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Paul Snedden

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Occupation: snedden.org

Location: Sydney, Australia

Birthday: 08/15

Followers: 18,689

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Cream of the Crop: 10/04/2012

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Paul Snedden has been at 15 events

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Carms Perez63,622I'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 04:38:2533  
Android Headlines362,920The Nexus program is rising from the grave.The Android Headlines Show Episode 702014-08-01 03:30:0045  
Jackie M1,886,309KL 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 M1,886,309Another 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 Ross1,332,844The 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 Ross1,332,844*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 03:00:0099  
Jackie M1,886,309Join 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 shervington1,449,650Well, 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 shervington1,449,650I 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 Silver32,476Join 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 M1,886,309Join 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 11:30:0032  
Jackie M1,886,309Join 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 M1,886,309I'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 Chapman1,541If 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 M1,886,309Listen 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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2016-01-13 09:00:23 (91 comments; 4 reshares; 50 +1s; )Open 

This is a tale about a 12yo boy

Over the Christmas break, I was at a party when I overheard this young fella telling a couple of his mates that he had his Instagram account hacked.

Being the resident geek among family and friends, I spoke with his mum about it. "Yep," she said. "We've barred him from social media until we figure out what to do". She asked me if there was anything that could be done to get the account back and/or to make his accounts more secure for the future. So, a couple of days later I sat the kid down and had a chat with him. This is what I found out.....

1. His account wasn't actually hacked
2. He regularly uses "cheat" apps to get more followers (typically bots)
3. His password was extremely guessable. I guessed it by asking him a few basic questions.

I'd like to talk about... more »

Most reshares: 28

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2016-02-04 22:00:22 (35 comments; 28 reshares; 91 +1s; )Open 

Scoobystralia

What's seen cannot be unseen!

We've all seen the Dog Head / Cat Head map of #Australia. If you haven't, it's here (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/NKFTNU7Txof)

Well, someone has taken it to a whole new level.

Australia is really Scooby Doo!

Happy Friday

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

via +Julie Wills

Possible OP - https://goo.gl/G81iKw

Most plusones: 91

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2016-02-04 22:00:22 (35 comments; 28 reshares; 91 +1s; )Open 

Scoobystralia

What's seen cannot be unseen!

We've all seen the Dog Head / Cat Head map of #Australia. If you haven't, it's here (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/NKFTNU7Txof)

Well, someone has taken it to a whole new level.

Australia is really Scooby Doo!

Happy Friday

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

via +Julie Wills

Possible OP - https://goo.gl/G81iKw

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2016-08-18 22:42:45 (22 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

The difference between Sydney and Melbourne people

According to +Business Insider and +EY Global

Surprise surprise, we people in Sydney know that we're not the pretentious wanna-bes that our southern brothers and sisters seem to revel in.

We know that we live in a gorgeous part of the world, and that we're famous for it. It's the beauty that draws tourists to Australia, which is why Sydney is Australia's only true global city.

Melbourne, your argument is invalid.

OP, from +Business Insider - http://goo.gl/UAZEWX

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

#sydney #melbourne #australia

The difference between Sydney and Melbourne people

According to +Business Insider and +EY Global

Surprise surprise, we people in Sydney know that we're not the pretentious wanna-bes that our southern brothers and sisters seem to revel in.

We know that we live in a gorgeous part of the world, and that we're famous for it. It's the beauty that draws tourists to Australia, which is why Sydney is Australia's only true global city.

Melbourne, your argument is invalid.

OP, from +Business Insider - http://goo.gl/UAZEWX

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

#sydney #melbourne #australia___

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2016-08-12 03:25:38 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

A lovely old duck

I saw this old girl yesterday, sitting on the steps of Maccas on George Street. I could see that she was trying to get up, so I helped her to her feet and picked her her stick. She didn't speak English, but kinda croaked out "Thank You", and off I went on my way.

Little did I know that I'd ever see her again. But, I did, this time down by the old Sydney Entertainment Centre. It's good to see she's upgraded from a walking stick to something with wheels.

This is her "I'm happy to see you" face :-)

#randomsydney

A lovely old duck

I saw this old girl yesterday, sitting on the steps of Maccas on George Street. I could see that she was trying to get up, so I helped her to her feet and picked her her stick. She didn't speak English, but kinda croaked out "Thank You", and off I went on my way.

Little did I know that I'd ever see her again. But, I did, this time down by the old Sydney Entertainment Centre. It's good to see she's upgraded from a walking stick to something with wheels.

This is her "I'm happy to see you" face :-)

#randomsydney___

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2016-08-09 05:42:34 (32 comments; 3 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

What inspires you?

How do you get started each day?

For me, it's all about music. Depending on my mood, I could surround myself with Mozart or Morbid Angel, Metallica or Madonna.

How about you? Is it quotes from famous people, or famous quotes from not-so-famous people? The good people at +Forbes put together the Top 100 Inspirational Quotes to get you started - http://goo.gl/bQXGA

Or maybe it's blood, sweat and tears of people that get you going? Biography Online gives you the Inspirational People list - http://goo.gl/nzPLnv

Or do you prefer visual inspiration? The +American Film Institute has documented the Top 100 Inspirational Movies which, in their words, "inspire us, encourage us to make a difference and send us from the theatre with a greater sense of possibility and hope for the future - http://goo.gl/kUCJzR

We... more »

What inspires you?

How do you get started each day?

For me, it's all about music. Depending on my mood, I could surround myself with Mozart or Morbid Angel, Metallica or Madonna.

How about you? Is it quotes from famous people, or famous quotes from not-so-famous people? The good people at +Forbes put together the Top 100 Inspirational Quotes to get you started - http://goo.gl/bQXGA

Or maybe it's blood, sweat and tears of people that get you going? Biography Online gives you the Inspirational People list - http://goo.gl/nzPLnv

Or do you prefer visual inspiration? The +American Film Institute has documented the Top 100 Inspirational Movies which, in their words, "inspire us, encourage us to make a difference and send us from the theatre with a greater sense of possibility and hope for the future - http://goo.gl/kUCJzR

We all want to be inspired but what, exactly, is inspiration? What does inspiration mean?

If you Google "what is inspiration", you'll be told Inspiration means, "the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative."

Inspiration are those things which influence us into action, that makes us want to DO, to CREATE. Writers - my favourite form of 'creativity' - artists and other "creative types", for example, depend on inspiration for their very craft.

So. What inspires you in your life? How do you become innovative? Let me know......

( Image source unknown )___

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2016-08-04 05:54:04 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

The Aboriginal Dictionary

Fascinating stuff #AboutAustralia from +Michael Woods

I really have nothing to add. Take a read through Michael's post and be sure to check out the photos he took.

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

As promised to +Paul Snedden​​
I can remember this book being in our house since the mid 70's and always remembered it as a kids novelty. Turns out I was wrong, it is an actual book all be it very small.
I've included a ruler for scale, the contents, the first few pages of the introduction & a few random pages.

I'll try to post better images in the new year, but unlikely I'll get a chance before then. I did manage to find this site

http://tinglefactor.typepad.com/thetinglefactorbox/2016/01/its-so-small-lilliput-aboriginal-words-of-australia.html

I especially liked "...there are others which are associated with the distinct ‘Aussie slang’, such as Yakka which was first recorded (and borrowed) from the Yagara language of the Brisbane area in 1847."

There's your trivia for the day
___The Aboriginal Dictionary

Fascinating stuff #AboutAustralia from +Michael Woods

I really have nothing to add. Take a read through Michael's post and be sure to check out the photos he took.

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

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2016-07-22 06:25:02 (14 comments; 2 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Europe and Australia

Forget everything you've learned in the past.

We all know that Europe is pretty tiny (see here for reference - https://goo.gl/WdjZSq). Now, someone has gone to the effort of showing elements of the Gall-Peters Projection (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gall%E2%80%93Peters_projection), which basically shows that maps as you know them are a lie.

A few of the examples shown in the OP are all about #Australia and how it relates to the world. The attached is one such example.

Poor #Europe, you're so little.

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

( OP by +BuzzFeed - https://goo.gl/cqJjg3 - via a +1 from +Michael Ringland on a post by +Kateryna Artyushkova )

Europe and Australia

Forget everything you've learned in the past.

We all know that Europe is pretty tiny (see here for reference - https://goo.gl/WdjZSq). Now, someone has gone to the effort of showing elements of the Gall-Peters Projection (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gall%E2%80%93Peters_projection), which basically shows that maps as you know them are a lie.

