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Debate in Aging Science

In October last year, just after I started this blog, I wrote several reviews of books on science and sociology surrounding Ageing Science: Ending Ageing by Aubrey de Grey Long for this World by Jonathon Weiner and 100 Plus by

Posted in Non-Fiction

As Rare as Lorikeets Teeth

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenOver the last few days Michael has been using twitter to correspond with with someone he has met there.  I, of course, have encouraged Michael to tweet for some

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Baby Bling: Hydraulic Suspension Stroller

I have never been interested in the sort of casual shopping for fun that my wife enjoys.  Eventually she learnt that it was better to not try to take me.  This has had the effect that, even though we are

Posted in Paternity

More on the Future of Technology and Medicine

A few weeks ago I linked to a video demonstrating future applications of glass in technology.  I received a several comments from people, including Jordyn Redwood who provided a link to another video, this time showing the use of smart-phones

Posted in Social Commentary

Baby’s Cot Converts to Sporting Equipment

Now that we have established that a fruit box does not make a suitable crib, we are still faced with the problem of buying a cot.  The solution to me seems obvious: you go into any baby goods store, find

Posted in Paternity

A Lorikeet’s Guide to Dentistry

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenMichael has just returned from the dentist and it is clear that he is distressed.  He keeps talking about barbaric practices, lack of bedside manner, and how nothing

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Game of Thrones Season 3 Trailer

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series:
Game of Thrones

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series:Game of ThronesI am sure that everyone is awaiting the next Game of Thrones season as eagerly as I am.  I just found the trailer, so the release is probably soon.

Posted in Fiction

Chili Chickpea Dip and White Bean Dip in the Alkaline Cookbook

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series:
Alkaline Cookbook

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series:Alkaline CookbookThis week I have taken two dips from the Alkaline Cookbook and prepared them to go with bread as a side, but it could also work as a party food.

Posted in Sunday Dinner

An Interesting Prediction of the Future of Technology

How will technology change over the next 10 years?  This video is made to promote these use of glass in the evolution of future technology, but It think it also has insights into the sort of integrated connectivity that we

Posted in Social Commentary

How to Become Pope

I had been wondering whether there was a precedent for the resignation of a Pope. I found an amusing video which explains the papal electoral process and also explained that whilst 3% of Popes had resigned before death, it has

Posted in Social Commentary

Lorikeet Yoga

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenMy dearest reader, I apologise for my failure to write these past two weeks.  My only defence is that my usual scribe, Michael, has been extraordinarily busy and

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Safety Habits for the Cyclist

As many of you know I am keen on any aspect of cycling, so long as proper safety equipment is used, such as helmets.  Now, before we starting building the house we are in now we were living closer to

Posted in Social Commentary

Rainbow Salad in the Alkaline Cookbook

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series:
Alkaline Cookbook

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series:Alkaline CookbookI started cooking this with absolutely no idea what to expect.  I had imagined that this salad would make a good side; I thought it was safest to cook something

Posted in Sunday Dinner

Warning: Smartphone Addicts May Find This Offensive

There is a problem that affects many smartphone users.  Simply, and in one long sentence that reflects the process: you have an idea that you need your phone for, such as making a call, but before you get to do

Posted in Social Commentary

Boba Fett to get own Star Wars Spin Off Movie

LucasFilm is preparing to create several Star Wars Spinoffs, reports Mashable.  I am waiting patiently.  What got my attention however was the poll for central characters.  Some obvious choices, Yoda, Han Solo and Darth Vader and what I think are

Posted in Social Commentary

Hear the Ocean on your iPad

Someone just said something silly on twitter.  This is not a new phenomena, but I thought I would examine whether or not there was really any truth the statement, “If you hold the iPad up to your ear you can

Posted in Paternity, Social Commentary

Nosey Neighbours

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenMurrays Beach is a truly spectacular place to live and I would recommend it wholeheartedly to any young lorikeet looking to step out on his own.  The lorikeets

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Throw Your Murderous Weapons into the Fire

Last Monday, Hugh Salmon, in his article US Gun Laws: Could Twitter and Facebook be Forces For Good?, made a few very good points and I recommend reading it in full, but there was one statement that, even though I know he

