Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Technology: No More Blurry Bigfoot Pictures

Start-up camera maker Lytro promises that before the end of the year you will be taking pictures without worrying about focusing. This camera uses "light field capture" technology, which records various aspects of a light ray such as color, intensity, and direction. In other words, everything captured in the camera's view will be in focus, you will actually be able to go back to the picture later and pic the area you want to be in focus. No more Blurry Bigfoot!

You can see a demonstration in the video below.

Want to know how this works? Below is the science behind the camera.

The Science Inside

The team at Lytro is completing the job of a century’s worth of theory and exploration about light fields. Lytro’s engineers and scientists have taken light fields out of the lab – miniaturizing a roomful of cameras tethered to a supercomputer and making it fit in your pocket

Light Field Defined
What is the light field?

The light field is a core concept in imaging science, representing fundamentally more powerful data than in regular photographs. The light field fully defines how a scene appears. It is the amount of light traveling in every direction through every point in space – it’s all the light rays in a scene. Conventional cameras cannot record the light field.

Light Field Capture
How does a light field camera capture the light rays?

Recording light fields requires an innovative, entirely new kind of sensor called a light field sensor. The light field sensor captures the color, intensity and vector direction of the rays of light. This directional information is completely lost with traditional camera sensors, which simply add up all the light rays and record them as a single amount of light.

Light Field Processing
How do light field cameras make use of the additional information?

By substituting powerful software for many of the internal parts of regular cameras, light field processing introduces new capabilities that were never before possible. Sophisticated algorithms use the full light field to unleash new ways to make and view pictures.

Relying on software rather than components can improve performance, from increased speed of picture taking to the potential for capturing better pictures in low light. It also creates new opportunities to innovate on camera lenses, controls and design.

Picture Capabilities
How are light field pictures different?

The way we communicate visually is evolving rapidly, and people’s expectations are changing in lockstep. Light field cameras offer astonishing capabilities. They allow both the picture taker and the viewer to focus pictures after they’re snapped, shift their perspective of the scene, and even switch seamlessly between 2D and 3D views. With these amazing capabilities, pictures become immersive, interactive visual stories that were never before possible – they become living pictures.

Take a Deeper Dive
Want to learn more? Check out the Lytro Blog. Want to learn a lot more? Read our CEO’s dissertation.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Charlotte Man, Tim Peeler's Beautiful Blonde Bigfoot Revisited

You many remember Tim Peeler's June 2010 confrontation and 911 phone call regarding an 8-10 ft Bigfoot in his Charlotte backyard. We wrote an extensive post titled, "WCNC News: Charlotte Man Comes Face-To-Face with Bigfoot."

An excerpt from the WCNC news article below:
CASAR, N.C. -- Tim Peeler thought he was calling coyotes, but he got something that frightened even this self-proclaimed mountain man.
"Instead of them, (there was) him," he bellowed. "The thing was 10 feet tall with beautiful hair, yellowish hair and a yellow beard," said Peeler...

The original news clip only captured a small part Tim Peeler's experience. A less sensationalized video of him describing the event is in the video below.

And in case you missed the remix, you may enjoy the video of the original news article remixed below.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Erickson Project: Bigfoot may be Erectus-Sapiens Hybrid

Our dynamite friend Robert Lindsay who continues to get the best scoops on leaks from the much anticipated Erickson Project. He broke the two dead Bigfoot news which was followed up at Cryptomundo's article (See Bigfoot DNA Project Using Two Dead Bigfoot Bodies for Samples)

there is a new update at titled Breathtaking News from the Erickson Project where he discusses the results of the DNA tests. Below is an excerpt of the meaty stuff.

The leaks from people close to the Erickson Project continue to come in fast and furious.

Surely, the most breathtaking news so far involves the sequencing of Bigfoot DNA. We already reported previously on the sequencing Bigfoot mitochondrial DNA, which is coming out 100% human. That means that the Bigfoot female line goes back to human females.

However, we can now report on the sequencing of the nuclear DNA from the male side. The report is that it is absolutely non-human! It is very far away from humans. In the chart below, various hominims are measured according to their distance away from humans.

