Monday, December 20, 2021
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Penny and I had a trip away for the last couple of days... It was good for the soul after what seems like endless lockdown's here in Melbourne. This was taken at dawn from the beach below our accommodation. Pictured is the skyline of Wilsons promontory framed by water and sky.
Saturday, November 20, 2021
For the record I did not participate in the current hunt. I did however collaborate on ideas and execution with Penny and this is the result for this round. The words left to right and top to bottom are. Backlight (Third place), Collection, Cow (First place), Crooked, two shades of Green, Party, Reaction, Temptation, Tin (honourable mention) and Tool.
I can say that Tool was my favourite. The idea was to present the word tool in AUSLAN (sign language) and also show that a hand can be a versatile tool. In this case for communication. My other favourite was Crooked. All of the images on the wall are straight on the horizon however the frames are not. This is a nightmare if you have OCD. Do you straighten the frames or the image... You decide
Friday, November 19, 2021
To all those people that believe that it is fashionable, or the myriad other reasons to not get vaccinated. I ask you to stop right now. You are not cool you are not fashionable, you are not even making sense in some cases... You are selfish. You will only hurt yourself, your friends, family and others around you. Some people cannot get vaccinated and you are putting them at a higher risk of serious illness and even death.
The stakes are very high. As at today in Australia we have had 194,119 cases and 1,922 deaths. Near enough to 1 in 100 who have got COVID 19 in Australia have died. Now if you take away the numbers that have been fully vaccinated and got COVID 19 (Very few of these go to hospital let alone die) and you will find yourself in a lottery where the chances of survival are slim at best. Don't be that person.
Do not expect me to have any sympathy for you when you get sick. Do not expect me to care if you are increasingly ostracised from society. You have a choice. Get vaccinated and carry on living or not and potentially suffering the consequences. As so many of you have pointed out it is your choice and you are welcome to it. Even if it is selfish.
This image also works for Word of the day - Palm and on this day as I just took it for this post :)
Monday, November 15, 2021
Friday, November 5, 2021
Monday, November 1, 2021
On this day last year I completed a family photoshoot as at least one of the great grand parents was unwell and may not be around for too much longer. At the time we had just been released from a very long period of lockdown due to covid. This image is the first hug and was not part of the photoshoot.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Today I went for a walk in a local park. It was excellent.. There was a deep blue spring sky that goes on forever. The air was so still that all you could hear was the birds and the very far off hum of traffic. The path follows a creek down to a small lake. The round trip was around one hour. There is but a short amount of time before lockdowns end forever here in Melbourne. Pictured are the flowers on a late blooming wattle.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
On this day four years ago Penny and I visited the National Rhododendron gardens at Olinda in the Dandenong ranges east of Melbourne. These two where so distracted by their devices that they failed to notice the magnificence around them
Friday, October 22, 2021
Recently I have been reading the Foundation series of books by Isaac Asimov and also watching the same story on Apple+. Coincidentally the show on TV is only loosely based on the original story. I have also been watching a Netflix series called "The billion dollar code". This story is about a group of German hackers (Art+Com) that created a program called "TerraVision" in 1994. It is essentially Google Earth but not on any computer. The story is about how they sue Google over who invented Google Earth.
After rereading the Foundation series, I believe that neither Art+Com or Google invented the idea of Google Earth. It seems that in the book "Second Foundation" (on Page 32 of my digital copy) is a description of a device called "The lens".
Excerpt from Book "Second Foundation" by Isaac Asimov
The Lens was perhaps the newest feature of the interstellar cruisers of the day. Actually, it was a complicated calculating machine which could throw on a screen a reproduction of the night sky as seen from any given point of the Galaxy.
Channis adjusted the co-ordinate points and the wall lights of the pilot room were extinguished. In the dim red light at the control board of the Lens, Channis’ face glowed ruddily. Pritcher sat in the pilot seat, long legs crossed, face lost in the gloom.
Slowly, as the induction period passed, the points of light brightened on the screen. And then they were thick and bright with the generously populated star-groupings of the Galaxy’s centre.
The description of the lens is almost word for word the same as how TerraVision is described in the Netflix series. The main difference is the scope. In the case of the "Second Foundation" the scope is an entire Galaxy and TerraVision/Google Earth restrict themselves to the planet earth.
Either way the idea for what we now know as Google Earth can trace a genesis back to Isaac Asimov and potentially any patents may actually belong to him and his descendants?
Isaac Asimov was the person that ignited my love of hard science fiction. His books still to this day stand up to technical scrutiny.
Image #feetupfriday waiting for the show to begin :)
Monday, October 18, 2021
During lockdown here in Melbourne taking photos has been difficult. I like to get out and about and take photos in the city or the country. Most of the time I have been restricted to just a 5k radius of my home. As I couldn’t travel I found myself photographing a specific tree from the balcony here. Apparently Google Photos doesn’t provide a preview so you will need to click through to see the album of images all different days focal lengths, leaves/no leaves, landscape and closeup. Enjoy
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
It seems that the old Nigerian scam is still alive and well. It is a number of years since I received a similar message to the one pictured. Send $135 USD plus full name, address, phone number and profession. The scam will not end with you losing $135 USD. You have been warned
Monday, October 11, 2021
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Last year I posted under the word freedom Here is the original post. The events in the city of Melbourne over the last couple of days included men carrying "The Eureka flag". Pictured is the original hand drawn design for the Eureka flag. The ultimate symbol of democracy here in Australia. What happened in Melbourne is not democratic. They do not carry it in my name.
Monday, September 20, 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
The view across the water from Frankston looking towards the Melbourne CBD and the Macedon ranges on the horizon. Taken on this day in 2015. Hopefully I will be able to take images like this in the near future :)
Sunday, September 12, 2021
On this day in 2012 Penny and I visited Wave rock in Hyden West Australia. It is completely made of granite and the distinctive shape is due to water erosion millions of years ago. It is in what could be described as a barren area of Australia.