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Old 22nd December 2014, 07:48 AM   #1
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This, right here. This is what the internet is for

http://www.pointerpointer.com/

Move your pointer onto the screen. The website will find and display a photograph of someone pointing at your pointer.

It's not 100% infallible but, by God, it was a magnificent use of someone's time and effort to create.
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Old 22nd December 2014, 09:26 AM   #2
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Old 22nd December 2014, 03:08 PM   #3
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That's cool, but I'm moderately surprised that there were no weiner pointers.
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Old 22nd December 2014, 04:24 PM   #4
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Oddly, most of the pictures seem to be of college kids drinking.
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Old 22nd December 2014, 04:55 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by HighRiser View Post
That's cool, but I'm moderately surprised that there were no weiner pointers.
The wiener exclusion filter actually took 90% of the development time.
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Old 22nd December 2014, 05:14 PM   #6
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Old 22nd December 2014, 05:18 PM   #7
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I see how it could be done:
Find (or take) a small set of photos of someone pointing (finger within the middle section), and make a table of the coordinates of the finger for each photo. The photos should be scaled to be twice the final size.
To generate the pointing result, choose a random photo from the set, shift and crop it by subtracting the photo's finger coordinates from the pointer coordinates, and display.
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Old 22nd December 2014, 05:21 PM   #8
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Old 22nd December 2014, 10:05 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Pulvinar View Post
I see how it could be done:
Find (or take) a small set of photos of someone pointing (finger within the middle section), and make a table of the coordinates of the finger for each photo. The photos should be scaled to be twice the final size.
To generate the pointing result, choose a random photo from the set, shift and crop it by subtracting the photo's finger coordinates from the pointer coordinates, and display.
It'd be more interesting if there were more images per "spot". If you get one image, and move the pointer a few pixels, you get the same image again until you move it just far enough.
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Old 22nd December 2014, 11:30 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by jnelso99 View Post
It'd be more interesting if there were more images per "spot". If you get one image, and move the pointer a few pixels, you get the same image again until you move it just far enough.
Good test-- so they must have an array of photos. They are shifting and cropping, but only by maybe 10 pixels.
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Old 22nd December 2014, 11:39 PM   #11
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Old 22nd December 2014, 11:51 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Pulvinar View Post
Good test-- so they must have an array of photos. They are shifting and cropping, but only by maybe 10 pixels.
yep, I went straight to it and checked moving slightly in a number of locations and the pictures are shifted in a small range and not a gigantic number of pictures used or necessary..... Fun though for a short time. I miss the Hampster Dance though.
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Old 22nd December 2014, 11:56 PM   #13
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Old 23rd December 2014, 01:15 PM   #14
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Old 23rd December 2014, 02:25 PM   #15
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I liked the one that explained how the cursor moved. It showed an arrow being held by above their heads by a group of men. When you moved the cursor, the group moved the arrow.*

Unfortunately, I did not bookmark the site and an attempt to find it several years ago was unsuccessful. Does anyone remember this?

*ETA, or maybe they were themselves the arrow.
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Old 23rd December 2014, 02:40 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Pulvinar View Post
I see how it could be done:
Find (or take) a small set of photos of someone pointing (finger within the middle section), and make a table of the coordinates of the finger for each photo. The photos should be scaled to be twice the final size.
To generate the pointing result, choose a random photo from the set, shift and crop it by subtracting the photo's finger coordinates from the pointer coordinates, and display.
That seems to be how it's done. And they forgot to take into account the direction the pointer is pointing from, they're cropped out when you get too close to the top right corner.
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Old 23rd December 2014, 03:46 PM   #17
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Hilarious! (And it took only around 10 tries for the first duckface to show up.)
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Old 23rd December 2014, 07:57 PM   #18
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Adequate, but I personally feel that the internet achieved its zenith with the high-diving giraffes (really a short film but who's counting?) and it's all been downhill since then.

As someone else noted, is there something in our genetic makeup that we stop pointing for pictures when we turn 28?
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Old 24th December 2014, 08:41 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Foolmewunz View Post
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As someone else noted, is there something in our genetic makeup that we stop pointing for pictures when we turn 28?

I must have been old before my time. I haven't ever pointed for or in a picture.

I don't recall the thought ever crossing my mind (such as it is), and whenever I see a photo with someone doing that it always puzzles me.

I mean what (if you'll excuse the expression) is the point?
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Old 25th December 2014, 10:38 PM   #20
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Old 27th December 2014, 01:55 PM   #21
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I don't see the point.
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Old 29th December 2014, 07:16 AM   #22
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End of the internet? Hardly. I think http://zombo.com/ has been up since the 90's.
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Old 29th December 2014, 07:48 AM   #23
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That's cruel. For a guy in prison.
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I would just like to point out that this site is still up and still working. A new generation of forum users needs to experience the magic.

Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
http://www.pointerpointer.com/

Move your pointer onto the screen. The website will find and display a photograph of someone pointing at your pointer.

It's not 100% infallible but, by God, it was a magnificent use of someone's time and effort to create.
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Big deal. We program sites like that in introductory courses, these days.
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It's still pretty awesome.
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