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As companies building the technologies in artificial intelligence and robotics that may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons, we feel especially responsible in raising this alarm. Open Letter to the UN on Autonomous technology, August 2017, Melbourne
As I headed home from a 4.30 am start at work the only thing on my mind was our relaxing weekend at Ramada Resort at Phillip Island. The family was ready when I walked in the door and before we knew it we were on the road. The trip to Phillip Island took about 2.5 hours from our home and is an easy drive.
As we pulled into the reception parking area I was so pleased with the drive in. We were surrounded by trees, you could hear birds over the car and I was so ready to get checked into and go explore. As I headed into the reception area I was greeted with a board of things to do in Phillip Island and I thought I would have to study it much further on my way out. I made my way to the front desk and I was greeted by Joanne. She gathered all of my details and we were off to find our Villa. We wound our way through the amazing bush land with little villas spotted throughout. I was totally in love with the setting and I was well on my way to that desired level of relaxed mum!
As we pulled into Melaleuca Drive our little villa was around half way up the street. We parked the car in our driveway and made our way out to the front of the villa through a little bush path. As we got to the front of the villa we were all blown away by the view we had, it was magnificent! The villa faced a huge open paddock and with the villa having huge sliding glass door leading out to the deck it was the only view you got. We unpacked and moved in!
From renewables procrastination and fear to action, and even a guitar and beer
Guest in the sustainable studio on 23 August 2017 is Suzie Brown from Ocean Grove who is one of the founders of Reenergise Geelong and speaker at an exciting community renewable energy forum coming up on Sunday 27 August in Barwon Heads.
Prerecorded audio clips with Danish renewables mobiliser
Hermansen, who speaks about his experience with
turning Sams into a carbon-free island community, and professor
Diesendorf from University of New South Wales who
talks about how South Australia can reach 100 per cent renewables
in the electricity grid.
Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 183 on 94.7 The Pulse:
Solo-seat motorcycles, or bikes that have been modified to seat only the rider, should attract a cheaper registration as they do in Queensland.
Actually, its the compulsory third party insurance component which makes solo motorbikes about $200 cheaper to register in the Sunshine State.
Its not widely known in other states and even Indian Motorcycle didnt realise it when they sold solo-seated Indian Scouts in Queensland with more expensive dual-seat rego!Scout Sixty
A friend of mine who bought a Scout Sixty only realised they had overpaid for a dual seat when the annual rego notice arrived.
Solo seat rego is a great idea. After all, how many riders ever carry a pillion? Plus there are many models released only in solo-seat versions.
There are also many sports bikes where the pillion seat is so ridiculously small, it is never used.MV Agusta Brutale 800 America
South Australias Ride to Review spokesman Tim Kelly says its something on our list to tackle and Motorcycle Council of NSW treasurer Steve Pearce says its a good concept; one we should take up to RMS (Roads and Maritime Services).
When it comes to CTP, my view is it should attach to the driver/rider not the vehicle, Steve says.
We can only drive or ride one vehicle at a time. And once a vehicle is sold, there are a different set of risk factors attaching to a new driver/rider.
Victorian rider groups are more focussed on having their discriminatory Motorcycle Safety Levy scrapped rather than fighting for registration discounts....
Image Courtesy of Alanna and Alicia Melbourne based jazz-folk sister duo Alanna and Alicia will be officially launching their latest album Songs Im Singing with Me with a hometown show at the Thornbury Theatre on the 2nd September. The duo launched the album at the National Folk Festival earlier this year but this will be 
Fresh from releasing her killer new single P Plates, Sydneys Ruby Fields is having quite a big day, not only unleashing the film clip for P Plates, but also announcing a massive national tour for later in the year.
Self-identifying as an average chick, Ruby Fields casual approach to music has taken the Aussie music scene by storm. With only two singles under her belt so far, the level of success that she has experienced so far is an amazing indicator of things to come for this chilled Aussie muso.
Having released the single P Plates, a taste of her upcoming EP, a couple of weeks back, Ruby Fields is stoked to release the singles film clip today.