A few of the examples shown in the OP are all about #Australia and how it relates to the world. The attached is one such example.

Poor #Europe, you're so little.

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

( OP by +BuzzFeed - https://goo.gl/cqJjg3 - via a +1 from +Michael Ringland on a post by +Kateryna Artyushkova )___

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2016-07-18 07:57:23 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Have you ever wondered...

The view from The Three Sisters

I ticked off another random childhood dream of mine, to one day stand on/at The Three Sisters and look back at the spot where so many thousands of people have stood and taken photos. If you scroll in and up, you'll see that very spot.

I tried doing a photosphere, but there were just too many people moving around to make it effective.

#randomsydney

Have you ever wondered...

The view from The Three Sisters

I ticked off another random childhood dream of mine, to one day stand on/at The Three Sisters and look back at the spot where so many thousands of people have stood and taken photos. If you scroll in and up, you'll see that very spot.

I tried doing a photosphere, but there were just too many people moving around to make it effective.

#randomsydney___

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2016-07-14 04:11:00 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Meanwhile, in Sydney

Seal is performing at the +Sydney Opera House

Having long since left +The Voice Australia, Seal has taken to sunbaking with one of his kids.

#randomsydney

Meanwhile, in Sydney

Seal is performing at the +Sydney Opera House

Having long since left +The Voice Australia, Seal has taken to sunbaking with one of his kids.

#randomsydney___

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2016-07-08 10:35:36 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Game of Thrones - Season 6

All the best scenes as animated gifs

some random dude by the name of Eran Mendel (who I hope is +Eran Mendel​ but I'm not sure) has created the cutest bunch of animated gifs from GoT Season 6.

Spoilers abound, so if you've not seen it (and, seriously, why not?) them don't go looking.

The full series is at http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/a-charming-gif-for-every-brutal-game-of-thrones-episode and you can see more of his amazing work at EranMendel.com

#got #gameofthrones

Game of Thrones - Season 6

All the best scenes as animated gifs

some random dude by the name of Eran Mendel (who I hope is +Eran Mendel​ but I'm not sure) has created the cutest bunch of animated gifs from GoT Season 6.

Spoilers abound, so if you've not seen it (and, seriously, why not?) them don't go looking.

The full series is at http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/a-charming-gif-for-every-brutal-game-of-thrones-episode and you can see more of his amazing work at EranMendel.com

#got #gameofthrones___

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2016-07-08 06:00:25 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

50 Aussie Slang Terms

According to Aussie actress, Margot Robbie!

The good people at +Vanity Fair have randomly given Margot Robbie an iPad while she was sitting on a beach, and told her to explain some Aussie slang.

It's a great little video, well worth checking out. But, there's a few words that she either didn't know or got wrong.....

Doovalacky - It's a thingamebob. A random thing for when you can't remember the actual name of something, or the name isn't important.

Dog's Eye - a meat pie. Add some horse (sauce) and you're apples ;)

Shithouse - Margot said this was "toilet", which it CAN be but it's more often meant for "bad".

Old Fella - Margot said this was "old man", which it's not. It's slang for... more »

50 Aussie Slang Terms

According to Aussie actress, Margot Robbie!

The good people at +Vanity Fair have randomly given Margot Robbie an iPad while she was sitting on a beach, and told her to explain some Aussie slang.

It's a great little video, well worth checking out. But, there's a few words that she either didn't know or got wrong.....

Doovalacky - It's a thingamebob. A random thing for when you can't remember the actual name of something, or the name isn't important.

Dog's Eye - a meat pie. Add some horse (sauce) and you're apples ;)

Shithouse - Margot said this was "toilet", which it CAN be but it's more often meant for "bad".

Old Fella - Margot said this was "old man", which it's not. It's slang for "penis"

Come a Guster - to have an accident.

So there ya go. h/t to +Scot Duke for sticking this in my stream :)

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

#australia   #aussie   #slang   #margotrobbie  

( +Peter G McDermott one week too late )___

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2016-07-06 11:34:55 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Australian Working Conditions

For women in the 1940"s

I found this little gem and needed to share it with you. It's an advertisement for employment at Bradford Cotton Mills in Newtown (inner Sydney suburb), 1946.

So, ladies, would you take up the offer these days?

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

#Australia #downunder #sydney 

Australian Working Conditions

For women in the 1940"s

I found this little gem and needed to share it with you. It's an advertisement for employment at Bradford Cotton Mills in Newtown (inner Sydney suburb), 1946.

So, ladies, would you take up the offer these days?

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

#Australia #downunder #sydney ___

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2016-07-03 23:14:42 (9 comments; 10 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Australian Climate

Likened to other areas of the planet!

Our good friends at The Daily Mail have published a map of #Australia which links the various climate areas of Australia to other parts of the world.

#Sydney has been likened to Buenos Aires
#Melbourne is more like Fremont, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Having spent some time in Fremont, I find this claim rather dubious.

Tasmania, which isn't on the map, has been likened to the UK and Southern Chile.

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

OP by +Daily Mail - http://goo.gl/6pElpf

Australian Climate

Likened to other areas of the planet!

Our good friends at The Daily Mail have published a map of #Australia which links the various climate areas of Australia to other parts of the world.

#Sydney has been likened to Buenos Aires
#Melbourne is more like Fremont, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Having spent some time in Fremont, I find this claim rather dubious.

Tasmania, which isn't on the map, has been likened to the UK and Southern Chile.

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

OP by +Daily Mail - http://goo.gl/6pElpf___

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2016-06-27 02:41:07 (43 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Noooooooooooooooooooo

So long, Chrome Apps Launcher!

It's funny how much I've integrated this little thing into my normal day to day. As well as using it for launching the various Google apps, I use it for all/most of my Google searching. To have this disappear will suck, but I guess if most people aren't using it then there's no use Google keeping it a thing.

IMO, replacing it with the in-browser launcher is silly because that thing - which I've had disabled for as long as I can remember - doesn't even "launch" into a new window. So, if you happen to be in the middle of something and then want to open the Apps Launcher, it will simply open in your current window and could result in you losing whatever you were working on at the time.

Update: Apparently this was 'announced' back in March.

Do you use it?... more »

Noooooooooooooooooooo

So long, Chrome Apps Launcher!

It's funny how much I've integrated this little thing into my normal day to day. As well as using it for launching the various Google apps, I use it for all/most of my Google searching. To have this disappear will suck, but I guess if most people aren't using it then there's no use Google keeping it a thing.

IMO, replacing it with the in-browser launcher is silly because that thing - which I've had disabled for as long as I can remember - doesn't even "launch" into a new window. So, if you happen to be in the middle of something and then want to open the Apps Launcher, it will simply open in your current window and could result in you losing whatever you were working on at the time.

Update: Apparently this was 'announced' back in March.

Do you use it? Will you miss it?___

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2016-06-26 22:23:57 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Australian Politicians

Summarised in three words!

My good friends and neighbours, +Triple M, recently ran a listener poll to describe the various leaders of our federal political parties. The results are in, and they're not all that surprising.

+Malcolm Turnbull has been described as "Arrogant", "Rich", "(Out of) Touch". This isn't surprising, as I hope he was able to rectify the Antisemitism in his office (https://goo.gl/9KklTJ). cc +Liberal Party of Australia

Bill Shorten, who doesn't even exist on Google+ and thus defines how out of touch he really is, has been described as "Unionist", "Untrustworthy", "Puppet”. cc +Australian Labor

Everyone's favourite socialist, +Richard Di Natale, has been described as "(don’t) Know", "Unknown",&qu... more »

Australian Politicians

Summarised in three words!

My good friends and neighbours, +Triple M, recently ran a listener poll to describe the various leaders of our federal political parties. The results are in, and they're not all that surprising.

+Malcolm Turnbull has been described as "Arrogant", "Rich", "(Out of) Touch". This isn't surprising, as I hope he was able to rectify the Antisemitism in his office (https://goo.gl/9KklTJ). cc +Liberal Party of Australia

Bill Shorten, who doesn't even exist on Google+ and thus defines how out of touch he really is, has been described as "Unionist", "Untrustworthy", "Puppet”. cc +Australian Labor

Everyone's favourite socialist, +Richard Di Natale, has been described as "(don’t) Know", "Unknown", "Green". cc +The Australian Greens

Finally, the man who shouldn't be allowed to speak in public, +Barnaby Joyce MP, has been described in typical Australian style as "Idiot", "Country", "Wanker”

OP - http://goo.gl/Ydysa5

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

#ausvotes___

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2016-06-25 21:38:26 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Just a pussycat

From +Taronga Zoo​

I've been going through a lot of old albums recently, reminiscing about times gone by and all that. I can across am album of a visit to Taronga Zoo, and found this.

