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Precious Petals

Ian Macfarlane, the industry minister, has hit out at the “precious petals in the science industry” who criticise the government over Australia’s lack of a science minister.

Macfarlane, who oversees a large portfolio that includes energy, skills and science, said he is irked by criticism of Tony Abbott’s decision to not appoint a dedicated science minister.

Angry Beanie Radio Week 2 - Purser Explores The World

Week 2 of Angry Beanie Radio continues with episode 3 of Purser Explores The World - Crowdsourcing the disaster

In this episode I was able to speak to Pieter Frankin of the safecast organisation about the work they were doing in crowd sourcing radiation levels in Tokyo after the Fukishima disaster, and I spoke with Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen about the Serval ad-hoc mobile network project.

It kicks off at 12:30 right here:

http://audio.angrybeanie.com:8000/stream.mp3

Angry Beanie Radio - Week 2

Well we're heading into week 2 of the Angry Beanie Radio experiment. The first week was a technical success. The shows were cued up and played at exactly the right point. They even managed to survive sharing a pipe with my 16 year old son who was home sick from school.

The next step now is to get more people to listen :)

Tomorrows episode of WTF Australia is Episode 3 - What even are colours? Where we harken back to a day when Kevin Rudd was still a thing, Joe Hockey pondered letting Kev drown, and we wondered why One Direction wasn't following Kevin on Instagram

Angry Beanie Radio

So I'm going to be conducting a bit of an experiment.

If you've been following along, you might be aware that I've been playing around with the idea of Angry Beanie Radio for a while now. Every now and then I get a bee in my bonnet and try something, either live or hastily scheduled replays of older episodes of AB shows.

Well, the bee is back and I've decided to be a bit better organised about things.

Why I started For Science

There are a couple of things that inspired me to start For Science!.

The first was talking to three awesome Science Communicators for an episode of Purser Explores The World. The enthusiasm and passion that Upulie Divisekera, Magdalene Lum and Maia Sauren had for their fields and their work really did start the idea smouldering.

Secondly,  I like to talk science

New Facebook pages for shows

Hi all, only two days to go until the return of WTF Australia to the intertoobs, I hope everyones ready.

We've also made some changes to the way we do the facebook thing for Angrybeanie shows. Whereas before everything was run from the single facebook page, this year we're going to be running a FB page for each show. So if you're on the Bookface and you're a fan of just one show or another, now you'll get just the stuff you want rather than having to wade through other show information.

We'll still be running the AB main Facebook page as well.

Patreonise us

So in my last post I spoke about having a look at some of the things I wanted to achieve with Angry Beanie, including upgrading some of the hardware used as well as investigating the production of new content and shows.

In that post I spoke about a possible Pozible campaign, but really, pozible and kickstarter really only work if you've got a large enough following to start with, and I'm not fooling myself with AB, we do have our supporters, but we're not huge by any stretch of the imagination, certainly not Pozible huge.

Radio Angry Beanie, a rambling introduction

So as you may have noticed, last friday, the podcast of the latest episode of WTF Australia was rebroadcast via an audio streaming service over at http://audio.angrybeanie.com:8000

Right now this is a bit of an experiment, not only in getting the technology right (and I am quite proud that with the exception of the codec, everything is built on Free and Open Source Software, and even then I have the capacity to run ogg streams), but also in whether it's something people would be interested in getting involved in.

Seeing out the old year and looking forward to the new

Well here we are coming to the end of 2013 and Angry Beanie is still here.

It’s been an interesting year. At the beginning I had great plans for the cranky woolen headware. Purser Explores The World was going to crack 26 episodes for the year, For Science! was really starting to hit its stride and I had plans for at least a couple more shows and even bandied around the idea of actually dedicating a day a week to the development and production of the shows.

Well twelve months later and things have changed a bit.

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