Sunday, December 23, 2012

sea, sky, snow, seabirds

sea, sky, snow, seabirds, originally uploaded by byronv2.

Close to where I grew up.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

100 Ideas That Changed Photography | Brain Pickings


100 Ideas That Changed Photography
by Maria Popova
From the camera obscura to the iPhone, or why photography is an art of continuous reinvention.

Earlier this year, British publisher Laurence King brought us 100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design, 100 Ideas That Changed Film, and 100 Ideas That Changed Architecture. Now comes 100 Ideas That Changed Photography (public library) — an equally concise and intelligent chronicle of the most seminal developments in the history of today’s most prevalent visual art. From technical innovations like the cyanotype (#12), the advent of color (#23), the Polaroid (#84), and moving pictures (#20) to paradigms like photojournalism (#66) and fabrication (#93) to new ways of looking at the world like aerial photography (#54), micro/macro (#55), and stopping time (#49), each of the ideas is accompanied by a short essay contextualizing its history and significance.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Bellydancer fae Fife.. - YouTube

Somewhat incongruous music, but very familiar scenes from my childhood growing up in Fife. Beautiful part of the world. Mostly.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Unicorn lair 'discovered' in North Korea | World news | guardian.co.uk


Normally, North Korea's official state news agency is the place to go for reports ranging from the reclusive totalitarian state's unparalleled scientific achievements to the limitless love which its inhabitants reserve for their successive leaders.

Yet in what appears to be a genuine world exclusive, the inimitable Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) has now broken the incredible news that archaeologists in Pyongyang have discovered a unicorn's lair.

Or rather, the report says that they have "recently reconfirmed" the lair of one of the unicorns ridden by the ancient Korean King Tongmyong, founder of a kingdom which ruled parts of China and the Korean peninsula from the the 3rd century BC to 7th century AD.

The KCNA goes on to state that the location happens to be 200 metres from a temple in the North Korean capital, adding: "A rectangular rock carved with words "Unicorn Lair" stands in front of the lair."

"The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392)," says the report.

Archaeologists from the Academy of Social Sciences at North Korea's History Institute were credited with making the discovery.

Reasons to give up your expensive camera


So, I just got my D4 yesterday. Attached it to the 600VR today here in yellowstone and went out shooting. I was hiking back into the woods after a coyote when I heard some teeth popping, and a growl. A grizzly stepped out of the brush about 35 feet from me. I started backing up with the tripod and camera over my shoulder as the bear continued to walk towards me. I got to a pile of logs that I was afraid I would trip over if I tried to lift the tripod over it. I thought to myself, screw it, the gear is insured and it's not worth dying for. I left the gear and backed up to about 75 yds. when the bear stopped to sniff the tripod. I had my D700 and 70-300VR over my shoulder so I started to shoot. What I saw before me made me want to cry. The bear stood up, pushed the tripod over with one paw, then proceded to gnaw on it and jump up and down on it. I left the area, went back to my car, waited an hour, then hiked back into the woods to retrieve what was left.

I got there and the gear was covered in mud, and slobber. The hoods were off of the 600, the padding on the tripod was ripped to shreds. I couldn't see if there was any damage to the gear, because it was so muddy. When I got back to the apartment, I looked at the front element and there was a perfect nose print on it. I cleaned everything up, and apart from a tooth mark on the battery cover of the D4, a few scratches to the lens hoods, and the knobs chewed off of the wimberly, everything seemed ok. The tripod, was not so lucky. I am not sure if it was a result of chewing, or stomping, but the carbon fiber was splintered and broken. I took some test shots with the camera and lens and everything is still in perfect focus and calibration. I cannot belive after a hard fall, and a mauling by a 500lb grizly, that everything still works.

The good thing was that I was ok, got out of there safe, and even though I had bear spray, I think Imade the right decision to leave the gear instead of risking trying to haul it out with me and fall down crossing logs.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Roses in full bloom in Adelaide

DSCN0336, originally uploaded by theclutterbells.

Stunning all over town.

Women According to Mitt and his GOP Buddies


Makes Tony Abbott look positively moderate.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Friday, September 07, 2012

No Spotify No. You didn't and have not to date answered the question? When will the Windows Phone App be available in Australia? Simple Question?????

Spotify has been available in Australia for about 6 months now, but they refuse to engage on the question of when their Windows App will be available here. What is so difficult????? Available in other parts of the world, but not for suckers like me who were dumb enough to buy a Windows Phone. I hear the app is pretty crap from the forums, but what the hell. Hello Spotify?????? Just answer the question.

 Spotify Case # 00248667: Windows Phone and Spotify in Australai ref:_00DD0pxIW._500D0Jh12P:ref

Contacting the Spotify Support Team no-reply@spotify.com via jgj6lvayswyi.d-pxiwmay.d.bnc.salesforce.com 
04:12 (18 minutes ago)
to me
Hi there,

Thanks for getting in touch.

If you have a question about Spotify, your first stop should be the Spotify Community http://community.spotify.com/ for support from other users. This is also a great place to read up on any company updates that might affect your service as well as posting your own ideas and feedback.

