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if you don't know Dresden Codak ( http://dresdencodak.com/ ), go and have a read - one part surreal comedy, one part...

if you don't know Dresden Codak ( http://dresdencodak.com/ ), go and have a read - one part surreal comedy, one part philosophical insight, and one part transhumanism make it a very interesting read.

Meantime, also take a look at Aaron's ridiculously overfunded kickstarter below.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/156287353/the-tomorrow-girl-dresden-codak-volume-1?ref=activity

All at sea...

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All at sea...


#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 curated by 
Andrew Willard , Iain Harley and  Tiina Niskanen
Weekly Photo Project 2013
Week 8: Other photographers

i don't know how much this is going to help in a country where the government has basically broken down, but we have...

i don't know how much this is going to help in a country where the government has basically broken down, but we have to try every way we can to stop things like this.
http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Somalia_No_Authority_to_Rape/?cMoTrbb

Stephen has it right - this is a great description of the problem. And not a bad analysis of the cause.

Stephen has it right - this is a great description of the problem. And not a bad analysis of the cause.

Originally shared by Stephen Gunnell

As a coherent description of the problem this ranks as excellent.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/climate-change/there-is-no-such-thing-as-climate-change-denial-20130218-2ely3.html

Impressive video from a variety of CCTV and dashcams.

Impressive video from a variety of CCTV and dashcams.

Originally shared by Nicole Gugliucci

Breaking news from... everyone. Meteor appears to have broken up over Russia, scaring the beejesus out of just about everybody. Also, there are reports of injuries from windows shattered, probably from sonic boom. 

Philip Plait notes on twitter that it is most likely NOT related to 2012 DA14, which is still several hours away and on a different orbit. The Earth gets showered with tons of space debris EVERY day, so this is likely a coincidence. 

See videos at: http://rt.com/news/meteorite-crash-urals-chelyabinsk-283/

(And for the love of Pete, dear media, this is not a "meteor shower".)

#meteor   #meteorite   #russia  
http://rt.com/news/meteorite-crash-urals-chelyabinsk-283/

The biggest shadow I could find...

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The biggest shadow I could find...

#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 curated by 
Andrew Willard , Iain Harley and  Tiina Niskanen
Weekly Photo Project 2013
Week 7: Shadows

As most of my friends know, I have coeliac disease.

As most of my friends know, I have coeliac disease.

CD is an auto-immune disorder triggered by gluten and a couple of related proteins. The only treatment is a totally gluten-free diet, and even then it can takes years to recover from it. To make things worse, once on a gluten-free diet your sensitivity goes up, and the short-term reactions get worse. To give you an idea of scale of sensitivity, the acceptable safe level is 20ppm - which works out at around 10mg in a day. This is the amount of gluten in about a 1mm crumb of white bread. Total. Over the whole day. Including airborne dust.

And the long-term effects of exposure are not fun - bowel and intestinal cancer, osteoporosis, and more.

As you can imagine, those of us who suffer from this get rather touchy about things like cross-contamination, eating in public, the list goes on.

So when I read the stories in the link below I just about cried. Stories of such wonderful care and support are distressingly rare, and to hear ones like the…

Looks like it's time to mobilize again.

Looks like it's time to mobilize again.
http://www.cispaisback.com

The second alternative for this week's Weekly Photo Project 2013, how to get into one of my favourite restaurants.

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The second alternative for this week's Weekly Photo Project 2013, how to get into one of my favourite restaurants.
The Naked Fig is only a few hundred metres from Swanbourne Beach, Perth's only official nude beach. Getting from the carpark to the restaurant is not, however, obvious... There is another sign at the other carpark that provides similarly helpful instructions, as you can see the restaurant just fine, but there is no obvious way to get to it!

One of the several alternative photos I took for the Weekly Photo Project 2013 this week, this is about 50M from one...

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One of the several alternative photos I took for the Weekly Photo Project 2013 this week, this is about 50M from one of my favourite restaurants, and on the edge of the carpark for the area's best-known beach - Swanbourne.
In the end, I went with my original plan of "Storm Sign", but I had to share this oh-so-typical sign of Western Australia.

