Thoughts From the Train - Throsby - My Really, Really Safe Seat

I live in the federal seat of Throsby, which encompasses a fair chunk of the Wollongong and Shellharbour LGA's and reaches into the Southern Highlands. Created in 1984, it has only had two representatives in the 36 years of its existance, both Labor. It is what could be called the stereotypical safe seat with Labor sitting on a 16.5% margin and a very large rusted on voting base.

Thoughts from the Train - The Election Campaign So Far

So I'm on the train heading to Sydney and I thought I would put down some thoughts on the election campaign so far.

Planning Alerts Android App - Version 0.6

Okay here's the next release of Planning Alerts AU.

This version now checks to see if GPS or Wireless Location Detection services are activated and prompts you if they aren't. Changed the Icon and marker graphics (if anyone wants to contribute graphically, please feel free :)).

So here it is:

Planning Alerts AU - 0.6

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Planning Alerts Android App - Version 0.4

Okay, here's version 0.4 of planningalertsau, the android app I'm building based on the Planning Alerts API.

In this version I've fixed the following:

Map crashes when there are 0 alerts

Planning Alerts Android App - Version 0.3

I finally had enough time to sit down and have another crack at the Android App I'm building based on the very cool planning alerts api.

This new release has added basic google maps integration. Once you have successfully returned a list of alerts you can hit the menu button and select Map to view the various alerts.

How to use it:

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The Bidding Continues

 Two months ago I wrote a post entitled "The Bidding has begun" At the time it was about the fact that the Government had suspended the processing of Sri Lankan/Tamil and Afghani asylum seekers, due to "improvements in the home countries" and Tony Abbotts predictable response.

Well today our new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard decided that she was going step into the bidding war.

Today Gillard announced the following proposal:

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Julia Gillard - Woman, Atheist, Single, Labor Politician

People keep forgetting to add that last bit on when describing Julia Gillard. I've seen the first three mentioned on the twitters any number of time since she got the job, and this sense of "wow, it's all going to change" has been building amongst certain parts of the community. Except it's not, not one bit.

Gillard may represent a number of firsts for Australia, but what she isn't is Australias's first Labor Prime Minister, and she sure as hell doesn't want to be the last.

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Dear Google: Why the hell can't I sell in the marketplace?

Hey Google,

Look, I have to say, I love the Android. It represents all that Apple is not, a truly open platform that lowers the barrier of entry for new developers across multiple industrial segments (you know, phones, tablets, tv's and so on).

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Really Stupid Dangerous Games

 A long time ago, not so far away I used to participate in Venturers (that's the next level up after Scouts for the uninitiated). As you would expect for such a youth organisation, there was a good deal of focus on out doors activities, including camping, caving, abseiling and so on.

It was on my first (and as it turns out last*) caving trip that I discovered an excellent way to satisfy that urge to set fire to something and be completely and utterly physical (and stupid) at the same time.


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Australias First Woman PM

 So Australia has its first woman Prime Minister, it's very historical and all that but I'm just not feeling the "I was there when it happened" type vibe.

Perhaps it's because with two female Premiers currently serving, and any number of female politicians (Wollongong and its surrounds are almost exclusively represented by women), a woman PM seems to have been just a matter of time rather than some giant hurdle that we had to be fighting to overcome.

Whatever the reason I'm more concerned with seeing where PM Gillard takes the party and the country.

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