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moving back to blogspot

Posted on January 5, 2011 at 2:57 AM Comments comments (0)

Since put the ad banner back on my site and (it seems) now charges heaps more to have it removed, my blog has gone back to blogspot, and sometime in the near future this website will disappear altogether.


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Tarred with the whacko brush

Posted on September 15, 2010 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I think it is a bigger crime to suppress Terry Jones’s constitutional rights than it is to burn a few Qurans.


It’s easy to consign Jones to the fringe; discredit him as a fanatic; call him a hate-monger; blame him (and people who think like him) for the world’s ills. But doing that is a tyranny of its own brand, one we should be very aware, and afraid, of.


Has anyone in authority stopped to think Jones may have a point? John Henley, in T...

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Thank you Telecom, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter

Posted on September 8, 2010 at 5:33 PM Comments comments (1)

One thing I’ve found particularly interesting in the last 72 hours is the interaction of digital and other technological forums, which has helped me feel calmer and more in touch than TV and radio could ever have done.


What would we do without the Internet? I’ve asked it many times, usually tongue-in-cheek, but recently the question has taken on a new significance.


Head back 30 years. No Internet. No cell phones. No instant, digital represent...

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Thoughts in the aftermath

Posted on September 7, 2010 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (1)

I’m a bit nervous and paranoid at the best of times. But I tell you what… laying in bed, in the darkness and silence, only two days after the 7.1 earthquake threw us out of bed, it’s desperately scary hearing the next aftershock coming.


It sounds like a truck driving past. Or a train.


Silence. Then that small, tell-tale rumbling getting closer. Then, THE TRUCK SLAMS INTO YOUR BEDROOM, JUMPS UP AND DOWN ON YOUR BED!!!! Then leaves.

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the big one of 4 September

Posted on September 5, 2010 at 6:57 AM Comments comments (0)

I don’t remember waking. According to Jackie I was shaking her awake saying “earthquake.” The next thing I remember was being up, and heading for Josh’s room … which, looking back must only have been 20 seconds later. That’s when the room exploded and stuff started falling around us. Jackie fended off her dresser drawers … luckily because she could just as easily h...

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Awesome Free Offer!!!*

Posted on August 31, 2010 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (2)

The humble asterisk. Apparently this “little star” hails from feudal times when all bored housewives had to occupy themselves was drawing up family trees, and they needed a symbol to denote a date of birth.


It’s used in computer lingo to denote a wildcard character, and in mathematics for…well, who really knows?


More recently, however, the asterisk (NOT the small Gaulish warrior with the dense, fat friend - th...

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Come up to my studio...

Posted on August 19, 2010 at 7:34 AM Comments comments (4)

Photographers look at the world through a lens. Every situation, and person we see, becomes a photo opportunity, judged by how it/they will look on film. Cropped and coloured. Or in black and white, or sepia.


Imagine how life for photographers will be when we all have hard-drives implanted in our heads, and cameras in our eyes. Blink and the scene is recorded on the hard-drive. We might even be able to crop and colour with our mind so that the image can be printed (or downl...

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self portraits

Posted on August 10, 2010 at 6:31 AM Comments comments (0)

I've been thinking about self portraits. I've been taking lots of photos of lots of beautiful people, most of whom have been at least a little reluctant to have their photo taken. As a photographer I find that annoying (because I know who will and who will not look good on film), but as a person with baggage and an ounce of sympathy I can fully understand it.


The idea of self-portraits has been swimming around in my head for a while. There's a thing on

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It's company policy

Posted on August 6, 2010 at 7:11 AM Comments comments (4)

Maybe it was because I looked a bit scruffy, or perhaps it was merely random. But yesterday (first time ever!) I was asked to have my bag searched.


I was strolling out of Bunnings, Tower Junction, and the nice lady said “Excuse me, sir, can I check your bag?”


Now, you may or may not know, this has been an interest of mine for some time. And maybe they caught me on the wrong day. I politely put my camera bag on her little podium thing and waite...

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Redundancy musings

Posted on August 5, 2010 at 7:06 AM Comments comments (0)

So, I've been made redundant. There's a whole other level of meaning to that, but in these times of recession it means only one thing.


It seems mandatory at times like these to be rather introspective; to take stock; to consider my direction in life.


Stuff that. Who can be bothered? I'd much rather wax lyrical about the universe.


It occurs to me (frequently) that human society is seriously screwed up. I constantly shake my head in disbe...

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