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Paul Snedden has been at 15 events

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Carms Perez63,173I'm at a restaurant alone join me for a quick hangout I got my laptop :)Let's talk about the new phones :) or not.... lol2015-09-12 04:38:2532  
Android Headlines365,141The Nexus program is rising from the grave.The Android Headlines Show Episode 702014-08-01 03:30:0045  
Jackie M1,881,738KL and the adjacent state of Selangor are the gateway to Malaysia for most of its visitors; this is where you'll find food from all different parts of the country, but what sorts of dishes are uniquely KL and Selangor in influence? Catch this event Live or subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified once the recorded Hangout is uploaded there - http://youtube.com/jackiemsydney Jackie M Ramadan 3 - Theme: Selangor/KL2014-07-27 10:30:007  
Jackie M1,881,738Another food hub in Malaysia that is a well-known secret among the locals and the Singaporean tourists who cross the border regularly to savour its culinary delights. I was there to film a new TV pilot there in May and was very impressed by the food we ate, even at the most inconspicuous, unglamourous outposts.  Join me as I try to capture some uniquely Johor flavours in this Hangout :)  Catch this event Live or subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified once the recorded Hangout is uploaded there - http://youtube.com/jackiemsydney Jackie M Ramadan 7 - Johor2014-07-24 12:30:0020  
Derek Ross1,329,808The Original Android Hangout Show returns tonight at 9pm ET to discuss Android Wear, tips, tricks, apps, and possibly a few developer tidbits to keep my friend @111777412946608276908 happy! Join @111396705647796704246 , Steve, and myself in about 2 hours. Bring your questions about #wearables  and #AndroidWear.The Original Android Hangout Show2014-07-11 03:00:0040  
Derek Ross1,329,808*The original Android Hangout Show returns!* Hi. I was the first guy on Google+ to start doing live Hangout Shows for Android news and discussion way back during the Hangouts on Air beta days. My team and I ran a successful Android related Hangout show for for 74 weeks in a row before our hiatus. Our show was watched and listed to by thousands every week via Google+, YouTube, and various Podcast platforms. *The band is getting back together...* ...or at least the lead singer. I've come to realize that the shows offered today just don't cut it. They're not professional. They're boring. They don't offer any value such as show guests or giveaways. They're just not what my team used to provide and it angers me. I'm going to try my best to change that for you guys. I'm tentatively going to relaunch our Android on Air show next month. The time and date are subject to change pending renovations to my office. If everything can be completed by then, I'll be back in business providing you with quality HoA Android goodness.The original Android Hangout Show returns!2014-06-06 03:00:0098  
Jackie M1,881,738Join me in the first of my new series of Hangouts On Air - on Malaysian Ingredients!  Unlike my previous series, I'm not teaching straight-out Malaysian dishes, but rather showing how you can infuse some Malaysian Flavours into your everyday cooking :) AND I will have a guest in my studio with me - hint for those who've bought from me recently - Pink Eyebrows!Jackie M Hangout On Air - Malaysian Flavours 12013-11-21 10:30:0071  
martin shervington1,447,735Well, you probably know we are doing Movember but what you may not have realised is that we are going to keep you informed of every bristle along the way. Yes we are.  So, please join us tomorrow for some laughs and awareness raising for the great causes of Movember. See you then!Movember: our first HOA - all welcome!2013-11-02 18:00:0028  
martin shervington1,447,735I am really excited to be interviewing +Marques Brownlee this Wednesday. It was great to read when +Vic Gundotra said he "is the best technology reviewer on the planet right now" and I know many people will nod their heads in agreement. As such I contacted Marques and asked if I could ask him a few questions about how he has used YouTube (which I know he loves) and Google+ to help him become the best. Oh, and I may even get a chance to see how he is getting on with Google Glass as well... This is one event you won't want to miss! _p.s. I will be taking questions..._Interview with Marques Brownlee!2013-08-28 20:00:00144  
Hanna Silver32,320Join Hanna for an online performance of her new instrumental EP in its entirety, plus a few extra songs just for fun. After the performance, there will be a Q & A where you can ask anything about how the EP was recorded, the pieces composed or what hair product Hanna uses. If you're watching on YouTube, you can leave your questions there in a comment, or here on the event page. Also, please leave me a comment if you'd like to be in the hangout with me. Otherwise, anyone will be able to watch on YouTube. *USA*: Please note that this will happen on your FRIDAY NIGHT, Aug 16, 10pm EDT or 7pm PDT. To learn more about the new release, you can read about it here: http://galusaustralis.com/2013/08/7519/artist-profile-hanna-silver/Hanna's EP Launch: Let's Visit The Seaside HOA2013-08-17 04:00:00117  
Jackie M1,881,738Join me as I showcase a quick and simple way to make restaurant-quality Chicken Rendang from my new studio kitchen! #FoodieWebWeek  Mouthwatering Malaysian Cooking Demo 22013-05-30 11:30:0031  
Jackie M1,881,738Join me this Thursday as I run a series of 3 Hangouts showcasing some simple, restaurant-quality Malaysian meals you can prepare at home. Cooking Demo 1 - Char Kway Teow #FoodieWebWeek  Mouthwatering Malaysian Cooking Demo 12013-05-30 10:00:0041  
Jackie M1,881,738I've been "off-the-grid" for the best part of a week thanks to my relocation from Concord to Darlinghurst, but I will be participating in this Cooking Demo as part of #FoodieWebWeek - and it's happening in less than 12 hours!   There is a twist though - because my internet at my new digs has only just been connected and I'm not entirely confident of its robustness - instead of doing a Hangout On Air, I have a pre-recorded cooking video that I will be sharing during this timeslot EXCLUSIVE to Google Plus - so be sure to catch it to learn how to make one of the popular items from my just-now closed Concord restaurant :)Jackie M Cooking Demo Video Exclusive to Google Plus2013-05-26 11:00:0017  
Jason L Chapman1,523If you have questions about Chrome OS or Chromebooks in general, OR have knowledge to share you should join us in this Hangout. If you know of anyone with interest let me know.  The 1pm US Central time is just an aiming time, it may be sooner or later depending on when our European Chromies would like to hangout also. *Google is not affiliated nor do the support all the views expressed in the Hangout.  Google, Chrome, Chromebooks and other trademarked terms are property of Google and their respective owners.*Chromebook Discussion and Q&A2013-05-09 21:00:0010  
Jackie M1,881,738Listen in from anywhere during the Livestream! - http://eastsidefm.org/listen-online/ Jackie M Guest on Radio Show - Food In Focus2013-02-23 06:00:0028  

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2016-12-05 09:05:05 (83 comments; 3 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

What is WRONG with you people?
 
So many levels of wrong in one photo.
 
As part of my #AboutAustralia series, I've written about Tim Tams (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/Xm2Rwgupw7P) and Vegemite (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/H4GZPPbPhVx) before.
 
Separately, and completely independently, they are two of my favourite Aussie foods. However, THEY SHOULD NEVER BE COMBINED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Like the abomination that was Cheese Tim Tams (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/fpLevhiiaCz), doing a Tim Tam Bomb/Slam with Vegemite is just all sorts of weirdness that I won't tolerate.
 
You people disgust me!
 
