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First Panorama with Hugin

21 Sep

Nothing exciting, but this test is the first time I’ve tried using the (free) software package Hugin to stitch together photos to make a wide panorama image.

The result:

The source images:

  • Notice that the third image had a pedestrian walk past – Hugin let me draw a polygon around that part of the image and say “exclude this”.
  • Hugin has rotated, distorted, and matched exposure between the images – all automatically, though you can tweak any part of the process manually.
  • The source images were 3072 x 2048 (which is 6 Megapixels), while the merged image was 4511 x 2132 (9.6 Megapixels).
  • I’ve downsampled massively to post these images – the full size images are far more detailed, and don’t have the strange wiggly artifacts on the crane booms.


Stunning Photographs, Videos, Artworks, and More

8 Sep

For anyone who hasn’t found it, I recommend which describes itself as “A blog about art and visual ingenuity”.

The site has only been going since August 2010, but there’s a huge amount of incredible artwork highlighted on its 248 pages and thousands of posts.

Here is just the tinyest sampling of images from the site, all carefully linked back to the original artist / flickr site / whatever:

  • Novel photography techniques such as David Jonhson‘s “refocus as a firework explodes” images:

2012 Olympics – the devil’s work

12 Aug

This has been covered by others, but for those who haven’t stumbled across this example of the loony fringe:


The New World Order is coming! Are you ready? Once you understand what this New World Order really is, and how it is being gradually implemented, you will be able to see it progressing in your daily news!!

  • The Opening Ceremony Was a Satanic Illuminati Occult Ritual and Other Olympic Conspiracy Theories [link]

Is the 2012 London Olympics a flawed and corrupt but ultimately heartwarming celebration of athletic achievement and a sign of peace and cooperation among nations? Or is it a sinister occult ritual undertaken by the British Royal family and the Illuminati to summon ancient demons and secure their power over the mindless masses?

  • Olympics: Opening ceremony a ‘mass satanic ritual’ [link]

The Opening Ceremony was “a mass satanic ritual disguised as a celebration of Britain and sport”, according to conspiracy theorist David Icke.

Mr Icke, who was a BBC commentator for the 1988 Olympics, claimed on his website the “Global Cabal” used the the Danny Boyle extravaganza to harness the energy on its “satanic frequencies”.

  • 2012 Olympics Celebrates New World Order [link]

Iran claims the London 2012 Olympics logo spells the word ‘Zion’ and represents a hidden pro-Israeli conspiracy. Almost four years after the logo’s launch, Tehran has threatened to boycott the Games unless the design is changed.

In a formal complaint to the International Olympic Committee, Tehran has called for the graphic to be replaced and its designers “confronted”, warning that Iranian athletes might otherwise be ordered to stay away from the London Games.

One could argue that the logo spells “2012,” but there is still that extra dot that “Zion” has and “2012” doesn’t.

The logo, a jagged representation of the year 2012, has been said by its critics to resemble many things, from a swastika to a sexual act.

The logo has been interpreted as a Lisa Simpson blow job and subliminal sexual imagery.

  • satanic Olympic opening ceremony ritual to Isis not only starts on Tisha B’AV, but also on the satanist day of grand climax/human sacrifice [link]

ok so now the satanic Olympic opening ceremony ritual to Isis not only starts on Tisha B’AV, but it also starts on the satanist day of grand climax and human sacrifice.. and of course the coliseum is surrounded by freemason illuminati symbols as lights.. this is getting crazy yo.. and also now the united nations / new world order of the antichrist’ global gun ban is to be signed on the 27th doh Ice T said, guns is our last line of defense against tyranny. but i would say, Jesus is my defense. and we will be raptured any day now amen

  • Save the Surprise?! Bizarre Satanic Olympics Ceremony [link]

Alright, so I thought I’d peek at the Olympics news. Lordy I wish I hadn’t. Remember that dream I had about the clouds and gas? Lo and behold I found this video of the Olympics opening ceremony rehearsal and nearly fell off my bed n horror.

In chronological order:

“Save the Surprise” is flashing constantly on the big screens at the top of the stadium. Save what surprise???

See the upright faux tree looking thing almost in the center of the floor plan? A May pole, probably. Just to the right of it you’ll see a chimney with smoke coming up out of it constantly. Some reports said that it smelled like sulfur. Not sure if that’s true or not but it’s true that the smoke kept coming up out of it the whole show and there were a few others scattered around if you look closely.

Oh and look at the lovely clouds floating around across the ‘sky’ in the arena as part of the set up. The smoke + clouds are what nearly made me have a twitch fit because of the dream. But it gets better. Keep reading and watching. The videographer did a great job at pointing things out.

Notice all the pyramids across the top of the stadium? Illuminati symbolism.

Random phrases and their offspring (via Google)

26 Jul

I applied my standard BabelFish(News Headlines) process and generated a series of odd phrases, then image searched them.

“Baker gets her roots of circle”

  • Ollie and Quentin – a cartoon series about a seagull and a lugworm

  • Zoo Babies – a gallery of cute things

“stores to feed your addiction”

  • Certified Book Pimp – nice logo

  • Some people turn to their smartphone a little too much

  • These really look like eyes on stalks to me – actually tropical plants

“marketing with the mat board”

  • A DIY tool for scoring paper

  • An Israeli campaign on behalf of distressed youth

  • Artist Kelly Mark – a gallery of interesting artworks

“pregnant radius”

  • A pregnancy advocate

“allocated on the eavesdropping”

  • A comment on liberty

  • An interesting article on how humans evolved large brains (fat storage)

  • An H.R. time capsule – 1943 Disney staff handbook

Crystals, Minerals, and Fakes

8 Jun

If you want to GROW your own crystals, this site How to Grow Crystals by Wayne Schmidt is the best guide I’ve found.

If you want to BUY crystals, go to this site Fakes, Forgeries and Misrepresentations at, first.

It’s amazing what gets sold for good money in the mineral and crystal worlds.