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Diaspora ForumAround six months ago I offered to host a Diaspora Forum.

The idea was to provide a better support platform for podmins (especially new ones) and potentially to provide support for new users too.

I work in I.T. and have access to a large (Microsoft server) infrastructure. The problem at the time was, while I might have the equivalent of a Ph.D in enterprise level Microsoft Servers and Databases, my knowledge of Linux was non-existent.

Anyway, I offered to host a forum using some opensource .NET forum software on a Windows Server with Microsoft SQL database. This was naturally not too well received by the community. Much discussion was had both on D* and on Loomio at https://www.loomio.org/d/Qwiq2MHD/

Quite a few people at the time suggested #Discourse but I had no knowledge of Linux and its inner workings, I had never used apache or nginx, nor did I have a single linux based server.

I decided to do something about it and six months later I now know a lot about Linux, I rent three linux servers in a data centre and I run two different Diaspora pods :)

More importantly, with the help of some of the #Diaspora community members we are now able to present to you, the Diaspora forum, running on Discourse!


(and it's even running https!)

As you'll see, it's very empty at the moment, but that's because it's only been running for three days and it is very much a work in progress.

We welcome you to create an account, volunteer yourself for helping out and please make some suggestions for improvements :)


To my knowledge, there is no collective name for
#Friendica and

Or is there?!

Any suggestions if there isn't??

Federated social networks ?

and today gnusocial is out they started the federation few years ago

Federated Social Networks sounds about right even though that's just a feature for the RedMatrix.

I was looking for just one word really, rather than a term.

Like "fedsocnet" ? It's a word if you really want it hard enough :D

Not all distributed social networks are federated. These three can be called federated because connections can be added from more than one platform - e.g. diaspora contacts can be added to RedMatrix and Friendica and vice versa.

A tomato is both a fruit and a vegetable but not all vegetables are fruits.


Being a startrek fan I like "The Federation" better than "The Distribution" (which sounds like a Linux OS that thinks it's the only one). And "Red" has connotations that alot of people might not like (like "Red China," or "Red states" who elect Republicans), or that aren't politically correct, like "Redskins." Diaspora means distributed though, so let's call them all "the cyberspace diaspora."

Yeah! The Federation. I'm all in on this one. It's got a great pedigree and describes exactly what the networks are.

When people talk about "federation" in the context of Diaspora, they're usually talking about federation among the pods, not among other social networks.

But we can also use it to talk about the federation of decentralized "pods" like Frendica and whatever else there is.

Yes Brent, I have noticed that too, and it bugs the shit out of me. I have even used it in that context and scolded myself afterward.

What else would you call it, though? Federation among pods is an important thing to discuss, especially since there are apparently still some kinks to be worked out.

It could be called pod distribution...

Most everyone is probably too accustomed to incorrectly calling it federation to get them to change though.

And "Red" has connotations that alot of people might not like

So does Diaspora, amigo. So does Diaspora.

Diaspora has come to refer particularly to historical mass dispersions of an involuntary nature, such as the expulsion of Jews from Judea, the African Trans-Atlantic slave trade, Europeans from north western Europe, the southern Chinese or Hindus of South Asia during the coolie trade, or the century-long exile of the Messenians under Spartan rule.[3]

Touche', Mike.

I personally don't care what it's called. "Federation" is a pretty good term for going between the networks. Each platform is "distributed" but, the fact that they all talk together builds the Federation.

Nonetheless, high fives to the
#friendica and
#redmatrix devs to enable this ability to talk between the platforms. \o

Fediverse? (seen that one used on statusnet ages ago)

I've personally been calling it the free web for some time now. It rolls off the tongue a bit easier than federated. I previously called it the indie web, but there's now a project by that name with a slightly different (although not completely incompatible) philosophy.

Federation -- yus! And yeah I had a few non D* folk comment on the term Diaspora. I never really thought about it myself. And nowadays if you look up the word Diaspora, it's all over the place.

fidonet and usenet had federation decades ago

so did email...

even the word "internet" hints at federation!

I'm going to make a suggestion. We call our pods Constellations and the aggregate of them all who communicate together The Federation or Federations. Constellations credit to jaya@diasporabrazil.org! Good idea!


