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Image Relighting

Hewlett Packard have developed an interesting photographic technique that is being used by archeologists, although it could have interesting uses for other applications. It involves taking multiple images of the same subject under various lighting conditions by moving and changing the intensity of the light. These images are then merged together into a Polynomial Texture Map which represents how the subject responds to light. This allows photograph to be re-light in software showing up features normally invisible to the naked eye.

The Great Game and Afghanistan

I've been reading about the Great Game, a name that was given to the rivalry between the Russian and the British, that begun in the 19th century. As Russia was expanded south and east its lands encroached on the Indian subcontinent which was under British influence. The country where the two empires met was Afghanistan, during this game a great deal of the borders were defined, often to favor the British interest of creating a buffer state between Indian territory and Russia. Much of this history has a an influence on what is happening in modern day Afghanistan.

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Pimms history and recipe

Came across this review of Pims No. 1, which contains an interesting history to the drink. Also a recipe to make Pimms in your kitchen:

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The church of St.George



Old christian church Originally uploaded by andygavin.

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Seven blunders of the world

  1. Wealth without work
  2. Pleasure without conscience
  3. Knowledge without character
  4. Commerce without morality
  5. Science without humanity
  6. Worship without sacrifice
  7. Politics without principle

—Mahatma Gandhi

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