Kate, Hannah and I spent the morning on a guided tour around the Wing Luke Asian Museum, just a couple of blocks from the apartment. It’s a really great place to visit, but don’t just go to the museum. Take a tour. It costs a dollar more, but you see many additional exhibits, including the…Read More Wing Luke Asian Museum
About a year ago I started having problems with my Powerbook. The most common pattern was that I would try to restart it (after, say, a software upgrade), and I’d be faced with a black screen, requiring me to reset the Power Management Unit. This was a hit-or-miss affair, and required at least one trip…Read More Moving to the Mini
Kate, Hannah and I went to see The Quantum of Solace at the Cinerama this evening. After the success of Casino Royale, I had great hopes for it. Sadly, no. Muddled plot, unmemorable characters (except for Bond and M), and a ridiculous reliance on special effects. The film does set some kind of record for…Read More The Bond market declines
Over at Slate, Paul Bloom takes a look at a seeming paradox. On the one hand, American atheists seem to be less happy than believers. On the other, mostly atheistic societies like Norway and Sweden are much happier and healthier than the US. He suggests that it’s the result of community and exclusion. American atheists,…Read More Religion and niceness
Following on from my recent posting about securing the bookshelves to the wall, I’ve now obtained a three day disaster readiness pack. It’s a good basic kit, but I had to throw in a few obvious extras: a crank-chargeable flashlight, a Swiss Army knife, and some glucose and caffeine tablets. Add a few litres of…Read More Emergency preparedness
You think “single-celled” means “microsopic”? Meet Gromia sphaerica. 1.2 cm across. That’s the size of a grape. And they leave trails – and they may have been doing so all the way back to the Preambrian Precambrian.Read More Redefining "Single-Celled"
Ruth Gledhill reviews belatedly catches up with Gregory Paul’s study in the latest a 2005 issue of the Journal of Religion and Society. She begins thus: Religious belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today. According to the study, belief in…Read More Gimme that old time dysfunctionality…
The award goes to Dan Henninger, writing in the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal. (Well, it had to be there, or the NRO, or the Weekly Standard, didn’t it?) So, what caused the financial melt-down? We’re talking about a crisis brought on by Republican-inspired deregulation, and overseen by a government of Republican Christianists,…Read More And the award for the most ridiculous non-sequitur of the year….
Q. Where would you expect to find textual material such as the following? The Life Force, then, with its almost holy purity, is in danger of being inhibited, dampened down and threatened by what amounts to some entirely physical dirt that gains access to that temple of the soul the human body. Whilst in Traditional…Read More How to get a bachelor's degree in bullshit
Andrew Sullivan considers the iconic role of traditional marriage for many conservatives in a very nice piece entitled Modernity, Faith, And Marriage. He writes of Rod Dreher, who… … longs, as many do, for a return to the days when civil marriage brought with it a whole bundle of collectively-shared, unchallenged, teleological, and largely Judeo-Christian,…Read More The death of obedience