Posts Tagged ‘software’

Quote of the Day

December 26, 2009




The greatest value

of a picture is

when it forces us

to notice what

we never expected

to see.

John W. Tukey

(1915 – 2000)

American Chemist/


Tukey was an pre-computer home-schooled data geek. Check out his bio here:


The following is from Wiki:

“Tukey coined many statistical terms that have become part of common usage, but the two most famous coinages attributed to him were related to computer science.

While working with John von Neumann on early computer designs, Tukey introduced the word “bit” as a contraction of “binary digit”.[2] The term “bit” was first used in an article by Claude Shannon in 1948.

The term “software“, which Paul Niquette claims he coined in 1953, was first used in print by Tukey in a 1958 article in American Mathematical Monthly, and thus some attribute the term to him;[3] incorrectly, according to Niquette’s claim.

[Is anyone else having a problem spacing the lines in their posts, or is it just me??? I keep trying for my usual

“white space” gaps, but the end view never appears as I’ve typed it.]


Dunraven Bay

July 28, 2009


© Rob.Hudson

© Rob.Hudson















Vertorama (vertical panorama)


A vertorama is an image composed of two or more photographs, joined together in image editing software, along a horizontal line, to form one image. DSLR camera’s, in their adherence to the convention of rectangular format, often stifle artists who want to illustrate the wiiiiiiiiide and taaaaaaaaaaall nature of what they see…:)) So armed with a wide or ultra-wide angle lens, they’ll take two or more landscape images of a scene, composing differently for light and/or shapes, particularly vertically. Then later, they’ll ‘blend’ the images together, one above the other, to make a single wide, tall image. You as the viewer get a much enhanced view of what the photog saw… that’s a vertorama.

Source: Flickr Vertorama Group



The pic in this post, Dunraven Bay, is a vertorama; here’s a link to a tutorial on how to produce vertorama photos of your own:


Digital art: QuiltAssistant 72309

July 23, 2009

qa1 -- 72309


© Diane Beaty


This is a first attempt using the free QuiltAssistant program. The quilt

block shown is called the Wheel of Mystery. 


Follow the link to view it in a larger size: #mce_temp_url#


Drafting traditional quilt blocks are a breeze using this program,

and detailed steps for building the following blocks can be found

with this software’s instructions: Ohio Star, Dutchman’s Puzzle,

Eight-Point Star, Log Cabin Variation, and the Wheel of Mystery

pictured here.

Fabric arts: QuiltAssistant

July 23, 2009




artwork © Diane Beaty


QuiltAssistant is a free program for designing quilts based

on photos, and drawing pieced quilt blocks with ease.


Go to the following link to learn more, and to download

QuiltAssistant: #mce_temp_url#