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    On Academic Publishing

    Thanks to my friend Elissa, I enjoyed this article yesterday: What’s The Point Of Academic Publishing? I’ve been cogitating since, and thought I’d share a few reactions. Of course, academic publishing is something I’ve written about here before: Dopamine Junkie 1: Gamification and Academic Publishing The Robber Barons of Academic…

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    Scribblings On The Back Of An Envelope

    Our bathroom scales (claim to) have the ability to measure body fat percentage. They have large flat electrodes on the top, and use body conductivity to do the calculations – the same technology as the more sophisticated ‘body scan’ machines. So, on the (large) assumption that they are accurate, as…

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    Multifocal 2

    So, I got the multifocal contacts – and they work! I’ve done a full day in front of the computer with clear vision and no appreciable eye strain. I’ve also done a reasonable amount of time on the bike, both commuting in traffic and on the freeway. They’re much better…

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    What Shuffle Served Up

    …for my walk home this afternoon. Moonspell – Everything Invaded Faith No More – Last Cup of Sorrow Massive Attack – One Love Tool – Viginti Tres Darkthrone – Canadian Metal Carcass – A Congealed Clot Of Blood

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    On ‘Moral Panics’ and Reality

    The issue of the day is alcohol-fueled violence. Politicians of all stripes at all levels are vowing to address it. Stories are being made up to explain the ‘increase’, from alcohol being too cheap, to pubs and clubs being open too late, to steroids and cultural issues. Of course, any…

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    Milestones: (Less) Round Numbers

    (promise I’ll post about something more interesting than weight soon… ;)) So, today’s weigh-in reveals that I now weigh 97 kg, which is 10 kg lower than when I started. It’s also still 5 kg higher than the first ‘real’ milestone I had in mind when I started. Obviously the…

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    Multifocal

    I used to use contact lenses for years – started in college and never really looked back, all through Melbourne, Sydney, PNG and Perth. Went to Canada and ended up getting allergic conjunctivitis – possibly from the mold under the snow in spring thaws, possibly from dust mites in a…

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    Medico Sospeso – Pass It On

    (apologies to any Italian readers for what is almost certainly dodgy Italian) We’ve all heard of the idea of ‘espresso sospeso’, a ‘suspended coffee’. In Italy and, I think, Portugal (and now in many countries) it is possible to order a sospeso when buying a coffee. The money is held…

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    Unburnt

    You may be wondering why the blog, which has been pretty quiet for a while, is buzzing again. I think part of it is just my process – not quite bipolar, but there are certainly ‘fertile periods’ and ‘just going through the motions’ stages. Sometimes there are too many blog…

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    Heresy File: I Enjoy (Some) Nu Metal

    For those less familiar with the myriad subgenres of metal, nu metal arose in the 90s (though more on that below), and its defining characteristics tend to be elements of hip-hop, down-tuned one-chord riffing and lyrics about relationships and dysfunction. Examples include Korn, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park… and after that…

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    Thinking Out Loud About Students

    This post started from a conversation with Alex the other day, and I have to admit that I’m still thinking my way through it. Not that my blog posts are ever the epitome of fully-worked-out thinking – because thinking things through is kind of the point of this kind of…

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    On Monologue and Dialogue

    Let me start a little obliquely: although the ‘mono’ in ‘monologue’ means ‘one’, thanks to QI I know that ‘dialogue’ does not mean a conversation between two. The root word is not ‘di’ (two) but ‘dia’ (across), so a dialogue is a conversation across interpersonal space, and can include two,…