May 19 - 25, 2013: Issue 111
VIVID signature event: ‘Connect With Science’
Connect With Science is a public event taking place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday 30 May 2013 from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, followed by a mixer. The event is part of the VIVID Ideas festival, and will feature two world-renowned biomedical animators: Graham Johnson (UCSF, USA) and Drew Berry (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne), whose work has received international recognition (BAFTA award, 2004; Emmy award, 2005, MacArthur Fellowship, 2010). They will present awe-inspiring animations showing the intricate molecular machines inside your body.
This event is co-organized by ‘VIZBI+ Visualising the Future of Biomedicine’, a new project funded by the Inspiring Australia initiative, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, and CSIRO, Australia. For further details, see http://bit.ly/VIVID-VIZBIplus.
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:
Does your work bridge science and art? Perhaps you’re an artist inspired by science or perhaps you’re a creative scientist? If so, you have an opportunity to share your work with other like-minded people at the event. Around 8:15 pm, just after the keynote talks and preceding the mixer (8:30 pm onwards), there will be an opportunity for a limited number of participants to briefly introduce themselves and their work to the audience (in approx. one minute, and using one projected image). If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please send the image you propose to show (PNG format) plus a one-paragraph description of the work you would present to email@example.com after you have registered for this event. Submissions close 5pm AEST on Wednesday 22 May. Successful participants will be notified by email on Friday 24 May.
We are excited to be able to offer a limited number of travel fellowships to participants based in Australia who need financial help either for purchasing tickets or to get themselves to the event. If you are applying for financial help, in addition to your image and description of your work, you are also required to submit one paragraph explanation of why you need funding and how you plan to “spread the science” from this event back to your community.
Different walks of life, same goal: Stay Smart Online
What happens when you get a butcher, a tech-head, a ‘Cyber Safety Lady’ and a seriously Web-enabled grandmother into the same room? You get the team that’s leading the charge in helping Australian internet users to protect themselves online for National Cyber Security Awareness Week, 20 to 24 May 2013.
National Cyber Security Awareness Week this year brings together online butcher Jordo McHugh, web entrepreneur Bartek Marnane, cyber safety expert Leonie Smith, and technology advocate for seniors Nan Bosler OAM to spread the word about cyber security.
The four will reach out across the country to remind Australians that the internet is a great resource for socialising, business and shopping – but you need to ensure you’re doing everything you can to protect personal and financial information online.
The team will encourage people to get the best from tools including the Federal Government’s Stay Smart Online Alert Service; a service that informs users about recent online threats and provides solutions that help to manage risks.
Deputy Secretary of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Abul Rizvi, said the ambassadors represented specific groups of Australians with an interest or concern about cyber security: small business owners and operators; families with older children; senior Australians; and younger people who are almost constantly online but exposed to considerable risk through their online behaviour.
“The simple message we want to reinforce is the importance of being secure online, and we believe peers are the most influential when it comes to online behaviour,” said Mr Rizvi. “Our Stay Smart Online ambassadors come from all walks of life, and have great knowledge about technology and cyber security that they can pass on to others.”
National Cyber Security Awareness Week is supported by nearly 1000 corporate, community and government sector partners who help to share the Federal Government’s top 10 tips to Stay Smart Online:
Install and update your security software set it to scan regularly.
Turn on automatic updates on all your software, particularly your operating system and applications.
Use strong passwords and different passwords for different uses.
Stop and think before you click on links and attachments.
Take care when transacting online – research the supplier and use a safe payment method.
Only download “apps” from reputable publishers and read all permission requests.
Regularly check your privacy settings on social networking sites.
Stop and think before you post any photos or financial information online.
Talk with your child about staying safe online, including on their smart phone or mobile device.
Report or talk to someone if you feel uncomfortable or threatened online – download the Government’s Cybersafety Help Button.
