update from morgsdebate

Morgs continues to dish out his flavour of entertainment analaysis, getting on the Guitar Hero Bandwagon and having some things to say about Prison Break (too much testosterone in that show..). You’d better read what he has to say!

Appleseed Ex Machina @ Elroyonline

Elroy looks at Shinji Aramaki’s Appleseed Ex Machina (strange name..) and finds it adequate. I’m intrigued – I haven’t watched much in the way of CGI anime, and it looks good. The story sounds similar to one of my alltime favourite sci-fi stories, and that could be enough to push me over the edge (that,…

total cost of ownership webcast

OLPC News has announced that on the 6th of November they’re holding a live webcast in collaboration with the World Bank. The topic is “total cost of ownership”, something that the Federal Government in Australia is now just learning about.. The Bank’s website explains it best: “”Total cost of ownership” (TCO) is often underestimated, sometimes…

it’s not just about UI

Over the past 24hrs the “Windows VS Linux on XOs” debate has picked up [1][2][3], with CNet posting a good article that’s picked up a decent amount of interesting comments. The post concludes, from a child’s point of view, they’re probably going to enjoy an XO no matter what software it’s running and they’d get…

Kangaroos killed in Russia

CNN is reporting on a violent crime committed in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, where minors have allegedly killed kangaroos and seagulls in a zoo. “Police in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don say three children aged 10 to 12 have admitted killing a 10-month-old kangaroo at the city’s zoo. The kangaroo and several seagulls were killed over…

soz was afk

You might have noticed a blip in the posting patterns. That’s because I went down to the coast at the last moment! All I have to show for it are a few pictures of Alex’s ADHD dog and some local flora. I could have done worse!

Cultural Content

Clive Longbottom at Silicon.com suggests a list of things you don’t want to assume when working on something like the One Laptop per Child project. Literacy, competency and connectivity are three things you need, that’s for sure. And, quite rightly, he suggests that content is king. The nature of the beast is that content has…

Powers Cosmic

It’s been a long time in the making – and the behind-the-scenes material I have, you would not believe! Powers Cosmic Episode 1 is complete and just in time. If the majority of your television viewing for the past few years has been Huey’s Cooking Adventures and Antiques Roadshow, some of the jokes might go…

Iranian mile-long ostrich sandwich

I never actually thought to eat ostrich before… “Iranians eat the evidence before mile-long ostrich sandwich makes it to Guinness Book of World RecordsIran tried to make it to Guinness Book of World Records by assembling the a 1500 meter-long sandwich. On Friday, October 17, over 1000 cooks got together in Mellat park in Tehran…

creative hub

You don’t have to go far to see interesting bits and peices in Canberra. The following video is something you’d more likely expect to find in a Melbourne side-alley…there’s a creative heart in our city, it just needs to be nurtured! (although this is actually an advert..)

ACT Votes

It’s local election day here, we’re voting on the makeup of the Legislative Assembly. There have been a lot of ads and flyers in my letterbox. Along with the US election, that’s about all there is on TV right now….cool! The Riot Act (popular Canberran online soapbox) has done something that will make you say…

Insight from from East Africa

Following the recent donation of 5000 XO laptops, Rwanda is on the move. From a Ugandan newspaper comes a report of a large scale adoption of the program within the country. The reporter also has further insight on education in developing nations: “The reason the political leadership has never bothered with providing quality education in…

not-for-not-profiting

At Forbes, Sramana Mitra writes on the latest public talk given by Nicholas Negroponte and assesses where things are heading. I think she raises an interesting point in regards to the not-for-profit status of OLPC Inc. “One thing that has always intrigued me about the OLPC project: Given Negroponte’s fundraising prowess, why did he not…

iDEF – details released

The finer details of Melbourne’s upcoming International Digital Entertainment Festival are now available online. The festival is broken into three distinct parts: Develop, The Digital LifeStyle Show and Egames. The Digital Lifestyle Show will be showcasing products and technologies from leading manufacturers, distributors and retailers… Portable devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, portable media…