• Personal

    Ubernerd

    Alex worries that she’s considered to be a nerd, mainly because she gets the best marks in her class, as well as because she… knows stuff. And she enjoys learning. And she more than knows her way around a computer. She went back to school today, and the school has…

  • Personal

    Shawn

    Cassie’s boyfriend, Shawn, returned to Canada this morning. He has been staying with us for the past 2 months over the Australian summer school holidays. Shawn is home schooled so it was easy for him to make space in his program to have this experience – which I’m sure he…

  • Musings

    Tied Up In Knots

    OK, so I was walking into the Library this morning and there were three people walking in front of me. They were going very slowly indeed, and one had a hat on and another a Muslim headscarf. When they arrived at the door they basically stopped. Another white guy arrived…

  • General

    A different take on Facebook

    CIA plot? Or just capitalist fantasy? Here’s an intriguing article about Facebook and the people behind it: http://www.theage.com.au/news/in-depth/why-you-should-beware-of-facebook/2008/01/18/1200620184398.html

  • Politics - Religion

    Scary stuff

    From Mike Huckabee, one of the Republican presidential candidates in the US: “I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution,” Huckabee told a Michigan audience on Monday. “But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change…

  • General

    14 More Years

    Found this in the paper this morning: “People who drink moderately, exercise, quit smoking and eat five servings of fruit and vegetables each day live on average 14 years longer than people who don’t.” I think I do most of those (if one cigarette at 14 and never smoking again…

  • General

    Flirting

    Been spending a bit of time on Facebook lately, as mentioned here a few days ago. Cassie set up her page yesterday and invited me to something called ‘Meet New People’. Sounded social and OK – and it wasn’t until it was set up that we figured out it was…

  • General

    Why Strine is Unintelligible

    ‘Strine’ is a term used to talk about the way Australians speak English (because ‘strine’ is how we pronounce ‘Australian’ here). It includes lots of slang you probably already know, but some you don’t. Someone on the radio this morning, talking about her relationship with a boyfriend, said ‘I think…

  • General

    PEBCAK on the stockmarket

    As you probably know if you listen to the news at all, the stockmarket is having a bit of a rocky start to the year. It’s looking increasingly as though the sub-prime mess will drag the US economy into recession, so stocks are dropping. When that happens it’s still possible…

  • Politics

    Iran

    I will have been writing about the drumbeat for war between America and Iran for a year in a couple of days. Further posts on the issue here, here and here. In the last month or so there has been a clear (US Intelligence) report that Iran stopped its nuclear…

  • General

    Dr Seuss at the Speedway

    We went to the Brisbane International Speedway last night to watch the sprintcars (and the smaller litre sprints and dwarf cars). The sprint cars, if you’re not familiar with them, have hot 410 cubic inch (6.9 litre) engines in light 700 kg bodies with huge wings on the top, and…

  • Personal

    5 Years on the WGB

    Today is my ‘boardday’ – the day I celebrate another year of participation in the William Gibson Board, the discussion forum for readers of William Gibson’s novels. Gibson started out writing ‘cyberpunk’ – near future science fiction. In fact, he was one of the originators of the genre. His last…

  • Personal - Technology

    Facebook and Family

    We were at a 70th birthday party for my Dad last week, and caught up with lots of the family. Chatted quite a bit with my cousin Tracylee, who I hadn’t seen for a long time, but who I had also taught when she was a high school student and…

  • General

    Here we are again

    Hi All Lorne and Dawn had said already that they missed this blog when it died. Then when we met up with Paul and Vanessa over the holidays they said the same thing. Couple that with a new year and new energy, plus the fact that various ideas and issues…