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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Biscuits & gravy (Tassie-style), Escoffier prawn cocktail, and a 600+g local ribeye with all the fixin's. Wow. The reviews don't lie; best restaurant in NW Tas.
Biscuits & gravy (Tassie-style), Escoffier prawn cocktail, and a 600+g local ribeye with all the fixin's. Wow. The reviews don't lie; best restaurant in NW Tas. @ Brasserie At Xanders

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We had a fantastic time on the West Coast Wilderness Railway today! Highly recommended if you're ever in this part of the world.
We had a fantastic time on the West Coast Wilderness Railway today! Highly recommended if you're ever in this part of the world. @ Queens-town

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Time lapse of turning the locomotive around at Dubbil Barril. Lady trainengineer FTW!
Time lapse of turning the locomotive around at Dubbil Barril. Lady trainengineer FTW!

Time lapse of refilling the locomotive at Rinadeena Saddle - pretty much the summit!
Time lapse of refilling the locomotive at Rinadeena Saddle - pretty much the summit! @ West Coast Wilderness Railway

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ALL ABOARD!
ALL ABOARD! @ West Coast Wilderness Railway

One for the train nerds! Let's go climb some mountains in an old steam train.
One for the train nerds! Let's go climb some mountains in an old steam train. @ West Coast Wilderness Railway

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Dinner = chicky chicky parm parm in the local. Alfred Deakin ate here in 1908! Love it.
Dinner = chicky chicky parm parm in the local. Alfred Deakin ate here in 1908! Love it. @ Empire Hotel

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Seriously, that's the view out the window. Picture friggin' postcard.
Seriously, that's the view out the window. Picture friggin' postcard. @ Penghana B&B

We made it to Queenstown, and our B&B is amaaaaazing.
We made it to Queenstown, and our B&B is amaaaaazing. @ Penghana B&B

"Dad says hydroelectric power stations remind us of man's ability to generate electricity." @ Tarraleah

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Time lapse on Mount Wellington summit with one very cold Snook.
Time lapse on Mount Wellington summit with one very cold Snook. @ Mount Wellington Summit

On top of Mount Wellington. Holy crap. So windy you can barely stand, and temp feels like -13C. Gorgeous day though. #nofilter
On top of Mount Wellington. Holy crap. So windy you can barely stand, and temp feels like -13C. Gorgeous day though. #nofilter @ Mount Wellington Summit

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Monday, November 24, 2014

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Fantastic desserts to cap off an excellent meal. Thanks to @brunyislandlongweekend for the recommendation!
Fantastic desserts to cap off an excellent meal. Thanks to @brunyislandlongweekend for the recommendation! @ Frank Restaurant and Bar

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Is it possible to make modern art that is actually distinguishable from a parody of itself? The debate rages on.
Is it possible to make modern art that is actually distinguishable from a parody of itself? The debate rages on. @ MONA - Museum of Old and New Art

With apologies to Sidney Nolan.
With apologies to Sidney Nolan. @ MONA - Museum of Old and New Art

Art. The room throbbed like the 2001 monolith. It got into my brain.
Art. The room throbbed like the 2001 monolith. It got into my brain. @ MONA - Museum of Old and New Art

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Catching the ferry to MONA. I am ready for a day of Confronting Art!
Catching the ferry to MONA. I am ready for a day of Confronting Art! @ Mona Ferry

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Sobering thoughts on poverty

IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Falling - Bookmarking for the Snook to read when we get home. Let's put the retirement discussion back at the top of the To Do list...

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

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I know it undid all the healthiness of the weekend, but we couldn't resist POUTINE. (Unfortunately it wasn't great.)
I know it undid all the healthiness of the weekend, but we couldn't resist POUTINE. (Unfortunately it wasn't great.) @ Bar 55 Salamanca

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Last one, and a perfect coda to the weekend. (Thanks Ollie!) Now to rest up before our MONA encounter tomorrow...
Last one, and a perfect coda to the weekend. (Thanks Ollie!) Now to rest up before our MONA encounter tomorrow...

Our plane, the Tasman Bridge, Captain Ben, and Mount Wellington. @brunyislandlongweekend
Our plane, the Tasman Bridge, Captain Ben, and Mount Wellington. @brunyislandlongweekend

Mr. Snook enjoyed the flight too. @brunyislandlongweekend
Mr. Snook enjoyed the flight too. @brunyislandlongweekend

YOU GUYS. I WAS CO-CAPTAIN IN THE SEAPLANE. @brunyislandlongweekend
YOU GUYS. I WAS CO-CAPTAIN IN THE SEAPLANE. @brunyislandlongweekend @ Tasmanian Air Adventures

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"Milf Hunter." Stay classy, bogans of Tassie. @ Adventure Bay, Tasmania

Fur seals, cliffs, albatross, sea caves, and dolphins. Amazing. @brunyislandlongweekend
Fur seals, cliffs, albatross, sea caves, and dolphins. Amazing. @brunyislandlongweekend @ Bruny Island Cruises, Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania

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We're on a boat!
We're on a boat!