I do love the big cats.

#randomsydney 

Just a pussycat

From +Taronga Zoo​

I've been going through a lot of old albums recently, reminiscing about times gone by and all that. I can across am album of a visit to Taronga Zoo, and found this.

I do love the big cats.

#randomsydney ___

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2016-06-24 06:47:33 (12 comments; 6 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Would you like to Wombat my Drop Bear?

From a random fast food joint in Cincinnati

(I’m a manager in a fast-food restaurant. One night it’s kind of slow and I am having a discussion with another of our managers about how when you’re working the drive-thru you can pretty much say anything as the customers don’t really listen to what you say. He’s been challenging me to slip random words in all night. By this point it’s gotten totally out of hand into the realm of the ridiculous. Note the last several words I am “challenged” to are “koala bear” and “kangaroo,” kind of setting a mental theme. To help prove the point I say everything in my normal “drive-thru voice” and try not to laugh on speaker. The drive-thru dings.)

Me: “Funnel Web Spider!”

Customer: “Hi, I’m fine.”

Me: “That’s koala bear. What can weAustralia today?”

Customer: “I... more »

Would you like to Wombat my Drop Bear?

From a random fast food joint in Cincinnati

(I’m a manager in a fast-food restaurant. One night it’s kind of slow and I am having a discussion with another of our managers about how when you’re working the drive-thru you can pretty much say anything as the customers don’t really listen to what you say. He’s been challenging me to slip random words in all night. By this point it’s gotten totally out of hand into the realm of the ridiculous. Note the last several words I am “challenged” to are “koala bear” and “kangaroo,” kind of setting a mental theme. To help prove the point I say everything in my normal “drive-thru voice” and try not to laugh on speaker. The drive-thru dings.)

Me: “Funnel Web Spider!”

Customer: “Hi, I’m fine.”

Me: “That’s koala bear. What can we Australia today?”

Customer: “I’ll take a number three, please.”

Me: “Boomerang! And to eucalyptus?”

Customer: “A Pepsi, please.”

Me: “Wonderful. Anything else we can kangaroo?”

Customer: “No, that’s all.”

Me: “Great! If your sailboat is correct, your wallaby is [Total]. We’ll Sydney at the first dingo.”

(By this point all my coworkers were listening in on headsets, and were in hysterics.)

Other Manager: “He didn’t even miss a beat. I bow to the master.”

via https://goo.gl/RNvULG

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#dropbears #wombats #australia #lookupandlive___

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2016-06-22 22:27:08 (15 comments; 4 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

The Combat Wombat

Deadly Australian creatures, Part MCMLXXXIV

Not content with being the speed hump of the Australian Outback, the humble Wombat has taken to reading the US Constitution - in particular, the right to arm bears. Now, we all know that the wombat is a marsupial and not a bear, but these are strange times we live in.

Ivan Milat, Bradley Murdoch, and even Martin Bryant will have nothing on this fully armoured, tank-like killing machine.

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

#dropbears #combatwombat #australia

( OP by +Jamez Frondeskias, via +Lordy )

The National Party has announced their new defense policy. The Liberal Party has yet to confirm if they will be supporting the new policy, however Prime Minister Turnbull has started that "all Australians must be involved in the security of our great country".___The Combat Wombat

Deadly Australian creatures, Part MCMLXXXIV

Not content with being the speed hump of the Australian Outback, the humble Wombat has taken to reading the US Constitution - in particular, the right to arm bears. Now, we all know that the wombat is a marsupial and not a bear, but these are strange times we live in.

Ivan Milat, Bradley Murdoch, and even Martin Bryant will have nothing on this fully armoured, tank-like killing machine.

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

#dropbears #combatwombat #australia

( OP by +Jamez Frondeskias, via +Lordy )

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2016-06-20 01:11:31 (21 comments; 7 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Google and #AusVotes

Together, at last.

Our good friends at +Google Australia have put together g.co/ausvotes, a fully immersive website for the upcoming election.

Feed your addiction to all things #ausvotes related by digging into each electorate, get info on the ballot papers, voter numbers, and live stats after 6pm on the day.

It's a smorgasbord of information, right at your pudgy little fingertips.

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

#ausvotes #australia

OP by +Google Australia - http://google-au.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/get-ready-for-sizzling-election-with.html 

Google and #AusVotes

Together, at last.

Our good friends at +Google Australia have put together g.co/ausvotes, a fully immersive website for the upcoming election.

Feed your addiction to all things #ausvotes related by digging into each electorate, get info on the ballot papers, voter numbers, and live stats after 6pm on the day.

It's a smorgasbord of information, right at your pudgy little fingertips.

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

#ausvotes #australia

OP by +Google Australia - http://google-au.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/get-ready-for-sizzling-election-with.html ___

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2016-06-07 22:26:40 (33 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Stormageddon hits Sydney

A weekend of madness

It's now a few days on from a storm that ravaged Sydney over the weekend, so of course the time has come for those in the media to reflect on what happened, why it happened, and what could have been done to prevent it from happening in the first place.

The picture attached is of Collaroy Beach, just a few kilometres north of Sydney, and shows the Before and After from the storm.

There's two things that really stand out to me in this image.

First, the swimming pool. The force of the waves obliterated the surrounding earth, and was string enough to rip the pool from the ground and throw it around like a ragdoll. Separate to everything else, that image does a great job of showing how strong the storm was asking the coastline.

Secondly, the positioning of the apartment blocks. Whilst... more »

Stormageddon hits Sydney

A weekend of madness

It's now a few days on from a storm that ravaged Sydney over the weekend, so of course the time has come for those in the media to reflect on what happened, why it happened, and what could have been done to prevent it from happening in the first place.

The picture attached is of Collaroy Beach, just a few kilometres north of Sydney, and shows the Before and After from the storm.

There's two things that really stand out to me in this image.

First, the swimming pool. The force of the waves obliterated the surrounding earth, and was string enough to rip the pool from the ground and throw it around like a ragdoll. Separate to everything else, that image does a great job of showing how strong the storm was asking the coastline.

Secondly, the positioning of the apartment blocks. Whilst it's fantastic to have ticked off all the obligatory real estate must haves ("180' ocean front views", "step outside and you're on the beach", etc), the sheer ferocity of this storm really does beg the question of why anyone would build so close to the ocean. I've heard reports this morning that some of these properties are sitting on nothing but a slab of concrete whilst others have pillars dug down into the rock below. It will be interesting to see which ones will be demolished and which survive. It's an insurance company's biggest nightmare.

Storms like this happen all over the world, of course. What happened in Sydney is nothing compared to the devastation seen from the Tsunami's in Japan and Indonesia in recent years, our from the tornadoes which romp there way through the USA every year. I'm sure there will be discussion from the Clickeratti on how Climate Change brought this on, rightly or wrongly.

The White House survived, though +Jedi​ wasn't too happy with me having to stay outside all weekend.

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2016-06-02 03:25:26 (27 comments; 12 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

Kookaburras - The Battle of the Century

This is the weirdest most-Aussie thing you'll see today.

Some random family in Australia have recorded a 30 minute "fight" between two kookaburras, having a tug-of-war over a piece of meat.

This much shorter version of the video shows the highlights and adds text commentary rather than Polish voiceover.

It's a must-watch.

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

( OP by +PEDESTRIAN. TV via +Nemo Thorx )

Kookaburras - The Battle of the Century

This is the weirdest most-Aussie thing you'll see today.

Some random family in Australia have recorded a 30 minute "fight" between two kookaburras, having a tug-of-war over a piece of meat.

This much shorter version of the video shows the highlights and adds text commentary rather than Polish voiceover.

It's a must-watch.

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

( OP by +PEDESTRIAN. TV via +Nemo Thorx )___

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2016-05-28 04:38:51 (47 comments; 1 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

Just a snack

Oh my.

#randomsydney

Just a snack

Oh my.

#randomsydney___

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2016-05-24 05:37:11 (16 comments; 6 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

July 2nd, 2016

National Sausage Sizzle Day in #Australia

What’s a sausage sizzle, I hear you ask? WHAT’S A SAUSAGE SIZZLE? Sit down my friend, you are about to learn some stuff about #Australian cultural life.

