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An excellent summary of the Cook paper, and how the propagandists attack it.

This just about makes Glass a must-have for sufferers of Prosogpagnosia - people who find it difficult (or even...

This just about makes Glass a must-have for sufferers of Prosogpagnosia - people who find it difficult (or even impossible) to recognise faces.
http://www.afr.com/f/free/technology/digitallife/google_glass_gets_face_recognition_MvcYakRrgdcYV44ZH5xj9J

We have been debating exactly what this is.

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We have been debating exactly what this is. Wedgetailed Shearwater? Hutton's Shearwater? A Booby? Gannet?? This was taken at City Beach in Perth, so the Booby option is rather out of range...

Behaviours included frequent plunging dives into the water on bent wings, followed by bobbing on the surface (apparently consuming prey there). At least two were sighted. They were fishing about 50m offshore, and sometimes closer, but never near the break-line.

Please share around - we're quite mystified.

Interesting comment from a moderate Muslim intellectual post #woolwich

Interesting comment from a moderate Muslim intellectual post #woolwich
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22640614

The Aeronaut

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The Aeronaut
#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 Weekly Photo Project 2013 curated by Andrew Willard , Iain Harley and  Tiina Niskanen
Week 20: Contrasting Colours

Two of these powered paragliders flew past us on the weekend, only a few hundred feet up. They looked like they were having fun!

#autofail When the Autoawesome algorithms go horribly wrong. Perth Water, and #HDRfail.

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#autofail When the Autoawesome algorithms  go horribly wrong. Perth Water, and #HDRfail.

#autoawesome Perth Skyline. HDR made easy :)

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#autoawesome Perth Skyline. HDR made easy :)

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

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#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 Weekly Photo Project 2013 curated by Andrew Willard , Iain Harley and  Tiina Niskanen
Week 19: Sky and Clouds
Another shot from outside of work, this was actually taken a few weeks back, just as a storm was building off the coast.

"Autumn Afternoon Light"

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"Autumn Afternoon Light"
#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 Weekly Photo Project 2013 curated by Andrew Willard , Iain Harley and  Tiina Niskanen
Week 15: HDR

This was taken while waiting for the bus just outside of work. I had been taking some shots of jets coming in on final approach (the airport boundary is about 2km from my office) when the light became just right on some lemon gums across the road.

The title is stylistically inspired by the chapter titles from "Yokohama  Kaidashi Kikou", a very quiet and magical manga I am inordinately fond of.

Yet another Google easter-egg :)

Yet another Google easter-egg :)

Originally shared by Brian Matiash

Reason #3,459,023 why I love working for Google

Because we have developers who just blew my mind. Just go to Google Images and do a search for 'Atari Breakout'

Well played, Google. Literally.

Added photos to Weekly Photo Project 2013: Photo Sharing Gallery.

Added photos to Weekly Photo Project 2013: Photo Sharing Gallery.
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#tmbg #tmbgnanobots On tour in Perth May, 2013!

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#tmbg #tmbgnanobots On tour in Perth May, 2013!









The Johns at The Rosemount - They Might Be Giants play Perth for the first time in 12 years - and what a great show...

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The Johns at The Rosemount - They Might Be Giants play Perth for the first time in 12 years - and what a great show it was!
#tmbg

Patient Little Sister at The Rosemount Hotel, supporting TMBG :-)

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Patient Little Sister at The Rosemount Hotel, supporting TMBG :-)

Allie Brosh has posted a new tale on Hyperbole and a Half - and it is one of the most moving (and funny)...

Allie Brosh has posted a new tale on Hyperbole and a Half - and it is one of the most moving (and funny) descriptions of what depression is like, and how it feels to start to come out the other side.
http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/depression-part-two.html

Last night a group of us from WABA visited Good Games in East Vic Park.

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Last night a group of us from WABA visited Good Games in East Vic Park. Alicia Smith and I took along our virgin copy of Aquileia to break in... :)
#gamejourneythursday Clinton Coddington    Rocio Goodey Robert Washburn

The store does not have a huge range, concentrating more on CCGs and the like, but does have a huge area for play.

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#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 curated by

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#WeeklyPhotoProject2013 curated by 
Andrew Willard , Iain Harley and  Tiina Niskanen
Weekly Photo Project 2013
Week 18: Symmetry

This clock-tower is an icon of Scarborough Beach in Perth. It is also often broken, due to nearby lightning strikes...

This is what disc golf is all about!

This is what disc golf is all about! Getting out in a nice park with lots of company, flinging some discs around, and that oh-so-satisfying 'ching' sound!

Originally shared by Alicia Smith
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVCTy3gwowo

This is amazing - take a look at their second video, too - which shows the beastie picking something up!

This is amazing - take a look at their second video, too - which shows the beastie picking something up!

Originally shared by Panah Rad

Walking Quadcopter /  Flying Hexapod



Nice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sOvP9PhDQU

Philip Plait gets rightiously angry about the effects of anti-science lobbyists. A must-read.

Philip Plait gets rightiously angry about the effects of anti-science lobbyists. A must-read.

Originally shared by Philip Plait (The Bad Astronomer)

Why the HELL is my government attacking so science so much?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/05/01/attacks_on_science_government_antiscience_on_the_rise.html

I am very angry about this, and decided to vent about it. If you're angry too, then do something. Write your Congresscritter. Talk to other people. Post about it. But these attacks on science, on reality, must stop.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/05/01/attacks_on_science_government_antiscience_on_the_rise.html

In short: A spanish-named Ukrainian band, covering a German band, in an Italian rhythm. With many bare chests.

In short: A spanish-named Ukrainian band, covering a German band, in an Italian rhythm. With many bare chests.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5xSxGhlHfc

I just earned "Light Speed" trophy on theSkyNet.org for playing my part in discovering our Universe!

I just earned "Light Speed" trophy on theSkyNet.org for playing my part in discovering our Universe!
Want to help astronomers make awesome discoveries and understand our Universe? Then theSkyNet needs you! http://theskynet.org
(Yes, it is another distributed processing project - this one for data coming out of various radio telescopes, in particular the MWFA and ASKAP. It is run  by UWA and ICRAR.)
http://theskynet.org/images/trophies/007.png