July 11, 2020

You’d think that they would have had enough of reality programming and all its machinations, manipulations and downright un-reality, but it appears the Osbourne family is returning to television. It’s a part of the Travel Channel’s planned screening efforts, by filming shows with stars in pandemic lockdown (just in case you wondered if there’s any outlet that is exempt from those kinds of shows being aired, the Travel Channel have indeed done it in the past and are trying it again)…. Read more

July 2, 2020

I saw plenty of reviews comparing Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks to the works of Michael Crichton, and quite frankly, it’s difficult to challenge that. Footnotes! Expert commentary! Not being quite sure if the expert commentary and references are real or not! AND MORE FOOTNOTES! Footnotes are fun, so no complaints there. I hasten to assure you that this was a book I was looking forward to. I chased it down the week it… Read more

June 27, 2020

What do climate deniers, anti-vaccination activists and COVID-19 conspiracy theorists have in common? Why are they so resistant to ‘facts’? Join research psychologist and former politician Dr Carmen Lawrence, social scientist Professor Julie Leask and cognitive scientist Stephan Lewandowsky as they explore why myths and misinformation can be so compelling, who benefits from spreading misinformation, and how we can change people’s minds. Facilitated by Misha Ketchell, Editor of The Conversation. Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and The… Read more

June 19, 2020

BRAND NAME: Evo-leousion ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Modified descent SCHEDULE: S4 Appendix D-X9 WHAT IS IN THIS LEAFLET? This leaflet answers some common questions about Evo-leousion. It does not contain all the available information due to restricted elements involved in the testing and creation of this product. It does not take the place of talking to your subscribing professional practitioner. All medicines have benefits and risks, and the benefits have been weighed against the risks this medicine will have for you. WHAT… Read more

June 11, 2020

After spending the majority of last weekend in the editing booth working on things for my studies, I took a short break and went to a kind-of jumble sale at a house in the neighborhood on the way home The distinguishing feature of the large house involved a big painted pair of flamingos on the side of it… That and a lot of people digging about looking for Moroccan-style decorations and buying second-hand clothing. Pretty much the typical thing that… Read more

June 5, 2020

    On the recent murders, and on the systematic racism that continues to fuel ongoing genocide, not only in the US but in Australia and everywhere else. I hear too much “I’m just not sure how to navigate all this” from other white people. Yes it’s upsetting, yes it’s overwhelming, yes it’s uncomfortable to unpack your own privilege and see how you benefit from a racist system. No, it’s not enough to be “not sure” about it all. We’ve… Read more

February 14, 2020

Dear Diary, Today a very nice person (who occasionally has some interesting ideas that I try not to make too much of a pointless fuss about, particularly the notion that scientists-are-immune-to-anti-science ideas just by the sheer grace (or economic fortune, these days) of having a science degree)… suggested that I check out 528HZ, also known as one of the “Solfeggio Frequencies”. It’s Valentine’s Day, so perhaps the music of love was more on their mind than usual. Naturally my mind immediately sprang… Read more

January 20, 2020

Firstly, a ‘we’re not worthy’ in the direction of this Tweet: 1. The very idea of both titles will have you raising your eyebrows until they meet your hairline, and then hurriedly checking that your computer is on anon-mode (and you delete the browser-cache twice that day just in case); 2. They both feature a woman who has done some rather interesting things in their line of work… 3. … these lines of work both include concepts of feminist empowerment… Read more

December 31, 2019

How was your year of reading? In 2019 I read a fair amount (mind, this is probably not unusual a list for me, as I often read in my spare time) and this doesn’t include ‘books I’ve re-read’, as that’d be an even longer record. Many of these books were a welcome break from study / work during the year and I’ve tried to increase the level of diversity and range (e.g less of my usual sci-fi, more non-fiction). I’ve… Read more

December 25, 2019

As both the owner of an upright piano and as someone who has travelled across the Nullarbor Plain by car three times (once from Sydney to Perth in the early 80s, then a round-trip Perth-Sydney-Perth in the late 80s) there’s a few things that immediately came to mind upon starting to watch the TV series Upright (that is currently showing on streaming TV in the UK on Sky Atlantic / NOW TV and Australia’s Foxtel). Firstly, the horrifically nightmarish experience of travelling… Read more

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