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Bonville Butterfly House: Butterfly


I’m back from my break now – it lasted a little longer than I expected.

Today’s photo is of a butterfly. It was shot at the Bonville Butterfly House at Bonville near Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. There will be a couple more butterflies in the next couple of days.

 

Having a Break


Just a short note to let visitors to the Blog know that I’m taking a break from the Blog until the weekend (28 May 2011). I’m just a little snowed under at the moment. Thanks – I’ll be back soon.

 

Save the Words


Save the Words is an interesting little site set up by the Oxford Dictionary. It is all about saving words that are no longer used much these days by encouraging members of the site to use them each day. Worth a look – and join as I have to save the English language. The site has a lot more potential and it will be interesting to see if it is developed any further.

http://www.savethewords.org/

Trailmeme


This link is to another social networking site/tool. What is the point of this particular site? Well, it is a little difficult to explain – it is probably best to head to the site and take a look. Could be well worth a look and an inclusion in your social network sharing experience.

http://trailmeme.com/

Topsy: A Twitter Search Engine


Wow, it has been almost two months since my last post on this Blog. Time has gone by quickly as I have struggled to keep up with the demands of running a number of different Blogs and websites. In fact, I have done very little with many of them – just been too busy and too tired. Hopefully that will change a little now. I’m trying to become a little more disciplined with my time in order to allow myself to get on with the task of maintaining the various websites I own.

Today’s ‘daily’ is a website called ‘Topsy.’ Topsy is a search engine for Twitter posts or tweets as they are often called. If you would like to search Twitter for a particular topic or even a username, Topsy could be just the place you are looking for. I found it today and experimented a little with it – a very good little site I thought (for Twitter). Just another of the seemingly countless Twitter applications that are out there.

Visit Topsy at:

http://topsy.com/

Plinky


For today’s ‘daily’ I’m going to post about a new service from ‘Automattic,’ the guys behind WordPress.com. They have a new service called ‘Plinky.’

Basically, what this new service is all about is giving its members prompts for Blog posts. The service will ask you a question, which you then answer. This then becomes your Blog post, which can be added to your usual Blogging platform, such as WordPress (which is what I do). It can be shared direct from the site or embedded via a code that Plinky provides. I have been copying and pasting this code into my web editor in order to format the text as I would like it to appear in my Blog.

I think this is a great little service to help those just starting out in Blogs, as it will provide you with the basis for a daily post. It will also help those who struggle to come up with content for their Blogs.

Me? I just use it to supplement what I already post – to give my Blog a little more personal appeal.

Visit Plinky at:

http://www.plinky.com/

Rollyo: Create Your Own Search Engine


If you have a website and would like to create a search engine just for it, you can use Google of course, or you can use Rollyo. But more than that, with Rollyo you can add whatever sites you like to the search engine. This is a great little idea which I intend to use in the future (when I get around to doing so).

Check it out at:

http://rollyo.com/index.html

A Little Perspective


In some respects we are right to think of our little planet as the centre of the universe, yet it helps to have a little perspective sometimes – the following web page does just that:

http://www.rense.com/general72/size.htm

Banksia: Bundjalung National Park


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I am back from my little ‘holiday’ from blogging, which was due to injury and sickness. Hopefully I won’t take too many of these breaks, but sometimes it is good to have a break.

Today’s photo is of a Banksia. There are quite a number of Banksia species, which belong to the Protea family. Australia has quite a number of different Banksia species. I believe this one to be Banksia ericifolia.