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Sunday, 31 May 2009

Head In The Clouds



I have clouds on the brain at the moment.

On the one hand, I'm attending a tutorial on cloud computing today. For anyone who doesn't know - cloud computing is basically a way of using lots of cheap computers to do distributed processing, doing a bit of the work on each machine and then bringing the results back together. It's the Google model. So the plan for today is to learn about work which has been done to use this type of computing for text processing, mostly just for interest, but maybe I'll think of a way I could use it for my PhD (after all, I have some old computers lying around!)

I'm also spending a lot of time lately worrying about how to capture clouds as nicely with my dSLR as I used to with my old compact camera.

Armotasel

That's a photo from the old camera (taken in Iceland); I didn't have to put any effort into capturing the sky. But with the new one I have to take a lot of care to avoid it going completely white. I think I need either a UV filter or a polariser but I don't know much about these things....

11 comments:

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I would love to go back to Iceland... That picture is beautiful.

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

That's a beautiful shot Rachel!!! So dreamy looking. Hope you have a day filled with beauty :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Jeanne said...

I once read something about using all the idle PCs that are hooked up to the internet to harness massive amounts of processing power using that model.

GingerV said...

My old camera had a polariser function I will send you a photo of how it looks. I have found with my digital cameras I have to be sure the sun is to my back or the sky is washed. even if it is over head the sky will be white. ask Patty she is a camera guru.

GingerV said...

email me at gingerv@gigalink.com.br so I can send you the photo...

Nic said...

That's a gorgeous pic! I wanna go to Iceland one day. I've flown over it but that's not the same!

Dedene said...

Lovely picture. Hope you figure out how to get as impressive of photos with the new camera.

Chef E said...

Like all your photos this is absolutely gorgeous!

I took one yesterday, and need to see how it came out...looked like a swam crossing the river kind of cloud...

Jacqueline said...

Nice photo!

Butler and Bagman said...

Aha! I guess I should throw away my newer digital camera or wait for instructions from Patty.

Chris said...

Kate and I went to Iceland once. But it was after a serious snowstorm and was absolutely freezing. Gulfoss (the waterfall) was half frozen!

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