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"Yucanta" - That sense of disappointment upon logging into yucata.de and finding you have no moves waiting.

"Yucanta" - That sense of disappointment upon logging into yucata.de and finding you have no moves waiting.
http://yucata.de

Decaying Beauty

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Decaying Beauty
WPP 2015 - Week 17 - Decay

Weekly Photo Project 2015 curated by Alen Ianni , Bernhard Rembold , Cliff Loresco , Francesco Scaglioni , * ,  Ken Fowkes ,  Navin Upendran  , Robyn King and T.E. Smith

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#WPP2015-Wk17-Decay

Via Boing Boing, a close look at the myth of austerity in times of economic crisis.

Via Boing Boing, a close look at the myth of austerity in times of economic crisis.
http://www.theguardian.com/business/ng-interactive/2015/apr/29/the-austerity-delusion

"War and Peace"

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"War and Peace"

"And a shot rang out..."

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"And a shot rang out..."
Murder on the High Seas!
Who was the victim? Who was the murderer? Who will find them out? And what is the dark secret of this seemingly happy cruise ship?
(Dramatic chord)

Taken shortly after sunset with rapidly fading light, I decided to go for a noir look - and suddenly I had a 50's movie promo shot!

Always on the Lookout

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Always on the Lookout
WPP 2015 - Week 16 - Window(s)
Weekly Photo Project 2015 curated by Alen Ianni , Bernhard Rembold , Cliff Loresco , Francesco Scaglioni , *** ,  Ken Fowkes ,  Navin Upendran  , Robyn King and T.E. Smith
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#WPP2015-Wk16-WIndow
The lookout tower at the Swanbourne Surf Lifesaving Club, with web-cam giving a permanent window onto the beach - http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/swanbourne-beach-cam.asp

Via Dave Besbris​ .

Via Dave Besbris​ .
I want to see what happens when someone tries to take one on a plane....

Originally shared by Laughing Squid

Creepy Fiberglass ‘Selfie Arm’ Adds the Illusion of a Friend to a Self-Portrait Photo
http://laughingsquid.com/creepy-fiberglass-selfie-arm-adds-the-illusion-of-a-friend-to-a-self-portrait-photo/

Via Marcos Raúl Carot​

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Via Marcos Raúl Carot​

Originally shared by Armando Lioss

A reminder that on the 9th of May, F Stop Lounge is running a photowalk down in Fremantle.

A reminder that on the 9th of May, F Stop Lounge is running a photowalk down in Fremantle. Although the event officially starts at 3PM there is an initial gathering at 2PM. Check it out!

Originally shared by Leigh Diprose

F Stop lounge’s next location for a FREE photo walk is all the way over in Western Australia. So the photographers of Perth get ready!

F Stop Lounge contributor Jasmine Banks of Jasmine Skye Photography will be leading the way around the beautiful old streets of Fremantle, for an afternoon of photography fun. With an emphasis on trying new techniques, learning, networking and sharing information for every level of photographer.

We will be kicking off at 2pm, so if you are late meet us along the way, we will be heading towards Pin B (see map) before we make our way back to Little Creatures Brewery for a drink afterwards.

You don’t need to own a fancy camera to come along (most people have pretty awesome cameras in their phone these days- so no excuses!!) so really all you …

Moonset

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Moonset

Trigg Island Beach, fencepost as a tripod.

A question for the wisdom of the Net:

A question for the wisdom of the Net:
A few years back, Alicia Smith and I saw a music video on RAGE ( ABCTV AUSTRALIAN MUSIC SHOW ) 1987 - PRESENT that featured people receiving messages and notes along the lines of "They're here" or "They're starting" - and dropping whatever they were doing to journey to a field. There are people hitching rides there, and so on. 

One key thing was a signpost "Mysterious Lights Viewing Area" or similar.

Eventually we get to see the lights - which are small golden motes rising up.

Can anyone identify the song and video from that? My google-fu is failing me

"Last Man Standing"

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"Last Man Standing"

WPP 2015 - Week 15 - The Blue Hour
Weekly Photo Project 2015 curated by Alen Ianni , Bernhard Rembold , Cliff Loresco , Francesco Scaglioni , *** ,  Ken Fowkes ,  Navin Upendran  , Robyn King and T.E. Smith
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#WPP2015-Wk15-BlueHour

The Galaxy Drive-in Theatre in the northern suburbs of Perth is the last drive-in cinema in Western Australia, the only other (in the country town of Busselton) having closed last year. The good news is that the Galaxy is showing no signs of closing any time soon.