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Lovely dinner. The pork rillettes and shoulder came from Ross O'Meara's farm (of Gourmet Farmer fame)! @brunyislandlongweekend
Lovely dinner. The pork rillettes and shoulder came from Ross O'Meara's farm (of Gourmet Farmer fame)! @brunyislandlongweekend

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Made it. Hardest bush walk I've ever done. 12000 steps, 8.8km, 107 floors climbed. It's quite brisk at the peak! @brunyislandlongweekend #nofilter
Made it. Hardest bush walk I've ever done. 12000 steps, 8.8km, 107 floors climbed. It's quite brisk at the peak! @brunyislandlongweekend #nofilter @ East Cloudy Head

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Halfway up a bloody mountain. Currently at 9100 steps, 6.7km, and 72 floors climbed. @brunyislandlongweekend
Halfway up a bloody mountain. Currently at 9100 steps, 6.7km, and 72 floors climbed. @brunyislandlongweekend @ East Cloudy Head

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Morning. Definitely the best night's sleep I've ever had in a tent. Packing up for another long walk! @brunyislandlongweekend
Morning. Definitely the best night's sleep I've ever had in a tent. Packing up for another long walk! @brunyislandlongweekend

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The finale to last night's dinner: pannacotta with honey and fresh local berries. @brunyislandlongweekend
The finale to last night's dinner: pannacotta with honey and fresh local berries. @brunyislandlongweekend

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Friday, November 21, 2014

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Dinner. Quinoa salad and the tenderest lamb rump I've ever eaten. @brunyislandlongweekend
Dinner. Quinoa salad and the tenderest lamb rump I've ever eaten. @brunyislandlongweekend

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Dinner. Bliss. @brunyislandlongweekend
Dinner. Bliss. @brunyislandlongweekend

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Oyster farm. Some to eat now; some to take back to camp. #brunyisland
Oyster farm. Some to eat now; some to take back to camp. #brunyisland

The intrepid nature photographer is not afraid to get his pants wet for the perfect shot.
The intrepid nature photographer is not afraid to get his pants wet for the perfect shot.

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Lunch on a promontory. Fitbit says 14,400 steps and 10.6km so far! My challenge: not to wee til we get back to a proper toilet.
Lunch on a promontory. Fitbit says 14,400 steps and 10.6km so far! My challenge: not to wee til we get back to a proper toilet. @ Bruny Island

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It's 10:30am and I've already done 8500 steps! Bruny Island is pretty spectacular so far...
It's 10:30am and I've already done 8500 steps! Bruny Island is pretty spectacular so far... @ Adventure Bay Beach, Bruny Island

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Only a little hungover. Grabbing some brekkie before heading to Bruny for three days!
Only a little hungover. Grabbing some brekkie before heading to Bruny for three days! @ Daci & Daci Bakers

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Before dinner: whiskey tasting. Nice.
Before dinner: whiskey tasting. Nice. @ Lark Distillery

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10 years ago today. Same outfits, same shoes; a little older and wiser. Happy anniversary to my best friend!
10 years ago today. Same outfits, same shoes; a little older and wiser. Happy anniversary to my best friend!

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Awwwwwww yeah. #MONA
Awwwwwww yeah. #MONA @ Tasmania Airport.

Hello Tasmania! We are in you!
Hello Tasmania! We are in you! @ Hobart International Airport

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Persimmons?

Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States - NYTimes.com - Indiana is represented by Persimmon Pudding?! I've never ever heard of such a thing.

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  • georgiedent: "A meritocracy is defined by those who believe they are meritorious" Lt Gen David Morrison We are all riddled with bias. #DCAdebate
  • Jane_OLeary: I utterly reject that there are a lack of women in leadership because of lack of their merit Says Tim Wilson #DCAdebate

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Newsletter for Technical Presenting

Technically Speaking by Chiu-Ki and Cate - My friend Cate is one of the founders of this newsletter sharing Calls for Proposal from tech conferences as well as information about public speaking. I've already found some useful links in the first two issues. You can also follow them on Twitter.

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Cool contest.

Google Fit Developer Challenge - I've been playing around with Apple's HealthKit and it's got some nice features. I wonder what the Android devs will come up with? (I also note that Withings gets a big nod, while Fitbit's anti-integration stance presumably kept them out.)

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