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Lerato Majikfaerie has been at 18 events

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Ingress4,299,6144PM Group Photo @ Pirrama Park (pin location); 11-15 Pirrama Road 5PM Measurement 1 Pyrmont Wharves 6PM Measurement 2 Darling Harbour 7pm Measurement 3 Millers Point 8PM Measurement 4 The Rocks 8:30PM Afterparty @ Cafe Chicane; 20 Bond Street.   All times are local. *Please note that in order to attend this XM Anomaly, you MUST register and order your tickets here in order to receive an Abaddon in-app medal:* http://events.ingress.com/xmanomalies/abaddon/sydney This event is a part of the #Abaddon Anomaly Series, spanning the globe in over 28 cities. The world around you is not what it seems.  Statues, public art, and historical sites have been activated as Ingress Portals.  XM Anomalies are free player events that bring together hundreds of Resistance and Enlightened Agents of all Levels for an intense burst of walking, running, and biking gameplay.  Find your faction leaders for this event at: https://goo.gl/3rpQKT Sydney Details Clusters: https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=-33.864201,151.200889&z=14 Cluster Portals (text): https://goo.gl/bmQNNJ IQTech Rules and Scoring Details: https://goo.gl/Wb8KDj MEASUREMENT TIMES: The Measurement Times below are in CST, China Standard Time. This Satellite Anomaly runs in sync with the NEW TAIPEI CITY Primary Anomaly. Measurement 1: 14:00 Measurement 2: 15:00 Measurement 3: 16:00 Measurement 4: 17:00#Abaddon XM Anomaly Satellite Sydney, Australia2015-11-14 16:00:00143  
Ingress4,299,614*Anomaly Schedule (times in JST/GMT+9 in-sync with Sendai Primary Site):* Measurement 1: 13:30 Measurement 2: 14:30 Measurement 3: 15:30 Measurement 4: 16:30 The world around you is not what it seems. Statues, public art, and historical sites have been activated as Ingress Portals. XM Anomalies are free player events that bring together hundreds of Resistance and Enlightened Agents of all Levels for an intense burst of walking, running, and biking gameplay. After the Anomaly, Agents rendezvous at the Cross-Faction Meetup to celebrate and meet new recruits. It’s time to move. New to Anomalies? We were all Level 1 once. Here are pro-tips to help you get started: 1. When planning to go to an Anomaly, reach out to your local RES or ENL lead. Find your local Faction lead (http://goo.gl/u56G6w). 2. Focus efforts on building rather than destroying by deploying Resonators and establishing Links and Fields.#Persepolis XM Anomaly Satellite: Perth, AU2015-06-20 11:30:00384  
Ingress4,299,614Measurement Times are in-sync with the Kyoto Primary Site (GMT+9): 2PM (GMT+9) Measurement 1 3PM (GMT+9) Measurement 2 4PM (GMT+9) Measurement 3 5PM (GMT+9) Measurement 4 Clusters 1-4: http://goo.gl/bMnx0G Primary: Kyoto, JP http://goo.gl/Xmsv5W Remote: Adelaide, AU http://goo.gl/ca5Kzc Remote: Christchurch, NZ http://goo.gl/LpqeWm Remote: Guangzhou, CN http://goo.gl/rynGPy Primary: Hanover, DE http://goo.gl/fR4Mzw  Remote: Cardiff, UK http://goo.gl/EFqXQC Remote: Reykjavik, IS http://goo.gl/znnK7o Remote: Yekaterinburg, RU http://goo.gl/Rm0aLB Primary: Pasadena, CA, US http://goo.gl/5fg6IT  Remote: Denver, CO, US http://goo.gl/sCq6sR Remote: Lima, PE http://goo.gl/S2oL6A Remote: Orlando, FL, US http://goo.gl/fKXNzH #Shonin  XM Anomaly Satellite: Adelaide, AU2015-03-28 14:30:00362  
Science on Google+822,039The American Arachnological Society Conference is right around the corner and this year’s conference is being hosted by @116139679307670875382 at @112087710053841939824. The conference sponsors a great lineup of speakers (see details below) for their annual public event, “Casual Night with Arachnids”, and @105917944266111687812 will stream these presentations on Google+ in a Hangout On Air. Each talk will be approximately 10 – 12 minutes and there will be time to ask each presenter questions. Google+ members can submit questions using the Q & A app or by posting questions on the event post (http://goo.gl/knJbyX). RSVP “yes” if you want to add this event to your Google calendar. Anyone can view this event live or watch the archived youtube video; however, individuals not using Google+ will have to submit questions to @spiderprofessor on twitter. Please use the hashtag #arachnids14 . *Sharing on other social networks* Please use this link (http://goo.gl/knJbyX) if you want to share this event via email or on other social networks. *Do you live in the Columbus area?* The event is open to the public and will be in the Reese Center at 1209 University Dr, Newark, OH 43055. See more details about the event here: https://u.osu.edu/arachnids/ *List of Presentations*  Times below are in EST. 7:00 – 7:20pm, Doug Gaffin, *Mind-melding a scorpion*. 7:20 – 7:40pm, Cara Shillington, *Male versus wild: Radio-tracking tarantulas*. 7:40 – 8:00pm, Bob Suter, *Messing with time—see the invisible, hear the inaudible*. 8:00 – 8:20pm, George Uetz & Dave Clark, *Avatar 2.0: Digital imaging and (virtual) spider communication*. 8:20 – 8:40pm, Rick Vetter, *Mythconceptions of the brown recluse spider in Ohio*. 8:40 – 9:00pm, Joe Warfel, *Getting together with family: Spiders and their Relatives*. *Abstracts* _Douglas Gaffin, PhD (Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma)_ *Mind-melding a scorpion*. Scorpions are secretive, mysterious, and patient animals. What are they thinking as they wait for hours in their burrows? Although we can’t answer that yet, we can use a trick called electrophysiology to listen in to their nerve cells and to get a sense of what they perceive. It looks like mad science, but I will lead you through the maze of equipment we use, demystifying the process and explaining how easy and useful it actually is. _Cara Shillington, PhD (Department of Biology, Eastern Michigan University)_ *Male versus wild: Radio-tracking tarantulas*. Despite their notoriety and popularity in the pet trade, surprisingly little is known about tarantulas in their natural environment.  Where do they go and what do they do when they’re free of the glassy confines of your home aquarium? I will discuss many aspects of their life history and behavior both in captivity and in the wild.  Compared to most other arthropods, these animals are exceedingly long-lived (surviving 15 years or more in some cases).  Females remain in burrows for much of their lives, but matuScience HOAs2014-06-23 01:00:0078  
Hanna Silver32,547@110051010103763256318 is a band consisting of @106684055695094351492 and @117660482641811999814 . A crowd funding campaign is being run to release their new album at http://pozible.com/tpos . If we get 25 supporters by Saturday 1.30pm (Melbourne time), Hanna will do a special crab dance to one of the new Prince Of Seagulls songs! $10 gets you a digital download of the album. $20 gets you the CD mailed to you. Plus more perks for high rollers!Hanna dances for The Prince Of Seagulls crowd funding campaign!2014-05-31 05:30:0038  
Ingress4,299,614Join Niantic Labs' @113686253941057080055 at The Plough Inn in Brisbane. All Agents are welcome. Share your Scanner suggestions, and meet local Agents face to face. For new recruits: Ingress transforms the real world into a global "game." Get it on Google Play at http://goo.gl/9k3aKF #Ingress  Cross-Faction Meetup at The Plough Inn, Brisbane2014-05-21 18:00:0031  
Ingress4,299,614Measurement Times in sync with Melbourne (13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 AEST). *MAY 17:*  Melbourne http://goo.gl/BFg59R  Kansas City http://goo.gl/5iBAod  SATELLITE SITES  Auckland http://goo.gl/9OFc4b  Brisbane http://goo.gl/u7XBFZ  Cheyenne http://goo.gl/WD2eJm  Sioux Falls http://goo.gl/BSS5ov  #Interitus  #Interitus XM Anomaly Satellite Site: Brisbane2014-05-17 12:00:00264  
Ingress4,299,614*ANOMALY SCHEDULE:*  12:00 Group photo and Operation Readiness Packs at Parliament  13:00 M1  14:00 M2  15:00 M3  16:00 M4  16:30 - 18:30 Cross-Faction Meetup at Perseverance *MAY 17:*  Melbourne http://goo.gl/BFg59R  Kansas City http://goo.gl/5iBAod  SATELLITE SITES  Auckland http://goo.gl/9OFc4b  Brisbane http://goo.gl/u7XBFZ  Cheyenne http://goo.gl/WD2eJm  Sioux Falls http://goo.gl/BSS5ov  #Interitus  #Interitus XM Anomaly Primary Site: Melbourne2014-05-17 11:30:00499  
UN Women139,834How can we recognize, redistribute and reduce the unequal burden of unpaid care work on women and girls?2014-05-07 15:48:187  
Project HEAL128,129Join Project HEAL co-founders +Liana Rosenman  and Kristina Saffran, along with additional members of Project HEAL including: Executive Director +Sara Brody  Advisory Board member Benjamin O’Keefe, Utah chapter leader +Ali Hougnou, and more -as we share our personal experiences and advice on eating disorder recovery during the holiday season. We will also talk about our non-profit Project HEAL, upcoming events/activities, and how you can get involved! Project HEAL- Holiday Hangout On Air!2013-12-20 23:30:0067  
