New RB flash widget

We’re testing a new flash widget that looks way better than the old one

It’s for external sites. If you know what HTML stands for and want to try it out, leave a comment and I’ll bmail you details.

Learn the 'Thriller' routine - this Sunday

Any Michael Jackson fans in the audience?
I’m teaching his famous Thriller routine this Sunday, with the fabulous Emily Dunstan
3pm at Forever Dance, 446 Church St, Richmond (above 7-11)
$20 for the class

You don’t need a musical bone in your body
zombies aren’t know for their coordination

We’ve got plenty of zombie experience, you’ll be learning from the best.

It’s heaps of fun, hope to see you there!

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Spread fail

I just made myself some toast, forgetting that we ran out of peanut butter last week. There was some jam in the fridge but I think it’s been there too long and didn’t look too good. So I put it back. Only other spread we have is … vegemite.

I haven’t had vegemite for years.
I still don’t like vegemite.

And just to ensure that reading this post was worth your time, here is an instructional video

Monkey bonanza on the home page

They don’t let me anywhere near the redbubble home page.
Some say I lack artistic taste.
Some say I lack any sort of taste, but that’s a different story.
I cry inside sometimes.
We have an internal testing site.
So I used that to make my own damn home page.

How do you like them apples Jo ‘I used to be a gallery curator’ O’Brien


Melbourne Lindy Battle Videos

You probably didn’t know, but last weekend probably the biggest Australian Swing Dancing festival was held here in Melbourne. On the Friday was a competition – the Melbourne Lindy Battle. I competed and did pretty well.…

Wren Stew (Teams event, 2nd)
Charleston Challenge (Solo, 1st)
Jack and Jill (Random partnered, 2nd)

Those last two links are fairly large AVIs, the first is on youtube so much more accessible. Came 4th in the other 3 events I went in (slow & smooth, strictly lindy, fast foot), which is pretty good for the first two but dead last for the fast :(

In case you’re unsure I’m the guy with the big hair and the RB tees…

I highly recommend checking out the other winners of the teams event, they’re pretty awesome.

SHAMELESS PLUG: I teach at the Golden Gate Hotel in South Melbourne on

Learn swing dancing in South Melbourne

When I’m not working here at RedBubble, I’m usually dancing. I do this quite a lot. Mostly swing, which I’m quite good at, and it happens to be probably one of the most fun dances ever conceived.

Every week, starting on Tuesday (19 Feb), I’ll be sharing the fun at the Golden Gate Hotel in South Melbourne. I’m teaching a total beginner swing class with the amazing Jess Faggian at 6:30pm, then playing some tunes from 7:30 to social dance to or to just chill out and have a drink.

Come along, even just to say hi. You don’t need to do every class every week, you can drop in whenever. It’ll be ace. If you don’t think so, watch these videos then maybe reconsider:

UHLS 2007 Fast Final

Off to RailsConf

In just under 4 hours I’ll be flying out to meet up with Justin at RailsConf EU in Berlin. That’s pretty exciting. After that I’m stopping off in Munich for a few days on my way home. Would you believe there is a festival in Munich while I’m there celebrating two of the most important things in my life – swing dancing and beer.

I reckon’ it’s going to be a pretty good week. See you all next Monday. I should probably get to the airport now.

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