A sausage sizzle occurs in large public spaces, on hot sunny days Down Under (which pretty much means all year round, except for Melbourne cos Mexican weather sux). A sausage sizzle is either free, as a draw to the event, or a fundraiser, in which it is acceptable to charge up to $2 for your sausage sizzle (gold coin donation). It must be a fundraiser for a local community organisation, however. Scouts, public schools, bush fire brigades, surf life saving clubs etc are all appropriate causes for the fundraiser sausage sizzle.

A single sausage, presented on a single piece of white bread with (or without) margarine. You can choose from two kinds ofsau... more »

July 2nd, 2016

National Sausage Sizzle Day in #Australia

What’s a sausage sizzle, I hear you ask? WHAT’S A SAUSAGE SIZZLE? Sit down my friend, you are about to learn some stuff about #Australian cultural life.

A sausage sizzle occurs in large public spaces, on hot sunny days Down Under (which pretty much means all year round, except for Melbourne cos Mexican weather sux). A sausage sizzle is either free, as a draw to the event, or a fundraiser, in which it is acceptable to charge up to $2 for your sausage sizzle (gold coin donation). It must be a fundraiser for a local community organisation, however. Scouts, public schools, bush fire brigades, surf life saving clubs etc are all appropriate causes for the fundraiser sausage sizzle.

A single sausage, presented on a single piece of white bread with (or without) margarine. You can choose from two kinds of sauces - tomato or barbecue - however, in recent times, mustard is also considered appropriate for those without testicles, and women. Most of the time you can also get fried onion too, if you like it.

It is against the spirit of the Sausage Sizzle to charge extra for sauce, margarine or onion, however if you are offering fancy extras like bacon or fried mushroom, charging an extra 50c/$1 is okay.

It is WITHIN the spirit of the Sausage Sizzle to provide inclusive alternatives - vegan/halal/kosher - depending on the local community. Sausage sizzles are for all Australians.

Sausage Sizzles are part of all important Australian cultural activities, like going to Bunnings to buy hardware on the weekend, and voting in public elections.The latter is known as a “democracy sausage” and is considered a fundamental civic right. If you are unable to consume a democracy sausage on Election Day, you have been disenfranchised and are eligible for compensation. democracysausage.org is the independent body that oversees this.

July 2 - Democracy Sausage Day in Australia

Stand with me, my fellow #Australians and Vote 1 - Sausage!

( h/t +Kim Flowers )

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2016-05-15 03:27:51 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Just a concert

More than just a metalhead.

#randomsydney

Just a concert

More than just a metalhead.

#randomsydney___

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2016-05-13 11:20:22 (25 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Hard Core Porn

When The Good Guys go bad

I was out shopping OK my way home from work tonight and popped into The Good Guys.

To my surprise, among the TV screens showing some children's show, there was one which was showing a porno.

I stood there gobsmacked for a minute before I took a photo. By then, the video had changed to the one you see, hence the young lady had clothes on......well, underwear anyway. I'm sure if I stayed it wouldn't have been too long before they were off.

I'm no prude, but this was just amazing. Someone - a staff member - should have noticed it and done something about it.

It has certainly turned out to be quite a unique Black Friday.

Hard Core Porn

When The Good Guys go bad

I was out shopping OK my way home from work tonight and popped into The Good Guys.

To my surprise, among the TV screens showing some children's show, there was one which was showing a porno.

I stood there gobsmacked for a minute before I took a photo. By then, the video had changed to the one you see, hence the young lady had clothes on......well, underwear anyway. I'm sure if I stayed it wouldn't have been too long before they were off.

I'm no prude, but this was just amazing. Someone - a staff member - should have noticed it and done something about it.

It has certainly turned out to be quite a unique Black Friday.___

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2016-05-11 11:05:11 (38 comments; 5 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Australia - The Equally-Divided Country

Which state would you live in?

I love a good map. Almost two years ago I shared this one (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/h6ZiTkKmR7Y) which showed how Australia was originally going to be split. This one that some random dude on reddit created which divides #Australia up into 8 roughly equal states in terms of population.

I don't know why he decided to name the state which Sydney is within Hawkesbury. I mean, yes, it's the Hawkesbury Catchment area but why not keep it as Sydney if Melbourne is to be called Melbourne?

Anyway, here it is. Let me know which state you'd be living in.

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Australia - The Equally-Divided Country

Which state would you live in?

I love a good map. Almost two years ago I shared this one (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/h6ZiTkKmR7Y) which showed how Australia was originally going to be split. This one that some random dude on reddit created which divides #Australia up into 8 roughly equal states in terms of population.

I don't know why he decided to name the state which Sydney is within Hawkesbury. I mean, yes, it's the Hawkesbury Catchment area but why not keep it as Sydney if Melbourne is to be called Melbourne?

Anyway, here it is. Let me know which state you'd be living in.

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2016-05-09 10:57:42 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

He's got The Jack

And who knows what else?

I'm working on the kitchen of The White House, installing some new plaster bits above three cupboards. There's no room for a drill so I'll need to glue them to the ceiling. Which means force is required to hold it in place. What better thing to use than a tyre jack.

#whitehousereno

He's got The Jack

And who knows what else?

I'm working on the kitchen of The White House, installing some new plaster bits above three cupboards. There's no room for a drill so I'll need to glue them to the ceiling. Which means force is required to hold it in place. What better thing to use than a tyre jack.

#whitehousereno___

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2016-04-29 10:12:05 (30 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Just a harbour

I fulfilled a childhood dream recently by taking a ferry to Pinchgut / Fort Denison. Not a bad view for a former gaol.

#randomsydney

Just a harbour

I fulfilled a childhood dream recently by taking a ferry to Pinchgut / Fort Denison. Not a bad view for a former gaol.

#randomsydney___

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2016-04-17 03:15:42 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Bondi to Bronte

Just a casual walk.

#randomsydney 

Bondi to Bronte

Just a casual walk.

#randomsydney ___

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2016-04-15 21:34:18 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Meanwhile, in Australia

This is my version of #Caturday

Meanwhile, in Australia

This is my version of #Caturday___

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2016-04-13 10:17:31 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Just a building

I'm starting a new collection, which will be - as the name suggests - random photos that I take around Sydney.

Alternatively, if I see some great random photos taken by others, I'll definitely share them here.

To kick things off, here's a photo of some building that I took that on my way to Fort Denison.

#randomsydney

Just a building

I'm starting a new collection, which will be - as the name suggests - random photos that I take around Sydney.

Alternatively, if I see some great random photos taken by others, I'll definitely share them here.

To kick things off, here's a photo of some building that I took that on my way to Fort Denison.

#randomsydney___

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2016-04-10 09:32:59 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Australia's non-deadlies

Recently, a friend of mine sent me the attached photo.

She was out at the beach and saw it swimming around her near the rocks. I've since found out that it's a rare sea slug called a 'Blue Dragon'. Whilst magnificent and beautiful to the eye, being an Australian sea slug, it of course will kill you. It looks like something straight outta Compton Pokémon.

So, it got me thinking. Does Australia actually have ANY animals which aren't deadly?

Well, some bright spark has already put together a list, which you can see here - http://goo.gl/U5lGBq

I'm here to tell you that, whilst not causing death directly, it's still definitely possible to be killed because of these creatures. See below......

Number 10. Kangaroo - Obviously, the author of the aforementioned article... more »

Australia's non-deadlies

Recently, a friend of mine sent me the attached photo.

She was out at the beach and saw it swimming around her near the rocks. I've since found out that it's a rare sea slug called a 'Blue Dragon'. Whilst magnificent and beautiful to the eye, being an Australian sea slug, it of course will kill you. It looks like something straight outta Compton Pokémon.

So, it got me thinking. Does Australia actually have ANY animals which aren't deadly?

Well, some bright spark has already put together a list, which you can see here - http://goo.gl/U5lGBq

I'm here to tell you that, whilst not causing death directly, it's still definitely possible to be killed because of these creatures. See below......

Number 10. Kangaroo - Obviously, the author of the aforementioned article hasn't been kicked by a Big Red.

Number 9. Cockatoo - Death by screeching happens, people.

Number 8. Port Jackson Shark - The long lost 9th member of the Jackson family, Port took to swimming the depths of Australia's coastline rather than take on a singing career

Number 7. Sugar Glider - Sugar, the silent killer.

