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The Surfing Heritage Foundation

Monday August 3, 2009

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Photosynthing is a great way for you to experience a remote location, in this case a museum display from anywhere on the internet. “The Surfing Heritage Foundation preserves the history of surfing for future generations. We collect, preserve, and document surf craft, print, photos, oral histories, art, cinematography, and surfing memorabilia. Through education and outreach we tell surfing’s story and bring its rich lore to life.”

Watch today as we roll out the new Surfing Heritage Website!!!

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Photosynths are a great way to document, share and record three dimensional objects. In this example we used a strange little tomato from our garden which made us giggle. We have found photosynths to be a fabulous way to also enable viewers to navigate within a space.

Photosynths can be used creatively to capture small details within the whole. This trait of photosynths can be used creatively depending on the subject. An artist signature on a painting, architectural features, food items, artwork, you are only limited by your imagination and inventiveness.

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The Statue Speaks

I bid you welcome to this place of grace
What you see here is done for memory
Though most may think it inspired by bravery
I believe it came from love

Here you see the artist’s craft
taken from a living form
to stand in perpetuity
on sunny days, in wind, and storm

This sculpture honors all Marines
And honors this community
A perfect home, an ideal clime
And with all this, a people free

Today you see a bronzed skin
Saluting all who went before
You cannot see what lives within
The patriot’s soul and something more

We left these shores on your behalf
who valued duty more than life
we were no mercenary troops
Who make a business out of strife

I am not one but many here
we left this coast for distant lands
I served in steaming jungles there
In wintry wastes and desert sands

We did not know when we were young
We changed when we went through the door
The D.I. and the uniform
They made us members of the Corps

I’ve walked my post in rainy night
And stood the watch in icy cold
I’ve done my best in every fight
And lived with brothers, young and old

We did not go to serve a king
Nor stake a claim for nation’s pride
Our empire lives in manhood’s dream
Of peoples living side by side

We came in peace where ere we went
Prepared to do what must be done
Warriors by a nation sent
To walk the line, to use the gun

We fought a nation’s enemies
And sent them to their final rest
We saved a child from famine’s grip
And freed a people long oppressed

I have seen my brothers fall
And I have brought them home again
Their families’ tears were like my own
Who lived to see a bitter end.

Many cannot hear me speak
On a hundred posts, far away
Others there are, you cannot see
Marines in spirit here today

If they could tell you all they feel
Then you would know what’s in their heart
Their actions made their beliefs real
They only sought to do their part.

We who serve now honor them
With everything we say and do
We will not shirk the nation’s call
It is our job, we go for you

I will not keep you longer now
To listen to a statue’s speech
I bid you well this Veterans Day
Enjoy the park, the sun, the beach

And now I close, I take my place
Upon the watch that never ends
And so I join fellow Marines
Some call them heroes, I called them friends

Stewart Navarre, Colonel, US Marines

Park Semper Fi Marine Monument San Clemente &

The National Moment of Remembrance at 3 PM

San Clemente, California
Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 25, 2009
starts 1:30 p.m.

Honoring the 1st Marine Division
Guest Speaker Major General Waldhauser
1st Marine Division Band
Static Marine Displays
Seating Limited

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Photosynth Comes To The iPhone With iSynth

I think that Photosynthing is one of the best new ways yet to explore a “space and time” via the internet, and now you can get there via your iPhone or your iPod touch with the new free iTunes app iSynth

This from the maker of the app,

If you’ve never experienced Photosynth, you’re missing out! Photosynth is a revolutionary new technology that creates seamless three-dimensional worlds from nothing but photographs. Visit Photosynth.com to upload your own photos and create virtual tours of your house, office or anywhere you can bring a camera! And if you don’t feel like snapping away yourself, there are already thousands upon thousands of “synths”, covering all of the world’s most beautiful and interesting places, freely available for your browsing pleasure. iSynth puts them all right in your pocket.

