with all the knowledge being gained by the newbies here on hp, spread out over such a long period of time, how about a hubpages convention? conferences, workshops, etc. held in a condensed environment. i suggest portland, oregon, in conjunction with the oregon brew fest, next june.
it's great that you're there, but looks like you'll be real busy finding us a locale, coordinating hp workshops so they don't interfere with the brew fest, etc, etc. anything i can do to help, let me know!
Yes you can conference call with full video. I recently had a look at downtown in a major city in Poland. A friend was visiting there and stuck his camera out his hotel window! One drawback is that it uses a bit of bandwidth to send video, and not everyone may have enough ram or CPU speed to run with video either. I would still love to see a conference though!
With your personality you would love it, and it would love you right back! Australia is the most open minded, energetic and inspirational countries I know of apart from the USA. I do hope you get to come.
The only people I have met from Australia were 300 bush pilots who were attending the Osh Kosh Fly-in in Osh Kosh Wisconsin. The flew in on a 737 and de planed singing Waltzing Matilda. Tens of Thousands of Women swooned in unison.
At the fly In pilots fly in from all over North America to the Osh Kosh airport. For two weeks in July it is the busiest airport tower in the world. FAA flight controllers volunteer to work it. It's all visual flight rules. And you sit about 100 feet from the flight line.