Science on Google+822,039*Isaac Newton's Birthday is on Christmas* Join us in a Newton-inspired holiday physics hangout with rockstar physicist +Henry Reich of +MinutePhysics and +MinuteEarth  and brilliant ballerina biologist +Carin Bondar of +National Geographic, +Scientific American and host of Wild Sex, a science show about the strange reproductive habits of the animal kingdom. She knows how the world gets physical. +Veritasium  AKA +Derek Muller may pop in.  We hear there may even be more special guests so you should probably go ahead and RSVP yes to join the lively conversation. BYOB. Hosted by +Amy Robinson of +Science on Google+ .Happy Newtonmas Hangout2013-12-19 00:00:00143  
Jens Spaniel1,210Many agents gave their best. We gave our best! And what seem to be impossible... It become happen! We read already many report and the next days there will be more reports. But many of you do not like writing reports. But you took photos. Or you have one, two sentence to say what you experienced. Do please share this. And add your photos and what you did and experienced and leave a comment here! Thank you all. Nobody could imagine how much this event gave to us! #Unight8 #U8Completed *Edit* @113529487051291050537 will use some of your photos and comments for our official report. So we can help her when you add a comment to your photo where you leave some information, especially the place where it was taken. You can also share screenshots. But keep in mind: as I heard there should exist some (brilliant) tools which show some maps. But Niantic does not like these tools.... ;-)Unight8 Share your experience!2013-11-16 00:00:00700  
Julia Robertson9,995*Where:* See map :) http://goo.gl/maps/10EgE *Updated Map* *Who:* You! Photographers of all skill and levels. From beginners to pros. What if you only have a phone camera? YES! you too! *Why:* To celebrate the two year anniversary of Google+ by those of us in the G+ photo community. To hang out with other fun Google+ photographers. To SHARE MORE PHOTOS! To meet new and interesting people. *Cost:* All Free! The best things in life are free right?  *The finer details* If you are catching public transport we are starting at Roma Street Parkland's (Roma Street Station) and are finishing at The south bank side of the Good Will bridge (South Bank Station) alternately you can park at either end and catch the train back to your car. There is parking at both ends of the walk. We will start the walk at 1pm from the Waterfall at the parklands. Those who wish to arrive earlier and take advantage of the extra tme are more than welcome to. If there are enough people interested a sausage sizzle can be arranged for 11:30am behind the waterfall. We aim to be on the Goodwill Bridge by 4:45pm to take advantage of the sun set. There are a lot of places at the end of the walk for coffee food etc. If you have any questions please do If you would be interested in the sausage sizzle please contact me directly. *The categories for this years Photo Contest are:* Macro  Wildlife  Portrait  Landscape  Architecture  Black & White  Sunrise/Sunset  Photo Contest Rules: Entries are ONLY open to participants in one of the listed G+ Anniversary Photowalks on June 29th. The photo must have been taken during your photowalk and you can not enter it in more than one category.G + 2 Year Anniversary photowalk Brisbane2013-06-29 13:00:0036  
The LittleBigFund109,720Join one of three LGBT organizations we're featuring for July to discuss their story, their strategy and their difficulties. Read their story over on our website :: http://bit.ly/13I7U12 :: and then come here to ask questions that we'll answer live on air.  This is your chance to get to know the organizations your donations can help. We value transparency, openness, and want to give you the opportunity to make informed decisions about how to help the world around you. So go ahead! What do you want to know about the Q Center's SMYRC?The story of the Q Center's SMYRC2013-06-22 01:00:009  
Google for Nonprofits2,218,727In partnership with Google+, join us for a hangout celebration on World Water Day, March 22nd at 10:30 am PST! This year we are focused on raising awareness for the 780 million people that do not have access to clean water -- and what we can do together to solve the water crisis.              The hangout will feature representatives from +charity: water, +Water.org, +Water For People, +WaterAid, +PEOPLE WATER, +WHOLE WORLD Water, and be moderated by YouTube Star +Justine Ezarik. The participants will be discussing the water crisis at large, and how we can take action. #WorldWaterDay2013World Water Day Google+ Hangout Celebration2013-03-22 18:30:00470  
Virtual Photo Walks™5,179,043+Virtual Photo Walks™ at  Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary with +Michael Tucker showing us the Lorekeets feeding, the Koalas, Kangaroos/Wallabys and maybe we can find the resident crocodile.This is a hangout on air. Thursday at 5pm Eastern Time USA events glitch? It has been reported.  With hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary provides a rare opportunity to see and experience amazing native wildlife. Currumbin Wildlife Park, Gold Coast, Australia2013-03-08 08:00:00119  
Paul Roustan46,214Some of you guessed correctly the model I'll be painting this Thursday... +Jessi June!  Hooray! I know the 11am EST start time is strange because most americans will be at work, but guess what? So, will Jessi and I... at least some of you Europeans will finally get to view one of these body paint hangouts in the evening.  *WARNING* There will be nudity. So this is not for the faint of heart. Oh, and gamers, just wait until you see what I paint on her :) I will be posting the On Air Hangout here when the url is available. p.s. this is my first time trying the _Event_ setup dealy. My apologies if you get unwanted notifications.NSFW Body Painting JESSI JUNE Live On Air NSFW2013-02-28 17:00:00861  
Carra Riley55,084Help celebrate International Peace Day September 21, 2012 Post your photos of peace on this event and share the concept of World Peace....EASY..... just go up to "add photo" and post your photo of peace.   #PeaceDay Then tell your circles to come over and share too! Google+ friends sponsoring this event @111983961140937248134  Canada   @116905863525318361853   Arizona @117978225340034837729  Chicagoland Illinois @107463194690369779643  Florida  @108210288375340023376  Colorado   @113129299593678810557   Israel  @110314870942359593103  France @106049828009478130206  California  @107958599012052618167   Kansas City, Missouri  @103236949470535942612  Switzerland  @103698889037599783920  from midwest USA and @107617466014078748111  from Rhode Island USA @108274011286866375808  from Malaysia is helping with creating the final #peaceday  Circles   Thank you Vince!   @110314870942359593103 from #France  is personal friends with the Founder of @114229915466266170391  and the actual person who got the UN to recognize #PeaceDay  in 2002, Jeremy Gilley. There will be a LIVE from #London  event live streaming on youtube on the actual Peace Day, Friday, September 21, 2012.   Less than 5 hours away.... attend #PeaceDay with the founder Jeremy Gilley  Be part of the live streaming from London: "....headline performance from Elton John in his only London show this year plus performances from James Morrison, 2CELLOS and introductions by Peace One Day founder, Jeremy Gilley, Peace One Day Ambassador, Jude Law and Lily Cole. The show is set to be the biggest event of Peace One Day’s groundbreaking 13-year history and you can watch it on our official YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/peaceoneday) and on the @114229915466266170391 page." The UN link shares a bit more about the International Day of Peace also known as #PeaceDay "I urge everyone, between now and 21 September, to think about how they can contribute. Let us work together ...... sustainable development, sustainable peace… and a secure future for all." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPIhF_GRLIQ  UN #peaceday support video!   Much more about the Peace Day and link to all events around the world. http://peaceoneday.org "The International Day of Peace, a.k.a. "Peace Day" provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982........ Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense." *Join in shaPeace Day2012-09-26 09:30:00625  

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2016-01-31 10:46:00 (63 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

And Americans wonder why the rest of the world think they're arrogant and ignorant.
Obviously a massive generalisation, but this really is a very pervasive cultural conditioning - that the USA is the whole world and everyone knows it.

