• General

    200

    For some reason Word Press (the software that runs this blog) called my first ever post, way back last October, number 6. And this one is 207, so the ‘She said…’ one below must be the real 200th post. No big fanfare, but it’s kinda cool to note these milestones.

  • Musings

    She said she said he said…

    Just thinking about some of the dynamics of marriages, and particularly marriages that aren’t going so well. It’s tempting to reduce it to the conflicts and incompatibilities of the two partners in the marriage, but (as always) it’s a bit more complicated than that. I’m not talking about the children…

  • Technology

    Browser Wars revisited

    So, basically, Javascript1 had a lot of potential, but Microsoft killed it by breaking the standard2. That meant that if you were developing a site that used Javascript you would have to make two different versions (and test them and troubleshoot them and maintain them), one for Internet Explorer and…

  • Personal

    Medalist!

    I attended my first karate tournament today, and competed in kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). I came away with no noticeable injuries but some interesting bruises and sore muscles, and with a bronze medal! We drove from Edmonton all the way out to Lloydminster on the Saskatchewan border (and we…

  • General

    (Big) Brother Bear

    This story from PC Magazine (I was alerted to it by one in the UK Telegraph but that site requires registration to read – or the BugMeNot extension for Firefox) about a teddy bear with inbuilt cameras and microphones to montitor your child’s every move… somewhat disturbing, IMO.

  • Philosophy

    Epistemology Quiz

    Just something I made last night to amuse myself: probably ridiculously invalid, but hey, validity is an objectivist concept and hardly anyone is testing out as that so far, so it shouldn’t be an issue! Anyway, enjoy: Epistemology Quiz (By the way, if you decide to post in your results…

  • Musings

    When explicit sex got boring

    I’ve been thinking about porn recently – more in a philosophic mood than in any salacious way. There’s just so much more of it about – on the net, and in the shops that seem to be springing up tumescently all over town, but also as references in mainstream TV…

  • General

    How did you get here? Part 2

    A while ago I posted some of the searches people had done on search engines like Yahoo, MSN and Google that had brought them here. It’s always an amusing thing to watch, for me, so I thought I’d share a few more from the past few days. ontology and epistemology…

  • Politics

    Well, that didn’t last long…

    Mistress Condi and even Dubya have been pretending to be multilateralists who can work with Europe and the rest of the world lately, but the strain was showing. And choosing John Bolton, an outspoken critic of the UN who has been wishing the whole organisation away for years, as the…

  • Religion

    The Religious Left?

    This article on Salon.com today — What would Falwell do? — is well worth reading. One of my grad students delivered a seminar yesterday discussing the role of religion in education generally, and specifically in relation to science education. He and I are both church-attending Christians (although my perspective is…

  • Technology

    e-pedagogy

    Fighting the good fight against jargon: here’s an extract from a note I sent to a colleague who was asking for help in clarifying our ‘e-pedagogy’ policies… As I think I said in the last meeting, the ‘e’ fad in naming things seems to me to have run its course,…

  • Science Stuff

    The Meme… It’s Alive!! (Trans Fats)

    When I speculated a while ago about what meme would replace the low-carb craze, the trans fat (Salon.com article) one hadn’t yet really surfaced, but it looks like the next big thing. Like those bags of candy that proudly proclaim ‘0% fat’ (loads of suger, will definitely make you fat,…

  • Politics

    Hmmmmm (Occupation Forces)

    “Syria, Syrian troops, Syria’s intelligence services, must get out of Lebanon now,” the president said. “The world is beginning to speak with one voice. We want that democracy in Lebanon to succeed, and we know it cannot succeed so long as she is occupied by a foreign power…” Uhuh.

  • Politics

    That’s Gotta Suck

    Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, earlier reported released in Iraq, was wounded when US troops fired on the convoy transporting her, her newspaper said. Freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena was wounded when US troops opened fire on a convoy carrying her to safety, and an Italian mediator who help negotiate her…

  • Musings - Philosophy

    Authenticity

    I’m ambivalent about the whole concept of ‘authenticity’. On the one hand, it seems like an unequivocally Good Thing. None of us likes a fake or a phony, someone who’s trying to be something they’re not. We want people to be open and honest with us – in a tactful…

  • General

    Around the World in 80 Hours

    This link will be quite interesting for the next day or so, then much less so: http://www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com/MissionControl/Tracking/ (but do explore the rest of the site, there’s lots of interesting stuff about coping with sleep deprivation (great for teachers!) and the other facets of the attempt) Steve Fossett is trying to…