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Immersed in wine video

My friend Christian Payne (aka @Documentally) has introduced me to lots of amazing technologies, especially opening my eyes to video, and this morning he pointed me to an incredible use of video technology to “immerse” the viewer in the action – yellowBird :: with the longest URL I have ever seen:

http://www.yellowbirdsdonthavewingsbuttheyflytomakeyouexperiencea3dreality.com

This technology (compared to the Google StreetView Car approach) uses multiple cameras to capture the action in all directions at the same time, merges them and then you can then change your viewpoint as you watch. Watch the video below and have a play – then imagine this as a tool for capturing the reality of harvest and the atmosphere of the winery. How much more would consumers understand about wine?

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A hole lot of wine – for fun

I was playing with the Google Maps tool the other day and noticed a cool little widget.

Dig a hole through the Earth. Point your icon at anywhere on the globe and it will burrow straight through the Earth and tell you where it came out.

I thought I’d try it for a few wine regions, finding out how close the Northern/Old World hemisphere regions were to their Southern/New World counterparts.

Surprisingly, there were almost NO matches where a region somewhere in the world was precisely “the other side of the world”. I did get a couple of close matches. Any guesses what they might be?

just giving you a chance to think about it

Well, the closest was an area between Galicia and the Rias Baixas region of North West Spain, and the Douro in Portugal which is almost exactly opposite the Nelson & Marlborough regions in New Zealand (well, close)

Drilling through from the main wine producing regions of Chile and Argentina you’d land in China. Unfortunately I have no idea where wine is made in China and it is a BIG place, so chances are it is way off.

Just a bit of fun.

RSS arrogance?

Yes, I have added a feed link to this site (courtesy of feedburner and RSS).

It is a little bit self-important to think that anyone out there reads this site often enough to warrant it, but it seems to be de rigeur and it wasn’t complicated, so why not?

You can click on the link on the right and add this site to your reader or aggregator and stay up to date with the ramblings of … me.

I have started using the Google Labs’ Google Reader and it seems to be pretty good. If you haven’t tried it, give it a go as it helps to keep blogs under control.

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