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Here's the slides from the talk I gave today with +Gina Likins at the +O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) 
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Early-bird pricing for DrupalCon Barcelona ends TODAY at 23:59 Barcelona local time (UTC +2)
https://events.drupal.org/barcelona2015/registration 
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Is there a course associated with this qualification? If yes, how long does it take? eg. 1 day, 1 week, 3 months, 3 years? Skills and Technologies. HTML authoring. CSS. JavaScript. Database Administration. Web Server Administration. Content Management Systems. Information Architecture ...
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Excellent article on the reality not the rhetoric of the Govt's attack on Q&A.
The ABC has silenced its program-makers from saying anything in their defence, but has anybody actually looked at what Zaky Mallah stands for?
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It's a bit pathetic working for a government organisation these days. Frankly embarrasses me. Spineless twats at the top of all the departments.
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Reminder: Nominations for the #Drupal community's Aaron Winborn Award are closing soon (June 15) 

https://www.drupal.org/aaron-winborn-award
In honor of long-time Drupal contributor Aaron Winborn (see his recent Community Spotlight), who lost his battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (also referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease in the US and Motor Neuron Disease in the UK) in early 2015, the Community Working Group, with the support of the Drupal Association, has established the Aaron Winborn Award.
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Many years ago, I lived next door to one of the Barristers working on the Black Deaths in Custody Royal Commission.  It's sickening to me that Indigenous people are still being disproportionately locked up for minor crimes, and some, subsequently suffering the worst form of injustice there is, dieing in custody through neglect, mistreatment, and out and out illegal violence.
 
Locking people up for being poor and dispossessed is just wrong. Failing to give them due care should be criminal.
 
Please join me in supporting this campaign.  There's only 58 hours to go and they need to raise another $10,000 to meet their goal.   
 
The project seeks to fund a series of articles at the public health blog Croakey, running over several months.

The series will take a solutions-focused approach to investigating the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Articles will be written by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health experts, policy experts, criminal justice experts, researchers, and journalists. 

If you can't contribute - please share, and spread the word. Please.
Investigating how to reduce over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
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I'm headed to Portland, Oregon, USA on Thursday for a week and a bit of amazing open source community hobnobbing, learning and sharing!

On Friday I'm attending a workshop by Sharon Ellison on Powerful Non Defensive Communication -  details here: http://www.eventbee.com/v/17jul2015 and apparently there's still space available if you'd like to join us! 

I'm really looking forward to it.  I've been reading her book "Taking the war out of our words" in preparation.   It's a deceptively simple concept, but tricky to master, so I'm hoping the workshop will give me an opportunity to really absorb, and practice these ideas.

Immediately following that is the Community Leadership Summit. http://www.communityleadershipsummit.com/  I ran CLSxLCA earlier this year - which was an offshoot of this long running unconference. It's only the 2nd time I've had the chance to go, so I'm very much looking forward to it.

And then there's OSCON. The Open Source conference run by O'Reilly.  I'm speaking there on Friday about Constructive Conflict Resolution with +Gina Likins .  

Should be intense, and fun!
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Indeed!  Probably after you both get back to Australia.
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Working from home — remote working, telecommuting — isn't easy. But with the right approach, working from home can work for you.
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+Matthew Garrett I felt compelled to share this with you. Sorry.
 
All 14,544 genes of blowfly have been mapped by UoM led research!
We can now work on a vaccine.
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God damnit.
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Want an update on how the spending side of the fund is going...?  Check this out https://assoc.drupal.org/d8-accelerate-awarded-grants 
 
I set an ambitious goal of raising US$20,000 for the Drupal8 Accelerate campaign to fund a concerted push to solve the release blockers holding up the launch of the best version of Drupal yet. 
 
I've reached 60% of my goal - and would love your help to get across the line.  Please share, like, follow, retweet, whatever - or even just donate if you can.

The fund has already been put to great use, helping key contributors come together to collaborate in sprints focussed on gnarly issues.  Or buying precious time for some of our most dedicated developers to focus in on the issues only they can tackle. 
 
The community has really stepped up, and it's so exciting and inspiring.  We're close! But not close enough. I'd love your help to cross the finish line!
Drupal8 is gunna be a gamechanger. But it ain't changing any games if it ain't released. What's the big deal? There was some major refactoring under the hood that will help developers outside the Drupal community get up to speed more easily. There are also extraordinary enhancements for users and site owners. A web editor is now built in, it won't need complex configuration to get the basics right. Views is now in core. For a long time, vi...
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please share, please give.
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Ya know what? http://SimplyTest.Me is Simply Awesome.  I just decided to give the project $10 a week. https://gratipay.com/simplytest-me/  
It's an invaluable tool for Drupal patch testing and module and distro evaluation, and it's entirely run and hosted by a volunteer student. 
 
Kudos to PatrickD for all the work he puts in to simpytest.me

If you use simplytest.me and a're able to make a small, regular contribution towards the costs of running this service, I strongly urge you to join me and do so! https://gratipay.com/simplytest-me/
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