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PersonSpot: Create an Online Magazine


Mural.ly – Build Murals on the Web with Web Content


Goodreads: The Book Reading Social Network


Native Wildlife of the Area


It’s another wet and windy day in paradise, so not much to do but sit it out. It also means I haven’t got a lot to type about (as opposed to write about, given I’m using the keyboard). So I’m going back a little and posting about some photos I’ve taken in recent months here. In fact, what I’m posting about today is one of the great things about living here in Tea Gardens, which differs a great deal from other places I have lived down Newcastle and Lake Macquarie way and that is the abundance of wildlife around here. Sadly we have managed to kill of most of the wildlife down around Newcastle, or at the very least drove it all away. Here it abounds and I love it being so.

Diamond PythonI’m not talking about just the smaller animal and bird species you might expect to find in a suburban area, but even the bigger examples of wildlife also. Kangaroos and Wallabies can be found all over the place in this area and it isn’t unusual to see them bounding down the main street in numbers. In fact, sadly, you often find them as road kill on the main road out to the highway. Where I work we have smaller wallabies and kangaroos actually living in and amongst the homes, with joeys in their pouches as well. The odd Dingo can also be seen from time to time. Koalas are known to live in healthy numbers around the area – not that I have spotted one here yet.

Reptiles abound here also, with large numbers of Red Belly Black Snakes, Diamond Pythons (pictured at above left) and Tree Snakes readily found in the warmer months, along with Blue-Tongued Lizards and Goannas. I have seen some Goannas that have been at least 1 metre long. Some of the Diamond Pythons have been closer to 2 metres in length.

It is the bird life that really thrives around here, especially the wetland varieties. The area is rich in bird life. At work you can see on a daily basis Wattle Birds, Blue Wrens, Finches, various Parrots and Rosellas, Black Cockatoos, Galahs, Water Fowl, Wood Ducks, Ibis, Egrets, Spoonbills, Herons, Black Swans and many, many more species of birds. There are the rarer sightings of birds also. A Tawny Frogmouth (pictured at below right) has made its home near where I live, trying its best to look like part of the tree in which it chooses to roost.Tawny Frogmouth

The area also abounds in sea life, of various types and sizes. It is not unusual to have Humpback Whales sighted of the coast here and Dolphins can be spotted almost every morning if you know where to look. The Sting Rays are also easy spot at the right time of the day.

You do get your not so welcome species of wildlife also, such as mosquitos and sand flies, but I guess these play their part in the general run of things, being food perhaps for the more welcome members of wildlife society.

One of the things I’m doing down here, tieing in my interest in web applications and social networks, is being involved with the Project Noah social network. This is a place to log wildlife spots with GPS markings using the iPhone application, along with the web application. I haven’t long been involved in it, but it is something I will be doing more and more. It will be good to build up a more complete picture of what species live in the area. Others can get involved in recording and mapping the wildlife of the area here by joining the ‘mission’ I have started at Project Noah.

The mission I have started for Tea Gardens can be found at:
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/12346009

Flixster: Social Networking for Movies


Storymarks


  1. Storymarks is an interesting social network/web application that I have recently come across. It’s a new way of telling stories via social media. It has been described as ‘Facebook for Places,’ which probably isn’t a bad way of describing it. The articles and videos below explain what it is and how to get involved with Storymarks.

Jolicloud Me – Bring Your Social Cloud Together in One Place


  1. Jolicloud Me has recently entered public beta and I have only recently signed on to try out the web application/social network. It does appear impressive for what it attempts to do. It is a curation service for your social presence on the World Wide Web, bringing all of your social cloud together in one place. That is the aim anyhow – being in beta you can expect plenty more services to be added as time goes by.

    The articles below provide a useful introduction to the service.

Spotify


  1. Now that Spotify has arrived in Australia, it is time to put together something on this music site, which is really something of a music social network/web application with a software component. It is a streaming music application, with an offline feature. It can be free service with advertising or can be a paid subscription service without advertising. One thing is for sure, with Spotify it is unlikely you will need to buy music ever again – well you may want to occasionally as there are some music artists out there that haven’t got on board with Spotify, though most have.

    In this story you will find articles on Spotify and how to sign up, as well as the usual tutorial type articles and videos.

  2. Have you signed up to Spotify yet? If so, what do you think of the service? I think it is fantastic and look forward to many months and years of relatively free music via the premium service that I use.

Projeqt


  1. Most of this story will be via embedded videos from YouTube and Vimeo. These videos provide both an introduction to Projeqt, as well as tutorials for using the application. Projeqt is a similar tool to that of Storify from what I can tell.

  2. So how did you go? Have you worked out how to use Projeqt? What do you think of it?