• Climate - Science Stuff

    Global cooling?

    Thanks to Lawrence Sirdar for this link to the Daily Tech article on cooling global temperatures in the past year: http://www.dailytech.com/Temperature+Monitors+Report+Worldwide+Global+Cooling/article10866.htm Looks like those data are fairly solid, although taking a measurement from the biggest peak to the biggest trough, rather than a longer term moving average, is a strategy…

  • Personal - Religion

    An agnostic on origins

    It’s an issue or set of issues that I’ve talked about here a bit. I’ve also talked about it on the Adventist Forum, and this is a post from there that tries to summarise what I’m thinking at the moment: I just wanted to try to clarify my own position…

  • General

    Misappropriation I can get behind

    Pakistan misspent billions of dollars in American military aid Sure, some of it went on perks for the generals, but some apparently went to things like road-building and running the country. If America gives a poor country billions of dollars with which to buys guns and bombs (from America, of…

  • Politics - Reviews

    To love a country

    We stayed up and watched the Oscars last night, after struggling a bit to get a recalcitrant TV tuner card to work properly. Fairly enjoyable as spectacle, we thought, though we’d have loved Juno to win Best Picture… Despite Cate Blanchett’s great achievement in being nominated for both Best Supporting…

  • General

    One of those days

    Oh, not one of those days. I mean the other kind – the unexpected, magical kind. I was feeling pretty tired and fried after finishing off the book in the same week I started teaching, and with a low level cold and way too much going on, plus having timed…

  • Technology

    Obsolete Technology

    Cassie was quite chuffed to be using a terribly outdated and obsolete piece of technology this morning: her teacher had asked her to submit her work in electronic form on a floppy disk! I don’t usually feel old, or do the grandpa thing, but I have to admit I did…

  • Poetry

    Banjo Patterson

    Cassie has an English assignment to write about an ‘Australian icon’. She’s chosen ‘the bushman’, and as part of her research we were looking together at the poems of Banjo Patterson. He was an Australian poet in the late 19th century who had a lot to do with developing Australia’s…

  • Reviews

    James Blunt on Top Gear

    Cam gave me a season of BBC car program Top Gear on DVD when he came up last week, knowing we don’t do TV at our place. We’ve been enjoying it a lot – it’s great, entertaining, beautifully shot TV, and the girls are also learning more about cars than…

  • General - Personal

    Last.fm

    …is an application that finds out from your music software what you’re listening to (a process called ‘scrobbling’ for some reason) and shares it with your friends on the web. I just signed up along with a lot of the people on the William Gibson Board, and my profile is…

  • Reviews

    Iron Maiden Live in Brisbane

    Cam and I last saw Iron Maiden live in Sydney in 1985. (They also toured in 1992 but we missed that one.) We were in our early 20s, unmarried, no kids, just getting started in life. And it was one of the top 3 shows I’ve ever been to (the…

  • Politics - Religion

    Libs in apology snub

    From The Age: A number of Liberal MPs appear to have boycotted today’s historic apology to the Stolen Generation. After loudly reciting the Lord’s Prayer, WA Liberal Wilson Tuckey walked out of the chamber and fellow WA Liberal Don Randall was also reported absent. Oh great. Don’t just boycott one…

  • Reviews

    Maiden!!!

    Words to come, but here are some pics: This shows the angle we were on to the stage, and the platforms around it. From nearest to farthest, Yanick Gers, Steve Harris, Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson and Dave Murray. Bruce waving the Union Jack in his Light Horse tunic, with the…

  • General

    Top 20 Bands

    My best mate Cam, his wife Jenny and their 4 kids have been staying with us for a few days because Cam and I are going to see Iron Maiden tonight (woohoo! – review here tomorrow, with photos (if they don’t confiscate my camera on the way in)). We went…

  • Religion

    I’m not sure I can be a Christian any more

    I’m still struggling with it, not making any final statement. But I decided that I needed to get serious about it and do daily Bible reading and devotions. Bought a great new study Bible and a journal, and started on the Bible reading plan that my church follows. The very…

  • General

    Not Perfect

    Tim Minchin is a musical comedian with wild hair… so he tends to get compared to Bill Bailey. That’s high praise, IMO, and although his schtick is quite different he’s damn good. Most of his songs are comic first, poignant second, but this one is more touching and cool, though…

  • Politics

    Political Styles

    Interesting. Kevin Rudd, the new Labor prime minister of Australia, announced a plan over the weekend to run a ‘summit’ discussion with 1000 of Australia’s best and brightest in a few months. The 1000 would be divided into 10 groups of 100 each, focusing on 10 key problems or issues…

  • General

    Watching the cricket

    Still don’t own a TV, but I do own a TV tuner in a skinny USB dongle, so I can watch TV on the computer if I feel like it. It maybe gets used once a month or so. Tonight I’m watching the first one-day cricket match of the summer,…

  • General

    Only 3!

    Random factoid from the sermon today: “There are 21 species of snakes in southern Queensland, but only 14 of them are venemous. Only 8 of those are dangerous, and only 3 of them are deadly.” Thanks, I feel much safer now. 😉