• General

    Reflections of the Skint and Webless

    First thing – I really appreciated my new iPhone yesterday, because we (gasp, shock!) were at home all day with no internet access! Not sure whether the issue was with our modem or the storms and rain just got to the phone lines, but we couldn’t connect to our ISP…

  • General

    Number 1200 (Merry Christmas!)

    In the 1101st post on this blog, in February, I said the pace seemed to be about 100 posts per 6 months, so we should expect to see post 1200 in about August. But I slowed down a fair bit this year, for various reasons (Facebook (including the X-Box), Twitter,…

  • Politics

    One more must-read post from Glenn Greenwald

    This time on why what counts as ‘journalistic objectivity’ is apparently quite different for the New York Times and for Al Jazeera – especially when describing US conduct: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/index.html?story=/opinion/greenwald/2009/12/23/objectivity

  • Technology

    Businesses that get the new web

    Really just passing on kudos to two businesses that are doing it right. We’ve been using TPG for our web access (ADSL2+) for a year or so, and have been very happy with them. We’ve just given them all our mobile phone business too (the 3 girls’ phones – mine…

  • Technology

    iPhone Day!

    Heading in to uni today to pick up my new iPhone – which will be my first ever mobile phone. Guess in this particular technology I’m an extremely late adopter… the fact that I’m not really a big fan of talking on the phone may have something to do with…

  • General

    Theme change

    So, it’s back to the old theme. Less pretty, but it actually works properly – people have been struggling to comment – and is also a lot easier to admin. It’s all about the words, anyway…

  • Climate

    If I ruled Australia

    (I know a fair few posts lately have been climate change related – put it down to being topical and the Copenhagen talks. Hopefully the topics will broaden out a bit again over the next little while.) I’ve talked a bit about Australia’s ‘Exchange Trading Scheme’ here – a cap-and-trade…

  • Philosophy - Religion

    Reverse Pascal

    For those not familiar with it, Pascal’s Wager can be roughly stated as the idea that, given we cannot know for certain whether or not God exists, it is better to believe he does, since the rewards of believing he doesn’t are finite while the rewards of believing he does…

  • Climate

    Explaining the ETS

    If those who are asking ‘How is a tax (the ETS) going to reduce emissions?’ are sincere, I’m happy to offer an answer. Currently, it’s expensive for a company to produce a product that produces, say, mercury as a byproduct, because they also have to pay for the safe disposal…

  • General

    Tony Abbott and I agree on one thing(!)

    From Tony Abbott’s recent book, Battlelines: It’s hard to take climate alarmists all that seriously, though, when they’re as ferociously against the one proven technology that could reduce electricity emissions to zero, nuclear power, as they are in favour of urgent reduction in emissions. He’s right, you know. I’ve talked…

  • General

    We need a better term

    I think it’s fair enough that those who either don’t believe climate change is happening at all, or think it’s happening but is not human caused, object to the use of the term ‘deniers’ to describe them. They note that it’s a rhetorical strategy that seeks to tie them to…