We have a new house — and yes, this time we own it.
This is a big thing for me, and for my wife and family, and naturally we’re very happy about it. First of all though is the little matter of moving house! It’s only a very small move in terms of distance, but when you do this in any way it’s still a big thing, and this time we’re doing it all ourselves (well, with a little family help, but that’s it).
So I’ll be off work for a few days, offline possibly longer, and generally busy moving stuff. There will be a transfer of Internet and all that too… but we’ll still have our phones if nothing else!
Well, it’s exciting, it’s big, and it’s a serious life move. We like our new house, so I should post some pics once we’re over there.
Unusual story about the world of mathematical proofs, and a reclusive mathematician who might have solved a famous problem, if only he would explain the proof properly to anyone!
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Excellent and detailed piece by Paul Krugman about the failure of Austerian economics, why it happened, how we should have avoided it, and how we can stop it.
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I got a notification today saying that I have been accepted into the Graduate Entry Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) today. At Charles Sturt University, via Distance Education. Should be good.
Yes, it looks like I’m taking the path to a teacher. I like to think that it’s a path I’ve been on already, and this is just a formalisation rather than a change. And I like the idea of primary — where the idea that I dabble in so many things is an advantage rather than a problem.
So then, it begins Apparently my first semester is Maths Teaching, and Intro to Primary teaching (two subjects a term). Let’s see where this goes…
Really excellent piece on Iron Man 3, looking at issues of national identity, heroism and the nature of characters. Great look at Iron Man 3 and The Avengers. Best piece I’ve read on the movie, very positive and smart.
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I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s kind of counter-productive to make me self write here every single day, no matter whether there is something to say or not. I know I’ve pushed it at times anyway, but I guess I kept it up until now.
And my writing energy really needs to be pushed towards my fiction, of course.
That said, this doesn’t end either. Have to keep reminding myself this shouldn’t be one extreme or the other — either blog constantly or never blog at all. There’s definitely an in-between, keeping up a steady stream of posts on current events, writing, tech, sport, whatever’s going. But that doesn’t have to be every day.
What does need to be every day, of course…
Yes, again. Been off the novel for a short while, and I won’t get mopey about it (who the hell needs that?) But I know I need to get back on the book — I felt stalled briefly but I know it’s there.
I saw a Guardian story on Twitter recently:
It perfectly encapsulates everything that is insane and everything that makes sense about an artistic life. There’s a certain extremity to his point of view, but still, it’s one that makes perfect sense. When you know it’s the only thing you can do, you just have to do it, no matter what. You won’t regret not earning a bit more money, or riding some corporate ladder, but you’ll know what really drives you, more so if you don’t do it.
I’m really close now. The effort is needed, but the breakthrough is coming.
Very cool meta gag where developers of a game dev simulator altered a version of the game that would then be pirated, to try and subtlely tell those players what their pirating was doing to the game developers themselves.
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So now we might need a “levy” for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. In some ways, if people thought taxes for funding society were still worth it (as opposed to the new model of “everyone for themselves and screw the rest of you”) we wouldn’t need this. But the levy model comes about because every single bit of taxation now needs to be linked to it’s need — unless we’re talking war or refugee internment camps of course. Wish we’d had an Iraq war or Pacific solution levy, that’s for sure!
And our further enslavement to the economy is continuing with much speed. Peter Costello declares today he “delivered surpluses“, not that he delivered full employment or strong growth (or heaven forbid, a happy and prosperous population). Having a surplus is now the goal — not a residual outcome of good policy, but the actual policy goal in itself. And both sides have fallen for this, which makes it all the more nauseating.
Where is our Paul Krugman? The world economy continues to be depressed (due mostly now to a whole host of disastrous decisions), so to insist we have to cut spending now to achieve a magic surplus is misguided verging on insane, when we really should be focusing on stable economic growth and staving off the problems of the rest of the world (that still haven’t affected us).
Labor’s biggest problem on this one is that they can’t articulate their own successes, and by falling for the surplus obsession, they’ve set themselves up to fail on their own terms, let alone anyone else’s…