Space Oddity - Published on May 12, 2013
A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station. With thanks to Emm Gryner, Joe Corcoran, Andrew Tidby and Evan Hadfield for all their hard work. Captioning kindly provided by CHS (www.chs.ca)
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Another movie inspired by real events - Our Hospitality
Our Hospitality is a silent comedy directed, produced, written by and starring Buster Keaton. Released in 1923 by Metro Pictures Corporation, the movie uses slapstick and situational comedy to tell the story of Willie McKay, a city slicker who gets caught in the middle of the infamous Canfield & McKay feud, an obvious satire of the real-life Hatfield-McCoy feud.
The Hatfield–McCoy feud (1863–1891) involved two families of the West Virginia–Kentucky area along the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River. The Hatfields of West Virginia were led by William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield while the McCoys of Kentucky were under the leadership of Randolph "Ole Ran'l" McCoy. Those involved in the feud were descended from Ephraim Hatfield (born c. 1765) and William McCoy (born c. 1750). The feud has entered the American folklore lexicon as a metonym for any bitterly feuding rival parties. More than 100 years later, the story of the feud has become a modern symbol of the perils of family honor, justice, and vengeance.
William McCoy, the patriarch of the McCoys, was born in Ireland around 1750 and immigrated to Doe Hill, Virginia. The family, led by grandson Randolph "Ole Ran'l" McCoy, lived mostly on the Kentucky side of Tug Fork (a tributary of the Big Sandy River). Of English origin the Hatfields, led by William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield, son of Ephraim and Nancy (Vance) Hatfield, lived mostly on the West Virginia side. Both families were part of the first wave of pioneers who came from Northern Ireland (Ulster), to settle the Tug Valley (also called the Grand Horse Valley).
The feud began when Asa Harmon McCoy, who was despised by Jim Vance (uncle of Devil Anse Hatfield) for joining the Union Army during the Civil War, was discharged from the army early because of a broken leg. He returned home to a warning from Vance that Harmon could expect a visit from Devil Anse's Wildcats. Frightened by gunshots as he drew water from his well, Harmon hid in a nearby cave, supplied with food and necessities each day by his slave, Pete, but the Wildcats followed Pete's tracks in the snow, discovered Harmon, and fatally shot him on January 7, 1865. Between this first murder and 1888 dozens of murders occurred. Between 1880 and 1891, the feud claimed more than a dozen members of the two families, becoming headline news around the country, and compelling the governors of both Kentucky and West Virginia to call up their state militias to restore order.
The feud reached its peak during the 1888 New Year's Night Massacre. Several members of the Hatfield clan surrounded the McCoy cabin and opened fire on the sleeping family. The cabin was set on fire in an effort to drive Randolph McCoy into the open. He escaped by making a break for it, but two of his children were shot, and his wife was beaten and left for dead. The remaining McCoys moved to Pikeville to escape the West Virginia raiding parties.
In 1888, Wall Hatfield and eight others were arrested by a posse led by Frank Phillips and brought to Kentucky to stand trial for the murder of Alifair McCoy, killed during the New Year's Massacre.Seven received life imprisonment, while the eighth, Ellison "Cottontop" Mounts, was executed by hanging. Thousands attended the hanging in Pikeville.
Hatfield–McCoy feud. (2013, May 16). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hatfield%E2%80%93McCoy_feud&oldid=555361973
Our Hospitality. (2013, March 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Our_Hospitality&oldid=544127926
ECO. Clean Beach Initiative
The ECO. Clean Beach Initiative is looking for Australia’s most passionate ECO. Warrior to be the face of its movement! Interested? All you need to do is show us how you’re contributing to our fight against marine pollution.
Simply send us a video or Instagram us with pictures of you cleaning up your local beach, protecting your local wildlife or hosting your own ECO. Clean Beach Initiative fundraiser with your friends and family.
The person that shows the most initiative will become the face of our campaign so get up, get outside and start showing us why you’re Australia’s greatest ECO. Warrior now!
