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(no subject) [Nov. 4th, 2012|03:07 pm]
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Is marijuana paleo? [Aug. 16th, 2011|08:00 pm]
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Dieting advice.
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For a good time, call... [Jul. 6th, 2011|12:35 pm]
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Funny comic.
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I got married! [Jun. 6th, 2011|09:46 pm]
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On Saturday, Holly and I got married. It was a great wedding, attended by about 80 people. My father and my sister came over from Australia for it.

We had the ceremony at the upper shelter of Treman park, followed by a hike down the gorge to the lower park, where we had the reception. Here's Holly and I at Lucifer Falls



Here's my sister reading out the (quaker-style) wedding certificate before we sign it.

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"I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against... tyranny over the mind of man" [May. 29th, 2011|12:15 pm]
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via.
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A peacock [Feb. 12th, 2011|02:38 pm]
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I met a peakcock outside the Australian National Library today, and fed it some chips.

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I am facebook [Feb. 5th, 2011|10:20 am]
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Is this where my life is heading? (I don't get twitter, either.)
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Economics [Jan. 30th, 2011|09:28 am]
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"The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists." -- Joan Robinson

(Seen here.)
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The Past, The Present and an “Unusually Uncertain” Future [Dec. 12th, 2010|12:19 pm]
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Satyajit Das reviews some books about finance.
Griftopia” and “All the Devils Are Here” also never recognise that normal people abnegated all responsibility, both political and economic, to the financial superclass. The low voter turnout in American elections is ample testament to that problem. The book does not recognise the lack of financial literacy and the naïve belief in the ability of policymaker’s to control and engineer the economy. In this regard, neither title matches Joe Baegeant’s poignant portrait of American life and its problems in “Deer Hunting for Jesus“.

Both books are also silent on the role of the media which has fervently embraces a message that financialisation of economic life is an unqualified good. It is also silent on how the media itself fosters ignorance, through its treatment of issues in narrow and simplistic political terms. Laudatory biographies of business leaders helped create the all-knowing financial elite. The message of “stocks for the long run” and “increasing wealth” bears some responsibility for the global financial crisis.

Mr. Nocera and Ms. McLean draw the title of their book from the line in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”: “Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.” The implication is that all would be well if the devils were rounded up and consigned back to the nether regions. Unfortunately, reality is more complex. Other observations from the Bard might be apposite. In “Julius Caesar”, Cassius tells Brutus: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” In “Othello”, the real “devil” Iago tells Roderigo: “Tis in ourselves that we are this and thus.”
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I finally found a way into Harry Potter [Nov. 13th, 2010|07:29 am]
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My God, this is awesome.
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