• Reviews

    Something I’ve never seen before

    This musing was prompted by seeing the movie ‘Southland Tales’. It’s odd and weird, and was booed at Cannes when it premiered. It was recut after that, but it’s still a pretty complex and confusing movie. I think part of the key to enjoying it (as I did) is to…

  • General

    Busy

    Had a few decent ideas for posts lately, but with a grant application due today, a major workshop for my research project to organise, a syllabus writing job on, chapter due (done and sent, yay!), students’ work to be edited and confirmation meetings to attend… the time to write thoughtful…

  • Politics

    Character comes through

    Australia currently has a Labor (left of centre) government federally and in every state. The highest ranking Liberal (right) politician in Australia is the Mayor of Brisbane. Federally I think there are a few reasons, including a backlash against the perceived arrogance and out-of-touchness of the Howard Liberal government that…

  • Teaching

    Education/Learning – Coins or Filters?

    A concept of what we’re doing in education, and what counts as learning, that I often hear when I’m talking to people is ‘the teacher (or the textbook or whatever) tells you a whole bunch of facts, and you try to memorise as many as possible, and then you have…

  • General

    Oops – moderation!

    Messages used to seldom get trapped in moderation, but I made a few changes to the filters recently. That meant you guys actually responded well to the ‘Yo’ post, but your messages got caught in the holding pen, and I didn’t check until Mark told me what had happened. So…

  • General

    Middle Places

    Looking for somewhere to eat out the other night, we realised we were missing the ‘middle places’ that we enjoyed in Canada. Let me explain: we really only had a choice between fast food – McDonalds, KFC, Red Rooster (roast chicken), Hungry Jacks (the Oz rebranding of Burger King) and…

  • Bike Stuff

    Lone Wolf Ride Report

    (sorry ’bout the rather over-bikey flavor of the blog at the moment: just not a lot else going on in my brain right now. This will change, given time.) So with today being the Labor Day holiday (tip of the hat to those who got us the working conditions we…

  • Bike Stuff

    Back to 1 bike

    The little GSX400F sold today, for 3 grand, so I’m back to just the one bike, thank goodness. The money from the sale was meant to go back into our sharemarket account, where the money for the new Bandit came from, but will probably have to be used to just…

  • Bike Stuff

    Ssshhh, don’t tell Suzie

    As I was wandering toward the train station yesterday morning I passed another bike shop, and saw one of these in the flesh for the first time: It’s a KTM 990 Superduke, and it looks even wilder and more future/cyberpunk in the metal than in the photo. Drooolll… Of course,…