Posted in Social Commentary

Falafel Wrap with Salsa and Tahini Sauce

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series:
Alkaline Cookbook

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series:Alkaline CookbookWhen first I looked at this recipe, in The Alkaline Cookbook, and saw 18 ingredients in the list, I agreed to cook this recipe only under protest.  Then I discovered

Posted in Sunday Dinner

More Curtains

Yesterday, just after writing about the curtains for the baby’s room, I was asked to swap that blind with the one in the guest bedroom.  The windows are the same size, but in order for the plain green blind to

Posted in Paternity

Curtains for the Baby Room

Elizabeth, My wife, figured out a while ago that it was better not to ask me about furnishing ideas.  I am going to take a problem solving approach to our requirements and will attempt to resolve it all then and

Posted in Paternity

Great Uncle Jack

A few weeks ago I wrote about my wife’s uncle, Jack ReVelle, who was in military bomb disposal.  She has since told me that I should write about my own Uncle Jack, actually my Grandmother’s brother.  No one would have

Posted in Social Commentary

Outdoor Living

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenMurrays Beach is a quiet coastal village less than two hours drive north of Sydney.  There is easy access to shops and restaurants in Lake Macquarie and Newcastle.

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Flat Packed Furniture

We have been in the new house two years.  All the rooms are now fully furnished.  There is no where else that we could put any furniture, even if she wanted to. Except, now we are pregnant, so my dream

Posted in Paternity

Alkaline Cookbook

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series:
Alkaline Cookbook

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series:Alkaline Cookbook The Alkaline Cookbook puts forward the premise that the typical modern diet creates a pH imbalance in our bodies, as such, to lose weight and be generally healthier, we

Posted in Sunday Dinner

Calisthenics

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenI think it is obvious that Michael needs to get more exercise than he does, so I have come up with a new and novel way to help

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Alaska Indian Dictionary a Key Literature Guide

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series:
Alaska Indian Dictionary

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series:Alaska Indian Dictionary Following extensive research I have uncovered why it is that the Alaska Indian Dictionary is listed under Parenting on Amazon.  It turns out that it was not misclassified at

Posted in Non-Fiction, Paternity, Social Commentary

Simple Beef Pot Roast

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series:
Paleo Recipe Book

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series:Paleo Recipe BookI ran into difficulty with this when the hunting party caught a frozen chunk of beef, but fortunately, I had started early enough to thaw it and still have

Posted in Sunday Dinner

Alaska Indian Dictionary in Parenting on Amazon

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series:
Alaska Indian Dictionary

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series:Alaska Indian DictionaryA few days ago I posted on the Alaska Indian Dictionary, which Amazon have listed as a best seller in the category for Parenting and Family free Kindle books.  It was at

Posted in Non-Fiction, Paternity, Social Commentary

Amazon Parenting Alaska Indian Dictionary

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series:
Alaska Indian Dictionary

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series:Alaska Indian DictionaryI am still becoming accustomed to the idea of being a father.  The baby won’t be born for 4 months yet, so nothing has changed, except that everyone I

Posted in Non-Fiction, Paternity, Social Commentary

Worthless Plugin v2.0.3

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series:
Worthless Plugin for WordPress

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series:Worthless Plugin for WordPressLast week I wrote about the WordPress plugin, Worthless Plugin.  Some plugins claim to give you the world, but then do nothing constructive or fall short of expectations.

Posted in Social Commentary

Giant Yellow Duck for World Peace

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenThe post I had prepared, about my New Year’s Resolution Exercise Programme for Michael, must be delayed until next week, for something astounding has happened.  A human artist

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Thai Chicken Soup

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series:
Paleo Recipe Book

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series:Paleo Recipe BookFirstly, an apology for missing the cooking post last week. The world did not end as the Mayans had predicted, I was just preoccupied with Christmas things. Today’s recipe

Posted in Sunday Dinner

Broken Arrow

My wife’s uncle, Jack, spent a career in the US military.  We all know at some point he worked in bomb disposal and whilst it was assumed this wasn’t the most mundane of jobs, we could never have guessed the

Posted in Social Commentary

Worthless Plugin v2.0.2

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series:
Worthless Plugin for WordPress

