In today's Remainders: sights! Visit Paris in your browser with a magnificent 24-gigapixel photograph; behold America, circa 1972, in the EPA's 15,000 photograph Documerica project; learn why octopuses like HDTV just as much as you do, and more.
Chroming Soon Chrome OS! Remember that? Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't. In the intervening months since Google announced their snappy, lightweight operating system, there has been a good amount of other stuff to keep the collective geek imagination busy: iPad, Windows Phone 7, Chatroulette. You know, important stuff. But don't worry if you'd forgotten about it because Google is still on the ball. Speaking at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that Chrome OS was still on track to be released in the second half of this year. Alright! [Engadget]
GigaParis Paris! It really is a magical place. But most of us can't just pick up our life, hop on a plane, and move to the City of Love. This isn't season six of Sex and the City and we're not Carrie Bradshaw. What you can do, though, is visit Paris in your browser, in magnificent 26-gigapixel glory. I've come across this type of zoomy, panny, super high-res photos before, of course, but this is among the best. Excellent locale, full panorama, plenty of monuments already programmed in for your slow-zoom pleasure. I just hope Carla Bruni is actually in one of those thousands of windows and my searching is not in vain. [Paris 26 Gigapixel]
OctoTV New research shows that the advantages of HDTV aren't lost on octopuses. A recent study on octopus behaviour made the upgrade from CRT sets to HDTVs for the playback of octopus-related videos, like one of a tasty crab. Whereas the octopuses had previously ignored the videos - researchers surmise that on the CRT sets the images were "incomplete and probably incoherent" when viewed by the octopuses - the HD crabs had the octopuses reacting like they were the real thing. Scientists had tried unsuccessfully for 10 years to get octopuses to react to video, until the leap to HD got the creatures interested. Wait until they see Crabs in 3D. [New Scientist]
EPA Shots Shortly after Nixon formed the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, its director dispatched 100 photographers to "photograph America's environmental problems, to document America's natural and man-made beauty and to photograph the human condition". That's a tall order, but finally thanks to the internet we're able to see how they fared. The Documerica Flickr set will eventually include over 15,000 images taken as part of the project. [Wired]