It was refreshing to open the year with a post from Moshe Feiglin (an Israeli parliamentarian) writing the following within a post titled ‘Moshe Feiglin: Instead of Censoring Books, Let Parents Take Responsibility‘:
“Give the money (that you took from Israel’s citizens) to the parents in the form of vouchers worth 4,000 NIS per month […]
Over the last few years, I have used two different servers on which to host the various sites I have (or sub-host on behalf of others). It seems like some maliciously intended people have managed to get in to one of the servers (owned by a UK-based company, but maintained in the USA) and caused […]
I have (finally) added a page with a copy of my late-night submission to the review of the so-called Australian National Curriculum. I say ‘so-called’, as there is, of course, no such thing, nor should there be!
For ease of reference, the page is on my main fourhares site: Australian National Curriculum Review (a pdf version […]
Here are two conferences to which, each year, I look to and, as usual, am unable to participate… this year precisely a month apart.
Semiotic Society of America
The annual conference of the Semiotic Society of America taking place, this year, in Seattle between the 2nd and 5th of October:
RunRev’s LiveCode 2014
The other is (also an annual) […]
The following originally appeared in Orion Magazine – well worth a read as a counter-balance to the all too common push towards extreme impulses.
By Lowell Monke*
THOMAS EDISON WAS A GREAT INVENTOR but a lousy prognosticator. When he proclaimed in 1922 that the motion picture would replace textbooks in schools, he began a long string of […]
Of late given the Australian elections, I’ve engaged in something that I otherwise on the whole consider a waste of time: tweets.
Part of the problem with tweets is that one is restricted to 140 characters: whether or not this can genuinely be called ‘micro-blogging’ or not, it certainly encourages depth of neither reflection nor intelligent […]
or why consulting an astrologer may be useful prior to calling an election
I had known since prior to the election that the date coincided with Mercury beginning a retrograde motion, and had thought at the time this was not a good time for any election. The results, however, simply did not only reflect a retrograde […]
Given the 2010 Federal election results (still pending), I’ve received (from both local and o/s) queries about how our Australian system of government works, so I thought I’d try and give a very brief overview, with inevitable small ‘errors of exception’.
Firstly, we are a Federated Commonwealth of States. In some ways, this is somewhat akin […]
Date: Sunday, morning after 2010 Federal elections.
Like many other Australians, I stayed up last night watching the election counting result on the ABC. Like numerous other Australians, I was relieved to see the loss of so many seats previously held by the Labor Party. I write ‘relieved’ for the very reasons I outlined in a […]
A reminder that any parent or guardian may WITHDRAW their CHILD from having to participate in the NAPLAN 2010 tests (at the bottom of this post, I also add some notes regarding other NAPs occurring this year).
2010 NAPLAN tests are due to be conducted between the 11th-14th of May this year (unless a school makes […]