Wednesday, 2 December 2009

I love the World, Internet, Google

The reason I love the above is because of a comment I received on my last post:

留言支持好作品~來打聲招呼-大家好

Now I have no idea what that means, or even what language it is in, but it took me two minutes with Google to come up with this translation:

A message to support good work ~ to say hello - Hello, everyone

See, everything IS awesome!

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UPDATE

I have since learned that these types of comment are simply spam.

Oh well.

Friday, 20 November 2009

More Fun with Photography

This won't become a photoblog...or maybe it will, since I rarely have anything to write about these days.

I was visiting my mother-in-law a couple of weeks ago in Drouin, and decided to take a wander around the garden since my Father-in-law had done a wonderful job tending to it and making it really rather beautiful. I had decided I was going to practice my macro photography on the flowers, but soon discovered that the garden was swarming in life that could be variously described as creepy and indeed crawley.

This wee ginger bugger was just chilling out on the wall...he's tiny in real life, but looks fascinating close up:

Ginger Spider Cropped

I was also fascinated by this spider too, as it had done a rather interesting repair job of its web:

Spidey

Personally, I can't stand spiders, but I've a new found interest in them since acquiring the camera.

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Fun with Photography

Ever since I knew what DSLR stood for, I have been convinced that owning a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera would make my life complete. Well, I got married before I got a DSLR, and being married totally made my life complete.

However, tonight my beautiful wife went off to a work party without me, so luckily my newly acquired Nikon D3000 was here to keep me company and fill the wife-shaped-hole in my evening!

So, as luck would have it, we had a lovely storm and I was able to take my first ever pictures of lightning!














I was then inspired to use the 30 second exposure setting to create this little picture.



















But do you know what the most exciting thing about these pictures is for me? I can't wait for my wife to come home so I can show her!

Friday, 16 October 2009

Monday, 12 January 2009

Stop the Traffik


STOP THE TRAFFIK


I decided to visit Crossway Church last night to hear the speaker Steve Chalke talking about his international organisation Stop The Traffik, which deals with the global crime of Human Trafficking. Crummy spelling of Traffik aside, this charity really seems to be on the brink of acheiving some amazing things and would definitely be worth checking out.

I must admit that I went along being a little bit sceptical, since I am often of the opinion that raising awareness of issues can often be a bit redundant -- I'm honestly aware of so many issues that I do NOTHING about that willingly adding one more to my repetoire seems a little, well, unchristian!

I've got to say, though, that I came away from church last night feeling that there was something I could begin to do about the issue of Human Trafficking, even if it is only something as simple as eating Fairtrade chocolate and drinking Fairtrade Tea and Coffee. It is a small step, but better than no step at all, and everything starts with a small step.

Even though I thought I was aware of the issue of trafficking, I learnt a lot about it last night too. I was not aware, for example, of the massive scale of the crime. I was not aware that it was the second biggest illicit trade, or the second biggest harm to humanity, after weapons dealing. I was also not aware that the net worth of global human trafficking was the same as the profit made by Microsoft last year, and double that of Coca-Cola. These are stats provided by Steve Chalke in his talk at Crossway last night, which I have not checked for myself, but I trust the source and will endeavour to check them for myself soon.

The talk was rounded up by a nice lady called Ruth who also worked for the Stop the Traffik organisation. She gave us some tips about what we could do next to raise awareness, such as the demonstrations in Melbourne over the coming weeks, and holding Chocolate Fondue parties, using Fairtrade Chocolate, of course. More resources can be found at the website which can be accessed by clicking on the banner at the top of this post.