A quick update

Submitted by James Purser on Mon, 05/23/2016 - 22:08

So it's been a little while since the last time I did an update and things have moved pretty rapidly.

First up, I'm now about a month into my new job at SBS. The only downside so far is the commute, Dapto to Artarmon is about two hours and twenty minutes, so I'm now being a very early bird.

Secondly we're in the process of moving from the house we have lived in for the past 12 years to a house with enough rooms for everyone AND ENOUGH TOILETS FOR ALL!

New site, who dis?

Submitted by James Purser on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 11:10
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So while this technically isn't a new site per se, I have updated it to use Drupal 8, so yeah.

I've hit two issues so far. Firstly the path foo didn't get upgraded correctly, so I've had to regenerate all the paths. This means, that thanks to the different patterns used all the links are now new and old links are borken.

Secondly I have hit upon this bug which means I can't use the Bootstrap theme until it's fixed if I actually want to add content.


The other things I have to sort out are:

Changes, they are a happening

Submitted by James Purser on Fri, 03/25/2016 - 14:58

So, if you've been following my social medias then  you'll have noticed that I have very rapidly (in the space of maybe two weeks?) gone through the process of being retrenched, looking for work and aquiring a new job. In this, I have been actually very, very lucky and unlike some others I'm not going to claim that being unemployed is some sort of "freedom" or relaxing time. Instead it's a period where you immediately go "Okay, well shit, I have a family to support, so no time for relaxing, get back out there".

Some random thoughts on #senatereform

Submitted by James Purser on Tue, 02/23/2016 - 11:44
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So Turnbull dropped the hammer on the senate yesterday with a set of changes to the way the senate is going to be elected. At the core of these changes will be the removal of the (and there really is no other way to describe them) anti-democratic preference deals that meant that voters lost control over where their preferences were directed if they voted above the line.

The changes have another benefit apart from returning full control over preferences to the voter. They also give all those groups that have sprung up to game the current system a good kick in the goolies.

Catalyst and psuedoscience

Submitted by James Purser on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 22:49
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Hrmm, I think I'll let Upulie lead on tonights episode of Catalyst.

"It misrepresents scientific risk assessment; cherry picks data and is carefully constructed incitement"

For those of you who didn't watch or havent yet caught it on iView, tonights episode of Catalsyt was called "Wi-fried" and billed as exploring the potential health effects of the surge in wifi enabled devices.

A call out for People who science!

Submitted by James Purser on Tue, 01/26/2016 - 16:37

Right, there is just over two weeks to go until the inaugeral episode of Lunchtime Science and I am looking for People Who Science to interview for the show.

What I am looking to do is a ten minute segment where we introduce the Person Who Sciences and the project they are currently working on. We'll record it using Skype, either skype to skype or skype to phone, or in rare occasions, in real life.

So if you know anyone who's doing science and you think they would be worth talking to, please let me know. Ping me via the following:

First thoughts on the Wollongong/Shellharbour Merger

Submitted by James Purser on Fri, 01/08/2016 - 12:03
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So we finally have some actual detail about how the proposed Wollongong/Shellharbour LGA merger might work. Not just the fluff about "so many millions" that might be spent, but actual structural information.

First off let's have a look at how the proposed new LGA is going to work from a representative point of view.

Wollongong currently has the following:

A return to regular podcasting

Submitted by James Purser on Tue, 01/05/2016 - 14:32
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I have been incredibly bad at getting my podcasting going again. Apart from one episode of Purser Explores The World (which I need to repush because of the site breakage a little while back) I did absolutely nothing last year.

This is very bad.

So I've set myself a target. Starting on the 5th of February I am going to produce a weekly Lunch Time Science podcast. It will be half an hour long, and have the following format:

Looking to move to Drupal 8 for Angry Beanie.

Submitted by James Purser on Sat, 01/02/2016 - 01:13
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Ever since Drupal 8 dropped (I honestly thought it wasn't going to drop until at least late 2016) I've been looking for a project to test it out. I could move this blog over to it, but I was thinking a bit more adventurously and thought I could have a look at setting up a seperate site for the For Science! show.


Slight problem.

While core Drupal 8 appears to be solid, the third party module set, especially those that deal with media handling seem to be well behind in terms of development.

Renting vs Owning, a quick calculation

Submitted by James Purser on Mon, 12/28/2015 - 23:13
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So we rent, we always have. Not from any sort of ideological resistance to owning a house or anything, we just haven't been in the position where it's been a thing we could even consider until now.

A new job has put us into a position where we could start looking at the vague possibility of buying a house, committing to a mortgage and so on. So I've been looking around both at the houses available in the area (I like Dapto, I don't particularly want to move), and at the sort of money we would need to be paying out fortnightly.