropical year is shorter than the sidereal year, the time taken by the Earth to orbit the Sun once with respect to the fixed stars, namely 365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes, and 9.76 seconds. That means that, tomorrow night (November 2) at 5:23 it will be 50 sidereal years after I was born. The average anomalistic year, the time taken for the Earth to complete one revolution with respect to its apsides, is 365 days, 6 hours, 13 minutes, and 52.6 seconds. That means that, tomorrow morning at 9:19 it will be 50 average anomalistic years since I was born.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Palindrome date

Today is a palindrome date when written like 11/02/2011, 2011.11.02, or 11/2/11.

Zaterday, November 5, 2011

De Tijd Zelf

At 12:06:08, I bought the book De Tijd Zelf (Time Itself) by Harry Mulisch, ISBN:9789023468042, from De Bijenkorf for € 17.90. This is a posthumous publication of an incomplete novella of only 20 pages, followed by essays, notes, facsimile of documents, and diary notes. In the evening, I first started reading the essay by Marita Mathijsen and found some remarks about another never finished novel by Mulisch De Ontdekking van Moskou (The Discovery of Moscow).

Friday, November 11, 2011


Today, is again one of these special dates. First of all it is a same number date. But it is also a Palindrome date according to the formats DD-MM-YY, MM/DD/YY, and YY.MM.DD. Here in the Netherlands, but also other countries like Germany it is also the opening of the carnival with the elferrat having their first meeting at 11:11 in the morning.

Voodoo Camera Tracker

This evening, I downloaded the Voodoo Camera Tracker (which involves Structure from Motion) and tried to make it work with the pictures of some plant that I took on September 13. So far, no success, but maybe the pictures are simply too hard for the feature recognition and matching algorithms.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Structure from Motion

This afternoon, I tried some other Structure from Motion tools. I found some interesting leads in the "Turning photo into 3D" thread on the Blender artists forum. I downloaded Insight 3D and played with it for a few hours. The nice thing is that you can run the camera calibration on manually created feature points. But the method for entering and editing features points is still somewhat clumsy. This could be strongly improved by adding some simply shortcuts. I also tried Autodesk 123D Catch, which offers a 'cloud' service for creating a 3D model. I have uploaded a video on YouTube that follows the a path along the 7 original pictures I took. I also tried ARC 3D Webservice: A Family of Web Tools for Remote 3D Reconstruction. The results could be watched in MeshLab, but it seems that something has gone wrong with the texture generation for the mesh. All structure from motion systems I have tested so far, are rather weak at detecting edges. What I am looking for is a kind of reverse ray-tracing system, that would allow you to model, like for example Blender, but would shown the pictures projected on it, so that you could see if the model matches the pictures. For example, on the leaves in the pictures there are several pine needles, and I would like to model these as such. The tool should somehow help me to model these, and then also take these in account when generating the texture of the leaves beneath them. They should not be visible on those textures. Maybe some commecial packages do have these kind of abilities.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fixing Samsung NC10 netbook

This morning, I made an attempt to repair Anne-Ester, the Samsung NC10 netbook according to the instructions given on Wikipedia to fix the "white screen problem". This problem already has been occuring for some time, but lately it was happening more frequently. FJF, my Samsung NC10 netbook also suffers from the "white screen problem", but not as much and mostly only the first ten minutes after start-up.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Quantum theorem shakes foundations

The news item Quantum theorem shakes foundations on refers to the preprint The quantum state cannot be interpreted statistically on arXiv. I tried to read the introduction, and although I do not understand it fully, the basic argument seems to be rather simple. Sometimes this is a sign that the article is flawed, but later on the maths in the article gets rather complicated, and especially the appendices are full of very complicated mathematical formulea. The paper is written by Matthew F. Pusey, a PhD student at Imperial College in London, and his two supervisors: Jonathan Barrett (Department of Mathematics, Royal Holloway, University of London), and Terry Rudolph also at Imperical College. Also the remark by Antony Valentini, theoretical physicist and a professor at Clemson University, stating "I don't like to sound hyperbolic, but I think the word 'seismic' is likely to apply to this paper," supports the fact that this might be one of those classical examples of a clever PhD student by approaching a subject from a novel point of view, make a remarkable discovery. Does this support my idea that reality consists of waves which interact like particles?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Samsung S24A350H

Yesterday afternoon at 14:03, I bought a Samsung S24A350H 24 inch LED monitor to replace our Samsung SyncMaster 223BW, because the latter one now takes 10 minutes to start-up. It looks like the high-voltage power supply of the 223BW is broken. When I tried to connect the new monitor, I discovered that it has a HMDI connector, and not a HDCP as is being used with the old monitor. The video card of johan has a HMDI output, but I could not find a HMDI cable. I guess that although there might be one in the attack somehere, it should buy one tomorrow. Today, Annabel tried out the new monitor with Anne-Ester, her Samsung NC10 netbook. The resolution of the monitor is 1920x1080, which is higher than 233BW, which is 1680x1050. The NC10 netbook does support 1920x1080 on an external monitor.

Double date

Today is a double date when the date is written in the format DD-MM-YYYY: 20-11-2011.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Palindrome date

Today is a palindrome date when the date is written in the format MM/DD/YY: 11/22/11.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Letters to Olga

At 12:59, I bought the book Brieven aan Olga (Letters to Olga) by Jan Wolkers, ISBN:9789023455141, from bookshop De Slegte for €9.95. This book is about the letters Wolkers wrote to Annemarie Nauta, the women who stood as a model for the character Olga in his book Turkish Delight, one of his most famous books, of which a film with the same name was made.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

De Slegte

At 11:43, I bought three books and one DVD for € 2.50 each from the sale at bookshop De Slegte. These are Met een begering oog, co-written by the monozygotic twins Marije and Merel Wessels, ISBN:9789059113558, Een glas melk (original title Et glass melk takk) by Herbjørg Wassmo, ISBN:9789044511476, De Geheime taal van dingen (Snoop. What your stuff says about you) by Sam Gosling, ISBN:9789050189408 and Max and The City by/about Max Westerman in New York.

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