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I’m fairly sure neither Ben nor Merv said that

I’m fairly sure neither Ben nor Merv said that, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. An epic placeholder-text balls-up on the front page of today’s FT Asia edition. Have a look at the pull quotes on top of the photos of … Continue reading

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OM NOM NOM NOM

OM NOM NOM NOM, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. Venus fly-traps in the carnivorous plants display at the Gardens By The Bay, right up the top of the Cloud Forest dome. They look like tiny aliens!

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Supertree Forest

Supertree Forest, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. These “supertrees” tower over Singapore’s new Gardens By The Bay, a multi-hectare botanical garden that’ll anchor the Marina Bay district as it expands out past the current edges of Singapore’s CBD. The tallest … Continue reading

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Come at me, goldbugs: why Thomas Pascoe’s Telegraph piece is wrong

Thomas Pascoe of the (London) Telegraph posted a conspiracy-theory-laden blog post last Thursday, insinuating that Gordon Brown’s decision to sell the majority of the UK’s gold holdings on a 200-buck handle (it’s now north of 1600) wasn’t just dumb and … Continue reading

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Common Crowned Pigeon

Common Crowned Pigeon, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. Here’s another nice photo from yesterday’s excursion to the Jurong Bird Park – this Common Crowned Pigeon stood still for long enough to let me squeeze off a nice, razor-sharp photo. (You’ll … Continue reading

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Lorikeet

Lorikeet, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. The lorikeets at the Jurong Bird Park are unbelievably friendly. They’ll perch on your shoulder; pose for photos; and deafen you with their screeching. (You definitely want to view this one full-size.) And if … Continue reading

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Kiama Blowhole

Kiama Blowhole 2, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. Water explodes from the Kiama Blowhole, a natural fissure in the igneous rock around Kiama’s lighthouse. Under the right conditions (generally involving a hurricane-force onshore wind, so, no thanks), the blowhole’s bursts … Continue reading

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Tawny Frogmouth 2

Tawny Frogmouth 2, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. A tawny frogmouth owl, sitting in a tree in the temperate forests above Moruya on NSW’s south coast. Yeah, I’m on holidays.

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McWay Falls

McWay Falls, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. This waterfall – plunging eighty feet off a cliff onto an inaccessible beach – is McWay Falls, the highlight of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. It’s ten miles from Big Sur, and totally … Continue reading

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As close as it gets

As close as it gets, originally uploaded by Shiny Things. Mid-eclipse: May 20, 2012; 6:30pm; from the Lawrence Hall of Science, in the hills above UC Berkeley.

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