Science Websites

22 07 2009

Here is a list of links to  science websites:

General science

Science Daily – Excellent daily news stories and extensive archives

Science News -  The website for Scientific American magazine

Scientific American – The website for Science News magazine

National GeographicThe website for National Geographic magazine [News]

Australian Geographic – The website for Australian Geographic magazine

Discovery Channel – The Discovery Channel website

Terra Daily – News about planet Earth

Solar Daily – News about solar technology

Wired - All things technical

Nature - The website for the Nature Journal

New Scientist – The website for New Scientist magazine [News]

Popular Science – Popular Science magazine

AAAS - American Association for the Advancement of Science [News]

Science - The magazine of the AAAS

ABC Science – The Australian Broadcast Commission website for science [News]

The Daily GalaxyThe Daily Galaxy -Great Discoveries Channel

Astronomy & Space

Space Weather – Reporting the Sun Earth relationship – daily sun spot report

Space Daily – News about space and space travel

NASA - NASA website [News]

Chandra – X-Ray Observatory





Online discount shopping in Australia

16 06 2009

I am a bargain hunter. Whenever I purchase some new bit of gadgetry I hunt high and low, virtual and real, for the best price. In my searches I have come across many online discount shops and have purchased many goods from them.

The problem is when I do my next price search I have forgooten all of their web addresses and have to re-discover them again. To overcome this problem I have collected all the online discount stores that I know about in Australia and I have listed them below.

List of major online discount shops in Australia

Online retailers

www.bigshop.com.au

www.catchoftheday.com.au (daily specials only)

www.dealsdirect.com.au

www.oo.com.au

www.ozdirect.com

www.crazysales.com.au

Search engine for online shops

www.getprice.com.au

www.myshopping.com.au

www.shopbot.com.au

www.shopferret.com.au

au.shopping.com

www.shopsafe.com.au





Winter arrives in the Yarra Valley

10 06 2009

This was the coldest day this year as freezing winds from the Antartic swept up through the state. Many areas experienced snowfalls including the Dandeoing Ranges and the mountains in the Yarra Valley. The snow resorts had a bumper fall with some adding over 20cm to their snow cover during the day.

I took this photograph of the snow capped Mt Victoria with the township of Warburton below.

Snow covers Mt Victoria in the Yarra Valley

Snow covers Mt Victoria in the Yarra Valley

Mt Victoria covered in snow

Mt Victoria covered in snow

Mt victoria viewed from the township of Warburton

Mt victoria viewed from the township of Warburton





On the banks of the Yarra River

7 06 2009

We went for a walk along the Yarra River in Warburton and I took a few photographs – as always.

On this page I have also experimented with a few online photo services to see how each of them handled linking to a larger version of the thumbnail photograph. The services I used were WordPress itself, Picasa Web, Flikr, Photoshop Express and Photobucket.

Giant Californian Redwood Tress

Early last century some Americans Seventh Day Adventists settled in Warburton and planted Californian Redwood trees along the Yarra River. They are now some of the tallest trees around Warburton and display their size and beauty at a bend in the Yarra River famous for catching the occasional glimpse of Platypus.  Click on the image to see to see it displayed at Flikr.

californian_redwoods

Californian Redwoods along the bank of the Yarra River

Some of the Californian Redwoods have a massive base. This one is particularly attractive both to the adult eye and a child’s climbing instinct. Click on the image to it displayed at  Picasa Web Album

The massive base of a Californian Redwood tree

The massive base of a Californian Redwood tree

Also called the Seqoiu he Californian Redwoods can grow up to 100m tall (Wikipedia article).  I don’t know how tall these ones are but they have grown quite high. Click on the image to see it displayed in Photoshop online.

Californian Redwoods are one of the tallest trees in the world

Californian Redwoods are one of the tallest trees in the world

Ducks enjoying the water

Many different types of ducks live near to and swim in the Yarra River. These are some recent arrivals with different colouring from the rest. Click the image to see it displayed in  Photobucket

Many different types of ducks swim on the yarra river

Many different types of ducks swim on the yarra river

A (very) small waterfall

The Yarra River was fairly low due to the lack of good rains recently. A lack of good rains is an understatement, we are in a full blown drought. Warburton itself is quite green as it always but the nearby dams are very low and many most of the state is extremely dry.

Recently there was massive flooding  in Gippsland and all the much needed fresh water flowed out to the sea. The rest of the drought afflicted state looked on in confused anger, that water should have been captured and stored. However it turns out that dams are currently politically incorrect and some sort of threat to our way of life. I though thirst was a threat to our way of life? So once again “common sense” is shelved to prevent anyone being labelled politically incorrect.

Why does an appeal to common sense no longer win an argument? Why is it when you say something is wrong there is no longer shame but the answer “only from your point of view”? If there is no absolute why do people who say this believe they are absolutely right?

Click on the image to see it full size from WordPress.

Water pours over rocks in the Yarra River

Water pours over rocks in the Yarra River

Conclusions

I have summarised my conclusions about using different methods of displaying larger versions of the thumbnail images on my blog pages. Although I believe using WordPress is the easiest overall since there is only one image upload to one site there are other considerations as well.

If you want the thumbnail image to link to an online gallery where visitors can browse through your albums then using one of these providers is the better option. If ever I find time I will do a comparison of the main online photo galleries and post the results.

Flikr

  • Very easy to select and upload multiple images and view the upload progress
  • The link opens with the image displayed in Flikr with links to your albums
  • The image can be viewed in different sizes and easily downloaded
  • Sign up to Flikr at www.flikr.com

Picasa Web Album

  • Easy to use but only selects one image at a time, upload multiple images but upload cannot be monitored
  • The link opens with the image displayed in Picasa Web with links to your album
  • The image can be viewed in different sizes and easily downloaded
  • Sign up to Picasa Web at picasaweb.google.com (you will need a Gmail account)

Photoshop.Com

  • Very easy to select and upload multiple images and view the upload progress
  • The link opens with the image displayed in Photoshop with links to your albums
  • The image can be viewed in different sizes and downloaded but theses options are immediately visible
  • Sign up to Photoshop.Com at www.photoshop.com

Photobucket

  • Very easy to select and upload multiple images and view the upload progress
  • The link opens with the image displayed in Photoshop with links to your albums (image only possible)
  • The image can be viewed in different sizes and downloaded
  • Multiple linking options means care in adding the correct link to WordPress (Email & IM is best)
  • Sign up to Photobucket at photobucket.com

WordPress

  • Image uploaded as a normal process of adding image to the blog
  • The link opens with the image only displayed (other display options possible)
  • The image can be viewed and downloaded in full upload size
  • Sign up to WordPress at wordpress.com




Ducks swimming on the Yarra River

6 06 2009

I took this video with my digital camera of some ducks swimming on the Yarra River in Warburton. This is a species I have not seen here before and they were very colourful. The most common ducks locally are the Australian Brown Duck and the domestic duck.

Here is the Youtube link.





Autumn arrives

8 05 2009

Autumn has well and truly arrived. For our northern hemisphere neighbours it starts in Australia when spring starts for you. Most of Australia’s flora is evergreen but in the Yarra Valley there are many European trees planted by the early settlers – for us an early settler arrived only 100 to 200 years ago.

This car has autumn leaves raining down from a liquid amber tree. You can see the green Australian bush in the background.

Autumn leaves cover a car

Autumn leaves rain down on a car








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