• Poetry

    It’s a Small Web After All

    Alex’s best friend Lynsey said to her on MSN ‘I found this site on the net with an awesome poem! Go to www.bravus.com.au/blog and search for this poem‘. Alex then told her ‘That’s my Dad’s blog, and I wrote that poem with him!’ (2 years ago, as it happens.) Apparently…

  • Politics

    Emulating the enemy

    Glenn Greenwald’s blog is always well worth reading, but today’s post is particularly penetrating, and it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/02/23/ahmadinejad/index.html The ‘might is the only thing they understand’ approach is partly rooted in racism and ignorance – in not according to others the kind of…

  • Personal

    And now for something really silly

    We were discussing the much, much covered country song ‘Green Green Grass of Home’ on a forum. Everyone from Tom Jones to Elvis to Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard and a million more have done versions. Anyway, for various reasons the idea of me doing a version came up. Now…

  • Science Stuff - Technology

    Good News

    Nanosolar’s thin film technology involves “printing” a microscopic layer of solar cells onto metal sheets as thin as aluminum foil. The resulting panels are lighter, cheaper, and as efficient as traditional solar panels, but they require no silicon, short supplies of which have caused many solar companies to stumble. Others…

  • Politics - Science Stuff - Teaching

    Interesting…

    (this post is related to the one below) I normally don’t pay much attention to the ‘sponsored links’ ads Google puts down the right hand side of my Gmail messages based on the content of the message, but the ones that popped up when I Gmailed my citizenship definition caught…

  • Politics - Science Stuff - Teaching

    Citizenship (Confusingly) Defined

    I’m working with a group of fellow Carnegie Scholars on pulling together a book on ‘Teaching for Citizenship Across The Curriculum’. As part of that we were each challenged to come up with our personal definitions for ‘citizenship’. Here’s my messy attempt: OK, here goes (the Agalloch – whispery environmental…

  • Politics - Teaching

    Certifiability

    I try to judge those with whom I passionately disagree more carefully because I know I’m biased. But is this guy plain nuts, or am I? http://thinkprogress.org/2007/02/20/boortz-teachers-terrorists/

  • Personal - Politics

    Same As It Ever Was/No Despair

    I posted this a few days ago as a reply to a post on Paul Donnett’s ‘Nuggery‘ blog about whether the world is generally getting better or worse… but I liked it enough that I wanted to share it here too: As you know, I’m not a big Bible quoting…

  • General

    A new kind-of-home on the web

    I’d had my home page at http://bravus.port5.com, with Portland.co.uk, for years: ever since I lost the web space at Curtin University after I graduated in 1998, actually. It started out as a free service, and still offers free web hosting, and I’ve recommended it to a lot of people over…

  • Musings - Religion

    Religion Considered As A Sword

    (metaphor is a drug and I’m strung out) In the discussion with Mark that ensued after my Chaos versus death post, I talked about the notion of ‘religion as fencing sword’, and about not holding it too tightly. I thought it might be fun to play a little more with…

  • Musings - Personal

    Time – Objective and Subjective

    I’ve always loved the Alan Parsons Project’s song ‘Time’. Time, flowing like a river Time, beckoning me Who knows when we shall meet again If ever But time Keeps flowing like a river To the sea Goodbye my friends, Maybe forever Goodbye my friends, The stars wait for me Who…

  • General

    Procrastination and a Playlist

    So, I’m on deadline for the major grant application I’m working on. About a quarter of a million dollars, three years, an impact on my job security… and it’s due this Friday. So, of course, this blog – which I have to admit was kinda sporadic for the past couple…

  • Politics

    Financial Insanity

    (St Valentine’s Day will be celebrated privately at home and will make no further appearance in this blog.) The revelation in the press yesterday that a person on the Australian median income can no longer afford the mortgage payments on the median Australian house price (not sure how long that…

  • General

    Too many syllables

    Anyone remember the slide, a year or so after 9/11, from Osama (3 syllables) bin Laden (3 syllables) to Saddam (2 syllables) Hussein (2 syllables) as the villain du jour? I remember it from all sorts of angles, even the little internet cartoons mocking these particular demons. Bet the administration…

  • Teaching - Technology

    School – Is It Doomed?

    Alex stayed home from church while Sue and I went this week, and messed about on the computer. She developed her own new MySpace page, and added a template and changed the font colours, created a custom avatar for herself in MSN Messenger, web-chatted with a Canadian friend my age…

  • Politics

    More Drums

    I posted not long ago about the rising drumbeat for the US to attack Iran. It’s still rising… and the evidence is about as dodgy as the evidence for the Iraq war Edit: Glenn Greenwald considers the parallels in detail

  • Climate - Politics

    On Wishing Evil

    Two examples of this have had me thinking recently: The first was a story in the paper yesterday on Australian politics and climate change. The current perception (in my opinion correct) seems to be that the Howard government has done everything possible to drag its feet and obstruct any progress…