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series:Worthless Plugin for WordPressThe construction of this website owes a lot to WordPress and many independently made extensions to it called plugins.  In constructing the site it has been necessary to experiment

Posted in Social Commentary

New Years Day

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenSupplemental to my usual column, I am writing you all a quick note.  I must thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for the support you

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

A New Year’s Wish

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenAs a well to do young lorikeet, I think community service is important, as such, I am working on an issue close to my heart: World Peace.  My

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Goodnight

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenThis has been a frantic week of preparation for Christmas.  I have found that I needed to rearrange the tinsel in my apartment at least a dozens times.

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Steampunk Landing Quiz

Interested in Steampunk? Do you know everything about it? Not sure if you know what it really is? What is Steampunk? Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction featuring Wild West and Victorian style machinery and artefacts, often retro-futuristic or

Posted in Non-Fiction

Beef Goulash

This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series:
Paleo Recipe Book

This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series:Paleo Recipe BookHaving discovered that the Mayan thought that the world should have ended last Thursday, I decided to write this cooking column a few days early so that is would

Posted in Sunday Dinner

Gluten Free Ham

I just noticed on a pack of Coles brand sandwich ham that it is gluten free and started to wonder whether the gluten risk in ham sandwiches, as depicted on the packet, might be higher with some ingredient other than

Posted in Social Commentary

Baby Names

We have, more or less, decided on the name of our forthcoming son, but I won’t give it away today.  This process did however create much debate. There are several considerations, but most parents, in some way, weigh-up conservative versus

Posted in Paternity

The Grand Adventure

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenI remember one morning in the spring of my first year residing in Michael’s spare apartment.  As is my habit, I had risen at dawn, and as I

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Roasted Veal Chops and Red Grapes

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series:
Paleo Recipe Book

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series:Paleo Recipe Book I picked this recipe because it is one of the simplest in the book, but also produces a tasty meal. The hunting party will need to acquire a

Posted in Sunday Dinner

The Adventure of the Raspberry Scones

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenI would like to thank Mim for her recent correspondence. It is always very encouraging to hear from one’s audience.  Michael is also patiently waiting to hear from

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Social Commentry in Gangnam Style

A few days ago I was bored enough that I actually looked at my twitter feed and I learned, from someone I don’t know, that Justin Bieber’s Baby, which I accidentally watch a few seconds of once, had been displaced

Posted in Social Commentary

Raspberry Scones

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series:
Paleo Recipe Book

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series:Paleo Recipe Book Today I am working from Paleo Desserts.  It is a supplement to The Paleo Recipe Book and included with the download.  In addition to the 300+ recipes in

Posted in Sunday Dinner

The End of the World

This video is something amusing that popped up on the internet in the last few days.  Australian Prime minister, Julia Gillard, is promoting a new TV show on one of the ABC TV youth networks.  ABC is the Australian Government

Posted in Social Commentary

My Most Annoying Christmas Songs

It is now 3 weeks to go until Christmas and unfortunately I found myself at the shops.  I was brutally reminded the one reason, beyond any other, why I avoid the shops at this time of year.  Christmas Music!  Please

Posted in Social Commentary

Nuclear Transparency

As most of my followers are still family, friends and neighbours, most of you already know that my wife and I are pregnant, about 15 weeks now, the rest of you know now.  As a consequence of being pregnant, we

Posted in Paternity

The Adventure of Afternoon Tea

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenI must first apologise for the lateness of this post, but, as Michael has already mentioned, the air conditioning machine has been less than functional and, as such,

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Pork-Stuffed Bell Peppers

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series:
Paleo Recipe Book

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series:Paleo Recipe BookAfter last weeks effort with several Shepherd’s Pies, where I made enough ahead to get a few meals, I was instructed to not cook with sweet potatoes for a

Posted in Sunday Dinner

The Adventure of the First Breakfast

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series:A Study in GreenIt was the first morning in my new home, the sun was rising and I found myself bouncing out of the bed chamber, such was my excitement. This

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Several Shepherd’s Pies at the same time

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series:
Paleo Recipe Book

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series:Paleo Recipe BookToday’s paleo cooking project was to revisit the Shepherd’s Pie I cooked a few weeks ago, but to try and make 3 times as much, so that there would

Posted in Sunday Dinner

What are Personality Disorders?

