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Dear Offended Christian, From a Very Tired Christian

They are getting ready to blow up part of the ISS!

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They are getting ready to blow up part of the ISS!

And by "blow up", I mean "inflate". 😎

And for folks here in sandgroper country, that's 5:30PM local.


Originally shared by NASA

Set your alarms! Get live updates from Mission Control as the 1st human-rated expandable habitat is deployed to full size. Tune in to NASA Television tomorrow starting at 5:30 a.m. EDT: http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/144865039409/more-spacein-space

Streisand Effect in 3 .. 2 .. ..

Streisand Effect in 3 .. 2 .. ..

Originally shared by John Samuel

I wouldn't want to suggest that the LNP and Mr Turnbull have a thin skin or a glass jaw but.....
https://www.buzzfeed.com/robstott/fizz-fizz-bang-bang?utm_term=.kf1QQwbQ2#.avWvv5qvw

LOLOLOL

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Originally shared by Self-Rescuing Princess Society

LOLOLOL

All hail our Lord Adobe... gahhh, I can't do it. They did create Flash, after all!

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All hail our Lord Adobe... gahhh, I can't do it. They did create Flash, after all!

Originally shared by Liz Quilty

The usual.

The usual... you enter via the link, I get more entries... sort of a Ponzi scheme for contests without actually having to pay anything.
https://wn.nr/x76c73

Democracy Sausage for PM!

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Democracy Sausage for PM!

Originally shared by Paul Snedden

July 2nd, 2016

National Sausage Sizzle Day in #Australia

What’s a sausage sizzle, I hear you ask? WHAT’S A SAUSAGE SIZZLE? Sit down my friend, you are about to learn some stuff about #Australian cultural life.

A sausage sizzle occurs in large public spaces, on hot sunny days Down Under (which pretty much means all year round, except for Melbourne cos Mexican weather sux). A sausage sizzle is either free, as a draw to the event, or a fundraiser, in which it is acceptable to charge up to $2 for your sausage sizzle (gold coin donation). It must be a fundraiser for a local community organisation, however. Scouts, public schools, bush fire brigades, surf life saving clubs etc are all appropriate causes for the fundraiser sausage sizzle.

A single sausage, presented on a single piece of white bread with (or without) margarine. You can choose from two kinds of sauces - tomato or barbecue - however, in recent times, mustard is also consider…

Suzie Smith​ shared this magnificent image with us on at the Weekly Photo Project on the theme of Night. I'm in awe.

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Suzie Smith​ shared this magnificent image with us on at the Weekly Photo Project on the theme of Night. I'm in awe.

Originally shared by Suzie Smith

Riverbank by floodlight
Camping alongside the Murray River last weekend I noticed the trees on the opposite bank. The slow moving water created a beautiful reflection.
WPP2016 - Week 11 - Night

+Ken Fowkes, Alen Ianni , Tim Kennedy , Robyn King , Rob Masters , Bernhard Rembold , Byron S , Francesco Scaglioni , Alicia Smith , Grandma Snyder , Navin Upendran and Mary Wardell

#WPP2016
#WPP2016-Wk-11-Night


I am sorry for my absence on WPP2016. I have had a few projects on the go but trying to play catch up :)

Might be of interest - on in Perth tomorrow night.

Originally shared by Alicia Smith

Might be of interest - on in Perth tomorrow night. RSVP here - http://wilderness.nationbuilder.com/may_welcome_event_20160525

" Stretching from the wheatbelt to the Nullarbor Plain, this is the largest intact temperate woodland left on earth. In fact, it is about the same size as England.