Visit Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal, or take a trip to Disney World. Study Michelangelo’s “David” or the Jefferson Memorial in breathtaking 3D you could only beat by being there. Relive the inauguration of Barack Obama through CNN’s 600 photo mega-synth, “The Moment”, which captures the historic event from every angle. With iSynth, you can do all of these things while you wait for the bus!

To check out more of our Photosynths click here,

To have your location Synthed please contact us.

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This Sunday Lisa and I met up with Jshults to do a little iPhone geocaching. The first cache we found was the San Onofre Breccia – Dana Point Earthcache (http://coord.info/GCP80W) to “complete” this cache we should have also gone to see the other half of the San Onofre Breccia that is exposed at Aliso Point (http://coord.info/GCP805) Just south of the San Onofre Nuclear power plant.

This is the Photosynth I took of the exposed cliffs of Dana Point a section of the San Onofre Breccia, a 15 to 20 million year old formation. A breccia is a sedimentary rock composed of angular fragments (clasts) embedded in a fine-grained matrix (the ‘glue’ that binds the clasts together). In the San Onofre Breccia, the clasts range in size from less than an inch to the size of small trucks and are a variety of rock types, mostly metamorphic. A formation is a rock that can be easily recognized over a large area.

From here we walked along the beach and tide pools (no dogs allowed) to the very tip of Dana Point and our primary target for the day the Sea Caves Geocache (http://coord.info/GC1KBVM) Photo by Lisa McClure, After searching where we thought the cache should be and thinking it may have been either washed out to sea, been muggled, or perhaps fallen too far down the rabbit hole for retrieval. We were pleased to be greeted by the owner of the cache “Masoe”. “Yep thats where it was, Nope it is not there anymore.” Jshults being the seasoned cacher that he is retrieved a pre camo’d altoids tin sealed the rabbit hole and replaced the new cache, (After giving us time to sign the log book! TNLNSL! TFTC!)

The people we have met while out and about on our caching adventures have been truly interesting, and give you a great reason to get out in the world. We also notice that geocaching gives us a unique spacial awareness of a place that we did not have before, given that in looking for a cache you are focused on a space the size of your living room. Once the cache is found that moment and that space are etched into your internal map of the place.

All who wander are not lost, Some of us are out iPhone Geocaching! Wanna go?

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“The Moment”
Photosynth is a software application from Microsoft Live Labs and the University of Washington that analyzes digital photographs and generates a three-dimensional model of the photos and a point cloud of a photographed object. Pattern recognition components compare portions of images to create points, which are then compared to convert the image into a model.

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Today as the 44th president of the United States is inaugurated we watch this historical moment from a myriad of technology. It does seem fitting and futuristic to see our new president embrace technology and social networks. It is surely an exciting sign of the times.

iPhone Application

Just in time for the inauguration. Watch the 44th Inauguration live from your iPhone.
Download Ustream.TV, an application for the iPhone, to watch live and recorded video with a chat function. Use your phone to watch the inaugural events live and chat with others watching.

Inaugrual Photosynth
The very moment Obama takes the oath CNN is asking for viewer to email their photo (10 MB size limit) with their name in the message if they want a photo contributor’s credit. For more information on “The Moment” click here Inauguration Moment.

Pictures will be downloaded into a new software and the melding of multiple vantage points will combine to create a navigable 3D image.

We are very excited to see the application of the photosynth technology to document this momentous occasion. At Webconsuls we have used this same technology to show the large beautiful views of Kilauea Lakeside Estate and to show the cutting edge medical technology from the Division of Interventional Neuroradiology.

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On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, I for one will break from work and watch as Barack Obama takes the oath as the 44th president of our United States. I expect it to be a hope-filled day, one that I will share with my husband and children. We as a family and nation will be passing the torch on January 20, 2009. As I write these words it occurs to me that there are very few inaugurations that I clearly remember. Some I was too young to remember (Eisenhower-1953), some I choose to forget (Nixon-1969, 1973; Bush-1989, Bush-2001, 2005), some I cannot forget (Johnson-1963; Ford-1974), and one that will always “light the corners” of my mind (Kennedy -1961).