Number 6. Quokka - the smiling assassin will jump on you if you get too close.

Number 5. Koala - Death by Japanese tourists

Number 4. Wedge Tail Eagle - The talons on this thing are razor sharp, and will gut you from ear to ear quicker than you can scream for your mother.

Number 3. Wombat - Don't let them sit on you, these big fat bastards will crush you at any opportunity.

Number 2. Platypus - This infamous duck turtle will slice you open and eat you for Sunday dinner

Number 1. Tree Kangaroo - Evolution is real. This creature is the next generation, combining the leg strength of the kangaroo with the unadulterated killing power of the drop bear. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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2016-04-07 03:42:51 (26 comments; 2 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

The Phone Call from Hell

Part Four

What the guy told me next was something so bizarre, I thought he was joking. He had to be joking. There’s no possible way that he could be still alive. Right?

As he was telling me, I relayed everything to Robyn, Lynley, and everyone else in the office. There were looks of astonishment, amazement, and horror on their faces. Most common was a look of disbelief, which made complete sense because it beggared belief.

As it turns out, “The Guy” wasn’t a drug lord. Not even a criminal, in fact. He was the next door neighbour of Robyn’s boyfriend, and was the first to arrive after what had happened. There was a second person, a truck driver, which would explain the multiple voices I heard in the background for the past little while.

So.

There’s two more important things to introduce into thisstory befor... more »

The Phone Call from Hell

Part Four

What the guy told me next was something so bizarre, I thought he was joking. He had to be joking. There’s no possible way that he could be still alive. Right?

As he was telling me, I relayed everything to Robyn, Lynley, and everyone else in the office. There were looks of astonishment, amazement, and horror on their faces. Most common was a look of disbelief, which made complete sense because it beggared belief.

As it turns out, “The Guy” wasn’t a drug lord. Not even a criminal, in fact. He was the next door neighbour of Robyn’s boyfriend, and was the first to arrive after what had happened. There was a second person, a truck driver, which would explain the multiple voices I heard in the background for the past little while.

So.

There’s two more important things to introduce into this story before we get to the end.

The first is the boyfriend’s bed. I found out later that it was a King Size waterbed, with a solid timber frame. It was situated in the main bedroom, which was at the front of the house. The bed itself was against the wall furthest from the front window. These small details are important, so pay attention.

The second is the truck driver. More specifically, his truck. It was one of those big 18 wheeler things, the kind which when you were a kid and you saw one roaring down the street you’d pump your fist in the air and hope that the driver would pull on the horn.  I think it was a Kenworth or a Mack, but the make and model isn’t important.

The truck driver had parked his truck up the street and got out to go to the worksite he was delivering to. The problem with it was that he didn’t engage the handbrake of the truck, and so it began rolling down the hill.

Gaining speed as it went, it reached the bottom of the hill, crossed over the road, and launched itself like a missile directly at the front window of a house - the house in which Robyn’s boyfriend was laying on his waterbed, chatting happily to his girlfriend.

The truck crashed through the front window and landed right on top of him.

The weight of the truck burst the membrane of the waterbed, gushing hundreds of litres of water all over the room. The solid timber frame withstood the force of the crash, which Paramedics later said was the one thing that saved him from being crushed to death.

Having a several tonne vehicle landing on you, at speed, wouldn’t be a healthy way to spend an afternoon, as I’m sure you can guess. It broke both his legs, in multiple places. Several ribs were crushed, as was one hip. He also had quite severe internal injuries. Lastly, one arm was also broken, which coincidentally was the one holding the phone.

The phone ended up across the other side of the room, which is why it took so long for anyone to see/hear it.

Robyn left work that day, and drove down to be by his bedside. He spent many months in hospital, trying to overcome the horrendous injuries he suffered that day. I have it on good authority that he made a full recovery.

I never did get to call my girlfriend that day.

The End___

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2016-04-06 09:30:07 (48 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

The Phone Call from Hell

Part Three

The thoughts running through my head at this point weren’t good.

Obviously, what had happened here was that someone - some criminal - had found out who he was. The other voices I could hear were from one of the criminal gangs he investigates. Possibly the Mafia. Yes, that's it. The Mafia jumped from behind and he was now being tortured.  Or worse. That meant I was now a witness in a federal crime.

I told the two women I was with that I could now hear other voices, but I still couldn’t work out what they were saying.  One of the voices then sounded like it briefly came very close to the phone, so I took the opportunity to start yelling.

“HELLO!! HELLO, IS ANYONE THERE?”

Nothing.

Lynley tried to keep Robyn talking in an effort to keep her calm but also to get more details outof her. S... more »

The Phone Call from Hell

Part Three

The thoughts running through my head at this point weren’t good.

Obviously, what had happened here was that someone - some criminal - had found out who he was. The other voices I could hear were from one of the criminal gangs he investigates. Possibly the Mafia. Yes, that's it. The Mafia jumped from behind and he was now being tortured.  Or worse. That meant I was now a witness in a federal crime.

I told the two women I was with that I could now hear other voices, but I still couldn’t work out what they were saying.  One of the voices then sounded like it briefly came very close to the phone, so I took the opportunity to start yelling.

“HELLO!! HELLO, IS ANYONE THERE?”

Nothing.

Lynley tried to keep Robyn talking in an effort to keep her calm but also to get more details out of her. She’d said that he was at home when she rang him, they’d been chatting for a while, and then there was a noise and he just started screaming.

“HELLO, CAN ANYBODY HEAR ME?”

Nothing.

Because I was yelling, some of the staff out on the production floor came to the office to find out what the commotion was all about. Steve (Ops) and Steve (Big boss) came back from lunch together around then too, and so we soon had quite the audience of eager onlookers.

The muffled voices got louder again after a few minutes, which to me sounded like there was someone close by the phone. So, I yelled again. This time, however, someone heard me and picked up the phone.

“Is someone there?” they asked. A rough voice, from a guy aged 50, maybe 55. A voice that had seen and done unspeakable horrors to Robyn’s boyfriend and countless others. The Mafia Boss. And here I was about to enter into a conversation with him.

“Yes yes, I’m here."

With that, Robyn shot to attention. She almost snatched the phone from my hands, but I didn’t let her. After sitting through listening to this guy scream for what was an hour by now, I wanted to be first to find out what happened. I deserved that much, damnit.

“Can you please tell us what’s going on? I have the guy’s girlfriend here next to me, they were chatting on the phone and something happened to him and she’s freaking out. What happened?”

I still remember his response like it was yesterday, even though it’s now 20 years later.

“I hope you’re sitting down,” he said.

(To be continued…)___

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2016-04-05 12:02:02 (39 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

The Phone Call from Hell

Part Two

The screaming was relentless. Over and over, all I could hear was this gut-wrenching scream, a wail of searing pain that was so real it made the most realistic performance from a Hollywood actor seem childish by comparison.

I looked at Robyn. She was facing me, and still talking to whoever she was on the phone with. I moved the phone slightly away from my ear so that I could listen to what she was saying. All I caught was the final bit of her conversation, which was simply “Yes, please hurry. I don’t know what’s going on.”

Robyn hung up the phone then came over to her desk and sat beside me. I went to hand her the phone, but she just waved it away and said very quietly “No, please listen for me”.

The screaming went on for what seemed like an eternity. I tried getting details out of Robyn, but she wasvery vague ... more »

The Phone Call from Hell

Part Two

The screaming was relentless. Over and over, all I could hear was this gut-wrenching scream, a wail of searing pain that was so real it made the most realistic performance from a Hollywood actor seem childish by comparison.

I looked at Robyn. She was facing me, and still talking to whoever she was on the phone with. I moved the phone slightly away from my ear so that I could listen to what she was saying. All I caught was the final bit of her conversation, which was simply “Yes, please hurry. I don’t know what’s going on.”

Robyn hung up the phone then came over to her desk and sat beside me. I went to hand her the phone, but she just waved it away and said very quietly “No, please listen for me”.

The screaming went on for what seemed like an eternity. I tried getting details out of Robyn, but she was very vague and distant, obviously in shock. The most I could get out of her was that this was her boyfriend that I was listening to. That, and she kept saying over and over “Why won’t he give it up, I’ve told him to just give it up”, but when I tried to ask her questions about "it" she just went quiet again.