A LED surfboards from Bilton Custom Surfboards so much that we're getting the team to create a special ECO. Clean Beach board for the winner of our Find our Face competition.
Sydney Writers Festival 2013 – May 20-26
Young adult fantasy is riding high. The benefit for writers and their publishers is that the genre crosses the generation gap, reaching large audiences. Kate Forsyth, S.D. Gentill and K.B. Hoyle speak with Judith Ridge about listening to our inner child and our desire to read fantastical tales as adults and children. Supported by The Writer's Coffee Shop (TWCS).
Sunday May 26, 10-11am, Philharmonia Studio. Free, no bookings.
FUN AND GAMES WITH LIBBA AND JUSTINE
Venture inside the dark, supernatural underbelly of 1920s New York with Libba Bray’s The Diviners, and the strange world of vampire dating with Justine Larbalestier’s Team Human. Libba is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Michael L. Printz award for excellence in young adult literature. Justine is an award-winning Australian YA and fantasy author. Her last book, Liar, won the WA Premier’s Book Award and the YA Sisters in Crime Davitt Award. Both authors discuss their work and what it’s like to make stuff up for a living, with US literary agent, Barry Goldblatt.
Sunday May 26, 10-11am, Pier 2/3 Club Stage. Free, no bookings.
STORYTELLING FOR YOUNG AND OLD: PATRICK NESS AND CARLOS RUIZ ZAFÓN
Patrick Ness and Carlos Ruiz Zafón started their writing careers publishing novels tagged as ‘young adult’. But the line between adult and young adult fiction is now blurred. Join them as they discuss their books with Judith Ridge, and ponder whether storytelling transcends age limitations.
Sunday May 26, 11.30am - 12.30pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage. Free, no bookings
See more at: http://www.swf.org.au/kids-events/
Get Smarter in your Spare Time - ONLINE !
Yale, Stanford, MIT, Cornell, and many other universities including some in Australia have introduced free open courses in subjects like physics, biology, and chemistry. In many cases, there is a semester’s worth of recorded lectures, along with exams to test your knowledge. If you have ever wanted an Ivy League science education, here’s your chance!
Complete list here: http://bit.ly/10OPhfE
Get free online courses from the world’s leading universities. This collection includes over 700 free courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Download these audio & video courses straight to your computer or mp3 player. Note: you can find a new collection of certificate-bearing courses here.
Mona Vale Library - Duke of Edinburgh Awards
During term times, Mona Vale Library accepts students completing the volunteering component of their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. There are jobs available for the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of the Scheme. Students who wish to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh program at the library need to be prepared to commit one hour per week during school terms for however many weeks they need to complete. Hours can be made up only in rare circumstances. Details HERE.
The Internet allows us to store and access Old Books, Films and photos that may not be accessible elsewhere.
For works now archived and available to all, please visit: http://www.archive.org/
The Project Gutenberg Library of Australiana
Australian writers, works about Australia and works which may be of interest to Australians.This Australiana page boasts many ebooks by Australian writers, or books about Australia. There is a diverse range; from the journals of the land and sea explorers; to the early accounts of white settlement in Australia; to the fiction of 'Banjo' Paterson, Henry Lawson and many other Australian writers.
The list of titles form part of the huge collection of ebooks freely downloadable from Project Gutenberg Australia. Follow the links to read more about the authors and titles and to read and/or download the ebooks.
This website has many different items and guidelines on how to deal with bullying. If you can't find it there, ask someone in school or talk to mum and dad. Make sure you are heard. We are here to lift each other up, not tear each other down. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is wrong.
Manly Youth Centre Kangaroo Street is bringing back more band nights. The amazing talent on the northern beaches needs to be heard. The first will be on the 17th May .An outstanding line up of heavy metal hard core bands. They will kick start the Kangaroo Street venue. It will be a night not to be missed. The line up will be released later this week.
