EBM and Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC

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The Friday Post #29: Librarian Shoes, GigaPan and Bad Bad Food

This is the Friday Post #29 for Apr 3 2009.

Heard of GigaPan? Here’s an excerpt from the About page:

GigaPan is a collaborative project of Google, Carnegie Mellon University and NASA Ames Intelligent Systems Division’s Robotics Group. It is a robotic platform that attaches to a digital camera and some computer software. The robotic platform allows a user to take a photograph, then it will re-aim the camera with great precision, to take another photograph. After taking many photos, the software stitches all the pictures into a gigapixel image. Public beta-testing of a consumer version of the robotic platform and software has begun. Beta-testing and product platform development is being carried out by GigaPan Systems, who will eventually offer the unit for public sale.

GigaPan is an open website – anyone can upload photographs to it, and anyone can place comments on those photographs. Authors have no editorial control over the comments which are placed on their photographs.


Below is a screenshot of a GigaPan photo taken on Jan 20 2009 in Washington DC at the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States.  Photographer David Bergman created this 1,474-megapixel image of President Barack Obama’s inauguration: .

gigapanjan222009Photo credit: http://gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?auth=033ef14483ee899496648c2b4b06233c – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

For more information on how the images were created, visit David Bergman‘s blog at http://www.davidbergman.net/blog/.


Please set aside your notions about Librarians wearing sensible shoes and shushing people, because most of us do not Shush and have many stylish pairs of shoes in our closets!!  Where’s the evidence?  Right here on the Flickr group: Librarian Shoes, where this superb photograph was recently posted:

librarianshoesPhoto Source: http://www.flickr.com/groups/librarianshoes/ – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

Here another stereotype-busting link: Warrior Librarian!


Graphic evidence of why many Americans really need to take Lipitor can be viewed on the blog This is Why You’re Fat… and while horrifying vegetarians daily, no doubt!  Be prepared for wretched excess and lots of bacon.  Here’s one recent artistic composition, made with elk meat, called Thunderdome (and submitted by a librarian):

thundedomethisiswhyyourefat1Photo credits/Source: http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/post/90372468/the-thunderdome-three-stacks-of-bacon-sausage – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

That’s the Friday Post for Apr 3 2009, folks!  Enjoy your weekend!


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