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Why I like the idea of homeschooling (!)

Often when anyone says they’d like to homeschool their kids, their interlocutor thinks: “Oh, dear dear, she’s afraid of the world. She thinks her kids will be corrupted by the world if she sends them to school, so locking them up in the compound is the best way to preserve the purity of their souls. […]

Dr Who

I’m trying to work out why I don’t really like the new Doctor Who. “It’s because you’re not the target audience.” No, but I am! I love all the dorkiest geekiest things. I love sci-fi! Successful sci-fi (or SF) takes a hypothetical with profound implications for humanity and runs with it. What if there was […]

Don Miller, youthful dreams and astronauts

Mikey linked to this post by Don Miller. It annoys be a little bit. Not because I don’t think it’s true. My generation (ok, I’m turning 30 in less than a month, but I still get to be a Gen Y. Just. Because I know what “devo” means. And I may have used it once […]

Philosophy is dead?

Stephen Hawking says philosophy is dead. Apparently we no longer have any need for it because Science will answer all our origin and meta-type questions now. Rarely do I hear someone so intelligent say something so stupid. If we can’t have philosophy, then we’re just left with a new dogmatism: Scientism.

How to make home feel like a different place

Does this happen to you? You go away (for 30 minutes, 2 hours, a whole day, a month) and have an experience of some significance. On your return, your home has a different mood/vibe/feel than when you left? One that is an extension of the place you’ve been, as if you’ve brought someplace-else with you? […]

Nature Documentaries

Some people don’t like nature documentaries. While they are my favourite sort of shows to watch, I understand the dislike. Nature docos are bereft of people and people are the most interesting things in the universe. More interesting than rocks or polar bears or even monkeys. Nature documentaries can be like a holiday snap of […]