Monday, 26 November 2007

Userfriendly SETI

Check out the latest Userfriendly comic strip. This makes me laugh when atheists (and others) have a go at us God-botherers for believing in the miraculous. We can't see any intelligence in human DNA, but we can see it in radio waves from outer space?

Reminds me of the Red Dwarf episode, Waiting for God.

LISTER: What do you believe in, then? Do you believe in God?
RIMMER: God? Certainly not! What a preposterous thought! I believe in aliens, Lister.
LISTER: Oh, right, fine. Something sensible at last.

Edit: Just had a second look at the comic, and I think I might be assigning unfair motives to Iliad. Perhaps the strip is really just a Murphy's Law kind of thing. We stop looking for intelligent life in the sky the day before they decide to show up. Perhaps not.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

New Government

Yes, the election is all over and we now have a new government.

Congrats to Mr Rudd and Co, condolences to Mr Howard, especially given the likelihood of him losing his own seat. Congrats too to my own local member, Mr Barry Haase who was returned to his seat in the parliament.

I must say I love the political process. While I can think of many things that I would see changed if I could (no compulsory voting, optional preferential voting) I think we do have a working democracy that is a privilege to be a part of.

Trying to explain what was going to my children today, I kept having to answer the question (when discussing the two potential PMs) "who did you vote for?". The answer (which is much more complicated to actually explain) is of course, neither. I voted for the candidates in the seat of Kalgoorlie, the winner of which will put forward his or her opinion for PM...

This was complicated by the fact that I put three minor party candidates before either of the two major parties. Our preferential system being what it is however, meant that I was ultimately voting for one before the other.

In case anyone is interested, the minor party candidate I voted for (not without some misgivings) was Charles Dalton for the Liberty and Democracy Party. If the senate results so far are anything to go by, I was one of perhaps 1000 in the whole state to do so. Seems they might need to do a bit of work in improving their profile. While the Libertarians in the US are no danger to the presidency, at least some Americans know what a Libertarian is.

As for the misgivings, maybe that can be a post for another day.

Once again, congratulations to all involved, especially to our great nation on another great display of democracy.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Me on facebook?

Against my better judgement, I have joined Facebook and you can find me here. To be honest, I finally joined when I found out two friends were already on there and I wouldn't be stuck there with no friends. I have had an Orkut account for years with nothing to show for it and my eyes bleed whenever I look at Myspace. Consider this a compromise.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Perth Glory are Glorious

In his first season as a Perth Glory member, #1 son has been a little disappointed that they seem unable to win games. Until last night!! Go Glory!! Click on the image to see what they have inspired!

Sunday, 4 November 2007


Four days in, 1867 words. Should have done that on Thursday. Still, I've done more today than any other day so far (by a long shot actually) so all is not yet lost.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Generation Gap?

Look at the comments I have to put up with from some of the young women that I work with at the pharmacy.

"Led Zeppelin, Who are they?"

"Who's Captain Kirk?"

"What's a TARDIS?"

Blank Look, when I said "Hope I die before I get old"

As unfortunate as all of the above are, a sign of what I call Cultural Illiteracy, they are nothing compared to this:

"Julius Caesar, isn't he an actor?"

AARGH! Western Culture is (by definition) that which traces its routes to Rome. Given that Julius is (as I heard him described recently) "the most famous Roman", what hope do we have when these (near to) 20 year olds, recently finished school, haven't even heard of him!!