All the way back in 1994, barely two months into my Honours year in Philosophy at Monash, I had to withdraw due to illness. My teachers and tutors had, they told me, been concerned as they watched me descend into exhaustion, and were relieved I was willing to take a break and care for my … Continue reading Let’s try that again… at a distance.
While eating my lunch, today, I followed a link from a fellow gamer and the result tickled me so I thought I'd share it. I'm not sure why Monk came in above Mage, because I'd definitely use magic before hand-to-hand (and I chose magic for both my first and second choice of weapons) but I guess … Continue reading I Am A Chaotic Good Elf Monk Mage
Me to driver: "What are they?"Driver: "Karma Fish. Set free. Good Karma"Me: "Where do the fish come from?"Driver: "Catch from river."Me: "But... to catch is bad Karma? Yes?"Driver: Nod.Me: Confused look.Driver: Shrug. Grin.Sigh.
I’ve been getting a little ratty because I haven’t had a chance to write since preparation for the move pushed its way into the obsessive part of my brain, where my writing usually resides, around 5 weeks ago. Since arriving in Bangkok, the aforementioned part of my brain has, gradually, been vacated but the writing … Continue reading On importing goods to Thailand or; It’s the little things…
The Athenian Murders by José Carlos SomozaMy rating: 1 of 5 stars An interesting idea which the author, unfortunately, simply does not pull off. The internal logic is flawed, as is the logic of his (straw man) detective character. The author's presentation of philosophy and logic, as well as Plato's theory of the forms (which … Continue reading Review: The Athenian Murders by Jose Carlos Somoza
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack WeatherfordMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Utterly engrossing, and filled with information we should all know to combat all of the disinformation about Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Empire which still passes for common knowledge. I honestly believe that this book should be a … Continue reading Review: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Even if we don't write historical stories, or military suspense with technical details, all writers have one subject which they must all research: happiness and how humans pursue it. Even the most evil of evil villains, we believe, is motivated by their own belief that their actions will bring them some form of happiness. In this … Continue reading TED Tuesday – The Science of Happiness
Because nothing should take itself too seriously, especially conventions about innovation and ideas, here is Tom Reilly taking a comic look at the TED in 2006. Enjoy! http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf
This week’s talk is from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat,Pray, Love” and many others and is a must watch for all writers or anyone who loves a writer (or artist for that matter) and would like to understand them a little better. Let me explain. Each week from 7-10pm Sunday GMT (5am Monday, Japan time) … Continue reading On humans and the creative mystery (also, TED Tuesday)