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It has been a long, dry summer over here, hasn't it? - The photo is dated 2013-03-22, BTW.

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It has been a long, dry summer over here, hasn't it? - The photo is dated 2013-03-22, BTW.

Originally shared by Rare Earth

Perth on the Swan to the sea, Western Australia.

Jeff is a Perth actor with killer accent, and awesome acting skills. Please support his quest!

Jeff is a Perth actor with killer accent, and awesome acting skills. Please support his quest!

Originally shared by Jeffrey Watkins (The Next Doctor)

I have started a campaign to get me a shot at being the next Dr Who. Amid rumours that Matt Smith will be leaving at the end of the year, it was time I got off my arse and do something about it. Please like my page in support of what is very likely an impossible dream, but a dream I'll entertain none-the-less.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeff-for-Dr-Who/580053715339755

Another wrong to try to right.

Another wrong to try to right.

Originally shared by Alicia Smith

Flogging survivors of sexual violence is wrong. Apparently the Maldives Government doesn't know that. You might give them a heads up. I wouldn't want to holiday in a place that treats anyone like that. https://secure.avaaz.org/en/maldives_global/?aIWGpbb
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/maldives_global/?aIWGpbb

This is a)very silly and b)exceptionally cool!

This is a)very silly and b)exceptionally cool!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfk1-XMASrk

This young lady is just awesome.

This young lady is just awesome. This is the sort of thing the Raspberry Pi was intended for - teaching about solving problems, teaching hacking if you will, and it is great to see such great results. And look at the flow-on effects, too - not only has she been learning logic and coding skills, but digital control, electronics, testing procedures, problem analysis, and even presentation and public speaking skills.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a35XINnYFtA

I don't know how much good this will do in the long term - governments have a history of pushing until things stick...

I don't know how much good this will do in the long term - governments have a history of pushing until things stick - but all we can do is do what we can until then.
https://www.accessnow.org/page/share/at-t-and-verizon-say-no-to-cispa

Autumn Dawn

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Autumn Dawn
#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 curated by 
Andrew Willard , Iain Harley and  Tiina Niskanen
Weekly Photo Project 2013
Week 11: Spring or Autumn

Not much this week, just a sign of the changing seasons, and a sunrise over the Darling Scarp, shot as I walked to my morning bus, looking out across the suburbs.

I've been looking for a good lighting-strike mapping service for Perth for some time - ever since the GPATS service...

I've been looking for a good lighting-strike mapping service for Perth for some time - ever since the GPATS service was taken off-line a few years back. Now the folks at TKUP have got one running  - in near real-time!
http://www.tkup.net/lightning/

(Exits, stage left, giggling like a maniac)

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(Exits, stage left, giggling like a maniac)

Originally shared by Mashable

We've heard about 3D printers being used to create clothing, cars and rocket parts, but one organization is using a 3D printer to turn body scans into gummi candy: http://on.mash.to/16mue3i

#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 curated by

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#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 curated by 
Andrew Willard , Iain Harley and  Tiina Niskanen
Weekly Photo Project 2013
Week 10: Depth of Field

Over the trenches of France, a Gotha bomber is intercepted by a lone Sopwith Snipe. The escorting Pfalz DVIIIs close in to take care of the interruption...

A scene from a game of Wings of Glory at this week's Western Australian Boardgame Association's meeting. A chance for me to merge two of my hobbies :)

For many months, I have been thinking about the International Code of Signals - best known as "those pretty flags...

For many months, I have been thinking about the International Code of Signals - best known as "those pretty flags they dress up boats with". All those flags have meanings, and even more meanings in specific groups.

Thing is, if you take those signals out of a nautical context, things can get a little weird and very funny. For example, take this one: Alpha Delta - I am abandoning my vessel due to a nuclear accident.

So I have opened a Cafepress store at http://www.cafepress.com.au/signalintentions to showcase what I consider to be some of the better ones. There's a baker's dozen signals there right now, and many more to come.
http://www.cafepress.com.au/signalintentions

Please reshare. Thanks!

Originally shared by Mike Brzozowski

Please reshare. Thanks!
Help us improve Google+! Participate in a user study
The Google+ team wants to hear from you! We're looking for people for a user study both at Google HQ and around the world. This is a pretty painless 5-minute survey to identify participants for this study.

If you're chosen to participate in a study, you'll get some token of our appreciation, such as a gift card or donation to your chosen charity.

