Two reasons behind the video above. Number one, I hadn’t gotten my camera out of its bag once since leaving on my trip and I felt rather guilty about that. Two, I wanted to try out doing a time lapse series with the remote I’d borrowed from a friend (Thanks JP) and the neutral density filter (ND8) I’d bought before getting to Bilbao and seeing the Guggenheim, of which I plan on doing the same.
This is the last one from Canada folks, flying to Barcelona via Frankfurt now (well actually yesterday as I wrote this and forgot to post it before I left).
My apologies peoples, I have forgotten to let you all know of my further Internet whoring exploits over at MacTalk Australia. Back when I did an episode of “Can Touch This” for them I also filmed a couple of video reviews, one of which was for Australian made “Fruit Ninja”.
In case you weren’t aware the newest season of AMC’s Mad Men hits American TVs this coming Sunday, the 25th of July. I have to admit that I was a late comer to the show having only started to watch the first season less than a month ago. Three weeks after watching my first episode I’d finished the three currently available seasons and was sitting on edge waiting for more!
And to celebrate the new season’s start the guys at Funny or Die have given us the second installment of “MA Men”, a Mad Men spoof based in Boston Massachusetts (MA).
As I rapidly approach the final days of my Canadian experience it occurred to me that I’ve not really shared a great deal of the “real” day-to-day Toronto with my internet peoples. So in a rather weak attempt to introduce you all to the digs I’ve called home for that past six months, I present to you “My Toronto” – A Video Tour (with Audio Commentary).
Just in case there are any of you out there that think this is actually serious; it’s a joke.
Otaku and Fanboy rejoice for the 14th annual Fan Expo Canada is in full swing at Torontoâ€™s Metro Convention Centre. Running from August 22nd through 24th the convention is covers gaming, comics, anime, horror and science fiction. This year the expo showcases over 600 exhibitors over an area of 220,000 square feet.
For starters that title up above, that’s a rhetorical question, we all know I’m awesome and just to prove it I came across this video by mistake the other day… It has nothing to do with Canada, nothing to do with New York (where I am now), it’s just some awesome dude (named Raj) being an idiot. Enjoy.
Now you should know that I’m moving to Canada in a few weeks from today but what you might not have been aware of is that I’m selling pretty much everything that I own in terms of household contents in The Great Ga-RAJ Sale.
To help you all get a better understanding of the products that I have on offer I thought I’d put together a little video tour of what’s on offer.
For those in the world of graphic design to "raster" an image is to convert it from itâ€™s vector roots to one represented by pixels; however for everyone else on the Internet if youâ€™re talking raster odds are youâ€™re talking about "The Rasterbator". Developed in 2004 by Finn Matias Arje The Rasterbator is a small web based application that takes JPG images and blows them up as big as you like. Ironically it has nothing to do with raster images, it uses another graphic technique called â€œHalftoningâ€. Halftone images replace the solid colours we see in an image and split them into a series of dots to make them appear as a solid colour from a distance. Next time youâ€™re flipping through a magazine look closely at its images and youâ€™ll be able to make out the coloured dots fooling your eyes, even better get up close to a large billboard and youâ€™ll see dots as big as your head in some cases. This is the magic behind The Rasterbator and the reason that it is able to create a distinguishable picture of any size from such a small file.
The online interface to use The Rasterbator is extremely simple to use. It accepts any JPG file up to 1MB in size*, of any image size and can be colour or black & white. After loading in your image you simply scale it to the physical dimensions youâ€™re after, select your output paper size and away you go. There are other options available to you including further cropping of your image and paper orientation but itâ€™s all very well explained.
Once youâ€™ve configured all of your requirements The Rasterbator will churn away momentarily and produce a PDF file for you to download. Opening this file reveals nothing more than a lot of pages with large dots that look like junk but in actual fact youâ€™re staring at one small corner of your greater image. Now the true fun begins; after youâ€™ve dried up every drop of ink printing the hundred odd pages of dots youâ€™ll notice that there is a white border around each of them. Some people choose to leave this, me I was lucky enough to have a guillotine I could borrow, others well you can always use scissors but after about page ten youâ€™re really going to regret it. To give you an idea the image I decided to create I had 72 pages to trim which took nearly 60 minutes with a guillotine! One thing to keep in mind is to never change the order the pages are printed in because if you do youâ€™re when it comes time to putting them all together things arenâ€™t going to look right at all!
Now that youâ€™ve got all your pages pretty and neat itâ€™s construction time. Depending on the size of your masterpiece some people like to tape the backs of each page together, this is fine for something about 10 pages or so but it becomes quite heavy and if youâ€™re sticking it to a wall in the end the weight often has the picture falling off. For me I live in a rented apartment so Iâ€™m using some paint safe Blu-tak to stick each individual sheet up next to each other. This too can be a tedious process especially if youâ€™re being pedantic about trying to have everything line up perfectly. Big tip here; itâ€™s never going to line up perfect, just let it go before your head explodesâ€¦ You can watch a video of me putting up my creation below; a process that took a good hour to complete.
The Rasterbator is a fun tool that some people have taken to the extremes (The worldâ€™s largest Rasterbation is 7 metres wide & 10 metres high using 1225 sheets of A4 paper) but in reality itâ€™s a great, cheap way of putting up some great pictures over a large space. Itâ€™s never going to look 100% but itâ€™s not really designed too and thatâ€™s where the charm of it comes into play. Have a play, put up a giant photo of your dog on your door or something else equally as stupid. Check out the JPG Mag Rasterbator competition gallery for some inspiration.
* There is a downloadable version of The Rasterbator available (Windows only) that allows you to use a JPG image of any file size.
UPDATE: Mac instructions here