How to be a climate voter in the NZ general elections

In the face of climate change, nothing else is of much significance. NZ 2014 general elections are an opportune time to start reversing humanity's destruction of this planet we call home.

But understanding how to be a "climate voter" can be a challenge. Is it really as simple as voting for the Green party? Lets take a look.

To evaluate which party is most aligned with your own beliefs and priorities, nothing beats reading party policies. Each party provides summaries and highlights of their policies on their websites in easy to read formats.

The three highest polling political parties also publish PDF documents with more detail:

On climate change, National dedicates a single page to "Climate change" in their "Environment" policy. Labour has an 8-page "Climate Change" policy that looks like it was slapped together in a hurry.

Meanwhile the Green party has a 20-page "Climate protection plan" of academic quality and references to data sources. They also have a video of the summary in New Zealand Sign Language.

Enjoy reading!

Nuclear energy policies of NZ political parties

Most kiwis are, unfortunately, too proud of New Zealand's traditional anti-nuclear political stance to keep an open mind on the topic. Media and politics promote the idea that the rest of the world is "impressed" by our political stance. (My impression is that the rest of the world actually thinks our policy is stupid.)

Kiwis are so proud of our nuclear stance, that it would probably be political suicide for a politician or political party to say "lets build nuclear power stations" or even just "lets revisit bans on nuclear ships".

None of the three highest polling parties have published a policy on nuclear energy. None of their energy policies even mention "nuclear".

(All policies focus on renewable energy. National and Labour both have policies for 90% renewable energy by 2025. Greens' policy is 100% by 2030.)

Whether the lack of "nuclear" is because they are afraid of loss of support if they announced anything concieved as pro-nuclear, because they truly believe a ban on nuclear energy is best, or they simply failed to form or document a policy on it, is up for conjecture.

But the fact that nuclear is not even mentioned in any of those policy documents suggests to me that it is probably the fear of backlash. Although I have heard from multiple sources that New Zealand's energy consumption is too low to justify the cost of nuclear energy.

Of course, nuclear policies are of minor significance in the face of climate change as a whole.

"Unfortunately, contacts has stopped" on Samsung Galaxy S3

I have not been able to use the dialer/keypad or log/history in the Phone app on my Samsang Galaxy S3 since an Android upgrade about four months ago. Whenever I opened them I would get the message "Unfortunately, contacts has stopped". And in order to dial numbers I would have to save them as a contact first.

It is a bug in Android that causes certain configurations to have no valid date format, which in turn causes Contacts app to crash this bug. The workaround solution is so trivial, it is embarrassing for Samsung and Google that they have not fixed this bug yet;

  1. Open settings
  2. "More"
  3. "Date and time"
  4. "Select date format"
  5. Select any option, other than the existing option (if there is one)

I hope this blog post helps more people find the solution more quickly than I did. (I found the solution on Android Central.)

Seeking junior PHP developer

Graduate software engineer at Archetypes.com

Work for an innovative internet startup company, breaking new ground in the areas of social networking and self-understanding.

Salary range: $50,000 to $70,000 NZD
Location: Devonport, Auckland
Start: early May

About you

You are finishing your studies in software engineering or computer science and are seeking experience. Internet technology excites you. You are thorough. And passionate about finding simple solutions for complicated problems.

You are a great programmer.

You are looking forward to gaining experience and working with excellent mentors.

What we can offer

Your ability to understand and evaluate, then abstract and re-use code will be essential to your success in this position. We will test your code and problem solving skills in the interview process.

Other useful experience and skills, in order of importance, are:

  • PHP or other another object oriented language
  • Behavior-driven or test-driven development
  • Behat, Mink, Selenium2, Gherkin, Cucumber
  • Document object model (DOM)
  • Javascript, jQuery or other event-driven programming
  • Git and GitHub
  • Contributing to open source
  • Drupal
  • Linux systems and Puppet
  • Testing frameworks, continuous integration, Jenkins

About Archetypes

Archetypes.com is a social site that allows a user to identify their archetypes by taking a short quiz. Archetypes are a universal pattern of behavior that motivates everything we do. They represent the blueprint of one's soul. Once discovered, archetypes enable users to better understand themselves and others. The online platform allows users to search original and curated content, products and people, and easily find what is relevant, meaningful and entertaining to them. Visit www.archetypes.com, take the quiz and begin a journey of self-understanding and become a more authentic you.

We are ready to grow our Auckland team and want a junior developer to grow with us. Are you ready to join us?

You will get to work closely with a dedicated mentor, learn about software development processes for large distributed teams, learn new technologies, new skills and gain valuable industry experience.

How to apply

By Tuesday 29 April, tell us why you would be a good fit for this role, ask any questions and let us know your salary expections.

If you want to send us your CV too, include a link to it. (If sending a link to your CV is a problem, then this might not be the right job for you.)

DrupalSouth returns!

Four years after the last DrupalSouth, and three fantastic Australasian Drupal conferences later, DrupalSouth returns!

DrupalSouth Wellington 14-16 February 2014 is setting up to be a great event! With an awesome venue, large capacity and amazing sponsors, things are well on track.

I co-organised the previous two DrupalSouth's in Christchurch 2008 and Wellington 2010. Josh Waihi is leading the charge for this great event. I am chair for the front end track. And I am recruiting you!

The call for submissions is open until the end of the month. That means you have just two weeks to get your session proposals in!

The theme of this event is "Unlikely Superhero". We want to showcase how Drupal changes the way that we build websites.

You do not need to have previous presentation experience (although it helps) to present at DrupalSouth. You just need to have something that you can share that others will find interesting. Perhaps;

  • A Drupal contrib project or subsystem that you know well, e.g. Twig, Views, Zen, Symfony, Features, new features in Drupal 8
  • A tool or technology that complements Drupal, e.g. Puppet, Backbone.js, jQuery, Sass, Backdrop, Redis, Memcache, Apache Solr.
  • An interesting website you worked on. Case studies are very popular, and there are some great Drupal websites in NZ and Australia to share!

Submit your session proposal now!

If you have an idea but are not sure, want to discuss, or practice, you can contact your local Drupal meetup organiser, a fellow member or me! :)

See you in less than four months!

I am seeking opportunites

I am seeking career opportunities.

My ideal client/employer would;

  • have a mission related to creating fantastic software or a service.
  • have me work primarily with;
    1. Javascript
    2. a framework, language or technology that is new to me.
  • value it's team over everything else.
  • contribute to open source.
  • be a not for profit.
  • be making a difference.
  • be in Auckland so I can sit next to my colleagues. (I usually work remotely. I will not relocate.)

That is a big wish-list, but I am happy to compromise! :)

I have worked on Drupal projects for the last 7 years. Most of that time for amazing Drupal shops; CivicActions, Palantir.net, PreviousNext and others (see my CV). My skill, seniority and knowledge is highly valuable to Drupal companies & projects. Indeed I can get well compensated working with Drupal. And Drupal is a fantastic piece of software—a great choice for most websites. And most of all, Drupal has an incredible community of contributers and collaborators.

But it is time for me to move on;

I am becoming more and more curious what other web frameworks, languages and tools are like. I want to learn new things and tackle problems of a different type. I love Javascript. I am drawn to building web applications instead of web sites. I want to refine my user interaction design skills.

So I am seeking career opportunities! :)

I am currently freelancing until I find the right opportunity. So please contact me about short term projects too.

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