Site Update – WordPress 3.3

Well I’ve just updated the site to WordPress version 3.3, so far so good. Now for the inevitable flurry of plugin updates to follow the new release have started to appear.  Fingers crossed no bugs raised their ugly heads thus far but if you do come across any problems while on the site please let me know.

I’m loving the changes to the back end admin, very slick. Hopefully the front end site will run a bit quicker too.

Till my next post and just in case I don’t get one posted before Xmas I wish you all a very merry Solstice, Yule and Christmas 😀



Mind-Blowing Research Into Inserting Artificial Objects into Photographs

Mind-Blowing Research Into Inserting Artificial Objects into Photographs.

Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs from Kevin Karsch on Vimeo.

Well all I can say is govenments no longer have any excuse submitting badly composited images to convince a gulable public.

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A Poor mans camera bag (aticle on PhotoTuts)

Icon for Photography postsFor those of us who can’t afford all the gadgets, bells and whistles this is a nice little article with an accompanying video (8:22) which covers some cheaper alternatives to the more expensive kit out there. Article can be found here: Taking a Look Inside a Poor Man’s Camera Bag.




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3D Reconstruction of Pergamon

Icon for history & folklore postsA private project done in Blender 2.5 to reconstruct the ancient Greek Acropolis of Pergamon.





Blender 3D 2.56 beta released

Blender 3D

Blender 3D

The latest version of Blender 3D the open source 3D animation and modelling application and is ready to download from

For anyone interested into 3D and animation or for indie/small studios Blender is a ideal alternative to the overpriced and quite often over-bloated commercial applications available on the market and being open source it is everyone’s favourite price 😉

Blender also has a built in games engine and node base compositor making it a very powerful application with superb community support and online training/tutorials.

This version is called a “Beta” because it’s now for the most part feature complete. The Python API has had some extensive changes, most notably in naming conventions and in creation and access of properties.

Since Blender 2.55 beta over 440 bugs were fixed!

IMPORTANT: Between 2.53 and 2.56 an extensive renaming operation has changed the scripting API a lot, with repercussions also for loading 2.53 .blends with animation into 2.56. Make sure you try the FCurve/Driver 2.54 fix entry from the Help menu.

Blender Anouncement…

Get Blender here…

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Inovatative use of Twitter to teach history

Icon for Education postsAn innovative project using twitter to teach history, Winchester House School in collaboration with other schools and colleges set up a twitter feed where each took on a persona in the gunpowder plot and tweeted in character to unveil the story of the plot and it’s events as a teaching aid for their pupils. Winchester House School who were running this web page The Twitter feed!/chrisleach78/gunpowdertweetingplot This sort of approach could easily be applied to creative writing or even as part of a performance, a novel way of developing a story plotline and character backgrounds before even a work of the story/script itself is written!

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28 interesting ways to use QR codes in the classroom

Icon for Education postsI recently came across this excellent resource on QR Codes by Tom Barrett for those of you not familiar with QR codes here is the Wikipedia definition of them.

A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data. Common in Japan, where it was created by Toyota subsidiary Denso-Wave in 1994, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. QR is the abbreviation for Quick Response, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed.

They are gaining in popularity in education but as with many new technologies there is much confusion and misunderstanding about them. Below is a link to a Google Docs’ presentation covering 28 uses of QR code in the classroom and I recommend you take a look if you’re thinking of using them or just want to know what their all about. Presentation link: Wikipedia page:

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