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Neville Ridley-Smith
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Attended Barker College
Lives in Sydney, Australia
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Really don't like this new layout for Google+. What's wrong with a single column of reverse chronological news? This two column layout feels like a mess.
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Look under the 'more' menu, and you can change to single column.
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Here's one for the next ForceCast. Original Star Wars props are up for auction. The Star Wars stuff starts on page 255. https://www.profilesinhistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Hollywood53FINAL-updated-121012lo.pdf

The most expensive thing is "the only painted and finished X-Wing Fighter we have encountered from the original 1977 Star Wars film" going for around $100k.

I can only imagine Steve Sansweet must be drooling and figuring out which items he can afford...
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Would it be too much to put this on my Christmas list. Santa? Can you +1 this?
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Where's Kitster!
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Woo hoo! Transport for NSW launched on Google Maps! That's +Mickey Kataria at the podium.
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What does it mean that I am sharing this from the +Dave Cheong stream?
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It's, like, double rainbows all the way! What does it mean?!
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Single Gun Theory! Where did you go? You made my favourite album of all time.
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Kind of scary - and these are college students presumably studying physics!
 
A question posed to a classroom of college studentas aged between 18 and 22.

Approximately how far have humans traveled from the surface of the Earth in your lifetime? [e.g., since 1980 or so]

a) 600 km (low Earth orbit, 0.1 times the Earth radius)
b) 6,000 km (about the radius of the Earth)
c) 36,000 km (geosynchronous orbit; about 6 Earth radii)
d) 385,000 km (about the distance to the Moon; 60 Earth radii)
e) beyond the Moon

Out of a total of 109 students responding (one group in 2006, another in 2010), only 11% got the right answer: low Earth orbit. 52% thought humans had been as far as the Moon since the 1980′s, and 20% thought we had been farther than the Moon. Some were indignant on learning the truth: “What do we use the space shuttle for, if not to go to the Moon?!” I can only guess that some students imagined the International Space Station as a remote outpost, certainly beyond the Moon, and likely strategically located next to a wormhole. How disappointing it must be to learn that it merely hugs the globe. http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/2011/10/why-not-space/
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Record-setting base jump with wingsuit from helicopter and no parachute - insane! http://bit.ly/LJEjNA via +Tony Hill
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Looks like Google Drive is basically just Google Docs rebranded
http://mashable.com/2012/04/19/google-drive-leaked/
A Google employee giving a presentation appears to have accidentally leaked Google Drive by accessing files in it.
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    Professional geek, 1999 - present
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Professional geek & Java/iPhone/iPad coder - interested in science, micro-isvs, startups, web tech, eBay, computer/board games, my wife & kids, reading scifi/fantasy, philosophy & Jesus.

That's the short twitter version. Here's the long one:

I'm a Java contractor by day, having worked at a bunch of places in Sydney - eg Tourism Australia, Macquarie Bank, Trading Post, Zurich and currently Transport NSW.

In my spare time I've done various projects. For example
I'm currently at work on an iPad app which should be coming out any day now. It's an app to help procrastinators - yes, I am using the app to help write the app.

I have a wife and 3 kids who are a constant joy.

I grew up mucking around on Apple 2 computers, playing Wizardry and hacking out Basic apps that I'd probably be totally embarrassed about now - I didn't even know it was called bubble sort...

I've always been interested in science and astronomy. Some of the most interesting classes at uni were in the school of history and philosophy of science.

I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy and wish I could read faster. Yes, I played D&D when I was younger. The only reason I don't play it now is due to lack of time.

I enjoy board games - ie german/euro/designer board games like Puerto Rico.

I'm a Christian and if you want a good book explaining why, I can recommend Tim Keller's The Reason for God.
Education
  • Barker College
    1982 - 1988
  • University of New South Wales
    Computer Science, 1989 - 1992
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