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For #BirdPoker curated by Phil Armishaw​ "Landing"

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For #BirdPoker curated by Phil Armishaw​ "Landing"

I see your Australian Pelican, and raise you one, Jan Glasziou Rainbird​!
Penguin Island, Shoalwater Marine Park, Western Australia.

Silver Gull attacking a Little Eagle, Penguin Island.

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Silver Gull attacking a Little Eagle, Penguin Island.

The gulls are nesting on Penguin Island, and the chicks are hatched. The small group of Little Eagles in the area are now making the most of this abundant food supply. The gulls, in turn, are protesting this most strenuously.

Little Eagle, Penguin Island, Shoalwater Marine Park, Western Australia.

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Little Eagle, Penguin Island, Shoalwater Marine Park, Western Australia.

White-cheeked Honeyeater, Point Peron, Western Australia

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White-cheeked Honeyeater, Point Peron, Western Australia

Congratulations to young Jorjina Plester on having one of her photos of Zoe from the F-Stop Lounge Fremantle photo...

Congratulations to young Jorjina Plester on having one of her photos of Zoe from the F-Stop Lounge Fremantle photo walk with Jasmine Skye Photography​ accepted into the 30th Perth National Photographic Exhibition, and being exhibited at the Perth Royal Show!

#fivedaysofface Day 5 - Me!

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#fivedaysofface Day 5 - Me!

A rare self-portrait collage. This was set up using the remote viewfinder function of the NX, and then Google did their magic :)

Oooh! I'm a dangerous radical! (Waves at 'Karen'!)

And twitter goes nuts 😂

Number Five!

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Number Five!
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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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Automatic bike hire system at Scarborough Beach.

#fivedaysoffaces day four, and a convalescent Alicia Smith agreed to a most unusually lit portrait.

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#fivedaysoffaces  day four, and a convalescent Alicia Smith agreed to a most unusually lit portrait.

Brian Koberlein​ has put together a great infographic that explains 'super moons' perfectly.

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Brian Koberlein​ has put together a great infographic that explains 'super moons' perfectly.

Originally shared by Brian Koberlein

I was making a graphic for tomorrow's post, and I got a bit carried away.

An excellent little article about building a pentesting kit into a pair of wedges.

An excellent little article about building a pentesting kit into a pair of wedges. I now have a new bit of kit to lust after - the TP-Link TL-MR10U. I can see myself having a lot of sport with that!

Originally shared by John Samuel

A very clever lady - make sure you read ALL the way to the end. Sighted via fanfic reviews on Twisting the Hellmouth (no, really).

No, really, make sure you read to the end for the edit text which is hilarious.
https://m.imgur.com/a/c4WNF

#fivedaysoffaces Day three - on time! Go me!

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#fivedaysoffaces  Day three - on time! Go me!
"Feeding Time"
A multicultural lunch at work today - paella, curries, Guinness pies, and so much more!

#fivedaysoffaces Day 2 - a day late :(

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#fivedaysoffaces  Day 2 - a day late :(
"Effective Project Management"

Another good reason to take part in the annual Weekly Photo Project 2015 - you get to see things like this!

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Another good reason to take part in the annual Weekly Photo Project 2015 - you get to see things like this!

Originally shared by Daniel Scher


#WPP2015-Wk-39-Transportation*

"Truck" by Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm

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
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#fivedaysoffaces

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#fivedaysoffaces

Day two. Faces watching us work.

Trophies and a secret Santa gift from one of my co-worker's desk.

Today, I ping another co-worker, Daniel Rodriguez​. Just post five photos of faces - interpret it as you will - over five days, and use the hashtag above.

Room with a view

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Room with a view

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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-38-Panoramic

This is one of Perth beach icons - the City Beach Surf Lifesaving Club watchtower. This is the second such tower, the first was destroyed in 1978 by cyclone Alby. It is, however, getting on, and many of the current generation of lifesavers do not trust the structure any more, and so a smaller portable tower is set up on the beach.

#fivedaysoffaces

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#fivedaysoffaces
Sian Ridden​ issued the challenge, so here is day 1.

This young lady was searching for a pump for her kiteboard kite, as she'd forgotten hers.

A good excuse to practice asking complete strangers if you can take a portrait of them - something I find very hard to do.

National Geographic​ has been doing some filming up North - with toy RC boats kitted out with GoPro cameras...

National Geographic​ has been doing some filming up North - with toy RC boats kitted out with GoPro cameras embedded in foam blocks.