If you are an rock band or acoustic act and you would like to be part of the Kangaroo Street Music nights
please email - Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
New Facebook Page for young bands on the Northern Beaches - it has info about upcoming gigs, and if you play in a band you can list your gigs on it!
Keep in the loop and support local bands! Northern Beaches Youth Bands at: www.facebook.com/pages/Northern-Beaches-Youth-Bands/347121408731758
Official “The Line” page on Facebook, brought to you by the Australian Government. We’ve created this space to discuss respectful relationships. Please read our moderation guidelines before participating http://on.fb.me/Yp9eYy
Do you need information on respectful relationships and where to draw The Line?
Explore The Line website: www.australia.gov.au/theline
If you need help or would like to talk to someone call: 1800 MYLINE (1800 695 463) to talk confidentially and for free with a trained counsellor or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
Numbers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the person you speak to will be an experienced counsellor, not the police, not a government department. You will not have to give your name. * Please note that all mobile phone calls made from within Australia to Kids Helpline—using Optus (including Virgin), Vodafone, and Telstra—and 1800 Respect—using Telstra—are now free. Online Safety and Cyberbullying: Are you being bullied online or has something happened online that makes you feel uncomfortable, scared or sad? Call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or go to the Kids Helpline online counselling service Relationship Violence: Are you or have you been: scared of someone hurting you? sexually assaulted? concerned about violence in a relationship with a friend, partner or family member?Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or talk to a counsellor online. Crisis Support, Suicide and Mental Health If you would like to talk to someone about anxiety, depression, loneliness, suicidal thoughts or attempts: Call Lifeline on 13 11 14
Numbers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and the person you speak to will be an experienced counsellor, not the police, not a government department. You will not have to give your name.
* Please note that all mobile phone calls made from within Australia to Kids Helpline—using Optus (including Virgin), Vodafone, and Telstra—and 1800 Respect—using Telstra—are now free.
Online Safety and Cyberbullying: Are you being bullied online or has something happened online that makes you feel uncomfortable, scared or sad? Call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or go to the Kids Helpline online counselling service
Relationship Violence: Are you or have you been: scared of someone hurting you? sexually assaulted? concerned about violence in a relationship with a friend, partner or family member?Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or talk to a counsellor online.
Crisis Support, Suicide and Mental Health
If you would like to talk to someone about anxiety, depression, loneliness, suicidal thoughts or attempts: Call Lifeline on 13 11 14
Bus Pass Replacement
Powerhouse Museum Online Fun
The Powerhouse Museum, besides offering great exhibits, also has a range of online activities and games with a bit of educational insight.
An example: This online skittles game is based on a Victorian table game of skittles, c. 1880, made of wood and coloured paper, from the Powerhouse Museum's collection (object number A7575). Games which combined an element of chance while developing hand-eye coordination were very popular as family entertainment during the later part of the 19th and early 20th century. More HERE
Send In Your Stuff
Pittwater Online News is not only For and About you, it is also BY you. We cannot publish swearing or the maligning of others (this is the opposite of what we stand for). If you have a poem, story or something you want to see addressed, let us know or send to: email@example.com
All are Welcome, All Belong !
BackMeUp poll - Posted 14 May 2013 by Commission
The BackMeUp cyberbullying video competition is going to run again in 2013 and we need your help to select the best prizes for the winning videos. Vote HERE
A reminder that the BackMeUp survey is still running, and we'd love to hear your thoughts. Complete the survey by the 14th of September and you could go into the draw to win $50 JB Hi-Fi vouchers! Stay tuned! Survey At: www.surveymonkey.com/s/XFXKXZC
Year 13: Finishing school and want some answers as to what your options are next ? Have a look at the Year 13 website for a plethora of answers. At: http://year13.com.au/
LANDFILL HARMONIC: Inspiring dreams one note at a time!