#AboutAustralia goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

Most reshares: 15

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2016-10-26 09:05:36 (82 comments; 15 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

FUCK Sorry used to be the hardest word

Today (yesterday), following a year long court battle,......the judge ruled that “fuck” is now part of everyday vernacular, as proven by common, inoffensive phrases like “you fucking beauty”.

It's about fucking time too.

#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR 

Most plusones: 120

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2017-01-17 00:59:45 (72 comments; 4 reshares; 120 +1s; )Open 

Tourists Beware

Australia is hotter than you think.

Every summer I LOL at tourists who spend endless hours on our beaches and then wonder why they end up in severe agony.

Seriously, people. The sun down here isn't anywhere near like the sun you have at "home".

#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

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2017-02-13 02:30:09 (55 comments; 6 reshares; 92 +1s; )Open 

Battle of the Snakes
 
Time for a pop-quiz!
 
What do you do when:
a) you are hungry,
b) you are in Australia, and
c) the World's second most-deadly land snake is in front of you?
 
Well, if you're a Red-Bellied Black Snake the answer is eat it.
 
Definitely one for the "Only in Australia" Files
 
OP (via +Kelvin Morrison and +news.com.au  ) - http://goo.gl/13Q8XG
 
#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#onlyinaustralia #straya #downunder #australia

Battle of the Snakes
 
Time for a pop-quiz!
 
What do you do when:
a) you are hungry,
b) you are in Australia, and
c) the World's second most-deadly land snake is in front of you?
 
Well, if you're a Red-Bellied Black Snake the answer is eat it.
 
Definitely one for the "Only in Australia" Files
 
OP (via +Kelvin Morrison and +news.com.au  ) - http://goo.gl/13Q8XG
 
#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#onlyinaustralia #straya #downunder #australia___

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2017-02-10 05:00:14 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Not Like America
 
Yes, we are all individuals.
 
Australia is the world’s 12th-largest economy, thanks largely to the deep richness of our mineral resources and agricultural land. We have a peaceful, ethnically diverse and religiously tolerant society (28 per cent of our population was born overseas); our education system, despite increasing angst about private versus public funding inequities and a slide in global rankings in the maths and sciences, is said to be world-class and is our fourth-largest export; we are creative; and our scientists and researchers produce a relatively high percentage (per capita) of the world’s top research. But the world continues to make demands on Australia and our record of response to those demands is patchy at best, the gaps easily glossed over throughout a resources boom and 25 years of uninterrupted growth.
 
An excellentwrite-... more »

Not Like America
 
Yes, we are all individuals.
 
Australia is the world’s 12th-largest economy, thanks largely to the deep richness of our mineral resources and agricultural land. We have a peaceful, ethnically diverse and religiously tolerant society (28 per cent of our population was born overseas); our education system, despite increasing angst about private versus public funding inequities and a slide in global rankings in the maths and sciences, is said to be world-class and is our fourth-largest export; we are creative; and our scientists and researchers produce a relatively high percentage (per capita) of the world’s top research. But the world continues to make demands on Australia and our record of response to those demands is patchy at best, the gaps easily glossed over throughout a resources boom and 25 years of uninterrupted growth.
 
An excellent write-up on The Lucky Country and where it sees itself in the digital economy of the future. It's clearly evident that our current crop of politicians, on both sides of the political spectrum, are so far out of touch with the requirements of future-proofing our economy in the digital era. It's is not based on the status quo, harking back to the bygone era of commodities resources. Without drastic investment in ourselves, and with the mining boom long since coming to an end, the skills drain will continue. The government needs to get behind the investment in our digital future, not bicker about what torrent sites we're using.
 
#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR  
OP via +Kristin Milton​ - https://goo.gl/gzBBvq


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2017-02-09 22:00:19 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Drop Bear Lane

Please DON'T drop by!

Everyone knows the Drop Bear is real. We only pretend that it's fake so that tourists won't be scared by the notion of a killer koala dropping on them and ripping their face off while they go bushwalking through The Blue Mountains.

Our good friends at +Tamworth Regional Council have gone one step further and named a street after the furry little psycopath. Yes, the previously unnamed stretch of barren wasteland some 400+ km north of Sydney will now be known as "Drop Bear Lane".

Personally, I think it's a better choice of name than the other contender - Streety McStreetFace.

#AboutAustralia goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#dropbear

( via +Lordy )

Drop Bear Lane

Please DON'T drop by!

Everyone knows the Drop Bear is real. We only pretend that it's fake so that tourists won't be scared by the notion of a killer koala dropping on them and ripping their face off while they go bushwalking through The Blue Mountains.

Our good friends at +Tamworth Regional Council have gone one step further and named a street after the furry little psycopath. Yes, the previously unnamed stretch of barren wasteland some 400+ km north of Sydney will now be known as "Drop Bear Lane".

Personally, I think it's a better choice of name than the other contender - Streety McStreetFace.

#AboutAustralia goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#dropbear

( via +Lordy )___

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2017-02-08 04:59:15 (62 comments; 3 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Australia - Welcome to Hell on Earth

Don't piss off the weather gods!

Australia is going to be turned into a cess pit of fire and brimstone over the next few days, as temperatures soar above 40C (that's 104F for you Septics) across large portions of the country.

I seriously think we need to reconsider our Fire Alert warnings (which already go up to 'Catastrophic' - https://goo.gl/lGR67Q). It's already well-known that climate change in Australia is just bizarre (https://goo.gl/oYayLN and https://goo.gl/rqxQUT)

#AboutAustralia - goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

Source: +Higginsstormchasing - https://higginsstormchasing.com/welcome-hell-earth-australia/

#australia #downunder

Australia - Welcome to Hell on Earth

Don't piss off the weather gods!

Australia is going to be turned into a cess pit of fire and brimstone over the next few days, as temperatures soar above 40C (that's 104F for you Septics) across large portions of the country.

I seriously think we need to reconsider our Fire Alert warnings (which already go up to 'Catastrophic' - https://goo.gl/lGR67Q). It's already well-known that climate change in Australia is just bizarre (https://goo.gl/oYayLN and https://goo.gl/rqxQUT)

#AboutAustralia - goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

Source: +Higginsstormchasing - https://higginsstormchasing.com/welcome-hell-earth-australia/

#australia #downunder___

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2017-02-06 10:32:59 (34 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

What type of Aussie are you?

Prepare to be pigeon-holed.

A bunch of propellor heads from +The Australian National University​​ got together with some folks at +Luminum Solutions B.V.​​ and Kieskompas and +Fairfax Media​​ to survey 3000 people and then group them into 7 "tribes"

Unsurprisingly, the largest group is the "Prudent Traditionalists" - not because we're a conservative country. Far from it. They would have been the largest group because old people need people to talk to. They love a survey :)

The full list of tribes are:

1. Activist Egalitarian (18.2% of the population)

2. Progressive Cosmopolitan (18.3%)

3. Ambitious Saver (9.9%)

4. Prudent Traditionalist (29.9%)

5. Lavish Mod-Con (5.5%)

6. Anti-EstablishmentFirebrandmore »

What type of Aussie are you?

Prepare to be pigeon-holed.

