G’Day World #267 – John Butterworth, AIMIA

John Butterworth is the CEO of AIMIA, the Australia Interactive Media Industry Association. I chatted with him recently about the state of the industry and tried to figure out who they seem to be so top-heavy, that is, involved more with big companies like Telstra and Sensis, rather than supporting the smaller, innovative companies. John explains their mission and some of the challenges with the industry in Australia.

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DirectDiscount.com.au / DirectDiscount.us – Dodgy?

About 5 weeks ago I ordered some products from an Australia site called Direct Discount. I paid via Paypal. I got a confirmation email. Everything looked legit. But it’s been five weeks and still no product. I’ve tried emailing their sales support line but the emails bounce. They have a fax number on the site but no telephone number. I can’t find a listing for them in the Aussie WhitePages. Any ideas on how I track these folks down to see if I’ve done my $100 or not? They also have a US site.

UPDATE 29 July 2007: Well I took Fi’s advice (thanks Fi!) and made a complaint via Paypal. The process took a couple of minutes and, a couple of days later, the company refunded my money, claiming they were out of stock with the product. A good outcomes from Paypal! Obviously the company (DirectDiscount.us) takes Paypal’s emails more seriously than they do mine. A lesson for anyone out there who gets ripped off in a Paypal transaction – make a complaint.

G’Day World #266 – Chris Pirillo on Bloggers and Politics

Chris Pirillo needs no introduction. Everyone knows him as an ubergeek, the founder and maintainer of Lockergnome, former host of TechTV’s “Call for Help”, and, along with his wife Ponzi, the host of Gnomedex, the technology conference made for geeks. I always think of him as the guy with the most infectious laugh I’ve ever heard.

But recently Pirillo had the AUDACITY to talk about politics on his blog and incurred some criticism. I invited him to come on GW to chat about his views in some depth.

Chris Pirillo

Here are some links for further reading:

Pirillo: When Politics and Technology Collide

Scoble: A Slight Diversion into Politics

Pirillo: Ron Paul Wins My Vote

Ron Paul’s official site

WIkipedia: The Federal Reserve System

To catch some of David Cross’ material that Chris mentions, watch this link.

And for those of you interested in my 2005 interview with Noam Chomsky, here is the link.

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Cam’s World 16 July, 2007

Sean Bonner is posting great photos from Japan including this one of a canned coffee vending machine. Mmmmm. And I thought Nescafe sucked!

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On The Cranky Middle Manager Episode 101, Wayne interviewed guest Anita Bruzzese, a workplace columnist who’s “On the Job” is syndicated in dozens of Gannet-run US newspapers and sometimes USAToday.com.

Anita reciprocated by writing an article on Wayne’s podcast that came out in a bunch of papers this week, this one is from the Salt Lake City Tribune.

Thanks Anita from all of us at TPN!

MODM 4 coming at ya

Register now for MODM 4! We had a good 50 people there for the last two events and I think everyone had a great time. Free booze, free snacks, geeky talk, what’s not to love?

Thanks Michael Kordahi (aka Delicate Genius) for putting your Corporate AMEX to the test! Avoiding having to approve that expense form isn’t what made Frank move to Seattle, is it? DG’s photos are up here.

The August event will again be on at ACMI Lounge in Fed Square. Register your attendance at Facebook Events. Sponsor to be announced soon (as soon as I find one).

Cam’s World 14 July, 2007

A great example of Christian tolerance in the US senate.

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Chris Pirillo is getting up to speed on the problems inherent in the American system of democracy and capitalism. Interesting to see someone like Chris speaking out about this. Watch the first ten minutes of the video he’s linked to. Chris has just agreed to come on GW for a chat about the issues. Can’t wait!

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We took the kids to the Pixar exhibition and to see the Fantastic four film today. The Pixar exhibition is worth the price of admission just to see the amazing zoetrope! I can’t recommend this enough. I was totally blown away by it and we were all voted it the highlight when we left.

As for the FF film…. well the kids loved it, and I got to watch Jessica Alba for a couple of hours. Can’t complain about that. But you don’t get to see Galactus???? WTF?? They talk about him, he is apparently about to devour Earth (starting with the Thames), the Silver Surfer flies out to confront him, but we don’t get to see him? Majorly disappointing. The film as a whole is as lightweight as the first one. It’s kind of weird to see Michael Chiklis appear a couple of times when Johnny sucks up Ben’s powers – we’ve just finished watching The Shield Season Three on DVD. God I love that show. Anyone out there got Season Four that you could “loan” me?

Galactus

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Got this email from new listener Holden today, made my morning:

I just started listening to podcasts over the last two months or so. I just wanted to tell you that your Napoleon podcast and the G’day World podcast have been entertaining and educational as I mow lawns all summer up here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I’m very glad to learn that there are other people who care about critical thinking and reason, but don’t just stop there, who want to change the world for the better. As I’m going through all the G’day back issues I was struck by #239. You really spoke to me, and even though this is about three months late, thank-you for telling it like it is. I recently went through that sort of re-inventing time. I switched from Christian ministry to the wide undefined world of writing and have never looked back.

