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MAY 2016

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**Tue 31 May 16**
SELFIE STEREOSCOPIC VID FOR BARCELONA - TIM PEAKE SNAPPED A TREASURE
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Selfie - Barcelona

Selfie Stereoscopic vid for BARCELONA ready now ...

Got your OWLs ready !?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hoc7thbq2T8

Bri

EARLIER:

Folks ! First selfie vid from Queen & Adam Lambert tour nearly ready! Here's a leaked preview from Barcelona !

Selfie preview - Barcelona

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Look folks ! Tim Peake has snapped a treasure ... calling attention to the Asteroid Day project.

Tim Peake photo - Manicouagan impact crater
Manicouagan impact crater

Manicouagan impact crater
Manicouagan impact crater

Bri

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**Sun 29 May 16**
WHY WAS THIS GORILLA MURDERED ?
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Boy falls into gorilla enclosure


Why was this Gorilla murdered ? No trial - no reason. No excuse. Who will prosecute ?

Bri

MIRROR
Animal lovers vent fury as endangered gorilla shot dead in zoo after grabbing boy
29 May 2016

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**Sun 29 May 16**
HELLO JELLING !!! - LARKIN POE - KERRY RAH
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Hello Jelling !!!

Jelling Festival We're here ! Queen !

Let's do it !

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Wow. Long time since I saw such talent - Larkin Poe. These guys are going to be huge.


Larkin Poe: Inman Park Festival 2015 - https://youtu.be/fw16v4cAvn0

Wanna see awesome girl power ? Check this out. With their current band just 4 days ago - Larkin Poe.

Larkin Poe

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Kerry rocks at RAH !

Kerry rocks RAH

Bri

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**Sat 28 May 16**
COLOGNE - SINGING IN THE RAIN
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Bri in Rain
www.instagram.com/p/BF8ez4xoFn8/

Danke schön lovely Leute von Köln !! You endured torrential rain to be with us and gave us all your energy !

Cologne - lovely lovely people
Photo credit: Jon Baish

Hats off Kölle !!! You were great !!!

Cologne - hats off
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Bri in hat by Jon Baish
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I'm liking the photos from tonight - thanks - you were all WORTH IT !

Cologne - singing in the rain
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Singin' in the Rain in Cologne ! Did anybody notice my Beethoven ? That was only for you Cologne !

Cologne in rain
I like this one from Cologne ... thanks. Rain ? What rain ?!!
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Thank you and good night Cologne !

Cologne - thank you and good night
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BRI X

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**Thu 26 May 16**
OUR OWL VR KIT MEDIA LAUNCH - MY ROUGH NOTES ...
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Brian and Owl

I do have some notes from our OWL VR KIT launch on Tuesday. But they’re very rough ….

I spoke basically off the cuff. I’m excited that my own special way of entering into Virtual Reality is finally out there !

Bri

 

NOTES for my presentation at the OWL VR launch, at the Dolby Theatre,
24th May 2016. 

(note :  These were only a guide )

 

Leonardo discovered 3-D ?   NO.   

Who did ? ?   Charles Wheatstone in 1832.    AMAZING STORY.

 

What’s 3-D ?? A name given in the 1950s to a phenomenon which took England and France by storm in the 1850s.  They called it Stereoscopy.   

Stereopsis.    We have TWO EYES for a reason !   Give each eye the view it would have in real life, and the feeling of solidity and depth is reproduced !  It’s a very good simulation of reality … much better than a flat photograph. 

ViewMaster.   3-D films .. Avatar, How to Train Your Dragon …  We all know what 3-D is now. 

 

What's VR ??

A combination of  2 things. 

1) 360 - A little trick invented for a gaming program in which you can see 360 degrees all around you on a phone, by turning it around to ‘look’ in all directions, including up and down.

2) And 3-D.   The sense of ‘virtual’ reality produced by this combination is strong.  

There are various camera devices and processing techniques for CREATING VR.  There are also now various devices available to the public for VIEWING it.  One is Google Cardboard.  It’s cheap, and Google have done a great job introducing the idea to the public. Oculus Rift have done very well, too; this is a high quality item, and at the other end of the price spectrum.  There are many other VR viewers available now, of varying quality.  They are almost all ‘enclosed’ and strap to the head.  Criticisms of many of the devices are that they are heavy, uncomfortable to wear, exert pressure on the eyes, and that they give some people feelings of claustrophobia.  Also many of these devices fit only some kinds of smartphone and not others.  But the most frequent complaint is that people ‘lose control’ of their smartphone once it’s in the device – since the controls are no longer accessible. 

The OWL offers a ‘pro’ way of viewing VR .  It’s a very simple but effective way of putting ANY smartphone in the proper geometry for 3-D and VR.   It’s a little different from what’s out there.  It’s not strapped to your head, it’s not totally enclosed because really it doesn’t need to be; it’s fully focussable, and all the controls on your phone are accessible all the time.  So it’s a very friendly version of VR which is also affordable.  And it has the quality optical pedigree of the OWL.  It will NOT give you headaches ! 

The OWL also offers the complete Victorian stereoscopic experience in your hands – with an option of easily making your own 3-D pictures, instantly viewable in the OWL.  

We believe this is a great way to enter the VR Universe, so I wanted to get the OWL VR Kit  out there.  Hence our launch today.   

CREATING content ?

Well, we already have a Diableries app out there for iPhone.   And there is a lot of VR content already on the Internet … some of it quite primitive, but with new ideas appearing all the time. 

