Remembering Keating’s 1992 Reconciliation Speech

On this day when Australia’s Parliament finally made an apology to the aboriginal people it is worth thinking back to Paul Keating’s revolutionary speech in 1992 at Redfern.

I still recall thinking that, at last, Australia was ready to be grown up now that our leader could talk in this way. Little did I realise that this would be followed by so many years of the exact opposite.

It is worth remembering this visionary speech on such a day:

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Safer Internet Day 2008?

Apparently today has been deemed Safer Internet Day 2008 and according to this email from Stephen Conroy:

“… Australia will join some 50 countries around the world in activities designed to raise awareness of the safety of children in the online environment, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said today.

Read more at:

I’m still not sure what all this means?

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Grad Thinking …

Just had a couple of new computer science grads sitting next to me today so I took the opportunity to explore their use of social networking technologies. The results were interesting:

* neither liked MySpace as it was for “12 year olds” plus everyone could see all your stuff

* one used Facebook but now was bored with it, but found it useful to upload holiday pictures

* both preferred to actually speak with other people on their mobile phones, but did not really like SMS

This is all very interesting for me, as travelling in geeky circles it is easy to groupthink about technology.

Working too Hard?

I think I might be working too hard these days or have too much on my mind. But at least I’m having dream help. Last night I dreamed the answers to a bunch of work I’m in the middle of and spent today just powering through it.

Would prefer to be having more fun dreams, but functional is pretty good too.

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Twitter & Google maps for Super Tuesday

Google maps has joined forces with Twitter and Twittervision with instant updates on Super Tuesday in the US presidential primaries.

They mashup tweets from across the US with Google maps for up to date info.

Here is Twitter & Google for Super Tuesday

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Australia 2020 Summit – Vote for Geeks

Vote for geeks to attend KRudd’s Australia 2020 summit.

It sounds a bit like a cricket match to me, maybe they need a better name for it. Or perhaps it is due to a deeper understanding of the Aussie psyche – they know some people will accidentally tune in thinking it is a cricket match 😉

Vote for your favourite geek on Bloggerati Australia

Nominees include our very own Stephen Collins, and Mark Pesce

More info over at – it is heartening to see the online community leap into action like this.