Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Lili's ideas for the upcoming month

During Plastic Free July

maybe resolve to buy only machine-washable shower curtains, and wash'em rather than chuck'em, 

or buy dunny paper in a form that does not have plastic packaging, such as a bulk-buy box from Who Gives a Crap,

or refuse to get sucked into buying single-use plastic glow-in-the-dark toys for the brats, such as glow sticks at outdoor night events and school discos, bringing your own torches and multi-use fun glowing things instead,

or generally get wise and spend your hard-earned dough on wonderful experiences rather than plastic junk that you don't need, or things that you don't need that come in lots of plastic packaging?

Lili's proverb of the day

The empty cans make the most noise, and that contribution will be considered by local elected officials in formulating policy. 

Lili's quest for the day

I'm now searching for poultry retailers and fast-food operators who do not stock Steggles or Lilydale chicken: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4259918.htm

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Lili's annoyance of the day

On the morning of Thursday June 18th 2015 Dr Karl (Kruszelnicki) in his regular science Q and A spot on Triple J public radio station aimed at young people, opened the session by making a debatable identification of an experience described by a female listener as synaesthesia and then went on to describe Daniel Tammet as his first example of a famous synaesthete, citing Tammet’s supposed mental feats such as learning a language in a short time, in an entirely unskeptical manner, and mentioning the title of Tammet’s first autobiographical book. Shut up, Dr Karl. Just shut up.

Lili's question of the day

Am I the only person who cares whether Abbott is an illegal (politician, prime minister)? 

Lili's thought for the day

I wish I could be in Sydney on July 7th 2015!

2015 Alan Saunders Memorial Lecture

The gender galaxy beyond Mars and Venus: Insights for science and society

Dr Cordelia Fine


Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Val Lewton movie on tonight on Australian free-to-air TV

The Seventh Victim is not a fun feel-good movie, but please don't take that to mean it is gritty realism or anything like that. It isn't. Like most of the films produced by Lewton, it operates within the realm of psychology and the emotions and the imagination, and is rightly regarded as a horror movie, but a step or four above the average B-grade shocker. But please don't take that to mean that the movie has supernatural things happening in it. I don't recall that it does. Just watch it, but be warned; the sadness and alienation that blows through all Lewton movies has a wind chill factor in this one at the extreme end of the scale.