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 [...]
The above titular expansion of the acronym I have increasingly heard used by teachers (retired and active) and other educators…
Once upon a time, Victoria (Australia) had a simple register that provided an easy means for schools to ascertain whether or not a teacher had appropriate qualifications. Actually, there were a number of such registers: one [...]
What can I say!?
It only reflects how strange US society has become, and how its pre-eminence in the world of online downloads leads to quite weird decisions. Cf Need Marijuana? Your iPhone Can Help.
It’s OK to have a listing of where to obtain marihuana even in locations where it is not legal, but an application [...]
Quite a mouthful, that heading… and considering I also wanted to include something on synæsthesia, I’ve rather narrowed somewhat my ‘focus’!
Swine flu pandemic
Let’s begin with the last of these first: the flu ‘pandemic’ and the reaction to it by officialdom.
I accept that when the first outbreak of this new influenza virus began to make its [...]