Across from the office is a protected area that was the site of a some sort of resource extraction. It’s a nice spot to take a break at lunchtime, and I enjoy walking Nika and Piper on it in the winter (or around it when it’s not frozen). The hill in the distance is Ester Dome, the high point of the Equinox Marathon that Andrea will be running in a few weeks.
The photo was constructed from three photos using an iPhone app called AutoStitch. I’ve done this process on my Mac using Hugin, and it works well. But AutoStitch can do the whole process right on the iPhone, now has a cropping feature to trim off the extraneous curvature at the edges, and does the whole thing with almost no effort on the user’s part. Very slick.
Before I went to California I decided I was finally ready to become a cell phone user with Apple’s iPhone. The contract (two years) is ridiculously long, AT&T doesn’t have the best record when it comes to service and upgrades (we don’t have 3G here in Fairbanks yet…), and I’m uncomfortable with how tight Apple is with their software and hardware. But a cell phone with a fast processor, lots of storage, built-in GPS, compass, motion sensors and a camera that can shoot stills and video? Plus a wide range of apps and an SDK to allow me to develop my own? I couldn’t resist. After verifying we could get service at our house (typically two, weak bars), we signed up and I picked up my phone at the Apple store in San Francisco on my way to Berkeley. Andrea got hers a few days later here in Fairbanks.
The iPhone is everything I thought it would be. The hardware and most of the software is incredible, and it’s already changing (improving, thus far) the way I live my life. The closed nature of it still bothers me, but I’m willing to give it a chance before I consider jailbreaking it.
What does this have to do with The Woodwright’s Shop and St. Roy? Well, one of the apps I have on my iPhone is called What’s On, and as I was perusing the TV schedule to see what baseball game was on FOX (what a surprise: Red Sox vs. Yankees) I noticed that The Woodwright’s Shop had a little HD icon next to it. Sure enough, when I flipped it on, there was St. Roy boring star-shaped holes into walnut in full high-definition video!