my stuff

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

  • A proposal for a wealthier, friendlier, more secure Australia,
    The Morrison government has recently made two announcements about extra funding for defence to the tune of $270 billion dollars, and an increase of numbers of students in the tertiary education sector for no extra funding (a move which essentially amounts to less funding per student across the board in tertiary education). In what follows I’d ...
  • Spleen venting about the proposed changes to tertiary education funding (and defence spending).
    The Australian minister for education Dan Tehan’s recent proposed changes to tertiary funding are, quite frankly, the stupidist policy move that Australia has made since it’s overenthusiastic approach to invading Iraq in 2003. I typically live and let live in terms of policy but when something this stupid is actually suggested, I like to make ...
  • Wondering why digital everything isn’t the answer?
    I really do hope that this COVID-19 event does make us rethink everything, and part of that has got to be a reconsideration of what we can and cannot do digitally. Generally, I’d say we could do a lot more digitally, and while there are reasonable questions about whether digital activity is environmentally clean, there are ...
  • Sports has shut down, so here’s a new League Table…
    Go to: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries  Go to the ‘Total Cases’ column and order the countries from largest to smallest number of total cases. Right, this is the new league table. Whoever has the smallest number of total cases wins. I know this might seem inappropriate but I’ve been trying to think of ways to get people I know to ...
  • Thoughts on the coronavirus
    Well there are quite a few things that this virus is bringing to mind and, while I listen to my workplace’s ‘townhall’ about how we’re going to deal with this, I’d like to get some of them down. Nationalism is an embarrasment Maybe I’m just speaking from an Australian perspective but I find that ...
  • 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 ...