Whilst I disagree on the matter of Powergrid, that is a matter of taste, rather than any actual failing (I have a...

Whilst I disagree on the matter of Powergrid, that is a matter of taste, rather than any actual failing (I have a loathing of linear programming, you see).

Everything else is just about spot-on.

Originally shared by Chris S

Saw this on Cracked and immediately thought it needed to be shared here. Basically, the article takes 6 traditional/classic-styled games, discusses how stupid they are (I wish I could say that it approached each game's flaws critically, but this is Cracked!) and provides suggestions for what to play instead. What do you all think about the suggestions made?
http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-board-games-that-ruined-it-everyone/

Inspiring women of science - who do you know who should be here?

Inspiring women of science - who do you know who should be here?

Originally shared by SETI Institute

Featuring the Women Of Science. An idea for the International Women's Day on March 8. Are you in? #WomenOfScience - a post by Franck Marchis 
http://cosmicdiary.org/fmarchis/2013/03/05/featuring-the-women-of-science-womenofscience/
http://cosmicdiary.org/fmarchis/2013/03/05/featuring-the-women-of-science-womenofscience/

Fellow r-pi users may be interested...

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Fellow r-pi users may be interested...

Originally shared by element14

Pi Fans! Do NOT miss this opportunity to get hold of a PiFace Digital FREE as part of our latest Roadtest. Head over to element14 to find out how. http://ow.ly/inOzD

PS: We're giving away FIFTY kits, so you have a great chance of getting one.

Stuart (element14)

And we have a killer quote at last!

And we have a killer quote at last! “Statistically, there is a 1-in-500 chance that we are talking about natural variation causing all these new records,” Mr. Steffen, the director of the Climate Change Institute at Australian National University, told The Sydney Morning Herald. “Not too many people would want to put their life savings on a 500-to-1 horse.”

That is how to look at the climate change data so people understand it!
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/05/world/asia/australian-government-blames-climate-change-for-angry-summer.html?smid=go-share

Another example (sadly from Australia) of a) not understanding science, b) not understanding that not all opinions...

Another example (sadly from Australia) of a) not understanding science, b) not understanding that not all opinions are equal, and c) pandering to vested interest groups in search of votes.

OTOH, it is Queensland.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-05/qld-councillor-not-convinced-by-adult-fluoride/4554554?section=qld

#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 curated by

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#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 curated by 
Andrew Willard , Iain Harley and  Tiina Niskanen
Weekly Photo Project 2013
Week 9: Landscape

Lake Monger, just outside of the Perth CBD is a refuge for wildlife and a favourite excercise place. It is in walking distance of two train stations on two separate lines, and has a surprising amount of parking available. It is also a part of a chain of lake reserves that extend from Joondalup in the north to Rockingham in the south.

Heavily landscaped in the 1930s-1970s, extensive shoreline rehabilitiation is taking place, and the wildlife is flourishing.

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'Heartland'
Herdsman's Lake, Perth.
(With thanks to The The for the inspiration.)

I refuse to admit to any or all of these :)

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I refuse to admit to any or all of these :)

Originally shared by Dennis Freeland

WHAT TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHER ARE YOU?

A NOT SO SERIOUS   question for you. You  may find you fall into more than one category.  Feel free to re-share.

1. Down on bended knee type. Generally friendly family orientated person who  likes to take pics of children and furry animals at their own level.  Or, madly in love , about to propose to their childhood sweetheart and become a  friendly family orientated person.

2. Lying on stomach and elbows  like a stranded whale type. Being unable to move easily likes to take macro shots of things that  also do not move. From  small pretty  flowers,  to mushrooms, dead grasshoppers and the like. Rarely moves beyond their garden.  Is prone to put on weight. Alternatively is taking images for   #shoesmonday  

3. Lying on back architectual type. Just loves those converging verticals of skyscraper shots. Alternatively is just simply too drunk.to stand.

4. Close to nature type 1.  Cam…

Stephen Gunnell has this nailed on the head! The hazards for non-car road users are phenomenal!

Stephen Gunnell has this nailed on the head! The hazards for non-car road users are phenomenal!

Originally shared by Stephen Gunnell

This is absolutely horrible! What about poor pedestrians and cyclists. We get dazzled as well. Even modern low beam lights can be physically painfull and most totally obscure any chance of seeing the turn indicators. With high beam this is going to be a nightmare.
http://www.gizmag.com/volvo-active-high-beam-control/26445/