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The tall ships are in at Freo! These three are in from the Netherlands (With a bonus of the Leeuwin II).

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The tall ships are in at Freo! These three are in from the Netherlands (With a bonus of the Leeuwin II).














Alicia Smith on the Tecla, one of the Dutch Tall Ships visiting Fremantle.

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Alicia Smith on the Tecla, one of the Dutch Tall Ships visiting Fremantle.

And, at last, and far too late we finally get an inside look on our former PM's life in politics.

And, at last, and far too late we finally get an inside look on our former PM's life in politics. And I feel so deeply ashamed to be an Australian and to be male.

This is, though, a shame of association.  I did nothing wrong. In fact I tried (in my small, limited way) to support our (then) PM. But I will always feel that I should have done more.

The real guilty parties, the reporters and editors and politicians, I have no doubt are proud of what they have said and done. And that makes my shame all the deeper.
http://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2013/august/1375315200/chloe-hooper/road-julia-gillard?ip_login_no_cache=92fa99a0a1b1f790ca7d1c2919634eef

A great video about the Murchison Widefield Array and the Square Kilometer Array.

A great video about the Murchison Widefield Array and the Square Kilometer Array.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g39S37RdD-4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Thanks to Swancon Alicia Smith and I saw "The Wolverine" in 3D last night.

Thanks to Swancon Alicia Smith and I saw "The Wolverine" in 3D last night.

And were disappointed.

Now don't get me wrong, Hugh Jackman was great, Fukushima Rila and Okamoto Tao were great, Svetlana Khodchenkova was wonderfully psychotic, and Sanada Hiroyuki was wonderfully flawed.

But.

The movie was only OK. The plot dragged too long in the wrong places, the fight scenes were blurry and confused (unlike the fight scenes in Pacific Rim), and it lacked any really memorable lines (again unlike Pacific Rim, which was swimming in them).

On the up side, there is plenty of eye-candy for everyone (male, female, mecha...), but it is not enough to save the movie as a whole.

If you have to choose, see Pacific Rim instead.

3/5 and a flat Fanta spider with a pretty paper umbrella stuck in it when you were expecting dry ginger ale and fresh lime on the Sid and Nancy scale.

#thewolverine2013 #thewolverinemovie #pacificrim

Boat-borne refugees are not illegal immigrants, are not the major source of refugee arrivals, do not receive...

Boat-borne refugees are not illegal immigrants, are not the major source of  refugee arrivals, do not receive government payments or benefits on arrival or after being accepted as refugees, do not deserve to be used as political bargaining chips, and in any event this whole proposal is both inhumane and an abandonment of our international treaty obligations.

And finally, there is no 'queue' for them to jump. There never was. #manusisland  
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/seeking_asylum_is_a_human_right_locb/?copy

This looks great fun - Alicia Smith and I are both backing it.

This looks great fun - Alicia Smith and I are both backing it. The only problem is that I want one of the DIY ones as well :) They don't have far to go, but only have 4 days before the Kickstarter expires, so think about helping out if you are interested in drone tech, as the DIY kit is awesome.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ziphius/ziphius-the-aquatic-drone

Science! (In the form of fluid dynamics.)

From the same team that brought you the B&W silent movie of The Call of Cthulhu comes their soundtrack of a musical...

From the same team that brought you the B&W silent movie of The Call of Cthulhu comes their soundtrack of a musical that has a mystical curse upon it...

Originally shared by Kathryn Huxtable

Via Susan Stone:
A Shoggoth on the Roof - Tentacles
#tentacthulhu  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZw-WP60EPo&feature=share&list=PLVKmGCjtCCDPwAurjvs_RzOJ8qBfoduHG

Alicia Smith had the good fortune to stumble upon one of the location shoots for this, and the incredible Jeffrey...

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Alicia Smith had the good fortune to stumble upon one of the location shoots for this, and the incredible Jeffrey Watkins is a part of the cast, so it should be a fun evening.

Originally shared by Jeffrey Watkins (The Next Doctor)

Chance to see the trailer to my upcoming movie, The Silent City.
http://www.thesilentcitymovie.com/events.html
#SilentCity

Hat tip to Wade Aaron Inganamort for this one.

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Hat tip to Wade Aaron Inganamort for this one.

Originally shared by null

Lost Wormhole....well it is Friday :-)

It was actually some street art from Belgium

Sure it is out of context, but hey...

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Sure it is out of context, but hey...

Originally shared by Saurabh Sharma

I'm filing this under buttons you don't want to see on a government form...

And another one bites the dust! A working human-powered helicopter.

And another one bites the dust! A working human-powered helicopter.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/12/aerovelo_wins_sikorsky_human_powered_helicopter_prize/

I need to get this patch, has anyone got a download address?

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I need to get this patch, has anyone got a download address?
H/t to Ananda Sim

Originally shared by TECHNICS

With Plug, you can create a personal, subscription-free Dropbox with your USB drives - http://tcrn.ch/14JaSEx

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With Plug, you can create a personal, subscription-free Dropbox with your USB drives - http://tcrn.ch/14JaSEx

Tab sums it up pretty well - pretty shitty.

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Tab sums it up pretty well - pretty shitty.

Originally shared by Tomgirl

Really, that's pretty shitty!