Featuring Ruby and her friends, the video shows her heading off on a hitch-hiking journey. Ive always loved hand held film stuff and knew I wanted the next film clip to be a little more fun, Ruby said. So I just kind of came up with the concept of hitch hiking and each driver having their own personality until I finally got to a car dealership to get my own ride and go on tour.
It was sick putting my mates in the clip, it was super rushed so they killed it. We did it all in a day about a week after I thought up the concept. It feels very me, because its super grubby and kind of disorganised.
On top of that though, Ruby Fields has announced an national tour which will see her hit up Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Mandurah, and Perth over a couple of weeks in November. Bringing along rockers Totty, these dates are undoubtedly going to be one of the hottest tickets on the Aussie music scene, so youd best not miss Ruby Fields when she comes to your neck of the woods.
Check out the film clip for Ruby Fields P Plates, along with tour dates, below,
Thursday, November 9th
Bangalow Pub, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday, November 10th
Foundry Records, Brisbane, QLD (U18)
Friday, November 10th
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday, November 11th
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday, November 17th
Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday, November 24th
Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday, November 25th
Birds Robe Records & The Harbour Agency
With special guests Rosetta (USA)
Post-rock trailblazers sleepmakeswaves are still riding high from the success of their epic triple j Like A Version of Children by Robert Miles and have now announced a headlining national tour of Australia for December to wrap up their 60+ date international tour in support of recently released third album Made of Breath Only. Joining them at all shows will be American post-metal juggernauts ROSETTA, returning to Australian shores for the first time in five years, taking place in clubs in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney.
Guitarist Otto Wicks-green voiced the bands excitement over these upcoming dates:
This band started in small clubs around Australia, and its in rooms these size where we honed our live performances. The intimacy, the intensity, the heat. A visceral and immediate live show is heart and soul of this band, so we were very specific in selecting each of these rooms for this tour. Bringing one of our all time favourite bands, Rosetta, with us is the cherry on the cake.
Were stoked to be bringing out one of the most powerful live acts weve seen on a tour that is more scaled-down and intimate. Rosetta bring a relentless atmospheric catharsis to their shows, and really fit their description metal for astronauts. On top of all that, theyre our old friends from tours in 2012 and we cant wait to see their faces again.
These will be special, crushing, intimate performances, so dont sleep on tickets. Come get heavy with us.
Rosetta frontman echoed the bands enthusiasm for their return to Australia:
We are very excited to be returning to Australia in support of our long time friends, sleepmakeswaves. When we last came to Australia five years ago, we played with SMW in a tiny record store in Perth. We couldnt be more excited to come back and do a whole run together.
sleepmakeswaves have quickly evolved into one of Australias most exciting and innovative musical exports. Following tours with scene giants such as Karnivool, Cog, Underoath, 65daysofstatic, Opeth and Devin Townsend, the Sydney bands unique instrumental epics and their energetic performances have seen them connect with a diverse and passionate audience of music fans, as well as unprecented ARIA nominations for their albums Love of C...
This is an older post (2014) from Alice Friedemanns blog, which somehow flew under the radar. There is one bullet point in this that stunned me:
IF you have been following this humble blog long enough, you might know that Ive been forecasting that Australia will be totally out of oil by around 2020, and will therefore need to import 100% of our liquid fuel needs. what happens then?
When I asked Alice for more details, she replied I suspect when I wrote this it was common knowledge, theyre rising empires as other nation fade. But now with Chinas housing and other bubbles, and the corruption in both China and India, and ecological destruction, its probably not true now. Ive met Australians who fear a China invasion someday but dont know how realistic that is.
Furthermore, as Chinas spectacular growth rates have somewhat shrunk, we may get a few more years relief. but how long will it last? Heres Alices post, very interesting as usual.
The problem we face is a liquid fuel crisis. Absolutely essential vehicles, such as agricultural tractors and combines, railroads, and trucks run on d...
http://reneweconomy.com.au/30mw-battery-to-create-renewables-based-mini-grid-in-south-australia-63304/, By Giles Parkinson on 23 August 2017 The Australian Renewable Energy Agency says it is providing $12 million towards the $30 million cost of a major battery storage installation to be located on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia and close to the Wattle Point wind farm.
