Friday, January 16, 2009
Inauguration + iReport + Photosynth = history in stunning detail

It will likely be the most photographed moment in history: the moment Barack Obama takes the oath of office. CNN is teaming up with Microsoft Photosynth to create the most stunningly detailed image possible of this historical moment, but it won't be possible without your help as iReporters. Are you one of the millions attending the inauguration? We need your help to document this incredible moment in history. Here's what you do:

 

1. Take one photo of the moment when Obama takes the oath. If you have a digital camera with a zoom lens, take three photos (wide-angle, mid-zoom, full-zoom).

 

2. E-mail each photo as soon as possible to themoment@cnn.com (one photo per message, 10MB size limit). Don't forget to include your name in the message if you'd like to appear in the list of the contributors. Please only send in photos you took yourself.

 

3. Go to cnn.com/themoment to see all of the photos in our photosynth!

 

And what exactly is a photosynth? It's an image that uses ordinary digital photographs to create amazingly detailed, 3D spaces.

 

We'll combine the images you send in from every angle with images from CNN's professional photographers to create what we hope will be a breathtaking, detailed experience. You can learn more about photosynth and how it works at Photosynth.com. And don't forget to email in your inauguration photos, because it won't be possible without you!

24 Comments
January 17, 2009
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What's the route through Maryland?

January 17, 2009
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With my understanding of this technology, it should be possible for people to take a picture of their TV at the moment as well.  This would give an image of the moment literally from the living rooms of the nation and the world for that matter.

 

Although taking an image of a TV would possibly have a frame refresh in there, but I will be setting my camera on continuous so get multiple shots in that moment.  Hopefully 1 will turn out well enough to post it to iReport.com

January 17, 2009
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PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU TELL PEOPLE TO TIME STAMP THEIR PHOTOS!!!!!!  

It would be best if they synchronize the camera's time with their cell phone time.  The future will experience these multiangle, omniperspective, time slices as a paragon of political democracy and technological concerto.

 

 

I also like the idea posited by "kmil": with people at home taking photos of the television and revelers around it.  People who are unfortunate to not be able to attend the event live can upload their local images and become "photo-synthed-in-time" with the event.

 

Best of luck to the tech guys involved and God Bless the Obama presidency!

January 17, 2009
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I hope to be able to project these images at the ball i am attending in my community. Any advice or tips I need to know?

January 17, 2009

The Honorable Mr. Obama,

 

Let me tell a tale to you...

 

This tale that is one of 3 girls, a wife, an engineer, a family.

 

A family that for the last 3 years have struggled to remain a family. Struggled with the loss of jobs, a loss of trust in the government, and a loss of our dignity. We have had to suffer with the collapse of the housing market, and the loss of health care... yet we cary on. We have sold off our 401k's, our retirement accounts, our furnishings, our possessions just to stay in the game. And yet we see that there is still a "don't care" in Washington. Bailout the big banks, the auto industry, the investment companies... but for us, we have had to sell everything just to hang on to our house.

 

I have a job... a job that barely pays the bills. I have had the opportunity to see the third world and know that I have it better than most of the workers that make the products that we buy everyday... yet I struggle with the idea that 350 billion did not do what was promised. And now, another 350 billion has been released. Will my family become another statistic of the fallout of the outgoing failed policies that are in control, or will there actually be the

"hope" that my wife and I VOTED for.

I had my children watch as you gave your speech in Delaware. I told them that this will be the man that will be "your" leader. The leader that will give us the change... are you going to let those children down and make my promise a "paper tiger" an empty promise of hope.

 

I believe in your message of the hard work, the "suit up and show up" every day. I believe in the realization of a "dream" that Dr. King spoke of. I believe that there will be a change... will that change be the promise fulfilled for my children... The promise that I told them is what you said you would do?

 

God bless you in your endeavors and your administration. God bless the people that you have chosen to serve with you. And know that I am prepared to "suit up and showup" for the fight for the "dream" "The American Dream" - Call on me and I will be there.

 

As to my children... don't let them down. I don't.

January 17, 2009
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Interesting discussion, however this a.m. I heard Anderson Cooper refer to the business car at the rear of the train as a caboose. Cabooses were only used on freight trains and have become extinct for about 10 years.

The business car has a name, the Georgia 300 and was built by Pullman in 1930.

Treb, Ottawa, ON

January 17, 2009
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I have been crying all day.  This inaguaration is a time that I wish my mother who predicted this day when I was 15 was here. I served 20 years in the military my mother thought that was something she would really think this was something and say "I told you".

 

Chanie Robinson

January 17, 2009
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One man cannot change hundreds of years of history in a few years. I don't care if he's black, white, purple or yellow. It is impossible. And The OBAMA EXPRESS???? What in the world? Publicity? I THINK SO! Everyone is so caught up with how he talks and his promises but no one understands that the only guaranteed thing in life is to pay taxes and die.

January 17, 2009
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i want to cry but i cant because im so happy! to be part of this great historic moment. I going to serve for my country in a couple of weeks, and it gives me the greatest feeling right now to be a fighter for my country.