But it's not just size that makes it so special, it has incredible species richness. The GWW has around 3000 species of flowering plants, a fifth of all known flora in Australia. It also supports an array of mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds. Aboriginal occupation is currently dated back 22,000 years and it is also a place of cultural significance. "
http://www.weekendnotes.com/great-western-woodlands-talk/?sb=1&i=1&j=3&k=1&wemid=59004&wuid=792174&ap=AEJIWNpRX4

More rulings, fewer rules

Originally shared by Scott Malthouse

More rulings, fewer rules
http://www.trollishdelver.com/2016/05/why-rules-are-shitty-commercial-breaks.html?m=1

Via Dryade Geo​ and cobalt please​

Via Dryade Geo​ and cobalt please​



Originally shared by Nicola Smith

Really well written FB post on the transgender bathroom issue what I saw today by Katherine Graville:

"Dear creepy heterosexual men guarding our bathrooms,

My entire life, I've been told to fear you in one way or another. I've been told to cover my body as to not distract you in school, to cover my body to help avoid unwanted advances or comments, to cover my body as to not tempt you to sexually assault me, to reject your unwanted advances politely as to not anger you. I've been taught to never walk alone at night, to hold my keys in my fist while walking in parking lots, to check the backseat of my car, to not drink too much because you might take advantage of me. I've been told what I should and shouldn't do with my body as to not jeopardize my relationships with you.

I've been warned not to emasculate you, to let "boys be boys", to protect your fragile ego and to not tread on your…

And then the rain came down!

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And then the rain came down!

I was just about to set up to take a couple of really cool photospheres, when the storm started up again, and came bucketing down on me. I paused a moment to snap this, and ran for the car.

Some distortion owing to me trimming my dirty great thumbnail out of the shot.

Loons (with transient textures)

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Loons (with transient textures)
WPP2016 - Week 18 - Textures

+Ken Fowkes, Alen Ianni , Tim Kennedy , Robyn King , Rob Masters , Bernhard Rembold , Byron S , Francesco Scaglioni , Alicia Smith , Grandma Snyder , Navin Upendran and Mary Wardell

#WPP2016
#WPP2016-Wk-18-Textures

Another landmark groyne in Perth is the one at Cottesloe Beach, one of our popular metropolitan surfing beaches. It is also one of the great places to watch the sea's fury during storms.

And there is always someone who wants to get a shot from the end...

See also: https://plus.google.com/+RobMasters/posts/PGhNasweGfB

Storm Day

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Storm Day
WPP2016 - Week 17 - Vanishing Point

+Ken Fowkes, Alen Ianni , Tim Kennedy , Robyn King , Rob Masters , Bernhard Rembold , Byron S , Francesco Scaglioni , Alicia Smith , Grandma Snyder , Navin Upendran and Mary Wardell

#WPP2016
#WPP2016-Wk-17-Vanishing-Point


Another great Perth landmark is the City Beach Groyne. The watch tower at the end is the second on the site, the first was destroyed in 1978 by Cyclone Alby. Here it is standing watch over the first of this season's winter storms.

Different Strokes

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Different Strokes
WPP2016 - Week 16 - Sports

+Ken Fowkes, Alen Ianni , Tim Kennedy , Robyn King , Rob Masters , Bernhard Rembold , Byron S , Francesco Scaglioni , Alicia Smith , Grandma Snyder , Navin Upendran and Mary Wardell

#WPP2016
#WPP2016-Wk-16-Sports

Disc Golf attracts players of all sorts, and with all sorts of attitude!
This was shot during our weekly lunchtime game with Leece and some of my work-mates. The guy with the attitude is one of my peers. The laid back one is my boss's boss!

Wide Narrows

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Wide Narrows
WPP2016 - Week 15 - Architecture

+Ken Fowkes, Alen Ianni , Tim Kennedy , Robyn King , Rob Masters , Bernhard Rembold , Byron S , Francesco Scaglioni , Alicia Smith , Grandma Snyder , Navin Upendran and Mary Wardell

#WPP2016
#WPP2016-Wk-15-Architecture

A tiny planet projection of a spherical image of the underside of the iconic Narrows Bridges. Yes, plural, as it is actually three separate Bridges, including a central rail span.

There's a bit of a storm here in Perth today.

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There's a bit of a storm here in Perth today.

So all the photographers are out and about. Alicia Smith​ and I included.

We were not this hardcore, though.

Another fine effort from Pig with the Face of a Boy.

Another fine effort from Pig with the Face of a Boy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h74DTdTlCk&feature=player_embedded

I've always said that heretics are more dangerous to a fanatic than an infidel, because they believe almost exactly...

I've always said that heretics are more dangerous to a fanatic than an infidel, because they believe almost exactly the same thing.