The 30MW/8MWh large scale battery will deliver both network services and market services, and is the result of a lengthy study begun in 2014 called ESCRI (Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration) by local grid operator ElectraNet, Worley Parsons and AGL.
It is designed principally to provide fast frequency response and help balance the local network, but it will also help reduce congestion on the Heywood interconnector with Victoria, because its placement means more power can be transported over the line. This should relieve constraints imposed by the market operator.
It will also have the ability to island the local network pairing with the local 90MW Wattle Point wind farm and local rooftop solar PV as a local micro-grid to ensure grid security and so keep the lights on in case the network failures elsewhere in the state....
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Fresh off the back of their shows with Night Birds, Melbourne punks Blind Man Death Stare will be tearing Sonnys a new fire exit alongside supports Kill Dirty Youth, Shut Up Shut Up Shut Up & Hound.
By September, theyll be in the midst of an extensive national tour to promote the release of their first full-length album titled ITLL GROW ON YA, released July 26th on Arrest Records.
The tour starts at the Dead of Winter Festival in Brisbane, on
July 29th alongside The Meanies, The Bennies, The Porkers and many
They will then be joined by Melbourne ratbags Kill Dirty Youth for the remainder of the tour, playing over 20 dates spanning most of Australia and New Zealand.
Check out the video for the first single off the record, Spike My Drink But Dont Take My Kidneys.
Tickets on sale now via oztix. For more info head to blindmandeathstare.com
Image Courtesy of Anna Smyrk Were so proud to premiere the brand new video from Melbourne based folk singer Anna Smyrk, the stunning House of Straw. The song was written by Anna Smyrk while she was staying in a Buddhist monastery guesthouse in Northern India during a backpacking trip around the sub-continent. The track itself 
Donning a cape and saving the universe continues to be good for Chris Hemsworths bank account.
The former Home and Away TV soap star turned Marvel superhero Thor earned $US31.5 million the past year, although he almost looks poor next to another Hollywood action star, Mark Wahlberg, who was the highest paid actor with $US68 million.
Wahlberg proved you can collect big bank by making critically panned films like maligned sequels Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddys Home 2.
Markie Mark is officially Richie Rich, Forbes announced on Tuesday with the release of its annual Hollywoods highest-paid leading man list.
The Boston-born former rapper edged out last years king Dwayne The Rock Johnson, who came in second with $US65 million for Baywatch, the Ballers TV series and upcoming re-make Jumanji.Melbourne-born Hemsworth was the 12th highest paid actor.
Vin Diesel, on the back of the Fast and Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, took third with $US54.5 million.
Notable Aussie leading men who didnt make the top 20 include Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Hemsworths little brother, Liam.
Forbes tally does reflect the major upheaval underway in Hollywood, with the growing dominance of the Chinese and Indian film markets and the move away from the big screen to the small screen and online streaming by the likes of Netflix.
It also confirms it literally pays to be a Marvel superhero.
Joining Hemsworth on the list are other Marvel mates including Iron Mans Robert Downey Jr (6th with $US48 million), Deadpools Ryan Reynolds (15th $US21.5 million), Jeremy Renner (17th $US19 million), Chris Evans (18th $US18 million), Chris Pratt (19th $US17 million) and Mark Ruffalo (20th $US13 million).
The Chinese box office powered Jackie Chan to fifth place with $US49 million while Bollywood trio 8th Shah Rukh Khan $US38 million, 9th Salman King $US37 million and 10th Akshay Kumar $US35.5 million pushed most of Hollywoods biggest names out of the top 10.
Adam Sandler may have stunk up the box office in recent years but Netflixs gamble to sign the comedian up to a multi-movie deal landed him in the fifth position with $US50.5 mill...
For the first time since 2014, The National are heading back to Australia for a series of what are bound to be amazing headline performances.
The US indie-rockers have announced a series of Aussie dates for February and March next year, with the group set to bring their live shows to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne audiences.
