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Not long ago, "J" came across an ad for a lecture at the Pacific Science Center, titled Mysteries of the Deep: Seattle's Underwater Secrets. She thought that both "T" and I might be interested in the lecture, and got tickets for all three of us, without even asking us.

So, this evening, we went to the lecture. It was excellent. The speaker, Kees Beemster Leverenz, was really good at reaching an audience mixed between divers, family of divers, people interested in the sorts of historical stuff — shipwrecks, plane crashes, and even a famous car crash — lost in the local waters.

The presentation included a lot of photo slides of interesting things the speaker or his friends had visited, and a few shots from elsewhere. He also had some video. But most interesting, he had some 3D photo-mosaics assembled from hundreds of photographs he and his friends had taken, assembled using software similar to that used in phone-camera panoramic imaging modes, except that it assembled things into 3D models. He showed off the 3D models both by spinning them on screen and by showing them with red-green anaglyph 3D goggles. The lecture was so popular that the last people to arrive didn't get goggles, but there were enough to make it easy to share, and the people who got them were generous about sharing with those who didn't.

Much thanks to J for guessing well about what we might like to do for an evening.


I didn't see the ad that caught J's attention and prompted her to treat us to it. However, I did find the Pacific Science Center's description of it. Just in case they eventually clear out their past event announcements, here's the description from its web site:

Mysteries of the Deep: Seattle's Underwater Secrets

Join us as we explore never-before-seen 3D models, photos and stories from the last century of hundreds of crashed airplanes, wrecked wooden ships and abandoned artifacts beneath the water surrounding Seattle.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

I should change this to my own copy of the image.
Note to self: I should change this image to something other than the Pacific Science Center's web site, either on this site or some other storage I control.

EVENT DETAILS

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Hidden beneath the water surrounding Seattle lies hundreds of crashed airplanes, wrecked wooden ships and abandoned artifacts. Modern 3D technology (photogrammetry) has made it possible for anyone to explore these captivating time capsules. Join Global Underwater Explorers and Kees Beemster Leverenz for an evening beneath the waves as they share never-before-seen 3D models, photos and stories from the last century.

Tickets are $5 or FREE for Pacific Science Center Members | Doors open at 6:40 p.m. | North entrance

TIME

(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

LOCATION

PACCAR Theater
200 Second Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

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