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Australia in the clouds?

I previously blogged about an amazing cloud formation above Australia, this time it’s a cloud formation OF Australia…

Australia In The Clouds

In the time it took to get my iPhone out and take the picture… It got a little distorted, but you have to admit, that’s pretty close AND cool at the same time!


We live in an awesome world: VIDEO

This video was produced for YouTube’s Geek Week — we do live in an awesome world!


Australian Computer Meanings

You’d think computer lingo would be universal, but it isn’t..

Australian Computer Meanings

Log On……Make the barbie hotter

Log Off……Don’t add any more wood

Monitor……Keeping an eye on the barbie

Download……Get the firewood off the ute

Floppy Disc……What you get lifting too much firewood at once

Window……What you shut when it’s cold

Screen……What you shut in the mozzie season

Byte……What mozzies do

Bit……What mozzies did

Mega Byte……What Townsville mozzies do

Chip……A bar snack

Micro Chip……What’s left in the bag after you have eaten the chips

Modem……What you did to the lawns

Dot Matrix……Old Dan Matrix’s wife

Laptop……Where the cat sleeps

Software……Plastic knives and forks you get at Big Rooster

Hardware……Real stainless steel knives and forks from K Mart

Mouse……What eats the grain in the shed

Mainframe……What holds the shed up

Web……What spiders make

Web Site……The shed or under the verandah

Cursor……The old bloke that swears a lot

Search Engine……What you do when the ute won’t go

Upgrade……A steep hill

Server……The person at the pub that brings out the counter lunch

Mail Server……The bloke at the pub that brings out the counter lunch

User……The neighbour who keeps borrowing things

Network……When you have to repair your fishing net

Internet……Complicated fish net repair method

Netscape……When fish manoeuvres out of reach of net

Online……When you get the laundry hung out

Off Line……When the pegs don’t hold the washing up


Tips for Buying Used Clothing Online

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Second-hand stores are big business these days. Whether it’s due to a downturn in the economy or a desire to wear a unique look rather than the same high street trends as everyone else, more and more consumers are shopping for used clothing.

Charity shops, vintage boutiques, estate sales, and consignment stores are all great sources of high quality used duds. Yet you can also find even better bargains online, even buying used clothing using your mobile phone with apps like the one provided by Quicksales!

This and eBay are two of the biggest names in resale goods, yet there’s a wealth of designer and vintage clothing available at low cost for savvy shoppers. The following are a few tips to keep in mind as you start your hunt.

Set a Budget

It’s difficult to set a budget when you’re not really sure what things are going to cost until you start searching.

However, it’s wise to set an upper limit on what you’re willing to spend or you could get carried away bidding on sites like eBay and end up spending more than you would have on brand new clothing!

Know your Measurements

Even in most charity shops, you can try on used clothing to see if it fits. There’s a certain gamble when you shop for used clothing online, however, because you not only can’t try it on but you may be purchasing a vintage or unknown brand.

Most sellers will list the measurements of garments for sale, or should be able to provide this for you if you send a request. This can be far more accurate than the size on the label.

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Try Different Keywords

One way to search for used clothing online is to browse through categories on sites like eBay. However, most ecommerce shops and online marketplaces also have a search function, so you can look for specific brand names.

Try different combinations of keywords to increase your chances of finding what you’re looking for. For example, instead of just searching for “women’s top,” you can look for “halter top vintage” to find a chic 70′s summer top.

Use Social Media

Many online shops will offer special deals or information about sales via their social media profiles or blogs. Big marketplaces like have Facebook profiles which allow you to stay in touch with what’s happening. This could alert you to a sudden sale or new items of clothing coming in that match what you’re looking for.

Check the Shipping and Return Policies

If shipping and return policies aren’t made clear in a listing, it’s worth taking the time to contact the seller to find out more. Even with measurements and accurate photos, sometimes an article of clothing simply won’t be what you expected, and you don’t want to have to relist it yourself.

By shopping around and using all the online tools available, you can find some truly superb bargains online. Fill out your wardrobe with one-of-a-kind designer and vintage wear, or simply stock up on basics. The key is to have fun with it and don’t be afraid to keep looking for a better deal.