In Barcelona the day before yesterday [22 May] we filmed a Queen and Adam Lambert show in VR with a moving rig flying over the crowd on four point suspension.  We’ll have the results on a few weeks … but this will be a first. 

What do we have today ?  An animated film by Google based on Bohemian Rhapsody.   They did it – we supplied them with the sound stems, but they did the rest.  You can today judge their effort.  This is the first time it’s been seen outside Google rooms. 

There is also a fabulous app called Jurassic … in which you can walk around with animated dinosaurs and it’s VERY interactive … you can choose your path through the jungle.  We have that here loaded up on the Android phones too.   I’m not very familiar with the operation of Androids, but we will manage ! (We did !  – Bri)   And I know enough to help you get going watching Google Bo Rhap.  Also I can show you some nice stereos on my iPhone 6 plus … which is a great vehicle.  And we can take instant stereo portraits of each other (using that nice simple 3-D Camera app) and instantly view them using the OWL VR kit which you will take home with you !!

 

Many thanks to Google, and Dolby, and all the phone and headphone companies who so kindly lent us the gear today.  The OWL kits are a present from me !

 

Enjoy !

Bri


VR Kit launch - QOL

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**Wed 25 May 16**
FRACKING PETITION - AND - ADAM THE BADGER CUB
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Help Yorkshire folks fight the filthy fracking brigade - sign up !

https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/940

Bri

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This is Adam the badger cub.

Adam the badger cub with Anne Brummer

https://www.facebook.com/SaveMe2010 [read more]

… named after you-know-whom.

Send him a prayer.

Bri

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**Tue 24 May 16**
DID LEONARDO INVENT 3-D ?
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The Daily Mail says ….

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2620040/Was-Mona-Lisa-worlds-3D-artwork-Experts-claim-painter-Leonardo-da-Vinci-created-two-versions-world-famous-portrait-science-project.html

and the Huffington Post says …

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/03/mona-lisa-3d_n_5256193.html

because some German researchers say …

http://www.experimental-psychology.de/ccc/docs/pubs/CarbonHesslinger_MonaLisa-Background-INPRESS.pdf

…. THAT LEONARDO DA VINCI MAY HAVE DISCOVERED 3-D - Three hundred years before Wheatstone.

Mona Lisa

This is not a new idea … and I’m afraid I disagree. The theory just doesn’t hold water.

A few years ago, I spent quite a few hours measuring the supposed parallax differences between the two versions of this painting.

By my reckoning, they all add up to zero. And I’m afraid claims that Leonardo cracked the theory of stereopsis all add up to zero too.

Why ?

If Leonardo had known about stereopsis, and understood it, like Charles Wheatstone eventually did from 1832 onwards ...

(a) he would have written about the fact. He didn’t. He wrote copiously about everything he discovered, including lots of stuff about eyes. Not about parallax differences creating an impression of depth in our brains.

(b) In these two paintings, if he’d intended them to be an exposition of ‘3-D’ content, you can be sure he would have made a great job if it. The parallax differences would always increase for objects closer to the ‘viewer’. They don’t. The face is the real give-away. It’s not by any stretch of the imagination stereoscopic. Can we really imagine he’d get this wrong, if he understood parallax ? The horizontal discrepancies are random, and so are the vertical discrepancies, and the latter would NOT be admissible if the pictures were designed to be a stereo pair.

(c) Wouldn’t you think he’d have pointed out that this is what he was doing with these particular paintings, if this idea was in his mind ? ? ! And directed people to view the paintings as a pair ?

(d) In any case that was impossible at the time, way before photography, which now can bring images together. These two paintings were never seen in the same city.

Sorry. Like everyone else, I’d love to discover that the fabulous Leonardo discovered 3-D.

BUT, SADLY, HE DIDN’T.

Tell you what, though … check our Salvador Dali’s 3-D paintings !! Brilliant ! But they are post-Wheatstone !!

Thanks Carleen.

Bri

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**Mon 23 May 16**
CELINE IS A PHENOMENON
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Celine Dion

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And very nicely done too. Celine is a phenomenon.

Bri X

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**Mon 23 May 16**
THANKS BARCELONA !!!
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Bri playing Barcelona
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THANKS BARCELONA !!!

A truly stupendous audience and a rockin night.

Gotta admit to getting a great buzz from this show. That amazing vibe makes a performer perform !

Muchisimas Gracias !

Adam and experimental camera rig
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Rockin' !

Bri

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**Sat 21 May 16**
THANKS - LISBON
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First pic I've seen from Lisbon show tonite.[20 May] Thanks !

And thanks Lisbon for a great reception, Rock In Rio Lisbon.

Bri

Brian - Lisbon

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**Fri 20 May 16**
BEAUTIFUL DAY - LET'S MAKE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT !
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It's a beautiful day. Let's make a beautiful night ! Back in the saddle tonight. We stand ready to rock. Can't wait.

Lisbon view

Streaming tonite Rock in Rio Lisboa disallowed by management in deference to our other European promoters. Sorry ! But IS live Portugal TV/R !

How is it at the site, guys ? Rockin' ? We should be there around 10 - limbering up !

Yes indeed. Gotta love Lisbon ! View with an OWL !

Lisbon stereo

OK - gotta go play a show !

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**Fri 20 May 16**
HELLO LISBON !!!
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Red crest

HELLO LISBON !!! We're here ! Ready to Rock with QAL ?

Bri
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