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What I thought of ‘Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind’ by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens is one of those books that I’ve seen being read everywhere. As in, every time you’re on public transport or at a beach, someone seems engrossed in it. There have been a few of these books in my time, such as The Celestine Prophecy, The Secret, Bohos in Paradise, Sophie’s Choice and everything by …

The video of Iranian women sneaking in to watch a football match made my day

I loved seeing this story last night about 5 Iranian women dressing up like men to sneak in to a football ground and watch their team win the league. It tickled me for a number of reasons. First, it reminded me of this: While I’m generally all for respecting regional custom and law, the prohibition …

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Reviews are all about perspective

  • What I thought of ‘Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind’ by Yuval Noah Harari Sapiens is one of those books that I’ve seen being read everywhere. As in, every time you’re on public transport or at a beach, someone seems engrossed in it. There have been a few of these books in my time, such as The Celestine Prophecy, The Secret, Bohos in Paradise, Sophie’s Choice and everything by ...
  • What I thought of ‘The Memory Code’ by Lynne Kelly Honestly, this was a book I’ve been looking forward to reading for about a year and it did not disappoint me. It presents a basic argument that the odd structuring of various ancient monuments and artwork is actually attributable to the fact that these once operated as technologies to encode cultural memories. Kelly’s book speaks about quite ...
  • Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’ – musings on comedy, stories, art and connection Hannah Gadsby and images of thought So, I went to see Hannah Gadsby on Saturday night. It was one of the best hours of entertainment I’ve ever seen… but not because it was funny. It was raw, emotional and incredibly thought provoking. It was obliterating comedy and I’d like to think through some of the issues she ...
  • ‘Zombie Capitalism’ by Chris Harman Wow, this was a long and sometimes arduous read. Zombie Capitalism is an orthodox marxist account of the repeated crises of capitalism. Written by Chris Harman, who is a maxist of some repute, I read the book hoping to see how the Zombie trope was employed to explain/confront capitalism. In 360 odd pages, Zombies were not mentioned, ...
  • ‘The Comming Community’ by Georgio Agamben Because of the need to return the book to the library, I spent yesterday reading ‘The Comming Community’ by Agamben. Translated by Micheal Hardt, who worked with the other prominent recent Italian theorist Antonio Negri on ‘Empire’, I  initially started reading this book because I felt it might be useful for one of my PhD students, ...
  • ‘Disconnected’ by Carrie James I’ve just finished reading ‘Disconnected: Youth, New Media and the Ethics Gap’ by Carrie James. James has taken a ‘glass half empty’ approach to how the internet is reconfugiring ethics in this crazy, mixed up world. I have to say, the book is largely empirical – James directly describes the ethical dilemmas and work around that ...
  • What I thought of ‘Move Fast and Break Things’ by Jonathan Taplin When Jon Taplin appeared on ABC’s Nightline a couple of months ago I had a string of recommendations to engage with his work – notably from my mum and Joe Hutton – as well as colleagues at UWA. After reading his latest book “Move fast and break things” I understand why. Taplin explores the effect of ...
  • What I think of Ryan Holiday’s ‘Trust Me, I’m Lying’ I’ve just finished what I have to get done before tomorrow and both my kids are still having their afternoon nap. Gold. After the last post about identity politics I have reflected more on that topic and decided that I’d like to write more about it, as a way of exploring my own ideas and also ...

my stuff

This is where I put posts related to my own thoughts and research

  • Being woke; or identity politics destroys my mind, pt.2 So a few things have happened lately that have bought my issues with identity politics back to my mind. First, I had a student complain that I used the N-word in a lecture. Second, the UWA student guild made a motion to stop the Dalai Lama (or his representatives) from speaking on campus, because it might offend ...
  • The video of Iranian women sneaking in to watch a football match made my day I loved seeing this story last night about 5 Iranian women dressing up like men to sneak in to a football ground and watch their team win the league. It tickled me for a number of reasons. First, it reminded me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffwFXGPRDu4 While I’m generally all for respecting regional custom and law, the prohibition of women ...
  • This page has nothing to do with TAL insurance. Let me tell you why insurance is a con So Tauel is a strage word and not one that I hear a lot. Imagine my surprise when I heard this TVC for TAL : https://youtu.be/u04QD16crVM Nothing not to love here, right? I dig the Sia cover, the diversity of ‘Australianness’ represented, some beautiful shots and I can also see the clever messaging of starting with young ...
  • On time and drumming with Taylor Hawkins So I went to watch the Foo Fighters on the weekend and had a few moments when I achieved a philosophical appreciation for the excellent drumming of Taylor Hawkins. Taylor Hawkins – according to Dave Grohl ‘The answer to the question – “What if Freddy Mercury had a surfboard”? – is one of the better drummers ...
  • Been gone a while It has been some time since my last post. Partly this is because I’ve had no immediate teaching reason to be playing around with web design, partly this is because I haven’t had much spare time of late but MOSTLY this is because the last time I wrote a post (about the inherent corruption of ...
  • The Upcoming British Election I’m going to write a proper post soon – hopefully even later today – but in the meantime I loved this piece of Pie. https://youtu.be/0M91g4OlGEY
  • Identity politics destroys my mind Recently there was a social media uproar (read: twitter shitstorm) about the fact that the Glastonbury headliners for 2017 are all white males – Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran. People are up in arms about the fact that this doesn’t represent the true diversity of the music world… I am less sure about condemning ...
  • Introduction: Why a website? This year I’ve started teaching a masters unit in digital media for strategic communciation. I have a massive research interest in the are having written a number of books and academic articles on the issue. However, in order to bring real insight to my teaching and research I thought I ought to re-engage with the ...
  • Zombies and Smart Phones My next book is going to be about critical theory, the internet and smart phones but I intend to also make it about Zombies.   I’ve always been fascinated by Zombie narratives and I’ve made it a bit of a tradition to immerse myself in Zombie films as I grade papers every semester. I enjoy the tropes ...

Juvenilia

Here you will find a bunch of writing and photos from earlier. Most of which is embarrassing.

Previous Experiments in writing and web design:

Firstly, my attempt to use Tumblr to help my good friend Paul escape Hong Kong

Secondly, a wix site I created to generate charity donations for my Ironman in 2014.

More embarassingly, my first website from when I taught myself html waaaay back in my early days of using the internet.

Check out my travel diary from 1999 to witness my blatant over use of the terms ‘amazing’ and ‘incredible’.

This isn’t mine – was written by a friend – but this blog details the heroic events of a DND campaign I was once involved with. This one is a Star Wars RPG campaign that eventually followed it.

And, if you want to see what travel was like before the internet; you can

download a pdf (24Mb)

of my first hitch-hiking trip around Britain and Ireland (and Thailand).