• Personal

    Lateral Thinking

    …is not one of my strong points. Which is one of the reasons God gave me Sue to be my complement. 😉 Dropped the old bike off this morning to get some work done on it for a Roadworthy Certificate so I can sell it. Sue had left the car…

  • General

    Everybody in the house say ‘Yo’

    I know I did this before, but I think it was at least a year ago. It’s been a couple of weeks with no comments appearing on the blog. I know everyone’s busy, and it sounds like Lawrence and Dawn have been too busy wrestling for control of the mouse…

  • Climate - Science Stuff

    Global Cooling? (again)

    Article published in several newspapers, including The Australian and the Courier-Mail, today: http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,23586153-952,00.html The claim is that global cooling is what we ought to be worrying about rather than warming. One response to the issue: http://www.skepticalscience.com/global-cooling-january-2007-to-january-2008.htm Edit: And another: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/24/2226189.htm

  • General

    What I did today

    I had a draft of a book chapter, but I wasn’t happy with it. It was about 9500 words long, but it was broken – the last half didn’t really fit the first, and didn’t fit the theme of the book it’s going into. There are historical reasons for that,…

  • General

    An Awesome Quote

    Thanks Gromit for bringing it to my attention: Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness–…

  • Religion

    Best. Buddha. Ever.

    A friend’s picture from Japan: See, now there’s a spiritual teacher I could follow. Where are the ‘laughing Jesus’ images? Edit: Well, here, I guess: http://www.jesuslaughing.com/

  • Philosophy

    Explaining Explanation

    Not so much a New Years resolution as just a realisation: I’ve been having trouble writing new academic papers lately, and I realised it was because I wasn’t reading enough academic books and papers. Got to feed the machine and spark off the ideas, then they’ll come and writing will…

  • Climate - Religion

    My Head Almost Exploded

    …at church last night. We decided to try to evening service at Kenmore Baptist, which is more youth oriented (translation: the drums are muted less). The theme of the sermon was environmental sustainability and stewardship, and it was taken in two sections by two mid-20s guys. Apparently the second section…

  • General

    How Not To Get Rich

    So, I just got the annual royalty statement for my first book, ‘Weaving Narrative Nets’, today. I can look forward to a check for the grand sum of US$69.91 plus €24.56. 😉 On the one hand it’s a little disappointing that the hardback version only sold 4 copies in Europe…

  • Personal

    Blessings on the Beach

    The girls are on school holidays this week, but Sue and I are still working, so they’ll be home alone for most of the week. We decided to take Monday off, though, and spend some time together. Cassie drove the hour and a quarter down to the Gold Coast –…

  • Philosophy

    The Ruby Toad: Art and Meaning

    A little excerpt from Bruce Sterling’s novel ‘Holy Fire’, which I’m reading at the moment. It’s a nice inquiry into what constitutes art and value. Paul was sitting among a group of perhaps a dozen people. He had them spellbound. Paul opened a small metal shipping canister and removed a…

  • Musings - Philosophy

    Ascetic or Epicurean

    So, my fast from my more excessive uses of the web and forums has been productive so far – I’ve sent off abstracts to two conferences, marked a heap of assignments, tidied my office, set myself up a task list and calendar to get myself much more organised, had meetings,…

  • Bike Stuff


    As I parked my bike at work this morning the parking inspector guy walked toward me, and my heart kinda sank because I haven’t got around to renewing my parking permit for this year. He had his machine in hand and everything… but it turned out all he wanted to…