I've only just figured out that this is why extreme conservative Christians hate extreme conservative Muslims so much.

The #AN225 on the runway to depart Perth, from the viewing platform.

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The #AN225 on the runway to depart Perth, from the viewing platform.

#antonovperth #antonov #perthairport

Yesterday Alicia Smith​, Roslyn Smith​, and I got up in the wee small hours, and made our way out to Perth Airport -...

Yesterday Alicia Smith​, Roslyn Smith​, and I got up in the wee small hours, and made our way out to Perth Airport - T1 International Terminal​ to watch the Antonov Airlines​ AN225 fly in.

Here's some of what I shot.

#antonovperth #perthairport #an225
https://goo.gl/photos/K1s55fBXxQSaEkZy5

The AN-225 landed in Perth today - some two hours late, thanks to Jakata ATC, but hey...

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The AN-225 landed in Perth today - some two hours late, thanks to Jakata ATC, but hey...

Perth Airport put together an amazing effort to accommodate the public - a 30,000 capacity viewing area on the East side, as well as opening up Western Viewing Platform quite a bit more.

Toilets and food vans were put on - although they could have put on some more food vans, given the delays - but they could not have predicted that.

There were plenty of liaison staff wandering about the crowds, and a subtle security presence.

Traffic control on the ground was amazing, and about the only thing that they could have added was some hotspots in the viewing areas - the 3g and 4g networks were jammed solid, and that made getting information in and photos out a challenge.

And the 225 itself? It wowed the crowd, just as predicted. A shame it did not come in from the South, but it did mean we got a great view of the taxi-past.

#antonovperth #perthairport #planespotting

Getting a lot busier...

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Getting a lot busier...
#antonovperrh

Early morning crowd for the 225.

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Early morning crowd for the 225.

#antonovperth

If enough people can be convinced to do this, we could see a remarkable shift in the predictions based on postal...

If enough people can be convinced to do this, we could see a remarkable shift in the predictions based on postal votes. A very inaccurate shift.

Originally shared by John Samuel

Turning once again to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, we find s184AA (emphasis added): 184AA   Application forms for postal votes              (1)  An application form for a postal vote may be physically attached to, or form part of, other written…
http://piratesobg.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/political-parties-sending-you-postal-vote-applications-is-legal-you-can-still-mess-with-them

Recommended.

Originally shared by John Samuel

Recommended.
http://gu.com/p/4j6gf/sgp

The National Library of Australia's game section needs your boardgaming assistance.

Originally shared by Alicia Smith

The National Library of Australia's game section needs your boardgaming assistance. If you're an Australian Designer or remember some old games, you could help!

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/22664462#22664462
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/22664462#22664462

Keeping the dream alive!

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Keeping the dream alive!

Originally shared by Friends of NASA

2016 Student Launch | NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
NASA has announced the winners of the 2016 NASA Student Launch challenge, held April 13-16 near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tennessee, won first place and took home the top prize of $5,000, offered by Orbital ATK, of Promontory, Utah, longtime corporate sponsor of the challenge.

The University of Louisville, in Kentucky, won second place, and Cornell University of Ithaca, New York, placed third. The Rookie of the Year award was presented to the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

Nearly 50 middle and high school, college and university teams from 22 states demonstrated advanced aerospace and engineering skills related to real-world activities and programs on NASA’s journey to Mars. Teams spent eight months building and testing rockets designed to fly to an altitude of one mile, deploy an automated parachute …

Yay! More Simon's Cat!

Yay! More Simon's Cat!

Originally shared by Simon's Cat

NEW FILM! - 'Field Trip’. Simon’s Cat takes a walk on the wild side! https://youtu.be/B7sggjEBnZg
https://youtu.be/B7sggjEBnZg

Going!

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Going!

Originally shared by Alicia Smith

I will definitely be going to this one!

Manifestly not resharing this story.

Manifestly not resharing this story.



Ooops.

Originally shared by John Samuel

It requires a certain level of ignorance (which can be fixed) or stupidity (which can't) to think that asking journalists to remove an "unflattering" photo could ever be a good idea.