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JFK: Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. http://protestationdotorg.wordpress.com/category/quotes/#64216


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Fidel Castro: A revolution is not a trail of roses.… A revolution is a fight to the death between the future and the past. http://protestationdotorg.wordpress.com/category/quotes/#64214


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Gaziemir Belediyesinde i?ten ?karma #S?n?f mcadelesi http://www.evrensel.net/haber/94683/gaziemir-belediyesinde-isten-cikarma.html

Dealing with Email Image Blocking
You probably get a lot of email and even more newsletters. My HTML email newsletters are all mixed in with my plain-text emails, and when I?m going through my inbox, it?s a quick and efficient process. I want to be able to get the point of each email quickly. When I open an HTML email and see rows of blank outlined boxes, I immediately think, ?this isn?t relevant or necessary to me; moving on.? I very rarely decide to turn the images on. One alarming statistic found that 30% of recipients are unaware that images are even disabled in the first place!

Email clients disable embedded images to protect you from spam. Spammers will use an image as a beacon; when downloaded, it signals that you have an active and valid address. Spam protection is a good thing, but automatically-disabled images make designing a compelling marketing email tricky. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do.

Style the image?s alt text
Many email designers are hip to adding an alt attribute to all important images, ensuring that???at the very least???text will show up when the image does not. Instead of just a straight description of the image, a savvy email designer uses the alt attribute to place an offer or call-to-action. An even savvier email designer takes it one step further and styles the alt text.

One very simple way we do this at Etsy is with our logo. Instead of showing a box with alt text that just says ?Etsy?, we style the alt text to look as much like our wordmark as possible. The result is that when viewing the email with images off, you see something very close to what our logo looks like.


The code looks like this:

Not every logo lends itself so easily to this technique, but there are plenty of other ways to use it. For example, if your email makes use of image-based buttons, you can style the alt text to come up with a pretty convincingly clickable fallback.

Of course, like any feature of HTML email, alt text doesn?t display consistently across all clients. Campaign Monitor has a handy breakdown that shows how alt text displays across different clients.

Make your image into pixel art
Take that would-be empty image block one step further and make a lo-fi fallback version of your image using tables and background colors. Pizza Express uses this technique in a variety of ways.


Hand-coding a custom pixel art table for each email is a time-consuming task, but there are a few apps on the scene that are making this easier.

Style Campaign created a free app that pixelates your image while keeping email-friendly compression in mind. Here?s how it works:

?The application [...] can be run with multiple parameters to allow HTML output in a variety of formats, from standard HTML table layout to full CSS. The application utilizes a simple run length style compression system, using table cell colspan to create rows of contiguous color. This saves significantly on file size and client processing time. A background color can also be passed as a parameter, so that cells containing the specified color do not have to have their color defined in the table cell, further saving file size.?

They readily admit that compression for large images continues to be an issue, and they recommend that the tool be used for smaller items like logos and icons.

Email on Acid offers a very consumer-friendly app called Mozify that does the same thing. Among other features, Mozify lets you control how pixelated your image will be be, letting you experiment with larger feature images while saving on file size. Watch the Mozify intro video to see it in action.


Designing for the inbox is rife with challenges. There?s a dizzying variety of clients, devices, and browsers to contend with, along with more emails being sent than ever before. Inboxes are a special mix of a personal and practical space. Once you get them to open the email, it?s worth taking the time to greet them with more than a blank screen.

Debugging Zen
Debugging is perhaps the skill that I find programmers have the hardest time exercising. It is also the most difficult to teach. Debugging, to me, is both a scientific discipline and an art. It often requires you to reach beyond analytical thinking to rely upon your own intuition in order to solve a problem.

Many developers use empirical approaches, systematically addressing each possible problem branch. If A, then B. If B, then C. If C, then D. This analytical approach works well and is easy to teach. The problem I find, though, is that many focus on identifying solutions before fully grokking the problem. This leads to approaches that begin with D and work their way backwards to A, resulting in wild goose chases and wasted time.

That?s not usually how I approach debugging. For me, an approach based on intuition is key. But intuition is a tricky thing, isn?t it? After all, having a gut feeling about something seems mystical and a little paranormal. I don?t think it is, though. Wiktionary defines intuition as ?immediate cognition without the use of conscious rational processes.? Here?s how I think it works. Your brain is constantly making computations, much like a Frank Herbert mentat . It has the data it needs, makes the calculation faster than you can blink your eyes, draws conclusions, and gives you the response in the form of a short-but-sweet gut instinct. That?s immediate cognition, and you weren?t conscious of any rational process being used.