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series:
Difficult Personalities

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series:Difficult Personalities Since writing, a few weeks ago, about Difficult Personalities by William O’Donohue, I have been asked to explain a little more about what personality disorders actually are.  I explain

Posted in Non-Fiction

A Study in Green

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series:
A Study in Green

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series:A Study in Green It was in the year 2011, that having reached an age where a young lorikeet would want to leave the family home, I, Ethelred The Green, stepped

Posted in Cheep Tuesday

Balsamic Roast Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series:
Paleo Recipe Book

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series:Paleo Recipe Book Today’s sortie through the supermarket was seamless, in fact, I am getting quite adept at this.  I snared one packet of chicken breast fillets almost immediately, quickly followed

Posted in Sunday Dinner

Bean-less Texas Style Chili

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series:
Paleo Recipe Book

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series:Paleo Recipe Book This will be my fourth post about The Paleo Recipe Book by Sebastien Noel and know the peanut gallery is saying Paleo is getting old, but I am

Posted in Sunday Dinner

Lamb Tagine with Dates and Almonds

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series:
Paleo Recipe Book

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series:Paleo Recipe Book Today’s hunting party made it successfully through the supermarket, trapping all the ingredients and making it back home.  There was one casualty from a brief struggle with an

Posted in Sunday Dinner

Shepherd’s Pie

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series:
Paleo Recipe Book

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series:Paleo Recipe BookIn the last post about The Paleo Recipe Book by Sebastien Noel I didn’t include any review of the food, because I was still actually organising ingredients.  A hunting party

Posted in Sunday Dinner

The Paleo Recipe Book by Sebastien Noel – a Review

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series:
Paleo Recipe Book

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series:Paleo Recipe BookI have just bought The Paleo Recipe Book.  Paleo-cooking is a growing culinary and diet craze.  My initial impression was that it appeared to be a little crazy: Don’t

Posted in Sunday Dinner

Dreamer by Mark Teppo – A Review

This novella, Dreamer by Mark Teppo, is the latest installment of The Foreworld Saga and one of the prequels to The Mongoliad. Set during the fifth crusade, a young soldier and sworn initiate of the Shield-Brethren, Raphael of Acre, tries

Posted in Fiction

Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice) series by George R. R. Martin – A Review

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series:
Game of Thrones

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series:Game of ThronesThese books were a recommendation by a friend after I enjoyed the first season of the TV series. Unfortunately, I ordered the first five of them at once right

Posted in Fiction

100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith by Sonia Arrison – Book Review

The discussion that is going on about longevity and aging science raises a lot of questions that society is going to need to consider.  Sonia Arrison explores longevity and aging science. What are the social implications? Do we want to

Posted in Non-Fiction

Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathon Weiner – Book Review

Jonathon Weiner examines the science of old age by taking a journey to meet the scientists. Chiefly, Aubrey de Grey, whose theoretical work earned him his PhD. Weiner has been criticised for focusing, in long for this world, too much

Posted in Non-Fiction

Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime by Aubrey de Grey – A Review

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a theoretical gerontologist, a scientist who studies the the aging process.  De Grey vehemently believes that, if we as a society were to treat aging like an illness, then science, with only small developments on

Posted in Non-Fiction

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson – a review

Part real life thriller, part pop psychology, part old school investigative journalism.  Ronson starts this one day like any other: a meeting for a potential story.  Deborah has a strange package, a manuscript posted from Sweden, no senders name, but

Posted in Non-Fiction

Game of Thrones / A Song of Fire and Ice – titles list

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series:
Game of Thrones

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series:Game of ThronesA Game of Thrones / A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Marrtin – publications listing I will review these in another post later, but having

Posted in Fiction

Difficult Personalities: It’s Not You; It’s Them by William O’Donohue – A Review

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series:
Difficult Personalities

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series:Difficult Personalities Back in mid 2011, I had one particular client in my website business who was like no one else.  Nothing I could do made her happy,  everything was my

Posted in Non-Fiction

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