Archives for April 2014

3rd Annual Mental Health Symposium in Second Life

Second_LifeVirtual Ability have another great event planned for late next week – here’s the full press release:

Virtual World Conference Supports Quality of Life in Mental Health

Virtual Ability, Inc. announces the third annual Mental Health Symposium to be held Saturday, April 26th, 7:00 am PDT/SLT to 5:00 pm PDT/SLT in Second Life®. The theme of this year’s conference is “Quality of Life.”

The World Health Organization defines quality of life as an individual’s “perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, standards and concerns.”

Quality of life is important to us all, but may be more difficult to attain for those with mental health issues. Overall quality of life is affected by psychological state, physical health, level of independence, social relationships, personal values and beliefs, and the relationship of all of these to the person’s environment.

Symposium presentations include (in alphabetical order):
• Hillary Bogner, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, will offer insights from her research on depression among older adults.
• Colleen Crary, Executive Director of Fearless Nation, Inc., will share lessons from adversity for creating a vibrant life.
• Dick Dillon, CEO of Innovaision, LLC, shares surprising information about why some recovering addicts become “weller than well.”
• Teresa Goddard, Senior Consultant with the Job Accommodation Network, will inform us about attaining employment equality through accommodation and self-advocacy.
• Dr. Christine Karper and Michelle Stone, members of the American Counseling Association’s Cyber Task Force, will talk about the role of counseling and virtual service delivery.
• Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie, University of Southern California, will describe the use of virtual worlds as healing spaces for veterans.
• Dr. Nicolas Rüsch, of the University of Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, will explain the results of his research on well-being among persons at risk of psychosis, focusing particularly on shame and stigma.

Alice Krueger, president of Virtual Ability, Inc., stated: “I am pleased to see an increasing focus on quality of life in mental health care in recent years, since many persons with mental health diagnoses struggle with these issues. The Symposium’s international presenters are acknowledged experts in their fields. I will be interested to hear what they have to say on these important topics. Please join us on April 26 to learn more from a variety of exciting speakers!”

All sessions, done in voice and text simultaneously, will take place at The Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island within Second Life®:

The full schedule of presentations is posted at

About Virtual Ability, Inc.
Virtual Ability, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Denver, Colorado, dedicated to enabling people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in on-line virtual worlds like Second Life®.

For more information on Virtual Ability, Inc., including the benefits of virtual worlds for people with disabilities, please see

For further information, please contact:
Alice Krueger, President
Virtual Ability, Inc.
Office: (303) 400-3306

If you have any interest in mental health issues, this should be a great day.

Dropbox Opens Sydney Office: Jobs Available

sydney-headerEven as a rabid mac user, I love Dropbox to bits and use it heavily. So I was interested to hear today that the Dropbox team have announced they have a Sydney office. If you’re interested in working for them, they have some jobs on offer as well.

The full press release:

Dropbox Establishes Office in Sydney

SYDNEY, Australia – April 15, 2014 – Dropbox, a service that lets you bring your documents, photos and videos everywhere and share them easily, announced today that it is establishing an office in Sydney, Australia. Sydney represents the company’s first office in the region and will enable Dropbox to better provide support and service to the hundreds of millions of people across the world who use Dropbox to simplify their personal and work lives.

“Sydney is quickly building a reputation as the hub for many of the world’s most advanced and innovative companies, illustrated by the arrival of another top US company like Dropbox,” said Andrew Stoner, deputy premier and minister for trade and investment, New South Wales. “Sydney is a natural home for Dropbox and our talented workforce will play a major part in the expanding Dropbox story as the company continues to build its international presence.”

The company’s new office will be positioned to provide the people and businesses that use Dropbox with top service and support in a more geolocated manner. With over 275 million users in 200 countries, including

International Dropbox for Business customers like BCBG, National Geographic, and Under Armour, Dropbox’s new office opening comes at an ideal time to support the company’s growth and expansion.

“Today we’re delighted to establish our new home in Australia,” said Dennis Woodside, chief operating officer at Dropbox. “By opening our first APAC office in Sydney we gain access to Australia’s great pool of talent, and can serve more local users and businesses as we continue to grow.”

The initial goal of Dropbox’s Sydney office is to hire for a variety of positions particularly in customer-facing roles like sales and user operations. The Sydney team will provide targeted support to the millions of Dropbox users in APAC and allow Dropbox to be even more accessible to the Australian businesses who have widely adopted the service, like Macquarie Group, Mirvac, and Atlassian.

“Given Atlassian’s fast-paced environment, and with our team distributed across three continents, it’s important that we can move quickly while staying on the same page. Dropbox for Business lets our designers have real-time access to files so we can work together more efficiently and get business done faster,” said Jurgen Spangl, head of design at Atlassian. “In terms of workflow, the team just knows that the most up-to-date files live in Dropbox. We’re pleased to have Dropbox as neighbours here in Sydney!”

For Sydney office openings, please visit



Signs of The Times

Sign over a Gynaecologist’s Office: 
“Dr. Jones, at your cervix.” 

In a Podiatrist’s office: 
“Time wounds all heels.” 

On a Septic Tank Truck: 

Yesterday’s Meals on Wheels 

On a Plumber’s  truck: 

“We repair what your husband fixed.” 

On another Plumber’s truck: 

“Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.” 

On a Church’s Bill board: 

“7 days without God makes one weak.” 

At a Tyre Store 

“Invite us to your next blowout.” 

On an Electrician’s truck: 

“Let us remove your shorts.” 

In a Non-smoking Area: 

“If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.” 


On a Maternity Room door: 

“Push. Push. Push.” 

At an Optometrist’s Office: 

“If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.” 

On a Taxidermist’s window: 

“We really know our stuff.” 

On a Fence: 

“Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive!” 

At a Car Dealership: 

“The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.” 

Outside a Car Exhaust Store: 

“No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”

In a Vets waiting room: 

“Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”

In a Restaurant window: 

“Don’t stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.” 

In the front yard of a Funeral Home: 

“Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”

And don’t forget the sign at a 


“Best place in town to take a leak.” 

Sign on the back of yet another
Septic Tank Truck: 

“Caution – This Truck is full of Political Promises”

How to back up your iPhoto library to Flickr

If you’re an iPhoto user like me, you may have wondered how to back up your iPhoto library to Flickr without using iPhoto itself. Up until today, I’ve been using iPhoto’s built in option to share albums with Flickr, but I’ve found it nothing short of unreliable.

So after a bit of a search, I found an app on the Mac App Store called Backup to Flick For iPhoto that works like a dream. It costs AU $2.49 to buy the app, then when you launch it you just need to authorise it with Flickr, using your Flick login and password.

Once you’ve done that, you have a bunch of options to choose from (note that some require a further purchase although none of them were deal breakers for me so I didn’t need them):

Backup_to_Flickr_for_iPhotoOnce the app has finished scanning Flickr for any pics you’ve already uploaded, it starts the upload process for your photos:

Backup_to_Flickr_for_iPhoto 2

That’s all there is to it – as you can see from the second pic, I have over 2000 photos to upload (my library is over 12,000 but most had been already uploaded via iPhoto previously). It has worked flawlessly – my only request would be for the ability to be able to pause uploading, but beyond that it has everything I’ve needed. It’s definitely the best $2.49 I’ve spent on the app store. And Apple: take a good look at yourself for offering a sub-standard option as far as cloud backup for iPhoto.

Grab it for yourself here.




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