When I was a kid, I loved to play a game that came in some comics and magazines: What’s wrong with the picture? You had to spot illogical, unreal, mismatched and other such oddities hidden in small details in the picture. The game encouraged attention to details, keen observation, and application of concepts like harmony, logic, etc.
What I want to do in this post, is start enjoying some of the benefits of moving away from WordPress.com. Here is a panorama I created of a simple scene in Pune.
- To zoom in, click on the image, or use your mouse wheel, or use the +/- buttons
- To move around in the image, simply drag the picture with your mouse
- Use the Home button to reset the view
- Finally – you must try this out – use the rightmost button to switch between normal and Full Screen view. You can still zoom in and move around in the Full Screen view.
The actual photo file size is 2.56 MB, but you download only the parts where you are scrolling and zooming in, so the experience is smooth. For more on this technology, see here.
Now, what makes this picture interesting, you might say? A typical urban scene in India! Let’s play a grownup version of What’s Wrong With This Picture, shall we? Here are my observations:
- The pedestrian sidewalk (footpath) is wide and you can actually walk on it.
- There are benches on the sidewalk where people really sit.
- Clearly visible pedestrian (zebra) crossings and road markers for drivers.
- A non-overflowing trash can on the sidewalk.
- A place to park two-wheelers without obstructing the traffic on the road.
- New trees planted to increase the greenery of the area.
- The new tree saplings are actually watered.
Surprised? Can you guess why so many things are wrong here?