With the fast pace of the internet, one is most likely just a click away.



Vacationing in Australia Versus Alaska: You Decide!

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$500 Groupon Credit To Be Won

Recently, during their big office move, Groupon staff cleaned out their cabinets and found this ancient looking voucher valued at $500 in Groupon credit!

Naturally their first thought was to give it away. But they want their  Groupies to do a couple of things to truly test their Groupon love and dedication!

Consider it an online ‘Creative Treasure Hunt’ of sorts… All that is required for entry is to write a blog post about what you would use the voucher for if you were to win.

The top 5 will then be voted off on the blog. Click on the Groupon logo below to enter!

Groupon, Groupon Credit, $500 Groupon



Top 100 Things You Love About Australia

I recently read an article in Forbes Magazine – the Top 100 things to love about the United States… It was a feel good list that I thought we could create for Australia… Here are some of mine – in no particular order.

  • Kangaroos – let’s face it, they’re dumb, but cute!
  • The Sydney Opera House
  • The Sydney Harbour and the bridge – you can’t have one without the other
  • Qantas – it’s not just the kangaroo logo, I really like safety.
  • Beaches
  • “Mate”

Add your contributions below by placing a comment and let’s see what we come up with!

Psst! You don’t have to come up with the whole list of 100 – just your own top 3, 5 or 10 things you love about Australia…


Copper Wire Discoveries

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, British scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Brits, in the weeks that followed, an American archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story was published in the New York Times: “American archaeologists, finding traces of 250-year-old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 50 years earlier than the British”.

One week later, the Bulletin, in Queensland, reported the following: “After digging as deep as 30 feet in his backyard in Townsville, Lucky Simelane, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely f–k all. Lucky has therefore concluded that 250 years ago, Australia had already gone wireless.”

Just makes you bloody proud to be an Aussie!


Overheard On The Oprah Show…

Workaholic, Stressed Out, Overwhelm, Helplessness, DepressionOprah, when she taped her recent Great Australian Adventure Series last year, asked a Melbourne BBQ guest the difference between Australians and Americans:

“Americans live to work
Australians work to live.”

I have to admit, that sums it up very succinctly.

Ya gotta love this country!!!


All Of Today’s news in one VIEW

The Internet is overflowing with news and information. Google’s great when you KNOW what you want to search for, but what if you just want a quick overview of Today’s News? Well guess what? Someone’s solved the problem with a MOSAIC VIEW of Today’s news… Click on the hyperlink and be wowed with what smart people can do with RSS feeds and a little ingenuity!

When you come across great stuff like this – please let us know so we can keep you on the leading edge of the latest and greatest stuff on the web!


Australia in 100 years…

Julia Gillard, the Prime Minister of Australia and David Cameron, her British counterpart, are shown a time machine which can see 100 years into
the future.

They both decide to test it by asking a question each.

Julia goes first. “What will Australia be like in 100 years time”

The machine whirrs and beeps and goes into action and gives her a printout, she reads it out

“The country is in good hands under the new Prime Minister, crime is non-existent, there is no conflict, the economy is healthy. There are no worries”

David thinks “Its not bad this time machine, I’ll have a bit of that” so he asks “What will Great Britain be like in 100 years time?”

The machine whirrs and beeps and goes into action, and he gets a printout.

But he’s just staring at it.

“Come on David” says Julia, “What does it say”

David replies, “I’m buggered if I know, it’s all in Mandarin”

Joke supplied by Patricia Murray of Positive Life Coaching


New Australia Map

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Thematic Australian Map

The following were posted on an Australian Tourism Website and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have a great sense of humour (not to mention a low tolerance threshold) for cretins!


Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia ? I have never seen it rain on TV, how do the plants grow? (  UK ).

A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.
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New Australian Stamp

Australia Post have created and marketed a new stamp displaying a picture of the current Prime Minister of Australia, Ms Julia Gillard.

The prime minister had requested a recall of the stamps following concerns that they weren’t sticking.

Australia Post recently suspended a recall of the stamps after the findings of a special Senate Committee were released.