A bunch of propellor heads from +The Australian National University​​ got together with some folks at +Luminum Solutions B.V.​​ and Kieskompas and +Fairfax Media​​ to survey 3000 people and then group them into 7 "tribes"

Unsurprisingly, the largest group is the "Prudent Traditionalists" - not because we're a conservative country. Far from it. They would have been the largest group because old people need people to talk to. They love a survey :)

The full list of tribes are:

1. Activist Egalitarian (18.2% of the population)

2. Progressive Cosmopolitan (18.3%)

3. Ambitious Saver (9.9%)

4. Prudent Traditionalist (29.9%)

5. Lavish Mod-Con (5.5%)

6. Anti-Establishment Firebrand (6%)

7. Disillusioned Pessimist (12.2%)

The full description of what each of these tribes are, and the quiz itself to determine what kind of Aussie you are, is available at http://www.theage.com.au/national/what-type-of-aussie-are-you-meet-the-7-new-political-tribes-20170203-gu57b2.html

FWIW, I'm a Disillusioned Pessimist.

#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#aussie #downunder___

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2017-01-31 22:30:00 (19 comments; 2 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Two images that make history

149 years apart

Pictured here (in black and white) is what has been acknowledged as the oldest known image of an Australian football team, the +Carlton Football Club's men’s team from 1868.

Below it, in colour, is an equally historic combination – the inaugural Carlton AFL Women’s combination, posing in an identical manner as the mens team all those years before.

Whilst I'm not an avid fan of the AFL, I do appreciate a bit of Aussie history. So, well done to the women's team for a job well done and best of luck for your season ahead.

#AboutAustralia - goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

( via +Kelvin Morrison )

Two images that make history

149 years apart

Pictured here (in black and white) is what has been acknowledged as the oldest known image of an Australian football team, the +Carlton Football Club's men’s team from 1868.

Below it, in colour, is an equally historic combination – the inaugural Carlton AFL Women’s combination, posing in an identical manner as the mens team all those years before.

Whilst I'm not an avid fan of the AFL, I do appreciate a bit of Aussie history. So, well done to the women's team for a job well done and best of luck for your season ahead.

#AboutAustralia - goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

( via +Kelvin Morrison )___

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2017-01-27 00:15:29 (35 comments; 2 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

The Pledge of Allegiance

Only one of these is worthwhile.

I do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Bunnings Warehouse, her specials and sausage sizzles, according to law.

#AboutAustralia goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#australia #bunnings #australiaday

The Pledge of Allegiance

Only one of these is worthwhile.

I do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Bunnings Warehouse, her specials and sausage sizzles, according to law.

#AboutAustralia goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#australia #bunnings #australiaday___

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2017-01-19 23:51:26 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

What is wrong with you people?

Change your password, or hand in your internet card.

The latest batch of the most-common passwords used by idiots people online has been released, and as usual it's a sad tale of neglect.

123456 continues to be the dominant player, followed by 123456789 and then qwerty rounding out the Top 3.

In 15th place, however, was something unusual. 18atcskd2w. I can't, by any stretch of the imagination, begin to wonder what would make that so popular amongst Joe Users. Same with number 20 - 3rjs1la7qe.

Alas, you can read the entire list of the top 25 via the OP (via +Amber Mac) from +Business Insider - https://goo.gl/6pf9Ze

You people disgust me!

The world's most popular password is: 123456 :-( Check out the full (& very depressing) list here...___What is wrong with you people?

Change your password, or hand in your internet card.

The latest batch of the most-common passwords used by idiots people online has been released, and as usual it's a sad tale of neglect.

123456 continues to be the dominant player, followed by 123456789 and then qwerty rounding out the Top 3.

In 15th place, however, was something unusual. 18atcskd2w. I can't, by any stretch of the imagination, begin to wonder what would make that so popular amongst Joe Users. Same with number 20 - 3rjs1la7qe.

Alas, you can read the entire list of the top 25 via the OP (via +Amber Mac) from +Business Insider - https://goo.gl/6pf9Ze

You people disgust me!

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2017-01-17 00:59:45 (72 comments; 4 reshares; 120 +1s; )Open 

Tourists Beware

Australia is hotter than you think.

Every summer I LOL at tourists who spend endless hours on our beaches and then wonder why they end up in severe agony.

Seriously, people. The sun down here isn't anywhere near like the sun you have at "home".

#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

Tourists Beware

Australia is hotter than you think.

Every summer I LOL at tourists who spend endless hours on our beaches and then wonder why they end up in severe agony.

Seriously, people. The sun down here isn't anywhere near like the sun you have at "home".

#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2017-01-11 04:39:18 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

When Butterflies Attack

Photobombing Level: Elite

The good folks at +Symbio Wildlife Park have won an award from +Tourism Australia and +Qantas, for the video linked below which shows a butterfly photobombing Willow the koala.

The award was part of the G'Day USA thingame that happens every year, so I'm sure Symbio will soon see an influx of septic tanks invading their premises real soon.

It's very cute, so get your Awwws on.

Here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch-sxElzF3A
Source: via +Australian Geographic - https://goo.gl/yqh2lV

#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#australia #gdayusa

( cc +Peter G McDermott )

When Butterflies Attack

Photobombing Level: Elite

The good folks at +Symbio Wildlife Park have won an award from +Tourism Australia and +Qantas, for the video linked below which shows a butterfly photobombing Willow the koala.

The award was part of the G'Day USA thingame that happens every year, so I'm sure Symbio will soon see an influx of septic tanks invading their premises real soon.

It's very cute, so get your Awwws on.

Here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch-sxElzF3A
Source: via +Australian Geographic - https://goo.gl/yqh2lV

#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#australia #gdayusa

( cc +Peter G McDermott )___

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2017-01-10 04:19:18 (40 comments; 6 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

An #AboutAustralia Challenge

Put these 6 words into the most-Australian sentence you can muster.

Go!

#AboutAustralia goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

An #AboutAustralia Challenge

Put these 6 words into the most-Australian sentence you can muster.

Go!

#AboutAustralia goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2017-01-08 22:39:55 (28 comments; 3 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Australia is still mind-boggling huge

Just deal with it.

I laugh when I hear Europeans say that need their passport to go for a 6 hour drive. In 6 hours, if you left from Sydney, you'd still be in the same state - same with Brissy, Perth and Adelaide, if you went North, or East of Perth for that matter. 6 hours is "nothing" here.

#AboutAustralia - goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#australia #downunder

I grew up on the Finnish coast, then spent years in Estonia, and now I live in Russia near the Ukraine border. Except for me it's all one state (Queensland) in one country (Australia).

H/T +Ilya Grigorik​

http://thetruesize.com/#?borders=1~!MTYzNzU1Njk.MTExMDU4NDU*MjIxMzI5NDY(MTU4MDQ4MjE~!AU*MTQ3Nzc4NDQ.MTM0MjcyNTA(MTYy)Mw___Australia is still mind-boggling huge

Just deal with it.

I laugh when I hear Europeans say that need their passport to go for a 6 hour drive. In 6 hours, if you left from Sydney, you'd still be in the same state - same with Brissy, Perth and Adelaide, if you went North, or East of Perth for that matter. 6 hours is "nothing" here.

#AboutAustralia - goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#australia #downunder

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2017-01-07 21:36:39 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Happy New Year

Back to work time for me tomorrow.

