Talking yesterday to a friend who is a working mum was a chance to reflect on commuting. The busier your life gets, the more you appreciate a chance to commute. You’re stuck for a period of time, doing something necessary (travelling to a destination), and you’re physically removed from a range of responsibilities (housework, child […]


In the past I’ve raised money via movember for depression and prostate cancer, but there’s another form of cancer that I haven’t mentioned before, at least here: bowel cancer. Second biggest cancer killer in Australia: 1 in 12 Australians will be diagnosed with it by age 85, it’s a big deal. But we don’t talk […]

bbc book meme

Allegedly BBC meme, from snail. “Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Instructions: Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt. I’m not sure this […]

movember 2010

Behold the terrible moustache that I’m growing for “Movember”. Please read a little more about why I’m growing a moustache, and what I’m trying to achieve by it. Last year, I grew a moustache primarily to raise awareness about depression: it’s a cause I feel passionate about, and I was happy to raise some money […]

Moving on?

In the movie Serenity, actor Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a character with no name, a “true believer” who is working tirelessly away to create a better world. Unfortunately, because of the way he goes about it, there is no way he can be part of that world. I’ve found myself in a similar situation. Having put […]

The Bechdel Test

It’s looks like being a wet weekend, so what better time to talk about the Bechdel Test, and ask if the movie that you’re watching passes the test or not. What is the Bechdel Test? It’s 3 simple rules taken from a comic strip from 1985. To pass the test, a film must have at […]

The Forer Effect

Having just finished reading The Paradox of Choice, and then reading through Ruth Ellison’s presentation at Bar Camp Canberra 2010 (where she quotes the framing question from Paradox of Choice), I found this summary of something called the Forer effect to be another example of our poor ability to read the evidence that informs our […]