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- Il Novellino: The Hundred Old Tales
- Translation of Sainct Didier’s Drawing the Sword
- Pacific Dawn Cruise (5-12 Jan 2013)
- The World of the Troubadours
- Table of Defenses Actions in Dall’Agocchie
- Notes on Dall’Agocchie’s Days One and Two
- Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz
- The Schwarzeneggar Bible
- Next: Giovanni Dall’Agocchie
- Translation of Henri de Sainct Didier’s General Essay
- Learning Sidesword Fundamentals
- The Dusack’s Agricultural Origins
- My French Exam – DELF B1
- gmail contacts wont sync on android phone
- Sword Fighting Versus Fencing
- My Historical Fencing Gear
- Eating National Animals
- Meyer’s Rapier and Dagger (and Cloak)
- Homemade Dusacks
- Flames of War – US Rangers
- The Dusack’s Agricultural Origins
- Meyer’s Rapier: In the Onset
- A New Sidesword for Me!
- Call of Cthulhu House Rules
Random Thoughts Archive
Posted on 14 January, 2013 | 1 Comment
I’m back from my Xmas and New Year break for a new year. Yay me!
This post is a collection of rather stream of consciousness notes I made during my cruise around New Caledonia and Vanuatu. I’m not promising any depth or profundity – just a bunch of thoughts that struck me at the time and were recorded thanks to the portability of tablet PCs.
Links to photos will be edited in as soon as I can knock them into some kind of shape.Day One – Leaving Brisbane
Crowds, crowds, customs officers, crowds. I hate crowds. A crowd is a slow-moving, […]
Posted on 24 September, 2012 | 1 CommentIn C. L. Wrenn‘s wonderful book The English Language (1949), I found this amazingly anthropocentric quotation. “The theory of the evolution of man as known to scientists, then, must find a place for the emergence of man as a possessor of language as distinct from the so-called ‘highest’ species of anthropoid apes whose varied cries are not language (which implies thought) but only very fully developed conditioned reflexes. The gap between the highest anthropoid ape and the most ‘primitive’ man has not yet been bridged from this point of view of the emergence of language in what may be called ‘homo loquens,’ which is really the same thing as the familiar ‘homo sapiens.’ The hypothesis of some kind of creative act, therefore, may still be tenable in default of a better considering the origin of language.” – Wrenn, p.6 There’s an instructive piece of circular logic here.
Posted on 20 February, 2012 | No CommentsThomas the Tank Engine is a vehicle for capitalist propaganda of the worst kind. The values it teaches children serve no one other than the evil 1% percent who rule society - until the revolution, of course. The program needs to be eradicated from our television screens for the sake of our children's future.
Posted on 9 January, 2012 | No Comments
New Years resolutions are always broken within a couple of days. Why? Because they are essentially negative in outlook. They focus solely on what you are not going to do rather than what you intend to do. There’s also no way to means your degree of success other than counting the number of times your fail to achieve them. So rather than breaking your resolutions for 2012, try setting goals to be achieved by 2013.
For strarters, think about what’s important to you. It may be family, career or your hobbies. These topics will form paths you’ll be following in […]
Posted on 6 January, 2012 | No Comments
What’s in store for my little corner of the internet this year? I don’t want to say more of the same because I’m not sure that’s right. I don’t want to say there’ll be massive changes either because there won’t be. Let’s say there will be a gentle focusing in on a couple of topic which forever hold the interest of not just me but the faceless masses who read this blog.
Historical Fencing: This remains a point of focus as it’s such a dominant activity in my life. I’ll be concentrating on the cut-and-thrust single sword techniques in […]
Posted on 30 December, 2011 | 2 Comments
There’s been a whole bunch of grunting from the pig pen of what passes for political debate in this country of late bemoaning the lack of separation between church and state. I’m and strong atheist and secular humanist and I’ve had enough of it.
Let’s start with the fundamentals – section 116 of the Constitution:
The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.[…]
Posted on 23 December, 2011 | No Comments
I figured that since we’re at the end of the year I’d better have a look at how this little blog has performed. None of the stats about which posts and pages were the most popular match what I expected so see. Hmmm….. Perhaps I should change what I’m doing here.
The first surprise is the number of people who read my blog. On average, there’s 730 page views here per month with a daily average rising steadily from 20 per day in January to 35 per day in November. I must be doing something right even though it appears […]
Posted on 4 November, 2011 | 1 Comment
Two months ago I tore the medial meniscus cartilage in my knee. Yesterday I had an arthroscopy operation to clean up the ragged bits in order to get me back to full activity. This post is a few notes on the experience which show that Einstein was right and that everything depends on the frame of reference of the observer.
The weirdest aspect of going in for surgery is the disconnect between the hospital and medical staff and me and I suppose other patients). This is not to say that I’m unhappy with my treatment – I’m very satisfied. The […]
Posted on 21 October, 2011 | No Comments
When did the job I took because it paid the bills and gave me some cash to blow on books and movies turn into a career with goals and a five (or so) year plan? Is this something that happens to everyone as they age (I prefer the term ‘mature’) or am I the odd one out? Maybe this is just something that happens to you if you hang around the same field of endeavour for a long time. There are several events which could mark this change. One of them may hold the key to the mystery or they […]
Posted on 30 September, 2011 | No Comments
Here’s what shits me about post-modernism and post-modernists:By de-privileging grand narratives, all narratives are privileged, even the inherently stupid ones.
I get the notion of the arbitrariness of privilege and the cultural, class, gender, etc specificity of any particular grand narrative. I really do. But just because that may be true, it doesn’t follow that anything you have to say is worth listening to. Only under the notion of all points of view being equally valid can, say, creation science or climate change denial, get a look in. If science is just another narrative no different from any other […]