CodyLoco's Random Rants… A little bit of everything…


360 Degree Panoramic Photos from an iPhone 4

I can't even remember how exactly, but I ran into this app for iPhones that creates some pretty amazing 360 degree panoramas called... 360 Panorama...  It makes it really easy to take a panoramic photo - all you do is hit the shutter once, and the gyro sensors in the iPhone determine the positioning of the photos that are automatically taken and stitched together as you pan the camera around your scene.  The photos are of course then geotagged, and they can be uploaded to developer Occipital's website where they are shown on a map as a kind of panorama photo feed.

Check out the panorama I took from the rocks in Punta Mala, Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica:


Shark Fining in Costa Rica continues and there’s nobody to stop it…

A couple weeks ago, Costa Rica was in the news after Gordon Ramsey, the TV host for Hell's Kitchen, was held at gunpoint and doused in gas as a warning to stop sticking his nose into the shark fining issue in Puntarenas.  A few days later, a local Tico environmentalist received the same treatment and both events were covered in The Tico Times.

The mini documentary Gordon was filming has since been released (and subsecuentely of course landed on YouTube), titled Gordon Ramsey's Shark Bait.  Although there is no footage of him and his crew being attacked in Puntarenas, the documentary does provide a decent rundown of what shark fining is and how inhumane and irresponsible it is - and does include lots of footage of the shark fining situation in Costa Rica.

If you are interested in knowing more, watch the movie Sharkwater - an excellent 2005 documentary which uncovered a whole lot about shark fining in Costa Rican waters and the Galapagos, and you can read Capt. Paul Watson's recent commentary on Sharks, Drugs, Lies, and Corruption in Costa Rica.

That said - here's the show in four parts (make sure you click read more if you are reading this from the front page!). Please post this to Facebook or share the link with your friends to spread the information!


Ganesha Lounge

Not that this blog has what you could honestly call "many readers", but for those that might have hit this page recently and wondered where I have been, I'm here to tell you.

Myself and a couple partners have opened up a small bar in Playa Jaco, Costa Rica (one of those tiny strips of land that connect North and South America).

We took it over as of Dec 1st 2008 and since then I have been getting around twenty hours of sleep per week, and of course any of my old hobbies such as blog entries and gaming have been put on hold since then.

It has been a tremendous amount of work, but so far knowing that we have the best beachfront bar around here has made it all worth it. If you at any point come visit Jaco, stop by Ganesha Lounge on Calle Bohio and say hi so I can give you a free round of Imperial or Jagermeister shots 🙂

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