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"Sacrifice Remembered"

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"Sacrifice Remembered"

WPP 2015 - Week 48 - My Country
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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The ANZACs and our fallen service men and women are, in many ways, one of the hallmarks of Australia, representing our painful coming-of-age.

The Mandurah War Memorial is one reminder of their sacrifice, and one of the most poignant.

http://www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/WarMemorial.htm

Nankeen (or Rufous) Night Heron.

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Nankeen (or Rufous) Night Heron.
Normally one of the shyest and trickiest of birds to photograph, this one (part of a group of four) was standing out in the open, in broad daylight, intent on stalking a group of fishermen.

This rather dominate male stands out, with his fine breeding plumes clearly visible.

Sadly lacking in a dragon, Western Australia's take on Jelaza Kazone :)

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Sadly lacking in a dragon, Western Australia's take on Jelaza Kazone :)

#liaden #treeanddragon

Hey, it is worth a go....

Hey, it is worth a go....
http://woobox.com/tgudvj/gdkrao

A little puzzle. Respond on the original post with your answers.

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A little puzzle. Respond on the original post with your answers.

Garry Winterton​ - you might have an insight here!

Originally shared by Sunday What Is It

So here we are. We're all going to die. In the mean time #sundaywhatisit

The latest from Humans of Perth​ is someone with a very clear way of looking at the world.

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The latest from Humans of Perth​ is someone with a very clear way of looking at the world.

Originally shared by Humans of Perth

"I know there is a lot of stigma attached to feminism, but, to me, it stands for equality for everyone. Like gay rights, battling racism, disability rights and gender equality.
Men are told that if they cry they are a woman, which is like saying feminine traits are bad. Crying is a human trait. It's just been gendered over the years for some strange reason. Feminism about breaking the mould and being inclusive of everyone."

Australia now has its first University-based course - a 9 basket, 18 tee course at Curtin University!

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Australia now has its first University-based course - a 9 basket, 18 tee course at Curtin University!


Alicia Smith​ and played half the course this afternoon, and it is a fun beginners' course, but still has challenges for experts.

I sympathise entirely!

"You played it for her..."

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"You played it for her..."

WPP 2015 - Week 47 - Music
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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(Actually, she played it for me - thanks for being a hand model, Alicia Smith!)

Two thirds of the new cast for MST3K has been announced.

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Two thirds of the new cast for MST3K has been announced. There is 18 days to go on the Kickstarter, and we're half way to a half-season. We might still get to a full season - which would be awesome - not just because 12 episodes, but because it gives Joel and the cast a decent shot at pitching to a network for an on-going series.

Originally shared by Felicia Day

Well, in the "Dream Come True" category, today it was announced I will be playing Dr Forrester's daughter in the MST3K reboot that's on Kickstarter NOW! Please click below to donate so we can make 12 episodes happen!

bit.ly/mst3k-update8

I watched MST3K with my brother religiously as a kid. The reason Joel thought of me for this was because I was in Salt Lake City at the con and I went up to get a picture with him because I wanted to rub it in my brother Ryon's face. So thanks Ryon! You got me my dream job! Please help me all the episodes happen so I can rub it in his face a LOT! :)

Blame Alicia Smith​.

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Blame Alicia Smith​.

Seen republished elsewhere.

Seen republished elsewhere.

Goes a long way to explaining Andromeda, too.
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/plane

Stunning cover of Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2).

Stunning cover of Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2).

Originally shared by Lordy

One of the most interesting covers of a Pink Floyd song I've ever heard..
Done by a Belarusian music ensemble Stary Olsa (Стары Ольса) using medieval instruments..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NXvWKKHCk4

"Space Mirrors"

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"Space Mirrors"

Satellite TV dishes are parabolic mirrors for RF signals.

WPP 2015 - Week 46 - Mirrors
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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Dots To Spots Printing are back!

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Dots To Spots Printing are back!

Please comment on the original post to enter.

Originally shared by Dots To Spots Printing

Free Print Friday
1. Comment on this post by 5:00pm (21/11/15) AEST.
2. Random person will be chosen for this free print.
3.The winner of this event has till (22/11/15) 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.

