Archive for July, 2011

Podcast update

July 20, 2011

I recently changed the podcast application on my phone to Pocket Casts, so I figured now was as good a time as any to update the world as to what podcasts to listen to, to keep up with my segue free, abrupt subject changes.


  • A Little Bit of Python
  • Coding By Numbers
  • FLOSS Weekly
  • Free as in Freedom
  • This week in Debian
  • IT Conversations
  • Pragmatic Podcasts


  • Boing Boing Gweek
  • Future Tense (ABC)
  • Innovations (ABC)
  • Outriders (BBC)
  • Patch Monday by ZDNet Australia
  • SolderSmoke Podcasts
  • Spark (CBC)
  • Spectrum Podcasts
  • Tech Weekly
  • EEVblog – The Electronics Engineering Video Blog


  • A word in your ear (ABC)
  • Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
  • Word of Mouth with Colleen Ross (CBC)
  • A Way with Words


  • All in the Mind (ABC)

Politics/Current affairs

  • Analysis (BBC)
  • Background Briefing (ABC)
  • Counterpoint (ABC)
  • Law Report (ABC)
  • More or Less: Behind the Stats (BBC)
  • National Interest (ABC)


  • Astronomy Cast
  • StarStuff (ABC)


  • TEDTalks
  • Big Ideas (ABC)
  • Geologic Podcast
  • Ideas (CBC)
  • KCRW’s Le Show (NPR)
  • Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! (NPR)
  • Search Engine (CBC)
  • Tank Riot
  • This American Life (NPR)
  • Robert Llewellyn’s CarPool


  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
  • The history of the world in 100 objects (BBC)
  • In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg (BBC)
  • Playback (NPR)
  • Rear Vision (ABC)
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class


  • 60-Second Science
  • 60-Second Tech
  • The Science Show (ABC)
  • Discovery (BBC)
  • Material World (BBC)
  • Nature Podcast
  • Krulwich on Science (NPR)
  • Ockham’s Razor (ABC)
  • Quirks and Quarks (CBC)
  • Skeptoid
  • Radiolab (NPR)
  • Science in Action (BBC)
  • Science Talk


  • Freakonomics Radio
  • Planet Money (NPR)


  • Eli Glasner on Film (CBC)
  • KCRW’s Film Reviews (NPR)
  • At the Movies (ABC)


  • All Songs Considered (NPR)
  • Live Concerts from All Songs Considered (NPR)


  • The Age of Persuasion (CBC)
  • Media Watch (ABC)

Community Coding – Workshop One

July 19, 2011

I’ve recently started running some Community Coding workshops at The Edge, I’m hoping to document them a little by way of this blog.

The workshops are open to anyone interested in learning more about programming, of any experience level, including beginners. We’re using the One Laptop Per Child as our development platform, it comes with a number of different programming environments that can cater to different levels of experience.

I’m hoping that all participants will come away with a greater understanding of what makes computers tick, and more confidence to make computers do what they want. The Edge is hoping for a couple of applications that they can use at the space.

The first workshop went well, there was a lot of planning and prep done. I’ve got a lot of items on my todo list now!

I have started a Launchpad instance to store all our code and documentation.