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Throsby - you can tell it's a safe labor seat

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The federal seat that I live in - Throsby - is by all accounts a very safe Labor seat. Since it was created in 1984 it has been held by Labor. The current encumbent, former union secretary Stephen Jones retained the seat at the last election with 62% of the vote after preferrences were distributed. If the expected votergeddon happens in September Throsby will be on of the few seats that Labor retains.

Which of course means that it is a treasure to be made safe against the on coming tide of voter dissent.

End of the week notes

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Well it's been a busy week work wise and Angry Beanie wise, over all I'm pretty happy with how things are going.

I'm currently working on making some changes to the Angry Beanie site. I've already added the three latest episodes as blocks on the front page featuring HTML5 players, but I'm also looking at rebuilding the Show and Episode pages. I'm just not happy with the layouts, too busy and not exactly attractive to look at.

Some thoughts on enragening

This is more of a rambling thought flow that anything with a particular focus.

Firstly, I need to post here more often. I've gotten out of the habit of actually sitting down and putting my thoughts to paper (as it were). Mostly because I've tried to keep away from stuff that could be called recreationally enragening.

Dang, been a while

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Wow, just checked and it has been a while since I last posted here.

Time for another catchup.

Firstly, if you don't know already, I am now employed fulltime as a developer with Catalyst-AU (the Australian branch of New Zealand based CatalystIT). This means of course that Collaborynth is going into hibernation for now.

Another For Science! out the door

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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

Fund raising for Angry Beanie

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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.

Some changes afoot

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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 :)

Dear Western Sydney you're not alone

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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.

How does this marketing thing work?

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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:

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.