July 1, 2019

I’ve just posted a Patreon-only post for anyone interested in a more tidier version of the notes I took at the various panels and talks at #SupaNova2019, but you can also check them out on my social media pages (Facebook and Instagram). If there’s one additional thing I’d like to add to those notes, it would be something that was being said at the end of another panel discussion (you can download the podcast, episode #125!) for the live recorded… Read more

June 17, 2019

This will date me terribly, but I have vague memories of the Banana Splits TV show, or at least the theme song. This is because of re-runs on Australian TV back in the day, aired during lazy Sunday afternoons when there was nothing else to watch. In these days of streaming TV, it seems impossible that anyone could complain there is ‘nothing on TV to watch’, although it might explain why I tend to read rather than watch TV. I… Read more

June 13, 2019

If you have a look at the 2019 Curtin English and Literature Conference for this year, a gathering for students for either the WACE English or Literature subjects, you’ll find a lecture on ‘Characterisation in The Handmaid’s Tale’. ‘Explor[ing] the fundamental device of characterisation by considering structure, language and point of view in the popular studied text, The Handmaid’s Tale’ is relevant to both of the subjects taught across this state. As the TV series was broadcast to great acclaim,… Read more

June 13, 2019

A woman walks into a bookstore wearing two bowler hats at the same time, goes up to the desk and asks ‘Do you have any kazoos?” – one of my many experiences at Embiggen Books. This is a difficult post to write (I am mindful that the people of Embiggen Books must find it so much more difficult in comparison), mostly because I’m dealing with illness and the sadness of being unable to visit this bookstore one last time. But… Read more

June 7, 2019

You’ll have to excuse the brevity of this post on “What We Do In The Shadows”; I’m typing from what has been a twelve-hour shivering nest on the couch, surrounded by Lemsip, books by Sally Rooney and Joanne Ramos, and a man-sized box of tissues (why ‘man sized’? Seriously, just say ‘for people who really can’t handle the sneezes in a small decorous manner and when suffering with a cold tend to tear regular sized tissues in half every time… Read more

May 31, 2019

Good Omens is now screening worldwide (on Amazon Prime in Australia). I was under the impression after seeing Bill Nighy in nearly every British film that has arrived in Australia over the past few years, that I was probably getting a little confused with what David Tennant was doing with his portrayal of Crowley. But no, it seems are doing a quick Google, there is indeed a little bit of the louche emanating from even the early photos of the production,… Read more

May 3, 2019

Thankfully being able to number a group last first when you fill out the whole voting paper for the Senate is always an option… Yes, the ‘involuntary medication objectors’, joining together the bizarrely misinformed claims of anti-vaccination and anti-fluoride in water supplies, are under the impression that they might have some influence in national politics! If you’re not aware of the reputation of these kinds of people aiming to do I-know-not-exactly-what whilst they are in hypothetical Senate power, I think… Read more

January 12, 2019

Briefly stated, a skeptic is one who is willing to question any claim to truth, asking for clarity in definition, consistency in logic, and adequacy of evidence. The use of skepticism is thus an essential part of objective scientific inquiry and the search for reliable knowledge. — Paul Kurtz in The New Skepticism, 1992, p. 9. Scepticism, or skepticism, is neither denialism nor a movement. Based on the Greek skeptomai, which means to think or consider, it usually means doubt or incredulity about particular… Read more

December 31, 2018

With the help of the Born Woke Youth Theatre Collective, a new song was launched last night, which has a nod to investigations like those done by Jon Ronson on the influence of social media.  I hope your 2018 ends well and 2019 starts even better.     Read more

April 5, 2018

This is a segment from the podcast Talk the Talk – something that we ended up doing some research into via social media. What does changing the settings on air conditioning really involve? Do you turn the machine up to make it colder, or down? What happens if it’s too cold? Different perspectives on the matter changes our use of language, and this is what our data showed us, in helpful video format! Read more

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