Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smart Watch

June 14th, 2017

I love useful technology and I’m always on the lookout for anything new that will help me do a better job.  Until about 10 years ago it really didn’t matter too much what camera gear you used; a good photographer could turn heads with results from basic gear.  What has changed?  The vast array of […]

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Basic business principles – tips for online startups

June 14th, 2017

Having encountered an increasing number of startups operating more wildly than the most casual of chook raffles, it would seem basic business principles aren’t as commonsense as I’d presumed. Just had another businessperson ring my landline, leave a message and say ‘ring me back on this number’ without leaving their phone number. The same business […]

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Business operating hours – dates away & events attended

June 12th, 2017

This is a one-person show – so you receive personal service.  But as there’s no staff here, when I’m away, the office is closed. Some of the days I’ll be out of the office & events we could cross paths at, in 2017: Malanda; Atherton Tablelands (Far North Queensland) – 21st June (away 20-22 June); […]

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2018 Farm tour of Ireland, Wales, England & Scotland – F.A.Q.

June 11th, 2017

Have you ever dreamt of a relaxing trip around Britain’s iconic rural landscapes – off the beaten track as well as to famous locations? En route enjoying great food and interesting conversations with locals involved in agriculture, as well as other farmers on the tour? Then I have the ideal journey for you! Below are […]

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Drone technology – rapidly evolving

May 25th, 2017

Last weekend I discovered that my DJI Phantom 4 PRO drone system is now recording audio. I nearly fell over in surprise when playing back a video of a creek and heard rainforest birds tweeting over the top of rushing water. I hunted around the internet for mentions of this change, and found almost nothing. […]

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Why are some animals more equal than others?

May 22nd, 2017

I was surprised to find an animal right’s activist piece on ABC Open, called ‘Art from the cattleman’s daughter’ Author Jo Frederiks asks: ‘Animal equality: why are some more equal than others’? Excellent question! Which leads on to: – Why do animal rights activists fail to support measures to exterminate feral species (cats & foxes […]

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Just how much does the weather affect our behaviour and outlook?

March 10th, 2017

Earlier this week, I completely lost my mojo. There was no obvious explanation for it.  Had I just scoffed six roast chickens? Run a marathon? Been up all night? No to all of the above. The only reason I could think of was the weather. This wet season has been a particular disappointment – usually […]

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Drone Photography F.A.Q.

February 28th, 2017

I’m asked a lot of questions about drones and drone photography. Here’s a few answers to F.A.Q: What is the difference between a ‘drone’, ‘RPA’ & ‘UAV’? None! ‘Drone’ is the commonly used name for pilotless aircraft. R.P.A.(s) stands for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (system). U.A.V. stands for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Different names – all referring […]

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Care for the environment – like charity – must begin at home

February 12th, 2017

Pheasant coucals are one of Australia’s most splendid birds. They are quirky characters with disproportionally long tails, a habit of engaging in disorganised, ungainly dances in bare spaces that include roads, and a hauntingly memorable call. I heard a pheasant coucal long before I ever saw one, several decades ago, in the thick vegetation lining […]

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SkyPixel – drone photography rights grab

December 31st, 2016

Who scrutinises pages of Terms & Conditions prior to ticking ‘yes’ and downloading apps, updating software, joining well-known global groups? We all know we should – but life’s too short.  And it is reasonable to expect that well-known businesses will protect their corporate reputation by at least feigning respect for their customers. Which means not […]

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