• Musings - Travel

    The Real and the Fake

    This musing started on a field trip to the Di Rosa Preserve during the Carnegie Residency. (I know, I try to maintain the illusion that it’s all work and no play, but this was plain fun… and there were pitchers of Margaritas involved, too…) One of the (many) cool things…

  • Philosophy

    ‘To Be’ list

    Chatting today about academic workloads, and how to balance (or integrate) work life and home life, it occurred to me that perhaps a ‘To Be’ list is more healthy than a ‘To Do’ list. Rather than asking ‘What do I need to do?’ (that list will never be complete, and…

  • General

    Comments

    I thought the comments on posts had been unusually quiet lately. Of course, the temptation is always to ascribe it to myself: was what I was writing so boring that no-one was interested enough to comment? Fortunately for my self-esteem, Lorne let me know that it’s a technological problem. I’ll…

  • General

    Intellectual Property

    I realised today that I’d kind of got into the habit of deep linking others’ images to illustrate this blog and some of my forum posts. That’s not really fair to the owners of the images or the bandwidth, and I’m going to try hard not to do it. I…

  • Personal

    Blessings

    I’m not sure I really believe any more that God messes with us by ‘opening doors’ and ‘closing doors’ – kind of giving us hints about what He wants us to do in life without really telling us, and giving us a lot of bleeding noses and black eyes when…

  • General

    Apologies

    There have been major, major issues with my web hosting provider since the weekend – thank goodness I didn’t lose any posts, but the version of my home page has reverted to a backup from some time ago, and my update of Word Press to a later version has also…

  • Personal - Teaching

    California

    So this one is being written in a warm, sunny room in California. Looking out over the valley and the Bay, and over Stanford from the hill. I was delighted to see that the squirrels – the ones I watched all last summer out the window at the June residency,…

  • Personal

    Leavetaking

    (this post has been back-dated because I intended to post it on Thursday but the server was up and down all day) Kind of a surreal day today. Riding around town in a bus on a couple of errands, as well as walking around the university and its environs. It…

  • Personal - Travel

    Getting Ready For The Plane(s)

    In at the office today while the packers pack (heh, you didn’t really think a hiatus could keep me away, didja?), so I thought I’d add a thought or two about getting ready for the long flights and train trips and so on. I’ll be sinking into my ‘travel bubble’…

  • General

    Hiatus

    My next job after this post is to shut this computer down and ready it for packing, and mail the modem/router back to Telus (my ISP). That means I’ll be mostly out of contact for the next 3 weeks or so, until July 9. I might be able to drop…

  • Personal - Philosophy

    Planting Trees

    Suzie graduated yesterday afternoon from her Certificate of Adult and Continuing Education program. It means she’s now qualified to teach adults, and I’m enormously proud of her. There were a lot of speakers at the graduation ceremony, but the one who made the strongest impression was an Occupational Health and…

  • General

    Miscellany

    So cool to have a look at the stats: 39 visitors from 14 countries in the first 24 hours, including Malawi and Belarus! Welcome, all of you. A lurker community 10x the size of the regular posters is pretty standard for the web, so I’m delighted to see that that…

  • Reviews

    Pinks

    I love watching Pinks, and I’ll really miss it in Oz, where we won’t have even the TV tuner card. It’s about drag racing, but the way it’s set up is a wonderful combination of negotiation, gamesmanship and racing. Bit of a marathon on tonight (I’m watching my third show…

  • General

    The New Counter

    The stats package that I used to use on this blog got broken by a software update, but Lorne introduced me to NeoWorx last night, so I added the counter you see to the right. If you mouseover the flag for a given visitor you’ll also get a map showing…

  • Personal

    We have a house!

    Well, at least, our rental application has been accepted. There are still some forms to sign and so on, but basically it looks as though we know the address of our house in Brisbane. We rented it over the net, sight unseen, so hopefully there are no nasty surprises when…

  • Religion

    Christian Music

    It’s kind of insidious – I sometimes get the guilty feeling that the reason most current Christian music has a similar effect on me to the sound of fingernails being dragged down a blackboard is that I must be evil or something… (or have perverted my tastes with some of…

  • Teaching

    Time for some changes?

    Alex was telling us a story from school the other day in the car. The teacher asked for a particular definition, and Alex raised her hand. The teacher said “Thanks Alex, we’ll hear from someone who doesn’t have their textbook open and isn’t reading it hoping we’ll think they’re really…

  • General

    Soundtrack To My Life

    Someone on the Much Music ‘Loud’ forum (dedicated to heavy metal) posed the question “What 5 albums do you think everyone here should hear?” Here’s my response: The Angels (aka “Angel City”) – No Exit (1978) (torrent search it if you want to hear it – it’s hard rock rather…