This constant computation is something everyone does, but in Western civilization, we have suppressed it in favor of the rational approach. We can learn to develop it, listen to it, and, along with analytical thinking, make it a part of our standard thought processes. Here are some ways to make intuition a part of your debugging habits.

Slow down
As developers, when we encounter problems that require intense debugging, we?re often in a rush, especially if it?s something that affects a production environment. This rushed mindset creates the worst possible conditions for allowing you to effectively target the problem and identify a solution. When rushed, you don?t think clearly about where to begin, much less how to solve the problem. To think clearly, you must slow down.

When you find yourself rushing to fix a bug, it?s best to stop what you?re doing, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let it out slowly. I know it sounds hokey, but this isn?t transcendental meditation. It?s perspective. It?s focus. When you take the time to slow down and focus, you can tap into your intuition, using it to discover where to begin and how to solve the problem.

In his biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson quotes Jobs as saying this about intuition and slowing down your mind:

?If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there?s room to hear more subtle things???that?s when your intution starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It?s a discipline; you have to practice it.?

Stop saying ?I don?t know?
As developers, we like to focus on constraints. Software construction is all about finding the constraints of a problem domain and programming a solution to fit within those constraints. It?s no wonder our lives and jobs revolve around constraints, and we like it that way. But constraints can hold us back and squelch our intuition. When we assume we don?t know the answer to a problem, we impose a constraint upon ourselves that makes it more difficult for us to find the answer.

In her book, Grow Your Intuition: 6 Simple Steps, Suzan Bond says that we shut off our intuition when we answer questions with, ?I don?t know.? She goes on to say, ?When you stop using this phrase as much, you will open up your intuition. You?ll be able to see more possibilities, rather than limitations.?

It?s not wrong to admit lack of knowledge in an area, and I?m not advocating that you make up answers, but the truth is that you may already know the solution. Your brain already has the data it needs. Slow down. Take a breath. Ponder on it. Let your intuition speak to you. If you have trouble finding a solution, ask yourself what may be blocking you from seeing it. Don?t accept that you don?t know the answer. Accept that you must discover the answer.

The problem is in your code
Here?s a humbling but crucial notion. It?s never fun to accept the blame for something, so it?s easiest to point fingers at someone or something else. This third-party library or framework is terrible! John wrote this spaghetti code three years ago, and it?s awful! This programming language is a nightmare! Let?s face it, developers are proud folks and masters of hyperbole. I have learned, though, that the problem is most often found right in your own code, so it?s best to begin with that assumption.

Very early in my career, I worked with a developer???we?ll call him John???who always blamed someone else?s code when he found a bug. He loved doing this so much that he would leap from his desk, giggling, and run into my office to boast about finding a bug in some third-party library or even in the programming language we were using. John loved being able to say that the language was faulty and that he was responsible for finding it out. On more than one occasion, he had the programming language?s bug report form open and filled out before I was able to catch him and force him to readdress the issue by carefully looking at his own code. Every time, his code was at fault.

When you start with the assumption that it?s someone else?s code that has the problem, then you?re hurting yourself in several ways. First of all, you?re impeding your own ability to find the real problem because you start by looking in the wrong place. This costs you time. Secondly, you?re setting yourself up to look like an buffoon when it turns out your code was the problem all along, and you wasted time, energy, and resources trying to blame something else. Lastly, you hurt your reputation as a problem solver by passing the buck .

When you start with the assumption that the problem is in your code, then you display humility and leadership by accepting the responsibility to solve the problem. If it turns out the problem was, in fact, in someone else?s code, then you have instilled in others a great deal of trust in your ability to actively pursue solutions to problems.

Focus on the problem, not a solution
When you focus on identifying a solution before fully grokking the problem, then you?ve put the cart before the horse. Start at the beginning; start with the problem. I think this is difficult for many developers, because we like to jump to conclusions. I see both A and B, so it must be C, therefore D! Finding and implementing solutions is thrilling and satisfying for us. Finding problems? Not so much.

