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Have you ever tried to create a large map from a number of separate images?  Some people take a number of screenshots of a zoomed in area (say Google maps), and then use a some sort of photo editing software to stitch each image together to make a single large image.

This will work of course, but why not use the free Microsoft Image Composite Editor?

What is Image Composite Editor?

Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the application creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images. The stitched panorama can be shared with friends and viewed in 3D by uploading it to the Photosynth web site. Or the panorama can be saved in a wide variety of image formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to the multiresolution tiled format used by Silverlight’s Deep Zoom and by the HD View andHD View SL panorama viewers.

 New features in version 1.4.4

  • Stitch directly from a video (only on Windows 7)
  • Automatic lens vignette removal
  • Improved blending engine
  • Options dialogue to control memory usage and scratch disk locations

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Treehugger.com writes…

“Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it’s coldframeshoop houses or greenhouses.

Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a “place of warmth”), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse. First developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous regions of South America, this method allows growers to maintain a productive garden year-round, even in the coldest of climates.

Here’s a video tour of a walipini that even incorporates a bit of interior space for goats:…”

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thingiverse.com writes…

“For less than just one penny a day, you can: grow your own fresh, organic foods and do something good for the environment by recycling plastic bottles; reduce food waste by picking only what you’ll consume; and do so even in a small city apartment. It can all be done using 3Dponics…”

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Permaculture design principles

…”The underlying theme of my lazy gardening post was that a lazy gardener spends most of her time designing the garden and less time actually working.

Well, funny enough, as I was yesterday browsing the internet for inspiration for designs of my permaculture garden(s), I found out that someone beat me to the punch. My lazy gardening principles aren’t as revolutionary as I’d like them to be. It has all been done before.

No biggy.

During my research, I’ve seen all these funny expressions being thrown around. Words like SADIMET, OBREDIMET, CEAP were being used. I’ve tried to dig deeper and look for a resource where all these words are explained in one place.

I was out of luck. So I decided to settle this once and for all and write a concise post, describing each of these in plain English. If you’re an organizational junkie (like me), you’ll like this post. If you’re not, just take what you find useful and run with it”…

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Mother Earth News writes…

Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants—can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As award-winning author Toby Hemenway demonstrates in Gaia’s Garden (Chelsea Green, 2009), it’s fun and easy to build a backyard ecosystem by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions. In the following excerpt, learn how to use permaculture landscape design to create a lush seven-layer forest garden.

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