Bicycles in Adelaide

We are all enduring that time of the Adelaide calendar when bicycles encircle the Adelaide city & descend from the surrounding hills for the SANTOS Tour Down Under.

So I felt it time to wheel out my photographs of two-wheeled non-motorised cyclists, professional and amateur, enjoying riding purely for the fun of it!

Hangin' On Untitled

Cyclists at Stoplights

Red Helmets Go Faster BMX's are Back!

Shadow Jumper

Heavy Landing He Might Be Small

Cycling Up Hill (Male)Going for Distance, Going for Speed...

Lift, Lift it Up! Cycling Up Hill (Female)

Last but not least, the perfect bicycle for those of us who like be able to get off any time for a cold drink:

Travelling in Style


Updates to my Upcoming Exhibition

In case you hadn’t heard, read, been told or haven’t accepted the invitation yet, I one of 3,300 people exhibiting photographic artwork during the SALA 2010 festival.

If you are in Adelaide between 30th July and 14th August, come, see, peruse, and maybe purchase my twenty framed photographs of waterscapes around Kangaroo Island.

I’m upstairs at Stall 141 in the the Adelaide Arcade, open between 10am and 6pm (or thereabouts. Some days I am going to visit other SALA exhibitions around Adelaide!)

The opening night is 30th July, between 6.00pm and 9.00pm. I hope to see you all!

What is the updated news?

If you walk past the stall from this Monday (19th July 2010), and look in the window: You’ll see my artwork on the walls. Aha, that’s right, I’ve been given permission to hang the artwork early. There is a reason for this – which will be explained next month!

My SALA 2010 Promo Advert Extra: Those that turn up will find out where I got the idea for the theme: “Lines on the Horizon“.

Big thanks to my sponsors and contributors:

Richard Pascoe, Adelaide's TechGuy

The Islander Estate Vineyards - IEV - Jacques Lurton

How do you use the Internet?

It would appear that I use the internet differently to most people.

1. I don’t want to lead large groups of people.
I prefer to be part of the group, get involved with the machinations and converse with the crowds.

Outboard Motors

Yes, I am the leader of the Adelaide/SA Photographers on Redbubble. It is merely a title, and gives me no financial reward. I basically keep the group submissions to the calibre we want to display to the world. We are not a happy-snap group, we display images that show Adelaide and South Australia in best light.

2. I don’t aim to make quadrillions of dollars from the internet. I do upload graphics and photographs that I sell occasionally, but I don’t expect the internet sales to jump through the roof so I can quit my day job. That might be a dream, but I am neither so egotistical nor naive enough to believe that is possible. Instead, I use the internet as an one very large online gallery. So far, it’s working.

3. I don’t connect with just anyone. I am not going to connect with you just because your popularity is determined by the followers you have swarming all over your profile. Unless I actually find your content to be interesting. Yes, I do connect with a lot of interesting people who have reached that interesting online status of ‘Guru’, ‘Pro’ and ‘Venerable’. But when we first connected, they were just regular Joe’s like me. They ran with the concept of using the internet to increase their net worth. It’s a grand scheme if you can keep up the pace.

So that is the do-not’s. There’s probably a few more, but those were the few that jumped out of my head after perusing a few other sites.

Here is my always-do list:

Solo Flight

1. I always find time to talk. Even if it is belated. On twitter I sometimes respond with ‘Belated response : …’. I figure it’s polite to be honest. I also figure that a late response is better than no response. But I try to only respond to questions, not pithy responses or ego-aimed praise. Praise is nice, and admiration is OK, but an honest critique wins every day of the week.

2. I do a lot of reading. Mostly using Bloglines (an RSS reader). Not as much as I used to — we all change direction, evolve and sometimes take completely new paths. I’ve certainly done that. My reading matter includes web-design, photography, self-improvement and a smattering of philosophical stuff. For many, it makes no sense. For me, it’s the closest I have to surrounding myself with people with mutual interests.

3. I enjoy getting hooked on a site for a few months at a time. My longest addiction is Redbubble, which is now just over 3 years! I pray they neither sell-out nor collapse, as I plan to be with them for the long-haul, even if I was to never sell anything. Great people, both on the site and in the office. I’ve met a few, yet have to go Melbourne again soon, if only to meet Peter Styles. Great guy. Not just saying that, I mean it.

That’s my use of the internet. Whilst I’d love to make money from my blogs via advertising space (and I could), I’m not focusing on that at the moment. I have a bunch of emails asking me to take the next step, but I’m letting that option/idea slide a little longer. It’s not procrastination, it’s finding sufficient time to actually sit down and redesign aspects to enable it all sit aesthetically. I’m all for well-placed advertising that doesn’t take over a site.

That’s me in a nut shell. Oh, before I forget, and because I couldn’t NOT advertise myself: Check out my previous article. Someone other than me has to buy a PacMan shirt! !

How to Make Life A Lot More Enjoyable

Evening Tea I have had good reason to enjoy the internet over the last few years.

It contains many forums and similar sites to connect and chat with like-minded people easily, then get involved with either their real or online lives.

To help you understand, here are the websites that take up much of my time:

  1. Early in 2006 I discovered Australian Opinions (AO) [RIP, date unknown].
  2. When not waiting for my next $200 million instalment, I am lurking around the port80 forum threads. I have lurked a few forums over the past few years. After helping noobs on ‘bloggerhelp’, I yearned for more. There were people asking questions than giving answers: I wanted a few answers myself, but there was rarely anyone experienced enough.
    When I discovered port80 early this year, I thought nothing of it. Considering it is based in Perth I thought it would not be beneficial to me. But when I recently returned to their forum it dawned on me that distance means absolutely nothing – on the internet. The difference between Adelaide and Perth is the speed of our modems. Consequently, I am slowly becoming a regular. [Membership deleted after many years unused, date unknown]
  3. Currently my fixation is blogshares. [RIP, December 2016] .

Where do you hang out on the web?