Here we are at Life at Nine already. How quickly they grow up! The ABC’s documentary series tracking the growth and development of a sample cross-section of Australian children only appears every two years. The two episodes of this edition are designated ‘Independence’ and ‘Creativity’.
Quick Hit: Do these names sound feminine to you?
Researchers in the US have found that boys with unusual or unpopular names, or feminine names are more likely to end up in gaol. Here are the top ten Boys names for ending up in gaol. (presumably from study of… Read More ›
Academia: Internet-Triggered Death of Civil Society Not Predicted
kwoff_id = 9106; In this week of heightened Internet! Moral! Panic!, it’s worth a peek at whether the internet really is the creeping civil cancer that some believe it to be. The JCMC (Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication) is available in… Read More ›
What was that?
If I were a less skeptical blogger I would be much more excited about what I saw high in the clouds this morning. I only saw a glimpse, but it was cigar shaped and glowing, and if I were the… Read More ›
Daria and other rebels
In comments to Lauredhel’s post about the princessification of Dora the Explorer, Helen and I have been discussing other animated girl characters whom we enjoy. We’re both fans of Daria, whom Helen epitomises beautifully as “dry as dust”. Daria is enduring high school until she can get away to further studies outside her conformist suburban community.
Ossified and doomed
I’m going to address a comment here that I found elsewhere, and as I’m pretty sure it will have been moderated and deleted as vexatious by now, I’m not going to link to it. However, I do want to address… Read More ›
This time last year
On Larvatus Prodeo last year, and crossposted at Hoyden, I posted a short few lines on how I don’t bother to turn the telly on to watch the Melbourne Cup. If I was still working in an office, I’d enjoy… Read More ›
via Strange Maps
Gift and barter systems? Open thread.
[image source] Further to a conversation with tigtog about “The Economy” and its meanings, I’d like to talk about “alternative” economies, if such a word can be applied: gifts and barter. In particular, I’d love to hear your thoughts and… Read More ›
So that’s why it’s annoyed me so much
I’m not the only person to be annoyed over the years by the egregious overuse of the term “paradigm shift”. I knew people were misusing the term, but not having actually read Kuhn’s seminal work wherein he coined the term,… Read More ›