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Halloween costumes, as seen at the GenghisCon Perth​ quiz night.

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Halloween costumes, as seen at the GenghisCon Perth​ quiz night.

Myself and Alicia Smith​.

Thanks to John Samuel​ and the amazing Mz Maau​.

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Thanks to John Samuel​ and the amazing Mz Maau​.

Originally shared by The Maaurovingian

Thanks, J-Dawg. 💖
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We are organising a couple of photowalks on Rottnest in conjunction with some of the volunteer guides.

We are organising a couple of photowalks on Rottnest in conjunction with some of the volunteer guides.

The second walk is in the morning on Sunday November 8th, and is suitable for day-trippers. You will need to catch the first boat from either Hillaries or B Shed.

Originally shared by Rob Masters

Meet at the South end of the Mall for an exploration of some of Rottnest's great subjects.
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We are organising a couple of photowalks on Rottnest in conjunction with some of the volunteer guides.

We are organising a couple of photowalks on Rottnest in conjunction with some of the volunteer guides.

The first one is an evening walk on Saturday November 7th.

Originally shared by Rob Masters

Meet at the south end of the Mall at 4PM for a walk into the evening light. Note: This walk ends after the last ferry of the day, so you will have had to arrange accommodation on the island.
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You all have been warned...

You all have been warned...

Also, as an aside, this is - percentage wise - likely to be the most over-subscribed kickstarter ever.
http://kck.st/1Lbrqdy

It is all true!

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It is all true!

Originally shared by Shawna Mac

Yep.

I need say nothing.

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I need say nothing.

Originally shared by Shawna Mac

#truth

Three years ago, Alicia Smith and I were enjoying the natural beauty of Woody Island, off Esperance.

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Three years ago, Alicia Smith and I were enjoying the natural beauty of Woody Island, off Esperance.

Long exposure on 'waterfall' auto setting at night of an illuminated fountain.

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Long exposure on 'waterfall' auto setting at night of an illuminated fountain. NX300, 18-55 kit lens. And a tiny Manfrotto pocket tripod. Edited in Snapseed.

The Source

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The Source

WPP 2015 - Week 43 - Water

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-43-Water

Illuminated fountain outside our local board gaming cafe. SOOC aside from a slight crop.

Revolutionary Girl Utena is a very clever, if often disturbing, show that spawned a number of excellent fan vids.

Revolutionary Girl Utena is a very clever, if often disturbing, show that spawned a number of excellent fan vids. This is the the one the introduced me to the October Project...
http://www.kestrelsempai.com/mv/1999/12/after-nanami-falls/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=google_plus&utm_source=socialnetwork

I first encountered Mary Fahl (former lead singer of October Project)'s amazing voice, through a fan-made video for...

I first encountered Mary Fahl (former lead singer of October Project)'s amazing voice, through a fan-made video for Revolutionary Girl Utena. 

She's since gone on to have an amazing solo career. Here's an example - thanks to John Samuel. 

Originally shared by John Samuel

Oooh...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nprjAwB1ASw

This is yet another reason to pay attention to the very cool band Walk off the Earth!

This is yet another reason to pay attention to the very cool band Walk off the Earth!

And when you've watched the video, have a read of their interview over on Mashable - http://mashable.com/2015/10/20/walk-off-the-earth-video-debut/#oyh7sEXhFOqb
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbmjEv-OUDk&feature=player_embedded

I never knew about this one! Johnny Carson gets in on the act!

I never knew about this one! Johnny Carson gets in on the act!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2IdZSuP0kA

An old episode, but one of the better re-takes of my favourite gag.

An old episode, but one of the better re-takes of my favourite gag.

http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2014/10/19

Thanks to theweaselking over on LJ for bringing it to my attention.
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Five years ago I was competing in my first disc golf tournament, the Australian Championships, after about two or...

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Five years ago I was competing in my first disc golf tournament, the Australian Championships, after about two or three weeks playing!

And the first day was on the brutally long Lake Claremont course! Talk about a baptism of fire!

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Originally shared by Ryan Northcott

Scarfolk continues to ... errr ... something.

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Scarfolk continues to ... errr ... something.

Originally shared by Scarfolk Council

NEW! Would you like a 'bladder clown'? 1970s Surgical Toy Insertions catalogue. More info here: http://scarfolk.blogspot.com/2015/10/surgical-toy-insertions-catalogue-1973.html

Via theweaselking over on LJ...

For my disc golfing folks...

For my disc golfing folks...

Also, two new courses opening by November - Halls Park in Mandurah, and one at Curtin Uni.
http://gvwy.io/tb9gkjb

Need background sounds? This site has you covered!

Need background sounds? This site has you covered!

