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Are you speaking at DrupalCon Barcelona? Know someone who is and they're not listed here?  Prod them to add their session to Lanyrd to help spread the word about our brilliant conference!  The more the merrier, the better the data!
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Great list.  Some I knew, some I didn't.  But none of them actually help people be more sensitive to timezone discrimination.  Everyone seems to accommodate the US timezones, because they do tend to fall in the middle of a global spread, and at least in my experience, the number of people I interact with in the US seems to outnumber those in Asia/Europe, but perhaps, just occasionally, it would be nice to inconvenience those folk in the Americas with unseemly meeting hours. Just, every now and again.
With coworkers spread all over the world, it can be hard to keep track of time zones. Here are 15 tools for managing time zone differences.
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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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Fill out my survey?
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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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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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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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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There are many benefits to Working Remotely, for individuals, businesses, city planners and all levels of government. The road to the Distributed Office though is littered with skeletons, zombies and rotting corpses.

In my experience, failed Remote Working policies fail or falter where there is a lack of trust. I've been able to work remotely as a full-time employee in both government and private sector roles. Government enterprise bargaining agreements I've worked under tended to be more progressive and generous with respect to "work life balance" and flexibility compared to equivalent private sector contracts. Middle managers in government departments and agencies are less trusting though of their staff, so taking up the flexible working arrangements becomes difficult, onerous and in the end less productive.

My current role is with a highly successful and energetic private sector company where working remotely isn't a vague idea written into the employment contract a bargaining chip. Almost everyone works from their own home or remote office. Nobody can expect a desk of their own. We share office space and schedule face to face meetings when it would help, but for the most part we make use of cloud hosted business software and storage, web video chat and social tools to facilitate distributed teams spread across QLD, NSW and VIC.

There are challenges and opportunities with Remote Working, for everyone involved.
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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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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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