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Take two.

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Take two.
Mostly bird photos, taken during yesterday's scouting trip to Rottnest, where Alicia Smith and I were planning out the last details for the next team-building exercise for work.

It is early Djilba - or sort of Spring-winter season - on Rottnest, the mountain ducks are claiming their breeding territories, the robins are in full breeding colours, and the first of the Siberian waders are appearing.
















Mostly bird photos from another scouting trip to Rottnest Island, planning out the next team building exercise for...

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Mostly bird photos from another scouting trip to Rottnest Island, planning out the next team building exercise for work.

Shared without comment. I already know what you're thinking. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

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Shared without comment. I already know what you're thinking. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

"Food Porn"

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"Food Porn"
WPP 2015 - Week 34 - Colours / Colors
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
#WPP2015ColoursColors

Home-made ice-cream sandwich (toasted GF mud-cake and vanillia & wattleseed icecream) with fresh strawberries and raspberries, and GF chocolate florentines on the side. Otherwise known as this evening's dessert.

80s Inc are a Perth-based 80s cover band, who always put on a great show, fronted by the amazing Earl Cole​.

80s Inc are a Perth-based 80s cover band, who always put on a great show, fronted by the amazing Earl Cole​. Here are a few shots from last night's show at The Charles.

http://earlcolemusic.com
https://goo.gl/photos/Hq1gs1S1NmQUzNwS9

Your regular commercial airliner, like a Boeing 747 is fast.

Originally shared by null

Your regular commercial airliner, like a Boeing 747 is fast. A super-spy jet like the SR-71 Blackbird is much faster than that, traveling at over three times the speed of sound. So how does a deep-space probe like New Horizons, which recently flew past Pluto, compare? Thanks to this animation, you can see it’s very, very fast indeed.
http://flightclub.jalopnik.com/heres-how-ludicrously-fast-a-space-probe-is-1727032471

Fact: you don't need to drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Originally shared by Boing Boing

Fact: you don't need to drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Alien Speedway2

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Alien Speedway2
Photography at 80km/h

10 second exposure in the Polly Pipe, tripod on the dash, edited in-camera and in Snapseed, on the road.

18mm, "light-trail" mode, NX300

And yes, I was a passenger.

Scott Kelby is running the Worldwide Photo Walk - and one is running in Perth! Sign up and come along!

Scott Kelby is running the Worldwide Photo Walk - and one is running in Perth! Sign up and come along!
http://kelbyone.com/photowalk/walk/west-perth-wa-australia/

Scott Kelby is running the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk again this year.

Scott Kelby is running the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk again this year.

Here in Perth, Sharon Bonnett is running a walk in Kings Park on October 3rd as a part of the event. Sign up at the link below - there is a limit of 50 per walk, so if this one fills up, another will be started (hopefully).
http://kelbyone.com/photowalk/walk/west-perth-wa-australia/

Suburban Sunrise

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Suburban Sunrise

Via Boing Boing

Via Boing Boing

This map is a real-time analysis of on-going attacks on a global honeypot infrastructure.

Very interesting, and remember - just because it is not shown here, it does not mean that you are not under attack.
http://map.norsecorp.com/

City of Lights

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City of Lights
WPP 2015 - Week 33 - Architecture
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
#WPP2015
#WPP2015-Wk-33-Architecture

Ever since the Mercury Mission days, Perth has had a reputation as The City of Lights.

Thyme

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Thyme

WPP 2015 - Week 32 - Time
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
#WPP2015
#WPP2015-Wk-32-Time

Yes, it is an awful pun.

The view from our roof ๐Ÿ˜Š

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The view from our roof ๐Ÿ˜Š

Via Dave Besbris​​, Colin McMillen​, et al.

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Via Dave Besbris​​, Colin McMillen​, et al.



Originally shared by Ralf Haring

Good show, Financial Times web page developers. ft.com/404

"Moral Hazard: Showing you this page would only encourage you to want more pages."

"Speculative bubble: The page never actually existed and was fundamentally impossible, but everyone bought into it in a frenzy and it's all now ending in tears."

And it is official!

And it is official! Worldcon 75, 2017 will be in Helsinki, Finland, after winning more than 50% of the initial count! Congratulations to the #helsinki2017 team on becoming the #worldcon75 team!

Now the hard years of campaigning are done, and the hard work of getting the con running begins.

http://www.worldcon.fi

More light trail fun in the rain from this morning.

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More light trail fun in the rain from this morning.

One of the most fun long-exposure results I've had!

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One of the most fun long-exposure results I've had!

Three cyclists in the rain. Add some carefully placed flare effects and we get a blaster pulse taking out some poor rebel...

The rare Nankeen Bird Photographer, sighted hunting prey in the Len Howard Nature Reserve.

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The rare Nankeen Bird Photographer, sighted hunting prey in the Len Howard Nature Reserve. These rare creatures are flighty, and should not be approached, unless they approach you first.

Taken with a 500mm lens to avoid disturbing it.


Hi Alicia Smith​!

Osprey, Len Howard Nature Reserve, Mandurah.

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Osprey, Len Howard Nature Reserve, Mandurah.

ISO800, F16, 500mm Vivitar manual lens. Samsung NX300. Bloody painful to focus on-the-fly! Roll on the Samsung 300mm F2.8 autofocus!

