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Blogger Identities

IanVisits has an interesting post on the way that the media insist on treating the identities of bloggers [^]. As Ian points out it is common practice for celebrities to referred to by their stage name; like Michael Caine rather than Maurice Micklewhite.

ian visits - How the Media Treat Bloggers Identities

However, when it comes to bloggers the media often insist on using a blogger’s “real” name rather than their pseudonym. In most cases a newspaper will not include a web-address for a blog. If you can search for their online identity you stand a good chance of finding them. With only their real name you stand very little chance of finding them, and finding out if you want to follow them, their blogs or twittering.

Lost Shipping Containers

Have you seen pictures of cargo ships with containers stacked high above the deck? And have you wondered what happens when the ship is in a storm? Yes, containers get swept overboard, floating just below the surface for a while, then slowly sinking to the sea-floor. But what happens to them once they hit the bottom?

sunken shipping container

Out of the estimated 10,000 shipping containers that are lost every year only one has been found on the sea-floor. And that one was an accident, this container landed in an area being surveyed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

Under the sea: Life on a lost shipping container[^] is an interview BoingBoing’s Maggie Koerth-Baker had with MBARI’s research coordinator, Andrew DeVogelaere. In the interview they discuss some of environmental impacts of these steel boxes, such as corrosion and their possible use as a habitat for deep sea creatures. If nothing else it makes you realise how little we know about this strange, hostile environment.

Nigerian Scams Revisited

Tales of scams seem to be a recurring theme around here. Way back in the early days of this blog, 2006, I had a post about a group of people that were going out of their way to scam the Nigerian Scammers [^]. At the time I said that I wasn’t sure how this would sit with the Golden Rule [^]; which is do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Nigerian Scams

Sarah Lacy at TechCrunch has posted a story about the lives and motivations of the Nigerian scammers [^], and the environment that they live in. After reading that it seems that my initial reaction was the right one. This isn’t something that they do gratuitously or for kicks. These people are doing this to survive, to feed their families, and to try to get ahead.

The interesting thing is that despite legal and technical crackdowns the scams continue, but they’ve evolved: “It’s not the glamorous, quick-money world it used to be. Today being a scammer takes smarts and stamina.” Gone is the quick hit replaced by long cons around online dating.

Speed Kills

Here at BrizBunny we are serious about speeding; and sometime a road safety campaign comes along that is worth mentioning. The town of Speed in North Western Victoria is now campaigning for supporters [^] on facebook to change it’s name to “SpeedKills”. All it takes is 10,000 likes.

Speed Kills

The 45 people of Speed say “Too many people are killed or injured on our country roads. We’re fed up and want to do something about it.” They now have over 28,000 likes, so it looks as though there is going to be a new landmark sign on Victoria’s roads. Head on over to facebook and check out the videos they have up with locals explaining the campaign.

Before & During the Brisbane Floods

The ABC has just put up a series of before and during photos of the floods [^] that recently struck Brisbane, the capital of Queensland.

The photos really bring home how widespread the flooding really was. It’s shocking to see some areas Brisbane that I am familiar with under water; and we can’t begin to understand what it is like for Queenslanders.

Our thoughts go out to all of those people that have to live with and clean-up the effects of this disaster. But there is something that you can do: donate to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal [^].

Brisbane Southbank - 2011 Flood