I Thought He Came With You is Robert Ellison’s blog about software, marketing, politics, photography and time lapse.

Trees

Trees

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Kidlapse - Make a Movie of Your Child Growing Up

Kidlapse - Make a Movie of Your Child Growing Up

Kidlapse is now live. This is a service I've been working on that uses machine learning to recognize faces and then rotate and zoom you so get pretty good alignment between each photo. You upload one photo per month and Kidlapse then creates a timelapse movie of your child growing up. If that sounds like something you'd be interested in sign up and give it a try.

Here are a couple of sample videos created using Kidlapse:

 

Transit of Mercury

Transit of Mercury November 11 2019

Detail from Transit of Mercury November 11 2019

The transit of Mercury on November 11, 2019 shot from San Francisco, CA with a Sony RX10 IV with an ND5.0 filter (and a better filter adapter than this one).

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Bangalore Timelapse

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Dawn to dusk 60 frame per second timelapse of Bangalore (Bengaluru) in Karnataka, India. Shot on a GoPro Session from the 10th floor of the Sheraton Grand Hotel over two days.

Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Fleet Week 2019 Air Show

Blue Angels, United 777, a Patriot passing Treasure Island and an F-35 wtih a P-51.

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Fleet Week 2019 Parade of Ships

Updated on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Timelapse of the 2019 Parade of Ships at the San Francisco Fleet Week. Includes the USS Somerset, USS Zumwalt, USS Princeton and USS Charleston.

Timelapse of the 2019 Fleet Week Parade of Ships in San Francisco, California.

Ships include the USS Somerset, USS Zumwalt, USS Princeton and USS Charleston.

Sugarloaf Stars

Night sky over Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

4K timelapse of the night sky over Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Sonoma, California (home to the Robert Ferguson Observatory, which is home to the first Laser SETI site).

Kidlapse

I'm working on a project to generate a timelapse of a kid growing up. I wasn't organized enough to shoot my kids in the same pose on the same background so it's quite a tough problem. To fix this I'm using machine learning to recognize faces in photos and then automatically rotate and align them so the face is in the same place in every shot. From there it's just a matter of generating frames that fade between the different photos and stitching them together into a video. If this sounds interesting check it out at kidlapse.com and sign up to get notified when the service launches.

Life, Non-locality and the Simulation Hypothesis

Updated on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Conway's Game of Life, Recently

Conway's Game of Life is a cellular automaton where simple rules lead to surprisingly complex behavior. You can even build a Turing Machine in it. Life consists of a grid of cells which are either alive or dead. For each generation a cell flips from dead to alive if it has three alive neighbors. If a cell is alive and has two or three neighbors then it survives to the next generation, otherwise if dies. When programming a non-infinite Life game it's common to wrap the logic at the extent of the grid - so the some 'neighbors' of the cells at the very top are the cells at the very bottom and so on.

Imagine that you discover such a system and try to figure out the physics of it.

After observation of a sample of cells you'd figure out the rules that govern the life and death of most cells. You'd also figure out a speed of 'light' for the system - information can only travel one cell per generation. The state of cells further away have no influence. You've got a kind of classical physics of the Game of Life.

Further study would throw up a puzzle though. Cells at the extremes of the system are influenced by cells at the other extreme. In some cases the speed of 'light' is violated - you now have a non-local physics in the mix. At this point you might fix the problem with geometry - maybe the grid is actually wrapped around a torus (even though you're looking at a rectangular grid). This makes the system logically consistent again but it's wrong - the non-local behavior occurs because you're trying to analyze a simulation.

In quantum physics observing the state of a property on one particle in a pair of entangled particles will instantly effect the observation of that property on the other particle, no matter the distance between them. This is Einstein's spooky action at a distance. It seems like it can't possibly be true, but has been demonstrated repeatedly (and quite spectacularly using starlight to select which property to measure).

There are many different interpretations of how to understand quantum physics. But as you might expect from physicists these concern themselves with a physical universe (or multiverse depending on the flavor). It's possible though that non-locality (and the apparant quantized nature of our reality) is trying to tell us something else. Non-local effects are entirely consistent with a reality that is being generated frame by frame, just like a souped up Game of Life.

(Read the full simulation hypothesis series: Part 1: Can I move to a Better Simulation Please?, Part 2: Have we Already Proved that the Simulation Hypothesis is False?, Part 3: Life, Non-locality and the Simulation Hypothesis.)

Road Trip Timelapse

Swiftcurrent Lake at Glacier National Park

Compilation of time lapses from a recent toad trip - Grand Teton (with less than perfect focus), Yellowstone (Old Faithful), Yellowstone (Mammoth Hot Springs), Glacier (Swiftcurrent lake at the Many Glacier Area), Humboldt Redwoods State Park and then finally stars over Humboldt.