Feb 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm #1286414
Daryl and DarylParticipant
@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Let me first say that I'm gullible and an idiot. Here's my question.
Two different people have e-mailed me several photos from the southern hemisphere of earth recently(Patagonia). I live in the northern hemisphere of earth(Seattle). All of the photos show up in my e-mail upside down.
At first I thought it was a joke. But neither of these people are jokesters. Is there some other explanation?Feb 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm #1847044
@tremeloLocale: San Jacinto Mountains
my brain exploded, no worries… prolly get it all cleaned up with a q-tipFeb 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm #1847046
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Some cameras are simple, and they do not know which way is up when it comes to images. They cannot tag the image file with anything special as to the orientation. Other cameras are a little more complex, and they have sensors that determine when the shooter is holding it to one side or the other, or even upside down. They tag the image file for that orientation.
Now, when the image file comes over to your computer and you view it on some image editor, with some programs the orientation tag is read accurately and the image is shown accurately. If the human decides that it needs to be turned, he can do that. To a large extent, the image file is only changed on the orientation tag. Different programs do this differently though, and some do it permanently. Other programs just read the tag and show it correctly, but they do not actually make any permanent change to the file.
Then, you may send that image file to somebody else for viewing. Their viewing program may or may not read the original orientation tag correctly, even if it was permanently saved. The bottom line is that all bets are off. This gets particularly messy when the shooter shoots the image with the camera almost straight up or straight down. The orientation sensors tend not to work perfectly there.
–B.G.–Feb 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm #1847057
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
The toilets spin backwards down there.Feb 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm #1847059
"The toilets spin backwards down there."
actually, the water spins backwards. the toilets stay quite stationary ;)Feb 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm #1847060
>"The toilets spin backwards down there."
>actually, the water spins backwards. the toilets stay quite stationary ;)
Usually when the toilet spins its because I've had a leeeetle too much, um, "liquid."Mar 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm #1847583
Only from Patagonia. It has to do with the strong winds downthere.
Here is proof , I am in Melbourne :Mar 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm #1851817
Daryl. You have out done yourself with this post. Outstanding. Now how about a pig joke?Mar 11, 2012 at 9:03 am #1851924
@socal-nomadLocale: North San Diego county
Everything is Bass Akward in the southern hemisphere. Maybe the Gravity was off kilter during creation.
That's why the Platypus ended up with Duck bill instead of a nose and mouth, Kanagroos Hop and have pouches, Koala bears have claws to hang on for dear life in trees during the low gravity period of creation,The Tasmania Devil is mean little critter. I still want to go down under to see the toilet drain the other way.
TerryMar 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm #1852061
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> Maybe the Gravity was off kilter during creation.
But Drop Bears still drop downwards out of trees onto tail-end Charlie, who is never seen again.
CheersMar 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm #1852066
Koalas are not bears.. but cute as.
(don't tell anyone , but they can smell really bad and are rather noisy, but still cute)
(my personal koala, last walk. Woke me up every hour doing his mating call…)
Don't bother about testing the water thing, it can go either way (I have tested this at home, some sinks drain one way,some the other. But I don't know why) )
FrancoMar 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm #1852072
Ben 2 WorldParticipant
@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
"Don't bother about testing the water thing, it can go either way (I have tested this at home, some sinks drain one way,some the other. But I don't know why) )"
If you really want to know… the direction is almost entirely dependent on the design (angle, shape, water placement, etc.) of the wash basin or toilet. The rotation of the Earth does have an effect, but a very, very weak one.Mar 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm #1852106
Crossing the equator I did the before and after experiment.
Lo and behold (…..) one day the water was going down one way , the next the other ( in my cabin)*
So I became convinced that it was indeed true.
Years later I proved that theory wrong by testing the various taps in my house.
* that is in the sink, not the floor.Mar 12, 2012 at 12:26 am #1852347
@socal-nomadLocale: North San Diego county
My water goes down the drain anti-clock wise in my home.
TerryMar 16, 2012 at 7:51 am #1854658
@asciibaronLocale: Mid Atlantic
is your hard drive installed upside down?
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