Keep in mind that the symptoms may not indicate the real problem. We know what they are, so we fix the problem by testing for and addressing the symptoms. Once the symptoms no longer appear, the problem is solved, right? Nope, now you?ve buried the problem deeper, and it?ll be harder to find next time.

A specific story from my career comes to mind where multiple, identical records were added to a database table for a specific action that should have added only one record each time. This resulted in the customer generating reports that contained multiple, identical records. That was the symptom. In an effort to appease the customer, a solution was devised to combine the records at the point in which the report was generated. This made the customer happy, but it didn?t solve the problem. In fact, now that the problem was buried, it was more difficult to see, and the database continued to fill up with bogus records.

Always get to the heart of the problem. Don?t just look at the surface symptoms and assume they are what needs resolving. Focusing on the solution won?t get you there. You need to focus on the problem. I find once I understand the problem???once I fully grok it???my intuition kicks in with a handy solution.

In his book, The Universe in a Single Atom, the Dalai Lama writes:

?The difference between science as it stands now and the Buddhist investigative tradition lies in the dominance of the third-person, objective method in science and the refinement and utilization of first-person, introspective methods in Buddhist contemplation. In my view, the combination of the first-person method with the third-person method offers the promise of a real advance in the scientific study of consciousness.?

While the Dalai Lama refers to the study of consciousness in this statement, the central argument of his book is that the empirical scientific method can benefit from first-hand experiential intuition and must benefit from it, if we are to make ethical advances in the sciences and understanding of our universe. I agree, and I believe that intuition can benefit even computer science and software engineering.

I can?t pretend to understand all the mysteries of the mind, nor can I purport to teach you all about intuition. I?m learning these things myself. However, I do know that intuition is something everyone can take advantage of. I rely on it daily. I?ve noticed how it has saved the day in countless debugging sessions throughout my career, and while I?ve known of the role it plays all along, I feel it is time to accept it and share my experiences using it.

So, be a better problem solver and debugger by tapping into your intuition. Learn how to slow yourself down. Be confident that you already know the answer. Show humility by first assuming the problem lies within your own code. Focus on identifying the problem; once identified, the solution will come to you. Combine the use of intuition with standard analytical processes.

You will be a better developer.


8 hours ago
Выборы в Раду грозят расколоть Украину, пишут СМИ #классовая борьба http://kprf.ru/international/ussr/135890.html

Tragedia tragedią, ale dlaczego są odznaczenia dla dziennikarzy, którzy zginęli w wybuchu gazu w Katowicach, a nie ma np. dla górników, którzy zginęli niedużo wcześniej w kopalni? Albo dla tysięcy kierowców, którzy giną co rok na polskich drogach?

Get a Little Uncomfortable
It must be a small world after all. Walking through a neighborhood, that I neither live in or work in, in a city of eight million people, I somehow manage to, seemingly randomly, bump into someone I know, nearly every time. If I were to come across this acquaintance in the neighborhood where he lived, I would think nothing of it, but usually this is not the case. Occasionally, this someone is not even a resident of any of the five boroughs of the city. How is it that I can walk through a city so populous with a constant ebb and flow of outsiders, and unwittingly bump into someone I know. Maybe it truly is a small world after all.

It must be a small world after all. Every day I am in communication, over the phone, text message, email, Facebook, Twitter???you name it???with someone that is in a different city, county, state, country, continent, but somehow not a different planet. I guess it is a small world, but in a huge, sparse universe.

Before the Web, and all these social apps, there was a time when you dictated the number for your phone to dial by diligently typing in every digit, rather than asking your smart phone what to do next. During the time when your parents???or maybe grandparents???were your age, were they in near constant communication with someone living in another country? The answer to that probably depended on whether they were one of the few to have a friend from grade school through high school, or a more likely reason for knowing someone abroad was participation in the service.

Today, I am posting this article that will likely be read by people from all around the globe. I might collect more Twitter followers, and I will likely learn about new happenings in the web development community from those whom I follow. I will write at least one email to someone not residing in the same country as I do, and I will compose, and reply to, several more e-mails to people I will not talk to in person for at least a month, if ever. The odds of me commenting on or liking a photo or post of someone I have not seen since my tenth high school reunion is not improbable, either. It must be that technology and the Web has shrunk the world, brought us closer together? but has it really?

