Friday, July 22, 2016

Close, but no cigar

I almost read an entire edition of The Age without finding one production error, and thought that their editorial department had lifted its game lately. Alas, no. I noticed this error in the AFL football tips ratings table. It seems that the Gold Coast Suns are going to be playing against both Fremantle and Port Adelaide this round. Port Adelaide's match is actually against the GWS Giants, and not the Suns. Attention to detail, please, Fairfax editorial department. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

From little things big things grow

A team of researchers at Delft University in the Netherlands have developed a postage stamp sized atomic hard drive that in theory, has the capacity to store every book ever written. This is exciting, but the technology needs more development before it can be used in mass market rewritable storage devices.

http://gizmodo.com/record-setting-hard-drive-writes-information-one-atom-a-1783740015

Monday, July 11, 2016

Mean streets?

In the wake of the tragic Dallas police shootings, thousands of Melburnians are planning to hold a Black Lives Matter rally on the streets of the city next Sunday. I'm in no position to say whether or not there's an ongoing racism problem in the Victoria Police force in its dealings with ethnic minorities, but if there is, then it should be dealt with.

I also hope that the rally will be peaceful. One worrying trend in recent times is for opponents of these rallies to organise counter rallies in an attempt to disrupt them. These usually end up in violent street clashes that do either side no favours, particularly the professional agitators who seem to delight in these incidents.

By the way, this is my 500th blog posting. Where's my party whistle?

http://www.3aw.com.au/news/thousands-prepare-for-black-lives-matter-rally-in-melbourne-20160710-gq2thc.html

Friday, July 08, 2016

Unhealthy endorphins

According to Wikipedia, yesterday was World Chocolate Day. The day was chosen because it's the anniversary of the introduction of chocolate to Europe. You commemorate the day by eating chocolate. As I write this, it's 6 pm here on the east coast of Australia. I'll probably go to bed tonight without having eaten any chocolate today. If only I'd known this earlier.

http://time.com/4396039/world-chocolate-day-rain-tay-zonday/

Sunday, July 03, 2016

An overload of soppiness


Every once in a while a song is released that becomes inexplicably popular despite it being terrible, sounding like fingernails on a blackboard.

On this week in July 1982 Charlene had a number one Australian hit with the treacly ballad, I've Never Been to Me. The worst part of the song is the spoken word portion that starts at the 2:10 mark. It's the musical equivalent of a Mills and Boon romance novel.

Charlene is still around, and recording new material.

http://rateyourmusic.com/list/Badgerdarkness/3xy_top_40___02_july_1982___melbourne_vic_australia/

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Not funny or clever


No, you're not watching a skit from an undergraduate university revue. This is an election advertisement from the Australian Sex Party. The political arm of the Eros Foundation, a sex industry lobby group, the Sex Party's policy platform at this year's Australian federal election calls for ending tax exemptions for religious organisations. Never mind the double standard of the pornography industry mocking the Catholic church over clergy sexual abuse.

At this stage they're targeting Christian churches, and making the spurious claim that they have too much influence on Australian politics. They'll have to do better than playing the theocracy bogeyman. There's no mention of other religions, or mosques, ashrams, or temples. Get real. From where I'm sitting, Australia is hardly in danger of becoming a theocracy. They're wasting their energy getting worked up over a problem that doesn't actually exist.

Perhaps their real motive is to remove religion from the public square. If this video is to be believed, they're the ones standing in the way of same sex marriage, which has become the pet cause of so-called progressives. In the United States, Ireland, Brazil, Argentina, and France, are all countries which have high numbers of Catholics, but have legalised same sex marriage in recent years. Catholic opposition to this change actually made no difference. I've no reason to think that it will be any different in Australia.

I know Christians who are standing as election candidates. Their modest aims start and end at giving the segment of the Christian constituency who support them a voice in the corridors of power, so that they, along with a plurality of other voices, can have input into decisions affecting the whole nation. They have never said anything about enacting a Christian theocratic government in Australia. Their Christian values will influence their decision making, in much the same way that a secular person has their own values grid that influences their decisions.

Sleep soundly, secularists of Australia. Those sinister Christians are not going to take your country away from you.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rule Britannia

I'm posting this a day behind the news cycle, but the United Kingdom has voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.

As the satirical Christian news site Babylon Bee reports, this is going to create problems for the end times scenarios sketched out by some Christian eschatologists. From what I can gather, these scenarios depend on nations gradually forming into trading blocs, which will eventually become supra national governments, of which the European Union is a prototype. They speculate that there will eventually be similar unions in Africa, Asia, North and South America, and the nations of the Pacific. These unions are a stepping stone to a global government.

Rather than obsessing over the details of how and when human history will come to its climax, it's wiser to make sure that I'm prepared for such events so that I and any descendants I may have are right with God, and seeking to make my calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10)

http://babylonbee.com/news/dispensationalists-frantically-adjust-charts-include-brexit-vote/