Large Scale Photo Exhibit Shows Off the ‘Real Sydney’

Just returned from an amazing outdoor photo exhibit in Sydney’s Hyde Park that is part of Sydney’s Art & About festival. Twenty-two photos depicting real-life Sydney (this is not your Opera House and Bondi Beach shots, kids), have been enlarged to the size of a bed sheet and are hanging along a leafy central walkway of Hyde Park North. Work is by both established photographers and newcomers, and represents an array of styles. On display through Sunday, 25 October. I snapped this shot of the winning entry by Tamara Dean. It’s called “The Bride, Ritualism Series”.

Photo of a photo by KazzaDrask Media.

Out4Immigration Number One on Immigration Equality

Via Melanie Nathan at

Some organizations focus on fundraising and remain furtive in their strategy, citing “we know best” while purporting to advance the cause of binationals in their self appointed autocracy. However Out4Immigration remains consistent in its plan –- a transparent one — and as always makes public and involves the public.

The group is now in the 34th week of its letter writing campaign and is responsible for much of the traction of UAFA [Uniting American Families Act] gaining support on the Hill. What is noteworthy is the fact that Out4Immigration works steadily and consistently to put people on the ground.

We can never underestimate the value of LGBT personal stories. We must introduce ourselves, one by one to Congress. The few organizations are indeed just that, too few on the Hill, and they do not have the power of the personal story. Congress wants to hear from us. They would rather hear from us than lobbyists and groups. The power of each and every story is as unique as a fingerprint and as relevant as our family entitlements. This is a skill so beautifully honed by O4I and passed on to all willing to take the plunge. (Read more)

Futurist Proved Correct About 2009 Makes Predictions for 2016

Earlier today I made a post about how social media has changed our lives. Duh, I suppose. But then I came across this item, which pointed out even more clearly where we were in 2002 — and the predictions of Australian futurist Ross Dawson that accurately described the networked world of today anticipating social networks, Twitter, corporate blogging, crowd-sourcing, personalized advertising, virtual personal assistants and much more that now seems commonplace.

On that note, it seems fitting that Dawson, author of Implementing Enterprise 2.0 and Living Networks, has ventured to make some more predictions of what we’ll be taking for granted in 2016: video glasses that will allow us to experience new forms of television, news updates, and detailed information about the world around us and people we meet while walking around or commuting; lifestreaming an almost continuous array of videos, photos, sounds and conversations from our everyday lives; talking with our computers, and some much more detailed stuff you can read more about on Dawson’s blog Trends in the Living Networks.

5 Ways Social Media Is Changing Our Daily Lives

Via Soren Gordhamer at Mashable. He writes:

“It is hard to know sometimes how our life has changed until we stop for a moment and look at how different it is from ten or even five years ago. In recent years social media, likely more than anything else, has significantly impacted most of our daily lives. Envisioning the global conversation that has developed over the past few years because of tools like Facebook and Twitter might have been unimaginable for most people at the beginning of this decade.”

Think about it for a minute. Social media has changed:

1. Where we get our news — your Facebook homepage has all kinds of interesting tidbits that your friends have been compiling overnight.
2. How we start and do business — that converted ice cream truck downtown that now provides stunning gourmet lunches for less than $10? You first heard about it on Twitter, right?
3. How we meet and stay in touch with people — I don’t know about you, but I just caught up with 35 people from high school last month who I thought I would never see again.
4. What we reveal — sure, there’s still a few people out there who are guilty for revealing too much information (or taking and posting the results of too many online quizzes), but admit it, you like those random updates about lost luggage, what’s for dinner and mobile uploads of sunrises.
5. What we can influence — out with Oprah. Who needs the Big O or other mainstream media outlets to come along once a day to tell us the latest trends. Social media lets us set the trends ourselves. Whether we have a handful of followers or nearly a million, we, too, can be “influencers”. Now, there’s a term none of us had heard of at the start of the millennium! (Read more)

Out4Immigration at National Equality March in Washington DC

Eyewitness report from Out4Immigration member Shannon Fortner, who was there on the mall at Sunday’s National Equality March with the Out4Immigration contingent.

We had a great time, had a lot of family and friends from Sarasota, FL come out to march with us and hold the banners. Thanks for the heart posters as well … Thanks to Doug Haxall, Out4Immigration Board Member, for being there and meeting up. Thanks to all who could not be there in person, but were there in spirit. I will have a lot of pics on the drive back to Florida. We had a lot of good reactions and pics taken of the banner. And I was interviewed a few times and I feel we made a visual connection and understanding on a grassroots level. It is crazy how a lot of our community had no clue of our struggle. I think this is the time to get a web of organizations and work together on a federal level for Equal Rights.

The problem I found is that other organization hesitate to work with one another. But this is what it will take to finalize change. We are on the road we just need to stand arm to arm and stand taller.

If you’re on Facebook, join the Out4Immigration page to see more photos.

(Photo courtesy of Paula Johnston)

Live Blogging at the ANZA Technology Network Gateway to the US Summit 2009

Great buzz this morning in Silicon Valley at the Plug and Play Tech Center around the 10 innovative Australian companies ANZA TechNet put on stage. Read the live blog here and see why at the close of this SRO event one of the judges was overheard saying, “Wow. A real interesting mix.”