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Popular Science Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 04:08 Source

The Galaxy Gear is a connected wristband, essentially a watch with a small LCD screen and lots of smartphone-like gadgetry stuffed inside. It's not a new idea, but this is by far the biggest push from a major company to get what's called the "wearable" genre off the ground.

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you said it... Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 01:43 Source

We wonder how many Muslims are living in the Division of Paterson. Thousands? Millions?

According to the 2001 ABS figures updated in 2003, the number of Muslims in the Hunter region which roughly corresponds to the Division of Paterson is 985. Let’s assume around half are women. Most of those women live in metropolitan Newcastle/Lake Macquarie. Only a small part of metropolitan Newcastle is in Paterson.

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Grog's Gamut Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 22:35 Source

The last period of this election is rather different to 2010. I had a look back at my election posts from the last election and saw that on the final Wednesday there was the people's forum n Brisbane. This time round, Tony Abbott has no desire at this late stage to do anything that might risk his position in front.

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Café Whispers Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 18:01 Source

From news.com.au itself:

Tony Abbott ended his message with another squirmworthy and excruciating moment for his long suffering daughters, who look horrified as he finishes his pitch by talking up their good looks.

Says it all, really.

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WixxyLeaks Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 11:10 Source

When one delves into politics whether as a candidate, as a political writer, as a branch member, or even as an educated observer it is easy to become disillusioned and question your own motivations and what drives you to do your part to make the country a better and fairer place.

It is at times like this that I am so lucky to have a local MP like Alex Hawke the Federal Member for Mitchell.

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Grog's Gamut Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 22:14 Source

So last night Kevin Rudd on QANDA was good. Real good. Sort of, where the bloody hell have been for 4 weeks, good.

The questions were decidedly not soft ball ones. There was some if not angry, pretty miffed people in the audience and they wanted their say. He also had Tony Jones sitting next to him. And I don’t know if Rudd once ran over Jones's foot in the ABC car park or something, but Jones didn’t seem particularly enamoured with Rudd.

And then Rudd talked about same sex marriage.

No doubt you’ve all seen it, but here it is anyway:

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Grog's Gamut Monday, September 2, 2013 - 21:21 Source

Blogging is like going to the gym. When you do it everyday it is easy to do it the next day. You get into a rhythm. But if you stop for a few days, suddenly getting back to it feels like a massive effort.

And so I turn back over the day’s events and I wonder if I really took in much. I was working/writing for most of the day and I had the TV on the background, but it was a bit of an odd day in that I didn’t feel much need to keep my ear’s pricked in case anything interesting was said.

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Damian Smith Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 13:51 Source

Forgive me in advance, this one is going to be a little wistful and maudlin. It’s rare that I feel emotion, much less express it, but this is one such occasion.

I’ve spoken before at length about the cultural wasteland that is our nation and the shameful antipathy Australians have towards the performing arts in general and comedy in particular. In the past these arguments have been abstractions, a poor crowd here, a cancelled show there - minor skirmishes, the opening salvos in the nascent war.
Last night saw a major casualty. 

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Fraudcast News Friday, August 30, 2013 - 02:18 Source

I have a lot of time for the work of Dan Gillmor, director of the Knight centre for digital media entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite school of journalism and mass communication. Not least of my likes is his publishing model for his book Mediactive (2010), about how people can be empowered as new media users.

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Fraudcast News Friday, August 30, 2013 - 02:18 Source

I have a lot of time for the work of Dan Gillmor, director of the Knight centre for digital media entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite school of journalism and mass communication. Not least of my likes is his publishing model for his book Mediactive (2010), about how people can be empowered as new media users.

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Grog's Gamut Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 21:20 Source

Today was about debates. First the Treasurer's debate at the National Press Club, and then the Leaders debate at Rooty Hill.

Prior to the Treasurer's debate Joe Hockey and Andrew Robb realised some of their savings. The $31 billion worth came out not in the PBO official costings format but the Libs’ own version.

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Grog's Gamut Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 21:46 Source

Today was about Kevin Rudd and the navy.

He gave a speech at the Lowly Institute in which he stated:

The Government will establish the Future Navy Taskforce that will provide advice to the Government on implementing these recommendations and other recommendations of the Australian Defence Force Posture Review and 2013 Defence White Paper that offer operational advantages, enhance capability sustainment requirements and relieve future pressure on the current location of Fleet Base East in Sydney.

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Grog's Gamut Monday, August 26, 2013 - 22:01 Source

Over the weekend the Liberal Party launched their campaign and Kevin Rudd denied Julia Gillard had a mandate to introduces the carbon tax.

Let start with Kevin Rudd.

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Grog's Gamut Monday, August 26, 2013 - 14:19 Source

My Guardian Post today is on the wages breakout claims by Eric Abetz.

I’m putting some graphs here because they couldn’t all fit in the post.

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Grog's Gamut Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 08:36 Source

A very quick blog post today because last night I was moderating the Our Say Forum for candidate in the seat of Fraser and so didn’t have time to write a post yesterday, and today is Saturday so I pretty much tune out.

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