• Philosophy - Teaching

    Interdisciplinarity and Security

    I didn’t end up blogging a lot about the ideas from the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference I attended in Edmonton – lots more about the meetings with people and the day-to-day stuff I was doing. But there definitely were exciting ideas and exciting sessions…

  • General

    Dang it’s cold!

    (I know, kinda lame to even still be talking about Canada/Australia temperature differences, but this did make me laugh) Just got back from Edmonton, where it was -4 C most mornings, to see this on the front page of the local Brisbane newspaper, complete with picture of someone in gloves…

  • General

    4 Years

    It kind of slipped by while I was away, but the 18th of October was the 4th anniversary of this blog. It hit the 1000 post mark a month or so again and is steaming along toward 1100. My first post was in October 2004 – a fair bit of…

  • General

    Spooky Synchronicity, part n+1

    I thought I may as well take home a set of Canadian coins for the girls to check out and remember and show to their friends. The $2 coin in particular is very cool. And when I looked in my wallet, it turned out, by absolutely random processes with no…

  • Musings - Philosophy - Reviews

    Religion and Truth

    I need a big book to take on a big flight, and as I think I mentioned here before, I’m enjoying Neal Stephenson’s ‘Anathem’ on this trip. It’s over 900 pages of fairly small print, so I only read about half of it on the trip up, and have plenty…

  • Personal

    Good Times

    Had dinner last night with Lorne and Dawn at the Sicilian pasta place, just a couple of blocks down from our old apartment on 116th Street. We had a great time, sitting and chatting for hours, catching up on all the news of what we and our families are up…

  • General

    Woo!! Oilers!!

    Well, it’s hard to imagine a better sporting experience. I had an awesome time with my buddy Lorne last night watching the Edmonton Eskimos play football. Great game, but a somewhat disappointing outcome: close most of the way, but the BC Lions ran away with the game in the last…

  • Personal

    Went to the (other) game

    Went to a CFL (Canadian football) game with my friend Lorne (who posts here as Sirdar) this evening, and had an awesome time. It was a good close game for most of the time, but at the end the BC Lions took it away from our Edmonton Eskimos. Still, a…

  • Personal - Travel

    Goin’ to the game

    Well, that was a killer day! Discovered the conference, which I knew started today, didn’t start ’til this afternoon (yes, I could have checked that out earlier in the program online, but where’s the fun in that?), so I jumped on the LRT (light rail system) across the river the…

  • Travel

    Information >> Food

    I’m posting this from San Francisco airport. I’m trying to do the trip on a budget, so when it came down to the choice between spending $10 on a meal or on wireless web access, there really wasn’t much a a choice to be made. Gotta get that info-fix! (PS…

  • Personal

    Preparations

    So, on Wednesday I’m flying out for a week in Canada – back in Edmonton, the city where we lived for 5 years until 2 years ago. Should be a blast, with lots of good friends and great people to catch up with. So right now I’m just preparing –…

  • Reviews

    Carcass

    (apologies for the quality of the cellphone photo) Extreme metal crowds are some of the friendliest and nicest people you’ll meet. Don’t be confused by the long dreads or buzzcuts, the piercings and tattoos – the crowd waiting outside to file into the Arena for the Carcass show was a…

  • General

    Aussie Expressions

    Honestly, we Aussies don’t just make up the expressions we use! But a tourist could be forgiven for thinking so, sometimes. On the plane from Brisbane down to Sydney for a meeting today, the captain announced that the weather this morning in Sydney was beautiful, but that later this afternoon…

  • General

    Bloxorz and Experience (addiction warning)

    Been spending a little bit of time playing a new online game called Bloxorz. It’s very addictive and fun, so perhaps don’t click on the link if you’re at work or have an assignment due… The game involves rolling a little rectangular prism, one unit square and two units tall,…

  • Personal

    Something Generational

    I took Cassie for her driving test yesterday, and she got her provisional license on the first try1. So she’s now legally able to drive by herself. She bought herself a little car almost a year ago, and now she can just decide when she wants to go out. We…