Originally shared by Ryan Northcott

Need background noise for your games? I bet ya do.

for best results, hit animate and adjust the speed as desired.
https://mynoise.net/noiseMachines.php

A little something for Alicia Smith

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A little something for Alicia Smith 

Originally shared by Shawna Mac

#truth

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"There is no such thing as 'dusk' in the city"

WPP 2015 - Week 42 - Sunset - Sunrise
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-42-SunsetSunrise

Silhouette of Wadjemup Hill as the sun slips below the ridgeline on Rottnest Island. Shot from the Vlamingh Lookout, and looking out over the salt lakes. The various buildings are Wadjemup Lighthouse, a spotting bunker for the Oliver Hill battery, and the Rottnest Naval Signals Station. Of these, only the lighthouse is still in operation. Also various communications towers.

The title is quoting "Frank's Chair", by 2nu.

As far as I can tell, the only people who want this road are the Barnett government, and the construction company...

As far as I can tell, the only people who want this road are the Barnett government, and the construction company that is earmarked to build it.

The locals don't want it, the councils don't want it, the Port doesn't want it, the truckingcompanies don't want it, and the plants and animals sure don't want it!

#RethinkTheLink
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSslMai7nI4&feature=share

A little while ago, I posted quite a lengthy piece about how not to be a bad RPG player.

A little while ago, I posted quite a lengthy piece about how not to be a bad RPG player. Alicia Smith​ suggested I share it here... So here it is in full.


Roleplaying is one of my greater passions - but it can also be one of the more frustrating at times.


Most forms of entertainment are fairly passive - you sit down and watch a movie, a TV show, a concert, a play, or a sporting event. Sometimes you might get pulled into a play, or dance at a concert. But mostly it is passive - someone performs, you enjoy, and there is a general expectation that you do not distrupt the show - whatever it is - by talking over it or otherwise interrupting.

Gaming changes that dynamic somewhat. In boardgaming, you are one of the players and your joint enjoyment comes from the interactions with the other players both on and off the board. It becomes more acceptable to discuss matters outside of the game, as long as it does not interfere with it. There is still a general expectation that you will be paying att…

For Lordy.

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For Lordy.

Dugite snake - the only snake found on Rottnest Island. This one posed for us for several minutes, and then slithered off up the cliff.

Pretty much each island with snakes off the coast of WA has a single species. Carnak Is, just south of Rottnest only has Tiger snakes, for example.

Via Boing Boing​.... A little girl raised by feral librarians.

Nice photo, really dumb move.

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Nice photo, really dumb move.

The young lady in the bottom right clearly has a death-wish.

One: Do not approach so close to seals. If they decide they don't like you, a seal bit is almost as nasty as a human bite, and often a lot deeper. And make sure you have an escape path. Also, approaching so close can disturb the (very recent) colony.
Two: The cliffs and rocks around Rottnest at notoriously unstable and prone to collapse - they put in reenforced barriers and walkways for a reason.
Three: Situational awareness - look around you often, and watch for what might be happening nearby. She never once looked up or behind herself.
Four: If you are going to do something this stupid, don't do it in thongs for crying out loud!

Shot from the Cathedral Rocks lookout.

Cathedral Rocks, with New Zealand fur seals. Rottenest Island.

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Cathedral Rocks, with New Zealand fur seals. Rottenest Island.

Sacred Kingfishers, The Basin, Rottnest Island.

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Sacred Kingfishers, The Basin, Rottnest Island.

Osprey, Bathurst Lighthouse, Rottnest Island.

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Osprey, Bathurst Lighthouse, Rottnest Island.

As per Lordy's request.

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As per Lordy's request.

Quokka cuteness.

Sandcastles with style.

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Sandcastles with style.

On the right, an alien stepped pyramid and cliff-dwellers in the quarry below. moving left, some sort of causeway to an iron-age hill-fort with ditch and berm, and an access causeway. Outside the fort are some farming plots, and a trading road leading out to the left.

At a marker stone, a ritual causeway leads to a stone circle...

Yes, we do watch a lot of Time Team, why do you ask? :)

A truly wonderful rant about candidate 'debates' (don't get me started about how these are not debates), and a...

A truly wonderful rant about candidate 'debates' (don't get me started about how these are not debates), and a chance to vote for your preferred alternative take.

Originally shared by Yonatan Zunger

I have magical powers: I can analyze a debate before even watching it.

I haven't watched the Democratic debate yet, but I've had a chance to watch social media explode from left and right about it. And I can spot some obvious things from just watching how people are behaving.

(1) Nothing particularly important or surprising appears to have been said. If it had been, someone would be talking about it right now. The most exciting line of the evening appears to have been Bernie Sanders saying that everyone was sick of hearing about Clinton's e-mail.

(2) Clinton's and Sanders' supporters are both rallying arguments for why their respective candidates won the debate. Clinton's supporters say she obviously won, even though Sanders was the most appealing, because sh…

The Discraft Disc Golf Ace Race 2015, Perth Disc Golf Club edition, fun photo-book version.

The Discraft Disc Golf  Ace Race 2015, Perth Disc Golf Club edition, fun photo-book version.

