Monthly Archives: August 2010

Two-What preferred

Thanks to Antony Green of the AB (friggin’) C (emphasis mine):

The reality of forming government in the newly elected House of Representatives depends on those eight elected members, but the AEC’s total of 2-party preferred vote currently excludes all votes cast in these eight electorates, the eight electorates whose elected members will determine who forms government.

Based upon the published information currently available, the ALP trail the coalition by less than 2,000 votes nationwide, including four seats where the coalition obtained considerably less than 25% of the primary vote.  It’s disappointing that the AEC has published such misleading data, but it’s utterly shameful that the nation’s news outlets are pouncing on this.  In this situation, a two-party preferred vote is meaningless, and misleading two-party preferred vote even more so.

And now back to your regularly-scheduled programming.

AUC /dev/world/2010 — I’m Presenting!

AUC /dev/world/2010, the Apple University Consortium’s conference for developers working on or with Mac or iOS devices is on again this year, on the 28th and 29th of September, in Melbourne.  Last year I presented a talk, and ran the conference’s lightning talks; the conference was fanstastic: the content was easily-accessible to staff and students from across the country, and catered to a very wide range of skill levels and familiarity with Apple frameworks.

This year, I’ll be presenting Awesome Things You’ve Missed in Python, a fast-paced, code-heavy recap of interesting features to hit the Python Programming language in the past few years.  My talk is not specific to Apple development, but will have a strong focus on techniques which are applicable to development with the PyObjC library.

If you’re on staff or are a student of an AUC member university (most Australian Universities are, as are a few Kiwi ones), registration is cheap ($100 for students), and all flights and accommodation are subsidised (to a generous limit).  If a fun two days of meeting interesting people and learning about development techniques with the latest technology available on Apple devices interests you, get in contact with your local AUCDF coordinator to register!

A Manifesto

I believe:

  • That I have no right to tell you who to vote for.
  • That I have no reason to tell you who to vote for.
  • That my opinion is just that: an opinion.
  • That everyone’s vote counts.
  • That voting informally puts your decision in the hands of others.
  • That voting informedly makes your decision count for more.
  • That who you vote for is not the same as who you believe should form government.
  • That all policy deserves the scrutiny of many viewpoints.
  • That our parliament works best with a diverse senate.
  • That there is no party who supports all of the ideals of any individual, even those who are members of the party.
  • That no party knows how to best allocate your vote.
  • That no party knows who their best candidate is.
  • That you should question your ideals before you select your candidate.
  • That you should select your candidate before you select your party.
  • That your second and third preferences matter just as much as your first.
  • That you should vote below the line.
  • That my enemy’s enemy is not always my friend: to be my friend, I need a reason to support you.
  • That blanket negative policies do not deserve the right to be enshrined in appropriation bills.
  • That the previous government was deposed for a reason.
  • That a long-term view is not rewarded by our short-term electoral cycle.
  • That three-year electoral terms favour fiscal conservatism and that Australia is worse-off for it.
  • That there is often merit to policies which do not result in an immediate return.
  • That no party considers my electorate important enough to campaign broadly in.
  • That at this election, no major party deserves my vote.
  • That no party deserves my continued support.
  • That there is a time for conservatism.
  • That with significantly reformed personnel and policy, the Liberal Party will one day be deserving of government again.
  • That that time is not now.
  • That the current government has, for the most part, implemented fundamentally good policy.
  • That the next government deserves wide-ranging, informed, non-partisan scrutiny.
  • That this election should be all about the senate.