• General

    Desire Lines

    Such a cool concept: http://www.vanseodesign.com/web-design/desire-lines/ Must try to find some time to think it through in relation to education, and particularly to my proposed Fellowship project, which is about teaching science in ways that work for students.

  • General

    America Speaking Out

    The US Republican Party has started a web site, ‘America Speaking Out’, because apparently: America deserves a Congress that respects the priorities of the people. Unfortunately, Washington hasn’t been listening. Let’s change that. America Speaking Out is your opportunity to change the way Congress works by proposing ideas for a…

  • General

    On Office Politics

    At one stage, very early in my academic career, I joined one particular faction in an on-going debate that was going on at that institution. I’ve regretted it ever since: on balance I think I was probably on the ‘correct’ side on the issues, but factional politics caused me to…

  • General

    Magisteria Deliciosa

    You lucky people: one more small glimpse inside the scary place that is my mind! I thought the title phrase on the ride in this morning, and smiled to myself. Here’s why: I was thinking about Stephen Jay Gould’s notion of science and religion as operating in ‘non-overlapping magisteria’. That’s…

  • General

    Mirrors, meet Smoke

    The Federal Opposition’s response to the Budget was delivered in several parts… Tony Wright does a nice job of describing the process: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/hockey-sweats-over-tax-replacement-plan-20100519-vf8k.html …and it seems as though the headline ‘$47 billion savings’ is extremely shaky in terms of its base in reality: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/savings-not-as-big-as-they-seem-20100519-vf8l.html Plenty of people frustrated with the…

  • Travel

    The pressure of their regard

    Ate a very good steak last night with Suzie and Michelle in a ship-themed restaurant, then was dragged to the street markets by Suzie in search of gifts for the girls and possibly a watch for me. It was very hot and steamy and I was probably overdressed for it,…

  • General

    Liberal guilt gone a bit too far?

    (this is something I was thinking about before I left Oz and didn’t get time to write, so has nothing to do with being away at the moment – will write something about Penang, the conference or whatever later) A friend in Brasil tweeted something like “I have to do…

  • Travel

    Off to Penang

    Probably mentioned it already to most of you, but I’m off to the ‘Global Learn Asia Pacific’ conference in Penang, Malaysia, tomorrow. The really exciting bit is that Suzie is coming with me this time! Should be a fantastic week of relaxing and hanging out together – between conference sessions,…

  • Sleep Apnea

    Sleep Apnea 1

    I’ve been waking up with headaches, and walking around with them all day, and taking more panadiene than is strictly good for my liver, for a while now. Wasn’t sure what the problem was, thought it might be allergies, or eye strain, or caffeine withdrawal… then I thought ‘I wonder…

  • Bike Stuff

    Just Dreamin’

    My current bike just hit 70,000 km, and both the fact that I love it and it’s running well and budgetary concerns mean I’ll most likely end up keeping it for at least another 2-3 years. I’m averaging about 25,000 km a year, so that’ll get it well over the…

  • Philosophy

    Ethics in School 2

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote something about the trial of an ethics course in NSW schools: http://www.bravus.com.au/blog/?p=1763 My friend Glenn wrote this on Facebook today: Here’s a dead easy way to have your say on the NSW Ethics Classes. Just visit this page, plug in your contact details…