September 5, 2008

A very cool, spherically scrollable, panorama of the convention hall.

Lovely!

14 comments:

MadisonMan said...

Pass the dramamine! I could make myself sick moving that image around.

Simon said...

Maybe aesthetic preference and political inclination are linked, but I certainly don't mean this in a consciously partisan sense: I looked at the staging for the Democratic Convention and thought it was ghastly - like a really overinflated game show. By contrast, the GOP Convention staging struck me as elegant, clean, and classy.

bearbee said...

Very nice. Have seen the 360 degree scrolling used by several sites.

Journalists covered in confetti.

Only watched bits and pieces.

Cindy McCain has impressive bio of good works.

Liked the Wednesday theme of 'County First'.

Ann Althouse said...

It's beyond 360°!

MadisonMan said...

It's beyond 360°!

I think that's what causes me a little nausea when I watch it move. The horizon does not remain flat.

bearbee said...

It's beyond 360°!

Revision:

Have seen spherically, scrollable panoramic navigation used by several sites.

Hazy Dave said...

There's a scrollable, etc. view of the Olympic "Water Cube" as seen from the 10 meter diving platform here. Some of you (you know who you are) should not look down, it goes without saying...

jdeeripper said...

The panoramas of Mars are better.

Simon said...I looked at the staging for the Democratic Convention and thought it was ghastly - like a really overinflated game show.

Don't underestimate the appeal of that Gameshow/American Idol feel. People are conditioned to expect a certain glitzy/Vegas look in TV events.

This election is a contest between the American Hero and the American Idol. So the sets are appropriate for the respective candidates.

PatCA said...

Beautiful, and haunting in a way, with "Fight With Me" echoing in the background.

Fight With Me.

I love that.

Rick Lee said...

Man, the full-screen version is really amazing on my 24 inch Eizo monitor. It's almost like being there except it's a moment frozen in time.

Rick Lee said...

BTW, did you look straight down and see the photographer ducking down behind the tripod?

peter hoh said...

anybody find the seams yet?

Simon said...

Peter - in the graphic or the speech? ;)

rhhardin said...

It's strange they didn't use cartesian coordinates. Instead it works in spherical coordinates, and they can't do the math at the poles.

Microsoft Flight Simulator made the same fatal mistake of taking latitude and longitude as locally cartesian coordinates, and as a result the thing blows up if you fly to either pole. They build an invisible wall to keep you one degree away from the poles, so that it doesn't happen.

Anyway slew straight up or down and it stops when you get to straight up or down, refusing to go over the top. But there's nothing in the room that prevents it! It's just bad mathematics.