Thanks Holden! Great to know I’m not talking into the wind. And it’s great to know that out there, somewhere, there are Christians who are thinking and reading outside of the narrow confines of the religion.

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What’s the best way to keep a documents folder synchronized between two PCs these days? I’m going to be traveling a bit over the next month and I want to have a copy of my documents folder sitting on a portable 80GB USB hard drive to take with me. The way I see it, I have three options:

1. Move all of my documents from the hard drive they currently sit on (a bulky external USB drive attached to my Vista desktop PC) onto the small portable hard drive and just use it as my central documents storage from now on. The only concern I have is losing it while I’m on the road. Of course I can back it up locally before I leave.

2. Just before I leave, put a copy of the documents folder onto the portable drive, work from that while I’m on the road, then copy those documents back to the main drive when I get home.

3. Have some sort of solution that synchronizes the folders between the two drives every time I plug the portable drive back into the desktop. Pre-Vista I used to run Microsoft’s Foldershare but it doesn’t seem to work on Vista.

Recommendations?

UPDATE: I installed Foldershare again just to check it out an apparently it is limited to 10,000 files, so I can’t use it to synch my documents folder. I’m now trying Microsoft Synctoy which looks like it might work. I just need to remember to plug in the portable drive to the desktop when I get back from my trip to synch everything back as I can’t do it over the cloud, which would be ideal.

G’DAY WORLD #265 – Chris Summerfield, Why Be A Christian?

My guest today is Chris Summerfield. Chris works for Drug Arm WA, writes an intelligent blog called “A Churchless Faith” and recently took me up on my challenge to Christians to answer the question “What would it take for you to become an atheist?”. We talk a little about the striking similarities between the key points in the Jesus myth and the mythologies of other saviour gods such as Horus (3000 BCE), Mithra, etc. We also examine the troubling lack of first-hand eye-witness reports of Jesus (surely someone walking around raising people from the dead would have caused some interest from contemporary scholars) and the fact that the Jesus Seminar concluded that only 18% of the supposed saying of Jesus in the New Testament have any chance of being authentic or original.

  • The Zeitgeist Movie
  • Parallels between Jesus and Horus
  • Jesus and the other God-men are personifications of the Sun
  • Other saviour gods that pre-date Jesus, such as Mithra, Dionysus and Orpheus
  • The Jesus Seminar
  • The Historicity of Jesus
  • Why Are The Ancient Historians Silent About Jesus?
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    Cam’s World 13 July, 2007

    Did anyone register TPN in the Anthill Cool Company awards? Did you get hit with the $59 entry fee? James and Paul sent me an email this morning saying they decided to charge an entry fee after all. I’m wondering if you guys got hit. What do you think about having to pay an entry fee to register a company in some awards program? Legitimate? As James said, it costs them money to run the awards. But then again, they MAKE money from selling the magazine, isn’t this just the cost of coming up with content? What do you think? Should I fork up my hard-earned $59?

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    For the Christians out there who like to tell me “there is no evidence to support the theory of evolution” – we have more!

    Scientists say they have seen one of the fastest evolutionary changes ever observed in a species of butterfly. The tropical Blue Moon butterfly has developed a way of fighting back against parasitic bacteria.

    Six years ago, males accounted for just 1% of the Blue Moon population on two islands in the South Pacific.

    But by last year, the butterflies had developed a gene to keep the bacteria in check and male numbers were up to about 40% of the population.

    (source)

    What kind of bizarre logical backflip are you going to produce to talk your way around this one? I can’t wait to see it….

    G’Day World #264 – Dr Peter Ellyard, Futurist (Part Four)

    Today it’s again my pleasure to catch up with Dr Peter Ellyard, Australia’s leading futurist. We caught up for lunch in South Yarra today and chatted about why visionaries often feel frustrated with their own progress, the need for a world democracy and how shareholders can use their voting power to effect political change.

  • G’DAY WORLD #243 – Dr Peter Ellyard (Part Three)
  • GDAY WORLD #213 – Dr Peter Ellyard, Futurist (Part Two)
  • GDAY WORLD #204 – Dr Peter Ellyard, Futurist (Part One)
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    Cams’ World 12 July, 2007

    Got this funny email from lil sister Anita:

    You’re friggin’ everywhere…I was looking up stationery for work and Googled ‘roller papermate gel II’ to see what it was and the fourth Google entry was this!

    Is there anywhere I can go without bumping into you???! Geez!!!!!!

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    The issue of B&T Magazine that I wrote an article about podcasting (what else?) in, is apparently out. Jon-Michail called me today to say he had his copy. My article is in the Digital Media insert.

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    In the discussion section of my Wikipedia entry, some larrikin has written “After attending the Remix 07 conference in Melbourne i contest this article and believe that it is grossly inaccurate.” WTF??? How could anything I did or said at Remix change anything in the Wikipedia entry? If you are going to slag me off folks, you need to try harder.