Life Networking

Social Media is bad for you (Monday Technical).

Social Media is bad for you, and it is designed to hook you in. One of the rules we have is that we will say “screens down”. Not infrequently. People take priority, and doing things outside in the sun is better than playing games. In real life. To paraphrase Adam, if the social media mob […]

Lectionary music

20 Jan 2020

While Peter was dealing with Romans, Philip was driven to deal with two groups that were more foreign. He was told to go and walk along a desert road at around noon. You don’t do that. Noel Coward was effete, but he knew this. But Philip was tnen sent to talk to an Ethiopian. Not […]

Australia Life Networking Social Change Wokeness

Caffeinated Reaction

The press bleats on about climate change. That the Prime Minister of Australia — who returned from his holiday because of the Christmas Bush fires is damned while the socailist Premier of Victoria, who has responsibility for bushfire prevention, remained in China for his break is rank hypocrisy. Our Prime Minister is still partying in […]

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The second Sunday after Epiphany: 19 January 2020

The season of Christmas has ended, and we are supposed to be in summer: we are wearing sweaters most mornings and evenings, for the days have been cooler than usual in Southern New Zealand. Australia could do with our showers, and we’d like a bit of their heat. The school holidays are reaching the point […]

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Sunday Sonnet.

Dropsy was heart failure: oedema of the legs, decreased walk distance, shortness of breath. Similar things would happen if you had malnutrition or endocrine disorders. Donne is observing the thirst of such, and using it as a metaphor for his desire for God: as if he was without water. He is also referring to the […]

Administration Life

Setting up the laptop for photos.

One of the frugal things I do is avoid, as much as possible, commercial solutions. This includes working on photos: I have a second blog for that and I have for years used open source tools. I’m  reading and absorbing Dmitri Popov’s work,  which includes using simple tools to get things done. As part of […]


18 January 2020 (Christopher Tolkien: et lux perpetua libera nos)

The problem of legacy and inheritance is very human. We lost one of the faithful sons this week: the last of the Tolkiens has died, and with it the approved publications of the history of middle earth. J.R.R. Tolkien needed an editor, and his scholarly son performed that duty throughout his long life. Christopher Tolkien, […]

Lectionary music

Christ gave proofs of his resurrection (17 January 2020)

Today, I quote a review of a book that Matt Briggs has read so I do not have to. The moderns do not want proof, they want to justify themselves as God. It is just us mere believers that want proof.

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This week in reaction.

The inherent tyranny of the Kiwi Left became very apparent this week. One of the people who attended the select committee about gun restrictions had a police raid. During dinner. With a four week old kid in the house. Stuart Nash sold the gun grab as removing guns “designed purely for killing people” from the […]

Diet Fitness

Fitness Fulminations.

An anecodote from, of all places, Kiwiblog. Small changes, done consistently, matter. Please note his starting age: 75. You are never too old to improve, and as long as you are alive, be as well as you can be. I am nearly 75 and have not done any fitness work of any kind, at all, […]