I've been prepping for the latest #WhiteHouseReno over the Christmas break, so it'll be good to get back to work so I can relax for a bit. Just don't tell my boss lol

#randomsydney

Just in case you missed them, heres 144 frames of it :) smoke included.

give it a minute to load :)

#sydnye
#nye2016 #nye2016sydney #nye #nyesydney #gif #fireworks2016___Happy New Year

Back to work time for me tomorrow.

I've been prepping for the latest #WhiteHouseReno over the Christmas break, so it'll be good to get back to work so I can relax for a bit. Just don't tell my boss lol

#randomsydney

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2016-12-29 19:46:52 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

2016

So long, and thanks for nothing.

The year is rapidly drawing to a close, so of course it's time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good
For me personally, I got myself a new job back in April and I'm loving it. It's wildly different than anything I've done before, but rooted in business and operational analysis. Basically, I ask "why" a lot. I'm like a middle aged 4yo. It's fun, really.

The Bad
A bunch of people died. Mostly people you don't know, nor would they care to know you unless you're spending money buying their stuff. So, get over it. Everybody dies.

The Ugly
So many people would say that Donald Trump being elected as POTUS is the ugliest thing to happen this year. If that's true, you're very shallow minded. To me, the ugliest... more »

2016

So long, and thanks for nothing.

The year is rapidly drawing to a close, so of course it's time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good
For me personally, I got myself a new job back in April and I'm loving it. It's wildly different than anything I've done before, but rooted in business and operational analysis. Basically, I ask "why" a lot. I'm like a middle aged 4yo. It's fun, really.

The Bad
A bunch of people died. Mostly people you don't know, nor would they care to know you unless you're spending money buying their stuff. So, get over it. Everybody dies.

The Ugly
So many people would say that Donald Trump being elected as POTUS is the ugliest thing to happen this year. If that's true, you're very shallow minded. To me, the ugliest thing to have happened this year is that around 11 million children died this year from preventable diseases. Whilst we funnel money into and celebrate pathetic excuses for life like the Kardashians, there are children dying every minute of every day.

Thanks, as always, to +CircleCount​ for their amazing work.___

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2016-12-21 01:08:46 (19 comments; 1 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

New Holland becomes Australia

On this day, 199 years ago.

21st December 1817 - Governor Lachlan Macquarie, recommended the use of the name “Australia” instead of “New Holland” for this fine continent.

The name had been suggested by Matthew Flinders in his book A Voyage to Terra Australis but Governor Macquarie started to use the name in official despatches in 1817.

In the introduction to A Voyage to Terra Australis Flinders wrote: ‘Had I permitted myself any innovation upon the original term, it would have been to convert it into Australia; as being more agreeable to the ear, and as an assimilation to the names of the other great portions of the earth.’

Discussion continued about the naming of the continent. In an official despatch dated 21 December 1817, then-Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, recommended Flinders’proposal that... more »

New Holland becomes Australia

On this day, 199 years ago.

21st December 1817 - Governor Lachlan Macquarie, recommended the use of the name “Australia” instead of “New Holland” for this fine continent.

The name had been suggested by Matthew Flinders in his book A Voyage to Terra Australis but Governor Macquarie started to use the name in official despatches in 1817.

In the introduction to A Voyage to Terra Australis Flinders wrote: ‘Had I permitted myself any innovation upon the original term, it would have been to convert it into Australia; as being more agreeable to the ear, and as an assimilation to the names of the other great portions of the earth.’

Discussion continued about the naming of the continent. In an official despatch dated 21 December 1817, then-Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, recommended Flinders’ proposal that the continent should be named “Australia”, replacing “New Holland”.

(Source: +State Archives NSW's Today in History)

[Lachlan Macquarie portrait, ca.1805-1824] via +State Library of New South Wales

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#australia #newholland #todayinhistory___

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2016-12-15 05:30:04 (32 comments; 0 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

2016 Year in (Aussie) Search

Pancakes, Prince and Pokemon Go!

It's December, so our good friends at +Google Australia have put together their latest summary of the things we you searched for. It's an interesting tale indeed.

Google have provided a Top 10 in various categories, which you can see in its whole, sad collection right here - https://australia.googleblog.com/2016/12/a-year-in-search-moments-that-defined.html. Rather than regurgitating them all here, I thought I'd reflect on just the Top Aussie entries.

1. Mitchell Pearce - So, the number one searched for Australian person is a guy who wanted to have sex with a dog? Well done, you.

2. Molly Meldrum - Not sure what made Mol the number 2. Surely the tele-movie wasn't THAT popular?

3. Tara Brown - Not the first aussie reporter to be gaoled... more »

2016 Year in (Aussie) Search

Pancakes, Prince and Pokemon Go!

It's December, so our good friends at +Google Australia have put together their latest summary of the things we you searched for. It's an interesting tale indeed.

Google have provided a Top 10 in various categories, which you can see in its whole, sad collection right here - https://australia.googleblog.com/2016/12/a-year-in-search-moments-that-defined.html. Rather than regurgitating them all here, I thought I'd reflect on just the Top Aussie entries.

1. Mitchell Pearce - So, the number one searched for Australian person is a guy who wanted to have sex with a dog? Well done, you.

2. Molly Meldrum - Not sure what made Mol the number 2. Surely the tele-movie wasn't THAT popular?

3. Tara Brown - Not the first aussie reporter to be gaoled whilst doing her job, but definitely one of the most stupid.

4. Pauline Hanson - The number 1 trending polly? I wonder if she knows the meaning of Xenophobe yet.

5. Mel McLaughlin - Don't blush, baby.

6. Rebecca Wilson - RIP

7. Peter Brock - Ten years on, and he's still a bloody legend.

8. Sonia Kruger - This bigot gets FAR too much airtime. The less said about this waste of space, the better.

9. Malcolm Turnbull - He's so low on the list, because people couldn't search fast enough because of the crappy internet we have here. badum tish

10. Michelle Jenneke - I'm happy to say I may have made up a lot of the search queries, looking for that warmup routine again, and again, and again.

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#YearInSearch___

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2016-12-15 03:38:40 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Do Not Obstruct

This guy was walking in front of me on my way to the office this morning. He turned in towards the door and just stopped, giving me ample time to snap a photo on my way past :)

#facelesssydney

Do Not Obstruct

This guy was walking in front of me on my way to the office this morning. He turned in towards the door and just stopped, giving me ample time to snap a photo on my way past :)

#facelesssydney___

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2016-12-13 11:40:58 (24 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Action Launcher

THE best Android launcher. Bar none.

Back in my early days of Android, I tried (and bought) all the different launchers in the hope that I would find one that I would love and keep using. I've tried them all - everything from Nova to Apex, from Go to Microsoft's Arrow Launcher. I've even hard a fair whack at Google's own Google Now and Pixel Launchers.

There was something about Action Launcher, however, that I just simply fell in love with. I know that part of it is that the developer, +Chris Lacy​, is an Aussie. But, it's also that the damn thing just suits my needs perfectly. I run it on all three of my current devices - the Nexus 6P, Nexus 7 (2012), and my Pixel C. It gets updated regularly - not just with bugfixes, because that's obvious. No, more importantly, Chris is constantly adding new and better features. Fore... more »

Action Launcher

THE best Android launcher. Bar none.

Back in my early days of Android, I tried (and bought) all the different launchers in the hope that I would find one that I would love and keep using. I've tried them all - everything from Nova to Apex, from Go to Microsoft's Arrow Launcher. I've even hard a fair whack at Google's own Google Now and Pixel Launchers.

