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Month: January 2013

Free Wifi in Wollongong CBD

Free Wifi in Wollongong CBD

Wollongong Lighthouse. Image by Des Paroz
I spend quite a lot of time in Wollongong, working with Untethered and teaching PADI Instructor Courses and other dive courses at United Divers. Its a beautiful city, close to Sydney on the NSW south coast, with wonderful scenery and great infrastructure, without all of the hustle and bustle of the capital city.

Wollonong City has been quite progressive in making itself technologically significant, and I was interested to read in Lifehacker that Wollongong CBD now has free Wi-Fi , provided by the Wollonogong City Council.

According to the Council’s press release, from 21 January 2013:

Wollongong City Wi-Fi is available in outdoor areas on Crown Street between Keira and Corrimal Streets, as well as in Globe Lane, and the Arts Precinct (formerly Civic Plaza) on Burelli Street. The free Wi-Fi service will also be extended west along Crown Street to Gladstone Avenue in coming weeks.

Its great to see free wifi role out in various towns and cities around Australia. Next time I go down to “the Gong” I will give the free wifi a try, and see how the speed and connectivity is.

Around the Web links for 23rd January

Around the Web links for 23rd January

These are links I’ve gathered from my wanderings around the web for 23rd January

Bookmarks from around the web for 22nd January

Bookmarks from around the web for 22nd January

These are links I’ve gathered from my wanderings around the web for 22nd January

Bookmarks from around the web for 21st January

Bookmarks from around the web for 21st January

These are links I’ve gathered from my wanderings around the web for 21st January

Bookmarks from around the web for 20th January

Bookmarks from around the web for 20th January

These are links I’ve gathered from my wanderings around the web for 20th January from 09:46 to 15:36:

Eve of Grey

Eve of Grey


Clovelly New Years Eve Sunset.

This is a monochrome version of a HDR image created from three exposures on New Years Eve, at Sydney’s Clovelly Beach.

I love the look that monochrome images can provide. I feel that in this case the extra tonal range provided by HDR adds a load of texture and character to the image.

This image is part of my Photos of the Day album, which can be viewed in high resolution at http://photos.desparoz.com.

Around the web for 16th January through 20th January

Around the web for 16th January through 20th January

These are my links from around the web for 16th January through 20th January:

Around the web for 16th January

Around the web for 16th January

These are my links from around the web for 16th January from 10:49 to 16:46:

Shuri Castle

Shuri Castle

Shuri Castle - former home of the Ryukyu Kingdom
Shuri Castle is a reconstruction of the original castle of the king of the Ryukyu Kingdom – an independent country (that paid tribute to both China and Japan) until 1879.

This image was made on our trip to Japan in 2005. Although I had lived in Japan for almost two years in the early 90’s, this was my first trip to Okinawa – homeland of karate.

This image is part of my Photos of the Day album, which can be viewed in high resolution at http://photos.desparoz.com.

Around the web for 16th January

Around the web for 16th January

These are my links from around the web for 16th January from 10:31 to 10:37:

Turning a Blind Eye to Violence Against Women

Turning a Blind Eye to Violence Against Women

wrIn the Canberra Times, Jenna Price asks why too many men still turn a blind eye or just do nothing when they witness violence against women. She talked to a woman who witnessed such a situation in Canberra recently.

There were quite a few men who were pulling up and just watching,’’ she said yesterday. ’’A couple of guys started laughing…”

It troubling to me that any “man” would still think that violence against women is acceptable or appropriate. Or funny.

The White Ribbon Campaign lists three steps towards the prevention of violence against women, importantly including:

challenging sexist and violent behaviour by speaking up about it, urging the perpetrator to seek professional help or contacting the police on 131 444 or, in an emergency, 000.

Of course getting directly, physically involved has risk, and stepping in will often lead to a physical encounter. This needs to be carefully considered.

But at the very least, we should take action. Call for help, be a witness, intervene if able or perhaps create a distration.

Guys, take the pledge to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.