The screaming went on, and words slowly started to come through the phone to me. I could hear “God, no. ARRRRRRRGH. Please no. Stop. ARRRRRRRRRRGH. ARRRRRRRGH. Please stop.” I didn’t repeat any of this to Robyn, as I thought it might tip her over the edge.

And so, we sat there, just the two of us. Well, the three of us if you include old mate The Screamer. In situations like this, not that I’ve ever experienced another like it before or since, time seems to move very slowly. I thought we sat there alone for about an hour, maybe more. The reality of it was that it was only about 15 minutes.

Lynley was the first to come back from lunch. She looked at the two of us, and knew straight away that something was wrong. I quickly blurted out that I was listening to Robyn’s boyfriend, that he was in pain, and that Robyn was in shock. After that weird “announcement” sank in, she sat down next to Robyn and took her hands in her own to offer comfort. It obviously worked for Robyn, because she started to open up a little. The other call that she made was to Triple-Zero, obviously. I was dumbfounded that I didn’t even think to do that myself, so it was great that at least one of us was thinking straight.

As I said, Robyn was talking to her boyfriend. She said they’d been chatting for ten or fifteen minutes before this happened, whatever this was. Then, again, she said “Why won’t he give it up? He should just give it up.”

Lynley asked her what she meant, but then I heard something else coming from the phone. It was the sound of other voices, but I couldn’t hear them well enough to make out what they were saying.

Because I didn’t hear Robyn’s answer to Lynley, I asked what “it” was. She answered me by saying she wanted her boyfriend to give up his job.

He was a Narcotics Detective in the Australian Federal Police.

(To be continued…)

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2016-04-05 01:42:34 (45 comments; 1 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

The Phone Call from Hell

Part One

I bought my first mobile phone back in 1995, not long after I started working in my first full-time job. I had no need for it of course, and calls were really expensive (thanks +Telstra​) so I tended not to make many of them, but I enjoyed being contactable any time of the day and night. I spent my first two years under contract with One.Tel (RIP), then a two year contract with Optus, then I moved to Vodafone. Since that time with Voda, I’ve kept the same number - even though I’ve moved carriers, I’ve moved the number with me and had it for about 17 years. I won’t be changing again.

I remember feeling oh so important when I was given a pager during my 2nd job. Now I was contactable via a means other than a telephone. Sure, it was meant to be for work-related purposes only, but it was far cheaper for friends and family tocall the ... more »

The Phone Call from Hell

Part One

I bought my first mobile phone back in 1995, not long after I started working in my first full-time job. I had no need for it of course, and calls were really expensive (thanks +Telstra​) so I tended not to make many of them, but I enjoyed being contactable any time of the day and night. I spent my first two years under contract with One.Tel (RIP), then a two year contract with Optus, then I moved to Vodafone. Since that time with Voda, I’ve kept the same number - even though I’ve moved carriers, I’ve moved the number with me and had it for about 17 years. I won’t be changing again.

I remember feeling oh so important when I was given a pager during my 2nd job. Now I was contactable via a means other than a telephone. Sure, it was meant to be for work-related purposes only, but it was far cheaper for friends and family to call the paging service and leave a message than it was to call me directly. Oh, how times have changed.

Technological updates and call costs aside, it was during the really expensive period that I decided to call my girlfriend from work one day.

At the time, I worked for an outsourced manufacturing business in Alexandria in Sydney’s inner suburbs. While I spent a lot of my time out on the shop floor, I shared an office with 6 other people - Steve (the big boss), Steve (Ops Manager), Steve (Quality), Lynley (General Admin), Tom (Customer Service) and Robyn (my boss). Yep, I worked in an office with three people who had the same name. They were good times.

Now, because I spent so much time out on the production floor with my team and I didn’t really have any dealings with external customers, I didn’t need nor want a phone in the office. On the rare occasion that I wanted to make a call, I’d simply use Robyn’s.

I usually rang my girlfriend at about lunchtime for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because I could actually have a break, put my feet up and relax. But, secondly and probably more importantly, the office was almost always empty so I could do all that lovey dovey sickly sweet chat that young lovers do. This day was one of those times when the office was empty except for one person. Robyn, my boss.

When I came in the door of our office, I noticed two things almost immediately. The first thing was that Robyn’s (our) phone was off the hook and sitting on her desk, and the second was that Robyn was standing at Steve the Ops Manager’s desk, using that phone. She had her back to me and was talking to someone, but I wasn’t listening to what she was saying. At least, not yet.

When Robyn heard me walk in behind her, she spun around towards me, pointed at her desk and simply said “Quickly. Listen to that.”

I thought it was a bit odd at the time that Robyn would be making two phone calls at once, but she was probably on the phone to a call centre or something and was listening to hold music and then had to make a second, more important phone call. As I sat down at her desk and picked up the handset of our phone, I remember thinking to myself that I wouldn’t get a chance to call my girlfriend because now I’m stuck here trying to keep my boss happy by listening to hold music.

The only problem was, it wasn’t hold music that I started to hear when I put the handset to my ear.

What I heard was the sounds of someone screaming in absolute agony.

(To be continued…)

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2016-04-04 09:40:42 (31 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

The Phone Call from Hell

Another exciting(?) adventure from my life.

Now that I have time on my hands in between jobs (cough), I'm going to get back into a little bit of writing. I was telling someone the story recently about this phone call from about 20 years ago, and I realised that I'd never actually written down the story. I'd told it many times, but never written it.

So, it's going to be written and added to this overly small collection - (Mostly) True Stories.

Who's excited? :)

The Phone Call from Hell

Another exciting(?) adventure from my life.

Now that I have time on my hands in between jobs (cough), I'm going to get back into a little bit of writing. I was telling someone the story recently about this phone call from about 20 years ago, and I realised that I'd never actually written down the story. I'd told it many times, but never written it.

So, it's going to be written and added to this overly small collection - (Mostly) True Stories.

Who's excited? :)___

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2016-03-30 05:40:54 (28 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

The Pixel C

Aka: The Diary of a Madman.

Despite the bad press it had received, I got my paws on this bad boy back in January. At the time, I wondered why it would be receiving such bad reviews. Now, after using it almost exclusively for more than two months, I'm convinced that the majority of bloggers and wanna-be journalists either don't have a clue, don't give a device enough time, or are just damn lazy and regurgitate what everyone else is saying.

Sure, it had its issues. The annoying extra characters which would randomly appear when typing existed for me - mostly the e key for me but others had issues with the space bar or, more annoyingly, backspace. But, they were fixed long ago by a software update. Of course, the argument is that the issue shouldn't have existed in the first place. Granted, but it's not like the Bluetooth stack is the most... more »

The Pixel C

Aka: The Diary of a Madman.

Despite the bad press it had received, I got my paws on this bad boy back in January. At the time, I wondered why it would be receiving such bad reviews. Now, after using it almost exclusively for more than two months, I'm convinced that the majority of bloggers and wanna-be journalists either don't have a clue, don't give a device enough time, or are just damn lazy and regurgitate what everyone else is saying.

Sure, it had its issues. The annoying extra characters which would randomly appear when typing existed for me - mostly the e key for me but others had issues with the space bar or, more annoyingly, backspace. But, they were fixed long ago by a software update. Of course, the argument is that the issue shouldn't have existed in the first place. Granted, but it's not like the Bluetooth stack is the most robust thing on any device, right?

Then, there's Android N. It's in beta testing for the Pixel C, and the three latest Nexus devices. I ran it on both my Pixel C and Nexus 6P for a while, but have reverted back to Marshmallow on the 6P for the foreseeable future. N has plenty of goodness, the most exciting of which is - apparently - split screen. Whilst I see the advantage, I've always preferred full screen for my apps. But, from what I've read it will make the world more productive by having Hangouts and Google Plus side by side. Totes amazeballs. Shame you can't have a YouTube video playing and then click away to something else - but I guess that will be fixed in an update.

Should you buy one? That depends. I got it to replace pen and paper and a windows laptop. I spend a lot of time in meetings with Clients and take a lot of notes, but being able to find a note later on is troublesome with hand written notes. By using the C and Google Docs, the search key is just a button press away and I can find notes from years ago instantly. In regards to the windows laptop, the one I was using was large and very heavy and so replacing it with the C was a dream come true for me. The only downside was when it came time to do a software demonstration, because the C doesn't utilise USB-C to HDMI (yet!). That meant I was stuck with hooking up a Google Cast - not the most efficient device to present with. But, it worked and looked a little bit funky anyway.

I'm very glad this is my only device now. It's amazing how quickly one can take on a new way of doing things when it's forced upon you.