There was something about Action Launcher, however, that I just simply fell in love with. I know that part of it is that the developer, +Chris Lacy​, is an Aussie. But, it's also that the damn thing just suits my needs perfectly. I run it on all three of my current devices - the Nexus 6P, Nexus 7 (2012), and my Pixel C. It gets updated regularly - not just with bugfixes, because that's obvious. No, more importantly, Chris is constantly adding new and better features. For example, Action Launcher was the first non-Google launcher to have the Pixel Launcher's swipe-up All Apps menu option.

Chris introduced the "Supporter 2016" badge as a way of we, the users, continuing to show financial support for all the great he's done. I happily "bought" it, and now that the "Supporter 2017" badge is here, I'll happily pay again. I like the damn thing THAT much.

So, my question is....do YOU pay for apps? If not, why not? If you do, do you set an upper limit?___

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2016-12-05 09:05:05 (83 comments; 3 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

What is WRONG with you people?
 
So many levels of wrong in one photo.
 
As part of my #AboutAustralia series, I've written about Tim Tams (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/Xm2Rwgupw7P) and Vegemite (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/H4GZPPbPhVx) before.
 
Separately, and completely independently, they are two of my favourite Aussie foods. However, THEY SHOULD NEVER BE COMBINED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Like the abomination that was Cheese Tim Tams (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/fpLevhiiaCz), doing a Tim Tam Bomb/Slam with Vegemite is just all sorts of weirdness that I won't tolerate.
 
You people disgust me!
 
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What is WRONG with you people?
 
So many levels of wrong in one photo.
 
As part of my #AboutAustralia series, I've written about Tim Tams (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/Xm2Rwgupw7P) and Vegemite (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/H4GZPPbPhVx) before.
 
Separately, and completely independently, they are two of my favourite Aussie foods. However, THEY SHOULD NEVER BE COMBINED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Like the abomination that was Cheese Tim Tams (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/fpLevhiiaCz), doing a Tim Tam Bomb/Slam with Vegemite is just all sorts of weirdness that I won't tolerate.
 
You people disgust me!
 
#AboutAustralia goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2016-11-30 00:32:53 (44 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Which book/song/movie/play/poem changed your life?

Let me know.

Whilst being a big Stephen King fan, music has, by far, had a larger influence over my life. When I was in my early teens, my godfather played a piece of classical music which he said was "great to listen to during sex". The piece was Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca (the Turkish March, from "Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major", KV 331 (300i)). I'd already become a bit of a Mozart fan after seeing Amadeus during High School. When I starting working full time, I starting buying as much Mozart on CD that I could so I could immerse myself in his music. I don't own everything he composed, but it's an aim in my life to do so.

Whilst I didn't know that the Rondo was by Mozart at the time, the tune stuck in my head. It wasn't for another 15 years later that I heard it for the... more »

Which book/song/movie/play/poem changed your life?

Let me know.

Whilst being a big Stephen King fan, music has, by far, had a larger influence over my life. When I was in my early teens, my godfather played a piece of classical music which he said was "great to listen to during sex". The piece was Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca (the Turkish March, from "Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major", KV 331 (300i)). I'd already become a bit of a Mozart fan after seeing Amadeus during High School. When I starting working full time, I starting buying as much Mozart on CD that I could so I could immerse myself in his music. I don't own everything he composed, but it's an aim in my life to do so.

Whilst I didn't know that the Rondo was by Mozart at the time, the tune stuck in my head. It wasn't for another 15 years later that I heard it for the 'second' time.

So, that's my story. What's yours? Let me know in the comments, but also take a look at www.changedmylife.com.au - a new campaign to raise awareness about the proposed changes to Copyright Law in Australia

For a modern take on the Rondo alla turca watch this amazing performance, via +Kelvin Morrison (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNAbPi_wxZA)

( h/t to +Copyright Agency Limited )

www.changedmylife.com.au
#respectcreators #freeisnotfair #poweredbycopyright ___

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2016-11-29 04:55:51 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Keep Creators Creating

From ancient beginnings through to modern enterprise, the Australian nation has always been a creative one.

Today, the creative industries are worth billions of dollars to the Australian economy. These industries fuel the development and delivery of world-class content that educates, informs and entertains millions of Australians and people around the globe.

What is it that fuels the creative economy and keeps creators creating? What is it that drives the new knowledge economy? What is it that educates the next generation of thinkers and doers? What is the one critical element no creative economy can do without?

Creative content

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( via +Copyright Agency Limited )
#keepcreatorscreating

( Look for the cameo of yours truly at... more »

Keep Creators Creating

From ancient beginnings through to modern enterprise, the Australian nation has always been a creative one.

Today, the creative industries are worth billions of dollars to the Australian economy. These industries fuel the development and delivery of world-class content that educates, informs and entertains millions of Australians and people around the globe.

What is it that fuels the creative economy and keeps creators creating? What is it that drives the new knowledge economy? What is it that educates the next generation of thinkers and doers? What is the one critical element no creative economy can do without?

Creative content

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( via +Copyright Agency Limited )
#keepcreatorscreating

( Look for the cameo of yours truly at 1:34 )___

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2016-11-24 22:11:38 (12 comments; 5 reshares; 50 +1s; )Open 

Bruce - The Series

The First Fleet Has Landed.

From the extremely creative people who brought us "How to Talk Australians" (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/QeZVZDCghWf) comes another fantastically awesome Youtube series. Bruce

You should stop whatever you're doing on this fine Friday morning and watch it. You can find it here - http://youtube.com/brucetheseries

A gritty black comedy, set in an ordinary Aussie share-house that just happens to be a prison tent in Sydney Cove, 1788.

Do it. You will NOT regret it.

#AboutAustralia http://goo.go/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#MakingTheBritishEmpireGreatAgain

Bruce - The Series

The First Fleet Has Landed.

From the extremely creative people who brought us "How to Talk Australians" (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/QeZVZDCghWf) comes another fantastically awesome Youtube series. Bruce

You should stop whatever you're doing on this fine Friday morning and watch it. You can find it here - http://youtube.com/brucetheseries

A gritty black comedy, set in an ordinary Aussie share-house that just happens to be a prison tent in Sydney Cove, 1788.

Do it. You will NOT regret it.

#AboutAustralia http://goo.go/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#MakingTheBritishEmpireGreatAgain___

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2016-11-22 09:45:01 (43 comments; 14 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

Bird Spiders

Just something to keep in mind.

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#australia #spiders #straya #downunder

Bird Spiders

Just something to keep in mind.

#AboutAustralia goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#australia #spiders #straya #downunder___

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2016-11-18 01:13:31 (27 comments; 3 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

The World's most multilingual countries

Based on number of languages spoken as a first language.

I'm genuinely surprised by this. Australia is the 9th most linguistically-diverse nations on earth? Yes, we're a very culturally diverse nation so some of it makes sense. Perhaps there are still a large number of indigenous languages still being spoken?

What about you? What's your first language if it's not English?

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( via a +1 from +Bettina Ascaino )

These are the world’s most multilingual countries | World Economic Forum

'Papua New Guinea is the most multilingual country, with over 839 living languages, according to Ethnologue, a catalogue of the world’s known languages.

The site ranked countries and territories based on the number of languages spoken as a first language within their borders.

