I sold a pano!

OculusVR, developers of the Oculus Rift selected a group of 200 panoramas from 360Cities to help demonstrate the capabilities of Oculus VR. Images were chosen for their beauty and impressiveness when viewed on the Oculus device.

You can see Oculus CTO John Carmack talk briefly about 360Cities and the experience of viewing panoramas in VR at 36 minutes in.

This isn't the first time I've sold a pano, but I have no illusions of being able to leave my day job to sell panos as stock photography. The first was a gigapan of the Mer de Glace shot with a Gigapan robot, licensed to a geography textbook.

If you want to try your hand at it as well, 360Cities licensing isn't a bad place to start.

To see a few more of my panoramic images take a look at the pano page here, or my 360Cities profile.

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Like many men of my age, the old barnet had been thinning for some time (think Grant Mitchell), so for the last few years I've been wondering if it really is worth paying for a visit to the hairdressers every couple of months.

Well... I can confirm I've found a much simpler and less costly solution.

Philips have a range of DIY hair clippers that are super simple to use, and get the job done in less time than it takes to brew a coffee.

The Philips QC55xx range come with a 180 degree rotatable clipping head that allows you to cover your head with one hand without all sorts of unnatural yoga poses. A rotating click-wheel allows you to set one of 13 length settings from 0.5 to 15mm, or you can remove the comb to get closer. The cutting head clips off easily, making it easy to blow out the clippings or run it under the tap to clean.

I've been using one for 6 month, and can confirm I'm not going back the the hair salon...

The latest model in the UK seems to be the QC5570, and in the US the QC5580, but I've included links below that should find these or the full range.

Philips QC5570 DIY Easy Reach 180 degree hair Clipper - Amazon UK
Philips Do It Yourself Hair Clippers - Amazon UK
Philips QC5580 Do-It-Yourself Hair Clipper Pro - Amazon US
Philips Norelco Do-It-Yourself Hair Clippers - Amazon US