TL;DR - it's not for everyone, but it's definitely for me. ___

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2016-03-22 09:37:37 (15 comments; 7 reshares; 61 +1s; )Open 

Australia's Animals Re-imagined

Oh look. The British are trying to humour.

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#Australia #downunder

Also via +Lady Fran W​ on Farcebook

The folks at the UK TV channel, Dave, have taken it upon themselves to rename some of our iconic animals - our favourite is Vertical Boxing Horse, with Treefloof coming a close second.___Australia's Animals Re-imagined

Oh look. The British are trying to humour.

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#Australia #downunder

Also via +Lady Fran W​ on Farcebook

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2016-03-18 12:06:37 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

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2016-03-16 04:00:24 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Happy Birthday, CSIRO

100 Years young, and still going strong!

100 years ago today, March 16, then Prime Minister Billy Hughes changed our nation forever when he established the Advisory Council of Science and Industry, a body we recognise today as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Today, 100 years later, six key CSIRO technologies contribute $5 billion to the Australian economy each year. These techonologies are:

- Longwall automated mining;
- Opticool/BuildingIQ (technology that reduces building heating and cooling expenses by 10–30%)
- Aquaculture feed and breeding techniques;
- Cotton production (breeding, and pest and harvest management that have led to the highest cotton yields in the world);
- Absorbant materials (used prolifically for nappies); and
- Water resource assessment.more »

Happy Birthday, CSIRO

100 Years young, and still going strong!

100 years ago today, March 16, then Prime Minister Billy Hughes changed our nation forever when he established the Advisory Council of Science and Industry, a body we recognise today as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Today, 100 years later, six key CSIRO technologies contribute $5 billion to the Australian economy each year. These techonologies are:

- Longwall automated mining;
- Opticool/BuildingIQ (technology that reduces building heating and cooling expenses by 10–30%)
- Aquaculture feed and breeding techniques;
- Cotton production (breeding, and pest and harvest management that have led to the highest cotton yields in the world);
- Absorbant materials (used prolifically for nappies); and
- Water resource assessment.

The CSIRO is more-famous for its past inventions. Heard of Wi-Fi? Aerogard? Radar? Here's some more....

Fast Wireless LAN (WiFi Hotspots)
Five CSIRO scientists – Dr John O'Sullivan, Dr Terry Percival, Mr Diet Ostry, Mr Graham Daniels and Mr John Deane – invented wireless LAN technology, these days known as WiFi.

Airspace and airport traffic software
Total Airspace and Airport Modelling (TAAM) simulation software was first developed within CSIRO and spun-off into The Preston Group; later acquired by Boeing.

Polymer (plastic) banknotes
CSIRO invented plastic (polymer) banknotes, a world-first at the time, which are now exported to 25 countries with more than 3 billion notes currently in circulation.

Flu Vaccine
The world's first effective influenza treatment, called Relenza, was invented by the CSIRO in 1987.

Extended-wear contact lenses
As part of an international collaboration, the CSIRO developed extended-wear soft contact lenses which could be worn up to 30 continuous nights.

Softly washing liquid
After claims that woollen blankets that were used in hospitals could not be laundered at the high temperatures (80C) used for other hospital textiles, as they would harbour infectious agents, CSIRO Scientist Tom Pressley showed that the claim was without foundation, then went on to develop a shrink-proofing process that enabled woollen blankets to be washed at elevated temperatures. That washing liquid is still on-sale in supermarkets today, called Softly.

Radar
During World War II, the CSIRO sent Australia's most qualified scientist, David Martyn, to Britain on a secret mission to be given the entire details of a radar project. By 1941 it was developed to scan the skies for planes.
Equipment was sent to Darwin in early 1942 and was still being installed, only days from completion, when Darwin was bombed by Japanese planes.

Aerogard insect repellent
Initially invented as part of research for protecting troops from malaria in the 1940s, CSIRO's insect repellent shot to fame when it was used to help keep flies off Queen Elizabeth II on a visit to Australia in 1963.

Despite efforts by our former Federal Government to remove funding from the CSIRO, it's clear that Science and Australia belong hand-in-hand.

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#australia #downunder #csiro #inventions #happybirthday #science___

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2016-03-14 05:26:25 (23 comments; 18 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

An Australian Government Initiative

#LookUpAndLive

You've been warned enough by me. If you come to Australia and don't heed the warnings, then you deserve to die a horrible death.

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#australia #dropbears

An Australian Government Initiative

#LookUpAndLive

You've been warned enough by me. If you come to Australia and don't heed the warnings, then you deserve to die a horrible death.

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#australia #dropbears___

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2016-03-10 00:45:41 (34 comments; 4 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Swimming in Australia

Now with added 8-legged goodness

Just when you thought it was safe to go swimming to get yourself away from those pesky little 8-legged guys, along comes the Dolomedes briangreenei. This bad boy can swim, but you can also take him fishing with you without a rod. He'll catch the fish for you.

You're welcome, arachnophobes!

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#australia

A new species of spider, Dolomedes briangreenei, which likes to swim and catch fish, has been discovered in Queensland.

It is named after physicist and World Science Festival co-founder, Brian Greene, Professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk unveiled the spider to Professor Green in Brisbane today at the opening of the inaugural World Science Festival.

The Brisbane spider is about the size of the palm of a hand and uses vibrations on the surface of the water, or waves, to navigate and find prey.

It eats fish, frogs and tadpoles and the introduced cane toad, making a significant contribution to the management of the pest.

The spiders are also good swimmers, usually working from the sides of pools and off rocks. They can also been seen sculling across the surface with their two middle pairs of legs.

When disturbed or hauling in captured fish, they will plunge through the surface of the water and swim quickly to hide on the bottom.

#spider #science #awesome #Australia #straya
Via +Kai TechnoLust​

___Swimming in Australia

Now with added 8-legged goodness

Just when you thought it was safe to go swimming to get yourself away from those pesky little 8-legged guys, along comes the Dolomedes briangreenei. This bad boy can swim, but you can also take him fishing with you without a rod. He'll catch the fish for you.

You're welcome, arachnophobes!

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

#australia

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2016-03-08 06:15:07 (28 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

I haz a booboo

Nobody tell +Jedi​

I popped in to my local pet store to get You Know Who some munchies, and I had to say hello to all the puppies. One of them got a lot more excited about it than the others, and decided to latch on. I learned two things.

1. Puppy's teeth are really sharp.
2. The staff take it very seriously.

I was going to let it go, but they wanted to make sure I disinfected it and then put a band aid on it. I only agreed once they told me they have kiddie band aids.

So there .

I haz a booboo

Nobody tell +Jedi​

I popped in to my local pet store to get You Know Who some munchies, and I had to say hello to all the puppies. One of them got a lot more excited about it than the others, and decided to latch on. I learned two things.

1. Puppy's teeth are really sharp.
2. The staff take it very seriously.

I was going to let it go, but they wanted to make sure I disinfected it and then put a band aid on it. I only agreed once they told me they have kiddie band aids.

So there .___

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2016-03-01 04:25:02 (11 comments; 2 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Australia's Slovenian-proof Fence

Stop the Slovaks!!!

Good advice, +CNN​.

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Australia's Slovenian-proof Fence

Stop the Slovaks!!!

Good advice, +CNN​.

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

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2016-02-14 07:57:50 (17 comments; 2 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Happy Valentine's Day, Ladies

I bought you flours.

#doingitright

Happy Valentine's Day, Ladies

I bought you flours.

#doingitright___

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2016-02-04 22:00:22 (35 comments; 28 reshares; 91 +1s; )Open 

Scoobystralia

What's seen cannot be unseen!

We've all seen the Dog Head / Cat Head map of #Australia. If you haven't, it's here (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/NKFTNU7Txof)

Well, someone has taken it to a whole new level.

Australia is really Scooby Doo!

Happy Friday

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via +Julie Wills

Possible OP - https://goo.gl/G81iKw

Scoobystralia

What's seen cannot be unseen!

We've all seen the Dog Head / Cat Head map of #Australia. If you haven't, it's here (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/NKFTNU7Txof)

Well, someone has taken it to a whole new level.

Australia is really Scooby Doo!

Happy Friday

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

via +Julie Wills

Possible OP - https://goo.gl/G81iKw___

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2016-01-31 23:23:32 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

AUSTRALIANISM: noun (Oss-tray-lee-ah-niz-im)

A term referring to something quintessentially Australian!