Then check out our Help pages http://www.spotify.com/help/overview/. The FAQs contain solutions to the most common queries and guides on how to use Spotify's features.

You can also now follow or Tweet our Spotify Customer Service Team @Spotifycares for all things Spotify.

We're sure that these solutions will help you with your query. Remember that we'll keep you in the loop on any major service updates via our Twitter:
https://twitter.com/#!/spotifystatus @Spotifystatus

Kind regards,
Spotify Customer Service Team

Friday, August 31, 2012

Don't look down.

Amazing colours and perspective.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

iPhone and Galaxy Eat Your Heart Out


Must have accessory. All for less than fifteen hundred. Excellent for warding off muggers.

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Fifty Shades of Grey - For Men

What Type of Social Media Personality Are You? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Taco Bell helicopters 10,000 tacos to Bethel, Alaska after hoax


As far as customer service stunts go, this one was pretty epic: A helicopter sent to a remote Alaska town bearing a Taco Bell truck, itself bearing ingredients for 10,000 Doritos Locos tacos.

The 6,200 townspeople of Bethel in the distant western stretches of the state got the long-distance delivery after the Irvine-based fast-food company took pity on them.

Last month, fliers trumpeting the chain’s debut in Bethel got residents salivating. After all, cheap Mexican-style food in the land of sled dogs and sub-zero temperatures isn’t exactly easy to come by. The nearest Taco Bell is some 400 miles away in Anchorage.

But instead of seasoned beef, Bethel citizens ended up with the taste of dust when the promise of Taco Bell turned out to be a hoax.

When Taco Bell executives learned of the cruel joke, they sent a free consolation package on Sunday bearing 950 pounds of beef, 500 pounds of sour cream, 300 pounds of tomatoes, 300 pounds of lettuce and 150 pounds of cheddar cheese.

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The Alternative Serenity Prayer

I'm Free

Johnny Cash comes from Strathmiglo

An American country and western singer, who embarked upon a spiritual quest following the death of her famous father to learn more about her family’s 800-year-old link with the Howe of Fife, has spoken of her love for “magical” north-east Fife, while giving unexpected global publicity to local businesses. Rosanne Cash, daughter of the late country music legend Johnny Cash, can trace her ancestry back to King Malcolm IV of Scotland, and felt “ spiritually revived and humbled ” when she visited local attractions including the former country retreat of the Stuart kings at Falkland Palace. Accompanied by her daughter Carrie, Rosanne took a break from filming a show at the BBC in Glasgow and was chauffeur driven
75 miles to the Howe of Fife where she visited Falkland and and Strathmiglo.

Records held by Falkland Palace show that King Malcolm awarded a large estate to the Earl of Fife in 1160 when he married the king’s niece, whose name was Cash or Cashel. A 15th century map sited the estate between Falkland and Strathmiglo. The clan Cash originated from Malcolm’s sister, Ada, and streets in Strathmiglo and Falkiand still carry the name Cash, as do Easter Cash, Wester Cash and Cash Farms. The American Cash connection came about in 1612 when mariner Wiffiam Cash sailed from Scotland to Salem, Massachusetts, with a boatload of pilgrims. He later decided to settle in America. The Cash name has also been linked to the clan MacKintosh.

I grew up about 10 miles from this part of Fife. Small world.

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Social Media Addict Road Signs

How To Apologize Like A Human Being, Not A Politician

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To learn more about how you can support victims of assault and abuse, visit the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN). Or, if you need to talk, call them at 1-800-656-HOPE.

Hello The Representative for Neanderthal Political Posturing.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Kangaroo escapes with help of fox and boar | World news | guardian.co.uk


Go you Aussie miscreant.

A kangaroo is on the run in Germany after breaking out of a wildlife park, with a fox and a wild boar as his suspected accomplices.

Michael Hoffmann, assistant head of the Hochwildschutzpark Hunsrück west of Frankfurt, said on Monday the male kangaroo was one of three that escaped overnight on Saturday with the inadvertent help of the menagerie that lives in the local woods.

Hoffmann said the kangaroos got out of their enclosure after a young fox snuck into the park and dug a hole next to the cage's fencing. Two of the three were then able to escape the park entirely through another hole dug by a wild boar under the exterior fence.

"We've got two of them back; now we're just looking for the third."

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Does this colour turn you off?


Plain packaging of cigarettes in Australia here we come.

IS PANTONE 448C the world’s ugliest colour? According to an advisory team that came up with the design for the Australian government’s plain cigarette packets, it’s certainly the least appealing.
And it is not a conclusion it came to lightly. Over three months an advisory group of academics and commercial market researchers was enlisted with the unusual task of designing a package that instead of luring consumers to a product, would have the opposite effect.
‘‘It had as its aim the antithesis of what is our usual objective,’’ says market researcher Victoria Parr, from research agency GfK Bluemoon, who headed the project.
‘‘We didn’t want to create attractive, aspirational packaging designed to win customers ... Instead our role was to help our client reduce demand, with the ultimate aim to minimise use of the product.’’