Why? To see how a saltwater crocodile attacks - from the prey's perspective!
https://youtu.be/5k89r8w1RVc

I do not generally support kicking someone when they are down, but this calls it like it is.

I do not generally support kicking someone when they are down, but this calls it like it is.

I do hope he does the right thing and resigns from politics, come next election.

Originally shared by John Samuel

Many devastating quotes in this editorial, but this is possibly the most telling: "There is no victory in destroying what you set out to win."

And he did. For many years OL Abbott traduced the office of Prime Minister and then complained about being bitten by his own handiwork.

"There is no victory in destroying what you set out to win."
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2015/09/19/kicking-the-abbott/14425848002386

Yep... Read it all, just to get to the last line.

Yep... Read it all, just to get to the last line.

Originally shared by John Samuel

Seen via @mpesce on twitter. The last line is the kicker.
http://frumped.org/2015/09/16/of-bomb-clocks-engineers-and-the-70-million-high-school-football-stadium/

#auspol

#auspol
A coup is a group seizing power outside of the law.

Voting in a new party leader is not a coup, and John Samuel​ reminds us below. And it is not exactly rare in Australian politics, either.

Originally shared by John Samuel

I’m getting really tired of seeing how the recent change of administration is referred to in the media. So, just to make sure everyone understands how this works: Repeat after me: Gillard ousting Rudd: Parliamentary democracy Rudd ousting Gillard:…
http://piratesobg.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/repeat-after-me-a-change-of-leadership-in-a-parliamentary-democracy-is-not-a-coup

And one more.

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And one more.

Nesting Australian White Ibis.

These are highly communal nesters, much like many seabirds, and form large colonies in favoured wetlands.

Juvenile Australian White Ibis at Tomato Lake.

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Juvenile Australian White Ibis at Tomato Lake.

Note the shorter beak, and the fluffy head :)

Zebra Duck at Tomato Lake yesterday. These are normally extremely shy and hard to photograph.

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Zebra Duck at Tomato Lake yesterday. These are normally extremely shy and hard to photograph.

The ones at Tomato Lake are downright fearless by comparison!

Another view of an Australian White Ibis from yesterday.

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Another view of an Australian White Ibis from yesterday.

When landing and taking off they are one of the most ungainly looking birds!

And now an Ibis chaser.

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And now an Ibis chaser.

Two Straw-necked Ibis circling above me, looking to join a massive flock heading North. Taken during my lunch-break, as disc golf had been cancelled.

WARNING - Rare excursion into politics!

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WARNING - Rare excursion into politics!

"The Federal Government Welcomes Refugees"

(Barbed wire security fence at a factory - and nothing to do with refugees. See below.)

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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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Photo taken outside my office, which borders the factory of a formerly iconic Western Australian solar hot water system manufacturer.

And now for the politics.

Successive waves of Australian Federal Governments - of both major parties - have taken to demonizing refugees not sourced from UNHCR camps. As the policies have gotten more extreme, offshore (think Gitmo-like) 'processing camps' have been set up to house those that do make it through the gauntlet of naval vessels that tow them back to Indonesian waters.

In the camps they are subject to institutional abuse, physical and sexual,…

Australian White Ibis. Tomato Lake, Kewdale.

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Australian White Ibis. Tomato Lake, Kewdale.

How to really know where your food comes from!

How to really know where your food comes from!

Originally shared by Mashable

That is... dedication right there.
http://on.mash.to/1Keb03v

Over on LJ, the inimitable blamebrampton has released the latest episode of her HP/auspol mashup.

Over on LJ, the inimitable blamebrampton has released the latest episode of her HP/auspol mashup.

As always, it is hilariously accurate.

#auspol  
http://blamebrampton.livejournal.com/303874.html#cutid1

Some really amazing engineering here!

Some really amazing engineering here!

Originally shared by Dryade Geo

Because...Lego.
The coffee isn't working this morning, after swimming to the busses this morning am out of clever.
http://m.fastcompany.com/1662831/watch-an-apple-engineer-recreate-a-2000-year-old-computer-using-legos

#auspol

Trying to feel sorry for our former PM.

Trying to feel sorry for our former PM.

Not very hard.

I hope we see some changes for the better...

With the CSIRO funding cuts, scientists are having to turn directly to the public to complete already-running...