A few years back they spent some big money to upgrade to digital projection gear so as to be able to show the newest releases - a policy (along with weekend double-features) that has seen their attendance numbers grow and keep the business profitable.

John Samuel​ reflects on the tragedy of forgetting the reason for remembrance.

John Samuel​ reflects on the tragedy of forgetting the reason for remembrance.

I do not entirely agree, having seen the somber and respectful families last night at the vigil. Yes, the popular press, some politicians, and some business forces seek to change the message, but many remember, and are passing the real message on to the next generations.

Originally shared by John Samuel

When I was growing up, and coming to realise that there is no glory in war[1], I came to appreciate the wisdom of Australia, and New Zealand, commemorating a defeat.
http://piratesobg.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/losing-wisdom-for-mythology-anzac-day-2015

One hundred years ago, a group of Australian and New Zealand troops (with some Indian troops as well) landed on the...

One hundred years ago, a group of Australian and New Zealand troops (with some Indian troops as well) landed on the shores of Gallipoli.

They were opposed by the troops of the Ottoman Empire, lead by a colonel Mustafa Kemal. 

Although poorly lead, the ANZAC troops fought bravely, and impressed the opposing troops and their commander - not that this made them ease up in any way. It did, however, open the path to a number of truces to recover wounded and to bury the dead.

In the end, the ANZACs were forced to retreat, but did so with great cunning - leaving the Ottoman troops thinking the area was still defended for several hours. 

The troops on both sides fought with incredible bravery, and had the respect of their enemies. After the war was over, both sides spoke well of the quality of the other.

And the Ottoman commander? He is better known as Atatürk, and founded the modern republic of Turkey. And, nineteen years later, in 1934 Atatürk wrote this tribute:
"Those heroes that shed thei…

South Perth from the DNA tower.

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South Perth from the DNA tower.

"Triskelion"

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"Triskelion"

WPP 2015 - Week 14 - Symmetry
Weekly Photo Project 2015 curated by Alen Ianni , Bernhard Rembold , Cliff Loresco , Francesco Scaglioni , Heather D ,  Ken Fowkes ,  Navin Upendran  , Robyn King and T.E. Smith
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#WPP2015-Wk14-Symmetry

A triskelion atop an Italian restaurant in Northbridge, Perth.

Heh. I'm a Giant Squid, Alicia Smith is a Pangolin! Together, we fight crime!

Heh. I'm a Giant Squid, Alicia Smith is a Pangolin! Together, we fight crime!

Or something like that...
https://g.co/doodle/qja95k

(Alien) Mitchell Freeway.

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(Alien) Mitchell Freeway.

Taken from the Glendalough footbridge, looking South-ish.

Samsung NX300, edited in Snapseed.

Gluten-free High Tea at TheFigGroup​ (The Naked Fig, to be precise).

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Gluten-free High Tea at TheFigGroup​ (The Naked Fig, to be precise).

No scones :( but otherwise excellent. And GF scones can be very hard to do consistently.

19 Again, again.

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19 Again, again.

Portraiture does not come easy to me, but when it is Alicia Smith​, I'm inspired.

19 Again

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19 Again

Alicia Smith at The Naked Fig, where we shared our 19th anniversary. 

Happy Anniversary, my dearest love.

Fire's Stormcloud

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Fire's Stormcloud

Smoke cloud from prescribed burn, Swanbourne, Western Australia.

NX300, 18mm, 1/2000, f/4, ISO200, edited with Snapseed.

Beneath the Fire

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Beneath the Fire

Container ship under smoke pall from prescribed burning, Swanbourne, Western Australia

NX300, 200mm, 1/250, f/9, ISO100, edited with Snapseed.

WPP 2015 - Week 13 - Silhouette(s)
Weekly Photo Project 2015 curated by Alen Ianni , Bernhard Rembold , Cliff Loresco , Francesco Scaglioni , Heather D ,  Ken Fowkes ,  Navin Upendran  , Robyn King and T.E. Smith
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#WPP2015-Wk13-Silhouette

Rosemary Edghill just became a new hero of mine!

Rosemary Edghill just became a new hero of mine!

Originally shared by Daniel Keys Moran

Rosemary Edghill: "I think it's a stupidly misleading name for an actual and real phenomenon. When you call it "Global Warming" everybody expects it to be warmer. If you called it "Global Terror Meltdown Extreme Weather Death Apocalypse", you'd get the idea across."

When I am Dictator, Rosemary will be my Minister of Information.

Árstíðir are an Icelandic folk-rock band, and this is probably their best-known piece, an impromptu acapella...

