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Another For Science! out the door

Last night saw another episode of For Science! released.

We spoke about the child who appears to have been "functionally cured' of HIV, a new form of locomotion for robots, bacteria from Lake Vostok, Mars and cloning.

You can find the MP3 here: http://angrybeanie.com/sites/angrybeanie.com/files/media/For_Science_-_Episode_8.mp3

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Fund raising for Angry Beanie

So if you haven't been following what I do over at Angry Beanie then you will have missed the bit where I blogged about raising funds to grow AB to something more than just me in front of a microphone.

Basically it boils down to this.

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Some changes afoot

Starting on Monday I'm going to be joining the team at Catalyst IT Australia as a Drupal developer. This is going to be a full time position so there are going to be a few changes.

Firstly, this means that I'm going to be in Sydney 5 days a week, so if anyone wants to catch up for lunch then feel free to ping me :)

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Dear Western Sydney you're not alone

This week is going to be full of Western Sydney. Both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition are tramping around the area trying to convince the voters in a number of marginal seats that their team would be the best for the area, waving vague promises of jobs, laura norder and much needed infrastructure.

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How does this marketing thing work?

One of the hardest things about putting together Angry Beanie isn't chasing interviews. Nor is it building the hosting infrastructure, or in fact resisting the urge to keep checking the downloads stats.

No, it's working out how to get more people to listen without appearing to be either:

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Working things out

The last couple of months have been interesting for me.

I've had a couple of short contracts working with Drupal and Joomla and I have to say, I'm still very much a Drupal person. Joomla just doesn't seem to have the same polish, either in the core system or the module set around it. You may disagree but meh, everyone's different.

The derp is already knee deep

Well we're only a couple of weeks into the official unofficial election campaign and already the derp is knee deep. I can confidently predict that by the time the actual poll rolls around, we're not going to be able to get to a polling station due to the fact that we're all going to be trapped in a great steaming layer of derp several miles deep.

Let's have a look at some of the highlights of the past two weeks shall we?

Virtual Caretaker Mode derp

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It's not a TV anymore it's a Screen

I was reading a story about TV manufacturers and their struggle to keep sales up in the face of economic downturns and the rise of so called "2nd screen" devices, and I thought to myself (as I often do) "they're doing it wrong".

Part of the problem I think is the mentality of the manufacturers in trying to hang on to the idea of TV. For most of us TV represents a very distinct thing. It's a big box/panel that feeds us what the free to air or cable broadcasters send across the air or down the cable. You have to work your schedule around the broadcasters.

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Now available for Parties, MobileFOSS and Angry Beanie

So my time with the Sydney Institute of TAFE has come to an end, meaning that I am now available for parties and weddings.

In MobileFOSS news, I'm going to be putting up the first draft of the schedule later on today. You'll notice a few blank spots, they're waiting to be filled by people with awesome mobile talks. Is that you?

MobileFOSS - An Update

Today I'm sending out the acceptance emails for those who've submitted talks to MobileFOSS at lca2013.

We have some excellent talks, ranging from an update from the Serval project, building Android based Appliances to building your own phone network.

However I am still looking for more talks. So if you're coming to lca2013 and you have something to say about mobile development in the FOSS space, then please let me know.

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