Many of us participate in a communication graph encompassing a large geographical region, but has this made us any more worldly?

This past year, I spent a decent amount of time traveling to places I had never been to. My travel was mostly to web development conferences. The developers were excited to meet more people in the community; the conversations were informative, and sometimes became a heated debate. It was difficult to be disinterested. How could anyone electing to attend a web development conference not be excited to participate in a lecture, discussion, or a debate about web development?

The world is not as small as it seems. The Web has just made it easier to create small, niche communities, based on shared interests that cover a large global expanse, as opposed to the past where small, niche communities often times were more or less dictated by geography. Participating in a community spread thin across the globe, but tightly knit by its passion surrounding common interests can create a false sense of worldliness. Within such a group, the world is as small and narrow as the role the common interest plays in the world population.

I am not suggesting that the Web is insignificant. Most would say that the majority of the world?s population is impacted in some way by the Web. The common interests and shared topics of the web development community, as an example, tend to be far more specific. Is it rarely about the significance of the web? Usually, discussions about which technology to use, which practices to follow, which programming language to use, or something else that is more personal, teach individual members day-to-day. Beyond that, I am talking more generally about all types of self-selecting groups. I am warning against being lulled by the false sense of reality that self-selection bias can breed.

Still using the web development community as an example, the truth is that most people (also known by the dehumanizing term: user) do not care what language your web site is implemented in, which database you used, whether or not you host the site from the cloud or your own bare metal. Most people do not care if you use continuous deployment or how good your test coverage is. Read this last bit to someone who is not a web developer, and you are more likely to discover that he doesn?t even know what these things are. Some of you reading this may think, ?we should teach everyone.? That?s not my point.

My point is that everyone???no matter who they are???needs to actively put themselves in an uncomfortable position every now and then. It is comforting to surround yourself with people just like you. Next time you are at the company party, rather than spending most of the time talking just your co-workers, take the opportunity to listen to your co-workers? party guests. It is a great opportunity to ask them about their professions; find out what their interests are. It is an opportunity to be educated, a chance to view the world through the eyes of someone unlike you. Now this is just a starting point because these party guests obviously have something in common with your co-workers who likely have something in common with you, but you can use this as a start.

Another good start is to change the topic in your common interest group, every now and then, to something off-topic. While I was traveling this past year, conference to conference, I decided to ask most people that I met, ?What did you learn in history class?? It did not matter whether the person grew up in Poland and now resided in Great Britain, or if the person simply lived in the south as opposed to my north-east roots. The question was enough to remove the person from the normal biased answers to the ever reworded common questions. It was also an opportunity for me to glean some notion of how a person?s view point of the world might be different from the view point I was raised with.

All of this ties into common things we all eventually tackle during our web development experience, like learning that internationalization is more than handling different character sets and translating verbatim to another language. That it is more about a quest for localization, realizing that different cultures exist. Sometimes it is even recognizing that the dividing lines could be education, occupation, or some other basis besides culture. It?s also like recognizing not to trivialize the world through Big Data. When attempting to find the commonality amongst your user base, remember that those are also individuals. Do not take for granted the opportunity to actually sit down with someone, listen to them, observe them, just because you have data.

For me the goal of all this is to encourage you to get a little uncomfortable, break out of whatever small worlds you have joined, and see the world as vast, huge, uncertain, and as ever-unlimited as a wide-eyed child does. Otherwise, your endeavors to take the world by storm with your web development will be as limited as your outlook.

The Anti-Spec Movement Is Going Too Far
As a designer, I have nothing against the anti-spec movement . Created in response to speculative work (i.e., work commissioned with the possibility of payment but no guarantee) and crowd-sourcing (e.g., design contests which reward only one winner), the anti-spec community has been protecting designers? right to be paid for the work that they do.

However, the movement has been going too far???expanding to cover every kind of design contest and groups where design and art are created for fun, not just profit. Anti-spec is detrimental to community and social good projects, and it hurts more designers and artists than it saves by going too far.

Anti-spec is hurting pro bono design
At Brooklyn Beta 2011 , Todd Park of the US Department of Health and Human Services spoke passionately about the need for designers to work for the public good , to spend their free time building and experimenting on current public issues. He called for designers to take the massive amount of health data released by the government and use it to build public solutions, and he specifically mentioned that, yes, the government could pay one individual or studio a massive amount of money to find one solution, but that the most amount of innovation and creativity comes from the community.

