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Happy New Year & thank you to our Firies!

Sydney fireworks (2019-2020), taken from Blues Point Tower.

I’m glad Sydney went ahead with this, while giving my absolute respect to those who have perished or lost their homes in the surrounding fires. As I watched in amazement at the display, I chose to dedicate that time to reflecting on my gratitude to the RFS volunteers. A celebration needn’t be disrespectful. It can be used to show gratitude too. Perhaps the City of Sydney should have made such a dedication. Thank you RFS.

TEDxNewtown

Meet Peter Rohde, an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Centre for Quantum Software & Information at the University of Technology, Sydney. His theoretical proposals have inspired several world-leading experimental efforts in optical quantum information processing

As a collaborator in China’s world-first quantum satellite program, he aided the design of quantum protocols for space-based demonstration. Rohde has worked at highly acclaimed institutes such as the University of Oxford and Institute for Molecular Biosciences, with over 60 publications and 1,500+ citations in quantum optics, quantum information theory, ecology, and politics.

Learn more about the world of quantum computing through the eyes of Peter Rohde. Grab your tiks.

My second attempt at stand-up comedy

Live at the Stazione Espesso Bar, Sydney.

My first attempt at stand-up comedy

Live at the Stazione Espresso Bar, Sydney.

Kickstarter

I’ve known about Kickstarter for quite some time, but never really delved into it. Kickstarter is a ‘crowdfunding’ service, whereby people can contribute cash to upstart projects with a promise of some arbitrary form of reward if the project succeeds. In my mind, crowdfunding takes venture capital (VC) to the next level. VC is very much a lotto game – you approach venture capitalists, give a presentation, and they decide whether or not to invest into your project. Crowdfunding is very similar, but it’s community based, and any number of people can contribute any amount of funding to the project.

One of my favourites is the LIFX lightbulb, which has been funded to more than an order of magnitude than their goal. The other, which I contributed to yesterday, is Sui Generis, an open-world role playing game (watch the video), which was single handedly written by one of the most talented programmers I have ever seen. The game looks absolutely remarkable, adopting technology well beyond anything I’ve ever come across before in a game. I sincerely hope they reach their goal. Because, if they reach their funding goal, my reward is to meet and have dinner with the developers, visit their studio, and contribute some game content. An awesome reward for the amount I pledged. Another great game under Kickstarter development is Star Citizen. Of course, crowdfunding is for more than just games and lightbulbs – it can be used to finance virtually any kind of novel project.

Crowdfunding is really beginning to take off, and I look forward to seeing what great new projects come of it. Crowdfunding is definitely the future of investment. The days of traditional VC are coming to an end, and it can’t happen soon enough. Crowdfunding democratises VC.

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Welcome to my new site

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New DJ Rohde mini-album

DJ Rohde is pleased to announce the release of his latest mini-album, Die for Belief.

Listen to and download Die for Belief here on Jamendo.

Brisbane floods

Here are some photos taken from the end of my street in Brisbane. Luckily my apartment is elevated by a couple of metres from the water level so I was fine. But my heart goes out to all the people, including friends of mine, who had to evacuate and lose their houses.

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One of the best BASE jumping videos I’ve seen