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Final Route for #wtrip09 in one Map

Here is the route I am planning on taking for my Xmas Roadtrip.

Like last year it is a week on the road by myself with the usual array of phones, gps, camera and laptops :-), will be taking the small tent and camping along the way doing about 400k per day on average for the 2200km trip to Brisbane.  I should be leaving around Mondaythe 14th of December to arrive in Brisbane on the 20th of Dec.

If you know of something I should see on this route please let me know.

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But wait there's more… now we have t-shirts

yes… just when you thought it was safe to go to my blog and not be pestered…

Now I have a few t-shirt designs for sale on Red Bubble…

First cab of the rank.

one for the fans of #qanda.  If you never watched the show this really wont me anything, so don’t panic if you don’t think it is funny.

I'll Take that as Comment

Next… with everyone on Twitter having the opportunity to be a citizen journalist (personally I think the term citizen reporter is more apt and certainly closer to what eye witnesses to events tweeting them are) now you have the shirt.  Please note it does not work as a press pass to all the cool events.

"I'm a small j journalist"

And finally one of the Physicists in all us nerds…. with a hint of atheism thrown in for good measure.   If the Higgs Boson is the so called “God Particle” perhaps like Jesus it has been behind the couch the whole time.

I found the higgs boson

Details on the Red Bubble Calendars

Click on the Calendars below to see each one in full size

3990393-2-black-and-whiteAustralian SunsetSelective Colouring

From Red Bubble….

1. Calendars are printed on high quality, high density paper that’s easy to write on
2. The cover and all pages are printed on 200gsm high quality satin art paper
3. Calendars have a hanger and white wire binding
4. They’re A3 size (297×420mm, or 11.69×16.54”)

They’re A3 size (that’s 297x420mm, or 11.69×16.54″)

and via standard shipping in Australia: 2 – 4 business days

FYI if I can sell a few of these I can get some new filters for my camera before my road trip at Xmas to Brisbane.

More Quality Journalism…NOT

You would think that the Australian Army opening fire on Chechnya would be bigger news….

Screen dump from The Age online home page. (16/11/09)

This image shows an Australian Army BlackHawk, but video is about a Chechen helicopter attack!

Oh wait it is just more lazy journalism….  FFS stop using stock images!

More so when they are NOT even closely related to the story.

ps… buy a calendar 🙂

My #media140 presentation

finally uploaded it…. (click to move through)

Me speaking at #media140

The Official Media 140 Blog take on the panel I was speaking on…

(will add the speaking notes over the weekend)

More Photos from Media 140 here

Programme and links here

and the video stream of the whole panel…

Facilitated by Mark Jones, the speakers in order: Renai LeMay, Wolf Cocklin, Latika Bourke, Andrew Davies and Dave Earley.

ps… buy a calendar 🙂

Only took 12 Months… but I got my lightning shot…

One of the reasons I always wanted a DSLR was so that I could get photos of the weather… and in particular lightning.   The reason for that was the long exposure lengths that you can take.  (of course by long I am only looking at 15seconds….) but my D90 was the first camera I have had in over 10 years that could do that..

Now I did get one shot of lightning last year with the D90 (with an obscured view… grrr)…. but this weekend everything fitted into place….  And those things were… the storm was at night, I was awake when the storm happened and I knew it was coming so I could get somewhere with a good clear view.  I spent an hour waiting at the beach for these shots (a big thanks to Cat for waiting with me… sorry it took so long)  but just before the rain hit I managed to get a couple of nice clear bolts over the city.

so here they are… (click for bigger, these are really best viewed large)

Shot using my gorilla pod as a tripod at the Jetty at the end of North Road, Brighton.

Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Tokina 11-16mm
Exposure: 15s
Aperture: f/13.0
Focal Length: 11 mm
Exposure: -0.32
ISO Speed: 640
Exposure Program: Manual

Bolt of Melbourne 2

Bolt Over Melbourne

You will also notice on this shot how the water has bumps in it in the reflection of the lighting bolt.  Yet if you look to the left side of the image you will see that the water has smoothed out as it does from a standard 15second exposure.  The lighting flash is so bright as to burn that part of the image in stronger than that rest of the image.