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

Please add events back to the new web-based Google+ - or provide some sort of alternative feature in Google Calendar...

Please add events back to the new web-based Google+ - or provide some sort of alternative feature in Google Calendar that allows the for the recording of what happens at a Calendar entry, and allows it invite a G+ community.

An example use case would be a photowalk community.

Hestia's Cafe Restaurant (49 Lake St, Northbridge) are a great paella and tapas place that are surprisingly...

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Hestia's Cafe Restaurant (49 Lake St, Northbridge) are a great paella and tapas place that are surprisingly gluten-aware.

One of their signature dishes if gluten-free, and very cool. I give you "The. Mushroom Forest"!

Thanks to Simon Wilson​ for spotting this!

Thanks to Simon Wilson​ for spotting this!

Originally shared by Trace McLean

A nice little handy-dandy article....
http://digital-photography-school.com/good-crop-bad-crop-how-to-crop-portraits/

Next time a vendor says 'call us for pricing' ....

Next time a vendor says 'call us for pricing' ....

Originally shared by Florian Haas

"What's it cost?" — "Contact sales for pricing please." — "Is your product more complex than going to space?"


http://www.spacex.com/about/capabilities

One of out local camera store chains held an expo yesterday, and one of the things running was an instructional...

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One of out local camera store chains held an expo yesterday, and one of the things running was an instructional session on studio shooting.

In this case, it was all single-light, although there was a two-light setup running as well. 

All of these are SOOC, so I guess I did learn a few things. 


Playing with some LED garden lights and a freshly restarted pond.

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Playing with some LED garden lights and a freshly restarted pond.

Had a ball at this month's WABA meet!

Had a ball at this month's WABA meet!
https://goo.gl/photos/ezVEoLQgC4WFHL696

Via Philippe Reinhart

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Via Philippe Reinhart

Sounds reasonable.

Originally shared by Osiris Jenkins

Not strictly a contest or giveaway, this Humble Bundle is a pretty neat deal!

Not strictly a contest or giveaway, this Humble Bundle is a pretty neat deal!
https://www.humblebundle.com/books/morebooks?makerdiy_bookbundle

We saw The Last Witch Hunter this evening.

We saw The Last Witch Hunter this evening.

We went in with extremely low expectations.

And were disappointed.

It is actually quite a good movie! Vin Diesel has great fun playing what can on!y be described as a Fighter Player Character alongside the Mentor (even if he's 800 years younger) of Michael Caine. Elijah Wood makes for an interesting Sidekick. Meantime Rose Leslie plays Chloe the ElfMagicUserPsy Witch PC with class and style. And taking no nonsense from the Fighter.

The story is pretty good, with decent plotting, and a couple of well hinted and revealed twists. And all of our heroes get to sprout some awesome one-liners.

All in all a much better movie than we were expecting. External detached spine on The Witch Queen notwithstanding. But the ghost of Mr. Geiger is not amused, I'm sure.

8/10 and a really good cappuccino in a dive bar on the Sid and Nancy scale.

The Astor Theatre was packed as They Might Be Giants started the first leg of their Australian Tour.

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The Astor Theatre was packed as They Might Be Giants started the first leg of their Australian Tour. And yes, they were great!

WPP 2015 - Week 45 - Many or Few
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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This is pretty big news for me and my fellow sufferers!

Wondermark, home of fine re-worked Victorian-era etchings and illustrations, recently ran a Kickstarter with amazing...

Wondermark, home of fine re-worked Victorian-era etchings and illustrations, recently ran a Kickstarter with amazing success:
Multi-Purpose, All-Occasion Greeting Cards was successfully funded
1257515% funded

This being Wondermark, though, it does not tell the full story:
 $25,150 pledged 

Wait! What?

The threshold for funding was USD2. The minimum pledge was USD9.

The cunning devil!
http://wondermark.com/

Abandoned bunker, Rottnest.

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Abandoned bunker, Rottnest.

Part of the fortifications for the 6.2inch Bickley Battery, this bunker was one of the outlying defenses. I suspect it may have been a machine gun post, given the lack of mountings on top, and the absence of firing slits.

At the back you can see of the grenade traps.