Del Torro on the female lead of Pacific Rim, which I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing last night.

Del Torro on the female lead of Pacific Rim, which I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing last night.

First things first - it is a daikaiju movie, with all that goes with that, but toss aside your memories of Sandy Frank's mutilated imports. This is a quality movie, with decent acting, a sensible plot, and great effects. Largely off-screen politicians aside, no-one is especially stupid (except for one character - but that gets explained), and the pacing is good. Even the 3d is not annoying. And the dedications at the end of the credits are touching.

8/10 and Godzilla and Gamera vs Voltron on the Sid and Nancy scale.
http://www.themarysue.com/del-toro-strong-female-pacific-rim/

"Urban Landscape - Warts and All" Howard Hill

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"Urban Landscape - Warts and All" Howard Hill
Rob Masters, Perth. #G+2yearAnniversaryPerth #G+2yearanniversary #PerthPhotowalk2013

"Street Chandelier" Howard Hill (a weirdly named alleyway off Howard St), Perth.

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"Street Chandelier" Howard Hill (a weirdly named alleyway off Howard St), Perth.
Rob Masters, Perth. #G+2yearAnniversaryPerth #G+2yearanniversary #PerthPhotowalk2013

"Urban Wildlife Still-Life" Hay St Mall.

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"Urban Wildlife Still-Life" Hay St Mall.
Rob Masters, Perth. #G+2yearAnniversaryPerth #G+2yearanniversary #PerthPhotowalk2013

Rob Masters, Perth (Supreme Court Gardens).

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Rob Masters, Perth (Supreme Court Gardens).

#G+2yearAnniversaryPerth
#G+2yearanniversary
#PerthPhotowalk2013

Window Washers - Perth G+ 2nd Anniversary Photowalk, St. George's Tce. Rob Masters.

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Window Washers - Perth G+ 2nd Anniversary Photowalk, St. George's Tce. Rob Masters.
#G+2yearAnniversaryPerth
#G+2yearanniversary
#PerthPhotowalk2013

Caught in the Act - Perth G+ 2nd Anniversary Photowalk, Hay St Mall. Rob Masters

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Caught in the Act - Perth G+ 2nd Anniversary Photowalk, Hay St Mall. Rob Masters
#G+2yearAnniversaryPerth
#G+2yearanniversary
#PerthPhotowalk2013

And demonstrates that he is a fear-mongerer, rather than a good policeman.

And demonstrates that he is a fear-mongerer, rather than a good policeman. The fact that it is harder to print and assemble one of these things than to build an old-school zip-gun has clearly escaped him.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-05/nsw-police-commission-scipioni-3d-gun-warning-darwin-conference/4802394

The Impossible Girl (Kim Boekbinder ) has just officially released the second video from her new album "The Sky is...

The Impossible Girl (Kim Boekbinder ) has just officially released the second video from her new album "The Sky is Calling", and it is all about novae and supernovae. Enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENJKo5jqjUw&feature=share

Christina Stephens, a professional OT who lost her own foot was challenged by a work-mate to make a Lego prosthetic...

Christina Stephens, a professional OT who lost her own foot was challenged by a work-mate to make a Lego prosthetic as a joke.

So she did it, and this shows how.

As she says don't try this at home...
h/t to Gizmodo 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8fdXNN0irI&feature=share

Leigh Diprose explains clearly just what this whole photowalk thing is.

Leigh Diprose explains clearly just what this whole photowalk thing is. We'll be having another one in Perth in a couple weeks, so stay tuned!

Originally shared by Leigh Diprose

Last weekend I went on a Google+ Photo Walk here in Melbourne....

So What Is A Google+ Photo Walk Exactly?

http://fstoplounge.com/2013/07/so-what-is-a-google-photo-walk-exactly/

#photography #google #photowalk #melbourne #australia #sanfran #photographers #meetup Melbourne Photowalk 
http://fstoplounge.com/2013/07/so-what-is-a-google-photo-walk-exactly/

A very thought-provoking study from The Lancet.

A very thought-provoking study from The Lancet. The graph alone is enlightening, but digging deeper reveals so much more.

In particular, the closing paragraph of the abstract reads:
 "*Interpretation*
These findings lend support to previous work assessing drug harms, and show how the improved scoring and weighting approach of MCDA increases the differentiation between the most and least harmful drugs. However, the findings correlate poorly with present UK drug classification, which is not based simply on considerations of harm." Which is a particularly provocative statement in such a conservative journal.

The full paper is available for free on registration at: http://goo.gl/CFlDY

Originally shared by Saurabh Sharma

Submitted without commentary...
http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2010/11/drugs_cause_most_harm

We had a smaller than expected turn-out, but the people who were there were very enthusiastic!

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We had a smaller than expected turn-out, but the people who were there were very enthusiastic! Our walk took us from Stirling Gardens (the top end of Supreme Court Gardens), up Barrack St to the Hay St Mall, down London Court, along St George's Tce to Howard St, down to the Esplanade and back to Barrack St and the Bell Tower.

Our thanks to Crumpler Bags, who donated the morning's spot prizes, and to Team Digital for the best photo prizes to be awarded next week.


#G+2yearAnniversaryPerth
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