Saturday, December 14, 2019

Granada in Winter

William Dalrymple:

I saw in the new year with my family a short walk down from the Alhambra in Granada — one of the best travel decisions I’ve made for years.

It was also just what was needed at a difficult time. My father had recently died, following a decline brought on my mother’s death several months earlier. The home I had been brought up in was suddenly empty, and Scotland with its frosts and bare trees, its short days and long nights, seemed black with grief. Andalucía brought us back to life.

Even arriving in Granada was like coming up for air. I never knew a European winter could be so mild or so beautiful: the high, cold perfectly blue skies of early morning, with wisps of mist in the valleys, would give way to wonderfully warm afternoons: shirtsleeves weather. Bright wintry light illuminated the stucco stalactites of the Salón de los Embajadores, and swelled the oranges ripening in the Generalife palace gardens. Without a breath of wind, the still mirror-pools perfectly reflected the Moorish horseshoe arches rising behind them. Concluding every view, brilliantly illuminated, rose the snow-peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

Andalucía is beautiful in winter, particularly around Christmas. Explore in amuz

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Virtual Travel

Sara Toth Stub:
Significant technological hurdles stand in the way of their ultimate vision. The amount of data needed for live, 360-degree, three-dimensional video isn’t possible to transmit without significant time lags on current wireless networks, said Jacob Chakareski, who runs the Laboratory for Immersive Communication at the University of Alabama. Headsets tend to be clunky and expensive, and the systems require additional graphics cards and cables, he said. The emergence of ultrafast 5G wireless networks and computing that would allow data to be processed closer to devices—rather than in the cloud—could help these issues. But 5G service is still in its infancy, particularly in the U.S. Some startups are already developing live VR without drones. Students who attend New York’s Fordham University, which has two campuses, can use a service called Chimera, developed by New York-based startup Pagoni VR, to sit in on live classes on the other campus. Immertec, a Tampa-based startup, partnered with Johnson & Johnson to provide physicians with live, VR-enabled streams of real surgical procedures at dozens of U.S. hospitals, including Baylor Scott & White Surgical Hospital at Sherman and Vitruvio Institute of Medical Advancement in Dallas.
Hmm. Explore the world with a few taps in amuz:

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.