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

September 13, 2019

I finished my M.Ed on measurement of superstitions back in 2011, but around Friday the thirteenth (which can happen about three times a year! In 2019, it’s just for today) I’ll have a few people getting in touch with me to talk about the associated beliefs about the day. So here’s a few pointers for anyone going ‘wtf, isn’t it the same as every other day in the year? Just how problematic can superstitions get?’ Being superstitious is a world-wide… Read more

July 27, 2019

After the experience of watching the new Veronica Mars which arrived this month with a fourth season (I can’t be bothered reviewing it, but here’s a spoiler about my views on what they’ve done with it here), I decided to watch some local television instead – so I turned to Lambs of God. Many years ago I read the book Lambs of God by Marele Day and I considered it to be rather akin to the literary potboilers by the likes of Colleen McCullough:… Read more

July 15, 2019

Hail Satan? is a 2019 American documentary film about The Satanic Temple, including its origins and grassroots political activism, directed by Penny Lane. It is currently showing at the Revelation Film Festival in Perth, as a part of its general screening schedule. I had the chance to catch it tonight at Luna Leederville and it should be out for general purchase before the end of the month via all the usual download and DVD providers. “I feel the sense that the devil has a very… Read more

July 4, 2019

It’s raining like you wouldn’t believe here – in fact, it’s going to carry on through to the weekend and possibly beyond. Which makes it just in time for me to finally bury myself in some work and get some research finished, I guess! But, in the meantime, here’s something for you to marvel at… Lou Bega’s ‘Mambo Number Five’ sung by 156 Movies. Read more

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