Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Shouldn't balloon boy just be called attic boy?

Surprise, surprise – The Canon 1D Mark IV has matched Nikon’s claim of 102,400 ISO, and it captures 1080p video at 24 or 30 frames per second. Although all prosumer camcorders can capture 1080p at 60 frames per second, most movies shot are film, which is 24fps and most television is shot on video at 30fps. It can also do 720p at 50 or 60 fps, but who cares? Why am I going to shoot at 720 if I can shoot at 1080? It’s always going to look better shot at the higher resolution and rendered down to the final resolution needs of the project.

I’d almost be interested except that it’s $5,000. The low-light test video I’ve seen looks good, but I can buy at least three HFS100 video cameras, three tripods, a jib, and a set of lights with softboxes for around that price. Speaking of which, the HFS100 got a price drop to $899 at bhphoto.com beginning yesterday and continuing through December 31. Considering they’re throwing a 32GB SD card in with the deal, it may be time to upgrade my HF100.

Perhaps with the larger lens and sensor of the HFS100, I could capture the time traveler from the future who is allegedly sabotaging CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Ok, actually the two nutty physicists Dr. Holger Beck Nielsen and Dr. Masao Ninomiyo claim it’s some force of nature itself, which is creating ripples back through time to stop the machine from finding the Higgs boson, or God particle.

I’m not buying it guys. I’ve watched my brother spend two years building a Shelby Cobra that came with instructions, and it’s still not running. The scientists at CERN have spent 20 years building a machine with no instructions that nobody has ever made work before. I wish them luck when they fire it up again next month, but I’m not holding my breath. They’re going to be rebuilding the transmission at least two more times – metaphorically, of course.

However, you can follow @CERN on twitter.

The cool weather in Houston has brought on another bout of allergies and sinus pressure that has once again made me wonder if drilling holes into my sinus cavities is a good idea. There’s got to be a better treatment out there than just Flonase, Claritin D and sinus rinses. I promise to redouble my research into sealing off the mucous membranes with Teflon.

One last thought for the day. A test group at UCLA has actually proved that surfing the Internet increases brain functionality – but only if you’re old and have never used the Internet before. It’s probably because the test subjects didn’t know about all the porn.
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