I saw it again and again while I was travelling around the world. Even intelligent, relatively well travelled people, just assuming that everyone knows all the US state capitals and presidents and such, and that everyone speaks English and you can use US dollar bills everywhere.

The USA isn't even the only country in the world whose official name starts with "The United States of" and it's only a small part of America, yet the world is expected to follow along in calling them "The US" like the other United States counties don't count, or "America", like the rest of the continent doesn't count. ... more »

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2016-02-02 03:57:32 (15 comments; 12 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

88 year anniversary of the publication of The Call of Cthulhu
Any time I hear the number 88 I think of 88mph and Back To The Future. But literary classics transcend the space-time continuum.
As established, I'm not much for shoes and I generally think high heels are evil and damage the musculature and skeletal systems... But these are particularly #tentacular

#geekery #cthulhu #lovecraft #shoes

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2016-01-31 12:59:11 (14 comments; 2 reshares; 98 +1s)Open 

Life is a circus act 

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2016-02-08 09:43:21 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

I think I might be sick
This repugnant insult to douchecanoes, whose whole life seems to resolve around posting on social media about how his body is a gift from the gods to mankind and claims to have had an epiphany where he was told by a "soft voice" that his purpose in life was to "bed heavenly blessed beauties"....

Dylan Djohan, 23, on a divine mission to rape women, went on a holiday around the Mediterranean, where he and a couple other guys (Ashwin Kumar, 23, and Waleed Latif, 21) gang raped a woman in Croatia. Apparently he even confessed. And after waiting 7 months for trial, the trio payed what amounts to a $30,000 bribe and were set free, avoiding the 15 year prison sentence they were facing.

Just a couple days after release, boarding his flight back to Australia in an act of obvious contrition, Djohan posted on Instagram about the... more »

I think I might be sick
This repugnant insult to douchecanoes, whose whole life seems to resolve around posting on social media about how his body is a gift from the gods to mankind and claims to have had an epiphany where he was told by a "soft voice" that his purpose in life was to "bed heavenly blessed beauties"....

Dylan Djohan, 23, on a divine mission to rape women, went on a holiday around the Mediterranean, where he and a couple other guys (Ashwin Kumar, 23, and Waleed Latif, 21) gang raped a woman in Croatia. Apparently he even confessed. And after waiting 7 months for trial, the trio payed what amounts to a $30,000 bribe and were set free, avoiding the 15 year prison sentence they were facing.

Just a couple days after release, boarding his flight back to Australia in an act of obvious contrition, Djohan posted on Instagram about the possibility of joining the "mile-high club" with an airline stewardess.

I just can't even. Of course there's fury over this. I don't even want to think about it. I don't want to reshare his photo. But I hope that everyone sees it and women cross the street to avoid him, men shun him, employers throw his portfolio in the recycling... I hope some Australian court finds a way to lock him away.

How do we, as a society, even get to a point where people think this way?

#humanrights #rape #EliminateViolenceAgainstWomen

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2016-02-07 17:19:51 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

It's 4 in the morning...
I can't sleep. I'm far too afraid of sleeping. I'd give a long speech, but I'll just thank my producers who created an environment that nurtured me into feeling that sleep is an unsafe place, and I'll thank my friends who exacerbated the process. Thanks of course to the sociopath. And those who prop the system up.
I couldn't have done it without you.

#PTSD #insomnia 

It's 4 in the morning...
I can't sleep. I'm far too afraid of sleeping. I'd give a long speech, but I'll just thank my producers who created an environment that nurtured me into feeling that sleep is an unsafe place, and I'll thank my friends who exacerbated the process. Thanks of course to the sociopath. And those who prop the system up.
I couldn't have done it without you.

#PTSD #insomnia ___

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2016-02-07 16:01:41 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Read the whole thing. Especially Captain Awkward's response.
As +God Emperor Lionel Lauer​ said, this shit happens all the time. All the time. And it needs to stop

Forget 'no means no' - more important is 'yes means yes, and nothing else means yes'. Get that emphatic yes.

For me the most sticking part of the post is this paragraph:

And keep track of who in your “friend” group says these blame-y kinds of things, and who suddenly turns into an armchair legal expert insisting on “reasonable doubt,” as if the legal standard for a criminal conviction is the only standard you can use in deciding whether to keep having happy hour with the entitled fuckface who assaulted your friend. Once again, I’m sorry, that you’ll now be mentally dividing people you know into “safe people who believe me and understand that what he did waswrong” and “uns... more »

http://captainawkward.com/2016/02/05/822-another-day-another-creepy-dude-who-doesnt-deserve-friends/___Read the whole thing. Especially Captain Awkward's response.
As +God Emperor Lionel Lauer​ said, this shit happens all the time. All the time. And it needs to stop

Forget 'no means no' - more important is 'yes means yes, and nothing else means yes'. Get that emphatic yes.

For me the most sticking part of the post is this paragraph:

And keep track of who in your “friend” group says these blame-y kinds of things, and who suddenly turns into an armchair legal expert insisting on “reasonable doubt,” as if the legal standard for a criminal conviction is the only standard you can use in deciding whether to keep having happy hour with the entitled fuckface who assaulted your friend. Once again, I’m sorry, that you’ll now be mentally dividing people you know into “safe people who believe me and understand that what he did was wrong” and “unsafe people who think it’s okay to grope and assault their friends.” I’m sorry that you will be under social pressure to be “fair” to him and to forgive and forget, when really the right thing for your friend group to do is to say, “Sorry, buddy, you attacked our friend. Bye forever!”

I now live in a world where there are virtually no "safe" people in my real life. Because almost everyone I knew would rather not think about abuse happening in their own community, and definitely not talk about it. They'd rather hang out with a violent abuser than face the reality. Even my own family. It's a very alone place to be (and I can only say 'almost' rather than 'all' because there were 2 or 3 people out of a couple hundred who actually stood up and said “Sorry, buddy, you attacked our friend. Bye forever!”)

#humanrights #EliminateViolenceAgainstWomen #expectrespect #yesmeansyes
Thanks for sharing +Irreverent Monk​

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2016-02-07 14:37:28 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Resharing am old #intrepidtravel post for +Gizmo the Sane​ - you can see the devils swimming pool in the background of the third shot.

The fun part of this - a group of my friends and I decided to sneak into the national park on the full moon at midnight and stay for sunrise. We hiked into the jungle and jumped over a fence. At some a security guard started chasing us and we all scattered. One guy vanished... We were a bit worried but when we got back to camp the next day he was there, rather scratched up from running through acacia groves and climbing over barbed wire.

At some point I walked around a baobab tree and came face to face - or I should say, face to knee, with a wild elephant. That was a terrifying moment; my heart in my throat I backed away very slowly behind the tree and ran away. We all know African elephants are big, but you never really realise just how big untily... more »

[Flashback]
My travels in Africa

I've been in over 50 countries, mostly long-distance overland travel. I hitch-hiked from Indonesia to India, from Cape Town to Cairo, all around Europe. I've travelled with a baby the length of the Pan-Americana from Patagonia to Quebec... So I figure, why not share some travel-nostalgia photos.

