• Musings

    Progress or Symptom?

    So, Ms Smith and Mr Jones are in love, and have the big white wedding. But it would too, too archaic for Ms Smith to take his name and become Mrs Jones. How patriarchal! So they keep their own names, which is entirely fine. Then they reproduce… young Master… well,…

  • Bike Stuff

    Small Experiment in Fiction and Truth

    So I started a thread off with a little short story I wrote at the Netrider motorbike forum: Sweet vengeance There’s a little disclaimer at the bottom that says ‘this is a work of fiction’. The kicker is, as someone said in the reply comments: “if I had hypothetically committed…

  • General

    Read me in Chinese

    Received a package this morning containing the Chinese version of a book – Dilemmas of Science Teaching – in which I have a chapter. Pretty cool to think my potential readership just increased by almost a billion and a half, or something like 20% of the world’s population. I just…

  • General

    The positive side of conservatism

    Over the weekend my colleague Kerryn loaned me the DVD of the New Zealand TV series ‘Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby‘. Click on the Wikipedia link for more details, and for those in Oz I believe it’s available at the ABC shop. It’s about a very old-skool, politically incorrect teacher,…

  • General

    The dehumanised

    I’ve given up on it. When I went to McDonalds, for example, I used to say “A medium Big Mac meal with Diet Coke1 please”. But it’s completely pointless, because the person behind the counter will invariably ring up a medium Big Mac meal and then look up and chirp…

  • General

    Horrifying for a teacher educator, but all too plausible

    Alan Moore, the author of ‘Watchmen’, ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’, ‘From Hell’ and ‘V for Vendetta’: All too often education actually acts as a form of aversion therapy, that what we’re really teaching our children is to associate learning with work and to associate work with drudgery so that…

  • General

    All a bit quiet

    …on the blogging front, that is: because it’s been so crazy on all other fronts! Still, teaching starts this week, which is busy but less busy than preparing to teach (though there’s still a bit of that to do as well). And I put in a good solid day’s work…