Here are the top 10 most multilingual countries:'

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/11/worlds-most-multilingual-countries___The World's most multilingual countries

Based on number of languages spoken as a first language.

I'm genuinely surprised by this. Australia is the 9th most linguistically-diverse nations on earth? Yes, we're a very culturally diverse nation so some of it makes sense. Perhaps there are still a large number of indigenous languages still being spoken?

What about you? What's your first language if it's not English?

#AboutAustralia - plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or goo.gl/688VLF

( via a +1 from +Bettina Ascaino )

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2016-11-10 22:44:42 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Inbox Zero

Happy Friday to me!

It doesn't happen often, so when it does I like to celebrate it. Email is one of the things I love to stay on top of, or else it gets out of control very quickly.

I use my inbox as a To-Do List, both my work and personal emails. If I need to do something about it, it stays in the inbox and I get to it either that day or the next. If I don't need to do anything with it, it gets archived that day. Or deleted. Usually archived.

Any DL's I am on get auto-moved into a folder (hence the bundles in the image). I get to those if/when I need to.

How do you manage your email? Are you one of those people who have 1000+ unread emails in their inbox? If you are, WHAT SORT OF CRAZY PERSON ARE YOU?

#inboxzero

Inbox Zero

Happy Friday to me!

It doesn't happen often, so when it does I like to celebrate it. Email is one of the things I love to stay on top of, or else it gets out of control very quickly.

I use my inbox as a To-Do List, both my work and personal emails. If I need to do something about it, it stays in the inbox and I get to it either that day or the next. If I don't need to do anything with it, it gets archived that day. Or deleted. Usually archived.

Any DL's I am on get auto-moved into a folder (hence the bundles in the image). I get to those if/when I need to.

How do you manage your email? Are you one of those people who have 1000+ unread emails in their inbox? If you are, WHAT SORT OF CRAZY PERSON ARE YOU?

#inboxzero___

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2016-11-07 23:52:55 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Android Auto

I love using my phone when I'm driving my car!

Now, don't get your knickers in a knot. What I mean is that I love using the "Ok Google" goodness and pulling up maps, make a call, start a song, all that good stuff without touching my phone. The one thing that I lacked was a decent in-car experience to sit over the top of it all.

Enter Android Auto.

I previously built a Tasker setup (with some Snackbar Plugin goodies) to prompt me to open a bunch of different apps when I got in the car (having no in-car bluetooth meant I had to do something really different). All that has kinda been made redundant, because now I'll just load AA and be done with it.

Android Auto is now available in every car, via your phone, no need to buy a new car or new head unit. Yay!

...that said, I love my Android Auto in my 2016 VW Jetta. There's something about having a larger built in dash sceen.

I am looking forward to saying ok google without having to press a button on my steering while like some sort of barbarian though.___Android Auto

I love using my phone when I'm driving my car!

Now, don't get your knickers in a knot. What I mean is that I love using the "Ok Google" goodness and pulling up maps, make a call, start a song, all that good stuff without touching my phone. The one thing that I lacked was a decent in-car experience to sit over the top of it all.

Enter Android Auto.

I previously built a Tasker setup (with some Snackbar Plugin goodies) to prompt me to open a bunch of different apps when I got in the car (having no in-car bluetooth meant I had to do something really different). All that has kinda been made redundant, because now I'll just load AA and be done with it.

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2016-11-05 11:12:59 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Be it ever so humble

There's no place like home.

#tcmeetups2016

Be it ever so humble

There's no place like home.

#tcmeetups2016___

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2016-10-28 11:09:57 (23 comments; 2 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

11 things foreigners think the way Australians live

What a load of codswallop.

+Domain have gone and put together a list of 11 stereotypical #aussie things that terrorists foreigners think we do in every day life. Here's the list, with my commentary added.

1. Everyone lives by the beach

Of course, because it's the only place where Drop Bears aren't (https://goo.gl/YGwT07)

2. It’s hotter than the sun

Climate Change is for pussies (https://goo.gl/oYayLN)

3. Australians are all rowdy

Yes, Bogan is a way of life here (https://goo.gl/Z1zccI)

4. All Australians have pet kangaroos

That's because the pet dogs have been eaten (https://goo.gl/ZtLXAt)

5. We’re surrounded by dangerous animals

They feed on humanblo... more »

11 things foreigners think the way Australians live

What a load of codswallop.

+Domain have gone and put together a list of 11 stereotypical #aussie things that terrorists foreigners think we do in every day life. Here's the list, with my commentary added.

1. Everyone lives by the beach

Of course, because it's the only place where Drop Bears aren't (https://goo.gl/YGwT07)

2. It’s hotter than the sun

Climate Change is for pussies (https://goo.gl/oYayLN)

3. Australians are all rowdy

Yes, Bogan is a way of life here (https://goo.gl/Z1zccI)

4. All Australians have pet kangaroos

That's because the pet dogs have been eaten (https://goo.gl/ZtLXAt)

5. We’re surrounded by dangerous animals

They feed on human blood (https://goo.gl/il8Tz4)

6. We’re always eating brunch

It's quite an effort to eat all that Vegemite (https://goo.gl/bMcgZ2)

7. We always cook meat outside

Chuckin' a prawn on the barbie is our national pastime (https://goo.gl/A26vvR)

8. We don’t wear shirts or shoes often enough

That's because we wear kickarse thongs (https://goo.gl/eUxtPB)

9. We don’t heat our houses properly

Yes we do, that's why we have so many spiders inside (https://goo.gl/O9Z8Mg)

10. We abbreviate too many words

Avagoyamug (https://goo.gl/WLFNGs)

11. We constantly change prime ministers

Only the shit ones who don't die. (https://goo.gl/ABDV90)

So, there you have it.
OP by +Domain https://goo.gl/DpJuxw

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2016-10-26 09:05:36 (82 comments; 15 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

FUCK Sorry used to be the hardest word

Today (yesterday), following a year long court battle,......the judge ruled that “fuck” is now part of everyday vernacular, as proven by common, inoffensive phrases like “you fucking beauty”.

It's about fucking time too.

#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR 

FUCK Sorry used to be the hardest word

Today (yesterday), following a year long court battle,......the judge ruled that “fuck” is now part of everyday vernacular, as proven by common, inoffensive phrases like “you fucking beauty”.

It's about fucking time too.

#AboutAustralia http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR ___

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2016-10-24 23:38:15 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Illustrations that speak a thousand words

Open your minds, people.

This 2 minute and 15 second video, without any sound, will present you with some very confronting images. Each tells a compelling story in the few seconds it's on-screen.

It's well worth a look.

Illustrations that speak a thousand words

Open your minds, people.

This 2 minute and 15 second video, without any sound, will present you with some very confronting images. Each tells a compelling story in the few seconds it's on-screen.

It's well worth a look.___

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2016-10-24 07:15:24 (29 comments; 13 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

Spiders in Australia

Not even rodent scum are safe

So, there's this story going around about a Huntsman fighting a mouse, winning, and then dragging it up on top of a refrigerator for safe keeping and later consumption.

Now, if you're an Aussie, this should come as no surprise to you. Spend more than 30 seconds looking at the glorious profile of +Lerato Majikfaerie​ and you'll see that Australia has some of the best 8-legged wonders on the planet.