Hominim spp. Distance in polymorphisms
Neandertal 3,300
Denisova 6,600
Bigfoot 12,375?
Chimpanzee 33,000

As you can see, Bigfoots are approximately 1/2 way between humans and chimps. More precisely, they are 37% of the way between humans and chimp. Also, Bigfoots are 4X further away from us than Neandertals are, and they are 2X further away from us than Denisova was.

We only have DNA from three hominids: Homo sapiens, Neandertal and Denisova. We have no DNA from Flores Man or Erectus or any of the rest. One reason for this is that DNA degrades, and it is impossible to get DNA from samples more than 50,000 years old.

Therefore, evidence indicates that Bigfoots are a hybrid species. Some “thing,” some “monster,” some “subhuman,” mated with human females somewhere in Europe possibly ~20-50,000 YBP. Shades of King Kong! What this thing is is completely unknown. It must be a hominid. It quite possibly was Homo erectus. Therefore, Bigfoots may be Erectus-sapiens hybrids.

Thank you Robert Lindsay for sharing with Bigfoot Lunch Club your new findings. Please visit his site for some of the most fascinating reads about Bigfoot and beyond Bigfoot.

Cryptomundo Update: Bigfoot DNA Project Using Two Dead Bigfoot Bodies for Samples
Bigfoot DNA Project Using Two Dead Bigfoot Bodies for Samples
Breathtaking News from the Erickson Project

Todd Standing Offers $2 Million for Bigfoot Body Parts

All good things must come to an end. This is why Todd Standing never ends. We have to credit to Craig Woolheater of Cryptomundo for giving us the heads up. We would be committing Bigfoot Lunch Club malpractice if we didn't give our own take.

Let's talk about the Money
Below is the explanation of the rules for the reward.
This reward is offered specifically under the 2 parameters listed below.

1st the body or significant piece of the body must have expired due to Natural causes. A detailed accounting of the discovery will be documented and investigate by a wildlife officer and forensic expert provided by the sylvanic team.

2nd The discovery must remain entirely confidential. No media or public discloser in any way. Our species protection and legislation is at a point where as soon as we can a provide a body full species protection will be implemented and enforced. It is our intention to have wildlife officers across North America identify and protect known bigfoot habitats before the media and public is aware of the situation.

Once these two obligations have been confirmed the 2 million dollar reward will be issued. The party responsible for the discovery will receive full credit for their discovery the moment this information goes public.

Let's talk about the Funny
We have two take-aways for Todd's Proposal. First, Todd has the best chance on collecting on his own reward. If there is anybody who knows how to triangulate and come face to face with Bigfoot, it would be Todd Standing. If there is anybody who knows where a group of Bigfoot live and continually has the ability to make contact with Bigfoot, it would be Todd Standing. If there is anybody who has the best odds of proving Bigfoot, based on their own statements, it would be Todd Standing. So why would someone who has all the assets, (by Todd's accounts) to be the first to prove Bigfoot offer $2 Million? Because nothing says your more serious about real evidence like lots of money.

This brings us to our second take-away. We are not lawyers and will not offer legal advice. We can, however, share some fundamentals of the legalistic formalities of how cash rewards work. Rewards fall under Contract Law. $2 million is serious money and at Sylvanic they are not taking this very seriously, they should have a page of legal-ese somewhere on the site that makes the claim of the reward. I know this because I have built many websites for many retailers that offer rewards far less than $2M. Those websites require lots of legal-ese defining the terms of the contract.

So in one fell swoop Todd has tried to convince us he's really serious by offering $2 million and then telling us he is not really serious by offering $2 million dollars.

If you do, by chance, decide to take Todd Standing up on his offer, get a contract lawyer first before you even email or talk to Todd.

By the way we have had the best coverage of Todd Standing, please read are entire coverage of Todd Standing

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Finding Bigfoot Washington Commentary and Video Debrief

These are supplementary gems to the Animal Planet Episodes of Finding Bigfoot

In the Washington Commentary and debrief video, you can expect more info regarding the Silver Star photograph and even some interesting comments on the connection of Bigfoot and Graveyards.

Read the Cliffs Finding Bigfoot Washington Commentary
Watch Clif's Finding Bigfoot Washington Video Debrief
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