• Personal

    But Will Science Wait?

    I’m in the process of applying for entry to a Master of Philosophy degree in Physics at Griffith Gold Coast – some time within the next couple of days I’ll post my 500 word research proposal here just for your interest. Shouldn’t be too much hassle getting accepted, I wouldn’t…

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    It’s OK to ‘Unfriend’ Me

    I’m totally happy if someone ‘unfriends’ me on Facebook. For a start, that’s because I understand that it doesn’t mean we’re not friends any more. Facebook is social media, and serves certain purposes, but it doesn’t determine whether or not someone is a friend of mine. Indeed, unfriending on Facebook…

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    Friends

    I have many friends – people with whom I discuss the deep and meaningful stuff, and the random silly stuff, people who know me well enough to get my jokes and call me on my bullshit self-deception. Thing is, pretty much all of them are online. Some within an hours…

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    Father’s Day

    Belly is groaning, and heart is full: my gorgeous daughters just made me a delicious Father’s Day breakfast1. It’s been a great weekend, and it’s not finished yet: they’re gaming and I’m posting right now, but the plan is definitely to get out and about on a big sunny Gold…

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    Well there are two three paths you can go by…

    …but in the long run/There’s still time to change the road you’re on. – Led Zep Here’s a post on this blog from 2005, when we were deciding whether to stay in Canada, go to Scotland or come back to Australia: http://www.bravus.com.au/blog/?p=225 And here’s one from 2009, when a similar…

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    Random Health Stuff

    Got some blood tests done a couple of weeks ago, and in all the sleep lab stuff forgot to ring for the results. Did that earlier this week and they said “Yeah, a couple of things were high, the doctor wants to see you”, and made an appointment for a…

  • Personal - Religion

    It’s Complicated

    You have a few options to pick when describing your relationship status on Facebook, from ‘single’ to ‘in a relationship with’. One of the options is ‘it’s complicated’… and of course it’s kinda scary if someone you’re ‘in a relationship’ with switches their status to that. Have to say that…

  • Personal - Religion

    At Church

    So, I went to church yesterday, for the first time in about a year. We had been going to Kenmore Baptist for a year or so before that, but a few clashes of ideology and politics, and just a general malaise meant we no longer really ‘fitted’ there. Personally I’d…

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    Better than ‘Good Enough’

    I don’t really do New Years resolutions1. But chatting with my friend Neil Kelly the other day he asked me whether I had any, which helped start me thinking. I’m also on my last day of 3 weeks of much-needed holidays, well rested and refocused, and ready to take stock…

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    Uncertainty II

    So, I guess it’s all just a little bit of history repeating. I posted the first Uncertainty post in mid 2005, when the options were Perth, Brisbane or Aberdeen (Scotland). Apparently it’s that time again. As of about half an hour ago, I once again had three ‘possible futures‘ stretching…

  • Musings - Personal

    Random Notes and Incidents

    Been too busy to post for a while, so here’s a rapid catch-up: Brisbane has had 3 wild storms this week, leading to over 320,000 houses losing power and many being destroyed. And there’s another one forecast for tomorrow. So far we’ve been rainswept but undamaged.Alex mused that although they’re…

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    Good Times

    Had dinner last night with Lorne and Dawn at the Sicilian pasta place, just a couple of blocks down from our old apartment on 116th Street. We had a great time, sitting and chatting for hours, catching up on all the news of what we and our families are up…

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    Went to the (other) game

    Went to a CFL (Canadian football) game with my friend Lorne (who posts here as Sirdar) this evening, and had an awesome time. It was a good close game for most of the time, but at the end the BC Lions took it away from our Edmonton Eskimos. Still, a…

  • Personal - Travel

    Goin’ to the game

    Well, that was a killer day! Discovered the conference, which I knew started today, didn’t start ’til this afternoon (yes, I could have checked that out earlier in the program online, but where’s the fun in that?), so I jumped on the LRT (light rail system) across the river the…

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    Preparations

    So, on Wednesday I’m flying out for a week in Canada – back in Edmonton, the city where we lived for 5 years until 2 years ago. Should be a blast, with lots of good friends and great people to catch up with. So right now I’m just preparing –…

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    Something Generational

    I took Cassie for her driving test yesterday, and she got her provisional license on the first try1. So she’s now legally able to drive by herself. She bought herself a little car almost a year ago, and now she can just decide when she wants to go out. We…

  • Bike Stuff - Personal

    Arrghh!!

    Well, the bike may not get well (yet) after all. Due to a variety of different financial issues, including the continued non-arrival of my tax refund, I may end up not having the cash to get it done. Still running around crazily trying to make it happen, but it’s looking…

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    Trivia Skills

    We went to a Trivia night at Mt Cotton town hall (in support of the community’s opposition to the expansion of a quarry in the area) with friends last night – and won!

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    Didn’t Get The Job

    Ah well, there’s a little more certainty in my life and planning for the future now – I just got the phone call to say that I wasn’t selected for that job at Griffith University. It would have been a great opportunity and an interesting change, but I have to…

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    Still No News

    So, it’s two weeks since I did the job seminar for the job I applied for, and tomorrow it will be two weeks since the interview. I’d pretty much given up after a couple of days, but then a colleague who had recently got a job at the same place…