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To quote a friend of mine "Back away now, he's giggling again..."

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To quote a friend of mine "Back away now, he's giggling again..."

Originally shared by Aaron Wood

Sorry all. There was a typo in the last bit of art I posted. Here it is again sans typo. :)

Looks like they're already spreading around though! lol

A short-listed entrant for the Dyson Design Awards. As a coeliac, I can only say "Oh, yes please !"

A short-listed entrant for the Dyson Design Awards. As a coeliac, I can only say "Oh, yes please !"
http://student.designawards.com.au/application_detail.jsp?status=2&applicationID=9431

I wants it, I do!

I wants it, I do!

Originally shared by Roc Patterson

I have been thinking this for a while now: The future is made of bamboo!
http://theweek.com/article/index/217634/grow-your-own-bike

Please post this as your status in your stream if you know someone who has been eaten by Reavers and is now a hood...

Please post this as your status in your stream if you know someone who has been eaten by Reavers and is now a hood ornament on a Reaver ship. 85% of people won't copy this as their status because they have no idea what a Reaver is; 10% will start speaking Chinese or say something profound like "I swear by my… pretty floral bonnet I will end you"; and 5% will start singing "The Hero of Canton." via Christopher Phillips, originating on FB, but too much fun not to share!

More on the Humble Bundle. As always, the breakdown of the purchasing patterns are interesting.

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More on the Humble Bundle. As always, the breakdown of the purchasing patterns are interesting.
And if you missed the link.. http://www.humblebundle.com/

The Humble Indie Bundle 3 is now out!

The Humble Indie Bundle 3 is now out!
Includes Cogs, And Yet It Moves, Crayon Physics, Hammerflgiht, and Vvvvvv.
Mac, PC, Linux, and Steam. Pay what you want, and pay who you want (Devs, EFF, and Child's Play).

Enjoy!
http://www.humblebundle.com/

Eliminate gender stereotyping in toy marketing!

Originally shared by Ju Transcendancing

Eliminate gender stereotyping in toy marketing!
http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/toychoice

Google's name/nym/etc policy has been revised.

Google's name/nym/etc policy has been revised.

Note that other technical revisions are also taking place (to improve the review and reporting processes), but will take time to fully implement.

Not perfect, yet, but better, and I suspect it never will be. As I have previously observed, there are humans involved.
http://www.google.com/support/+/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1228271

As an aside to the whole Google+ names/nyms/pseudonyms/nicknames/anonymity thing.

As an aside to the whole Google+ names/nyms/pseudonyms/nicknames/anonymity thing... I am reminded of this cautionary post about the nature of 'real names'.
http://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-names/

Vince Mo continues to share good information on the inside look at the naming controversy.

Vince Mo continues to share good information on the inside look at the naming controversy. Some excellent comments can also be found on his share at https://plus.google.com/116594199576805510790/posts/dytaMVxZRFY

Originally shared by Bradley Horowitz

Last night, Robert Scoble shared some information based on his conversation with Vic Gundotra. That post (https://plus.google.com/111091089527727420853/posts/Fddn6rV8mBX) went a long way toward clearing the air, and we want to thank many of you for your feedback and support. I wanted to also more directly address some of what we’re learning and how we’re reacting to the feedback. Note that this isn’t a comprehensive “last word” on the topic that touches on every issue. On the contrary, it’s just some transparency and insight into a dialog that I expect will continue for a long time.

(It’s worth noting that in general we’ve only been discussing upcoming changes to Google+ as they are being released. In this case, we felt it would be help…

Good to see that things are being talked through, and thought about.

Good to see that things are being talked through, and thought about.

This (and several other incidents) bring home that Google does try to follow the mantra of "Don't be evil'. Yes, they stuff up (AP sniffing, China, this little matter, etc) but they are open about it, and, when they realise that a mistake has been made (in policy or otherwise) they say so. In public. And then go about fixing it.

The whole AP sniffing matter could have been swept under the carpet, for example. No-one would have known, except for Google themselves saying "Err, guys? We've made a mistake here..." For which they were roasted.

So, in short, I do believe that Google are trying to do the best they possibly can. But they are human, and make mistakes. But, unlike many other companies, they admit their mistakes, and do their best to fix them.

This is not to say that we should not complain when they get it wrong! If we do not, how will they know otherwise? Just don't claim that it is…

A brilliant series of articles about the climate change 'debate'.

It is probably very, very wrong that this makes me so happy!

It is probably very, very wrong that this makes me so happy!

To quote the songwriter: "One night we couldn't decide whether to sing a mining disaster song, a train song, or a maritime tragedy. Why choose, I figure! This is our saddest song. Sniff. "
http://catfish.dhs.org/~happyfish/filk/wreckcrashetc.html

So, I'm running (as you are all probably sick of hearing) this year's Ace Race in Perth.

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So, I'm running (as you are all probably sick of hearing) this year's Ace Race in Perth. This will be on Saturday, September 24, at Cockman Park, in Greenwood.

So, what is the Ace Race? The Ace Race is a simple disc golf hole-in-one competition, with specially shortened holes. Being a hole-in-one contest, almost everyone is on an even footing! You get one shot at each hole, and you do two laps of the course, for 36 throws. The winner is the person who gets the most holes-in-one, with a tie-breaker on the number of metal hits that did not go in.

We're getting close to the start of the event globally, so more news is out. This is the bag that you get just for entering. In the US they retail for USD20, so expect to pay AUD30 locally for them in W.A. You also get a pair of prototype discs (AUD20 each), a mini-disc (used in normal games to mark your lie) (AUD2), and a sticker.

On top of that, you get to play in a fast-paced fun competition, with a chance at a large bag full of go…

Vulgar, profane, but well written, and spot on, this little piece points out the wonderful lack of bias in the news...

Vulgar, profane, but well written, and spot on, this little piece points out the wonderful lack of bias in the news reports on the proposed tax on CO2 pollution, and the effects thereof.

Meantime, El Reg, an organ not noted for supporting the science providing evidence of anthrogenic climate change, had surprisingly positive things to say about the proposal! http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/11/carbon_tax_in_australia/

Note: The original link has been suspended (I suspect excessive traffic is to blame) - so here is the cache link: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:9lubiI-b5K4J:www.heathenscripture.com/you-shut-your-goddamn-carbon-taxin-mouth/+You+shut+your+goddamn+carbon-taxin%E2%80%99+mouth&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&client=ubuntu&source=www.google.com
http://www.heathenscripture.com/you-shut-your-goddamn-carbon-taxin-mouth/

On the 27th of September, I am running the Perth edition of the Discraft Ace Race.

On the 27th of September, I am running the Perth edition of the Discraft Ace Race.

The Ace Race is an open-to-all hole-in-one disc golf competition suitable for for both beginners and experts as it is run on a specially designed course. The winner is simply the person with the most hole-in-ones, who goes home with a prize pack of 8 discs and a large disc-golf bag to carry them in.

Ace Races are held all over the world between August and October each year. This year, the Perth event looks like being the only one in the Southern Hemisphere!

It will be held from 10:30 to 1:30 on the 27th of September at Cockman Park, on Mulligan Drive(!) in Greenwood.

Entry is $30, and includes $40 worth of discs plus other goodies, including a small disc bag!

Official registrations are open - please go to the Perth Disc Golf Club link below. There is also an payment facility to pre-pay for your player packs here.

Player packs will be ordered mid-August, and we will only be ordering a small number of extras,…