The Nationals 2018 Aussie tour will follow the release of their long-awaited seventh record, Sleep Well Beast, which is due for release on September 8th. So of course, this means that this will be the first time Aussie audiences get to sample the groups new record in a live setting.
The National were last in the country back in 2016 for a one-off performance at Byron Bays Bluesfest, but Aussie fans have had to wait since 2014 for a headline tour. Now, with tour dates announced, and a new record only weeks away, things are looking pretty good.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 1st. For more information in regards to dates, ticketing, and pre-sales, check the details below.
While we wait for The National to touch down on Aussie shores, check out their newest single The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on sale 9am, Friday, September 1st.
For tickets and pre-sale info, visit Handsome Tours website.
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On 20 August 2017, 2RRR Ryde Regional Radio 88.5FM will acknowledge a significant milestone and community programming achievement by celebrating the 1500th consecutive radio show of the ethnic language program broadcast in the Armenian language as SVoice of Nor Serount (means voice of the new generation).
Under the auspices and support of the local Armenian Nor Serount Cultural Society, the Armenian radio program on 2RRR is the longest running program on the station. It"s hard to believe that it started from humble beginnings back in November 1988, founded by Vatche Demirjian and have served the Australian-Armenian community continuously for three decades. You can follow the program on their Facebook page Voice of Nor Serount Armenian Radio.
The show holds an important place within the local Armenian community, and can be heard throughout Sydney on 88.5FM and has a strong listener base globally through live streaming over the internet on http://2rrr.org.au
Locals Toros Boyadjian and Vatche Topouzian broadcast the Voice of Nor Serount from the station"s Henley Cottage headquarters (near Gladesville) on Victoria Road every Sunday between 7pm and 9pm AEST.
The weekly 2 hour program provides a comprehensive summary of the week"s news (local, Armenian & International content); sports & finance updates; health & well-being segment; community information; live interviews with local & international artists & guests; and the best Armenian music library consisting of modern hits and golden oldies.
The program has interviewed several Australian political dignitaries in recent times such as Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, John Howard, Philip Ruddock, Joe Hockey, Bob Carr, John Alexander, Maxine McKew, John Watkins, Peter Collins, Kristina Keneally, Gladys Berejiklian and Trent Zimmerman.
Over the past three decades, Australia has had the following eight Prime...
VELMA Kelly was the top dog in jail before Roxie Hart came along.
Both facing charges of murder, Roxie steals the spotlight and the press are keen to put her on the front page, but Velmas got a toughness about her that Roxy doesnt.
Velma Kelly is being played by secondary school teacher Bronwyn Kalos in Wonthaggi Theatrical Groups upcoming production of Chicago.
Velmas pretty experienced and from the wrong side of the tracks, says Bronwyn.
Shes a bit miffed when Roxie comes on the scene and starts stealing her thunder and getting all of the attention.
When the science teacher isnt showing students how to create volcanoes from bi-carb soda and vinegar, Bronwyn is coordinating school productions at Leongathas Mary MacKillop College.
The Chicago musical has given Bronwyn a chance to be a little self-indulgent and be in front of the audience rather than behind the scenes.
She leapt at the chance to be in Chicago when she heard it would be coming to Wonthaggi.
Bronwyn says she couldnt pass up the opportunity to be in a local show that was choreographed by Bob Fosse.
I havent performed in a musical for a long time, so it was an exceptional opportunity to work with some choreography thats iconic.
And also to be part of a cast where dance is the focus, and not often is dance the focus, so its actually a real privilege to be able to do some of this work.
Bronwyn and her nemesis Roxie Hart, played by Nina Barry-Macaulay, have both been practising their lines and dance moves for the past two months.
While the two compete for the spotlight during the show, they both agree they get along just fine afterwards.
I worked on a show last year with Nina, which was Evita. I did the choreography, so its lovely to actually be performing with her, says Bronwyn.
Shes really talented. Shes a beautiful singer and we have a couple of duets together, which is so much fun.
Chicago will run for two weeks at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre from Saturday, August 19 to Saturday, September 2.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.wtg.org.au or in the foyer of the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre from 10am to 2pm, Tuesday to Friday.
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