Friday, 31 July 2009
He has some great photos there, including one from up on the upper conveyor, and facts & info on the shed, bits I didn't know like -'the roofline is sloped to the same angle a pile of wheat forms naturally'
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
I like their promo “Frances O’Brien is back in the library. Melvil Dewey is turning in his grave…”
Could they have again obtained some anecdotes locally from the wearing lanyards, to using a fit ball?
And there are some new characters including Vince Colosimo as the Head of the Library Association, and Hamish as a news journo.
The advert had a shot of the Mobile Library which is recognisable as Yarra Plenty’s (talk about product placement). Had we known, could have off-loaded our vehicle for the filming - what a way to get a new one!
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Discovery Exercise: was to set one up, wait for a new feed and discuss the content, how it was arraigned and were there links to follow?
I chose Pixdaus' "Popular Today Pics" and got a list of 29 photos appearing in my Inbox. I really prefer to continue with Bloglines to track the sites I'm already following, as I get enough emails as it is, but I feel that, provided I go off and make a cup of coffee while it is downloading, I get to see the new photos in one list instead of groups of ten, so it suits this application.
This very Mists of Avalon photo was one of those downloaded, decidedly Arthurian.
So I'm not alone.
There are other people out there in the Net-world who take an interest in photographing bridges.
Here is the link to the Top 20 most popular bridges in the world
(By the way, the Sydney Harbour Bridge makes it at Number 3).
Monday, 27 July 2009
flickrCC search for "flowers" - check out the cupcakes!
The Discovery exercise requires you to write about your experience with both resources, exploring both sites by searching for the same keywords on each site. I searched for my stock term lighthouses initially but it returned too many photos to really compare the two sites.
Heceta Lighthouse with clouds and fog. Devil's Elbow State Park, Oregon.
Did you find similar or different results? Which method of browsing pictures worked better for you? Did the images you find match your expectations?
I then did a "Horsham" search on both, with some different results, flickrCC seemed to throw up more "irrelevant" hits, think I prefer Galaxy as it tells you how many hits/matches it found, but flickrCC's thumbnails look clearer. I belive both are a step up from searching flickr directly.
The 'other' Horsham in a snowy frost
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
With All my Faves I found it heavily reliant on your recognition of the company's logo, which I guess is anyone's aim when you design a logo. The categorisation seemed to agree with what I thought.
I made up a 43 Marks page, removing a couple of groups, re-arranging them in alpha order (a librarian thing), changing colours, didn't really get the hang of the RSS Feeds section.
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Late last night I finished reading the Scott Fischer biography "Mountain Madness", so coming across this item today is a little serendipitous. We all know that Mount Everest, at 29,035 feet (8,850m)above sea level, is the highest spot on our planet, unless we think about the word "highest" in a different way.
Think instead of the point on the planet closest to the moon and the stars. According to Issac Newton, the centrifugal force of the Earth's spin will result in a slight flattening at the poles and bulging at the equator, which would make the planet an "oblate spheroid," which means that anyone on the equator is already standing "higher," or closer to outer space, than people who aren't on the bulge.
Therefore the highest point of Earth is Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador - a 20,577 foot (6,272m) peak sitting on top of the bulge, 1.5 miles higher than Everest. Mount Everest is lower down on that same bulge.
But remember that the tectonic plates are pushing Everest higher all the time.
And Scott's biography, it hasn't changed my opinions or perception of what happened, just confirmed that I'm not climbing Everest any time soon.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
The local TV news has Ballarat as a bit of a culture centre at present. They hosted a visit by author Tim Winton earlier this week and now the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery is about to display a major retrospective by one of Australia's greatest landscape artists -Hans Heysen. The exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of his death and celebrates the 80th anniversary of the first exhibition of his paintings of the Flinders Ranges.
Included in the display is this painting -> Three Gums, which is taller than I am, and which I photographed while in their storage department.
So I must make time to visit the gallery again, was there a couple of months ago to view the "John Lennon Imagine" photographic exhibition.
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
It is more a suspenseful thriller, than a splatter horror, and the hospital was the real star with both interior and external shots - from the wide-open spaces of the rooms and passages to the dark, dank recesses of the basement tunnels and cellars. It doesn't resort to the usual practise of filming everything in the dark to create atomsphere, there's atomsphere aplenty in the sheer existence of the hospital!
Definitely concerned about the workers OH&S though and the number of breaks they appear to have, when supposedly working for a quick-finish-bonus.
The gothic style Kirkbride building, is part of the psychiatric facility in Danvers, Massachusetts that closed in the 1990s. This was the original structure built when the hospital was founded in the 1870s.
More than two-thirds of the building (and almost 100% of every other buildings at the former hospital) have been demolished. This irreplaceable example of 19th-century craftsmanship is now reduced to a shell of the central admin section and one wing section on either side. Condos are being built up around the site.