Monthly Archives: June 2013

Bring out your dead

In Mourners traumatised after corpse explodes, we’re told: In the late heat of January, a corpse exploded in a crypt at Preston mausoleum in Melbourne’s north, oozing fluids through an inadequate seal and down the granite faces of the vaults below. Royce Millar, The Age, June 9, 2013. Death and grief are tricky things to… Read More »

Midnight in the garden of evil

Hanlon’s Razor teaches us that even when a person may appear to be doing us wrong, it’s likely that there’s a simpler, stupider explanation: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. Marriage equality, and gay rights as a broader ideal, is one such area where it’s easy to jump the gun… Read More »

Game of Moans

Over the past 48 hours or so, there’s been an unbelievable amount of moaning and gnashing of teeth over the death of some fictional characters in the TV show, Game of Thrones. Having read the books, I knew it was coming, but even so, found myself somewhat perplexed at the amount of consternation this engendered.… Read More »

The name of the garbage

You see recycling bins everywhere these days – usually right beside regular bins. There’ll be a sign on the recycling bin saying “Cans, Bottles, Plastics”, and “Garbage” on the standard bin. Recycling has become part and parcel of how a lot of people work, but not everyone thinks to do it. It’s not uncommon to… Read More »

Equality for … bigots?

In Homosexuality is natural. Fine. But what if homophobia is too?, Sean Thomas writes: [I]t is at least arguable that homophobia is unconscious – and inherited. … If we’re going to extend equal right to homosexuals, because homosexuality is perfectly natural, we also need to extend equal rights to homophobes, for exactly the same reason.,… Read More »