• Musings

    Spooky Synchronicity (again)

    On the ride in this morning I was thinking about the fact that, despite my best intentions, I didn’t make it to The Angels gig last weekend. Ended up seeing a dance performance instead. I was experiencing some regret about this, since it might have been my last ever chance…

  • Religion - Teaching

    There are many right ways

    Just finished marking a bunch of assignments in one of the courses I teach. Two people got the highest possible mark. One assignment was about 25 pages, that other about 5 – but they were both excellent. It made me think: sometimes I think that when we say ‘there’s no…

  • Technology

    Trent Reznor breaks the musical fourth wall

    He’s experimented with it before – leading to some inspired remixes that cut his dark industrial through the Ghostbusters theme, among other things – but now that he’s free of a major label Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has released all the original tracks of his new album, allowing…

  • Teaching - Technology


    Some of the beginning teachers in my class used the phrase ‘BG – Before Google’ as a joke today, but it’s really a pretty amazing concept in terms of education. How does education change when, rather than needing to memorise facts, you can google them in a second? Now what…

  • Teaching


    My physics education students said to each other, in my hearing, at the end of yesterday’s class “This is the quickest 2 hours in our week of classes!” I take that as a compliment.

  • Religion

    The edges and the centre

    A striking idea from this week’s sermon, and perhaps one that feeds into the long-running ‘different beliefs in Adventism’ thread. The illustration is from the book ‘The Empty Raincoat’, and the notion is that, rather than focusing on the edges of our religion, it’s better to focus on the centre.…

  • Musings

    When did ‘elite’ become a bad word?

    I’ve heard it used disparagingly a couple of times in the past few days, once in reference to Barack Obama and once in relation to private schools in Australia. It’s part of a bigger trend, but maybe I missed the memo: isn’t being elite a good thing? Without elite athletes…

  • General

    The Minibeast

    Had an excellent weekend down at Lismore, staying with my best mate from high school Cam and his family and spending a fair bit of time with my brother Paul and his family. On the way home we passed a farm with the fateful sign on the fence: ‘Free border…

  • General

    Going back to Edmonton!

    Oh, not permanently, but my paper has just been accepted for a conference in Edmonton from October 16-19. I’ll probably aim to stay for a few extra days before or after just to catch up with friends and colleagues. Pretty exciting stuff, after a couple of years away.