Neither is particularly reassuring with respect to a minister of the crown.

Working out which applies to Mr Dutton is left as an exercise for the student.
http://www.watoday.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/when-duttons-face-became-an-everevolving-meme-20160503-golhmv.html

This.

Originally shared by John Samuel

This.
https://twitter.com/sortius/status/729176321394348036

The usual applies...

Went outside with Alicia Smith to do a bit of casual stargazing with our 15x70 binocs.

Went outside with Alicia Smith to do a bit of casual stargazing with our 15x70 binocs.

We both had nice looks at Mars and Jupiter (four moons visible). I had a look at the Jewelbox, and handed the binocs back over to Leece, so she could have a look at it but the clouds had started to move in.

Also, it is 12C outside (and falling).

As Leece rightly said "Fuck scientific advancement, I'm freezing!"

Happy Mothers' Day, Mum.

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Happy Mothers' Day, Mum.

I miss you.

Hey ABC Australia why can't we share https://votecompass.abc.net.au results here?

Hey ABC Australia why can't we share https://votecompass.abc.net.au results here?

(Unsurprisingly, I came up as a Greens aligned voter.)
https://votecompass.abc.net.au

And it is game on... I want a nice clean fight ... Oh, who am I kidding? It will be a cock-fight. At best.

And it is game on... I want a nice clean fight ... Oh, who am I kidding? It will be a cock-fight. At best.

Originally shared by John Samuel

Here’s the official media release from the Australian Electoral Commission with the key dates for the federal elections. The rolls will close on 23 May 2016 so enrol now. When the time comes to vote, remember to choose your first preference widely. 
http://piratesobg.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/close-of-rolls-is-23-may-2016-enrol-now

Shocked, shocked I am that the LNP would stoop to illegal activities in an election campaign.

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Shocked, shocked I am that the LNP would stoop to illegal activities in an election campaign.

Originally shared by Jamez Frondeskias

Christopher Pyne - premature erection? Seriously?

Via Nick Xenophon ..... Election posters were put up today in a number of electorates, disadvantaging candidates who play by the rules. In SA, and in other states, there are strict rules that prohibit the erection of advertising materials on public infrastructure prior to the issuing of election writs. In SA, election material cannot go up until 6pm on the day writs are issued.
If you see a prematurely erected poster before 6pm the day the election is called, please take a photo and post it in the comments below with details of the location you saw it so formal complaints can be made to local councils on Monday morning.
If a political party is prepared to break the rules now, what will their candidates get up to in the course of the election campaign and worse still, how will they behave if elected?

Well, Mr Dutton?

Bravery comes in many forms.

Originally shared by Jessika O'Sullivan

Bravery comes in many forms.

I wish I was this brave!


#bravery #tessasplund #mod
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3571113/The-moment-one-brave-woman-stands-300-Nazis-refuses-let-pass-Activist-s-defiant-gesture-fascist-march-Sweden.html

Torn between posting here, or under Technology and Computing. But it really belongs here.

Torn between posting here, or under Technology and Computing. But it really belongs here.

Originally shared by Winchell Chung
https://twitter.com/DavidBrin/status/727987880744779777

Via Winchell Chung​, important matters!

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Via Winchell Chung​, important matters!

Originally shared by Don Pettit

5/3/2016
The crema; it does not float to the top of your espresso when in weightlessness. The signature trait of an espresso is the layer of crema. It consists of stabilized foam created from a complex array of organic surfactants liberated in the brewing process. Carbon dioxide, liberated from the coffee grounds when subjected to hot water, fills the bubbles, which is perhaps one acceptable use for this greenhouse gas. The brewing takes place under pressure, up to 8 atmospheres (over 100 PSI), and when released into your cup, the sudden drop in pressure coupled with all the organic complexities creates this wonderful foam. The crema has a lower density than coffee so it floats on the surface as a cohesive mass. The bubbles slowly pop, releasing olfactory essence that greets our nose and contributes to the whole culinary effect.

