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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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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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SunCalc – sun position, sunlight phases, sunrise, sunset, dusk and dawn times calculator

SunCalc is a little app that shows sun movement and sunlight phases during the given day at the given location.  You can see sun positions at sunrise, specified time and sunset. The thin orange curve is the current sun trajectory, and the yellow area around is the variation of sun trajectories during the year. The closer a point is to the center, the higher is the sun above the horizon. The colors on the time slider above show sunlight coverage during the day.


Similar apps include The Golden Hour Calculator and The Twilight Calculator.


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toolsforafuture.net writes…

We are launching the first in a series of tools designed for everyone interested in gardening, horticulture, Permaculture or agroforestry.  Our first tool is called ‘MyPlants’.  It is a free software product that helps you research and catalogue all your trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.  See the MyPlants and Screenshots sections for more details.  We hope you find this tool useful.

Here is a list of the key features:

  • Keep detailed information about each plant
  • Add as many pictures as you want
  • Write notes for each plant
  • Display your plants on a garden plan
  • Automatically get more details from Wikipedia, YouTube, Wikimedia and specialist plant web sites
  • Track yields for each plant
  • Keep different plant lists for each garden or project
  • Store complete details of all your plant suppliers


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