More Gatineau Park in the Fall


Mars Curiosity Photos are “Meh”

The Curiosity mission photos are exceptionally boring as it makes it’s way slowly to its first destination Glenelg.

This is a photo of a tire track on Mars:

The evidence of an ancient stream-bed is the only image of mild interest so far:

At this point the existence of water on Mars is pretty compelling based on all the evidence from the past 40+ years of Mars research starting back with Mariner 9.

Face Recognition Technology Has Made Great Progress!

I have been using Google’s Picasa Web Albums to store my gigabytes of photos for quite awhile now.   However, it was not until last week that I tried Picasa Web Album’s face recognition feature – not expecting much to be frank.   However, when I went back to look at the results this week,  I was very surprised at the accuracy of the face recognition!   Google picked up faces of different ages, in a wide range of lighting conditions, and in a wide range of photo qualities.  Truely amazing stuff.   If this is the level of sophistication of publicly available face recognition technology, I can only imagine what the technology looks like that the security agencies are now using.