These three were taken at the same time, at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, at sunrise on the full moon, July 2001. The first view is looking east, to the sunrise, the second is looking west, to the full moon setting behind a rainbow, and the third is looking north, directly at the falls, with me posing.

The pictures were taken with a kodak disposable camera, printed in Zambia. The photos were scanned some years later.

#travel #Africa #Zimbabwe #VictoriaFalls #photography #nostalgia #flashback___Resharing am old #intrepidtravel post for +Gizmo the Sane​ - you can see the devils swimming pool in the background of the third shot.

The fun part of this - a group of my friends and I decided to sneak into the national park on the full moon at midnight and stay for sunrise. We hiked into the jungle and jumped over a fence. At some a security guard started chasing us and we all scattered. One guy vanished... We were a bit worried but when we got back to camp the next day he was there, rather scratched up from running through acacia groves and climbing over barbed wire.

At some point I walked around a baobab tree and came face to face - or I should say, face to knee, with a wild elephant. That was a terrifying moment; my heart in my throat I backed away very slowly behind the tree and ran away. We all know African elephants are big, but you never really realise just how big until you stumble within arms length of one.

And we watched the sun rise as the moon set, and then hiked back to our camp.
I miss Africa.

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2016-02-07 13:37:09 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Yep. This writer sums it up nicely.
Yay #starwars
Via +stuart richman​

Yep. This writer sums it up nicely.
Yay #starwars
Via +stuart richman​___

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2016-02-07 12:51:03 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 66 +1s)Open 

Today I'm grateful for Shark Girl.
Today is two years since our first date. She took me to a gloworm cave at midnight, with a waterfall flowing from a gap in the roof of the cave.
Clearly this is the right way to woo a faerie.
I'm so very grateful. She's awesome. I bought her a small chilli bush. Because flowers are... Dead. And chillis are tasty.
Shark Girl made a very tasty dinner.
I know it's meant to be three things, but it's been a very long weekend and I'm so exhausted. Besides, this is a big thing, so it counts.

#dailygratitude #3things 

Today I'm grateful for Shark Girl.
Today is two years since our first date. She took me to a gloworm cave at midnight, with a waterfall flowing from a gap in the roof of the cave.
Clearly this is the right way to woo a faerie.
I'm so very grateful. She's awesome. I bought her a small chilli bush. Because flowers are... Dead. And chillis are tasty.
Shark Girl made a very tasty dinner.
I know it's meant to be three things, but it's been a very long weekend and I'm so exhausted. Besides, this is a big thing, so it counts.

#dailygratitude #3things ___

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2016-02-07 04:54:51 (27 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Star Wars lipstick?
I totally understand Star Wars ALL THE THINGS...
I even realise that 35 years ago when the original trilogy came out, there was a load of merchandising, so it's hardly a new thing.

But limited edition Star Wars make up really feels wrong (and it's not marketed as cosplay, but just normal makeup, but 'Star Wars' themed.

And... Rey doesn't even get done up like this! She barely wears any makeup through the whole movie, which is one of the things I really love!! A freakin awesome kick ass female lead who is totally gorgeous with a natural look.

#geekery #starwars #makeup #merchandising

Star Wars lipstick?
I totally understand Star Wars ALL THE THINGS...
I even realise that 35 years ago when the original trilogy came out, there was a load of merchandising, so it's hardly a new thing.

But limited edition Star Wars make up really feels wrong (and it's not marketed as cosplay, but just normal makeup, but 'Star Wars' themed.

And... Rey doesn't even get done up like this! She barely wears any makeup through the whole movie, which is one of the things I really love!! A freakin awesome kick ass female lead who is totally gorgeous with a natural look.

#geekery #starwars #makeup #merchandising___

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2016-02-07 01:57:47 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

I usually take time to look through as many #SpiderSunday offerings as I have time for before I reshare a pick of the week, but this awesome capture by +Kim Sinclair​ is so gorgeous, I deemed it worthy. And I'm a bit busy today.

#spider

Eriophora biapicata 

This garden spider that I found in my eucalyptus tree was well hidden wrapped around the small fork of some branches during the day but at night she spins a web which collects not only insects but also pollen which is a rich source of protein for her when she eats her web at the end of each night. 
The spider recycles 90% of her web in making the next night's web so is very efficient in her use of energy indeed. 

+Spider Sunday  #spidersunday  by +Kimberly Hosey & +Lerato Majikfaerie 

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Vinod Krishnamoorthy +Rinus Bakker and +Vishal Kumar

#macromaniacs  +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann

#Macro4All +Macro4All curated by +Bill Urwin and +Walter Soestbergen 

#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) created by +Sandrine Berjonneau and +*___I usually take time to look through as many #SpiderSunday offerings as I have time for before I reshare a pick of the week, but this awesome capture by +Kim Sinclair​ is so gorgeous, I deemed it worthy. And I'm a bit busy today.

#spider

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2016-02-06 14:57:56 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 50 +1s)Open 

Yesterday a fellow #ingress agent popped over yesterday to bring me a gift - a custom made laser etched perspex agent tag :) even more unique, it's possibly the only green #resistance swag in the world.
Just a little thing, but I feel that little tingle of a smile. It's awesome to feel like there's a wider community out there who care about me, and I've got friends. I'm grateful. It's not easy being green.

More fun times - my car had a flat battery today (apparently Shark Girl didn't realise the interior lights don't all turn off automatically, and she was the last one to drive it... About a week ago. A week running an interior light leaves a car battery dead dead dead). No big deal, I've got roadside assistance premium membership... Only they can sometimes take an hour or two to arrive, so my housemates decided we can jump start it with cables from... more »

Yesterday a fellow #ingress agent popped over yesterday to bring me a gift - a custom made laser etched perspex agent tag :) even more unique, it's possibly the only green #resistance swag in the world.
Just a little thing, but I feel that little tingle of a smile. It's awesome to feel like there's a wider community out there who care about me, and I've got friends. I'm grateful. It's not easy being green.

More fun times - my car had a flat battery today (apparently Shark Girl didn't realise the interior lights don't all turn off automatically, and she was the last one to drive it... About a week ago. A week running an interior light leaves a car battery dead dead dead). No big deal, I've got roadside assistance premium membership... Only they can sometimes take an hour or two to arrive, so my housemates decided we can jump start it with cables from their spare battery. But it didn't work, so it was decided (to my trepidation) that we should try jump starting my car from their car.

In theory it's a logical plan. Only I park my car at the back of the house at the top of a steep muddy, rocky track, the only way to get to it was to push my car a bit and let it roll down the track a bit into the rainforest. Naturally it slipped in the mud, but thankfully didn't go over the edge into the Gully, so I'm grateful to the tree that broke the car's fall.
So there's a small ding and a scratch in my car. But I'm glad to have not rolled into the creek.

Eventually my housemate got his 4wd up and jump cables attached... But after half an hour we still couldn't get it started, gave up and I called the auto club anyway. Eventually the guy came out and he got my car started, but it took a double battery pack and several attempts.
Of course irony would have it that it was the same guy who came out a few weeks ago the last time shark Girl left a light on in the car and got a flat battery and it rolled into the pond.
Anyway, it's all sorted out, for which I'm grateful. And the whole debacle killed some time, which is what we were going out to do anyway.

Hope springs a kernel -- Denny Crane

#dailygratitude #3things ___

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2016-02-06 13:31:39 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

To Taste
If you add enough sugar, anything will be sweet.

Look, recipe, if I knew how much was gonna taste good, I wouldn't need you.
xkcd.com/1639/ #xkcd #sugar #sweet

To Taste
If you add enough sugar, anything will be sweet.