Árstíðir are an Icelandic folk-rock band, and this is probably their best-known piece, an impromptu acapella rendition of a 13th century Icelandic hymn.

I know them via a Kickstarter Alicia Smith found for their third album. (Which is awesome, and you can find on their Bandcamp page https://arstidir.bandcamp.com/album/hvel .)

Originally shared by Eliot McCann

So moving. Thank you for this ancient glory.
http://youtu.be/e4dT8FJ2GE0

Via Kitten KaboodleInc​, this link from Clint Burkinshaw​ has a really deep look a just how our visual perception...

Via Kitten KaboodleInc​, this link from Clint Burkinshaw​ has a really deep look a just how our visual perception system differs from a camera's.

Great reading, and gives a few clues as to how to improve the look of your images to enhance the strengths of a camera and to compensate for the deficiencies.


Originally shared by Clint Burkinshaw

Camera vs the Human Eye

An interesting read on the differences between what you see and what your camera captures.

http://bit.ly/1ayrF4s

So if you've ever wondered why you can't capture the scene in front of you on a camera, the way your eyes see it. Then here's the answer...

Share & enjoy!
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A fairly quiet day at WABA for Tabletop Day - but only because a whole bunch of WABA members were off at AusComicCon...

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A fairly quiet day at WABA for Tabletop Day - but only because a whole bunch of WABA members were off at AusComicCon Perth, teaching games!

I still took a few photos - and got to see the stunning Fief, and to break in our copy of Evolution. 

#tabletopday2015   #TableTopDay    http://tabletopday.com/











A fairly quiet day at WABA for Tabletop Day - but only because a whole bunch of WABA members were off at AusComicCon...

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A fairly quiet day at WABA for Tabletop Day - but only because a whole bunch of WABA members were off at AusComicCon Perth, teaching games!

I still took a few photos - and got to see the stunning Fief, and to break in our copy of Evolution. 
#tabletopday2015   #TableTopDay  http://tabletopday.com/











Every one of our Gaming Room Bingo prizewinners that we've caught up with.

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Every one of our Gaming Room Bingo prizewinners that we've caught up with.

Special congratulations to Fe on winning the grand prize of a copy of Splendor.

Alicia Smith and I were the gaming coordinators at Swancon 40, with guests John Scalzi, Kylie Chan, and Anthony...

Alicia Smith and I were the gaming coordinators at Swancon 40, with guests John Scalzi, Kylie Chan, and Anthony Peacey. 

Here's a look at what went on...

Originally shared by Rob Masters

A sort of pictorial con report, as seen through the lens of one of the gaming co-ordinators.
https://plus.google.com/104545783008574601062/stories/3bef4dd6-bccc-3b18-a80f-58bd858fff6014c92c0945a

A sort of pictorial con report, as seen through the lens of one of the gaming co-ordinators.

A sort of pictorial con report, as seen through the lens of one of the gaming co-ordinators.
https://plus.google.com/104545783008574601062/stories/3bef4dd6-bccc-3b18-a80f-58bd858fff6014c92c0945a

Games list from the "Games I am Willing to Speak for Three Minutes in Public About" panel.

Games list from the "Games I am Willing to Speak for Three Minutes in Public About" panel. Thanks to Brian Johnson for compiling this!

Also, thank-you to everyone who took part in these panels! It was wonderful to hear so many people being so inspiring about so many games!

Game - Suggested by
Istanbul - Can
Ogre - Rob M
Tokaido - Ellora
Vinci - Karen
Dragonology - Andy
Tales Of The Arabian Nights - Leece
Monument Valley - Cam
Terra Mystica - John S
Credo - Steve
Mu - Craig
Smash Up - Brian
Ricochet Robots - Natasha
Escape Room (Live Action) - Ellora
Bluff - Warren
BSG - Ernest
El Grande - Warren
Story War - Paul
Nexus Ops - Mark J
Zombicide - Ryouga
7 Wonders - John S
War In Europe, etc - Steve
Ice House system - Rob M
Niagra - David G
Ticket to Ride: Europe - Elaine W
Chrononauts - Sarah
Take 6 / 6 Nimmit - Brian
Castle Panic - Elora
Cogz - Leece
Sentinels of the Multiverse - Cam
Taluva - David G
Sherlock - Elaine W
Ugg-Tect - Rob M
Sushi-Go ( Board and IOS/Android) - Elora
Dixit - Rob M
Wildlife - Leece
Stuff …

Swancon Board gaming Bingo winners - so far!

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Swancon Board gaming Bingo winners - so far!

2015 Masquerade

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2015 Masquerade

#Swancon #Swancon40 #Swancon2015