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It is very evident that with regards to telecommunications policy at least, Australia is now in an undecided chaotic mess. Unless the people start to take a serious interest in government business and hold ministers to account with what they are actually doing we will slither into ignorance and oblivion. No country in an information age can do nothing or fall behind in communications technology. No country can afford to fire its scientist and cease to offer opportunities to it young brains who will and are leaving for countries that understand this. We will become a country of proles. This government is summersaulting on everything they said before the election, this is a beach of trust the like of which our parliamentary system has not witnessed before.
Australia's National Broadband Network project is now in uncharted territory. Beyond a joke, beyond a politicised mess, and even beyond farce, the incredibly inconsistent handling of the project by Liberal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has led it far outside the bounds of rational discourse or intelligent consideration.
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Almost night on the Jarrah forest walk track...
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When I woke up to hear about the reinstatement of regal honours referred to as knights and dames on the ABC 6am news I cringed and thought it must be April 1st or something. Then when the magnitude of this insanity gelled I realised we are paying this regal aspirant Prince Tony Abbott Prime minister of Australia half a million dollars a year to waste civil servants resources reestablishing something that was dead and buried forty years ago. He really doesn't deserve the job. From attack dog to prince in six months thats quite switch, even the old rusting man of steel thinks its whacky...  
This diversionary policy dragged from the annals of time in order of magnitude is about as low as it gets. This wannabe knight is a Rhodes scholar and this is the best he can do? I had my doubts about his credentials when he came out with the remarks during the carbon tax debate "carbon dioxide is invisible, it's weightless and it's odourless, was he on acid or something. It is the truth but in the whole debate it was said totally out of context - I have heard better replies from yr 10 students. Are Australians so gullible as to accept this lack of intellect in our elected leaders? It seems we are. When oh when are we going to get some solid intellectual debate, common sense and honesty governing this country. Speaking to acquaintances overseas about Australia they all ask the same question on most subjects Why!
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Johannes Pannekoek (WA), signature, Cottesloe Beach 2014 Western Australia .
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Forest series
I have been thinking a lot recently about monochrome and how I can get the results I would like in this forest series. I would like to achieve the the look of some of the orthochromatic films that I enjoyed looking at years ago.  I haven’t tried the mono only setting on the DP2 Merrill since the last firmware upgrade. And while I don’t remember reading anything about any improvements via the firmware it looks like there could have been some improvements through that or in the last update of Iridient raw converter. Which as it happens is to my knowledge the only converter other than SigmaPhotoPro that will handle DP2 files. Every time I use this camera I am just knocked out by its file qualities.
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Looking at the specifications these new solar panels it would appear that they are a huge leap forward. Its no wonder that state electricity  generators are worried! In all honesty it defies all common sense that solar power would not be the first choice for electricity generation almost everywhere in Australia. The trouble is governments at all levels are interested in their own agenda's which have nothing to do with common sense. #solarenergy   #solarpanels   #solarpower      
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Hi Lorenzo,
Having been in Italy not that long ago if it were me and I could afford it I would get them on the roof as soon as possible. Your electricity costs are very high compared to Western Australia and people here even complain! Of course I want to reduce my carbon foot print as well but reducing my living costs is also important. These new thin film panels look like very good value for money...
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Seems I am not alone !
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This is an exhibit in the annual Sculptures by the sea which is shown on Cottesloe, and Bondi beaches in Australia and Aarhus beach in Denmark. Its a great thing to visit and take photographs of.
Cottesloe beach has a wonderful ambiance and for once the temperature was a pleasant thirty degrees, in years past it has been very hot so much so that one has to continually wipe the sweat off glasses, cameras and forehead.
The background sound of the light waves hitting the shore, children's calls and chatting adults was shattered by the roar of an Orion maritime rescue aircraft returning from that area of the southern Indian ocean 2500 km away where the missing Malaysian airliner MH 370 might be.
Many of the exhibits and installations are made or constructed of the flotsam and trash that can be found on any beach walk: Plastic milk containers, wine cask bladders, plastic bags, PET drink bottles and in this case the ubiquitous blue pallets stacked and chain sawn into a head and shoulders with a Norfolk pine planted where the lack of brains are. Its a poignant statement. The gaze out to sea, the tree, all made from the remains of pallets painted as blue as the sea and sky from whence they came, then the more practical aspect of a bit of shade for the reclining girl to read her smart phone in. Just another day in Western Australia.
Sculpture by Richie Kuhaupt (WA), norfolk pine, cottesloe 2014
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Hi Alex,
Its a sculpture / installation. A human head with a norfolk pine growing out of the brain all made out of recycled palettes. In fact many of these exhibits are made out of recycled stuff that is picked up off the beach others are made from sophisticated synthetics. Some of the Japanese stone carvings are just fabulous. I took about 40 shots I’m hoping to get them up on G+ soon.
Things are a bit silly around here at the moment and its still quite hot about 32 here today and very humid.
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