Great fun, and a nice little putter, too. The bonus swag of a dri-fit t-shirt and a bottle-opener bag-tag were nice, too.
https://goo.gl/photos/t5VFPwmQhyTnYAfm6

The Discraft Disc Golf Ace Race 2015, Perth Disc Golf Club edition, boring album version.

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The Discraft Disc Golf Ace Race 2015, Perth Disc Golf Club edition, boring album version.

Great fun, and a nice little putter, too. The bonus swag of a dri-fit t-shirt and a bottle-opener bag-tag were nice, too.






Android Authority are running an international giveaway....

Android Authority are running an international giveaway....
https://wn.nr/7mCpy

One aspect of the "positive" #tpp . Sounds great, doesn't it?

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One aspect of the "positive" #tpp  . Sounds great, doesn't it?
via Scott Hamilton.
#notpp   #auspol

Originally shared by Kerry Wright

Thought provoking cartoon from the USA. Could such a thing also happen in Australia, I wonder?

#australia   #auspol   #tpp

I am lucky enough to, as a good friend puts it, play the game of life on the easiest setting.

I am lucky enough to, as a good friend puts it, play the game of life on the easiest setting. If evenI can see that the ID requirements are dangerous, then someone is being criminally blind to the consequences of their decisions.

h/t to Sephi PiderWitch .

Originally shared by Violet Blue

Medium contacted me about publishing this on their site ("Hi from Medium - We loved your piece"). Apparently it hit a nerve in their offices, and sparked "intense conversation." It wasn't an easy post to write.
https://medium.com/@violetblue/facebook-i-want-out-e1e891975531

A Symbol

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A Symbol
WPP 2015 - Week 41 - Spring Autumn
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-41-SpringAutumn

As we march through the year from Djilba to Kambarang (take a look at Alicia Smith's Week 41 post to see what that means), we see our floral emblem - the Red and Green Kangaroo Paw - enter full bloom. There are several varieties of this flower, including green, yellow, and black species. All of them are stunning.

For this few short weeks, the south-west of Western Australia is a blaze of colour - and then, as suddenly as it begins, it is gone, with just a few dried-out Everlastings left behind in the heat of Birak and Bunuru as a reminder.

TPP - not on my watch if I can help it!

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TPP - not on my watch if I can help it!
#stoptpp #notpp #auspol

Via Scott Hamilton​

Originally shared by Matt Stanfield

#auspol
#notpp
#stoptpp
Normally I'd reshare, but Florian Haas's own reshare is too moving to lose.

A little bonus photo from the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk - the big Boab Tree at King's Park, taken with my...

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A little bonus photo from the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk - the big Boab Tree at King's Park, taken with my mini fisheye camera. No viewscreen, no viewfinder, no feedback, and a border around every shot...

Yesterday Alicia Smith and I took part in the Perth instalment of Scott Kelby's Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk for...

Yesterday Alicia Smith and I took part in the Perth instalment of Scott Kelby's Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk for 2015. Here are a few highlights of King's Park, where the walk took place.
https://goo.gl/photos/MLdvDyBgnaWh7Nvp8

Pioneer Women Memorial

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Pioneer Women Memorial

WPP 2015 - Week 40 - Sea / Lake
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-40-Sea-Lake

This small lake on Mt Eliza, within King's Park, is a part of a sprawling memorial garden to the pioneer women of the Swan River Colony. It is also a part of the Perth Botanical Gardens, which in recent years have been reborn from their original decorative purpose to a spectacular guide to the to plantlife of Western Australia.

The parallel that Sephi PiderWitch draws to the McCarthy era is disturbingly accurate.

The parallel that Sephi PiderWitch draws to the McCarthy era is disturbingly accurate.

I find it more than tragic that the nominally secular USA government is more religiously driven than our own nominally Anglican one (yes, Australia does have a state religion).

Originally shared by Sephi PiderWitch

New Post The Inquisition of Cecile
It was very hard to watch and listen to the Congressional Hearing with Cecile Richards.  The whole thing was reminiscent of the videos I have seen of the McCarthy Hollywood communist trials. 
http://sephipiderwitch.com/the-inquisition-of-cecile/
http://sephipiderwitch.com/the-inquisition-of-cecile

Via Scott Hamilton​

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Via Scott Hamilton​



Originally shared by Pradheep Shanker

The disaster of ICD 10 starts today in full earnest. 

I mean...what could possibly go wrong?

Excellent article on print resolution!

Excellent article on print resolution!

For a bit of fun, comment with what you think a billboard's approximate resolution is. Then read the article, and see if you were right!

Originally shared by Ananda Sim
http://improvephotography.com/34880/how-big-print-with-megapixel-camera/

Fireworks at the 2015 Perth Royal Agricultural Show.

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Fireworks at the 2015 Perth Royal Agricultural Show. Somehow these always come out better the the big Australia Day ones.