"Storm Sign"

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"Storm Sign"
#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 curated by 
Andrew Willard , Iain Harley and  Tiina Niskanen
Weekly Photo Project 2013
Week 6: Signs

i had been waiting all week for some clouds. We'd been getting "Thunderstorms late this week" for the past two weeks - today the forecast for tomorrow in Perth is 41C and thunderstorms. And I got my shot of mare's tails and threatening skies.

“The perception that fossil fuels are cheap and renewables are expensive is now out of date.”

Originally shared by null

“The perception that fossil fuels are cheap and renewables are expensive is now out of date.”

A new analysis from research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance has concluded that wind power is already cheaper than new-build coal and gas in Australia. Read more below
http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/renewables-now-cheaper-than-coal-and-gas-in-australia-62268

This guy is a hero of the quiet and determined sort.

This guy is a hero of the quiet and determined sort. Stood his ground, politely expressed his disappointment with the driver, and made sure it all got reported as accurately as he could manage. Good on him.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-08/abc-presenter-fernandez-subjected-to-15-minute-racist-rant/4508538

Bwhahahahaha!

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Originally shared by Armando Lioss

This, if it gets off the ground could be rather fun.

This, if it gets off the ground could be rather fun. Just look out for the first time someone gets it to follow their cat!
https://www.alwaysinnovating.com/products/mecam.htm

Alicia Smith cruises Geographe Bay back in December 2012.

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Alicia Smith cruises Geographe Bay back in December 2012.

"Four Eyes"

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"Four Eyes"
#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 curated by 
Andrew Willard , Iain Harley and  Tiina Niskanen
Weekly Photo Project 2013
Week 5: Eyes

Just a shoe-in for the event. Err, sorry, that should be "a shoe, in for the event"!

One of the few quantifiable (if anecdotal) comparisons of FB vs G+ I have seen. And a very unexpected result!

One of the few quantifiable (if anecdotal) comparisons of FB vs G+ I have seen. And a very unexpected result!

Originally shared by Wil Wheaton

Thanks to everyone who visited my blog yesterday, in my stupid “what kind of traffic comes to my blog” thing.

Here’s what I found out. Please note that this is profoundly unscientific and the margin of error is probably large.

Total traffic in about 24 hours:  ~24,689
Traffic from Facebook:  ~13,428
Traffic from G+: ~11,261

I expected the numbers to be vastly different, skewed heavily toward Facebook. I haven’t made much of an effort to link to my blog from G+, because I figured people tended to stay on G+, or come from Reader, if they come from Google at all. 

So, as far as I am concerned, G+ and Facebook are essentially the same for the purposes of “people come from there to read my blog.”

Interactions on Facebook:
Likes: 1118
Comments: 345
Shares: I have no idea. Facebook doesn’t make this easy to see.

G+: +1s (same as likes): 647
Comments: 247
Shares: 10

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A little something for all my photographer friends :)

A little something for all my photographer friends :)

Originally shared by Leigh Diprose

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

1.  Add Leigh Diprose   OR  F Stop Lounge  to your circles.
2.  Be a member of the Google+ Photographers Community
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115192306691687911760
3.  Enter only ONE photo to this event - it has to be your best photo.
4.  SHARE  this event with your circles

HOW DO I ENTER?

Follow the CONDITIONS OF ENTRY and
Say you are going to this event and then enter ONE photo to this event.

WHAT IS THE THEME?
There is no theme. Simply enter only ONE of your best photos.

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?

The Top THREE photos selected by the judges will each receive 
1x Sony DSC TX20 Digital Still Camera.
See the specs here: http://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/compacts/sony_dsctx20/specification

HOW WILL THE PHOTOS BE JUDGED?

There will be 10 judges.
Each of the 10 judges will choose their favourite photo.
The photos selected will form the finalists.

The selected finalists will then be judged o…