Slice of Life:
More than a year after I'd whipped up the Visible Barbie Project
[ http://www.trygve.com/visible_barbie.html ]
it's still one of the most popular pages here on Trygve.Com, so it's mildly ironic that, at least
in my own small way, I've ended up having something to do with the new, improved version
of the real Visible Human Project, being developed over at the Center for Human Simulation
at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
[ http://www.uchsc.edu/sm/chs/gallery/gallery.htm ]
Laura VanTine (shown to the right) has been creating the new 3D exterior layer
(skin, hair, that kind of stuff) for the updated Visible Human using Maya and the
"Shapesnatcher Suite" 3D-capture software package from Eyetronics
[ http://www.eyetronics.com/index2.html ].
Fortunately, her part in this effort doesn't involve slicing anybody. Even if she
does have a medical background, I'd still figure that this way it's a little easier
on the stomach.
My own rather tangential involvement is a lot less exciting: I'd just put together
the computer hardware that's used for building the model and my servers out
here are getting used for moving the completed files that represent the 3D objects
and texture maps back and forth between Laura and the
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Even so, I find it amusing that,
lurking beneath the files that make up Visible Barbie, there are some of the
parts that make up the new Visible Human dataset.
Now, if you'd seen the Visible Barbie Project, you'd know I'm not nearly as well
set up for slicing cadavers (or, actually, as they're doing in the new version,
sanding them) as the UCHSC, so for one of my own projects that required
thinly-sliced body parts, I decided to outsource the slicing part.
...to the grocery store deli department. I happened to notice
a loaf of head cheese lurking behind the counter when I was at the grocer's, so I
had the deli operator cut off four slices, ringing up at a whopping buck-fifty. That
might not sound like much, but it's the most I'd ever spent on head cheese in my
life...by, um, about a buck-fifty margin.
But, now armed with a veritable headcheese armada--and I do mean "armed"; I'm sure
there are very few deli items more capable of fending off a queasy-stomached attacker
than a sharpened slice of head cheese--I left the puzzled deli manager behind (well, yeah,
I did explain that I only needed them for photographic purposes) and embarked on my
own project of adding tilable head cheese to the web deli:
[ http://www.trygve.com/headcheese.html ]
Now that I've completed that project, I haven't figured out a suitable, safe disposal method
for either the most photogenic slice of the lot or its three runners-up. Maybe the EPA has
some guidelines for this kind of thing. Right now it's still lurking in the back of my fridge,
waiting for the perfect moment to strike...or to be thrown out, whichever happens first.