Look, recipe, if I knew how much was gonna taste good, I wouldn't need you.
xkcd.com/1639/ #xkcd #sugar #sweet___

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2016-02-06 08:16:12 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Sage advice. Goes double for faeries

Don't piss off the fairies, Ocean Beach, San Diego
 
#streetphotography___Sage advice. Goes double for faeries

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2016-02-06 07:27:55 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Cake!
Because cake.
And Kidlet's not at all creepy... I'll just back away slowly...

And happy solar return to +Perry Winkle​. have some cake. If you dare.

#cake

Cake!
Because cake.
And Kidlet's not at all creepy... I'll just back away slowly...

And happy solar return to +Perry Winkle​. have some cake. If you dare.

#cake___

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2016-02-06 04:14:36 (29 comments; 1 reshares; 88 +1s)Open 

Cake!
Because cake.
And Kidlet's not at all creepy... I'll just back away slowly...

And happy solar return to +Perry Winkle​. have some cake. If you dare.

#cake

Cake!
Because cake.
And Kidlet's not at all creepy... I'll just back away slowly...

And happy solar return to +Perry Winkle​. have some cake. If you dare.

#cake___

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2016-02-06 01:21:24 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 66 +1s)Open 

Kidlet and her friend deigned to complain of boredom (!) so I suggested they make a cake. Because it will kill an hour, and at the end of it all they'll have a cake.
This was apparently the most incredible idea they'd ever heard!

(in their defence they'd planned a day at the beach and it's currently bucketing torrents of rain, and due to impending storm I unplugged the internet and all the tech things)

#cake

Kidlet and her friend deigned to complain of boredom (!) so I suggested they make a cake. Because it will kill an hour, and at the end of it all they'll have a cake.
This was apparently the most incredible idea they'd ever heard!

(in their defence they'd planned a day at the beach and it's currently bucketing torrents of rain, and due to impending storm I unplugged the internet and all the tech things)

#cake___

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2016-02-05 23:56:50 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

Rediscover this day - 3 years ago.

#GooglePhotos collage of my super awesome Breton Bonnet spirit hood made by +miri dunn​, which only multiplies the awesome. I still wear it often and I still love it so much. And it's got a spoon built in!
Funny, most of these google photos flashbacks come up and I think 'wow is already been three years? I can't believe it's been that long!'... But with this one is the opposite. I think, really? Only 3 years? I know that's right, but I feel like I've always had this hood. I guess it was really made for me. :)
Also, damn, I'm really very green. 

Rediscover this day - 3 years ago.

#GooglePhotos collage of my super awesome Breton Bonnet spirit hood made by +miri dunn​, which only multiplies the awesome. I still wear it often and I still love it so much. And it's got a spoon built in!
Funny, most of these google photos flashbacks come up and I think 'wow is already been three years? I can't believe it's been that long!'... But with this one is the opposite. I think, really? Only 3 years? I know that's right, but I feel like I've always had this hood. I guess it was really made for me. :)
Also, damn, I'm really very green. ___

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2016-02-05 13:06:07 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

Simple things

1. Shark Girl bought me a beautiful green citronella candle. Because green, and candles and mosquito repellent properties. So I'm not slapping mozzies all evening, and that's nice.

2. Sharks! Just taking time to play with toys. They have claimed the rug, and called it This Land. Fun times :) just being silly

3. Laughing. Today kidlet decided that our big speckled hen Zoe looks like me, and even further, she is me - not a reincarnation, but me from the future; a future in which somehow we have the power to change into other animals and time travel, and for some reason my future self decided to use this power to turn into a chicken and come back in time to be my own protection. And I can't even prove her wrong. But it is hilarious.

#dailygratitude #3things 

Simple things

1. Shark Girl bought me a beautiful green citronella candle. Because green, and candles and mosquito repellent properties. So I'm not slapping mozzies all evening, and that's nice.

2. Sharks! Just taking time to play with toys. They have claimed the rug, and called it This Land. Fun times :) just being silly

3. Laughing. Today kidlet decided that our big speckled hen Zoe looks like me, and even further, she is me - not a reincarnation, but me from the future; a future in which somehow we have the power to change into other animals and time travel, and for some reason my future self decided to use this power to turn into a chicken and come back in time to be my own protection. And I can't even prove her wrong. But it is hilarious.

#dailygratitude #3things ___

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2016-02-05 05:00:38 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Aphonopelma Johnnycashi - new species of tarantula discovered named after Johnny Cash
Because what could be better than a Johnny Cash tarantula!?

#spider #science #biodiversity #awesome
Via +Paddy Hoolahan​

Aphonopelma Johnnycashi - new species of tarantula discovered named after Johnny Cash
Because what could be better than a Johnny Cash tarantula!?

#spider #science #biodiversity #awesome
Via +Paddy Hoolahan​___

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2016-02-05 02:40:40 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 66 +1s)Open 

Performance art raising awareness about self-hatred - level: Costume design
Kidlet and her friends are choreographing and putting together a performance for a local Arts Week show. They're doing mostly circus acrobatic stuff, and all their own costume design and sewing, combined with holding up placards with messages, all set to artistic music.
And the message of their performance is to talk about self harm, raise awareness about it and encourage other teens to seek help. Because it gets better.
They came up with the theme themselves, they're doing all their own choreography, set and costumes...
And yes, I'm damn proud.

#awesome #Unschooling #mentalhealth #selfharm #art #circus 

Performance art raising awareness about self-hatred - level: Costume design
Kidlet and her friends are choreographing and putting together a performance for a local Arts Week show. They're doing mostly circus acrobatic stuff, and all their own costume design and sewing, combined with holding up placards with messages, all set to artistic music.
And the message of their performance is to talk about self harm, raise awareness about it and encourage other teens to seek help. Because it gets better.
They came up with the theme themselves, they're doing all their own choreography, set and costumes...
And yes, I'm damn proud.

#awesome #Unschooling #mentalhealth #selfharm #art #circus ___

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2016-02-04 14:33:25 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Yes! I summon the greater evil
#cthulhu2016

___Yes! I summon the greater evil
#cthulhu2016

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2016-02-04 14:03:17 (29 comments; 1 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

1. I'm grateful that my chickens survived the night. They are super awesome survivors. I feed them some crushed up macadamia nuts, the last of this years crop. Happy chickens

2. I need help. I don't know how to get it and even if someone knocked on my door right now offering... I don't even know what anyone could do. Yesterday when I posted a picture of an empty jar... That's how I feel. There's nothing left. But knowing that is something. So I'll see the positive and be grateful that. When you're going through hell, keep going.

3. There's still hope. Human nature. We don't give up.

#dailygratitude #3things #chickens #ptsd

1. I'm grateful that my chickens survived the night. They are super awesome survivors. I feed them some crushed up macadamia nuts, the last of this years crop. Happy chickens

2. I need help. I don't know how to get it and even if someone knocked on my door right now offering... I don't even know what anyone could do. Yesterday when I posted a picture of an empty jar... That's how I feel. There's nothing left. But knowing that is something. So I'll see the positive and be grateful that. When you're going through hell, keep going.

3. There's still hope. Human nature. We don't give up.

#dailygratitude #3things #chickens #ptsd___

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2016-02-03 13:15:38 (36 comments; 1 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel
Today feels utterly hopeless. I can't see the light at the end. I'm just trying to keep believing that there is one. So I'm grateful for holding onto blind faith.

So 3 things...
1. Classic Doctor Who. My NAS drive mysteriously stopped working so I lost virtually all my digital media. But I still have multiple backups of Doctor Who (and season 1 of Firefly). So I'll ignore yet another thing breaking that I can't afford to replace and the loss of the bulk of my collection, and focus on still having what I have.

2. I will be grateful for the sanctuary I have here in this place. I won't look too far into the future at the reality that we may very likely lose this home very soon and I have no idea what we'll do. But for as long as we're here, I will be ever grateful for it.

3. Meh. Pick... more »

Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel
Today feels utterly hopeless. I can't see the light at the end. I'm just trying to keep believing that there is one. So I'm grateful for holding onto blind faith.

