I’ve Got the Power

Finally, we interns have a little bit of power. We now have the ability to use our ID Cards to open a few doors. Watch out!

Today was also the first day of the CIS Summer Movie Series for us interns. It was really interesting to see what kind of path Dr. Nova followed and to learn about her experiences. Her story encourages all to “take your own life into your own hands.” Although this is often said, it isn’t often displayed by people. On a similar note, another video (TED Talk), demonstrated how it is important to take matters into your own hands by expressing your concerns or disagreements despite having fears of conflict. By expressing your ideas, you might incur “conflict,” but this “conflict” is what gets the brain cogs turning. When somebody disagrees with you, you will have to think in order to defend and explore your own position. The opinions of others, whether they are positive or negative, are vital because they offer a different perspective to an issue. With these different perspectives, you can more extensively develop your own thoughts and ideas. Overall, this was a very thought provoking experience, and I look forward to attending more in the future. Also, free food is always a plus.

In terms of my project, it seems that we finally do have some sort of direction that we are headed towards. We will be making use of Google Earth and the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) gallery to create interactive maps of the sun using photoshop. Just like in Google Earth, the user will be able to rotate the model Sun like they would the Earth, and mousing over certain parts of the model will bring up fun facts about these parts of the actual Sun. Hopefully we will be able to use this in the Space Suitcase project, which involves a giant white inflatable ball, a projector, and a Wii remote.

The current task to tackle is converting the 2D images provided by the SDO into 3D sphere models in Google Earth. We’ve been brainstorming ideas on how to “wrap” the image around the sphere without excessive stretching, glaring seam lines or loss of content. Right now, I want to convert the images into a format like this:


Right now, I’m not too sure how I will slice an image into the above shape, without sacrificing a bit of the image. Photoshop might be a good way to go about doing this, but I found an interesting program on the web called “Blender” that might be very helpful. Blender is a program that is designed for UV Mapping, which essential is the process of converting a 2D image to a 3D model. However, it may take some time to learn.




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