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Tuesday 24th February

February 25, 2015

Walked to work.

While doing some conference stuff, discovered that I hate printers. It took something like an hour to print out two pages of basic text and one image. Whatever pdf version every tool was spitting out, was not handled at all well by either printer.

Friday 30th January

January 31, 2015


Got the pyconau15 landing page done, a small yay.

Working on slides for the lca debrief tomorrow.

PyCon Australia Call for Proposals closes Friday 25th April

April 21, 2014

There’s less than a week left to get your proposal in for PyCon Australia 2014, Australia’s national Python Conference. We focus on first time speakers so please get in touch if you have any questions. The full details are available at




FreeCAD workshop

June 2, 2012

Earlier this week I attended a FreeCAD workshop at The Edge.

The eventual goal is to know enough to design simple things for 3D printing.

The workshop was at a beginners level, and I pretty quickly finished the main goal, but I still had plenty of problems with the FreeCAD GUI. I like the main thrust of the program, but I was constantly plagued by accidentally switching on UI modes and features, but not knowing how to use them, or turn them off. Other irritants included the attributes tree collapsing every single time I switched objects.

For really basic stuff, I should be fine.

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.

lca2011 – Schedule is now available!

September 21, 2010

The organising team are very pleased to announce the Schedule of presentations for lca2011.

A draft schedule of presentations, full of breadth and depth, is now available for lca2011. From around the world, and among the best and brightest in Australia & New Zealand, the schedule for lca2011 includes topics from cloud computing and HTML5 to Kernel innovations and Databases as well as a FOSS powered Telco in Dili and Linux powered coffee roaster. 2011 runs for a full week starting Monday 24th January, with presentations, tutorials, some significant Keynote presentations, 15 Miniconfs and an Open Day.

“I look on this Schedule as a thing of great beauty” says Marco
Ostini, Papers Chair of lca2011 “It’s like a glance across today’s
global FOSS community. It contains presentations which include
innovation, boldness and significant improvements, as well talks that
include heart and thoughtfulness. It’s been a lot of hard work, and is
not yet complete but gives people a strong guide that lca2011 in
Brisbane will be a stunner”

For more information, please refer to the lca2011 Schedule.

$95 Arduino workshop at The Edge, bookings close Sunday

April 16, 2010

A couple of friends of mine from NICTA are running an Ardunio sensing workshop over the first and second of May, I’ll be helping out.

For full details see the main post.

Bris Science

March 23, 2010

I attended BrisScience last night in their new venue, Customs House. The night had a good topic and a good speaker.

I’ve set up a Google calendar for BrisScience to make it easier to remember.

Twenty Ten — Getting a Job

January 8, 2010

This post has been in the drafts pile for a little while: a lot of the facts are still open to change, and there’s a fair bit of emotion I’ve tried to weed out of the post. I have a lot of my self worth tied up in my employment, and thus changes to my employment have always been rather difficult for me.

My current contract with the CSIRO comes to an end in March, and it’s been made fairly clear to me that my current position won’t be repeated once my term is up. It’s fairly up in the air if I’m going to be offered any position. I like what I’m currently doing and there’s still a lot of useful work to be done, but money and directions of the unit I’m in are somewhat different to mine. There is at least one other option available in CSIRO right now, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Unfortunately, to really put the boot in, my travel to Linux.Conf.Au in Wellington has been canned by the very-higher-ups despite having to-the-hilt support from local management. It was made clear that the decision had to do with the end of my contract. There must be some demotivational poster in there somewhere.

Anyway, if you’re after a C/Python developer after March, I may well be free.


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