So 3 things...
1. Classic Doctor Who. My NAS drive mysteriously stopped working so I lost virtually all my digital media. But I still have multiple backups of Doctor Who (and season 1 of Firefly). So I'll ignore yet another thing breaking that I can't afford to replace and the loss of the bulk of my collection, and focus on still having what I have.

2. I will be grateful for the sanctuary I have here in this place. I won't look too far into the future at the reality that we may very likely lose this home very soon and I have no idea what we'll do. But for as long as we're here, I will be ever grateful for it.

3. Meh. Pick something at random. Coffee, chocolate, kisses, leftover cannelloni.

#dailygratitude #3things #rainforest #spoons #geekery ___

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2016-02-03 11:45:29 (17 comments; 1 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

#straya at it's best

Queenslanders. A different breed.
Thanks to my friend Sarah for sharing this.
#australia #straya ___#straya at it's best

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2016-02-03 11:31:54 (16 comments; 4 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

Yes, these really exist

# nature #awesome

Octopus stinkhorns were in bloom this year for some lucky Aussies!!

___Yes, these really exist

# nature #awesome

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2016-02-03 09:43:29 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Definitely snake season
We couldn't find the chickens, usually at bed time they start milling around by the coop of their own accord. But this evening they were not to be found. After much searching, I nearly bashed my face into this guy hanging in the doorway to the henhouse.
No wonder the clever little dinosaurs had hidden in the rainforest somewhere.
I hope they survive the night.

Mr. Snake here is a carpet python, about 170cm long.

#Australia #snake 

Definitely snake season
We couldn't find the chickens, usually at bed time they start milling around by the coop of their own accord. But this evening they were not to be found. After much searching, I nearly bashed my face into this guy hanging in the doorway to the henhouse.
No wonder the clever little dinosaurs had hidden in the rainforest somewhere.
I hope they survive the night.

Mr. Snake here is a carpet python, about 170cm long.

#Australia #snake ___

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2016-02-03 08:00:27 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Number 87
There's never more than one at a time and they all look the same. As soon as a slap one and brush it away, the next one appears within a minute... But as long as I don't kill the current one annoying me, another never shows up.
I'm starting to think it's the same mosquito regenerating over and over.
Also I'm starting to get bruises from smacking so many. I need more spiders.

#mosquito #warjournal

Number 87
There's never more than one at a time and they all look the same. As soon as a slap one and brush it away, the next one appears within a minute... But as long as I don't kill the current one annoying me, another never shows up.
I'm starting to think it's the same mosquito regenerating over and over.
Also I'm starting to get bruises from smacking so many. I need more spiders.

#mosquito #warjournal___

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2016-02-03 04:42:57 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

4 acres of spider web engulfs a building
I, for one, welcome our arachnoid overlords

#spider #awesome
(and I just found several pages bookmarked that were meant to be posted for #SpiderSunday ) 

4 acres of spider web engulfs a building
I, for one, welcome our arachnoid overlords

#spider #awesome
(and I just found several pages bookmarked that were meant to be posted for #SpiderSunday ) ___

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2016-02-03 03:16:01 (27 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

WTF of the day.
This is what happens when you don't empty your jerk off tissue bin for months, in a humid climate.
Ironic mushrooms.
I think I feel sick.

# gross #mushroom 

WTF of the day.
This is what happens when you don't empty your jerk off tissue bin for months, in a humid climate.
Ironic mushrooms.
I think I feel sick.

# gross #mushroom ___

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2016-02-03 01:06:42 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Discovery of an ancient species of arachnid trapped in amber. And naturally caught in a compromising position.
Ahhhhhhh, the harvestmen always promise 3mm, but it's only ever 0.2mm.

#spider (though it technically isn't one) #science

Important scientific arachnid discovery!

CC +Melissa Fisher​, +Lerato Majikfaerie​___Discovery of an ancient species of arachnid trapped in amber. And naturally caught in a compromising position.
Ahhhhhhh, the harvestmen always promise 3mm, but it's only ever 0.2mm.

#spider (though it technically isn't one) #science

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2016-02-02 12:38:31 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 49 +1s)Open 

today I'm grateful for getting some sleep. Yep, I managed to not only get to sleep but stay asleep for a reasonable amount of time and wake up feeling some semblance of human. I never take sleep for granted, I do envy people who can.

I'm grateful for surviving another day. It feels like so much Donkey Kong I can't even. I wish the barrels and fire bolts would just stop for a bit so I can get caught up. Pause. Just for a bit. Let my spoons refill. I'm trying to find the gratitude or something positive.

I'm grateful for hot lava cake and ice cream. And I still maintain that dating a chef is the smartest thing I ever did.

#dailygratitude #3things #foodporn 

today I'm grateful for getting some sleep. Yep, I managed to not only get to sleep but stay asleep for a reasonable amount of time and wake up feeling some semblance of human. I never take sleep for granted, I do envy people who can.

I'm grateful for surviving another day. It feels like so much Donkey Kong I can't even. I wish the barrels and fire bolts would just stop for a bit so I can get caught up. Pause. Just for a bit. Let my spoons refill. I'm trying to find the gratitude or something positive.

I'm grateful for hot lava cake and ice cream. And I still maintain that dating a chef is the smartest thing I ever did.

#dailygratitude #3things #foodporn ___

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2016-02-02 12:29:39 (22 comments; 0 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

You made your point.
Further to earlier discussions about Kidlet's unusual flexibility - it's an old picture but her fingers bend in odd ways. When she was a toddler at the age of pointing at things, she just naturally pointed her hand downwards and bent her finger upwards from the middle knuckle in a manner that frequently disconcerted people.

#flexible 

You made your point.
Further to earlier discussions about Kidlet's unusual flexibility - it's an old picture but her fingers bend in odd ways. When she was a toddler at the age of pointing at things, she just naturally pointed her hand downwards and bent her finger upwards from the middle knuckle in a manner that frequently disconcerted people.

#flexible ___

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2016-02-02 04:24:40 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

India - a billion people (though I didn't count each and every one - they kept moving)
The time has come

#LGBTQ #humanrights #loveislove

Let's hope they reset, and undo the wrong of the 2013 decision.___India - a billion people (though I didn't count each and every one - they kept moving)
The time has come

#LGBTQ #humanrights #loveislove

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2016-02-02 03:57:32 (15 comments; 12 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

88 year anniversary of the publication of The Call of Cthulhu
Any time I hear the number 88 I think of 88mph and Back To The Future. But literary classics transcend the space-time continuum.
As established, I'm not much for shoes and I generally think high heels are evil and damage the musculature and skeletal systems... But these are particularly #tentacular

#geekery #cthulhu #lovecraft #shoes

88 year anniversary of the publication of The Call of Cthulhu
Any time I hear the number 88 I think of 88mph and Back To The Future. But literary classics transcend the space-time continuum.
As established, I'm not much for shoes and I generally think high heels are evil and damage the musculature and skeletal systems... But these are particularly #tentacular

#geekery #cthulhu #lovecraft #shoes___

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2016-02-02 02:34:01 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

Australia. One country. More territories than anyone can count. And even the most remote islands are trying to kill you.

One of Australia's two active volcanoes has erupts!
(I bet you didn't know Australia had active volcanoes.)
This one is on Heard Island which is about as far south as you can get without hitting Antarctica.

The image is from the CSIRO Blog - https://blog.csiro.au/big-ben-erupts/
The RV Investigator team are about to start mapping the seabed around Heard Island, so they were there in time to see the eruption.___Australia. One country. More territories than anyone can count. And even the most remote islands are trying to kill you.

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2016-02-02 02:27:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

I noticed two rainbow flags flying over different parts of the University of Cambridge today, and wondered what was up (I mean I know what the flag is for, just that they're not usually there so I was curious), and I found this: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Rainbow-flag-fly-Shire-Hall-county-plans-packed/story-28618678-detail/story.html

So 1) the flags worked because I totally didn't know it was LGBT history month, and...

2) Yay for the various institutions celebrating, and...

