Monthly Archives: March 2013

When in the name of screaming blue blazes did this become A Thing?

Look, the whole kids sitting on Santa’s lap at Christmas to have their picture taken is creepy enough, but it would appear that various retailers (and others) around the place are trying to replicate the elcreepo factor with the Easter Bunny. This. Is. Wrong. Wrongetty. Wrong. Wrong. I know the whole torture porn aspect of […]

The Laws Are Made for People…

…And not people for the laws. First, an apology for my lengthy absence. I have discovered that working and studying at the same time is difficult, so much so that I have resolved never to combine the two again. However, the study has now finished, and even better, I have a month to prepare for […]

The real convenience of money

I recently read Adam Fergusson’s history of the early 1920s hyperinflation in Weimar Germany–which also covers contemporary hyperinflations of Austria and Hungary. (Well-spotted if you noticed that they were the losing Powers of the Dynasts’ War–aka WWI; this was not a coincidence.) One of the striking things about the period is how misguided conventional wisdom […]

Apologies for absence

The combination of the Melbourne heatwave, being very busy at work (having to get up a 5.30am in the morning to beat the traffic then doing a full day’s presentation teaching takes it out of me) and an obsessive writing project have meant I have not been around much.  Apologies for that. When I have […]

The Steven Tyler Act

Legislation in the name of the lead singer of Aerosmith that seeks to protect celebrities’ privacy has been passed in Hawaii. The so-called Steven Tyler Act deems it a civil violation if people take unwanted photos or videos of others in their private moments. Tyler, who is from Massachusetts, on the other side of the […]

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Three priests and a former priest have said that they felt “vindicated” after Scotland’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien admitted sexual misconduct. The group had accused the senior Roman Catholic clergyman of “inappropriate behaviour” towards them in the 1980s. Catherine Deveney, the journalist who broke the story in The Observer, said she had spoken to the four […]

Money makes the world go around

This post is cross-posted to Thesiswhisperer.  Clearly, it’s aimed at research students (PhD and MPhil), but I thought it might also be of interest to readers here. The funding of research training is one of the things I’ve discussed in my PhD. Do you feel that your institution is putting pressure on you to submit […]

The werewolf is cuter than the vampire

As readers are aware, I am not a fan of the Twlight phenomenon in any form. But one thing has become obvious even to a militant non-fan such as myself. The consensus is clear, the werewolf is cuter than the vampire. Out there in the naughty image blogosphere, there are remarkably few pictures of Edward […]