Unidentified Egyptian fossil, and Autodesk's Photofly editor

I will start off with, admittedly, a boring video. This is boring to watch, but exciting as hell for people who have fossil collections, geologic oddities they wish to show, or just about anything. Autodesk has released, for free, a program called Photofly Editor. It allows you to take a series of two dimensional photos from different angles and then stitch them together to create a three dimensional model that can either be manipulated in various programs, or exported as a movie.


This was made by taking 87 different pictures. I created a cheap cardboard wheel on which to place the fossil, marked it off using arbitrary (though measured) degree marks, like so:


There is a flat-topped pushpin in the center, holding the wheel in place. There is also a guide mark for keeping track of where to start and where to finish. The program is freaking awesome! I am going to "scan" in my geologic/fossil collection over the course of the next month, but also plan on scanning a buddy's 1955 pickup truck - just to try large objects.

The only other thing going on right now is a simple experiment. While camping I located some large siltstone clusters with crystals and what appear to be veins of metal in them. Since siltstone hates vinegar, I have placed several samples in mason jars with distilled vinegar and am getting impressive results...Here is an incredibly crappy image:


This has been "recharged" or filled with new vinegar. The crystals and veins are highly visible now.

That is all. Now all I need to do is finish editing the "seven bad words" out of some dubstep songs to get them ready for airplay tonight.


Comments

  1. That fossil looks like petrified $#!+.

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  2. That looks like a dinosaur turd :)

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  3. I will definitely have to try out the photofly editor! Stop motion lego matrix time!

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  4. i can imagine what was this fossil :P

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  5. Photofly edit actually sounds pretty rad. Do you have to make a skeleton or something of the object and then it'll paste the picture together?

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  6. I want to try make crystals like that as well - any chance you could do a post explaining how to? :>

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  7. Lol i was trying to figure out what the fossil was but I just couldnt picture what it was.

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  8. That is pretty neat! i love that program its amazing! ++ how to on the crystals <3 +follow

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  9. can't imagine what's that fossil =(

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  10. Aww awesome! I used to always go looking for fossils when I was younger.

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  11. Preffer not to see what it seems to be... :-P

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  12. Ok man, this fossil is certainly a Pokemon.

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  13. Wow, that's a really cool program!

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  14. well done, but what is it?

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  15. Very nice piece of software by the looks of it, look forward to seeing the full collection. Followed.

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  16. I can always rely on you for quite different posts. I bet the unidentified Egyptian fossil is actually just some artwork and Egyptian made.

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  17. Even though this in not really my point of interest, it was enjoyable reading, thanks :)

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  18. That's a pretty cool program. Wonder why I haven't seen it used more often.

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  19. my vote is on dinosaur poo also :P

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  20. doesn't seem so boring to me... then again I'm an ex geology aficionado

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  21. That experiment of yours looks interesting. Feel free to post the progress. 'Cause I didn't see the veins in this pic. Maybe it's because of the camera or something.

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  22. very cool man , I'm a History student and I like this so much, I'm a Egyptmaniac.

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  23. The minds at Autodesk never cease to amaze :D

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  24. Wow, that's a pretty amazing program. I wonder what else it can be used for.

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  25. it's a little "turdy" isn't? XD

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  26. sounds really cool, musta taken you forever to take those 87 pictures haha

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