Landfill Harmonic reveals a mind-boggling, inventive effort to change that - musical instruments made from trash. In the barrios of Paraguay, a humble garbage picker uses his ingenuity to craft instruments out of recycled materials - and a youth orchestra is born. Music arises and children find new dreams.
INTRODUCING THE INAUGURAL NATIONAL YOUTH AWARDS!
The Minister for Youth, Peter Garret announced on April 5 that this year the Australian government will contribute to NYW by presenting the first ever National Youth Awards. The initiative was created to acknowledge and celebrate the countries young people. Awards will go to those young people who have demonstrate excellence and initiative! Applications for the inaugural National Youth Awards open Friday 24 May 2013. Information on how to apply will be available at http://youthweek.com/nya
Tools of the trade - 3D Printer – UNSW
Associate Professor Sami Kara from UNSW's School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering on the 3D printer, and why it could lead to a new manufacturing world of "desktop factories."
Triple your Jays hottest 100 over 20 years - Voting opens MAY 14. see: www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest100/alltime/20years/
PITTWATER SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Pittwater residents with a flair for writing are invited to enter the 2013 Pittwater Short Story competition. The competition which is run by Mona Vale Library and Berkelouw Books is open to children as well as adults and asks participants to write a short story that is identifiably located in the Pittwater area. Mona Vale Library Manager Cathy Howie said to give entries a distinctive Pittwater feel, they must incorporate a reference to ‘sandy feet’.
“The competition is open to three age groups, including 9 to 12 years, 13 to 16 years and an open age group,” said Ms Howie. “The word limit of the short story varies depending on the age category, with 9-12 year olds needing to submit no more than 500 words; 13-16 years a maximum of 1000 words and no more than 2000 words for the open age category.”
Prizes will be awarded in the three age categories, with book vouchers on offer of up to $300 in the open category. The competition is now open with entries closing on 7 June.
Entries should be submitted in hard copy only. Entry forms are available at Mona Vale Library and Berkelouw Books or can be downloaded online. All entries must be accompanied by an entry form.
For more information about the competition and to download an entry form visit www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/library
Workshop for parents and supervisors of learner drivers 28th May 2013, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Designed for parents and supervisors of learner drivers. The Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers workshops are designed for parents and supervisors of learner drivers.
The free 2 hour workshop provides practical advice on how to conduct effective driving lessons. The course, developed by the RMS assists parents and supervisors of learner drivers with the important role of advising and teaching novice drivers.
The course covers topics such as new laws for learner and P-plate drivers, how to use a Learner Driver Log Book, how to plan on road driving sessions, how to deal with difficulties that may arise during driving practice and the importance of giving the learner constructive feedback.
The amount of time that young drivers spend on the road is very important. Lack of experience in dealing with a variety of situations is the main reason new drivers have more accidents. Supervision from a safe and skilled driver can help make learning to drive a positive, safe and fun experience for young learners.
Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the road safety officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9970 1196.
Author Talks at Mona Vale Library - Andrew Tink
Andrew Tink speaking about "Air Disaster Canberra. The Plane crash that destroyed a government". In 1940 key members of Menzies' government die in a fiery plane crash.The author explores the consequences of this event and controversially, who was actually at the controls. Bookings essential tel. 9970 1600. Cost $8/$6 concession for students and pensioners only, card must be shown.
FREE FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS
Venue: Mona Vale Library. Contact Name: Catherine Buddin - 9970 1605. Email: email@example.com
Luminosity youth conference
The theme for the Summit is 'Dangerous Ideas' i.e. Thinking big! Daring to dream and create, taking calculated risks to achieve success. The aim is to provide you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to 'just do it' and take a risk to achieve success.
You will be challenged to create dangerous ideas for the future...
New ideas and strategies for business, education, environment, charity and ultimately personal success
What are the risks you will need to take to achieve your dreams?
What are the tools and resources you will need to put your idea into action?
What do you need to do to mitigate the risks involved and achieve success?
