Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray. It seems fair to count this a reading a book, though I read it on my iPhone. Oscar Wilde composed this novel to be full of witticisms, but they do the book a disservice: were it not for all of this dialogue, the work would run more smoothly. The […]
movie: Quantum of Solace. The new Bond flick – though packed with action – has fallen victim of the kind of editing that worked for the Bourne Ultimatum, but fails here. Yes, it’s an international action rush with espionage, various mysterious characters and the obligatory seduction (though only one, and it’s not dwelt on), but […]
DVD: Tokyo Raiders. A Hong Kong film, set in Japan, with a mix of Cantonese, Japanese and English dialogue, martial arts, a romantic sub-plot, and twice as many plot twists as you’d expect from a Hollywood film. It’s an enjoyable distraction
Lee Strobel is a journalist (formerly of the Chicago Tribune) who was once a religious skeptic, and now writes well-researched, highly readable books in defense of Christianity. This particular book works through a number of arguments that various scholars have put up for who Jesus is. By talking to different experts, he is able to […]
Granted, it’s a distant memory, but I remember how I used to go places and even meet people, and none of us had mobile phones. In “the countvof monte cristo”, the title character makes an appointment, months out, to the hour. Now, we’re increasingly dependent on mobile phones for the smallest trip to the shops, […]
Beanz arabica, Rhodes Toby’s estate coffee. Shop 105, 2 Walker St, Rhodes. A cheerful space with only a few tables indoors, and seating for a dozen more outside. Cheerful staff – and lots of them – work away taking orders, cooking, and making coffees. The coffee is quite ok: there’s no decaf grinder, so it’s […]
If you would ever use the word “opulent” to describe a school, then you would use it to describe the Kings School at North Parramatta. Better equipped than many university campuses, this is clearly a place where the fees are being spent on improving the buildings, and having top resources in classroom. It was also […]
[ptc blog] John McLean describes the new way of running church services in his post the demise of scripture in church The service (meeting) finishes with the now traditional benediction, ‘please stay for coffee’.
[daring fireball] Build your own Muppet (and then buy it)!
[kev] Two apps for iPhone with copy-paste ability.