Last evening I re-read John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address from January 20, 1961. Most of us know some of the memorable lines like “the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans”, but how many of us remember the rest of this passage? I am sure not many, so let me share them with you here:

“Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans-born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage-and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.”

Videos of Kennedy’s speech are remarkable to view.

President Kennedy’s strong hopeful words are still applicable today, sans “born in this century”, as now we are in the first decade of a new century. On Tuesday I will listen carefully to President Obama and I will hope that somewhere in his speech there will be inspiring words that my children will be able to remember and quote 48 years from now.

Yes, there is a lot of excitement about President-Elect Obama’s inauguration. Newspapers, magazines, radio, network television, cable television, the Internet, YouTube, My Space, Facebook, Twitter are all participating in this magical event, cashing in on “hope.” Yesterday I learned that Microsoft is partnering with CNN to “photosynth” the inauguration and they want your assistance. You can be part of history by submitting your captured photos.

The torch is passing to you, to our new President, to our future. Let’s make the best of it!

P. S. This post is dedicated to my father, Joseph Raymond Eagen. He was born January 17, 1918, eight months after John F. Kennedy(May 29, 1917). Like President Kennedy, my father was born to first generation Irish Catholic Democratic parents and he served as a Naval Officer in WWII. It occurred to me this morning that the very first time I posted for this blog I wrote about my father as being an original social marketer. Daddy, Happy Birthday!

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Photosynth is a new technology which takes two-dimensional pictures, knits them together and produces a three-dimensional navigable image set. Because of its three dimensional quality and the viewers ability to navigate through the collection of pictures Photosynth is especially suited for sharing spaces and locations.

Microsoft’s Live Search Maps just made finding these synths a lot easier. Here is how to explore the up and coming world of geo-located photography.

To search for Photosynths:

1. Go to Microsoft’s Live Search

2. In the search box type in your business, category and/or location you are searching for.

For my example I am going to search for “San Clemente, CA” because I know that a few photosynths have been added.

3. The Microsoft Live Search Maps have various collections of media available. In order to pull up the photosynth collections we must select “explore Collections” and there are two places to make this selection.
in the top righthand corner


or along the left hand side


To select only the photosynths

In Honor of Veteran’s Day I am going to embed the Photosynth from Park Semper Fi, Marine Monument, San Clemente, California.

Great Uses for Photosynth Technology include:

  • Using photosynth technology is a great way for businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry to highlight local attractions and to give virtual tours of their grounds and rooms.
  • Realtors will also find immediate application as nothing showcases a space like photosynth, especially helpful for highlighing architectural features and small details within a larger scene.
  • Photosynths can be embedded into websites or shared via email.


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Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference in the world. The Marines don’t have that problem – President Ronald Reagan

Those words can be found in the Photosynth I made of “Park Semper Fi” near my home in San Clemente California. If you want You can zoom thru the images to find the quote. Using a Nikon D60 I took 253 shots from all angles of the small park in the center of our “Little Spanish Village by the Sea”. Zooming in an out of point cloud (hit P on your keyboard) gives you the feel of being there in this 3D space generated with those 2D images. ( scroll mouse to zoom in and out ) The next step turning these point clouds into a wire frame models and then skinning those frames with the photos that generated them. Full photorealistic 3D worlds easily built buy anyone with a decent digital camera. If the above synth does not work for you, (sorry Windows IE and FF only) the rest of you, ( My Mac and Ubuntu friends ) please watch this youtube video demonstrating my favorite shiny new toy.

For those of you that can view the above synth, thank a Marine.

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On a recent Webconsuls trip to UCLA we got the chance to shoot the above Photosynth for the Division of Interventional Neuroradiology. This new state of the art biplane angiographic equipment with 3D capabilities and unique CT incorporated software will allow the Dr.’s at UCLA to have immediate image and CT scans after treatment. Thus avoiding additional transportation of the patient. The high-resolution angiographic equipment and new CT capabilities at UCLA, in conjunction with the world-wide recognized UCLA endovascular team experience, place the new Ronald Reagan Hospital at the forefront of advances in the treatment of stroke, aneurysms, and vascular malformations.

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