The Prime Minister was told that the stamp was not sticking to envelopes and the enraged Prime Minister demanded a full investigation.

After a month of testing and spending of $1.85 million, a special Senate Committee led by the leader of the Greens, Bob Brown, presented the following findings -

  1. The stamp is in perfect order.
  2. There is nothing wrong with the adhesive.
  3. People are spitting on the wrong side of the stamp.


Australian Clouds

If you’ve never seen this uniquely Australian phenomenon, watch the video and be amazed at what Mother Nature can create… Gives a whole new meaning to “Cloud Surfing”.

Australian Cloud Formations


Peter Cosgrove Tells It Like It Is

I teach clients presentation skills in a variety of programs and events. I often explain that it’s best to tell it like it is… But this example takes the cake.

Major General Peter Cosgrove was interviewed on the radio recently.

Read his reply to the lady who interviewed him concerning guns and children.

Regardless of how you feel about gun laws you have to love this! This is one of the best comeback lines of all time.

In a portion of an ABC radio interview between a female broadcaster and General Cosgrove who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military Headquarters.

So, General Cosgrove, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?

We’re going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery and shooting.

Shooting! That’s a bit irresponsible, isn’t it?

I don’t see why, they’ll be properly supervised on the rifle range.

Don’t you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?

I don’t see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm.

But you’re equipping them to become violent killers.

Well, Ma’am, you’re equipped to be a prostitute, but you’re not one, are you?

The radiocast went silent for 46 seconds……..


Attention: Visitors To Australia

These questions are from potential visitors to Australia. They were posted on an Australian Tourism Website and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have am Aussie sense of humor.

Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I have never seen it rain on TV, so how do the plants grow? (UK).
A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.

Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? (USA)
A: Depends how much you’ve been drinking.

Q: I want to walk from Perth to Sydney – can I follow the railroad tracks? (Sweden)
A: Sure, it’s only three thousand miles, take lots of water.

Q: Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all year round? (Germany)
A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter/ gatherers. Milk is illegal.

Q: Please send a list of all doctors in Australia who can dispense rattlesnake serum. (USA)
A: Rattlesnakes live in A-meri-ca which is where YOU come from. All Australian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make good pets, especially The Taipans.


Australian Vernacular

I had the pleasure of spending a few days in the Barossa Valley and came across this sign at the Whistler Vineyard. Priceless Aussie Slang!

Bloody Big Dam Walk - Tell it like it is!

The reason we were there is because they have a Kangaroo sanctuary where young orphans are brought and cared for. Our favorite was “Buttons”…

Buttons - The orphaned Kangaroo at the Whistler Vineyard sanctuary


Opera House Cake

As Australians we are proud of our landmarks – especially the Sydney Opera House.

Here is a time lapse to give an insight into the incredible week-long construction of the Opera House cake. Watch as the monolithic, chocolate-brown structure transforms into the alabaster iconic Opera House. Like little worker bees inside a hive, this glimpse inside the Planet Cake kitchen shows how hard Paris and the volunteers worked, every step of the way. I

t is incredible to see a weeks worth of work in a short snapshot like this. It is a privilege to get a behind the scenes look inside Australia’s Number One cake kitchen, Planet Cake.


Petrol Prices Got You Down?

Petrol prices got you down? Maybe this gauge would be more appropriate! I don’t think it’ll make you feel better, but at least it’s more accurate!


Are you worth $1.8 million/hour?

This is a photographer shared with me, Max Ucherek of Sydney….

“I always tell the story that I’m only really working as a photographer when I’m pressing the shutter button, all the rest is idle or down time. The exposure time normally only lasts 1/250 sec and if I take 1000 photos at a typical wedding I’m really only doing 4 seconds of work. The rest of the time I’m just having a chat or waiting for the next photo opportunity. Charging $2000 for a normal day:  $2000 / 4 seconds works out at $1.8 million per hour. I’m cheap at half that rate.”

“If I use an exposure setting of 1/1000 of a second I’ve just quadrupled productivity or my $ rate but I don’t want customers to think that they are not getting their money’s worth of my time.”