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30 Dec 2009

Wandering Freelancer

At a recent Melbourne Ruby meet, I was asked to speak about my travelling freelancer lifestyle, and the talk was recorded. I feel a little self-conscious about the topic, but perhaps you’ll find it interesting.

Massive thanks to James Healy for not only recording the talks that night, but producing the neat slides-and-video output. I’m looking forward to the Melbourne Ruby channel building up a good collection of sessions.

Also: I’ll be posting a review of my month working on Thinking Sphinx soon.

14 Apr 2008

Pangea Day

Prompted by an email from TED, I watched three videos on YouTube this evening – of residents of one country singing the anthems of another country. It’s an awesome idea, and the different approaches really add to it.

These short clips are inspired from an event that’s happening on the 10th of May, Pangea Day. I’d read mentions of it before (probably in TED emails, again), but I only had a browse of the site tonight, and I’m loving the idea:

"Pangea Day is a global event bringing the world together through film.

Why? In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it’s easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea Day seeks to overcome that – to help people see themselves in others – through the power of film."

It sounds simple, but I think things like this are really effective. I’m only disappointed that I won’t be home in Melbourne that day – as there’s screenings at Federation Square and Cinema Nova. Nothing so public for Sydney that I’ve found so far…

(Your regular ruby-focused programming will return later in the week.)

Update: Just found a fourth video – Australia for Lebanon!

13 Dec 2007

Link: TED | Talks | Amory Lovins: We must win the oil endgame (video)

"Energy guru Amory Lovins lays out his plan for weaning the US off oil -- and revitalizing the economy in the process."

27 Aug 2007

Link: YouTube - Taylor Mali on what teachers make

23 Feb 2007

Link: YouTube - Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

29 Jan 2007

Link: ForaTv - Neil Gaiman at Cody's (Video)

01 Jan 2007

Link: 23C3 - Lawrence Lessig - On Free, and the Differences between Culture and Code - Google Video

18 Dec 2006

Link: HandBrake

11 Dec 2006

Link: schoen|sign · TubeSockLoader

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