Day One - Inspire
The theme for day one focuses on inspiration and goal setting. You will be provided with inspirational stories that send a very powerful message that you are not defined by your circumstances. Journeys are made up of both struggles and triumphs but with perseverance and determination will come success.
Day Two - Challenge
Day two will focus on the theme of 'challenging yourself' where both local and global entrepreneurs will share their story. Speakers will share their experiences from starting out to achieving their goal and becoming a master in their chosen craft.
Day Three - Excel
The third day will be all about 'excelling' and encouraging you to take a chance on yourself and shine their inner light. We want participants to be empowered to be the best version of themselves and to achieve and exceed their own expectations. They will be asked to explore and identify tools to blueprint their journey to success. Structure - subject to change
National History Competition
The Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth has announced the theme for 2013 “Legends, Fact and History”. Full details will be released in February!
How to enter
Complete and sign the entry form and the declaration. On the entry form you may also nominate each entry for one special category award. Print four (4) copies of your selected entries and entry form (for judging purposes).
Submit your entries to your State Coordinator, as detailed below.
Where to send your entries for NSW: Send to HTANSW, PO Box 219, ANNANDALE, NSW. 2038
When can I start? You can register for the 2012 NHC from February, 2013. The competition closes on Friday, August 30.From; http://historychallenge.org.au/contest-information/teachers-how-to-enter/
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Love Food, Hate Waste Cookbook
Our own Pittwater Council has joined with other councils in our area to produce an online cookbook especially for children. This ‘flipbook’ Program allows you to read through and get some great ideas on how to use leftover veggies to make great pasta or make mini pizza. Yum !
Love food hate waste book: HERE
The Computer History Museum offers many online exhibits on a variety of topics related to the history of computing. The first 2000 years of Computers is HERE
Headspace ‘We’ve got your back’ campaign
A groundbreaking national awareness campaign developed by National Youth Mental Health Foundation headspace aims to dramatically increase young Australians' awareness of everyday mental health issues affecting them and their friends. The campaign will run for the next 3 years.
eheadspace is a confidential, free, anonymous, secure space where you can chat, email or speak with qualified youth mental health professionals if you are 12 to 25 years
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards - 2013
The Awards - 2013 poetry competition dates: close 30 June
The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia. The aim of the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards is to capture the imagination of school students across Australia, inspiring them with a passion for poetry and a love of country. It is a unique national project, giving Australia’s youth a voice and an opportunity to strive for excellence in literature.
Categories and Prizes
Lower Primary (Years K – 3):
Upper Primary (Years 4 – 6, Inc. Year 7 in QLD, WA, SA)
Junior Secondary (Years 7 – 9)
Senior Secondary (Years 10 – 12)
Community Relations Commission (NSW) Award
Schools’ Award: For schools that demonstrate effort, achievement and a high standard of entries, awarded at the judges' discretion.
On A Great Hollow Tree
Pree thee stand still awhile, and view this tree
Nothing but age could tame it: Age came on,
You Hamadryades, that wood-borne bee,
William Strode (1600–1643) was an English poet. He was born in Devon, the only son of Philip Strode, and educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. He began writing English and Latin verse at an early age; his first published work was a Latin poem in the collection Annae Funebria Sacra (1619). He remained at Christ Church for the rest of his life, taking his B.A. in 1621 and his M.A. three years later. It is not known when he took deacon's orders, but in 1628 he was ordained priest, and gained a reputation as a preacher; he also became chaplain to his friend Bishop Corbett, formerly been Dean of Christ Church. When Corbett was translated from Oxford to the see of Norwich in 1632 they continued friends; Strode preached at an episcopal visitation in Norfolk the following year, and produced a Latin version of the bishop's epitaph on his mother for use on her monument. In 1629 he was made Public Orator of the University, a post he held till his death; he was also made proctor for 1629 under the newly-introduced rotational system.