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    What’s the opposite of a windfall?

    We’re trying to save up for a deposit for an investment property at the moment. I’ve chronicled here before that we bought a house in Perth in the late 90s, and when we moved to Canada sold it because it looked as though it would never increase in value: whereupon…

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    Uncertainty II

    So, I guess it’s all just a little bit of history repeating. I posted the first Uncertainty post in mid 2005, when the options were Perth, Brisbane or Aberdeen (Scotland). Apparently it’s that time again. As of about half an hour ago, I once again had three ‘possible futures‘ stretching…

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    Comments are… elsewhere

    No comments on the blog for quite a few posts. Not so much because people are not interested, but because the comments are popping up on Facebook instead of here. That’s fine, and arguably more conversational. If you feel like you’re missing out, you clearly need to get a Facebook…

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    Not a parody

    …hard as that might be to believe. Spoken interlude from a power metal song: won’t name the band, song or album to spare their blushes. http://www.bravus.com.au/cheez.mp3 (mp3, 2.8 MB)

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    Games with Logic

    People say “No reputable scholar disagrees with my position”. Then you talk to them for a while, and it becomes very clear that their definition of “reputable scholar” is “scholar who agrees with my position”. So their statement reduces to “No scholar who agrees with my position disagrees with my…

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    Nukes and Differences

    I hear people saying that the Obama administration is ‘not that different’ from the Bush administration. And Obama has done some worrying things in terms of government secrecy and so on. But the Bush administration several times seriously canvassed the idea of using nuclear weapons. This is what Obama is…

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    Angry at the Wrong People

    Tim Egan on why the ‘Teabaggers’ and other people currently so angry at the Obama administration have picked the wrong target for their wrath. http://egan.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/16/working-class-zero/?8ty&emc=ty Dammit, we were so optimistic in 1999 about what the new millennium would bring…

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    How Will I Know What I Think ‘Til I See What I Write

    This is a sort-of-followup post to ‘Textual Personae’ from… whoa, yesterday apparently, though it seems longer ago. Been having some interesting discussions with friends around my thesis statement ‘Science and religion are not antithetical if properly understood’. All sorts of ideas and perspectives came out, but writing Textual Personae had…

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    You Don’t Get Me, I’m Part of the Union

    I posted this as my Facebook status today: So, I’m on a 24 hour strike from midnight tonight. No work no guilt – yay! No pay – oh well. Getting management to actually negotiate a new agreement and a pay rise? Priceless! And Gary Frauenfelder, an old school friend and…

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    Textual Personae

    It happened again this weekend – I met some online friends for the first time, and they noted that my face-to-face personality is different in a number of ways from the ‘textual persona’ that I create online. These guys didn’t say it, but people in the past have noted that…

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    Meet The Elements

    ‘They Might Be Giants’ has always been an awesome band. But they’ve just released a new album of sings about science for kids that is even more awesomer. 😉 Here’s the first video from it, ‘Meet The Elements’:

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    ABC Radio Interview (well, half of it)

    I was interviewed this afternoon about the Science Ways textbooks by Ingrid Just on ABC local radio across Queensland. I was all set up to record it so I could share it with you, but with 30 seconds to go the RealPlayer lost the stream. I switched to the Windows…

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    Ascription Errors

    Creationists ascribe the Holocaust to evolutionary theory, atheists ascribe the Crusades to Christianity, capitalists ascribe Stalin’s purges to communism and so on. Of course, those are the negative examples: Christians tend to ascribe all of morality to Christianity, and love as coming only from God, atheists and humanists find their…

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    Innovation Award

    So, I can announce it now. I have won a 2009 Faculty of Social and Behavioural Science ‘Innovation Award’. It was formerly called the ‘Commercialisation Award’, and is for turning research into products. I won for the (already award-winning) Science Ways text book series, which applied my research on visualisations…