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Panasonic's New Tinytot Lumix GF3 Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

Posted: June 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Panasonic's New Tinytot Lumix GF3 Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

Just months after announcing the Lumix GF2, Panasonic has trumped itself with the tinytot sized GF3. Panasonics ever growing – yet shrinking – stable of Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras. Panasonic claims it’s GF3 is the world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a built-in flash. The new DMC-GF3 is 16 percent smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the DMC-GF2. The Panasonic GF3’s size and weight reductions are largely thanks to the elimination of an optical viewfinder and mirror-box, which also means there’s – eek – no electronic viewfinder M★C READ MORE


Melbourne: Tim Vagg at Kick Gallery, The Boxer

Posted: June 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Melbourne: Tim Vagg at Kick Gallery, The Boxer

Tim Vagg’s latest showing at Melbourne’s best contemporary gallery – Kick – is outstandingly, unapologetically coloquial with a smirkish twist. Mr Vagg’s inspiration seems – in part – to be the cringe factor Australians feel for their own Aussiness. His works are brilliantly gregarious, as always masterly crafted and sit squarely on Kick’s walls.  The always dapper Mr Vagg, opened his show to a packed house, his opening comments a toast to his very oddly angled eye – we do love a touch of irony – commenting on a perspective that is seldom seen from within Australia, an introverted view of ourselves – our history – thought out from an outside point of view and painted by one of our own.  OK, that may have been a little carried away. Vagg’s works are quite outstanding pieces, his homage to – inspiration came from Les Darcy and Lionel Rose – our fighting spirit, our obscure almost freakish embrace of the different M★C READ MORE


Chris Malloy's Hoverbike, a Baby Chinook is Born

Posted: June 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Chris Malloy's Hoverbike, a Baby Chinook is Born

What do you get when you combine the agility of a motorbike with the lift of a hovercraft – aside from the obvious thrill – Chris Malloy’s Hoverbike, the ultimate all terrain vehicle. Malloy’s Hoverbike is set to take motocross to new hieghts. Malloy told highpants .com “I’ve loved designing aircraft since childhood. The thing that kicked off the design of the hoverbike was a comment my helicopter instructor Chris Townsend made, which was that the Robinson R22 was an airborne motorbike.  I didn’t quite agree, so I set out to build a robust workable flying motorbike to prove my point” Malloy is no stranger to aeronautic design. Malloy has spent every spare hour – and dollar – for the past two and a half years developing Hoverbike. The result is a prototype that seats a single pilot on a Kevlar reinforced carbon fiber frame between two horizontal spinning propellers, the Hoverbike is in essence a tandem-rotor baby Chinook helicopter. Just like it’s big brother – the Chinook – Hoverbike employs the same counter-rotating rotors eliminating the need for an anti-torque vertical tail rotor, making for the ultimate in efficiency and compact flight M★C READ MORE


If Your Anyplace Near Australia and Your Sat in a Boat, Your Better Off Being a Cow!

Posted: June 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on If Your Anyplace Near Australia and Your Sat in a Boat, Your Better Off Being a Cow!

 

In proof that Australia has the ability to act decisively, the Federal Government has slapped a ban on exporting Live Cattle to Indonesia, at the same time it is muddling through attempting to stop live imports of refugees from Indonesia. “We are here because of animal welfare” Australian Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig banned live cattle from being sent to Indonesia for up to six months, costing $300 million, following a public outcry over their mistreatment of the animals in local abattoirs. While we are all for animal rights, we a definitely amused at what seems to be a growing hypocrisy in Australia’s moral based policies. Shirking our social responsibilities for a few thousand people, an unfounded fear of different people all seems a bit of a beat up. In 2010 around 4000 people attempted to arrive in Australia via rickety boat, in 2010 – that same year – a little over 3000 Australians committed suicide. Did the Australian government and indeed the Federal Opposition stand on  a soap box spruking the evils of suicide? Did $150,000,000 get thrown at trying to turn the tide on mental illness? Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard said of the Chinese and their human rights, “I did express to premier Wen my concern and Australia’s concern about the treatment of ethnic minorities, about the question of religious freedom and about recent reports in relation to human rights activists, we believe in human rights. It’s an Australian value” M★C READ MORE


If Your Anyplace Near Australia and Your Sat in a Boat, Your Better Off Being a Cow!

Posted: June 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on If Your Anyplace Near Australia and Your Sat in a Boat, Your Better Off Being a Cow!

 

In proof that Australia has the ability to act decisively, the Federal Government has slapped a ban on exporting Live Cattle to Indonesia, at the same time it is muddling through attempting to stop live imports of refugees from Indonesia. “We are here because of animal welfare” Australian Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig banned live cattle from being sent to Indonesia for up to six months, costing $300 million, following a public outcry over their mistreatment of the animals in local abattoirs. While we are all for animal rights, we a definitely amused at what seems to be a growing hypocrisy in Australia’s moral based policies. Shirking our social responsibilities for a few thousand people, an unfounded fear of different people all seems a bit of a beat up. In 2010 around 4000 people attempted to arrive in Australia via rickety boat, in 2010 – that same year – a little over 3000 Australians committed suicide. Did the Australian government and indeed the Federal Opposition stand on  a soap box spruking the evils of suicide? Did $150,000,000 get thrown at trying to turn the tide on mental illness? Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard said of the Chinese and their human rights, “I did express to premier Wen my concern and Australia’s concern about the treatment of ethnic minorities, about the question of religious freedom and about recent reports in relation to human rights activists, we believe in human rights. It’s an Australian value” M★C READ MORE