Recently, The Designer Fund and the White House presented the Health Design Challenge dedicated to redesigning the electronic medical record. On the TechCrunch coverage , The Designer Fund co-director says, ?There are so many meaningful problems in the world. Healthcare, clean energy, environmental issues, city design. We feel like we?d be able to make a much bigger dent in these problems if designers went at them.? Of course, there were anti-spec responses such as this:


The Designer Fund and the White House could pay a consulting firm to create a solution for the electronic medical record, but like Todd Park mentioned, the greatest amount of innovation and creatively comes from a massive amount of designers working together???more innovative, cost-effective, and interesting solutions will always come from a community project such as this rather than one paid consulting firm.

Anti-spec is hurting open source, design collaboration, and education
Being a designer jumping into development, I would have been completely lost if it wasn?t for sites like Stack Overflow , where people can post problems they?re having with development and get answers and help for free. The free advice and help from Stack Overflow made it easy to jump into development. So many people are looking to jump into design, but huge communities for design help like Stack Overflow are lacking??? Stack Overflow for design isn?t big enough and Dribbble exists more for sharing small details. Large communities don?t exist due to the stigma against asking for design help for free.

For developers, open source development has lead to innovation on the Internet and online products. I was able to build my startup using a programming language called Python and a framework called Django , both of which are available online for free, even though they represent thousands of hours of work. The developers worked for free, in their spare time, to build something to help others. It?s worth noting that it would be odd to have anything but free programming frameworks and plugins???developers in the open source community embrace working for free in order to build free resources for the benefit of others.

What if designers were more open with their free time? What if we embraced opening up to others, embracing community? A huge issue in the open source community is the lack of design help???poor UX and UI design on open source projects which hinders adoption and understanding by non-developers. Designers should work with developers to further promote and aid adoption of great open source projects, which, in turn, helps nearly everything we use on the Internet today.

Anti-spec is hurting community
Moleskine , the popular retailer of artist notebooks and sketch pads, decided to hold a design contest for their online blog, the Moleskinerie . The Moleskinerie is dedicated to sharing art and stories around the Moleskine brand, so it probably seemed natural to use their current community to help design the logo for the Moleskinerie. The anti-spec work comments poured in :

?I am shocked and dismayed that Moleskine is running an unethical contest like this. You are expecting thousands of artists to work for free.?

?Like a lot of professional creatives, I am very disappointed by the fact that Moleskine actually helps devalue our profession and potentially tries to get rid of a lucrative part of its user demographic, instead of making a fist against crowd-sourcing or any initiative involving speculative work for that matter. I'm quite sure that I'm not the only one who won't buy Moleskine products anymore.?

Moleskine had already built a community through design and was just further developing that community by having the headline piece of the community (the logo) built by the community. Moleskine wasn?t redesigning their brand or any piece of their company that is distinctly for-profit. We shouldn?t discourage designers using their talents for fun to help and build upon something they love.

The anti-spec movement needs to embrace pro bono pursuits
The anti-spec movement can be productive, since bad spec work still exists???there are still employers making potential employees work for free with the possibility of a job (bad), and there are still companies running spec contests for logos and branding (very bad???I?m looking at you, 99Designs and Crowdspring ).

However, we should never discourage designers and artists from using their art and design skills for fun and public good. These pursuits don?t deny designers jobs, nor do they lower our wages. As designers, we should contribute to open source projects, donate our skills to important public projects such as the Health Design Challenge, and embrace art for fun???not just profit.


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Another stunning collection of experiences captured at Rainbow 2014 courtesy of Adam Taylor. For more information check out Images by Adam Taylor or http://www.adambtaylor.com

Daria Moloksher mmmmmmmmm this will happen :-)

Alex Barras get on it!

Richard Nixon Jess Burrows Justin McArthur Paul Brock Kelly Pagey Sam Loenen Jarrad Eve

Ah... Memories. Love it :)

Nuts to think I was there last year ! Feels so long ago .....

Marcus Zervos Sky McConnell Bethann IsSiq Christina Mitchelson !!!

Constant Voglis Nathan Cutforth Sandi McGregor Michael Q Spadea

looking forward !!

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