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Kantega and Thamserku Ama Dablam Everest sunset from Gokyo Ri Matterhorn
Cliftonwood, Bristol Harbour Tengboche Monastery, Nepal Lac Blanc above Chamonix Phewa Lake, Pokhara, Nepal
Sunrise, Bristol Harbour Bristol Balloon Fiesta The Matthew, Bristol Churchill, Bristol Balloon Fiesta
Churchill, Bristol Balloon Fiesta Royal York Crescent, Bristol Swan, Bristol Harbour Fireworks, Clifton Suspension Bridge (150 years since it opened, 7 Dec 2014)
Dave Gott

Hi! I'm a retired software developer currently living on the fabulous Bristol Harbourside in the UK.

I enjoy travelling, hiking, photography and creating the occasional website - some of which are illustrated below.

All sites work best on a large screen (2560 x 1440 or above recommended) with a pointing device and fast connection.







davegott.com/yourlife

The story of Your Life so far - key events from history, technology, sport, film and music juxtaposed on Your Timeline, and how long you have left to live (according to the Office of National Statistics). Click an Album or Film image to see details on davegott.com/music or davegott.com/films.

Examples:   Stephen Fry   The Queen


Your Life - Summary



Images

Some of my travel photos eg. Nepal, Alps, South America, Bristol etc.

Images



davegott.com/films

This website figures out the best ever films by Genre, Actor, Director, Year, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Freeview or UK Town and the best Actors and Directors for every decade since 1915, and of all time.

Examples:

Best Films of 1968
Best Films now Showing in Bristol (if updated!)
Best Alfred Hitchcock Films
Best Actors by decade
Best Directors by decade

Films


davegott.com/music

Features 1200 artists and 22000 albums chosen by a wide range of critics as amongst the best ever - and explains why. Click on an album or playlist to listen via Spotify (if you've an account).

Examples:   David Bowie   Uncut Magazine: Best 75 Albums of 2018


Music




davegott.com/nobel-prize-winners

View Images and Biographies of all Nobel Prize Winners by Category, Year, Country or Gender. Piecharts show prizes by country and category (the UK is second only to the US).


Nobel Prize Winners




SlideShow Aspect 3:2

     

SlideShow Aspect 16:9

Note : Can be slow to start up, depending on your connection.

Some of my photos with image transitions from WOW Slider. Start slide, image transition type and duration are randomised so each show is unique.


Slideshow 1C Slideshow 1B




Beautiful Interactive Graphs Website

This was amazing. Far better than sliced bread. But Java support has been dropped by all browsers now so all you can do is gaze forlornly at the static images below.

This was a project to try the Java language and to animate some of the beautiful graphs in a fabulous book by Jean-Paul Delahaye, Professeur, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille : "Geometric and Artistic Graphics - Design Generation with Microcomputers", MacMillan 1986. For this I converted the original Basic programs to Java and added colour, detail, rotation, animation and an interactive website.

Interactive Graphs Interactive Graphs Graphs




Advanced Alien Technology Image Viewer and Curator


If and when we meet friendly advanced Aliens this (I imagine) is what their image viewers will look like :


x x x x x

Did you spot the huge advances over (most) primitive Human image viewers?

Major flaws of most primitive Human image viewers include :

I'll expand on these a bit and in this context please bear in mind the challenge for today's photographers isn't taking good photos (certainly not since Apple introduced Deep Fusion to their phones), rather the tricky bit is how to curate the hundreds of technically fine and very similar photos you have. How to pick the best and delete the weaker ones. This tricky process is almost impossible with an image viewer that only shows one large image at a time and very difficult using a mobile image viewer if it has no option to group all landscape photos together and all portrait photos together (I've yet to find a mobile image viewer that provides this simple but vital functionality).

Imagine a country with 3 lane motorways but motorists only ever use the central lane. Nobody knows why it's just how they do things. Could humanity ever be so silly? Yes! Have you tried viewing portrait format images on a computer? Typically viewers only show one large image at once and only use the central third of the screen. So 33% efficient for screen usage and 0% efficient for comparing images.

Personally I use linux on my pc, where things are possibly even worse! Most (all?) image viewers on linux (except mine above) limit thumbnails to a max width of 256 pixels and can only show one image at a time larger than this. Perhaps this was okay when the biggest screen anyone had was 640 × 400 pixels and digital photography was for the future, but it makes no sense today.

The great news is my viewer fixes all these issues. The less good news is it's only available for now on my PC and there's no version for mobile devices - so you may have to wait for Friendly Advanced Alien contact? Surely there must be an app somewhere for mobiles that fix this?

Of course it's tongue in cheek calling my image viewer advanced alien technology. It's not rocket science (though my last 2 jobs were with Airbus!). I'm puzzled why it seems hard to find such functionality in existing image viewers.

Adobe Lightroom note : Adobe Lightroom doesn't have the above issues. It does allow ordering a photo collection by image aspect and viewing several large images at once. There are some drawbacks with it though : it's only available by expensive subscription, the learning curve is huge, and recent versions of it and macOS are totally unusable unless you upgrade to a high spec. computer.





Remote Control Bristol Harbour Camera

This project involved mounting a full frame digital SLR on my bathroom window sill, 2 storeys up, with a view along Bristol Harbour to the M-shed Museum and Prince Street Bridge. The camera could be triggered remotely via email, manually from a local computer or automatically driven by a timetable linked to sunrise times. Click the above link for a slide show from some of the resulting images.


iot_camera_examples.jpg slides_bristol_harbour.jpg






NOTE : the web pages below here are currently offline.

(for possible tweaking/updating if/when I find time).






davegott.com/bestalbums

  • Explore over 100 Best Album lists, over 5000 Artists, over 10000 Albums.
  • Search by Artist and see at a glance their best albums chronologically (and their very very best - those in many lists).
  • Stream via Spotify, iTunes, Apple or Amazon (account required).
  • Choose Album Cover Size. Sort by Rank, Artist, Album, Genre or Date.
  • Click Album Title for Reviews (via albumoftheyear.org).
  • Listen to track previews for over 5000 Albums (no account required).
  • Calculates the best 1000 albums of all time (based on how many lists an album appears in and it's average list position).
  • Calculates the best decades for great albums.

Examples:

Rolling Stone Magazine : 500 Greatest Albums of All Time : 1-100
Album of the Year : Best 200 Albums of 2019
The Guardian : 100 Best Albums of the 21st Century : 1-100
davegott.com bestalbums : 1000 Best Albums of All Time : 1-100
Best Albums by Decade - was music better in the old days?

Best Albums


davegott.com/bestartists

  • The 1000 Best Music Artists / Bands of all time - as calculated by this website (see below for how).
  • Click an Artist image for their Spotify "This is ..." playlist.
  • Search by Artist / Band
  • Test your music knowledge - turn Captions off and try to identify the Artists (hover over an image for the answer).
  • You can view the data in Table format - which shows #Albums and Avg. Pos. (which are used to rank the Artists).
    #Albums : number of times an album by this Artist appears in a list on www.davegott.com/bestalbums
    Avg. Pos. : Average list position for the above albums (1 is best).
Best Artists


SlideShow 3

Sorry this has been de-commissioned for now.
Features 9 simultaneous synchronised slide shows. Recommended screen width : > 750px.

The 9 slideshows run on 9 tiles whose spacing can be altered. Sometimes the 9 images are independent and sometimes they are portions of one large image.

Slideshow 3A Slideshow 3B




Copyright and image use

All images on this website are copyright Dave Gott. They may be downloaded for personal non-profit use or for promoting Bristol - if so please credit the source : "davegott.com".



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