Pied Oystercatchers, Len Howard Nature Reserve, Mandurah.

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Pied Oystercatchers, Len Howard Nature Reserve, Mandurah.

We had some cache maintenance to do, and were rewarded with this stunning sunset over SPYC.

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We had some cache maintenance to do, and were rewarded with this stunning sunset over SPYC.

The Watchers

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The Watchers

WPP 2015 - Week 31 - Technology
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​
#WPP2015
#WPP2015-Wk-31-Technology

Combination traffic flow monitoring and security camera stack, Como, South Perth.

Something wonderful this way comes...

Something wonderful this way comes...

Originally shared by Andrew Singleton

Try using this. You WILL be grateful for how far we have come since the 60's in terms of computer interfacing.

Searching Google's Tape Drives. Though I suspect even with as slow printing results out are here it's far FAR faster than the reality back then for anyone wanting computer time.
http://www.masswerk.at/google60
I now have bison tubes, Sugru​, and some rare earth magnets. Time for some magnetic microcaches!

Really enjoying seeing Chris Hadfield​ here in Perth.

Really enjoying seeing Chris Hadfield​ here in Perth. Oh, and if you're listening, I've been instructed to say "Hi" from the #captionees and Caption My Caption​ .

The Riverside Theatre is packed solid, and Ray Martin is being a great host. The stories are thrilling, funny, and inspiring.

For so many reasons, this.

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For so many reasons, this.

Originally shared by David Gerard

"What are you doing?" Steven asked Barbie. #oraclegate

OK, I'm sorry, but I Want!

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OK, I'm sorry, but I Want!

Originally shared by ThinkGeek

The ULTIMATE poseable figure - with 230 points of articulation! Action Hero Beach Blanket: http://j.mp/1PjdPC6

Based on the fashion ads in the train station, the late 70s/early 80s called and want their clothes back.

Based on the fashion ads in the train station, the late 70s/early 80s called and want their clothes back.

Jumpsuits? Overalls?? Really?

Roslyn Smith took Alicia Smith and I out to dinner tonight in Leederville.

Roslyn Smith took Alicia Smith and I out to dinner tonight in Leederville.

We browsed a few places - Sienna's had a very nice sounding GF pasta with four cheeses, walnuts, and other yummy stuff - but we eventually found ourselves standing outside a new arrival - Mon ( http://www.montasteofjapan.com.au ) which had about half the menu with the magic "gfo" on it. 

Now Japanese cooking is pretty GF friendly - provided you avoid the normal soy sauce and the red and brown misos. And most of the noodles. And anything crumbed. So we were interested to see what came out.

We ordered the Edamame and the Lotus Chips - a yummy way to start - and the Yose-nabe (a combination hot-pot) with a side of steamed rice.

What a delicious meal! They used a GF tamari soy for the soup base, and the dish was packed with two huge prawns, massive chunks of tofu, sheets of salmon, and piles of chicken, not to mention a goodly serve of veggies.  Ros had hers with Udon noodles, while Leece and I had ours p…

Perth from South Perth.

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Perth from South Perth.
Google HDR plus Snapseed fine tuning. Samsung NX1 with 50-200mm zoom.

Everyone is talking about it!

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Everyone is talking about it!

My favourite city council Scarfolk Council is now here on G+.

My favourite city council Scarfolk Council is now here on G+. 

How mildly pleasing in a non-creepy way. Really.

In a discussion about a work-in-progress, this little story by Charles Stross got mentioned:

In a discussion about a work-in-progress, this little story by Charles Stross got mentioned:
http://www.tor.com/2012/07/20/a-tall-tail/

It is a hoot.

And if you to know more about some of the chemicals being talked about go here: http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/things_i_wont_work_with/
http://www.tor.com/2012/07/20/a-tall-tail

Via Natassia Velez.

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Via Natassia Velez.

Keep aware. Watch for suspicious activity by your kids. Talk about the hazards. Be prepared to intervene. Know the signs.

Originally shared by Dihydrogen Monoxide Awareness

Nobody takes memes seriously anymore, but infographics still remain frightening.

A recent entry in the Weekly Photo Project 2015 by Gail Borowski reminded me of this gem by Jonathan Coulton

A recent entry in the Weekly Photo Project 2015 by Gail Borowski reminded me of this gem by Jonathan Coulton 
http://bit.ly/1T8tlRG

A rather unusual contrail this morning over work - tracking from the South to the North, instead of the more usual...

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A rather unusual contrail this morning over work - tracking from the South to the North, instead of the more usual Eastish-Westish track.

A bit of detective work on Flight Radar24 tracked it down to the Virgin Regional flight VA9223 - a Fokker F100 (VH-FZH) - from Busselton(BQB) to Boolgeeda(OCM) (it is near Tom Price).
http://fr24.com/2015-08-04/22:42/24x/VOZ9223/704ce75

It passed over us at 33000' doing 419knts.

Clearly there are enough Tom Price area FIFO workers in Busselton to make such a flight worthwhile!

A little bit of Google magic (and a purple graduate filter) on the park 3 minutes from where my work is moving to :)

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A little bit of Google magic (and a purple graduate filter) on the park 3 minutes from where my work is moving to :)

In 18 months :(