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Vale Neil Armstrong

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I don't know what it is about the passing of the first man on the moon that has hit me as hard as it has.

When I heard that Neil Armstrong had died, I felt... sad, but something more. It's hard to put into words but I think the best I can come up with is, grief.

I don't know the man personally, I was born eight years after he took his momentus steps of the Lunar Module and the space race of my early years was shuttle launches, Mir and Challanger. I never got to sit, glued to the TV, watching as he hopped off the bottom step of the LM ladder onto the dusty surface.

MobileFOSS 2013

If you haven't heard already, the linux.conf.au committee has announced the first lot of approved miniconfs for lca2013.

The excellent news is that MobileFOSS has been approved.

The mobile space has changed a lot since 2011 when MobileFOSS was last run, we've had losses (with Nokia abandoning QT/Meego) and we've had gains (Android has continued to grow and grow). We've also seen HTML5 and the mobile web develop to the point where the debate about native vs web isn't anywhere as clear cut as it used to be.

Purser Explores The World - Communicating Science

The next episode of Purser Explores The World, Communicating Science is now available:

It's National Science Week in Australia so I thought I would have a chat with some communicators of science.

Upulie DivisekeraMagdeline Lum and Maia Sauren join me to discuss why they are passionate about science comms, what got them involved, ice cream, harry potter and Sir David Attenborough.

Angry Beanie Radio, now almost like a real radio station

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A while back I wrote up a description of the streaming setup that I was building for Angry Beanie Radio. It was designed so that I could play both pre-recorded and live content, including live interviews conducted via Skype. However it lacked a bit when it came to the ability to run a "real radio station". By real of course I mean the ability to have a continuous stream running, edit playlists on the run and mix live shows with pre-recorded content (switching between two different streams).

Curiosity

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Today I watched the culmination of years of hard work by a dedicated team of scientists, engineers, designers, technicians and everyone in between. After a 36 week trip through space, the newest addition to the NASA Martian Rover Force, Curiosity, landed exactly where they aimed it, at almost exactly the time they said it would land (they were a minute out).

I cannot put into words how freaking awesome that was.

No, seriously.

Consider what they've managed to do.

The Future of Media is Newspapers Apparently

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At least that's the way it seems on theconversation.edu.au/pages/future-of-media a site that describes itself as: 

"...an independent source of analysis, commentary and news from the university and research sector — written by acknowledged experts and delivered directly to the public. Our team of professional editors work with more than 3,400 registered academics and researchers to make this wealth of knowledge and expertise accessible to all."

No, seriously.

Twitter, Control and the Federation

The last four days has been "interesting" for twitter. Of course when I say interesting I do mean in the sense of the chinese curse.

Just in case you weren't aware I'll give you the tl;dr:

Guy Adams, Los Angeles based journo for the independent, gets very cranky with NBC over their coverage of the Olympic Games. Among various angry tweets about said coverage he googles and posts the corporate email address of the CEO of NBC

Xooming the Jelly Bean

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So, as you may be aware, I'm a bit of a player with shiny things kind of person. This means that I'm a little impatient when it comes to OS updates.

Needless to say that since Google announced jelly bean at io12 I have been chomping at the bit to get my hands on the new beast.

Well thanks to the EOS crew I now have a highly experimental custom built jelly bean ROM on my Xoom.

Actually released a Purser Explores The World Episode

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Yup, I actually released a new episode of Purser Explores The World.

This time I'm looking at community power initiatives.

http://angrybeanie.com/shows/purser-explores-world/power-people

Enjoy and share it around.

Illawarra Labor Party: Who cares about the election, I want the seat!

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Like sands through the freaking hour glass, so the Illawarra Labor party continues to rip itself a new one.

First a little background.

Back in 2010, former union president Stephen Jones was parachuted into the seat of Throsby to replace the departing former ACTU president Jeannie George (who had been parachuted in to the seat in 2001). All of this parachuting was as a result of a deal between the left and right factions of the Labor party, which gave the right access to certain seats in exchange for the left to have control over Throsby.