On a recent trip to Florida, we just had to stop in at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, eat at Artist Point and visit Downtown Disney, now known as Disney Springs - pictured here. What a transformation in a year. With more than 45 places to eat, 100 shops and a dozen entertainment stops, it is a bustling beautiful outdoor venue. Parking has been improved with multi-floor parking garages with accurate signage of available parking spots for each floor since each spot has surveillance. Leave it to Disney. Please see my online store. The store allows you to have my photographs custom printed and framed. Friend me on Facebook, look at my blogs, or look me up on Flickr. Store is now open. Check out my profile on ImageBrief! Click to Shop.

In This Issue

July 2016

Panama Canal


Computer Creativity

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I love to share the many photos I have taken of places, people and things throughout the country and beyond. Each month our headline photo will be something new and different. We hope you enjoy. Keep in mind, we don't want to waste your time. Articles will contain generally less than 250 words. Please have a look and give us your feedback. By all means, forward to a friend using the link at the bottom of the Newsletter. Thanks. Questions? Send me an email!

The New and Improved Panama Canal

The Panama Canal has just completed a 5-billion-dollar makeover adding a 3rd channel which began in 2006. The new expansion locks are 70 feet wider and 18 feet deeper allowing the Panama Canal to handle massive neo-Panamax vessels 1,000 feet long and 150 feet wide.

What might this mean?  Based on the studies, and more than a hundred were done, it will mean a change in the balance of rail (ocean container on rail) and over-the-road container transportation between the west coast and the east coast.  It will also require more port capacity on the east coast. Perhaps 10 percent of traffic from east-Asia now delivering to the west coast could transition to the east coast in the next few years.  

Currently almost 40% of all shipments to the United States arrive in the Los Angeles area. This is about to change reducing traffic into LA and increasing traffic to the east coast. That kind of re-routing is like creating a port 8 times the size of Boston. Are we ready?

For a video of the Panama Canal update June 2016, click here: https://youtu.be/SUSQ1Cf1PMM


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Just like a vendor for Amazon.com, if you see a bad review, respond. Try to keep your ratings on the high side.  Of course, no company is perfect, we all can’t be Google with a 4.4 (out of 5) score or VirginPulse (Framingham) with a 4.5. But we don’t want to be like the TSA either with a score of 2.5

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Blow Your Mind...

"We're on the edge of a new frontier in art and creativity — and it's not human. Blaise Agüera y Arcas, principal scientist at Google, works with deep neural networks for machine perception and distributed learning. In this captivating demo, he shows how neural nets trained to recognize images can be run in reverse, to generate them. The results: spectacular, hallucinatory collages (and poems!) that defy categorization." That is what this TED talk is all about.

This image at left was created by a computer software program originally used to recognize birds but applied it to images that are not actually birds. It is like the game you play with young children, what do you see in the clouds.

It is an example of the possibilities that exist in big data and point to the possibilities in creativity using the power of a computer. You can hand an image of clouds to the application that handles face recognition, and it will determine the best fitting faces that apply to that image of clouds.

It is mind blowing to imagine for those of us that have written real-world software applications how this is accomplished, and just as mind blowing to consider the possibilities. Watch the video when you have time.


Nuts and Bolts

Disk space is becoming less and less expensive, but more and more essential. Images now require as much as 50mb of space. A movie, more than 5gb. As we accumulate more and more information, images and media, our disk drives must also increase in capacity. Western Digital is staying ahead of this by increasing the size of disk drives. For under $250, a WD My Book disk drive will give you 8 TB of space. For me, with 1.6 terabytes in videos, 2.2 terabytes of images and 120 gigabytes of music, this became an essential purchase. But I couldn't just buy one, I needed two so that I could mirror the data on both drives for redundancy, which I do at least once per week, and store them at different locations. The software I use for synchronization is SyncBackPro.


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