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/does-this-colour-turn-you-off-201208...

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Highland Fashionista: Language Class - Scottish 101


Feel free to try to translate the following sentences using your Haggis land language knowledge to replace the words in brackets, Less than 100 percent means that you are probably not Scottish.

1. This weather certainly is (really windy), and it is really getting to be a pain in the (ass).

2. It was an absolute (chaotic, fussy mess) at the cruise ship terminal, and they lost my suitcase, so I had to go to dinner in my shorts, all (skinny legs) and everything!

3. My bracelet got itself in a big (tangled mess) with my jacket, and I ended up shaking hands with the Queen with one hand tucked into my (armpit).

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The History Of The Barbeque


We are big fans of the barbie here in Australia. Grilling the emblems on our flag is a favourite.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Happy Roid Week


Flickr is home to many instant film fans across the globe, and one of the biggest instant film events of the year is happening right now: Polaroid Week! It’s when everyone comes together, sharing their magnificent, impressive, beautiful work in a week long celebration.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

She'll Be Coming Around the Moainunt When She Comes

Saturday, August 04, 2012

So when did you stop beating your wife Asshole???

David Farley.

David Farley. Photo: Glen Hunt

Attorney General Nicola Roxon has hit back at comments by the head of one of Australia's largest agriculture companies comparing the Prime Minister to a ''non-productive old cow'', saying they are silly and stupid.

Australian Agricultural Company chief executive, David Farley, triggered the controversy after he made the remarks against Julia Gillard during a 30-minute lecture at an agriculture conference in Adelaide on Thursday.

Mr Farley yesterday told The Saturday Age the comments were ''tongue in cheek'' and taken out of context.

The company has plans to build an abattoir near Darwin.


The slaughterhouse would specialise in killing older cows for cheap meat.

''This plant is designed to process old cows,'' Mr Farley told the conference.

''So the old cows that become non-productive, instead of making a decision to either let her die in the paddock or put her in the truck … this gives us a chance to take non-productive animals off and put them through the processing system.

''So it's designed for non-productive old cows - Julia Gillard's got to watch out.''

News site InDaily reported the remark was met with sustained laughter by the crowd.

Ms Roxon, who was speaking outside a NSW Bar Association conference in Sydney today, said it was time people got over this sort of personal abuse.

"I think these comments are silly and they are stupid. Ultimately it is an outrageous thing to say about the Prime Minister," she said. "It would actually be an outrageous thing to say about your wife, or your daughter, or your neighbour.

"There is no need to make these sort of sexist and silly remarks ... I am concerned that people think there is permission to make these sorts of comments about the Prime Minister; ... in the footy parlance, play the ball, not the man."

It is not the first the time PM has been publicly abused. Shock jock Alan Jones infamously said Ms Gillard should be put in a ''chaff bag'' and thrown out to sea.

Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins said Mr Farley's comments were ''appalling and totally unacceptable''. They amounted to ''destructive prejudices long past their use-by date''.

''Mr Farley and those who laughed along with him should take a good, long, hard look at themselves.''

Attorney General Nicola Roxon has hit back at comments by the head of one of Australia's largest agriculture companies comparing the Prime Minister to a ''non-productive old cow'', saying they are silly and stupid.
Australian Agricultural Company chief executive, David Farley, triggered the controversy after he made the remarks against Julia Gillard during a 30-minute lecture at an agriculture conference in Adelaide on Thursday.
Mr Farley yesterday told

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/ceo-compares-pm-to-an-old-cow-20...

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Australia Is a Case Study for Mass Shootings | Motherboard


Hello NRA Hello????

When I moved to 'merika I was astonished how many seemingly normal people had multiple guns in the house. Yes! Including people with more than 8 children. Just astonishing. On average, if you have more guns available, you will get more nutters like this shooting people. For guns read alcohol and drunk drivers and so on.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Astonishing shot of a thunderstorm in Italy.

Junk for Code : London: paying the price

July 18, 2012

The Olympics have changed. They've become a global extravaganza. A sporting event ---a festival of bodies--- has become overlaid with commercialism, heavy-handed security, ostentatious plutocracy and phoney patriotism. The people of London have been sacrificed for the London Olympics that will cost the host city close to $20 billion.


This overlay when coupled with the International Olympic Committee( I.O.C.) history of corruption tarnishes the Olympic brand. The image that surfaces from the media hype is not a city city clogging up and grinding to a halt. It is the armed drones being deployed in the skies above his city and the blue fence around Olympic Park. It is the image of surveillance ---cameras, the blue fence surrounding the stadium, armed soldiers on rooftop buildings, brand protection teams” roaming the city.

The London Olympics is an example of civic enhancement that acclaim themselves as "regenerative" and find their expression most charismatically in architectural "grand projects": domes, stadiums, mega-sculptures and super-cities. It is a grand project as a firm of corporate futurism premised on the privatisation of public space whose stadiums may well become modern ruins in a global city

It is an example of what Ian Sinclair calls Grand Projects that are abandoned and useless and suck up lots of money. The Olympics, for Sinclair, London's heart of darkness.

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