Today I attended the Stop HRL demonstration . The government plans to spend $100,000,000 of federal money and $50,000,000 of Victorian state money to build a new coal power station. The state government has imposed some unreasonable restrictions on renewable energy which includes allowing a single person who objects within 2Km of a wind [...]
The Occupy Wall St blog has an informative summary of attempts to reclaim the American political process which has been pwned badly by financiers in recent times . The basic concept is that people who represent the 99% of the population who aren’t super rich have protests in Wall St and now other business areas. [...]
It’s not that common to have a rally in favor of creating a new tax, but today I attended the Melbourne rally in favor of a “carbon tax” , it was the second such event this year. The rally was held in front of the state library, there is a reasonable size park there and [...]
I just attended a lecture by Dr Ziggy Switkowski (see the above picture) on the topic of nuclear power, for a long time Ziggy has been the most prominent advocate of nuclear power in Australia, so naturally the talk was pro-nuclear. The lecture was free for alumni of Swinburne University and introduced [...]
What do Assholes do?
Rusty just wrote a post titled “If you didn’t run code written by assholes, your machine wouldn’t boot”  about some of the anti-social tendencies demonstrated by programmers, including some that are implied to be fairly important. His post seems to imply that there are really great programmers who are anti-social [...]
Some crazy people led by Harold Camping who call themselves Christian claimed that the world was going to end yesterday . Harold had previously done this in 1994 so he’s got form for predictions that don’t come true.
The bible says that “the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night” [...]
After almost 10 years the Americans finally found Osama bin Laden, unfortunately they were unable to take him alive. The Reid Report has a good summary of what happened .
Sam Varghese wrote an interesting analysis of the political aspects of this event in Pakistan , and he’s a lot less positive about it than [...]
Tomorrow Prince William will marry Kate Middleton. If we don’t change anything he will probably become the King of Australia at some future time, so I think that now is the time to start discussing the options.
Walter Block makes some interesting points in favor of longer terms for politicians and for having a monarch [...]
TED is offering an audition for future TED.com talks in New York on the 24th of May . It would be good if we could have someone advocate Free Software there. The audition is a 1 minute talk, the speakers who pass the audition may be offered full ~17 minute lecture slots at the next [...]
This morning I attended the Climate Action Now rally to support a pollution tax . The event was well attended, my personal estimate of the number of people there was there there was definitely more than 3,000 people, and maybe as many as 8,000 or more.
I spoke to an employee of the APS who [...]