Thomas Aquinas: Philosopher and a Holy Saint

For about a year I’ve been reading an online experiment in journalism called The Philosophers’ Mail. I always found it a sanctuary from traditional news outlets; it looked at the news of the day from a different, thoughtful perspective. Sadly the experiment has ended, but it’s been replaced by an online evolving book: … Continue reading

The new Ghost Busters and sexual equality

The original Ghost Busters (1984) was a great success, so of course Hollywood did what it does best: it capitalised on the success by releasing a sequel, Ghostbusters II, in 1989.  Time passed. Lots of it. In fact 25 years or so before Hollywood had another great idea. What about Ghostbusters 3? But … Continue reading

Captain Abbott and Bill Shorten’s zingers

Australians were dumbfounded on Australia Day when Tony Abbott announce Prince Philip would be receiving one of the two knighthoods on offer. When asked who he had consulted before making the decision, he fell back on his favourite metaphor: “It was a captain’s pick.” (Of course, Tony Abbott is captain … Continue reading

There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza

Two of our granddaughters stayed overnight with us a few days ago. For some reason we started singing “There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza” and we were surprised that the youngest, who had just turned six, knew every single verse. So we sang it over and … Continue reading

Plex Media Server is glossy but shallow

Before I talk about Plex, I’ll tell you what led me to look at it. I listened some time ago to one of the excellent Alive 90.5 podcasts by Peter Fowler in which he touched on Google’s Chromecast. It sounded rather interesting. Then in another podcast on November 13, Peter talked about a … Continue reading