According to the bloke whose house this battle took place in, " just letting you all know that the spider is fine. We have named him Hermie, we have adopted him and he is now running his own extermination business out of our town Coppabella. Oh and he is now paying rent"

Source: +ABC Australia​

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Spiders in Australia

Not even rodent scum are safe

So, there's this story going around about a Huntsman fighting a mouse, winning, and then dragging it up on top of a refrigerator for safe keeping and later consumption.

Now, if you're an Aussie, this should come as no surprise to you. Spend more than 30 seconds looking at the glorious profile of +Lerato Majikfaerie​ and you'll see that Australia has some of the best 8-legged wonders on the planet.

According to the bloke whose house this battle took place in, " just letting you all know that the spider is fine. We have named him Hermie, we have adopted him and he is now running his own extermination business out of our town Coppabella. Oh and he is now paying rent"

Source: +ABC Australia​

#aboutaustralia goo.gl/688VLF or Plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2016-10-24 00:53:37 (10 comments; 5 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

"This is your chance to....live like a white man"

We've sure come a long way!

The days of the White Australia Policy (https://goo.gl/U25WT2) are long behind us, thankfully. But, are they really? Even a casual glance at the world over the past hundred years will show you that "the Western world" needs a group/minority to hate so that they can feed the war machine. The Germans, Japanese, Italians, Koreans, Vietnamese, Arabs - and many others in between. And I've not even mentioned the -isms.

The fear of the unknown is a very powerful force.

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"This is your chance to....live like a white man"

We've sure come a long way!

The days of the White Australia Policy (https://goo.gl/U25WT2) are long behind us, thankfully. But, are they really? Even a casual glance at the world over the past hundred years will show you that "the Western world" needs a group/minority to hate so that they can feed the war machine. The Germans, Japanese, Italians, Koreans, Vietnamese, Arabs - and many others in between. And I've not even mentioned the -isms.

The fear of the unknown is a very powerful force.

#AboutAustralia goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collections/gRdpR___

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2016-10-20 22:07:30 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Attack of the birds

With the Great Aussie Bird Count (https://goo.gl/XmnFft) coming to an end this weekend, I thought it pertinent to share a random photo of this guy I see fairly regularly. Just sitting. The birds, seagulls and pidgeons mostly, were slowly creeping up to him in the hope of securing a morsel. Sadly for them, all he did was smoke.

#facelesssydney

Attack of the birds

With the Great Aussie Bird Count (https://goo.gl/XmnFft) coming to an end this weekend, I thought it pertinent to share a random photo of this guy I see fairly regularly. Just sitting. The birds, seagulls and pidgeons mostly, were slowly creeping up to him in the hope of securing a morsel. Sadly for them, all he did was smoke.

#facelesssydney___

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2016-10-18 08:13:02 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

A Note 7 User

#facelesssydney

A Note 7 User

#facelesssydney___

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2016-10-17 02:24:19 (37 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Count your birds, people

Stand Fly Up and be counted

A bunch of blokes in white coats want you to have a look in your backyard this week, and let them know how many of our feathered-friends you see. All in the name of #science, of course.

For me, with +Jedi running security patrol around The White House, birds are not that common unless he hasn't eaten all his dinner. There's a few Myna birds and a big arse Crow that I see over the weekend.....

So, get to it people. Bird counts can be submitted at http://aussiebirdcount.org.au/, which is where you'll also find a mobile app for Android and iOS.

Let me know if you have any unusual/uncommon species in the comments below.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#AussieBirdCount #NationalBirdWeek #australia 

Count your birds, people

Stand Fly Up and be counted

A bunch of blokes in white coats want you to have a look in your backyard this week, and let them know how many of our feathered-friends you see. All in the name of #science, of course.

For me, with +Jedi running security patrol around The White House, birds are not that common unless he hasn't eaten all his dinner. There's a few Myna birds and a big arse Crow that I see over the weekend.....

So, get to it people. Bird counts can be submitted at http://aussiebirdcount.org.au/, which is where you'll also find a mobile app for Android and iOS.

Let me know if you have any unusual/uncommon species in the comments below.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#AussieBirdCount #NationalBirdWeek #australia ___

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2016-10-15 00:01:27 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

No Exceptions

#randomsydney 

No Exceptions

#randomsydney ___

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2016-10-13 22:55:21 (24 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

The Bag Man

I think I witnessed a drug deal this morning between these two.

#FacelessSydney

The Bag Man

I think I witnessed a drug deal this morning between these two.

#FacelessSydney___

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2016-10-11 22:49:45 (41 comments; 11 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

Australia - slow down, you move too fast

We're not as Down Under as you think we are.

I'm a bit slow off the mark with this particular piece of news, but let's discuss it nonetheless.

Australia is moving. Yes, you read that right. The world's largest island (and smallest continent) is slowly bobbing around, not unlike a Subaru WRX on a Friday night outside your local Maccas.

To you and I, this won't mean very much. But, for the propellor heads developing GPS systems which rely on "pin point" accuracy, it's a bit of a problem. That's why, at the end of the year, the official location of Australia is shifting 1.5m (4 1/2 feet, for those using an antiquated measurement system).

#AboutAustralia - goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

OP - by +The New York Times - https://goo.gl/TDLj6C

Australia - slow down, you move too fast

We're not as Down Under as you think we are.

I'm a bit slow off the mark with this particular piece of news, but let's discuss it nonetheless.

Australia is moving. Yes, you read that right. The world's largest island (and smallest continent) is slowly bobbing around, not unlike a Subaru WRX on a Friday night outside your local Maccas.

To you and I, this won't mean very much. But, for the propellor heads developing GPS systems which rely on "pin point" accuracy, it's a bit of a problem. That's why, at the end of the year, the official location of Australia is shifting 1.5m (4 1/2 feet, for those using an antiquated measurement system).

#AboutAustralia - goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

OP - by +The New York Times - https://goo.gl/TDLj6C___

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2016-10-06 11:42:27 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Walk like an Egyptian

#facelesssydney

Walk like an Egyptian

#facelesssydney___

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2016-10-05 21:49:17 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Sleeping in the morning sun

#facelesssydney

Sleeping in the morning sun

#facelesssydney___

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2016-09-23 00:25:55 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 50 +1s; )Open 

Indigenous Australians are the most-ancient civilisation on Earth

via +NATURE and +The Guardian

It’s almost like two guys entering a village and saying "guys, now we have to speak another language and use another stone tool" and they have a little bit of sex in that village and then they disappear again

That's DNA at work right there, people.

OP - https://goo.gl/kAIpsX

#AboutAustralia - goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collections/gRdpR

Indigenous Australians are the most-ancient civilisation on Earth

via +NATURE and +The Guardian

It’s almost like two guys entering a village and saying "guys, now we have to speak another language and use another stone tool" and they have a little bit of sex in that village and then they disappear again

That's DNA at work right there, people.

OP - https://goo.gl/kAIpsX

#AboutAustralia - goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collections/gRdpR___

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2016-09-21 00:42:57 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

The Maestro

#facelesssydney

The Maestro

#facelesssydney___

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2016-09-19 12:34:00 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

The Homeless Man

"Come father," I said. "It's time to go home."

#facelesssydney 

The Homeless Man

"Come father," I said. "It's time to go home."