With the CSIRO funding cuts, scientists are having to turn directly to the public to complete already-running projects.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/astrocate/teammopra-save-a-telescope-and-map-the-milky-way

Dots To Spots Printing​ were doing their giveaway again! Comment on the original post to be in it!

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Dots To Spots Printing​ were doing their giveaway again! Comment on the original post to be in it!

Originally shared by Dots To Spots Printing

Free Print Friday
1. Comment on this post by 5:00pm (12/9/15) AEST.
2. Random person will be chosen for this free print.
3.The winner of this event has till (13/9/15) 11:59pm AEST to send their photo to dots to spots and redeem their free print.
4. The winner will receive a 16x24 inch print on 250gsm Satin Photo Paper delivered to their address.

Please refer to our website for Countries we deliver to.
http://www.dotstospots.com.au

#freeprintfriday #friday #free #print #giveaway #photoprint #competition #advertising #win #share #freefriday #photography #gift

One that got away.

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One that got away.

Out of control prescribed burn, 20km SE of Jarrahdale, seen from above the Western end of Orrong Rd.

In which Alicia Smith​ links to a video for a very funny Kickstarter​ book.

In which Alicia Smith​ links to a video for a very funny Kickstarter​ book.

89% of all backers agree. (I just made that up.)



Originally shared by Alicia Smith

I am thoroughly amused.
https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/2016951/video-577786-h264_high.mp4

A common criticism of the R U OK program is that it can be seen as invasive and does not prepare people for when the...

A common criticism of the R U OK program is that it can be seen as invasive and does not prepare people for when the answer is "No".

A little bit of research shows that they have thought about both these things.  So read up, and be prepared.

#ruok   
https://www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask

Neil Gaiman is running a charity Humble Bundle - including such gems as Ghastly Beyond Belief, and the script for...

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Neil Gaiman is running a charity Humble Bundle - including such gems as Ghastly Beyond Belief, and the script for the B5 episode Day of the Dead.

"A charity Humble Bundle?" I hear you ask?

Well, yes. His share also goes to charity!

Originally shared by Humble Bundle

Neil Gaiman comes to Humble Bundle in rare form with some of his scarcest work ever (or barely) published. http://bit.ly/HBGaiman

From early out of print novels to short stories, essays, "lost" comics, poems, lyrics, oddball quotes and controversial speeches, this bundle has everything AND a Duran Duran biography.

Woo! A new Lindsey Stirling track - and a daikaiju video to go with it!

Woo! A new Lindsey Stirling track - and a daikaiju video to go with it!

Originally shared by Lindsey Stirling

New video up!   #WeAreGiants  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yUYvyAY954&feature=share

Glass Ceiling

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Glass Ceiling

Glass roof of the local shopping centre's food hall.

Another shot from this evening's impromptu shoot.

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Another shot from this evening's impromptu shoot.

"Five Miles Out"

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"Five Miles Out"
#WPP2015-Wk-36-Large / Small*
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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Regional airliner on approach to Perth Airport, passing an out-of-control prescribed burn in the Darling Scarp.

(With thanks to Mike Oldfield for one of my favourite works.)

Neil Gaiman on the refugee crisis and the importance of not conflating migration with fleeing conflict.

Neil Gaiman on the refugee crisis and the importance of not conflating migration with fleeing conflict. If only our own government could do the same.

One more time, boys and girls: "There is no queue for refugees."

Lastly, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon are taking in millions of refugees. And we are vaguely talking about how much it hurts us to take a few thousand? Really?

Via PetaPixel​ et al.

Via PetaPixel​ et al.

Hopefully we will soon see this in Google Photos​ as an auto awesome!

Originally shared by Damn interesting

Researchers at Google and MIT have developed an algorithm to remove obstructions (fences, reflections, etc) from photos.
http://petapixel.com/2015/08/05/wow-this-algorithm-can-separate-reflections-from-photographs

Via Pamela Smith​....

Via Pamela Smith​....

This is the un-subtitled version. Had us all in tears last night!

I think "Can't blow a hairdrier" is now my new favorite insult.
https://youtu.be/97SUX0LEV68

Blowtorch

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Blowtorch

#WPP2015-Wk-35-Hot*
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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Originally shared by Lordy

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I laughed

Just seen the first half of Cirque du Soleil​'s Totem.

Just seen the first half of Cirque du Soleil​'s Totem.

What a show! The rug jugglers (yes rug jugglers) were particularly amazing! And the non-scarey clowns are great fun.