In space the olfactory sensations will be different. I…

For the powergamers... :)

For the powergamers... :)

Via Winchell Chung​

Originally shared by Wayne's Books

Expensive, but effective... until angry bad guy returns later from the Astral Plane?
http://imgur.com/knBFAEy

Live feeds 4:30am-12:30pm AWST

Live feeds 4:30am-12:30pm AWST

Via Skye Serena​

Originally shared by Vineet Puri

99.999 percent of species are still undiscovered and a whole lot is hiding at the bottom of oceans. So, nothing better than a live video feed of the Mariana Trench.
http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-are-streaming-a-live-video-feed-of-the-mariana-trench-now

I challenge the Honourable Mr Dutton to produce evidence of refugee advocates promoting or recommending self harm or...

I challenge the Honourable Mr Dutton to produce evidence of refugee advocates promoting or recommending self harm or suicide.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-03/peter-dutton-says-refugees-encouraged-by-advocates-nauru/7378938

Ah, nothing like The Shovel to tell it like it is. 😇

Ah, nothing like The Shovel to tell it like it is. 😇

Originally shared by John Samuel

Tee hee.
http://www.theshovel.com.au/2016/05/03/scott-morrison-looking-forward-to-reading-budget/

More excellent advice from John Samuel​.

More excellent advice from John Samuel​.

Originally shared by John Samuel

With an election on the way[1] let’s indulge in a not-so-hypothetical situation: you are a voter in a seat that will, eventually, fall to one of the major two parties[2]. However you’re not particularly enamoured of either, but will choose one to be the…
http://piratesobg.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/chooe-your-firt-preference-wiely

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the new (and greatly improved) senate voting rules.

Originally shared by John Samuel

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the new (and greatly improved) senate voting rules.

NB: not a mobile friendly page (because Senate ballots will still be large).
http://www.aec.gov.au/Voting/How_to_vote/practice/practice-senate.htm

Repeating the lie does not make it true.

Repeating the lie does not make it true.

Repeating the lie often and loud enough will, however, make people believe it.

Originally shared by John Samuel

The golden zombie rides again.
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-20/julie-bishop-zombie-wrong-debt-and-deficit/7338956

I have a sudden need in my life...

I have a sudden need in my life...

Originally shared by Kee Hinckley
http://www.industrytap.com/turn-bike-trotting-horse-trotify/29325

A little something for Alicia Smith​, Mark Sander​, and John Samuel​ 😀

A little something for Alicia Smith​, Mark Sander​, and John Samuel​ 😀

Originally shared by Chris Cormier

I See Red Meeple T-shirt Board game fans know that a meeple is a small, usually wooden person-shaped figure used as a players token (or game piece) in a board game (examples: Carcassonne, Terra Mystica, Five Tribes and Troyes). The word is a combination of the words "my" and "people".
http://www.geekygoodies.com/#!product-page/c1u5r/fc3fd2c7-40e7-473f-e8ed-f76febc6b726

Entering via this link gives me more entries, etc...

Entering via this link gives me more entries, etc...
https://wn.nr/BwsVn8

Today we were lucky enough to see the rarely performed play "The Foreigner", and Alicia Smith​ has posted a review.

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Today we were lucky enough to see the rarely performed play "The Foreigner", and Alicia Smith​ has posted a review.

If you are in Perth, and have the chance, see it before it closes!


Originally shared by Alicia Smith

The Foreigner a comedy by Larry Shue directed by Rob Warner.

Indubitably remarkable.

There are kind of spoilers below. Mild ones. For those who don't want to be spoiled the short form is: Go see it, it's funny and it does my favourite play justice. Then come back and read my review. 


Wed 4 May 2016, 8:00pm
Frid 6 May 2016, 8:00pm
Sat  7 May 2016, 8:00pm 

Marloo Theatre 20 Marloo Road, Darlington, Perth

For tickets phone 92551783 or visit https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=184826

Today I saw the matinee for Darlington Theatre Players production of the Foreigner, my favourite play in all the world. I saw it once, in the 80's it must have been sometime, a professional production at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco. They have the poster fo…

A fun bit of GIS humour.

A fun bit of GIS humour.

Originally shared by Damn interesting
https://blogs.loc.gov/maps/2016/04/the-geographical-oddity-of-null-island/

PETITION: Bring Them Here