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Simon Lyall: Books for sale – Part 1

Sun, 2015-03-15 12:28

I’m doing a book clean-out. The following are all for sale. Remainders will be given away to charity or something. Pickup is from either my house (Dominion Rd/Balmoral, Auckland) or my I can meet during the week near my work in Wyndham Street in the Auckland CBD.

Prices as mark, discount if you want to by more than 5 or so. Links may not match the exact edition I am selling.

If you are interested in any please contact me via email ( simon@darkmere.gen.nz ) or over twitter ( @slyall ) Sale will run to end of April or so.

See Part 2 for more books

Science Fiction / Fantasy

Deryni Books by Katherine Kurtz, all paperbacks of used quality unless otherwise named.

  • Deryni Rising – $4
  • Deryni Checkmate – $4
  • High Deryni – $4
  • Camber of Culdi (2 copies) -$4 each
  • The Bishops Heir (Hardback, ripped jacket) – $4
  • The Quest for Saint Camber – $4
  • The Deryni Archives – $4

Science Fiction Short Story Collections

Sci-Fi Novels

Other Fiction

History

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Andrew McDonnell: hacksa2015 – we won!

Sat, 2015-03-14 23:27

The previous week we were informed that we were the winners of the first hacksa competition!

This was really awesome, we had put in a bit of work that week and it validates my ideas about how to approach a hackathon I blogged about previously . You can see our proof of concept web application at http://phaze.space

I think what helped us over the line was that we had a working web application that actually ‘did something’, or a ‘minimum viable product’ in the parlance: we demonstrated the primary user experience ( generate musical playlists when you don’t know what to choose ) along with various potential features illustrated by button placeholders.

There was a cash prize, and some music, and headphones, and a membership in a co-working space which we donated to the runner-up because we all have day jobs and wouldn’t be able to use it.  For me though the best prize was tickets to the NetWorkPlay conference held in Adelaide last week.  This was a completely different scene, this was a media industry conference (mostly documentary film-makers, and a mix of other film industry and media) and I met some different and quite interesting people.

One takeaway from NetWorkPlay as a software guy was research showing that most younger people directly use youtube as a search engine instead of google when searching for media. This was interesting, my first instinct (habit?)  is using google or other ‘traditional’ search engines even when searching for videos that ends up with me on YouTube anyway. A learned quite a few other interesting things, and more importantly had to move out of my comfort zone and had a good time interacting with people I would never have likely crossed paths with.

So thanks to my team members (you know who you are) for an awesome effort, and I’m looking forward to govhack 2015!

I’d also like to thank the competition organisers, including madeinkatana.com , SA Music Development Office, Musitec and Flinders New Ventures Institute, and the sponsors for the generous prizes.

Brendan Scott: brendanscott

Sat, 2015-03-14 21:30

Today is π day, at least in the US, where they think it’s a good idea to order dates by neither most nor least significant digits (3/14/15). The 14th of March is hailed in geekiness as π day because, in US date representations it’s 3.14 – the first 3 digits of the constant π.  However, today isn’t just any old π day. Today is a super π day because the two digits of the year 3.14.15 make up the 3rd and 4th decimal places of the constant.

Make the most of your super π day, because it won’t be happening again!

Unless, that is, you decide, perhaps temporarily, to join some Orthodox Churches and observe the Julian calendar, in which case you can have your π and eat it again in 13 days’ time.



Lev Lafayette: Response to "Adopting Microservices at Netflix: Lessons for Team and Process Design"

Sat, 2015-03-14 08:30

NGINX has released an article entitled Adopting Microservices at Netflix: Lessons for Team and Process Design. For a high level article it reads well, but closer consideration suggests that it fraught with problems, not the least some rather simplistic panacea attitudes.

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Linux Users of Victoria (LUV) Announce: LUV Beginners April Meeting: What's in the Cloud?

Fri, 2015-03-13 16:29
Start: Apr 18 2015 12:30 End: Apr 18 2015 16:30 Start: Apr 18 2015 12:30 End: Apr 18 2015 16:30 Location: 

RMIT Building 91, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton South

Link:  http://luv.asn.au/meetings/map

Daniel Jitnah will have a look at virtualisation technology in Linux, including a brief demo of setting up and managing virtual machines. Then he will talk about what "the cloud" really is and its relation to virtualisation and will demonstrate a very simple cloud system: OpenNebula... just as an example. He'll also have a look at what are the common offerings for Linux based cloud software systems.

LUV would like to acknowledge Red Hat for their help in obtaining the Buzzard Lecture Theatre venue and VPAC for hosting.

Linux Users of Victoria Inc., is an incorporated association, registration number A0040056C.

April 18, 2015 - 12:30

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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Thu, 2015-03-12 18:28

Walked into work fairly early.

Dead tired by the end of the day.

Signed onto sleepio to give them a burl. Looks like they’d like me to get a fitbit..



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Wed, 2015-03-11 18:28

Awful day.

Sleep was disrupted by neighbours moving their cars around at two thirty am to make way for builders coming. Why two thirty? fucked if I know.

Finally dragged myself out of bed tired and headachy, headed into work.

Did manage to get some stuff done at work before the jack hammering started, and I left immediately in the early afternoon.

Struggling to stay awake till a sensible hour while catching up on a few of these here diary entries.



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Wed, 2015-03-11 18:28

Walked home.

Conference stuff.



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Wed, 2015-03-11 18:28

Walked into work stupidly early.

Home early, straight to bed.



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Wed, 2015-03-11 18:28

Library day.



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Wed, 2015-03-11 18:28

Coder dojo, much to my surprise I was introducing my simplified markov chain generator. It didn’t get much traction, but I felt that was because most of the kids had something they were interested in doing.

Next week I’m apparently talking all about 3D printing…



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Wed, 2015-03-11 18:28

Deliberately didn’t walk to work as I’m giving blood today.

Stuffing myself silly with food and water, and only one coffee. So much water.

Was vindicated when I gave blood in record time with no dramas, and I didn’t get even a minor bruise at the extraction point.

Stuffed myself silly straight after.



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Wed, 2015-03-11 18:28

Walked to walk stupidly early.

Conference work that night.



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Wed, 2015-03-11 18:28

The monthly Python Users group meeting. There was a great talk about calculating statistics, like variances, in a single pass.



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Wed, 2015-03-11 18:28

Walked home.

Conference stuff.



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Wed, 2015-03-11 18:28

Was on the motorbike for the first time in a while today. Riding into work very early is great, riding home at peak hour is silly however.



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