January 17, 2009
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MY NAME IS TARIANA CRUDUPT IM 16 YEARS OLD. IN A WEEK ILL BE 17. AS A YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN I SEE MR BARACK OBAMA AS HOPE AND A FUTURE. MY MOM PASSED AWAY WHEN I WAS 14 FROM SICKEL CELL ANEMIA. I LIVE WITH MY AUNT WHO RAISES 10 KIDS..INCLUDING ME MY SISTER HER GRANDCHILD AND 7 OF HER OWN.. MY MAIN POINT IS THAT EVER SINCE MR BARACK WAS ABLE TO RUN I HAD ALOT OF HOPE IN NOT JUST MYSELF BUT ALSO THE COUNTRY TO COME TOGETHER AS ONE..TO ALSO LOOSEN UP AND LOOK DOWN AT RACISM THAT STILL GOES ON TODAY AND REALIZE WITH A BLACK PRESIDENT IN THE HOUSE NOW ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE. WITH MY FAMILE NOT BEING AS FINANCIALLY STABLE AS WE COULD BE SINCE THE ECONOMY DROPPED I THINK IT WOULD BE A HONOR FOR ANY ONE WHO WANTS TO ATTEND THE INAUGARATION SHOULD TAKE IT AS A HIGH HONOR TO BE APART OF SUCH A HISTORICAL EVENT.. I WISH I WOULD OF BEEN ABLE TO BE THERE IN PERSON BUT ILL WATCH IT ON TV AND IMAGINE IT TO BE THE REALEST THING TO ME..COMGRADUALATION TO OUR FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. I HOPE HE KEEPS HIS WORD IN CHANGE FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

January 18, 2009
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my daughter an I flew all the way from Oslo Norway to be here. we don't have any tix to any of the festivities, but just wanted to be in the city to experience this awesome historical event in person. I'm a ball of emotions--pride as an american, but especially as an african american, elated, optimistic, yet realistic, and anxious/concerned for the safety of the president elect and his family. I cannot even begin to articulate what this inauguaration means for the country, and the world for that matter. In an attempt, i'd it's beginning anew with diliberate dilegence and being that beacon of hope and opportunity for not only americans, but also the world once again. I cannot wait until Tuesday! God bless America!!!

January 18, 2009
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I know Barack Obama is makeing history being the first African American President and don't get me wrong i think it's grate but he is a Socialist and is going to bring Socialism to the U.S.A witch i think is bull just like i think all the bail outs are bull and all the money that Obama is going to add to it . Well i did not ask for all the bail outs or the money that Obama is going to add to it i think the banks should have failed and i'll be damed if i pay back any of that money no one helps me i'll get a job working under the table if i have to . So i hope you all are happy about bringing Socialism to this country so i really hope that the end of the world is on December 21st 2012 because this is bull.

January 18, 2009
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President Elect Obama should demand from all banks transparency since the majority of banks do not seem to be willing to help homeowners from feasible foreclosures.

 

I am a living proof of that.

January 18, 2009
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I can't believe the interview CNN just had with Michelle Obama's former college roommate from the 1980's - I think her name is Kathleen Donnelly - that woman is just from a racists family.  You shouldn't have waisted any air time on her.  There is no excuse for her family's behavior toward Michelle Obama.  I also was in college during the 80's, I also had a black roommate and lots of friends of different races.  I can't imagine my parents behaving the way Donnelly and her family did. That woman is an opportunist.  She was in college in the 1980's not the 1880's ... there was and is no excuse to treat anyone the way she treatd Michelle Obama.

January 18, 2009
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My problem with the coverage of today's events are.  They are charging us on HBO to see the concert which took place on the peoples mall.  I am disappointed that this was a for profit event if you were not able to attend. Remember us, those who voted for Mr Obama and that this was a event which should have been for the people.

January 19, 2009
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Many people say “I could not believe I would live to see this day”. I say the only way to live is to believe I will see this one day. E pluribus unum.

 

Rickey.

 

Bay Area, CA

January 19, 2009
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Just a little poem in my heart concerning current events.

Enjoy:

2009 – I’M OUTTA MY MIND

 

I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN, IS MY MOTO,

I KEEP MY SIGHTS SET HIGH ON TOMARROW.

 

 

TOMARROW IS THE DAY THAT IS NOT THAT FAR AWAY,

CHANGERS ARE COMING THEY START ON THAT DAY.

 

A CHANGE, A CHANGE, SOMETHING WE’VE NEEDED ALL A LONG,

THEN CAME BARRACK OBAMA SINGING HIS SONG.

 

 

HIS EYES SO LOVING, HIS SMILE SO STRONE,

I KNOW I CAN, I KNOW I CAN, IS NOW MY SONG.

 

 

THE CHANGE I HAVE HEARD HAS ENLIGHTENED MY MIND,

I FEEL MORE SECURE IN THESE TRYING TIMES.

 

 

OBAMA THESE WORDS ARE HERE FOR YOU,

GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES, OUR SOLDURES AND YOU!

 

Dave Stratton - Greencastle Pa.  Author 01/19/2009

January 20, 2009
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Hello.,... I am writing to let you know after watching our New President Obama give his Inaguration speach I am so upset.  I am what our society likes to call a caucasion.  I have green eyes and blonde hair, which we all know is now becoming the minority of the United States.  I am proud to be an American and proud to be a Caucasion in America.  However I see a man that is leading our Country that is not proud of his caucasion or OTHER background.  It is all about his African American background.  He is a Heinz 57 just like so many other people in our great country.  I heard him prase his father.... but what about his MOTHER?What about his background from his mothers side of the family?  Does this not bare the importance of his mother?  My final statement is that I had to walk away from the last part of his speach because of all the AFRICAN AMERICAN people they were showing.  I could handle this better if he had spoke about ALL of his heritage, not just the African American side.  It made me sick, makes me angry and makes me sad.  His mark in History is NOT due to the fact that he is an AFRICAN AMERICAN.... because he is NOT JUST AN AFRICAN AMERICAN!  On the outside he appears to be AFRICAN AMERICAN but on the inside he is MUCH MUCH MORE!Smiles, Connie Smierciak

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