What other Australianisms do you know and use?

via +St.George Bank Australia​

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AUSTRALIANISM: noun (Oss-tray-lee-ah-niz-im)

A term referring to something quintessentially Australian!

What other Australianisms do you know and use?

via +St.George Bank Australia​

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

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2016-01-25 09:14:49 (11 comments; 10 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

26th January 2016. A day to celebrate... er... Australia?

Why, it's only been 245 years, 9 months, and 6 days since Captain Cook first spotted Australia.

And only 245 years and 8 months, 3 weeks and 6 days since he landed!

It's been 245 years, 5 months and 4 days since Cook claimed the continent for the British Crown.

228 years, 1 week and 1 day ago, the First Fleet landed in Botany Bay. (8 days later they packed up and moved to the next harbour north)

Only 115 years, 3 weeks and 4 days ago, the various colonies on the continent voted themselves into the country we know and love today. Australia

And a mere 29 years, 10 months, 3 weeks and 2 days ago, Australia gained full independence from the UK (ignoring for the moment the conflict of interest inherent in Elizabeth Windsor being the head of state of both ;)
... more »

26th January 2016. A day to celebrate... er... Australia?

Why, it's only been 245 years, 9 months, and 6 days since Captain Cook first spotted Australia.

And only 245 years and 8 months, 3 weeks and 6 days since he landed!

It's been 245 years, 5 months and 4 days since Cook claimed the continent for the British Crown.

228 years, 1 week and 1 day ago, the First Fleet landed in Botany Bay. (8 days later they packed up and moved to the next harbour north)

Only 115 years, 3 weeks and 4 days ago, the various colonies on the continent voted themselves into the country we know and love today. Australia

And a mere 29 years, 10 months, 3 weeks and 2 days ago, Australia gained full independence from the UK (ignoring for the moment the conflict of interest inherent in Elizabeth Windsor being the head of state of both ;)

How time flies.

Happy Australia Day for tmrw, one and all.

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#Australia #downunder #oz #australiaday___

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2016-01-13 09:00:23 (91 comments; 4 reshares; 50 +1s; )Open 

This is a tale about a 12yo boy

Over the Christmas break, I was at a party when I overheard this young fella telling a couple of his mates that he had his Instagram account hacked.

Being the resident geek among family and friends, I spoke with his mum about it. "Yep," she said. "We've barred him from social media until we figure out what to do". She asked me if there was anything that could be done to get the account back and/or to make his accounts more secure for the future. So, a couple of days later I sat the kid down and had a chat with him. This is what I found out.....

1. His account wasn't actually hacked
2. He regularly uses "cheat" apps to get more followers (typically bots)
3. His password was extremely guessable. I guessed it by asking him a few basic questions.

I'd like to talk about... more »

This is a tale about a 12yo boy

Over the Christmas break, I was at a party when I overheard this young fella telling a couple of his mates that he had his Instagram account hacked.

Being the resident geek among family and friends, I spoke with his mum about it. "Yep," she said. "We've barred him from social media until we figure out what to do". She asked me if there was anything that could be done to get the account back and/or to make his accounts more secure for the future. So, a couple of days later I sat the kid down and had a chat with him. This is what I found out.....

1. His account wasn't actually hacked
2. He regularly uses "cheat" apps to get more followers (typically bots)
3. His password was extremely guessable. I guessed it by asking him a few basic questions.

I'd like to talk about these in a bit more detail, but in reverse order.

Number 3 - Passwords
As I said, I guessed the boy's password just by asking him a few questions. As it turns out, his password was the name of his favourite singer.

Once I got it right, I asked him where else he used the password. It was also the unlock password for his phone, the password he uses for his Playstation account and also his Google account.

Needless to say, this is not an ideal situation. But, it got me thinking of Joe User and the passwords in use by everyday people.

It's been a long, long time since I had a password which I used on more than one service. I also use LastPass to manage my passwords, and have an extremely complex password to login to it, which I change monthly. With the most-recent update, Lastpass now accepts a fingerprint instead of the Master Password - I use that as the fingerprint scanner on my Nexus 6P is pretty good.

But, Joe User. If you think about it, your average man or woman in the street needs a password for: Work PC (which, hopefully, includes Single Sign-On for email and as many other internal systems as possible), Personal Email account, Social media account(s). That's, at an absolute minimum, three passwords which need to be remembered. Reality would show, however, that it would be a lot more. For example, in an article from Sophos last year, they suggested that the average user has nineteen passwords. That seems quite high so let's assume it's somewhere in the middle. Let's say 10.

Are ten different passwords really that hard to remember, people?

Number 2 - Fake Followers
Why oh why would anyone want to install an app on their smartphone or computer which has the sole purpose of giving you a bunch of fake followers? Sure, yeah, I get that having a lot of followers gives the impression of being popular, but is this really the way to go? Are people really that superficial that they have to have fake followers instead of real people just to make them look popular?

I look at myself on Google Plus. I have about 19,000 followers but there's no possible way that all 19,000 of them are "real". There's some bots, of course, and there'd be people who are no longer active on Google Plus. But, frankly, I honestly don't care if I get another follower. Ever. I'd like to think I've built (and been a part of) a following of a few hundred core people who enjoy what I share and will reshare, +1 and, most importantly, comment on that content. Beyond that, I really don't care. Having hundreds of thousands of followers has done nothing more to people than give them the impression that they're popular/important, and also to destroy their overalll Google Plus experience with "lol", "hi" and "cool" comments. If the comments on my stream were nothing except that, then yeah I'd be pretty upset (and no, that is NOT a challenge haha)

Google Plus has had its fair share of gaming as well. Those stupid shared circles thing where completely useless - very different to the Advance Australia Share initiative I ran a couple of times where I wanted to get some new Aussies to follow so I asked you to make recommendations. Yes, I shared the circle in case anyone else wanted it but it was never my motivation to turn it into an ongoing "reshare this if you want to be included next time" thing.

So, Instagram has a thing where you can game followers that simply? No wonder I don't use it.

Number 1 - Hacking
The young boy, as I said above, wasn't actually hacked. What happened was that he saw something on Instagram about getting more followers by going to a website and logging in with his Instagram (Facebook?) credentials. Once that was done, the post on Instagram said you'd get "thousands more followers*.

So, off he went to said website.

A little while later - I don't know exactly when - he got a message on Instagram saying that he had been logged out. He tried to log back in using the same password, all to no avail.

"I've been hacked", he kept saying.

No, knucklehead, you haven't. You gave someone else your password, they logged in and changed it, effectively stealing your account.

That's not hacking. That's being a stupid 12 year old kid.

When did "social engineering" become known as "hacking"?___

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2016-01-12 00:33:20 (57 comments; 16 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

The Population of Australia
 
Yes, it's as inhospitable as we say it is.
 
Take a look at the attached image, a map of #Australia from the 2011 Census: 50% (11 million people) of the Australian population are shown in red, residing in about 3000 suburbs. The other 11 million are blue. The silver background was unpopulated sparsely populated (h/t +Melanie Avion​) during the census.
 
Think about that for a moment.
 
Let it sink in.
 
NOW do you realise why no one goes "walkabout" in the Outback?
 
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HiRes Source image: https://imgur.com/lf7An8g

The Population of Australia
 
Yes, it's as inhospitable as we say it is.
 
Take a look at the attached image, a map of #Australia from the 2011 Census: 50% (11 million people) of the Australian population are shown in red, residing in about 3000 suburbs. The other 11 million are blue. The silver background was unpopulated sparsely populated (h/t +Melanie Avion​) during the census.
 
Think about that for a moment.
 
Let it sink in.
 
NOW do you realise why no one goes "walkabout" in the Outback?
 
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2016-01-10 09:48:58 (25 comments; 3 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

Finally, a plan

Australian ingenuity?

2016 has begun how 2015 ended, with floods and fire across the country.

Maybe it's time to use some of our ingenuity and come up with a plan like the attached image. I mean, if we can invent WiFi then surely we can do something like this?

Whats your thoughts? What can we do to stop Mother Nature being such a heartless bitch?

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

Finally, a plan

Australian ingenuity?

2016 has begun how 2015 ended, with floods and fire across the country.

Maybe it's time to use some of our ingenuity and come up with a plan like the attached image. I mean, if we can invent WiFi then surely we can do something like this?

Whats your thoughts? What can we do to stop Mother Nature being such a heartless bitch?

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

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