Alicia Smith​'s latest chip acquisitions.

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Alicia Smith​'s latest chip acquisitions.

I wonder if food handling gloves are called for...

The things you find on a photo walk!

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The things you find on a photo walk!

Added photos to Rottnest Morning Photowalk.

Added photos to Rottnest Morning Photowalk.
events/gallery/cp74r78ahi529kq817nemaai3n4?authkey=CIHA6OHuxIWVJg

20 second exposure, just outside our room, looking out over the salt lakes. The big glow is Wadjemup Lighthouse.

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20 second exposure, just outside our room, looking out over the salt lakes. The big glow is Wadjemup Lighthouse.

Added photos to Rottnest Afternoon/Evening Photowalk.

Added photos to Rottnest Afternoon/Evening Photowalk.
events/gallery/ch7ns9r00tu0fq466rkiv8nqvt0?authkey=CIGF8IbQ3_feNA

It does not make up for over a year of criminal harassment, but it is wonderful to see that, not only has she got a...

It does not make up for over a year of criminal harassment, but it is wonderful to see that, not only has she got a book-and-movie deal out of it, but that multiple A-listers want in, and multiple studios wanted to make it.

Originally shared by John Samuel

Oh this is just glorious. The vile pit of misogyny and harassment (aka GamerGate) has spent over a year trying to crush Zoe Quinn.

Result: Book and movie deal. 

Sometimes there IS justice in the world, and it's beautiful to see. 
https://deadline.com/2015/11/zoe-quinn-crash-override-gamergate-memoir-amy-pascal-1201611420/

Is it just me, or does Malcolm Turnbull look like he would be more at home with an Interociter?

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Is it just me, or does Malcolm Turnbull look like he would be more at home with an Interociter?

I'm not much of a jet man, preferring prop jobs, and stringbags most of all.

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I'm not much of a jet man, preferring prop jobs, and stringbags most of all.

The De Havilland Vampire has a special place despite this, and always gives me a thrill - and a bit of chill. Mostly due to a single novella, one that I consider the author's finest work.

And as November rolls towards December and Christman, it is time to pull The Shepherd from the bookshelf again.

Maybe one day an airshow will do a combined Vampire / Mosquito flyby...

Originally shared by Dylan van Graan

"Follow the lead........"

I'm out and about again, looking forward to a packed day tomorrow.

Tonight two classics in formation :)

Vampire and Airmacchi MB-326, better known here as the Impala.

And if you happen to be spending the weekend on Rottnest, there's an evening walk on Saturday November 7th, also led...

And if you happen to be spending the weekend on Rottnest, there's an evening walk on Saturday November 7th, also led by one of the Rottnest Island volunteers.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ch7ns9r00tu0fq466rkiv8nqvt0?authkey=CIGF8IbQ3_feNA

I don't know why these don't show up in the main stream...

I don't know why these don't show up in the main stream...

Sunday 8th November, 8:30am, there's a very informal walk on Rotto, being led by one of the volunteers. 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cp74r78ahi529kq817nemaai3n4?authkey=CIHA6OHuxIWVJg

The Last Man Standing

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The Last Man Standing
WPP 2015 - Week 44 - Flowers Plants

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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The Morton Bay Fig on the end of Stingray Point, Mandurah, is the last significant piece of vegetation in that area, the rest being taken over by high density luxury units and a 5 star hotel. Fortunately, it is listed as a Significant Tree, and is protected. It is also a very popular spot for weddings and wedding photos.

Ahead of last night's rain, Alicia Smith and I spent a dramatic afternoon down at Mandurah, despite things like...

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Ahead of last night's rain, Alicia Smith and I spent a dramatic afternoon down at Mandurah, despite things like partial track closures!

The sky put on a great display for us, and it gave me a chance to try out my new 12-24mm zoom - a birthday present thanks in large part to Maureen Gell, Stephen Gunnell, Ruth Kerr, and Philip Kerr.

It has a 100 degree FoV at the widest, without the characteristic distortion of a fisheye (10mm for my camera), and gives me a chance at these wide and dramatic skies that I struggled with before. I look forward to trying it out with my timelapse gear and a clear night sky!



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​.