3) The Shire is generally populated by right-wing type politicians and it's still doing this.  I'm contrasting that to the Texas state legislature we left behind that actually ate a celebratory cake to mark their anniversary of denying gay rights (http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/State-leaders-celebrate-ten-years-without-6101014.php).

There are reasonsw... more »

I noticed two rainbow flags flying over different parts of the University of Cambridge today, and wondered what was up (I mean I know what the flag is for, just that they're not usually there so I was curious), and I found this: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Rainbow-flag-fly-Shire-Hall-county-plans-packed/story-28618678-detail/story.html

So 1) the flags worked because I totally didn't know it was LGBT history month, and...

2) Yay for the various institutions celebrating, and...

3) The Shire is generally populated by right-wing type politicians and it's still doing this.  I'm contrasting that to the Texas state legislature we left behind that actually ate a celebratory cake to mark their anniversary of denying gay rights (http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/State-leaders-celebrate-ten-years-without-6101014.php).

There are reasons why we moved here.___

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2016-02-01 13:56:40 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 42 +1s)Open 

#dailygratitude
I actually feel sleepy. It's not even 1am. I might be able to sleep.
That counts for 27 things.
I'm not going to risk missing my window to think of 3 things.
Lights out. Good night

#insomnia



#dailygratitude
I actually feel sleepy. It's not even 1am. I might be able to sleep.
That counts for 27 things.
I'm not going to risk missing my window to think of 3 things.
Lights out. Good night

#insomnia

___

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2016-01-31 13:54:18 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

Garden orb weaver grabbing a tasty snack
I was photographing this gorgeous spider, who had built the most magnificent web right outside my back door, when suddenly a moth flew into the web.
Within seconds the spider had raced over and wrapped up the meal - so quickly I didn't even get a chance to switch to video mode or get a decent shot of the bug before it became a #buggylunch

#spider #SpiderSunday +Spider Sunday​ curated by +Kimberly Hosey​ and +Lerato Majikfaerie​
+Buggy Lunch​ curated by +Kim Sinclair​ and +Jitte Groothuis​

Garden orb weaver grabbing a tasty snack
I was photographing this gorgeous spider, who had built the most magnificent web right outside my back door, when suddenly a moth flew into the web.
Within seconds the spider had raced over and wrapped up the meal - so quickly I didn't even get a chance to switch to video mode or get a decent shot of the bug before it became a #buggylunch

#spider #SpiderSunday +Spider Sunday​ curated by +Kimberly Hosey​ and +Lerato Majikfaerie​
+Buggy Lunch​ curated by +Kim Sinclair​ and +Jitte Groothuis​___

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2016-01-31 13:47:09 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 54 +1s)Open 

Today I'm grateful for awesome sammiches

I'm grateful for coffee (I know that one comes up often)

And I'm grateful for laughter, even if it's just at little things

#dailygratitude #3things #foodporn 

Today I'm grateful for awesome sammiches

I'm grateful for coffee (I know that one comes up often)

And I'm grateful for laughter, even if it's just at little things

#dailygratitude #3things #foodporn ___

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2016-01-31 12:59:11 (14 comments; 2 reshares; 98 +1s)Open 

Life is a circus act 

Life is a circus act ___

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2016-01-31 10:46:00 (63 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

And Americans wonder why the rest of the world think they're arrogant and ignorant.
Obviously a massive generalisation, but this really is a very pervasive cultural conditioning - that the USA is the whole world and everyone knows it.

I saw it again and again while I was travelling around the world. Even intelligent, relatively well travelled people, just assuming that everyone knows all the US state capitals and presidents and such, and that everyone speaks English and you can use US dollar bills everywhere.

The USA isn't even the only country in the world whose official name starts with "The United States of" and it's only a small part of America, yet the world is expected to follow along in calling them "The US" like the other United States counties don't count, or "America", like the rest of the continent doesn't count. ... more »

And Americans wonder why the rest of the world think they're arrogant and ignorant.
Obviously a massive generalisation, but this really is a very pervasive cultural conditioning - that the USA is the whole world and everyone knows it.

I saw it again and again while I was travelling around the world. Even intelligent, relatively well travelled people, just assuming that everyone knows all the US state capitals and presidents and such, and that everyone speaks English and you can use US dollar bills everywhere.

The USA isn't even the only country in the world whose official name starts with "The United States of" and it's only a small part of America, yet the world is expected to follow along in calling them "The US" like the other United States counties don't count, or "America", like the rest of the continent doesn't count.

Sigh. Flame away
/duck___

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2016-01-31 03:55:53 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Aftermath of the Tasmanian bush fires - this is what climate change looks like. This is system collapse.

The loss of these 1000 year old trees and cushion plants feels even more devastating given that it's world heritage listed wilderness that people fought so hard to protect 30 years ago. This forest probably isn't growing back.

#Australia #wilderness #bushfire #climatechange #environment 

Aftermath of the Tasmanian bush fires - this is what climate change looks like. This is system collapse.

The loss of these 1000 year old trees and cushion plants feels even more devastating given that it's world heritage listed wilderness that people fought so hard to protect 30 years ago. This forest probably isn't growing back.

#Australia #wilderness #bushfire #climatechange #environment ___

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2016-01-30 13:34:46 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

Daily gratitude
1. I'm very grateful for having wifi in the house. I shall not be taking it for granted. Yes, it's an inconvenience to have to be constantly vigilant and unplug everything every time there's a hint of a thunderstorm, but I'm already used to being vigilant to move the cars if there's a storm rolling in lest we get flooded in, and we keep a good supply of clean water in canisters and non perishable food. All minor inconveniences, to be sure. But I also grateful for that stuff. Everything's a trade off. I get to live in the rainforest and have my internets.

2. I'm grateful the store we bought the dead router from just replaced it without undue hassle or fuss. It was only a few weeks old and it's spoons I don't have. So it's nice when something resolves quickly and easily.

3. I'm grateful for my opal. (referring to my... more »

Daily gratitude
1. I'm very grateful for having wifi in the house. I shall not be taking it for granted. Yes, it's an inconvenience to have to be constantly vigilant and unplug everything every time there's a hint of a thunderstorm, but I'm already used to being vigilant to move the cars if there's a storm rolling in lest we get flooded in, and we keep a good supply of clean water in canisters and non perishable food. All minor inconveniences, to be sure. But I also grateful for that stuff. Everything's a trade off. I get to live in the rainforest and have my internets.

2. I'm grateful the store we bought the dead router from just replaced it without undue hassle or fuss. It was only a few weeks old and it's spoons I don't have. So it's nice when something resolves quickly and easily.

3. I'm grateful for my opal. (referring to my post yesterday about green opals) - this is a picture of me wearing it, and being a black and white film photograph taken in 2002 and scanned circa 2005, you can't really see the detail of the opal. But it's a beautiful rock. And like I said, I kept it on me for all of my travels, kind of as a last resort. I figured if my situation ever got that desperate, I could sell it and get a couple hundred dollars - enough to get me safe.
In hindsight, there were a bunch of times my situation absolutely warranted using that rock as an emergency fund. But I never did. Somehow being in the middle of a situation never felt as bad as it is looking back (with the wisdom of years). regardless, I'm grateful for having had that safety net, even if I never used it.

I was 23 when this photo was taken - it's amazing how young I looked.

#dailygratitude #3things #rainforest #spoons #tech #opal #intrepidtravel #flashback
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2016-01-30 12:15:55 (16 comments; 5 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

Job opening as a professional panda hugger
That's right! All those snuggly pandas need to be hugged! I think this might be my dream job.
http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/professional-panda-hugger #panda #awesome #cutenessoverload

Job opening as a professional panda hugger
That's right! All those snuggly pandas need to be hugged! I think this might be my dream job.
http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/professional-panda-hugger #panda #awesome #cutenessoverload___

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2016-01-30 12:00:35 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Awesome helpful human removes a nasty fish hook from a 10' shark off the coast of Florida
Because sharks are friendly, not the fearsome beasts the shock media likes to make them out to be. We just need to respect them and their place in the environment.