#facelesssydney ___

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2016-09-16 00:29:09 (18 comments; 1 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

MASSIVE queues for the #iPhone7 launch in Sydney

The end is nigh!

This is a shot of the +Vodafone Australia +Optus and +Telstra stores in World Square in Sydney. I happened to be walking by and was astonished by the complete lack of customers both inside and outside the stores.

Where's the queues?

Where's the throng of adoring fans?

Have they finally woken up and realised that each "most powerful iPhone ever" is nothing more than a marketing exercise? I doubt it, but that's another story.

#randomsydney

MASSIVE queues for the #iPhone7 launch in Sydney

The end is nigh!

This is a shot of the +Vodafone Australia +Optus and +Telstra stores in World Square in Sydney. I happened to be walking by and was astonished by the complete lack of customers both inside and outside the stores.

Where's the queues?

Where's the throng of adoring fans?

Have they finally woken up and realised that each "most powerful iPhone ever" is nothing more than a marketing exercise? I doubt it, but that's another story.

#randomsydney___

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2016-09-15 22:40:16 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Thongs Reinvented

For the convict in all of us.

Some bright spark has come up with the notion of adding bike chain to a pair of thongs. Now, whilst I'd normally have a crack at anything Australian, I don't see these as being overly comfortable for your feet.

( via +Tren C )

#AboutAustralia - goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collections/gRdpR

___Thongs Reinvented

For the convict in all of us.

Some bright spark has come up with the notion of adding bike chain to a pair of thongs. Now, whilst I'd normally have a crack at anything Australian, I don't see these as being overly comfortable for your feet.

( via +Tren C )

#AboutAustralia - goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collections/gRdpR

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2016-09-13 01:34:34 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

The +Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay

What a difference 57 years makes

Photos taken by Len Richardson from the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout in 1959 and 2016.

Equipment Used:
1959 - 35mm colour slide
2016 - Digital SLR.

Source: Old Sydney on Facebook (https://goo.gl/ZvqLUX)
#randomsydney

The +Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay

What a difference 57 years makes

Photos taken by Len Richardson from the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout in 1959 and 2016.

Equipment Used:
1959 - 35mm colour slide
2016 - Digital SLR.

Source: Old Sydney on Facebook (https://goo.gl/ZvqLUX)
#randomsydney___

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2016-09-06 07:45:06 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

George Street, Sydney

Not much has changed.

The top photo is from the Early 1900s, and the bottom one is from 2016.

There's more changes coming with light rail making a return to the streets of Sydney in a couple of years.

FWIW, my previous role was located in the building on the right. GREAT views up the guts of Martin Place.

#randomsydney 

George Street, Sydney

Not much has changed.

The top photo is from the Early 1900s, and the bottom one is from 2016.

There's more changes coming with light rail making a return to the streets of Sydney in a couple of years.

FWIW, my previous role was located in the building on the right. GREAT views up the guts of Martin Place.

#randomsydney ___

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2016-09-02 01:47:50 (29 comments; 7 reshares; 61 +1s; )Open 

Australian Flag Day

September 3rd

In recent years, the bogan and racist element of this country have taken on the Australian Flag as a symbol for their stupidity and hate. I say, it's time to take our flag back!

Australian National Flag Day celebrates the first time the flag was flown on 3 September 1901. On that day Prime Minister Edmund Barton announced the winners of a competition to find a flag for Australia. It was a large flag, 5.5 metres by 11 metres, and was flown over the dome of the Exhibition Building in Melbourne. At that time the flag was known as the Commonwealth blue ensign; later, the flag became known as the Australian National Flag.

Australian National Flag Day was proclaimed by the Governor-General on 28 August 1996 and has been celebrated since 3 September 1996.

The Australian flag is steeped with pride - pride for the... more »

Australian Flag Day

September 3rd

In recent years, the bogan and racist element of this country have taken on the Australian Flag as a symbol for their stupidity and hate. I say, it's time to take our flag back!

Australian National Flag Day celebrates the first time the flag was flown on 3 September 1901. On that day Prime Minister Edmund Barton announced the winners of a competition to find a flag for Australia. It was a large flag, 5.5 metres by 11 metres, and was flown over the dome of the Exhibition Building in Melbourne. At that time the flag was known as the Commonwealth blue ensign; later, the flag became known as the Australian National Flag.

Australian National Flag Day was proclaimed by the Governor-General on 28 August 1996 and has been celebrated since 3 September 1996.

The Australian flag is steeped with pride - pride for the nation, our history, our culture and our people. Those people - from the original inhabitants to those who come from all parts of the rock that we call Earth - come to Australia for a number of reasons. It's very clear that not everyone on the planet shares the same freedoms and bountiful beauty that we do. That's no reason to turn them away, or even to be fearful of them. Rather, it's an honour for them to be welcomed into our community.

via itsanhonour.gov.au

Pic via http://goo.gl/8lRbrH

#AboutAustralia - goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collections/gRdpR___

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2016-08-29 22:20:05 (28 comments; 2 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Drop Bears are REAL, people

We Aussies don't lie.

Weighing 100kg, (the Drop Bear) was the largest marsupial carnivore that ever existed - it had weird, boltcutter-like teeth and one of the most powerful bites of any mammal.....(The Drop Bear) had powerful arms and large thumbs with huge claws, and may have launched ambush attacks from the trees, leaping onto prey (no doubt occasionally human) from above

Snedden. OUT.
mic drop

#AboutAustralia plus.google.com/collections/gRdpR or goo.gl/688VLF

#australia #dropbears #lookupandlive

OP by +Australian Geographic via +Rob Masters

Drop Bears are REAL, people

We Aussies don't lie.

Weighing 100kg, (the Drop Bear) was the largest marsupial carnivore that ever existed - it had weird, boltcutter-like teeth and one of the most powerful bites of any mammal.....(The Drop Bear) had powerful arms and large thumbs with huge claws, and may have launched ambush attacks from the trees, leaping onto prey (no doubt occasionally human) from above

Snedden. OUT.
mic drop

#AboutAustralia plus.google.com/collections/gRdpR or goo.gl/688VLF

#australia #dropbears #lookupandlive

OP by +Australian Geographic via +Rob Masters___

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2016-08-29 05:48:42 (28 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

AAAAAAAAAAAARGH

All my fears in one photo!

For those that don't know, I have a fear of heights. More specifically, looking down at a height where it doesn't feel like I've got anything to hold onto. I get very wobbly on my feet just looking out the window of an office building, yet have no problems looking out of the window of a plane at 30,000'.

I started a new job in April, and have to regularly go between Levels 11 and 12 of a random office block in Sydney. Rather than wait for the lift, I've been using the fire stairs. I finally bit the bullet and looked down. It almost knocked me off my feet, so to take this photo took some doing.

I need to have a lay down.

#randomsydney

AAAAAAAAAAAARGH

All my fears in one photo!

For those that don't know, I have a fear of heights. More specifically, looking down at a height where it doesn't feel like I've got anything to hold onto. I get very wobbly on my feet just looking out the window of an office building, yet have no problems looking out of the window of a plane at 30,000'.

I started a new job in April, and have to regularly go between Levels 11 and 12 of a random office block in Sydney. Rather than wait for the lift, I've been using the fire stairs. I finally bit the bullet and looked down. It almost knocked me off my feet, so to take this photo took some doing.

I need to have a lay down.

#randomsydney___

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