cyberbullying presentation

Yesterday was the big day. I gave my cyberbullying seminar at PY summer camp.

Earlier in the year, I went to a seminar about cyberbullying, and learned a lot – there were some handouts provided, and I chased up the person presenting to find out more at the time. A few months later, I was asked if I wanted to do a seminar on cyberbullying at Summer Camp, and so of course I said yes.

Lots of reading and collating information, and I was ready to put the slides together.

After working on the slides for at least a week, and some emails back and forth to try and make sure I knew what they were after, I ran the slides past jordan.

Having incorporated everyone else’s feedback in it was time to head to The Tops conference centre at Stanwell Tops.

It was time to do a technical check, to make sure the slides would work with their setup, and to try and get a sense of what the room was like. It was a suitably daunting space.

Setting up for summer camp

After some setup time, and the excellent work of their tech team, it was time to grab dinner, and then get ready for the session. Here are the slides that I worked from.

It was a great experience: I’m hoping I managed to connect with some of the audience, and help them understand bullying and online safety. Let me know if you heard the talk, or if you have any other questions about online bullying.

preview your facebook profile

Not everyone realises that you can log into the privacy panel of facebook and see what your profile looks like to other people. Here’s how to do it.

Click on the “Account” drop-down on the top right of any facebook web page, and choose “Privacy Settings”.

Facebook Privacy Settings

Click on “Customise Settings”.
Facebook privacy settings preview

Click on “Preview my Profile” at the top of the page.
The how your profile looks search box

By default, you’ll see how your profile appears to “everyone”, but if you type the name of a facebook user, you can see how it would appear to them. A good way to double-check that you have your settings the way you want them.

dmF Emporium and Cafe, Warrimoo

dmF Emporium and Cafe, Warrimoo

Morgan’s coffee. 285 Great Western Highway, Warrimoo. I’ve seen this place any number of times driving from Sydney towards Katoomba, but never managed to stop when it was open, until now. It’s hard to know what to expect from this well-maintained old building.

Step inside, and there’s plenty of wooden tables and chairs to sit at, with one wall taken up with a range of gift items that are for sale.

lots for sale - dmF Emporium and Cafe, Warrimoo

Kids are made to feel welcome, and there’s even a little space for them to play: – it’s in the corner furthest from the street, and blocked from sight a little, so they can play without disturbing any other patrons.

Kids' play area - dmF Emporium and Cafe, Warrimoo

The decaf grinder makes some noise, a distraction from the usual tranquility of the shop.

Where the magic happens
It’s a pleasant spot to pause and enjoy some light food, and a well-made, milky decaf latte with a smooth cocoa aftertaste. Glad I finally made it!

book: A Confederacy of Dunces

Book: A Confederacy of Dunces

From the list of the bbc book meme, a friend loaned me a few books, this being the first I’ve read.

Ignatius J. Reilly is the hero of this novel – he’s a Masters graduate who, at 30, still lives with his mother. His complete disdain for everyone, and the highly articulate invectives that he shrieks at every opportunity makes him an odd anti-hero.

Watching his adventures to find employment, and the surrounding events, is a little like watching a car crash. Hilarious in places, and generally well written, I was glad to have the chance to read this one through.

If there’s any criticism that can be drawn (apart from some of the more risque subject matter), it would be that the main character starts to be a bit inconsistent in the book’s later chapters. Perhaps it needed better editing before its release?

Movie: The King’s Speech

Movie: The King’s Speech

Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush work brilliantly together on the screen in this period piece set in 1930s England. The advent of a new technology – wireless broadcasting – means that the role of a monarch is changing.

King George V (Michael Gambon) explains that with radio, subjects are looking for the monarch to speak to them in their homes. This poses a problem for his son Albert (Colin Firth), who has a terrible stammer. After much searching, and trying ineffective methods, his ever-supportive wife (Helena Bonham-Carter) finds Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) – an unorthodox speech therapist.

The story is the development of the  relationship between Firth and Rush, and it’s really well told. The visuals are great, and the writing is similarly great. See it while you can.

(Note that there’s some fairly spectacular swearing in a couple of scenes, but it’s all part of the speech therapy).


Di Bella Roastery, Surry Hills

Di Bella Roastery, Surry Hills

Di Bella coffee. 50 Holt St, Surry Hills. Open only a few weeks, this place has been decked out with a spectacular array of coffee-making tools, and a broad range of coffee sampling options. Strict council regulations mean that there’s not much of a street presence: it’s only the “roasting warehouse” wording on the external signage that would make you think there’s anything to see here.

30kg roaster at the Di Bella Roastery

Step inside, though, and you’ll have a much clearer idea of what’s on offer. A 30kg roaster (much smaller than the 60kg and 120kg that they use in their Queensland store to take care of the wider distribution to cafes) is mostly for show during trading hours – I’d say it would heat up the room too much.

where the magic happens - Di Bella Roastery

Order a coffee from the takeaway counter on the street, and they’ll make the coffee here: I’m looking forward to a chance to go back and try a sit-down coffee or two.

secondary espresso bar - Di Bella Roastery

If things become too crowded at the main coffee-making station, there’s a second one completely set up towards the back of the store.

cold press coffee - Di Bella Roastery

And if you’re curious about cold-press coffee, they’re more than happy to show you the process in action.

My decaf latte is really good, as I was hoping. This adds even more character to the already excellent coffee scene in Surry Hills. If you’re in the market for any kind of coffee machinery, you’ll want to have a look at this place.

Di Bella Coffee website

Peppertree Cafe, Bankstown

peppertree cafe, bankstown
Di Bella Coffee. 63 The Mall, Bankstown. The space underneath one corner of Hoyts at Bankstown has been converted into this space. It has lots of exposed brickwork, but comfortable tables and chairs, mixed with a generous spread of cushions and a well-designed logo makes it an inviting place for a pre-or-post-movie drink or snack.

Staff go out of their way to make you feel welcome, and making sure you’re happy with your food.

The menu has a few items from the deep frier, but these are well-executed – crisp, not greasy, and with a good mix of flavours.

chicken schnitzel, chips and gravy, $10 (peppertree cafe)

If you’re in a hurry, the open grill is an option (though not ready as quickly as they could be) – very tasty.

Chicken, Avocado Open Grill, $10.90 (peppertree cafe)

The decaf is pre-ground: it’s perfectly fine, and among the better cups available in Bankstown.

SMH article about Peppertree Cafe
Daily Telegraph article about Peppertree Cafe

Pepper Tree Cafe on facebook

Movie: Megamind

Movie: Megamind

Will Ferrell leads this digital animation piece. The 3D adds little or nothing to it (except to the ticket price), and though only 95 minutes long, it felt like it had about 15 minutes too much in there. Enjoy the trailer: it has the majority of the jokes (with the exception of pronouncing “Metro City” to rhyme with “atrocity”) and gives a better sense of the concept’s promise.

Yes, there are loads of pop culture references – Superman (Marlon Brando as Superman’s father), Zoolander, the Incredibles, and David Cross is great, but in general, there’s not enough substance for a whole movie here.