H/t +stuart richman​ who shared a link to a video with the same title but it wouldn't play for me, anyway I think it's the same one.
#sharks #savesharks 

Awesome helpful human removes a nasty fish hook from a 10' shark off the coast of Florida
Because sharks are friendly, not the fearsome beasts the shock media likes to make them out to be. We just need to respect them and their place in the environment.

H/t +stuart richman​ who shared a link to a video with the same title but it wouldn't play for me, anyway I think it's the same one.
#sharks #savesharks ___

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2016-01-30 08:47:20 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

That magical moment...
Peeling off the plastic is Kidlet's favourite thing. It drives her crazy that I'm the opposite - I leave the protective plastic on everything. My laptop was more than two years old before I finally pulled the plastic off the back. My phone still has the plastic around the edges for about six months.
But Kidlet lives for peeling the plastic off new tech.

We got a replacement wifi router today and kidlet was extra awesome - she even cleaned the bathroom, so I let her have the honour of peeling the plastic.
She savoured it like it was the world's last bowl of gold-plated ice cream.

And there's another storm rolling in so we already unplugged all the things.

#geekery #tech #thatnewfeel

That magical moment...
Peeling off the plastic is Kidlet's favourite thing. It drives her crazy that I'm the opposite - I leave the protective plastic on everything. My laptop was more than two years old before I finally pulled the plastic off the back. My phone still has the plastic around the edges for about six months.
But Kidlet lives for peeling the plastic off new tech.

We got a replacement wifi router today and kidlet was extra awesome - she even cleaned the bathroom, so I let her have the honour of peeling the plastic.
She savoured it like it was the world's last bowl of gold-plated ice cream.

And there's another storm rolling in so we already unplugged all the things.

#geekery #tech #thatnewfeel___

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2016-01-30 00:53:35 (15 comments; 2 reshares; 49 +1s)Open 

Nom nom

Via +Blaine Hall​
#spider #buggylunch

Go find yer own grub!___Nom nom

Via +Blaine Hall​
#spider #buggylunch

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2016-01-29 12:52:20 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

Carpet python - guarding my car keys
Also my drinking water filter.

Remember when we snake-proofed the chicken coop and I joked that the chook shed was more snake proof than my bedroom?

Well I just went to fill up my water bottle before smuggling into bed, and I almost didn't turn on the kitchen light. Glad I did. (The light switch is about six inches from the snake's head)
Coz I was surprised to see this little guy curled up around the water filter, keeping a watchful eye over my car keys.

And when I say "little", well, he's little by our standards and hard to tell when he's all curled up but I think he's around the 150cm (5 foot) long range.

He didn't seen to mind a few quick snaps but he started being unhappy about the flash. So I gently refilled the water filter and turned out the light. Maybe he'll fix... more »

Carpet python - guarding my car keys
Also my drinking water filter.

Remember when we snake-proofed the chicken coop and I joked that the chook shed was more snake proof than my bedroom?

Well I just went to fill up my water bottle before smuggling into bed, and I almost didn't turn on the kitchen light. Glad I did. (The light switch is about six inches from the snake's head)
Coz I was surprised to see this little guy curled up around the water filter, keeping a watchful eye over my car keys.

And when I say "little", well, he's little by our standards and hard to tell when he's all curled up but I think he's around the 150cm (5 foot) long range.

He didn't seen to mind a few quick snaps but he started being unhappy about the flash. So I gently refilled the water filter and turned out the light. Maybe he'll fix the WiFi

#snake #wildlife #Australia #straya #faerielife___

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2016-01-29 12:14:07 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

#dailygratitude
1. Fresh human loves snuggleshark. It's adorable and it autoawesomed

2. Pork chops.

3. I still have data on my phone so the dead modem and dead computer aren't the end of the world. But I'm pretty sure it's a sign of the end of days. I miss wifis

And who am I kidding? I don't feel positive or grateful at all. I feel angry and frustrated and helpless and overwhelmed at all the things. I can't handle the pain and I can't get to see the osteopath who kinda helps.
But adorable fresh human smiling at snuggleshark is a good thing.

#dailygratitude #3things #shark 

#dailygratitude
1. Fresh human loves snuggleshark. It's adorable and it autoawesomed

2. Pork chops.

3. I still have data on my phone so the dead modem and dead computer aren't the end of the world. But I'm pretty sure it's a sign of the end of days. I miss wifis

And who am I kidding? I don't feel positive or grateful at all. I feel angry and frustrated and helpless and overwhelmed at all the things. I can't handle the pain and I can't get to see the osteopath who kinda helps.
But adorable fresh human smiling at snuggleshark is a good thing.

#dailygratitude #3things #shark ___

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2016-01-29 10:54:10 (23 comments; 1 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

Green opal
+Kay Solo​ because Australia has rocks that look like this. Rather a lot of them actually.
We need to test if your alien super powers are affected by proximity.

Green opal
+Kay Solo​ because Australia has rocks that look like this. Rather a lot of them actually.
We need to test if your alien super powers are affected by proximity.___

2016-01-29 10:49:43 (31 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Okay seriously, what the actual fuck!?
Universe, you're clearly messing with me.
Remember a few weeks ago my modem/router died... And it was plugged into a surge protector that technically had a warranty that will replace it but it may take weeks, so I bought an interim router...
Well the new router died today. While plugged into the new replacement surge protector that the company sent me already to replace the previous one.
I'm still waiting on the replacement of my original router.
And another splitter died.
My computer is dead.
I just can't even.
Halp!

#techvoodoo #geekery

Okay seriously, what the actual fuck!?
Universe, you're clearly messing with me.
Remember a few weeks ago my modem/router died... And it was plugged into a surge protector that technically had a warranty that will replace it but it may take weeks, so I bought an interim router...
Well the new router died today. While plugged into the new replacement surge protector that the company sent me already to replace the previous one.
I'm still waiting on the replacement of my original router.
And another splitter died.
My computer is dead.
I just can't even.
Halp!

#techvoodoo #geekery___

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2016-01-28 12:50:22 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

#dailygratitude
I'm grateful for kidlet cooking dinner. Her culinary skills are being better and better. She made gnocchi with a nice garlicky tomato sauce with lots of fresh herbs. Nom

I'm grateful for successfully adulting. Today I managed to complete more errands than I can count, and I even had to set alarms and get up in the middle of the night (7am!) and I didn't get home till late. So I accomplished many many things and I (hopefully) won't have to leave the rainforest again for a few days. I know tomorrow I'll be paying for all the spoons I used today.

I'm grateful for having an awesome mechanic. Seriously, he's worth his weight in gold. Fixed up my TARDIS, got me parts at cost price and only billed me 1/4 hour labour (so barely the time it took to fit the replacement part, not counting actually going to the repco to pick up the part that he... more »

#dailygratitude
I'm grateful for kidlet cooking dinner. Her culinary skills are being better and better. She made gnocchi with a nice garlicky tomato sauce with lots of fresh herbs. Nom

I'm grateful for successfully adulting. Today I managed to complete more errands than I can count, and I even had to set alarms and get up in the middle of the night (7am!) and I didn't get home till late. So I accomplished many many things and I (hopefully) won't have to leave the rainforest again for a few days. I know tomorrow I'll be paying for all the spoons I used today.

I'm grateful for having an awesome mechanic. Seriously, he's worth his weight in gold. Fixed up my TARDIS, got me parts at cost price and only billed me 1/4 hour labour (so barely the time it took to fit the replacement part, not counting actually going to the repco to pick up the part that he special ordered in for me). I was almost lured to another mechanic that's a little more conveniently located and comes highly recommended and has great reviews. They quoted me some 3x what my guy charged and said it would take a few days. My awesome mechanic fixed it in a couple of hours, with no booking ahead.
This means I can never move out of the area, because once you find a good mechanic, nothing else matters.

#dailygratitude #3things ___

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