Well Schmap me!?!?!

The other day I got a very nice email asking for permission to use a photo I’d taken and posted to Flickr. The requestor was a company called Schmap, whom provide an online guide to cities. The photo in question was one I’d taken of Em on a recent dive at Shelly Beach. Schmap wanted to use this to promote the Australian Scuba Diving School (they didn’t have photo’s of their own?)


Still, I’m more than happy to have more people see my work. And if the Australian Scuba School gets some more business because of my efforts, awesome, more people diving.

Here’s a copy of the 7th edition of the Schmap Guide to Sydney…


Intersection of Azure, Silverlight, and DeepZoom

I’m certainly not the first to blog about this great example of our newest technologies working together. You’ll find great coverage at Paolo Barone & Steve Clayton’s blogs. But I do like it.

One of the features I really love is the ability to import Flickr photosets and embed them like never before in your blog. To demonstrate, I created a quick album of Amanzi’s 13th Birthday shots here. For some reason, most of these shots are of Charis – I think I have more on another camera. 🙂


This is a great way to display any of your photos, in original resolution, on the web no matter the viewers connection speed. Try zooming into the photos, go full screen and play around with the options.

You can sign up for your own album at www.deepzoompix.com and display photos from Facebook, Flickr, or upload your own.

Thank you

All that is left to be said from my crazy initiative of “raise $20k in a week for Leukaemia Foundation” is thank you.

I didn’t manage to raise $20k in a week, it’s true. But the team did raise a whopping $6,750!! with some money still in the “promised but not yet banked” category I reckon all up we’ll hit the $7k mark. Which is not a bad result for a week’s effort – so thanks for all your support.

VST Goal 090317

Of course, everyone on the team has thanked their sponsors individually, as has the Leukaemia Foundation. But my appeals have been so public, it seems only right that my gratitude is public too. For privacy reasons, I can’t see the sponsors of other members of the team, but in our shave video, I have called out those who sponsored myself, Charis and Amanzi. Enjoy:



Smackdown Crew goes Bald

Rick “Mad-eye Murdoch” Anderson and I, “Colonel Hannibal” from the Aussie “Mobile Smackdown” crew, are about to become bald.

We’re participating in the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual “Shave for a Cure” at 12pm today in the office.

You can join the team and shave/colour any time this week-end, or sponsor us.

Check out some of the recruitment videos…


So, head on over to http://tiyurl.com/VirtualShave and sacrifice today’s coffee for a laugh. I’ll definitely post the videos of the shave later today.


Who knows, this could be the Theme for “Smackdown 2009”